Sharing What Works

March 22 – 24, 2017 Orlando, FL

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LS805 Panel: What’s Wrong with Evaluation?

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Thursday, March 23

Data and Measurement

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Most eLearning designers and developers are starved for information about the efficacy of their solutions. Many of the existing models for evaluation and measurement aren’t easy enough to implement; and when they are implemented, they aren’t providing quality data.

In this session, you’ll learn more about why evaluation isn’t as effective as you want it to be and what you can do to improve it. This panel of experts and practitioners will look at the shortcomings of current evaluation models, discuss practical alternatives and solutions that can work right now, and debate what L&D professionals can look to do differently in the future.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Why evaluation is so difficult right now
  • What methods can be applied immediately to improve the feedback loop
  • About evaluation options provided by new technologies and new methodologies

Novice to intermediate designers, managers, directors, and senior leaders (VP, CLO, executive, etc.).

JD Dillon (Host)

Principal Learning Strategist


JD Dillon, the principal learning strategist at Axonify, has spent 15 years designing and implementing learning and performance strategies for respected global organizations, including The Walt Disney Company, Kaplan, Brambles, and AMC Theatres. With his practical approach and ability to integrate science, technology, storytelling, and pure common sense, JD delivers modern solutions that enable employees, improve organizational performance, and drive business results. In his current role with Axonify, JD works with an award-winning team to boost employee knowledge and performance for leading organizations through the application of modern learning practices and cutting-edge technology.

Will Thalheimer


Work-Learning Research

Will Thalheimer, the president of Work-Learning Research, is a consultant and research translator, providing organizations with learning audits, research benchmarking, workshops, and strategic guidance. He regularly shares his work and research through keynotes, free reports, job aids, workshops, and blog posts. Will is the compiler of the Decisive Dozen, author of the book Performance-Focused Smile Sheets, a co-author of the Serious eLearning Manifesto, and a founder of the Debunker Club.

Julie Dirksen

Instructional Strategist

Usable Learning

Julie Dirksen, an instructional 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.

Steve Foreman


InfoMedia Designs

Steve Foreman is the president of InfoMedia Designs, a provider of eLearning infrastructure consulting services and technology solutions to Fortune 500 companies, academic institutions, and government agencies. Since establishing his consulting practice in 1983, Steve has worked with forward-looking companies to find new and effective ways to apply computer technology to support human performance. His work includes enterprise learning strategy, LMS selection and implementation, learning-technology architecture and integration, expert-knowledge harvesting, knowledge management, and innovative performance-support solutions that blend working and learning. Steve is the author of The LMS Guidebook.

Megan Torrance



Megan Torrance is the CEO and founder of TorranceLearning, which helps organizations connect learning strategy to design, development, data, and ultimately performance. She has over 25 years of experience in learning design, deployment, and consulting. TorranceLearning projects have won IELA and Brandon Hall (2012, 2014, 2016) awards, the 2014 xAPI Hyperdrive contest at DevLearn, and back-to-back eLearning Guild DemoFest Best in Show awards (2016, 2017). Megan is the author of The Quick Guide to LLAMA, Agile and LLAMA for ISD Project Management, and Making Sense of xAPI. She is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in communication and an MBA.

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