Science of Learning Summit Program

Sessions during the Science of Learning Summit will explore how you can better understand your audience, including what motivates them, how to remove their learning barriers, and will help give you necessary solutions and strategies.

Please note: Registration closes at noon Pacific Time, the day before the event.


DAY 1: May 15

Clark Quinn

101: The Cognitive Foundations of Learning: From Neural to Useful

Clark Quinn, Quinnovation and Author of Millennials, Goldfish & Other Training Misconceptions: Debunking Learning Myths and Superstitions

8:15 AM – 9:30 AM PT

How we learn must underpin all we do in design for learning to take place—be it courses, resources, or mentoring and coaching models. In this lead session you'll gain the foundation for the the entire event. Understand more about the complexities of the learning process. Learn more.

Julie Dirksen

201: Eavesdropping on Other Research Domains

Julie Dirksen, Usable Learning and Author of Design for How People Learn

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PT

You likely have plenty of knowledge in learning research, but what about other areas such as behavioral sciences, marketing, habit formation, and experience design? In this session, you'll delve deeper into other industry research domains and learn how to apply their insights to your work in learning solution design. Learn more.

Mirjam Neelen

301: Evidence-Informed Learning Experience Design

Mirjam Neelen, Accenture

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM PT

Not all evidence is equal, especially when it comes to learning design. In this session you will learn to use better evidence to inform your practices and engage in critical conversations to move clients, partners, and executives forward on your design recommendations. Learn more.

Patti Shank

401: Designing for Memory

Patti Shank, Author of Manage Memory for Deeper Learning

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PT

Working with and not against memory is critical in creating effective learning solutions such as courses, performance support, or informational resources. In this session, you'll explore the attributes and constraints of memory that impact how we learn,  and gain actionable tactics that are known to deliver better training outcomes. Learn more.

DAY 2: May 16

Nick Shackleton-Jones

501: How Affective Neuroscience is Upsetting Educational Convention

Nick Shackleton-Jones, Director, Learning Innovation & Technology and Author of the forthcoming book, How People Learn (May 2019)

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM PT

Our understanding of how people learn is constantly growing. Recent research in the area of affective neuroscience is showing the way to improved resource and experience design. This session aims to deepen your understanding of key research in the affective domain. Learn more.

Connie Malamed

601: Best Strategies for Reducing Cognitive Load

Connie Malamed, Connie Malamed Consulting and Publisher of eLearning Coach

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PT

Information overload is a significant hindrance to effective learning and retention. Fortunately, we can do something about it. In this session you will learn about the various types of cognitive load learners face, and the strategies you can employ to reduce the impact it can have on your training solutions. Learn more.

Karl Kapp

701: An Evidence-based Approach to Games and Gamification for Learning

Karl Kapp, Bloomsburg University

11:30 AM – 12:30 AM PT

Hype around using games and gamification for learning is starting to wind down. In this session, you'll learn how to make research-based decisions about when to employ game-based solutions, and how to match the right game element to the right instructional outcome. Learn more.

Jane Bozarth

801: The Truth About Learning Styles, And What To Do Instead

Jane Bozarth, The eLearning Guild

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PT

Learning styles have been widely accepted in academic and corporate settings for far too long. Research reveals that there is little evidence that teaching to a particular learning style impacts outcomes. In this session you will learn why it remains so appealing, and what you can do about it. Learn more.


Purchase the Plus Package and attend this Summit for free; plus, get access to other benefits for the next 12 months! Learn more about Guild content packages.

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