HPT Video 2020: Paul Kirschner

I’ve never met Paul F2F, but I am linked with him on all the usual suspect Social Media platforms.

Paul A. Kirschner

Paul A. Kirschner, dr.h.c. (1951) is Emeritus Professor Educational Psychology at the Open University of the Netherlands, Guest Professor at the Thomas More University of Applied Science in Mechelen, Belgium, and owner of kirschner-ED which does consultancy, masterclasses, and keynotes.


He is a Research Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, the International Society of the Learning Sciences, and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Science. He is a past President (2010-2011) of the International Society of the Learning Sciences and former member of the Dutch Educational Council and the Scientific Technical Council of the Foundation for University Computing Facilities (SURF WTR).

He is chief editor of Journal of Computer Assisted Learning and commissioning editor of Computers in Human Behavior. He has also published more than 350 scientific articles as well as many popular articles for teacher journals. As for books, he is co-author of How Learning Happens: Seminal Works in Educational Psychology and What They Mean in PracticeEvidence Informed Learning DesignUrban Myths about Learning and Education and More Urban Myths about Learning and Education: Challenging Eduquacks, Extraordinary Claims, and Alternative Facts as well as of the highly successful book Ten steps to complex learning, and editor of two other books (Visualizing Argumentation and What we know about CSCL).

The HPT Video

This video is 72:25 minutes in length.

A Few of Paul’s Articles

This first one would seem to be most timely…

Tips for effective teaching if you have to teach at a distance

This blog is based on the book ‘Lessons for Learning’, a translation of a recent Dutch language book, which should be coming out before the summer. The book is a collaboration between Tim Surma, Kristel Vanhoyweghen, Dominique Sluijsmans, Gino Camp, Daniel Muijs, and myself.

Transform Any Team of Experts Into an Expert Team: Part 1By Mirjam NeelenPaul A. Kirschner Thursday, January 18, 2018

Transform Any Team of Experts Into an Expert Team: Part 2By Mirjam NeelenPaul A. Kirschner Thursday, February 1, 2018

Kirschner, P. A., Sweller, J., & Clark, R. E. (2006). Why minimal guidance during instruction does not work: An analysis of the failure of constructivist, discovery, problem-based experiential and inquiry-based teachingEducational Psychologist, 41(2), 75-86. (See below.) kirschner_Sweller_Clark

Sweller, J., Clark, R. E., & Kirschner, P. (November 2010). Teaching general problem-solving skills Is not a substitute for, or a viable addition to, teaching mathematics. Docemust. clark_etal_2010_math

Paul’s Books

How Learning Happens: Seminal Works in Educational Psychology and What They Mean in Practice

by Paul A. Kirschner and Carl Hendrick

Urban Myths about Learning and Education

by Pedro De BruyckerePaul A. Kirschner, et al.

Connect with Paul

LinkedIn Profile: linkedin.com/in/paulkirschner
Email: paul.kirschner@ou.nl
Twitter: P_A_Kirschner

Guy’s HPT Video Series

The HPT Video Series … formerly known as the HPT Practitioner and HPT Legacy Video Series … was started by Guy W. Wallace 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 – over 100 – 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, and at the level of Society/World.

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

Although ISPI – the International Society for Performance Improvement is the professional 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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