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Research and Development Labs

The Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning program offers students a unique opportunity to participate in faculty-led research. Like our programs, the research and development labs are conducted 100% online.

Apply your learning, build your portfolio and deepen your connections to faculty and peers!

Interactive Learning Lab

The Interactive Learning Design Lab focuses on creating, assessing and publishing highly interactive and engaging learning design artifacts and related research that improve performance in organizations and other adult learning contexts.

Rafael De Silva

The Interactive Learning Lab is led by Dr. Rafael da Silva.
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Learning Strategy Lab

Through the lenses of adult cognition, organizational behavior and expertise development, we explore learning strategy and design in the Learning Strategy Lab. Our work centers on two efforts. First, we engage in cutting-edge research to advance industry practice for improving performance across a variety of critical, strategic learning issues. Second, we partner with organizations in industry to complete consultative projects.

Seth Aaron Martinez

The Learning Strategy Lab is led by Dr. Seth-Aaron Martinez.
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Marginalized and Cross-Cultural Research & Design Learning Tech Group

Our lab focuses on how empathetic, design-based thinking can improve learning and development initiatives in global organizations working across cultures, developing a diverse workforce and sometimes in support of marginalized groups. We are interested in addressing organizational development needs or opportunities, with the efficient and effective design of workplace learning technology, to deliver better results. We use a variety of methods (e.g., interviews, questionnaires, surveys, extant data) to understand these needs or opportunities, and employ evidence-based interventions, to support learning and development or change performance.

Lisa Giacumo

The Marginalized and Cross-Cultural Research & Design Learning Tech Group is led by Dr. Lisa Giacumo.
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OPWL Action Research Lab

The Knowledge for Action Virtual Research Lab (K-Act Lab) is committed to research for change. While research methods often stress knowledge generation for its own sake, this lab harnesses evidence-based research practices that pave the way for better learning, performance, increasing opportunity and improving the conditions in which we work and learn. It was created expressly to support students and others who want to build research experience and expertise in a supportive community. While they may explore a wide variety of topics, the projects in this lab are grounded in Human Performance Improvement.

Vicki Stieha

The OPWL Action Research Lab is led by Dr. Vicki Stieha.
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Process Management Lab

The Process Management Lab helps small to mid-sized nonprofit organizations build internal infrastructure to achieve missions and serve their communities. Consulting for good, we bring faculty, graduate and student expertise to nonprofits who otherwise could not afford them.

The Process Management Lab is led by Dr. Steven Villachica and Dr. Rob Anson.

Steve Villachica

Steven Villachica, Ph.D.




Rob Anson

Rob Anson, Ph.D.

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