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April Chapter Meeting: Our Learner Surveys Can Be More Powerful and Effective Than We Think!

  • 20 Apr 2023
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Zoom
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ATD Charlotte Chapter Meeting

Zoom Meeting: April 20, 2023 6:00pm - 8:00pm (Eastern)

Our Learner Surveys Can Be More Powerful and Effective Than We Think!

As learning professionals, we regularly use learner surveys, but many of us don’t trust them. That is our intuition telling us something already proven by research! Traditional smile sheets do not correlate with results. Fortunately, there is a much more effective way! 

In this session, Will Thalheimer, award-winning author and tireless researcher, will share hard-earned lessons learned about designing and utilizing better learner surveys. We will discuss: 

  1. the science behind traditional learner surveys, 
  2. the problems inherent with Likert and numeric scales, 
  3. the innate challenges associated with learners evaluating learning, 
  4. how to build better questions, 
  5. how to send messages and nudge action, and 
  6. how learner surveys fit into a new model - LTEM (the Learning-Transfer Evaluation Model) developed by Will.

Will's content will assure you if you’re skeptical about surveying learners. If you’re using Likert-like scales or numeric scales, Will’s research-inspired approach will challenge you. One of the best things about Will’s work is that he’s skeptical too, and he’s built an approach that can provide us with better data while also reminding us to use learner surveys only as a starting point in evaluation.  Agents of change within organizations won’t miss this opportunity to continue their journey and drastically improve the learning evaluation function within their organizations.

The learning industry recognizes his LTEM approach as an innovative model that provides learning teams with better data.

Presented by:

Will Thalheimer

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Will Thalheimer, Ph.D., MBA, is the Principal at TiER1 Performance. Will is a world-renowned speaker, writer, researcher, and consultant focused on research-based best practices for learning design, learning evaluation, and presentation design. Will is the creator of LTEM and author of the award-winning Performance-Focused Learner Surveys.

At TiER1, Will works with multi-capability teams helping organizations realize business and operational goals through learning initiatives that “move the needle.” Previously, Will founded and ran Work-Learning Research for 22 years, where his research reviews are still available. Will co-created The Learning Development Accelerator and the eLearning Manifesto.


Join ATD Charlotte for our monthly chapter meeting. Meet other talent development professionals in the Charlotte, area, discover job opportunities and - if you're recruiting - connect with job seekers, hear about the latest chapter news, and participate in a fantastic program.

Meeting Schedule:

All times Eastern Time (US & Canada)

  • 5:50pm - Virtual Lobby Opens
  • 6:00pm - Networking & Job Forum
  • 6:15pm - Chapter Announcements
  • 6:45pm - Presentation Begins
  • 8:00pm - Meeting Concludes
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