Hi. This is Dr. Will Thalheimer.

I’ve created this website to support the emerging community of professionals who utilize, develop, purchase, administer, or do research on audience response systems as they are used in classrooms to improve learning.

This site specifically offers a free research-to-practice report on how to utilize audience response systems to bolster learning.

Click here to download the report.

It also offers a central place from which you may search for additional trusted information as well as providing a perspective on the field from an unbiased source. I am a researcher and consultant in the workplace learning-and-performance field, and I receive zero percentage of my income from audience response learning consulting. I took an interest in the field several years ago when I was approached by Dr. Steve Huff who worked for eInstruction. He liked my research reporting on learning, and asked whether I would look at audience response technology in terms of learning. The result is the report above.

I continue to maintain this website because I am concerned that people sell and see audience response technology as a quick fix to maintain learner interest. While interest may be temporarily raised, if this is all you do with audience response technology, you are committing educational malpractice. The research report will give you a much deeper insight into the many ways that well-designed audience response learning can support deep and meaningful learning.

 

 

Update 2014

As many of you know, I’ve been working on THE book for over 15 years, compiling research from the world’s preeminent refereed journals on learning, memory, and instruction—and refining my research analysis as a consultant and instructional designer involved with clients facing real-world challenges.

Since 1998, I’ve been implementing what I’ve learned and sharing practical recommendations with a wide variety of clients, including folks like Walgreens, ADP, Novartis, MIT, Tufts University, Allen Interactions, Pfizer, Microsoft, The Defense Intelligence Agency, and many others. By putting the research to the test in a wide variety of real-world situations, I’ve been able to derive research-based recommendations that work for learning professionals.

After exhaustive efforts, THE book is now well over 700 pages, but it’s still not near being done. Given this hard reality–and the wisdom that nobody really wants to read a 900-page book, I’ve decided to start publishing short books based on the big book. I’ve got a completed draft of the first one, and should have that published by the end of the year.

With the big book, I had hoped to share research-based insights at the same time I challenged the field to take giant leaps toward more-effective practices. With the small books, I will endeavor to do the same. I’ll tell you this–the draft of the first book is freakin’ awesome–even if for now I have to just say so myself.

If you’re interested in being one of the first to know what’s happening, sign up for my newsletter list. Also, swing by my book blog from time to time as I release short nuggets from the coming book stream.

Thanks for your interest!!

 

= Will

 

Hello!!

I'm still alive and kicking but I have found it necessary to decouple myself from public speaking engagements and from my blog and twitter as I continue to work on the following main events:

  • working with my core clients
  • writing and researching my magnum opus (a book focused on channeling research-based evidence into practical learning approaches and one intended to get us workplace learning professionals to take to the streets and storm the fortresses of mediocrity that we have built)
  • working as a volunteer at my daughter's elementary school as we create a new school design
  • coaching my daughter's soccer team, the Huskies

I am still here, and am available for:

  1. short consulting engagements
  2. e-learning critiques (a research-benchmarking process)
  3. keynote or other paid speaking engagements
  4. online workshops on research-based instructional design and/or learning measurement

I'd also be delighted to talk about coaching strategies for youth soccer. SMILE

Unfortunately I am not able to be very active with my blog, nor can I accept any public speaking engagements.

If you need to get in touch with me, you can contact me in the following ways:

  • email: info at work-learning dot com
  • phone: 888-579-9814

Thanks for your patience,

–Will

Will Thalheimer, PhD
President
Work-Learning Research, Inc.

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