The L&D Reality Check, Busting Myths in Our L&D Myth-ology Series with Clark Quinn

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Separating Learning Myths from Reality

Ever wondered if listening to classical music can make you smarter or if doodling during meetings helps you focus? Or maybe you’ve heard that multitasking turns you into a productivity wizard? And let’s not forget the classic myth that your attention span is as short as a goldfish’s memory—what an insult to both you and the goldfish! Get ready to chuckle and learn as we dive into these myths and more in our thought-provoking series, L&D Myth-ology, featuring the eLearning maestro – Clark Quinn. Through 16 engaging episodes, we unravel common misconceptions in learning and development, providing clear insights to separate reality from fiction. Clark tackles these beliefs head-on, presenting evidence and expert opinions that will transform your understanding of effective learning. Prepare yourself for a witty and enlightening blend of learning and myth-busting that will change the way you approach learning!

Episode 1 – Are Humans Formal, Logical, Reasoning Beings?

Are Humans Formal, Logical, Reasoning Beings? We question the belief that we’re consistently logical creatures. Review compelling evidence against this notion, drawing from behavioral economics and illogical behaviors like gambling. Discover why gambling venues aren’t purely philanthropic. This episode will challenge your understanding of human behavior and decision-making processes, revealing the hidden biases and irrationalities that guide our actions.

Episode 2 – Is Video the Ultimate Learning Media?

Is video the ultimate learning tool? Is it just passive, or a panacea? Uncover the truth about video in learning & development, emphasizing design over medium. Learn about the misconceptions surrounding video content, including its perceived effectiveness and engagement levels. Explore various case studies and expert opinions that reveal the real impact of video on learning outcomes. Improve your learning experiences with insights on how to effectively integrate video into your L&D strategy.

Episode 3 – Is Microlearning All About Duration of Courses?

Crack the code on microlearning. It’s not just about short duration—it’s about brain-friendly bits and quick fixes. Join us as we decode performance support and spaced learning, reshaping your understanding of microlearning. Discover the principles behind effective microlearning strategies and how to implement them in your organization. This episode highlights the importance of content relevance and timing in delivering impactful microlearning experiences.

Episode 4 – Are Learning Styles Really the Key to Effective Learning?

Various studies show that tailoring instruction to learning styles lacks strong evidence. Learning is multifaceted, influenced by content, purpose, context, and learner specifics—not just preferences. This episode dives into the research behind learning styles and offers alternative instructional design strategies that are more effective. Embrace evidence-based practices that cater to diverse learning needs without relying on unproven theories.

Episode 5 – The Dark Side of Personality Tests

Are personality assessments as accurate as they claim? Explore why these tests might be more fiction than fact and how they could limit diversity and dehumanize individuals. This episode examines the origins and methodologies of popular personality tests, revealing their limitations and potential biases. Learn how to critically evaluate personality assessments and use them responsibly in your organization.

Episode 6 – The Downside of Bucketing People

Explore the myth of categorizing people by learning styles and generations. Understand why focusing on behavior, rather than uncontrollable traits, is essential. This episode highlights the dangers of overgeneralization and stereotyping in L&D practices. Discover how to create inclusive and personalized learning experiences that honor individual differences without depending on rigid classifications.

Episode 7 – The Illusion of Generation-Based Learning Design

Refute the idea that age groups have drastically varied learning styles. Clark Quinn dissects the facts, emphasizing individual behavior and growth over indiscriminate labels. This episode debunks the myths surrounding generational learning differences, offering insights into the real factors that influence learning preferences and outcomes. Discover effective strategies for designing cross-generational learning programs that cater to diverse needs.

Episode 8 – The Art of Effective Learning

Is learning meant to be hard or fun? Explore ‘desirable difficulty’ and ‘deliberate practice’ with Clark Quinn. Find the sweet spot in learning where it’s neither too frustrating nor too boring. Discover why ‘hard fun’ is key to effective learning. This episode delves into the science of learning, explaining how optimal challenge levels can enhance retention and mastery. Learn practical techniques for designing learning activities that balance difficulty and enjoyment.

Episode 9 – Why do Learning Myths Feel Right

Clark reveals why myths like learning styles persist. Learn playful ways to shift perspectives, uncover ties between myths, and gain fresh insights. Get ready to dismantle myths and embrace evidence-based learning. This episode explores the psychological and cultural factors that contribute to the persistence of L&D myths. Discover strategies for promoting critical thinking and fostering a culture of continuous improvement in your organization.

Episode 10 – Beyond Age: Andragogy vs. Pedagogy in Learning

Clark explores adult vs. child learning, emphasizing relevance and minimal information. Discover why breaking from ‘school-like’ structures can enhance understanding of human learning. This episode examines the principles of andragogy (adult learning) and contrasts them with traditional pedagogical approaches. Learn how to design adult learning experiences that are practical, engaging, and effective.

Episode 11 – What’s the difference between training and learning?

Clark Quinn discusses the distinction between training and learning. Learn about physiological primary and secondary learning and practical tips for effective training. This episode explores the nuances of how our brains learn and why training is essential for achieving certain goals. Understand the differences between knowledge acquisition and skill development and discover best practices for integrating training and learning in your organization.

Episode 12 – Breaking Free from Event-Based Learning

Discover why one-and-done events might not suffice. Embrace a ‘campaign’ or ‘journey’ model for effective learning. Clark challenges the superstition around sporadic learning. This episode highlights the limitations of event-based learning and promotes continuous learning journeys. Learn how to create sustained learning experiences that drive long-term performance improvement.

Episode 13 – In the World, Not the Head

We question the idea that all information belongs in your head. Discover the power of putting information into the world and when to save learning design resources for critical in-the-head moments. This episode explores the benefits of externalizing information and using job aids and performance support tools. Learn how to optimize learning design by focusing on essential knowledge and skills.

Episode 14 – Are Courses Really the Answer to Everything?

Clark challenges the assumption that courses are always the solution. Explore alternative approaches to address performance gaps effectively. This episode examines the limitations of traditional courses and promotes a more holistic approach to learning and development. Discover how to identify root causes of performance issues and implement targeted interventions that drive meaningful results.

Episode 15 – What’s the difference between training and learning?

Debunk the myth that SMEs can double as instructional designers. Clark explains why expertise and design are the ultimate duo for effective course creation. This episode highlights the unique skills and perspectives that instructional designers bring to the table. Learn how to collaborate effectively with SMEs to create high-quality learning experiences.

Episode 16 – Measuring Learning Impact, Beyond Smile Sheets

Clark addresses the limitations of traditional ‘smile sheet’ assessments. Learn why learner perceptions don’t always align with actual learning impact. Gain insights into refining evaluation approaches with smarter questions, better timing, and richer data. This episode explores advanced methods for measuring learning impact, focusing on meaningful metrics and data-driven decision-making. Discover how to improve your evaluation practices and demonstrate the value of L&D initiatives.

Dive into the world of learning and development with L&D Myth-ology! Explore common misconceptions and discover the truth behind them. Each episode challenges assumptions and offers fresh insights. We hope you enjoyed the series! Do you have any myths you’d like us to cover next? We’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. Reach out to us at to share your ideas or discuss anything further. Let’s keep the conversation going and continue to separate fact from fiction in the world of L&D!

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