Audience-Centered Design for 21st Century Learners


The NPS Learning & Development community gathered from August 23 – 25, 2016 at the Forging our Future:  The Next Century of L&D training. In this presentation, Dr. Atsusi “2c” Hirumi, Associate Professor at the University of Florida, dives deeper into audience-centered and adult learning theory and helps attendees ground their instructional design in research outcomes.

Session Abstract

Examine learning theories and their implications for the design of training and human performance ecosystems. During the 2 hour training session, Dr. Hirumi will guide participants through the evolution of learning theories, distinguishing key principles and practices associated with adult learning, and behavioral, cognitive information processing, cognitive constructivist, and neurobiological explanations of human learning.

He will also work with participants to define and refine their beliefs about how and why people learn by helping them ground their educational philosophy in research and theory. The outcome will help participants:

  1. Align theory, research, and practice
  2. Base key design decisions on research and theory
  3. Trace and defend the design of educational products and services
  4. Continuously improve training and education offered by NPS

What you’ll learn

Dr. Hirumi shared the following resources with workshop participants:

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Reflection Questions

After reviewing the presentation materials, please consider the following questions:

  1. What’s the difference between education and training? Does a Learning & Development professional have a responsibility to share information – or just to deliver training?
  2. What learning theories most speak to you?
  3. In what learning theories do you ground your practice? How do your learning and development activities align with learning theory?

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  1. Dr. Hirumi’s information and concise descriptions of learning theory principles and practice are VERY cogent and concise. I really liked the information at the back of both the activity sections.

    The point is to make sure your approach and design is consistent with your philosophy of adult learning and that you are making conscious and deliberate decisions and choices.- well worth revisiting again and again.


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