Below you will find local face-to-face events, webinars, and virtual training sessions relevant to our students, alumni and readers. Note that all are listed in Central Standard Time and are listed in ascending order, with the most recent events first. For more information about the events, please refer to the linked information in the original post or the contact person listed.
Forecasting Success: A Look at Digital Learning Trends for 2018 and Beyond
Date & Time: December 5th at 12 p.m.
Today, most companies realize that they are not adequately prepared for the disruptions they expect to emerge from digital trends. Nearly 90 percent of respondents to a recent global survey of managers and executives conducted by MIT Sloan Management Review and Deloitte stated that their industries will be disrupted by digital trends to a great or moderate extent. As companies adjust their strategy to become digital, the expectation is that their learning organizations will adapt, as well.
Join us for an exciting look ahead to the broad implications of digital learning and emerging trends. In 2018, the stage is set for transformative moves as last year’s digital learning developments continue to mature and converge, and trends such as adaptive learning, MOOCs, augmented reality and virtual reality increase their presence in the industry.
In this interactive webinar, Don Duquette, executive vice president of learning solutions for GP Strategies Corporation, will deliver easy-to-understand insights on the questions learning professionals will be asking next year, such as:
- What is digital learning?
- How can I improve the learner experience?
- What new developments are ahead in adaptive learning?
- What are some practical uses for augmented reality?
- What are some of the tools that I can use to get started with these trends?
Finding Your Groove in this Brave New World
Date & Time: December 6th at 12 p.m.
On the one hand, it’s a great time to be a tech comm professional: throughout the ranks of senior management, there is a growing understanding that good technical content is integral to a good customer experience. The technology needed to create useful, dynamic content is cheaper and easier to use than ever before. And we have scads of data to guide us: in theory, we now have access to the insights and feedback needed to create literally the Best Content Ever.
So why are so many tech comm professionals feeling the opposite of exhilarated? Why is there a streak of deep-seated unease in our profession? Because it’s also a profoundly confusing time: many companies are re-thinking how best to produce and manage their content, new skillsets are in demand, and pay rates have shifted considerably. Many tech comm professionals naturally feel overwhelmed trying to find their footing on such shifting sands, and it can help considerably to have a guided tour, complete with tips on how to survive and thrive in this brave new world.
2018 IELOL Information Session
Date & Time: December 7th at 11 a.m.
In this informational session, the co-directors will share more about the 2018 IELOL program.
The Future of Learning and Work – By Design
Date & Time: December 7th at 11 a.m.
“Design Thinking” is permeating many aspects of organizational life – including how the federal government is engaging its employees. Discover how Sydney Heimbrock is leading the charge to build an innovative public sector workforce, helping create a workplace in the U.S. government that unlocks creativity to solve complex problems. Learn how her work leading the Innovation Lab at the US Office of Personnel Management is teaching federal leaders and professionals to apply human-centered design.
In this session, you will…
- Discover a mindset that can help learning leaders better innovate the way they design, develop and deliver training.
- Learn what is required to future-proof your workplace.
- Explore how high-performance teams are reshaping leadership, learning and development.
This webinar showcases themes from Training magazine’s recent Innovations in Training event, as well as previews topics that are part of the Duke CE Leadership Experience, which is hosted at Ernst & Young’s Atlanta Headquarters on February 12, 2018, as part of the Training 2018 Conference & Expo.
MicroLearning + Manager Training = High Performing Employees
Date & Time: December 12th at 2 p.m.
Congratulations! You’ve developed the greatest training program ever. The content is ideally suited to our business problems, the technology works, and the employees seem to like it. There’s only one problem . . . nobody knows what to do with it when they return to their jobs.
If that’s not a nightmare scenario, We don’t know what is for a training professional!
Ultimately, we need our employees to learn, retain and then apply what they learn to improve their knowledge and skills to reach higher levels of performance. That’s the goal. But how many times do we fail to see the ROI we expect? How many times do we see really well done content NOT applied on the job? How many times do we have to go back to the CFO and explain why the ROI we expected never materialized?
Your host, Erin Boettge, Content Marketing Manager at BizLibary will help you discover how and when employees apply learning to improve their job performance, explain the role managers play in helping employees retain training and drive ROI and help you understand how micro-learning can be a great tool to help employees in their moment of need.
During this interactive webinar, Erin Boettge will provide easy-to-understand insights on:
- How to help employees apply their learning and improve job performance.
- A Manager’s role in employee retention and training ROI.
- How micro-learning is a great tool for helping employees acquire skills just when they need them.
- … and much more!
21st Century Training Tools: Making Training Stick Beyond the Classroom
Date & Time: January 10th at 11 a.m.
Smarter, wiser, more informed. No, that’s not describing a new generation of consumer but describing a new generation of learners. Today’s participants know their time is valuable and resources are plenty. How do we manage this new set of expectations? No longer is it enough to have the teacher/student dynamic during instructional events. Technology and social learning is the silent third person in the room, and our toolboxes have to be equipped to support modern learning philosophies.
All L&D practitioners have been in the situation of trying to make “training stick”. One reason lies in the hands of missing learning connectivity before, during and after programs. Augmenting single event courses and classrooms by creating links that help to scaffold learning, will ultimately create stronger learning connections.
The big question is – how do learning practitioners connect learning to the people? In this modern era of learning, new techniques are required in the areas of connection and collaboration. Therefore, the need to update the learning toolbox goes beyond optional to an essential skill.
This webinar will provide participants with…
- the ability to compare and contrast the variety of internet collaborative, relationship building, knowledge share tools out in the world today
- fresh, applicable ideas on how to better connect learning to the people within their organizations
- key collaboration and connection tools, displaying real-life application examples
Training Evaluation Doesn’t Have To Be as Formal as You Think
Date & Time: January 11th at 11 a.m.
Is training evaluation a topic that strikes fear in your heart? Does it create anxiety because you feel uncertain about what to do, or if what you are doing is correct? It does not need to be that stressful.
In this webinar, the Kirkpatricks will present easy things that any training professional can do to gather training evaluation data. They will share specific tactics to use before, during and after training to ensure that participants grasp the content, apply it in their work, and see the desired outcomes.
Join this new, interactive program to gain a fresh, modern perspective on how to incorporate training evaluation into your most important initiatives and bring them to maximum success. If you are new to training, you will gain tactical ideas to get started. If you are an experienced learning and performance professional, you can assess if your training evaluation practices should be updated.
By participating in this program, you will discover how to:
- Incorporate training evaluation elements into your programs
- Gather training evaluation data using simple, non-technical methods
- Maximize results from your training programs
How to Bring Instructional Design Closer to Work Realities and Demands
Date & Time: January 16th at 2 p.m.
Many instructional designers, developers and leaders complain that content is dumped on them by their SMEs and internal customers. They have no one to go to and explain the details of the kind of content they believe would be useful to learners. They realize that content produced this way are too far away from the realities of day-to-day workplace events, therefore, not valuable. Consequently, the programs they produce are theoretical, bland, and with no sense of relevance to the workers at work.
In the webinar, you will get answers to these questions:
- Why are designers, developers and leaders too far removed from realities of work? How does this impact the quality of our programs?
- What should we do when someone dumps a “truckload” of PowerPoints and say, “I needed the course yesterday!”
- In the absence of more details, what should we do? How and where should we focus our research? What questions do we ask? How do we understand the details of the content?
- How do we find the relevance and importance of the content in day-to-day real work?
Attend the workshop and learn Ray’s Tips on “Finding the Relevance of Content.”
accelerate worker ability and productivity, we, in the learning world face the challenge of keep up or staying ahead.
Feelings Count: Using Movies to Link Learning
Date & Time: January 23rd at 11 a.m.
Which is more powerful: facts or feelings? If you want to win over everyone in your audience, your best bet is to address both. Explore how movie scenes can quickly help participants connect the emotions experienced in watching a movie clip with the content we are teaching. According to a University of Notre Dame study, learning is tied to “an emotionally charged experience” either positive or negative.
This session will dive into the psychology behind emotion and teach you how to select the right movie scene to tap into the power of emotion to increase retention of information
- Recognize how emotions affect learning
- Discover tips for determining the right emotion and selecting the best scene that taps into that emotion
- Explore tactics for making the most out of the movie scene and managing the scene for optimal learning and discussion
- Learn how to easily and legally select and use movies that teach and train
Mousify Your Training: Disney Inspired Strategies for Practically Perfect Learning
Date & Time: January 25th at 11 a.m.
Walt Disney knew it and he had Mary Poppins sing it. A spoon full of sugar does help the medicine go down. He once proclaimed, “The normal gap between what is generally regarded as ‘entertainment’ and what is defined ‘educational’ represents an old and untenable viewpoint.”
The entertainments Disney created were both informative and enjoyable—unlike many learning programs. When entertainment and learning are aligned Disney style, the results are magical; participants pay attention, they absorb information, and they change behavior.
In this session, you’ll learn how to…
- Identify strategies Walt Disney used to draw people into an experience so you can apply specific tactics to capture learner attention and maintain focus
- Examine the techniques Disney’s team used to transform rides into immersive environments so you can create your own captivating learning experiences
- Discover Disney’s approach to making a message so memorable that the meaning sticks for years afterwards so you can create magical memories for your audience
Copyright Basics for Trainers: Selecting Images and Music That Won’t Break the Budget – or the Law
Date & Time: January 30th at 2 p.m.
Research indicates that images are vital for engaging, as well as informing, our audiences. Or a catchy tune can aid as a reminder tool. But in the rush to find the perfect image or music, the role of copyright and licensing may be overlooked.
In this session, Barbara Ingrassia provides an overview of copyright basics and how to utilize those concepts when selecting images and music for training materials. Barbara is a Certified Copyright Manager, Speaker, and Trainer. She has a passion for raising awareness of the role of copyright in our daily lives. We are all Consumers and Creators of copyright-protected works, and understanding some copyright basics can help us avoid unpleasant “surprises.”
Sources of free and no-cost (with conditions) content, search techniques, and best practices/guidelines will be discussed. How to protect your own original content will also be addressed.
Following this webinar, attendees will be able to:
- explain the importance of copyright awareness
- identify appropriate sources for finding suitable content
- determine the copyright status of works found on the Internet and elsewhere.
- develop and apply best practices for complying with copyright law and license terms