ISPI 2014

Hello ISPI Attendees!!

Thanks for your interest!!

My public sessions are detailed below, and the slides are available as a download for my session on the Decisive Dozen. Other handouts will be conveniently delivered during the sessions.

If you’d like to set up a private meeting to discuss your organization’s issues while we’re at the conference, feel free to email me at: will.thalheimer@work-learning (dot) com or just grab me at the conference…



Speed Mentoring

Sunday April 13, 2 to 5PM

I will be one of many mentors available for quick mentoring sessions.
Looks like a great group of folks. Should be fun!!




Special Session
The Serious eLearning Manifesto:
An Effort to Help eLearning Live Up to its Promise

Tuesday April 15 – 10:00-11:15 am

Handouts Handed Out at Session

The eLearning Manifesto was recently released on March 13, 2014. An effort by a small group of elearning thought-leaders, the Manifesto aims to help elearning live up to its promise by challenging members of the elearning industry to take personal responsibility for building more effective elearning. The Manifesto is free and available at It offers 22 principles as guidance for elearning developers, elearning buyers, and elearning advocates. Many of its principles come right out of the ISPI playbook. The Manifesto was designed to get a conversation going–and that is the aim of this session. Facilitated by one of the Manifesto authors, we will review the actual Manifesto, discuss its origins, debate its strengths and limitations, and consider how to make it practically useful.

Participants will be able to:

• Describe the rationale behind the need for improved elearning.
• Articulate the values inherent in the Serious eLearning Manifesto.
• Consider the Manifesto’s strengths and limitations.
• Plan for using the Manifesto to drive improved elearning



General Session (RTP)
The Decisive Dozen–Research-Supported Learning Factors

Wednesday April 16 – 10:00-11:15 am

Download Slides:  Download Thalheimer — Decisive Dozen — ISPI 2014

For decades, the workplace learning and performance field has been swamped with fads and misconceptions that harm learners and depress learning results. Research can provide salvation, but only if it is made accessible and easy to use. After 15 years of research, Dr. Will Thalheimer has developed a dozen learning factors that–if implemented–can improve learning results dramatically. These “decisive dozen” will be detailed in a forthcoming book and have been published in a research review.

Participants will be able to:

• Radically improve their learning designs and learning results.
• Conceptualize learning in terms of comprehension, remembering, and application.
• Access a research review of 12 key learning factors.



Pit Stop & Refuel: Roundtable & Lunch Discussion 
Insight Learning: Helping Employees Have Creative Insights

Wednesday April 16 – 11:30 am-1:30 pm

Handouts Handed Out at Session

Most learning interventions target “transfer learning,” learning that is transferred from a person (or instructional program) to one or more learners. But people learn when they have insights as well.“Insight learning” can be targeted by workplace learning professionals to enable employees to have more and higher-quality creative insights.


ALL Half-Day Workshops CANCELLED, Including Mine:

Preconference Workshop
Radically New Research-Inspired Smile Sheet Design
Workshop Code: WUQ

Sorry it was cancelled! If interested in this workshop delivered to your company or available to you online, contact me at: will.thalheimer@work-learning (dot) com