Entries by Will Thalheimer

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Presentation Science Workshop — First Graduations

Last month I released a new online, self-paced workshop called Presentation Science: How to Help Your Audience to Engage, Learn, Remember, and Act. The workshop is comparable to a two-day workshop and comprises about 12.5 hours of work, including videos, scenario questions, reflection questions, discussions, and a final assessment.   People are beginning to “graduate” […]

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Learner Survey Results are NOT Correlated with Learning Results

People keep asking me for references to the claim that learner surveys are not correlated—or are virtually uncorrelated—with learning results. In this post, I include them, with commentary.     Major Meta-Analyses Here are the major meta-analyses (studies that compile the results of many other scientific studies using statistical means to ensure fair and valid […]

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Large Companies are Killing Their Own Innovation by Doing this One Stupid Thing

CEO’s are calling for their companies to be more innovative in the ever-accelerating competitive landscape! Creativity is the key leverage point for innovation. Research I’ve compiled (from the science on creativity) shows that unique and valuable ideas are generated when people and teams look beyond their inner circle to those in their peripheral networks. GIVEN […]

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What Should We Call Ourselves? Let us Come to Consensus NOW!

A huge fiery debate rages in the learning field.   What do we call ourselves? Are we instructional designers, learning designers, learning experience designers, learning engineers, etc.? This is an important question, of course, because words matter. But it is also a big freakin’ waste of time, so today, I’m going to end the debate! […]