Making Meaningful Learning Solutions

April 20, 2022
4 minutes
Clark Quinn joined #IDIODC

"You must ENGAGE your learners!"  Have you heard anyone say that before?

Yep. Us too.

We've had a few guests talk about it on IDIODC in the past.  And from those conversations we've learned about games, experiences, and making learning fun. But what, exactly, do we mean by creating "engaging learning"?

Dr. Clark Quinn joined us to talk about how we need to make our learning solutions meaningful to those experiencing them. He's well known for his writing on the science of learning and many other subjects. He wrote the book, "Learning Science for Instructional Designers". Dr. Quinn's next book, Make it Meaningful, focuses on how we Make it Meaningful.

He frames the first part of the book using a fishing metaphor:
"...the learners have to take the proverbial bait, becoming willing to start the experience. Then you need to reel them in, getting them from hook to net. It’s a matter of taking them through the experience successfully, carrying them through to the end of the experience, and achieving the outcomes."

Enjoy this conversation with Dr. Clark Quinn. You can find more about Dr. Quinn at his blog

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About Clark Quinn

Clark Quinn, Ph.D. provides learning experience design strategy to corporations, higher education, government, and not-for-profit organization. An award-winning consultant, internationally known speaker, and author of six books, he integrates a deep understanding of thinking & learning with technology to improve organizational execution, innovation, and ultimately performance. He learns ‘out loud’ at, tweets as @quinnovator, co-organizes the Learning & Development Accelerator, and works on behalf of clients through Quinnovation.


Instructional Designers in Offices Drinking Coffee (Affectionately known as IDIODC) is a weekly live videocast and podcast that helps instructional designers with pain points and provides best practices and industry insight.  

Every Wednesday morning at 10am ET hosts Brent Schlenker and Chris Van Wingerden guide us through an upbeat and candid conversation with their guests from the eLearning and training world. The live cast session encourages peers to participate in the chat and share their own personal insight! After airing live, you can catch the learning podcast on all major streams such as Spotify, Apple, and Google Play podcasts, as well as on YouTube.

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