601 Get Emotional: Create Effective Solutions Through Greater Engagement

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Thursday, August 4

If learning experience design is the elegant integration of learning science and engagement, we need good bases for both. We have an increasing number of resources on the science side, but what about engagement? What’s known? Do we have research on engagement? Can we get scientific about emotions? The short answer is an emphatic ‘yes’!

In this session we’ll go through what’s known about emotion, how learning ’sticks’ better if we’ve got emotional engagement, and what the implications are for our designs. You'll see how curiosity and surprise can play a role, as well as consequences and What’s In It For Me (WIIFM). We'll also examine the emotional reactions of anxiety, motivation, confidence, failure, and humor. When do these enhance or interfere? When should we invoke or mitigate? If we want our learning to be both effective and engaging, we have to understand what works and what doesn’t. Come explore the emotional side of the equation and increase the quality of your learning solutions.

Clark Quinn

Executive Director


Clark Quinn, PhD is the executive director of Quinnovation, co-director of the Learning Development Accelerator, and chief learning strategist for Upside Learning. With more than four decades of experience at the cutting edge of learning, Dr. Quinn is an internationally known speaker, consultant, and author of seven books. He combines a deep knowledge of cognitive science and broad experience with technology into strategic design solutions that achieve innovative yet practical outcomes for corporations, higher-education, not-for-profit, and government organizations.

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