Clark Quinn

The ‘late adopter’ strategy

Clark Quinn

I was asked about the latest techno-hype, bionic reading. At the same time, there’s a discussion happening about learning affordances of the metaverse. I realize my strategy is the same, which I learned many years ago (wish I could remember from whom!).

The cognitive basis of LXD

Clark Quinn

When ATD asked me to write the learning science book , I’d already had the intention of writing a Learning Experience Design (LXD) book. I’d even begun, and the first section on learning was underway, so essentially I was partly done!

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Superstitions for New Practitioners

Clark Quinn

It’s become obvious (even to me) that there are a host of teachers moving to L&D. There are also a number of initiatives to support them. Naturally, I wondered what I could do to assist.

Pre-order for Make It Meaningful now available

Clark Quinn

I’m happy to report that the ebook version of my next tome, Make It Meaningful: Taking Learning Design From Instructional to Transformational , is now available for pre-order ! Why should you care?

Transform Your Classroom with Apple

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

Apple empowers educators and students by design. In our webinar, we’ll explain how to make the best use of Apple devices in your classroom, and the tools and resources you need for success.

The Wrong Bucket Lists

Clark Quinn

Our brains like to categorize things; in fact, we can’t really not do it. This has many benefits: we can better predict outcomes when we can categorize the situation, we can respond in appropriate ways via shared conceptualizations, and so on.

Sensitivities and Sensibilities

Clark Quinn

We are currently experiencing a crisis of communication. While this is true of our nation and arguably the world, it’s also true in our little world of L&D. Recently, there have been at least four different ‘spats’ about things.

Working with SMEs

Clark Quinn

In a recent post , I talked about how expertise is compiled away, and the impact on designing learning and documentation. Someone, of course, asked how do you then work with SMEs to get the necessary information.

Experts and Explanations

Clark Quinn

I’ve been going through several different forms of expert documentation. As a consequence, I’ve been experiencing a lot of the problems with that! Experts have trouble articulating their thinking.

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Time for Reflection

Clark Quinn

My dad used to regale me with this tale of his best friend, who told his new employer when he started: “If you see me with my feet up on my desk and it appears I’m sleeping, I’m not. I’m working. I’ll still do the work of 2 other engineers.” ” And he did!

Who C.A.R.E.S.!? How Learning Got Its Bad Rap & What We Can Do About It

Speaker: Treion Muller, Chief Strategy Officer at ELB Learning

Since when has learning and development become such a negative experience with learners? Treion Muller, Chief Strategy Officer for ELB Learning, will introduce a new learning framework called the C.A.R.E.S Learning Effectiveness Model.

Generic Thinking Skills?

Clark Quinn

Recently, a colleague asked a few of us about our views on critical thinking skills. This is actually a contentious topic. There are broad claims of the need for them, increasingly, even showing up in job advertisements.

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Gamification or…

Clark Quinn

On my walk yesterday, I was reflecting on our You Oughta Know with Christy Tucker (a great session, as usual), who talked about scenarios. It got me pondering, in particular, about different interpretations of ‘ gamification ‘ As I dictated a note to myself as I walked (probably looking like one of those folks who holds phone calls on their perambulations), I found myself discussing the differences between two approaches.

Learning or Performance Strategy

Clark Quinn

Of late, I’m working in a couple of engagements where the issue of learning and performance strategy have come up. It has prompted some thoughts both on my part and the part of my clients.

Complexity in Learning Design

Clark Quinn

I recently mentioned that one of the problems with research is that things are more interconnected than we think. This is particularly true with cognitive research. While we can make distinctions that simplify things in useful ways (e.g.

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Keeping Students Safe and Productive on Devices

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, we’ll explore the full range of Jamf education products to protect students, including quick and easy tools for IT admins, powerful apps for teachers to ensure student safety anywhere, and parental engagement tools.

The Performance Ecosystem and L&D

Clark Quinn

On LinkedIn recently, a survey in a post asked whether L&D should simply become performance consulting (Y/N). In the ensuing discussion, a comment was made that the binary discussion was flawed, and that a richer picture was possible.

What makes a good book?

Clark Quinn

I was in contact with a person about a potential book, and she followed up with an interesting question: what’s the vision I have for publishing ? She was looking for what I thought was a good book. Of course, I hadn’t really articulated it!

Quip: Systematic Creativity

Clark Quinn

I’ve previously documented quips in the past, but apparently not this one yet. Prompted by a nice article by Connie Malamed on creativity , I’m reminded of a saying, and the underlying thinking. Here’s both the quip and some more on systematic creativity.

Confidence and Correctness

Clark Quinn

Not surprisingly, I am prompted regularly to ponder new things. Too often, in the wee hours of the morning…) In this case, I realize I haven’t given a lot of thought to the role of confidence (PDF).

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The Key to Getting the Best Out of Video-Based Practice & Coaching

Speaker: Micah Eppler, Account Executive for Rehearsal of eLearning Brothers

Join Micah Eppler from eLearning Brothers to see hands-on examples of how organizations are transforming outcomes with video-based training strategies.

Beyond Industrial Age Thinking

Clark Quinn

I’ve long maintained that our organizational practices are too often misaligned with how our brains really work. I’ve attributed that to a legacy from previous eras. Yet, I realize that there may be another legacy, a cognitive one.

Why L&D isn’t better

Clark Quinn

As I’ve noted before, someone on LinkedIn asked a question, and it’s prompting a reply. In this case, the question was in response to my previous post on superstitions (for new L&D practitioners). He asked “How did we even get here?” ” I’ve talked before about the sorry state of our industry, but haven’t really shared my thinking on why this is the case. My short response was that it’s complex.

How to be an elearning expert

Clark Quinn

I was asked (and have been a time or two before): “What’s the one most important thing you’d like to tell to be successful Ed Tech industry leader?” Of course there wasn’t just one ;).

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Emphasis and Effort

Clark Quinn

For reasons that aren’t quite clear (even to me), I was thinking about where, on a continuum, do L&D elements fit? Where does performance support go? Formal learning? Informal learning? I began to think that it depends on what focus you’re thinking of.

The Best Ways to Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, How to Best Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School, hear the real-world experience of Steven Palomo, IT Director at Beverly Public Schools, regarding how he successfully managed his entire tech stack.

Accreditation?

Clark Quinn

As occasionally happens, I was asked a question on LinkedIn. In this case, it was about my thoughts on accreditation. Also, as occasionally happens, I thought that I’d share my thoughts in this forum, and look for feedback to improve my thinking.

Higher-education Myths

Clark Quinn

I’ve been in a variety of higher education roles in several ways: as a victim, er, student; as a grad student; post-doc; tenured/promoted faculty member; textbook publishing consulting; strategic elearning consulting… Further, in general, I’m a supporter.

2021 Top 10 Tools for Learning

Clark Quinn

As always, I like to participate in my Internet Time Alliance colleague Jane Hart’s Top 10 Tools for Learning survey. However, in reviewing last year’s list , things haven’t changed much. Still, it’s worth getting out there.

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The case for good timekeeping

Clark Quinn

I was a part of a fascinating, but frustrating, event. The topic was important, but the schedule slipped. And slipped. I realized, as a result, that maybe not everyone has the same view of timekeeping that I do, So I thought I’d make the case for good timekeeping.

Immersing the Curious Mind in VR: Why You’re Missing Out on Proven ROI!

Speaker: John Blackmon, eLearning Brothers CTO, CenarioVR® Creator

Join John Blackmon, eLearning Brothers CTO and creator of the award-winning VR course builder CenarioVR®, to find out why organizations choose immersive learning and how they've used innovative approaches.

More Marketing Malarkey

Clark Quinn

As has become all too common, someone decided to point me to some posts for their organization. Apparently, interest was sparked by a previous post of mine where I’d complained about microlearning.

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Levels of Organizational Alignment

Clark Quinn

Several years ago, I was pushing the notion of the Coherent Organization. While I still feel it’s relevant, perhaps the time wasn’t right or I wasn’t convincing enough.

The (Post) Cognitive Perspective

Clark Quinn

I’m deeply steeped in the cognitive sciences, owing to a Ph.D. in cognitive psych. Fortuitively, this was at the time my advisor was creating the cognitive science program (and more). So I’ve a bias.

Concept Maps and Learning

Clark Quinn

Once again, someone notified me of something they wanted me to look at. In this case, a suite of concept maps, with a claim that this could be the future of education.

Everyone Wins! How Games Can Improve Learning Outcomes Across Multiple Generations

Speaker: Stephen Baer, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Game Agency

Nearly 70% of American adults play video games. Stephen Baer, Chief Creative Officer at The Game Agency, will discuss each generation’s unique learning styles and identify game types that appeal to each one and improve your learning outcomes.

A message to CxOs 2: about org learning myths

Clark Quinn

When I wrote my last post on a message to CxOs about L&D myths, I got some pushback. Which, for the record, is a good thing; one of us will learn something. As a counter to my claim that L&D often was it’s own worst enemy, there was a counter.

Relevant and anchored

Clark Quinn

In reviewing my forthcoming book on Make It Meaningful, I’m poring over my Education -Engagment Alignment (EEA). I’m rewriting part to revisit it. Which I’ve done, but in doing so I had a revelation. I’ve maintained that they’re independent elements.

Aligning and enabling transformation

Clark Quinn

In what was my last Quinnsights column for Learning Solutions, I wrote about how the transformation wasn’t (or shouldn’t) be digital. In many ways we aren’t aligned with what’s best for our thinking. Thus, digitizing existing approaches doesn’t make sense.

Happy New(s) Year!

Clark Quinn

It’s the new year, and I’ve been hinting for a while that something’s up. Well, now I can announce it. The new year seems like the right time for news, so Happy New(s) Year! While Quinnovation will continue, I have joined another initiative as well.

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Technology to Support and Empower Users With Disabilities

There is an increasing global focus on accessibility for students in school. When combined with a device management system such as Jamf Pro or Jamf School, the sky’s the limit. Learn how Apple and Jamf can support disabled users in your school.