Dr. David Guralnick specializes in the use of technology to improve job performance, including simulations, other scenario-based e-learning techniques and online performance support systems. His earliest e-learning work was over twenty years ago, when he created the first learn-by-doing simulation for corporate use in 1991. Since that time, he has continued to play a variety of roles in the field, including strategist, designer, professor, keynote speaker, author, and conference founder and chair.
David has won over 200 awards in the e-learning industry, and his unique approach to his consulting and project work have saved over $2 billion, due to improved employee performance, for Fortune 500 and multinational clients such as Target, IBM, GE, Merck, Time Warner, Hess, Cemex, Nortel, and many others.
David has been credited with the creation of the first corporate training learning-by-doing simulation, the first e-learning-specific authoring tool, and the award-winning Watch, Rate, and Compare e-learning approach. As an experienced researcher in the area of software usability, a Columbia University adjunct professor as well as a consultant, the current president of the International E-Learning Association, and the founder and chair of the International Conference on E-Learning in the Workplace, David brings a creative yet research-based approach to education and job performance.
David's e-learning design philosophy is based around creating an effective, engaging learner experience, as he brings together concepts from instructional design, technology, and user experience research into each project. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Northwestern University, where his work synthesized concepts from the fields of computer science, instructional design, and cognitive psychology.