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 provides strategic learning technology solutions to corporations, government, not-for-profits, and education organizations. An internationally known consultant, speaker, and author of seven books, as well as numerous articles and chapters, he integrates a deep understanding of thinking and learning with broad experience in technology to improve organizational execution, innovation, and ultimately performance. In 2012, Clark was recognized as the Learning Guild’s first Guild Master. He thinks ‘out loud’ at learnlets.com, tweets as @quinnovator, and works on behalf of clients through Quinnovation.

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