Dr. Will Thalheimer began work in
the learning-and-performance field in 1985. He has worked as an instructional
designer, simulation architect, project manager, product manager, trainer,
consultant, and researcher; his clients have included organizations such as
Rockwell, Raytheon, Boeing, Kodak, and the U.S. Postal Service. He has
published papers, research reports, and articles on instructional design and
e-Learning; and spoken at national conferences and local industry meetings. Dr.
Thalheimer founded Work-Learning Research in 1998 to compile and disseminate
research on learning and performance. He is a recipient of the 2002
International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) Research Grant.
"Evaluating the effectiveness of e-Learning 1.0 has always been a challenge, and one which we have not always handled well. Now we have e-Learning 2.0, with its bottom-up, decentralized, user-generated approach to learning. How can we show the value of what we are doing with this new approach, and how can we avoid doing harm?"