Wed, 01 Apr | Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton Joh

Design learning experiences based on research from the learning sciences

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Design learning experiences based on research from the learning sciences

Time & Location

01 Apr 2020, 08:00 – 02 Apr 2020, 16:30
Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton Joh, Rivonia Rd & West St Sandton, Benmore Gardens, Johannesburg, 2196, South Africa

About The Event

Learning is critically important to people and to the organisations they work in. Learning professionals, have a responsibility to support people in doing their jobs better today and enabling them to have a job tomorrow. However, there’s a problem in the learning profession that needs to be solved. 

Learning professionals still need to make too many decisions based on intuition, feelings, beliefs, trends, and gadgets. If you continue to work this way, you’re at risk leaving behind a legacy of wasted time, money, and effort, and many people who didn’t learn what they needed to do to do their jobs better and stay relevant.

If you want to have a real impact on people and organisations, you need to use the scientific evidence available to make sure you move beyond opinions and intuition. It’s time to move the needle and start designing learning experiences based on evidence from the learning sciences. It’s time for an evidence-informed approach to learning design so that organisations can stay afloat, learners can keep their jobs, and you can keep yours.

In this interactive workshop you can start to improve your design approach (or help others to get better), designing effective, efficient, and enjoyable learning experiences, using evidence-informed techniques, tools, and ingredients.

In the workshop, you will learn how to determine if something you read or hear is based on evidence or if it’s perhaps too good to be true. Challenge yourself to explore if you’re tricked into making design decisions based on trends and discover how you can spot the difference between ‘truth’ and ‘truthiness’. 

You will learn what we know from the learning sciences and how you can improve your designs based on the evidence. You will practice with evidence-informed techniques, tools, and ingredients and determine why applying them increases the changes to help learners to achieve their goals (as well as the organisation they work for!).

Of course, reality is always different than the ‘theoretical ideal’. Therefore, you also explore what kind of challenges you will likely run into when working with stakeholders and collect ideas on how to tackle them.

Don't miss this once-only opportunity to attend this workshop that will enable you to up your game and have even more impact on people and your organisation!

The workshop objectives include the following:

  • Recognise fallacies and myths in learning
  • Determine the quality and rigor of claims around learning and training
  • Explore evidence-informed techniques, tools, and ingredients
  • Design learning experiences in an evidence-informed manner
  • Discover ways to overcome practical challenges in day-to-day situations

5 reasons to attend:

  • Increase the value of your work through taking an evidence-informed approach to learning design
  • Recognise fallacies and myths in learning and training so that you can make informed (design) decisions
  • Start to make decisions based on evidence, instead of intuition, beliefs, and trends to increase the impact of your work.
  • Practice how to improve the design of learning interventions, applying evidence from the learning sciences.
  • Connect with fellow learning professionals and start driving change together.

About Mirjam Neelen:

Mirjam is an international expert in the Learning and Development profession. She leads the learning experience design process across Accenture’s various business entities globally and is currently based in Ireland. Mirjam is a Learning Advisory Manager with over 10 years of industry experience, working at companies such as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Google, Learnovate Centre, and now Accenture.  Mirjam analyses business and performance challenges in close collaboration with her clients and manages the front-end design processes, working with other Accenture Learning teams. 

Mirjam is a proud advocate for evidence-informed approaches to learning design and has a collaborative blog with Paul A. Kirschner on They have also recently completed a book together on ‘Evidence-Informed Learning Design’, which will be published in February 2020.

She has completed an MSc in Learning Sciences, an MA in Psycholinguistics and a BA in Speech Therapy. 

Who should attend:

Any learning professional who is involved in designing training, learning programmes, learning solutions, learning experiences, and so forth, including:

-  learning experience designers

-  learning designers

-  learning architects

-  instructional designers

-  instructors

-  trainers

-  teachers

-  content developers

-  content curators

-  training managers

-  L&D managers

-  senior L&D leaders

-  CLOs

Registration fee:

L&D Community Members: R9 600 (excl. VAT)

Non-members: R12,000.00 (excl. VAT)

For more information or to register click here or contact Katie van der Schyff

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