Julie Dirksen

Julie Dirksen

Instructional Designer
Usable Learning, LLC
Minneapolis Minnesota
Timezone: America/New_York

Julie Dirksen is an independent consultant and instructional designer who has more than 15 years’ experience creating highly interactive e-learning experiences for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to innovative technology startups to major grant-funded research initiatives. Her focus has been on using the disciplines of educational psychology, neuroscience, change management, and persuasive technology to promote and support the improvement of peoples’ lives through sustainable, long-term learning and behavioral change. Julie recently published the book Design for How People Learn (www.designforhowpeoplelearn.com), in which she gets ridiculously excited about everything from learning applications of behavioral economics to the way glucose is regulated in the brain. 

Julie holds an MS in instructional systems technology from Indiana University. She has also been an adjunct faculty member at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where she taught courses in project management, instructional design, and cognitive psychology. She’s happiest whenever she gets to learn something new; you can find her online at www.usablelearning.com.


Date & Time (EST) Title Role
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
2:00pm - 3:00pm
TD: The Art and Science of Motivation and Behavior Change Presenter
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Using the Psychology of Game Design for Learning Presenter


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