101 From Research to Practice: Evidence-Based eLearning Design

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Wednesday, November 15

Have you noticed that in our industry, we spend a lot of time discussing the “right” way to go about designing and developing learning experiences? It can be difficult to make confident design recommendations when faced with a broad range of input from your stakeholders, peers, and opinions from social media groups and channels. Do you ever find yourself wondering how can you use research to support, inform, and possibly even defend your design decisions? As instructional designers, we want to know what it looks like to apply research in practice day-to-day, or whether we can apply it in a practical way at all.

In this session we will discuss practical ways to apply evidence-based research. We will begin by exploring some common myths that lead instructional designers astray, replacing each with an evidence-based alternative in a “choose this, not that” approach. You’ll leave this session with effective, research-based design approaches in areas such as commitment and motivation, visual design, accessibility, practice activities, and assessments.

Sarah Mercier

CEO & Strategic Consultant

Build Capable

Sarah Mercier, CEO and strategic consultant at Build Capable, specializes in instructional strategy and learning technology. Sarah is known for translating highly technical concepts and research to real-world practice. She is an international facilitator for the Association for Talent Development and Greater Atlanta ATD Past President. Her innovative learning solutions have been recognized by winning industry awards, such as Best of Show at FocusOn Learning DemoFest for xAPI for Interactive eBooks, and Best Performance Support Solution at DevLearn DemoFest for Critical Success Factors training and assessment tool. Sarah is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and business events on topics such as instructional design and development, accessibility, data strategy, and learning ecosystems. Her work has been published in ATD’s 2020 Trends in Learning Technology, The Book of Road-Tested Activities, TD Magazine, Learning Solutions Magazine, CLO Magazine, and a variety of other training and workforce publications.

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