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Essentials of Brain-Based Learning

Use brain science to boost results.

Understand the way the brain receives, encodes, and stores information for future retrieval, and change the way you think about human behavior and performance.

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Credits: CEU 0.45 MORE
Level: Foundational
Role(s): Instructional Designer More
Language(s): English


Course Info

Insights gained from neuroimaging have changed the way we think about human behavior and disproved many of our previous assumptions about human performance. By understanding how the brain works, it will be easier for you to develop highly effective training that yields business results.

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Insights gained from neuroimaging have changed the way we think about human behavior and disproved many of our previous assumptions about human performance. By understanding how the brain works, it will be easier for you to develop highly effective training that yields business results.

Gain a solid overview of the practical applications of neuroscience in relation to the talent development profession. Identify how to apply brain-based design and delivery best practices to your learning programs, and receive valuable tools for use on the job. Read Less

What You Will Learn
  • Discuss the latest developments in neuroscience that relate to the learning and talent development field.
  • Describe the key terms and concepts of brain-based learning.
  • Use the How Much Do You Know? quiz provided with the course to check the knowledge of you and your team in the field of neuroscience.
  • Use the Program Evaluation template to evaluate the degree of brain-aware design in your existing and future courses.
  • Use the Brain Aware Training Blueprint template to select effective brain-aware learning activities.
  • Expand your knowledge by accessing the online resources provided on the Resources handout.
Essential Topics INSIGHT

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The Essentials Series

ATD’s Essentials Series Annual Pass offers a flexible and affordable way to increase your performance via interactive, online learning taught by the industry’s leading subject matter experts.

Topic 1 - An Insider’s View of the Brain
How Much Do You Know About Neuroscience?
Whole Body Brain Brain as Survival Machine
Program Evaluation Template
Topic 2 - Practical Applications of Neuroscience for the Learning Professional
Brain-Based Program Evaluation
Brain-Based Learning Modalities
Brain Aware Training
Blueprint Template
Topic 3 - Putting Brain Science Into Practice
Building the Business Case for Brain-Aware Design
Who Should Attend

This program is ideal for learning professionals who want to leverage the power of neuroscience to make their training more compelling, memorable, and effective

ATD Education programs are designed primarily for learning professionals – trainers, instructional designers, and organizational development practitioners – but also greatly benefit anyone within an organization who is responsible for developing others, from managers to human resources specialists.

Level: Foundational
Roles: Instructional Designer, Trainer
Language: English
What Our Participants Are Saying
Dustin Staiger

"My involvement in ATD has given me guidance in a dynamically changing market, while making me more valuable to my organization. Joining ATD has literally been a career-defining decision for me."

Jane Loda

"I can rely on ATD to present material that is very well constructed, timely, content-rich, and relevant to the challenges workplace learning professionals face every day."

Cindy Lam

"ATD is an organization dedicated to talent development - with their research and expertise, I trust that their programs can give me what I am looking for to implement within my organization."

Dates & Locations
  • Sep 05-19, 2019
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Things To Know


Face-to-Face Courses
Participation in all originally scheduled days of the program is mandatory in order to receive the certificate of completion and CEUs. Participants who miss more than two hours of the entire program will not be eligible to receive the certificate. Participants who fulfill the attendance requirement will receive a certificate at the end of the program.

Online Courses
Participation in all online sessions at their currently scheduled day and time is mandatory to receive a completion certificate and any applicable credits.

ATD requires active participation through the program to receive credit for the class. Active participation includes, but is not limited to, participating in virtual classroom activities, discussions, breakout sessions, and intersession work. Please note that using a tablet or mobile device severely limits your ability to fully and actively participate.

For programs with five or more sessions, one missed live session can be made up by listening to the session recording in full. Participants who miss more than one live session will not be eligible to receive the certificate. For programs with four or fewer sessions, attendance at all live sessions is required to receive a certificate. If you meet the eligibility requirements, a certificate will be issued to you through the ATD Learning Portal at the end of the program. All sessions will be recorded and available for participants to review throughout the program for your reference.


4.5 Learning Hours

0.45 CEUs awarded

Up to 4.5 APTD Recertification Points through the ATD Certification Institute.

Up to 4.5 CPLP Recertification Points through the ATD Certification Institute.


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