Research and Development Labs
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.
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.
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.
Steven Villachica, Ph.D.
Rob Anson, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor of Information Systems
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.