Tony Kirton

Tony Kirton

Senior Instructional Designer and Facilitator at Engage Learning & Development

Tony Kirton is an instructional designer and workshop facilitator with more than ten years’ experience in learning and development. 

Founder and senior designer at resource design consultancy Engage Learning and Development (formerly DES Learning), which contracts to the public and private sector, Tony develops traditional learning programs as well as e-learning using Articulate Storyline. 

Tony has extensive experience in the application of learning design theory, having designed many training programs and hundreds of assessment resources. 

Tony’s recent instructional projects include major programs for:

  • NSW Health - A six-module e-learning program for frontline managers

  • SafeWork NSW - Update of General Construction Induction (White Card) assessment materials and redesign of the five-day Health and Safety Representative Training, both mandated for use by SafeWork NSW

  • Australasia International School - Designing learning tools for Diplomas of Leadership and Management and Project Management, specifically for students with English as a second language.

Known for his engaging and evidence-based approach to workplace learning, Tony also facilitates training and assessment with some of Australia’s leading training providers including the Australian Institute of Management, NSW Health and SafeWork NSW.

Continuing to extend his expertise and keep up-to-date with the latest practices in learning and development, Tony recently completed a four-month leadership program with the University of Michigan. He is currently completing an Instructional Design and Technology MicroMasters program with the University of Maryland (USA).

In addition to his current studies, some of Tony’s qualifications include:

  • Master of Business and Commerce with a specialisation in Human Resources (Distinction)

  • Diploma of Vocational Education and Training

  • Diploma of Training Design and Development

  • Cert IV in Training and Assessment

  • Certificate IV in Frontline Management



Presentation Title:

Enhance learning and retention with lessons from the cognitive sciences.

Presentation Brief:

How do we learn effectively?

Recent research into how we learn is revealing that much of what we believe about learning has been misunderstood. From cramming and re-reading to highlighting text and delivering content in sequential order, many of the learning and instructional techniques used in the past are being exposed as cumbersome and ineffective.

Drawing on research from the cognitive sciences, this presentation will outline key research-based learning and instructional strategies that are proven to enhance retention, recall and learning outcomes.

This interactive presentation is for practitioners who are looking to find out how instructional strategies such as retrieval and spaced practice can be leveraged to improve learning outcomes.

Instructional designers, trainers, assessors or anyone interested in improving retention and recall will discover new techniques to improve learning.