605 Left Brain, Right Brain: A Conversation Between Technology and Instructional Design

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Thursday, July 27


Effective instructional design maximizes learner motivation, cognitive capacity for information processing, and learning transfer. For any given training, the most appropriate design should be informed by a careful consideration of training context characteristics as well as the strengths and limitations of the technology.

This session will examine an organizing framework to help facilitate these critical conversations and construct motivating, attention-grabbing learning events.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How learner, organizational, and technology characteristics jointly influence design choices
  • About tools to help organize design considerations and stimulate productive conversations among designers and developers of immersive learning programs

Novice to advanced project managers, managers, and directors.

Technology discussed in this session:
Augmented reality and virtual reality.

Brian Whitaker

Director of Immersive Learning

Mutual Mobile

Brian Whitaker, a director of immersive learning for Mutual Mobile, has extensive experience designing and delivering large-scale learning and performance solutions for Fortune 500 companies across the transportation, oil and gas, and healthcare industries. Prior to leading the award-winning instructional design team at Mutual Mobile, his academic career included teaching graduate coursework in employee development, staffing, performance management, and leadership. Brian holds a PhD in industrial-organizational psychology from the University of Akron, is a frequent speaker at international conferences, and has published in numerous top-tier, peer-reviewed outlets including Journal of Management, Human Performance, and Journal of Safety Research.

Shane Stearns

Director of Innovation

Mutual Mobile

Shane Stearns is a director of innovation at Mutual Mobile and group director of the company’s VR team. An accomplished strategist and consultant with more than a decade of experience, he has led global clients in the creation of industry-defining experiences with emerging technology. Shane has aided in the technological advancement of many Fortune 500 companies, including Walmart, Nestlé, Salesforce, and Lego, across mobile, IoT, wearables, VR, and AR.

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