Clark Quinn

Clark N. Quinn leads learning system design through Quinnovation, providing strategic solutions to Fortune 500, education, government, and not-for-profit organizations. He has held management positions at Knowledge Universe Interactive Studio, Open Net, and Access CMC, and academic positions at the University of New South Wales, the University of Pittsburgh¡¦s Learning Research and Development Center, and San Diego State University¡¦s Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education. Clark earned his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of California, San Diego, and has led development of mobile, performance support, and intelligently adaptive learning systems. A thought leader, he¡¦s an in-demand speaker as well as scholar, with a recent book, Engaging Learning, Designing e-Learning Simulation Games, and numerous journal articles and chapters.


Hard Fun: Cognition and Emotion at Play


Is there any reason to believe that we really can blend fun and learning? And if so, can we do it systematically? In this talk, we will develop the alignment between learning and engagement, highlighting the synergy between cognitive and emotional elements that tell us that we should make learning 'hard fun'. Then we'll talk about the learning design process, and show how these elements can be developed during a systematic design process that yields deeply contextualized challenging practice. In short, why learning can be 'hard fun'. The result is an optimal balance that promises more meaningful learning and more engaging experiences!