Cognota and IACET Co-Hosted Design Thinking and Learning Advancements Webinar

AUSTIN, TX -February 20, 2017— Cognota, the cloud-based Learning Experience Design System, and IACET, the International Association for Continuing Education and Training, partnered and co-hosted a Free Webinar: Design Thinking and Learning Advancements, on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST.

The webinar was a premier event showcasing a handful of the L&D industry’s most influential thought leaders in technology and instructional design.

Moderated by Joe McClary, CEO of IACET, the webinar presented speakers Bror Saxberg, CLO of Kaplan, Nick Howe, CLO of Area9 Learning, and host Ryan Austin, CEO of Cognota.  Travis Jordan, founder and CEO of Instructional Design Central, led the Q&A portion of the webinar.

The event explored issues facing instructional design today, including how to scale instructional design by harnessing new innovations and applied learning sciences to solve real-life learning problems.

The full agenda is below:

Session 1: Design Thinking & Technological Advancements 

Host: Ryan Austin, CEO at Cognota

Description: The learning industry is approaching a similar transition to “User Experience (UX)” with “Learner Experience (LX) Design; one of the fast growing field in education. In this session, we’ll discuss principles of design thinking and how they relate to learning.  We’ll also review the current landscape and discover new technological innovations to scale instructional design.

Session 2: Adaptive Learning for Better Outcomes

Speaker: Nick Howe, CLO at Area9 Learning

Description: Is it possible to create a cost-effective online training course, yet give millions of learners a unique, optimized learning experience? Yes, with strong design and an adaptive learning platform.

Session 3: Learning Engineering – The Art of Using Learning Science to Improve Performance

Speaker: Bror Saxberg, CLO at Kaplan

Description: There’s much research about how learning can be enhanced by the right kinds of learning experiences. Rather than random walks with technology (“Video is great, right?”), we’ll take a closer look at what science and research tells us about how people learn. We’ll then turn our focus to learning engineering–the application of learning science at scale.

“We’re excited to have industry support from leading accreditation partners and senior thought-leaders from some of the world’s best organizations,” says Ryan Austin, CEO of Cognota. “This webinar will showcase the importance of design thinking and technological advancements in the learning and development industry.” This announcement follows the commercial release of Cognota.

About Cognota

Cognota transforms the manual process of designing learning into an automated, efficient and effective approach. Following best practices in design-thinking and learning science, Cognota lets learning designers and stakeholders collaborate to define project needs, design learning experiences and create blueprints that guide content authoring efforts.The results: better design, better outcomes, better economics.

About Area9 Learning

Area9 Learning comprises three complementary companies: Area9 Innovation, Area9 Learning, and Area9 Design. Area9 Learning developed and offers the industry’s leading adaptive learning solution – bring e-learning into the 21st century. With partners and clients including the New England Journal of Medicine, Shinola, Hitachi, and Lloyds Register, Area9 Learning powers people development in innovative businesses globally.

About Kaplan

Kaplan, Inc., a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company, is a premier provider of educational services for individuals, schools, and businesses worldwide. Kaplan is a pioneer in the for-profit education industry, with a brand name that is synonymous with quality, innovation and integrity.

About Instructional Design Central

Instructional Design Central (IDC) is a professional community of practice with nearly 15,000 members worldwide. IDC is dedicated to providing instructional design and learning experience (LX) design professionals access to industry leading resources and educational content.


Founded in 1968, IACET, the International Association for Continuing Education and Training, developed the original Continuing Education Unit (CEU) and created and maintains the ANSI/IACET Standard for Continuing Education and Training Standard, in-depth research on the learning process, and a nationwide network of experts to help continuing education and training providers to developa framework for continuous improvement and a superior learning experience.

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