201 Eavesdropping on Other Research Domains

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Wednesday, May 15

In addition to the research in learning and development, there are research initiatives in other domains that have importance for anyone who is creating learning experiences. Being aware of and learning to draw from them can greatly enhance the solutions you create.

In this session, you'll learn about some of the other academic research domains that can help improve learning design, like behavioral economics, marketing, behavioral sciences, habit formation, and user experience design. We'll examine which academic research domains can help with design, specific strategies that you can be applied to your work, and you'll better understand what can be applied from neuroscience to evaluate the claims, and why it may not always be the most useful research area to pay attention to. Finally, you'll gain specific insights that can be immediately applicable to your solutions.

Julie Dirksen

Learning Strategist

Usable Learning

Julie Dirksen, a learning strategist with Usable Learning, is a consultant and instructional designer with more than 15 years' experience creating highly interactive eLearning experiences for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to technology startups to grant-funded research initiatives. She's interested in using neuroscience, change management, and persuasive technology to promote sustainable long-term learning and behavior change. Her MS degree in instructional systems technology is from Indiana University, and she's been an adjunct faculty member at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She is the author of Design For How People Learn.

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