Big Learning Results with Little Experiments with Shannon Tipton

Shannon Tipton joined #IDIODC June 15.
June 15, 2022
4 minutes
Shannon Tipton joined #IDIODC June 15.

Damn it, Jim! I'm an Instructional Designer! Not a scientist!

That may be so, but it doesn't mean you can't perform experiments. Testing things out is how we learn. You can ask experts, consultants, and thought leaders to give you all the answers, but you'll never truly know what will work until you do it. So, let's learn how to experiment within L&D.

Trying things out first is how we gain the confidence to make decisions. And the biggest decision you need to make is how you can improve your work, your team, your training designs, and your career.

Shannon Tipton joined us to talk about the insights she gained doing research with Laura Overton. In the middle of 2020, they asked 32 practitioners/thinkers from around the globe "How can L&D emerge stronger from the pandemic?"

Have you ever heard about “Trojan Mice”? Learn more about how these little experiments can improve your team’s output, as well as their morale, in this fun conversation.  

It turns out that the ability to experiment, try something new, fail fast and learn faster has been a characteristic of high performing learning teams throughout the disruption of the pandemic. Experiments in L&D are under-utilized and misunderstood. What they found is that the right experiments at the right time work. They release creativity and empower innovation through exploration.

Watch the recording of this Crowdcast event for this practical conversation we can all use in our daily work.

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About Shannon Tipton

As owner of Learning Rebels and co-founder of Emerging Stronger, Shannon Tipton has supported L&D to partner with businesses to transform learning and help people realize their full potential. Recognized as bringing real-world expertise into the learning field, Shannon develops strategies and frameworks to unlock the learning potential of your business. Learning Rebels is focused on helping organizations "think differently about training" by integrating modern learning concepts coupled with evidence-informed approaches to achieve business results. As author of Disruptive Learning, Shannon speaks internationally about Learning in the Modern Workplace. Shannon's top 100 learning blog can be found at


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