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Research and Development Labs

Interactive Learning Design Lab

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    Rafael da Silva

    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.

    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.

Learning Strategy Lab

  • Seth Martinez

    Seth-Aaron Martinez, Ph.D.

    Through the lenses of adult cognition, organizational behavior, and expertise development, we explore learning strategy and design. 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.

    Through the lenses of adult cognition, organizational behavior, and expertise development, we explore learning strategy and design. 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.

Marginalized and Cross-Cultural Research & Design Learning Tech Group

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    Lisa Giacumo, Ph.D.

    Our lab focuses on how empathetic design-based thinking can improve learning and development (L&D) 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 L&D or change performance.

    Our lab focuses on how empathetic design-based thinking can improve learning and development (L&D) 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 L&D or change performance.

OPWL Action Research Lab

  • Vicki Stieha

    Vicki Stieha, Ph.D.

    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.

    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.

Process Management Lab

  • Steve Villachica

    Steven Villachica, Ph.D.

    The PML 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 PML 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.

  • Rob Anson

    Rob Anson, Ph.D.