The Learning Science Weekly Podcast brings together thought leaders, researchers, creatives, authors, and scientists to chat about the science of learning and how it can be applied in corporate and customer education.
In this week's episode, we had a conversation with Patti Shank about how we can use instructional design practices to improve learning outcomes. We talked about the needs and constraints of improving work performance in workplace learning settings. Patti also shared with us how she continues to apply research in her everyday life.
Guest: Patti Shank
Patti Shank, PhD is an internationally-known workplace learning expert, instructional designer, researcher, and author who is regularly listed as one of the most influential people in e-learning internationally.
Patti speaks regularly at training and learning technology conferences and is the author of Write and Organize for Deeper Learning, Practice and Feedback for Deeper Learning, and Manage Memory for Deeper Learning. These books offer practical tactics for improving outcomes based on training and other research.
Patti was the research director for the eLearning Guild and an award-winning contributing editor for Online Learning Magazine. Her current articles are found in eLearning Industry. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Colorado, Denver. Her research on new online learners won an EDMEDIA best research paper award.
Here are two books that Patti recommends:
Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor
Patti Shank has written numerous articles for the eLearning Industry. Here are some of our favorites:
- What Research Tells Us About Chunking Content - Content that is not chunked is hard to understand or retain. But is chunking simply breaking up text into smaller pieces?
- Learner Engagement: Probably Not What You Think - An insight into engagement, as it applies to organizational learning.
Should Learning Participants Be In Control? What The Research Says - In this article, Patto addresses a central issue around helping people select their own path to learn: Learner control.
Be sure to check out Patti's website where you can find a list of her courses, her books, services, and more!
Mentioned in the discussion: Hemingway App - The app that highlights complex sentences and common errors and makes your writing bold and clear.
Thank you again for listening and join us again next week!