Debunking Myths And Delving Into Cognitive Science With Clark Quinn
Clark Quinn is the director of Quinnovation, an impartial studying expertise design technique consultancy, and co-organizer of The Studying Growth Accelerator, an internet neighborhood that brings L&D professionals collectively. By means of his endeavors, Dr. Quinn utilized evidence-based practices to assist firms “work smarter.” He’s an internationally identified guide, speaker, and creator, who combines his deep understanding of cognition with broad expertise in expertise to enhance organizational execution, innovation, and efficiency. At the moment, he speaks with us about using studying tech, debunking the “studying types” fantasy, and making a stable studying tradition framework.
What do you assume is among the most damaging myths or misconceptions about using studying expertise that stops organizations from reaching their L&D targets?
I feel studying types might be essentially the most damaging fantasy, although it isn’t particular to studying expertise. We won’t reliably diagnose types (the psychometrics of the varied devices do not cross the minimal commonplace), and there is additionally no conclusive proof that attempting to regulate studying on the idea of types results in improved outcomes (extra on the contrary). Fortuitously, we’ve the choice of designing for the educational, not the learner.
If I needed to choose a selected expertise fantasy, I suppose I might put “digital means we study in another way” on trial. The notion that our brains have modified because the introduction of digital expertise actually is not cogent; our physiology would not change that quick. The methods we will create experiences might have been made simpler, however our brains have not modified and we nonetheless want follow and suggestions to study.
Alternatively, I might assault the “tech solves all issues” fantasy, the place we expect a selected expertise is a panacea—video, microlearning, AI, VR—all of the issues are being touted as the reply. As a substitute, we have to perceive the distinctive affordances of various expertise and use as applicable.
What’s one among your standout eLearning consumer success tales?
My favourite success was the answer we created for the Australian Kids’s Welfare Group. It met an actual want: youngsters “in care” (e.g. who develop up with out typical parental fashions) surviving after they age out. It was a real severe sport, with an underlying mannequin and chance. It had a training engine with graduated hints. Additional, we ported it to the net the place it may need been the primary severe sport playable in a browser with out Flash. It additionally led to 2 publications:
Quinn, C. N. (1996). Designing an educational sport: reflections on Quest for Independence. Schooling and Data Applied sciences, 1 (3&4). 251-269.
Quinn, C. N. & Ahyong, G. (1998). Net Quest: Porting Quest for Independence to the World Vast Net. Schooling and Data Applied sciences, 3 (1). 51-78.
Amazingly, you may nonetheless play it!
In your opinion, what is among the most typical errors that organizations make when attempting to boost office efficiency by means of L&D?
My cheeky reply is, “L&D is not doing close to what it may and will, and what it is doing, it’s doing badly. Aside from that, it is superb.” Briefly, we do two issues improper: our studying options aren’t nicely designed, and we do not transcend “the course” to efficiency assist, not to mention to facilitating innovation. I couple that with an admonition to a) begin measuring impression, not simply effectivity, and b) work internally on making a studying tradition to actually personal it earlier than taking it to the remainder of the group.
You have penned quite a few books about creating significant studying experiences and studying science. Are you able to inform our readers a bit extra about them and the place they’ll discover your works?
At core, they’re about how we will leverage our understanding of cognition to enhance our capability to study and carry out. Video games have been a recurrent theme all through my profession, and that is impacted each my first and most up-to-date books. My books on myths and studying science replicate my standing as a cognitive geek. The books on mLearning and the L&D revolution replicate how we will use expertise and science to help folks not simply by means of programs, however by means of the total suite of efficiency and growth. You will discover out extra about all of them right here. Thanks for asking!
Are you able to supply new studying expertise designers some phrases of knowledge to create results-driven programs by leveraging cognitive science?
Nicely, the primary phrase of recommendation is to study the cognitive (and studying) science behind profitable outcomes. Perceive the processes of notion, consideration, elaboration, and retrieval, and the properties of sensory, working, and long-term reminiscence. Then, perceive the implications: the need of significant follow and suggestions, and the position of psychological fashions and examples. Then, add within the emotional element: construct motivation and confidence, and maintain nervousness beneath management by making it “secure” by way of the introduction and likewise the closing. An important factor I might emphasize, in fact, is the need of ample contextualized follow and applicable suggestions.
We might wish to thank Clark Quinn for taking part in our Thought Chief Q&A. Clark was additionally featured in our eLearning Trailblazers: Studying Expertise Design Consultants checklist for his dedication to sharing distinctive experience, design insights, and insider know-how with our eLearning neighborhood.