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Evidence-Informed Learning Design Workshop


TWO-DAY WORKSHOP | 1 and 2 April 2020
Ten Bompas Hotel, Rosebank | Johannesburg

Learning is critically important to people and to the organizations they work in. As learning professionals, we have a responsibility to support people in doing their jobs better today and enabling them to have a job tomorrow. However, there’s a problem in the learning profession we need to solve.

As learning professionals, we still make too many decisions based on intuition, feelings, beliefs, trends, and gadgets. If we continue to work this way, we’re at risk leaving behind a legacy of wasted time, money, and effort, and many people who didn’t learn what they needed to do to do their jobs better and stay relevant.

If we want to have a real impact on people and organizations, we need to use the scientific evidence available to us to make sure we move beyond opinions and intuition. It’s time to move the needle and start designing learning experiences based on evidence from the learning sciences. It’s time for an evidence-informed approach to learning design so that organizations can stay afloat, learners can keep their jobs, and we can keep ours.

In this interactive workshop you can start to improve your design approach (or help others to get better), designing effective, efficient, and enjoyable learning experiences, using evidence-informed techniques, tools, and ingredients.

In the workshop, you will learn how to determine if something you read or hear is based on evidence or if it’s perhaps too good to be true. Challenge yourself to explore if you’re tricked into making design decisions based on trends and discover how you can spot the difference between ‘truth’ and ‘truthiness’.

You will learn what we know from the learning sciences and how you can improve your designs based on the evidence. You will practice with evidence-informed techniques, tools, and ingredients and determine why applying them increases the changes to help learners to achieve their goals (as well as the organization they work for!).

Of course, reality is always different than the ‘theoretical ideal’. Therefore, you also explore what kind of challenges you will likely run into when working with stakeholders and collect ideas on how to tackle them.

It is time to up our game as learning professionals and have even more impact on people and our organisations than we have today.

The workshop objectives include the following:

  • Recognize fallacies and myths in learning
  • Determine the quality and rigor of claims around learning and training
  • Explore evidence-informed techniques, tools, and ingredients
  • Design learning experiences in an evidence-informed manner
  • Discover ways to overcome practical challenges in day-to-day situations

5 reasons to attend:

  • Increase the value of your work through taking an evidence-informed approach to learning design
  • Recognise fallacies and myths in learning and training so that you can make informed (design) decisions
  • Start to make decisions based on evidence, instead of intuition, beliefs, and trends to increase the impact of your work.
  • Practice how to improve the design of learning interventions, applying evidence from the learning sciences.
  • Connect with fellow learning professionals and start driving change together.


Contact Katie van der Schyff for more information +27 (11) 706 6009 |


To book your seat contact Magdeline Matlatse on +2711 706 6009 |

Who should attend:

Any learning professional who is involved in designing training, learning programmes, learning solutions, learning experiences, and so forth, including:
  • learning experience designers
  • learning designers
  • learning architects
  • instructional designers
  • instructors
  • trainers
  • teachers
  • content developers
  • content curators
  • training managers
  • L&D managers
  • senior L&D leaders
  • CLOs

About Mirjam Neelen

Mirjam is an international expert in the Learning and Development profession. She leads the learning experience design process across Accenture’s various business entities globally and is currently based in Ireland. Mirjam is a Learning Advisory Manager with over 10 years of industry experience, working at companies such as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Google, Learnovate Centre, and now Accenture. Mirjam analyses business and performance challenges in close collaboration with her clients and manages the front-end design processes, working with other Accenture Learning teams.

Mirjam is a proud advocate for evidence-informed approaches to learning design and has a collaborative blog with Paul A. Kirschner on They have also recently completed a book together on ‘Evidence-Informed Learning Design’, which will be published in February 2020.

She has completed an MSc in Learning Sciences, an MA in Psycholinguistics and a BA in Speech Therapy.

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Evidence-Informed Learning Design Workshop
Two-day Workshop:
01-02 April  2020

R12 000.00 Excl. VAT

Please note:

  • Payment must be received prior to attendance
  • Registration fees include refreshments, lunch, parking and workshop materials



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Contact Katie van der Schyff for more information +27 (11) 706 6009 |


To book your seat contact Magdeline Matlatse on +2711 706 6009 |





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