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Chapter Event: Applying Learning Science to Elevate Talent Development

  • 10/07/2020
  • 6:00 PM - 7:20 PM
  • Virtual Event: via Zoom


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NOTE: The 6pm-7pm session will be followed by a 20-minute networking exercise, "ATD NYC Connections"!

The talent development space is estimated to be just shy of a $400 billion market (according to Statista), yet there seems to be a continued gap between traditional "Learning & Development" and Learning Science. To not only advance the world of talent development, but also to increase learning effectiveness in the industry, we need to incorporate more learning principles rooted in science and based on evidence!

Event Sponsored by:

Gilman Performance Solutions, Inc.

David Gilman, a 30+ year member of  ATD NYC, was the Manager of Training/ Learning at three major firms. He leads a consulting practice with 200 repeat clients that focuses on Business Simulations, 25+ Workshops, Surveys, and a Coaching Platform with six services to meet today's challenges.

Event Description:

In this interactive virtual event, John Harnisher, Ph.D, will discuss the ways to bring learning science principles into the work of training and developing talent, focusing on two key questions learners ask when truly engaged in a learning exercise.

  1. "How am I doing?" – Keeping in mind the need for feedback and fulfilling the need for milestones and guideposts along a learning journey.
  2. "What do I do next?" – Building trust between the learner and the trainer, teacher, instructor, coach, or organization is critical. Guiding learners to do the next thing that is right for them, to take the next step, in the learning process is paramount.

What you will learn:

Dr. Harnisher will provide examples and some tips on ways learning science principles are incorporated into training and development.

  • Formative quizzing – this has to do with providing quizzes that alter the work to be completed by the learner; it is the basis for adapting the curriculum to learner needs.
  • Spaced learning and interleaving – ensuring that work on specific learning objectives is spread apart to reduce fatigue and ensure that learning is permanently encoded. Interleaving is the notion of changing the mode and or topic of learning to keep students on track and engaged. Both of these topics reduce cognitive overload.
  • Worked examples – In teaching any person a new task, the most critical phase is often the first step. Having an expert lead learners through an example and explaining the thinking process the expert engages reduces stress on the part of the learner and facilitates learning.


6:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Chapter Event

7:00 pm – 7:20 pm | ATD-NYC Connections (more details below)

About our speaker:

John Harnisher is Vice President of Learning Science and Psychometrics at Kaplan. In his role, he is charged with further developing and advancing Kaplan's capabilities in delivering industry-leading, world class learning programs for our students and partners and leading teams in learning analytics and psychometrics. An experienced practitioner and researcher in the fields of data modeling, analytics and assessment, John strives to ensure that the latest discoveries in learning are applied to Kaplan products.  John holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from New York University and a B.A. in Psychology from Connecticut College.

This program is pre-approved for continuing education credits!

ATD New York City Chapter programs are pre-approved by the ATD Certification Institute for continuing education credits towards recertification by Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) and Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) credential holders.

More about ATD-NYC Connections

Join us for a post-event discussion to leverage new learning and network with fellow attendees. BYOB encouraged!

ATD-NYC Connections originated from the thought to help you to get more out of your membership, and connect with your peer members to give help, gain new insights, share expertise, and simply meet and learn from more people.

In these 20-minutes we will be led by our networking facilitator, Deena Baikowitz – Chief Networking Officer of Fireball Network.

See you then!

Event Contact

Adil Ibrahim, Vice President, Programs – adil.ibrahim@atdnyc.org

Telephone: 212.479.7397
Email: contact@atdnyc.org

Chapter Incentive Program (ChIP) code for td.org store purchases: CH1026

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