Research of the Instructional Design and Management Lab
The research interests of the lab often varies as the membership of the lab changes, but in general we investigate behavior-based approaches to improving performance of employees through the use of field and laboratory research. We also investigate the empirically-supported techniques for improving instruction.
Past, current, and future research projects include:
- Operant approaches to complex behaviors such as creativity, problem-solving, novelty, discovery learning, and generative instruction
- Behavior-based coaching to improve the performance of salespeople
- Application of behavioral techniques to the enhancement of coaching and athletic performance
- Strategies to extend the endurance of performance change over time
- Looking at different approaches for delivering feedback and how this influences performance
- Improving safety behaviors of traditionally underserved workers
- Collecting data on the effectiveness of various implementations of employee-of-the-month
- Integrating the findings from applied social psychology and organizational behavior management
- Using proven educational psychology strategies to improve the development of employee training
- Promoting more effective methods for implementing computer-based instruction
- Examining the empirical basis of behavioral systems analysis
- Investigating how various presentation approaches influence learner satisfaction and retention of material
- and more...
See the Publications and Presentations pages for examples of research conducted by the lab.