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Post-ACE Workshop: Design for How People Learn

  • 07 Aug 2015
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Marriott Atlanta NW, 200 Interstate North Parkway, Atlanta, Georgia 30339
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  • This workshop is priced as a value-added function of the 2015 Atlanta Conference and Exposition. We are offering this workshop at a price substantially lower than you'd be able to attend elsewhere.

    Note: You do NOT have to register for ACE in order to attend this workshop. Hope to see you there!

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Design for How People Learn:
Advancing Your Practice

Learning and development shouldn’t be about helping people know more; it should be about helping people do more. Too often the focus of learning design is to deliver information, but we need better strategies for skill development and motivation.  Traditional instructional design models focus a great deal on process steps, but very little on actionable design principles based on the science of learning.

This workshop will provide a straightforward, evidence-based framework for sharpening up your instructional design practice, including:

  • Analysis strategies that let you identify learning gaps and match them to the most effective interventions – when should you use a particular format or technology?
  • Mapping a complete learning experience that includes skill development and practice opportunities – how do we develop skills over time?
  • Identifying and designing for motivational issues – how do we attract and retain learners’ attention and effort?
  • Strategies for improving your design process, and ways to better work with stakeholders – how can we make the design process smoother and more effective?
  • Evidence-based rationales – how can you use research into the science of learning to design and justify your learning programs?


Facilitated by
Julie Dirksen 

Julie Dirksen is an independent consultant and instructional designer who has almost 20 years’ experience creating highly interactive e-Learning experiences for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to innovative technology startups to major grant-funded research initiatives. Her focus has been on utilizing the disciplines of educational psychology, neuroscience, change management and persuasive technology to promote and support the improvement of peoples’ lives through sustainable long-term learning and behavioral change.

Ms. Dirksen holds an M.S. degree in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University.  She has also been an adjunct faculty member at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where she taught courses in Project Management, Instructional Design and Cognitive Psychology.

She’s the author of Design For How People Learn
(http://www.designforhowpeoplelearn.com), in which she gets ridiculously excited about everything from learning applications of behavioral economics to the way glucose is regulated in the brain. She’s happiest whenever she gets to learn something new and you can find her online at www.usablelearning.com