Human beings are creatures of emotion. That’s why we decide with our gut and then use logic to justify our decisions. That’s also why it takes well-told stories, and not data or logic, to get people to see differently. While this gut-centered approach might be okay for personal decisions, those of us in learning design would do well to take the help of science to inform our work. We have to, if we want to do justice to learners and the business at large.
As a learning practitioner, irrespective of where we are on the experience spectrum, it can be really hard to understand and keep up with the science. This is especially true if we don’t come from a scientific background. There are the pressures of day-to-day work, and if we are even a little bit curious (which we should be!), the onslaught of information that’s available for us to consume from a million sources can quickly overwhelm.
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