HPT Video: Clark Quinn

Yesterday I sat with Clark Quinn, PhD, face-to-face for another of my HPT Video interviews. Dr. Quinn was in Charlotte NC to speak to our ISPI Charlotte chapter about “Beyond the Course – The Performance Ecosystem and the Future of L&D.”


The video is 57:50 minutes in length.

From his website:

Clark Quinn, Ph.D., is a recognized leader in learning technology strategy, helping organizations take advantage of information systems to meet learning, knowledge, and performance needs. His approach is learning experience design, combining what we know about how people think and learn with comprehension of technology capabilities to meet real needs. He combines a deep background in cognitive science, a rich understanding of computer and network capabilities reinforced through practical application, considerable management experience, and a track record of strategic vision and successful innovations.

His interest in computers and learning started at UC San Diego where he designed his own major in Computer-Based Education, and was part of a research project using email for classroom discussion (in 1979!). Clark worked at DesignWare as an educational computer game designer and programmer before returning to UCSD to acquire a Ph.D in applied cognitive science. He subsequently conducted research at the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education at San Diego State University, and at the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh.

Clark spent seven years in Australia advancing learning technology. At the University of New South Wales, he taught interaction design and researched and published on the design of engaging, effective, interactive learning environments. During his time in Australia he branched out and held the position of Multimedia Manager for Open Net and then served as Director of Education Technology for Access CMC, both initiatives of the Australian Government. He returned to California to take the position of Director of Cognitive Systems for Knowledge Universe Interactive Studio, where he built and led a team that developed an intelligently adaptive learning system.

Clark has been involved in the design, development, and/or evaluation of a wide variety of educational technology for over 30 years. Projects in which he has led design include educational games, mobile learning applications, performance support tools, online conferences, web-based learning, effectiveness evaluation methodologies, and adaptive systems. He keynotes both nationally and internationally, and is the author of numerous articles, chapters and four books.

Check out the sites for Clark’s books:

In 2012 he was awarded the eLearning Guild’s first Guild Master designation.

HPT Video 2019 - Clark Quinn (Time 0_00_12;16)

From LinkedIn

Helping organizations ‘work smarter’ by leveraging technology in alignment with how we think, work, and learn. Demonstrated ability to lead the development of successful learning, performance, and knowledge solutions. Internationally recognized for strategy, innovation and problem-solving, combining a deep knowledge of human cognition with practical application to the design of advanced technology systems, augmented by business and management experience.

Specialties: Strategic learning/knowledge/performance analysis and the design of advanced system solutions, team leadership, client credibility, interaction and experience design, learning games, mobile learning, content models, intelligent system architecture, presentation and publication.

Clark Quinn at ISPI Charlotte March 14, 2019

Kicking his session off…


Wrapping up…


Check out Clark’s 5 books – here.

After his session 4 chapter members went out for a late dinner with Dr. Quinn.


At dinner after the session, Clark Quinn, Guy Wallace, Don Kirkey, Gary DePaul and Kiran Budhrani.

Connect with Clark Quinn

You can follow Clark on Twitter: @Quinnovator

His LinkedIn Profile: linkedin.com/in/quinnovator

Email: clark@quinnovation.com

My HPT Video Series

The HPT Practitioner and HPT Legacy Video Series was started by me in 2008 as a means of sharing the diversity of HPT Practitioners, and the diversity of HPT Practices in the workplace and in academia. The full set of videos may be found and linked to – here.

HPT – Human Performance Technology – is the application of science – the “technology” part – for Performance Improvement. As the late Don Tosti noted, “All performance is a human endeavor.”

Whether your label for HPT is that, or Performance Improvement or Human Performance Improvement, it is all about Evidence Based Practices for Performance Improvement at the Individual level, the Team level, the Process level, the Department level, the Functional level, the Enterprise level, the Value Chain level, and at the level of Society/World.

HPT Practitioners operate at all of these levels, as this Video Series clearly demonstrates.

Although ISPI – the International Society for Performance Improvement is the home of many HPT Practitioners – the concepts, models, methods, tools and techniques are not limited to any one professional affinity group or professional label.

ISPI just happens to be where I learned about HPT – and has been my professional home since 1979.

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