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School of Thumb: The How and Why of Designing Optional Learning Experiences

  • Thursday, August 16, 2018
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Conservation Garden Park (8275 1300 W, West Jordan, UT 84088)
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Instructional Design

School of Thumb: The How and Why of Designing Optional Learning Experiences 

Daniel Pink, author of Drive wrote, “Control leads to compliance: autonomy leads to engagement.” Many employees, especially those who work hourly schedules, have little choice in how they use their time, and training can feel like another required calendar event. By designing and delivering a professional development program built on a foundation of autonomy, Thumbtack has created a loyal following of employees who choose to improve skills essential to their jobs and well being. 

Join us this month as Sherisa Bly and Madelyn Cartwright of Thumbtack discuss the framework they built to highlight the expertise of their internal employees while inviting others to learn from them. They unpack the importance of knowing their learners, developing partnerships of trust, and unleashing existing expertise within their organization to create Thumbtack's professional development program: School of Thumb.. 

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With over a decade of experience in education and an M.S. in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences, Sherisa Bly works to improve the experience of learning at Thumbtack, a rapidly growing marketplace for nearly every service you can imagine. As the leader of the learning team, she applies research in behavioral science and design thinking to help her team experiment and constantly measure and improve results. She dabbles in art (mostly drawing robots) and often dreams of living in Paris.

At Thumbtack, Madelyn Cartwright focuses on building a professional development program for employees, facilitating change management solutions in a fast-paced environment, and determining and addressing leadership needs. She holds a M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Claremont Graduate U and strives to use tenets of positive psychology in both her work and personal life. Madelyn also enjoys playing soccer, trail running, and wine and cheese soirees.

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