About Julie Dirksen

Julie Dirksen is an acclaimed author and learning strategy consultant who brings behavioral science insights to the design of impactful learning experiences. ​

She is the author of the bestselling book Design For How People Learn and her most recent book Talk to the Elephant: Design Learning for Behavior Change. She is a learning strategy consultant with a focus on incorporating behavioral science into learning interventions. ​

She has experience creating digital learning experiences for diverse clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies, international NGOs, technology startups, and grant-funded research initiatives. She loves brains, and games, and evidence-based practice. ​

Her MS degree is in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University and she’s been an adjunct faculty member at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and is a Learning Guild Guildmaster.

She’s happiest whenever she gets to learn something new.

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Where’s Julie?

Julie can frequently be found being interviewed for podcasts or leading webinars. Check out these recent and upcoming appearances:​

  • Watch the recording of the book launch for Talk to the Elephant: Design Learning for Behavior Change, featuring special guest, Cammy Bean.  They had a good time talking about books. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShocVwzyT7g
  • Listen to this episode of The eLearning Coach Podcast where Julie was interviewed by host, Connie Malamed. Learn more about Julie’s new book, Talk to the Elephant.  They discuss a behavior change model, COM-B, and walk through a scenario to demonstrate its use. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/elc-081-focusing-on-behavior-change-in-instructional/id592110281?i=1000630330013
  • Check out this interview by Peter Shea, founder of the Instructional Design in Education Facebook Group and Director of Professional Development at Middlesex Community College in Bedford, MA.  The conversation delved into lots of aspects of Julie’s new book, Talk to the Elephant.  Check it out on YouTube.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZZdg4iAKm4
  • The Design Learning for Behavior Change Webinar, taught by Julie and hosted by  A New Spring’s Learning Innovator.  The webinar is based on Julie’s new book, Talk to the Elephant: Design Learning for Behavior Change. During the session you’ll find out how to use frameworks and strategies from behavioral science to help you research and analyze challenges, feel more confident that you’re solving the right problem, and design and test solutions that can help people with difficult behavior changes. The recording will available soon. https://www.anewspring.com/events/design-learning-with-julie-dirksen

You can also check out the playlists on Julie’s Usable Learning Youtube channel.

Julie’s Media Kit