Podcast 177 — Evidence-informed learning design

Can learning and development ever adopt the same rigour as clinical research? And how should we judge the usefulness of existing research?

Written by Ross Garner
Published 14 January 2020
Podcast 177 — Evidence-informed learning design

This week on The GoodPractice Podcast, Ross Garner and Owen Ferguson welcome return guest Mirjam Neelen to discuss her new book (co-written with Paul A. Kirschner): Evidence-Informed Learning Design.


In this episode you'll find out about:

  • The problems with research into learning
  • The mis-use of terms like ‘neuroscience’ to justify beliefs
  • The difference between corporate learning and academia


Show notes

Mirjam’s book is available from Kogan Page and she blogs at: 3starlearningexperiences.wordpress.com

The blog Mirjam referenced, by Robert Slavin, was ‘Why Can’t Education Progress Like Medicine Does?’, available online at: https://robertslavinsblog.wordpress.com/2020/01/09/why-cant-education-progress-like-medicine-does/

The Willingham (2012) book Mirjam referenced was When Can You Trust the Experts?, available from Amazon (https://www.amazon.co.uk/When-Can-You-Trust-Experts/dp/1118130278) but summarised here: https://3starlearningexperiences.wordpress.com/2018/06/26/working-in-an-evidence-informed-way/

The summary of the ‘growth mindset’ debate, referenced by Owen, is online here: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/debate-arises-over-teaching-growth-mindsets-to-motivate-students/

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About the author

Ross Garner

Ross Garner

Instructional Design Manager
Ross has been working in L&D for seven years and he heads up the instructional design team at Emerald Works. In 2019 he completed a Masters in Digital Education and was named Learning Technologies’ Learning Designer of the Year. He is also one of the hosts of the GoodPractice Podcast.

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