September 2017 Sessions

We're working on the program line-up, but here's a sneak peek at what's in store for Core 4 - Austin!

Instructional Design Track

Focusing on trends and topics related to the process of analyzing the learning needs and goals for designing instructional materials to meet those needs.

More sessions coming soon!

E-Learning Fundamentals: A Crash Course for Newbies
Speaker: Diane Elkins, Artisan E-Learning

Does reading an e-learning blog result in more questions than answers? Does reviewing descriptions of conference sessions make you wonder what language they are written in? Do acronyms such as SCORM, LMS, and LCMS make you dizzy? If so, then this session is for you. It can be challenging to understand e-learning information without a baseline of knowledge. This session is designed to give you that foundation so you can understand everything else you see, hear, and read. Learn about terms and concepts centering on the types of e-learning, the technology used to create e-learning, and design considerations. So bring your questions (yes, even the ones you are afraid to ask), and get the answers you need.

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • the basic terminology used in the e-learning industry
  • the major types of e-learning
  • the primary types of technology used in e-learning.

Moving From Flying Bullet Points to Instructional Animations
Speaker: Diane Elkins, Artisan E-Learning

Flying bullets were the height of fashion . . . in 1997! And yet they persist in so many corporate learning programs, both in the classroom and online. So why is this much-maligned presentation technique still so popular? Perhaps because training designers and developers aren’t quite sure what else to do. Many training designers and developers do not have a background in graphic design or information design. This session presents a case study of a course that moved from slides and slides of bullets to useful, engaging instructional animations. You’ll look at “before” and “after” slides that illustrate the transformation from text bullets to the instructional animations that led to an award-winning course. Whether you are creating training for the classroom, webinars, or self-paced e-learning, you’ll learn to turn some of the specific design techniques used in that transformation into techniques you can use yourself, even if you aren’t a graphic artist.

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • the positive or negative impact visual design can have on training content
  • how to approach the design process differently
  • seven specific techniques to make better instructional use of visuals.

Methodology Madness: Complete Your Projects and Save Your Sanity
Speaker: Lou Russell, Russell Martin & Associations

Project management and methodologies are really twins separated at birth. A smart and busy project manager knows the benefit of leveraging a standard development process methodology as a cheat sheet to determine the tasks needed for a project to be successful. Methodologies allow you to save time by jump-starting the creation of your project plan or making sure that you remember all the work you planned to do. In this session, you will hear about traditional waterfall, Agile, and SAM methodologies—along with every hybrid in between—and discover the best cheat for your project.

By attending this session, you will learn to:

  • Choose the best tasks for your project goals.
  • Determine when other people are using Agile inappropriately.
  • Mix and match to build your optimum project.

Build a Project Charter in 45 Minutes or Less
Speaker: Lou Russell, Russel Martin & Associates

It’s normal—and wrong—to start a new project by building out some dates. Don’t do it! Always start with the project charter. The project charter sets the stage for everything, including why the organization is spending money on the project instead of something else. Because bad news early is good news in project work, skipping the project charter drives frustration, churn, and rework. You do not have time for that. In this session, you’ll learn how to apply the RMA Project Charter Template to build a charter in 45 minutes or less, including objectives, scope, risk, constraints, communication, and governance. Invest in the front end and improve your capacity to deliver results.

By attending this session, you will:

  • Learn to manage multiple projects concurrently.
  • Engage project stakeholders early and keep them engaged.
  • Apply realistic project management tools.

Training Delivery Track

Covering the transfer of knowledge through adapting, personalizing, adjusting, and ad-hoc development of training artifacts for specific audiences and venues, modalities, or platforms.

More sessions coming soon!

A Solid Training Skills Foundation Today Ensures Your Relevance Tomorrow
Speaker: Elaine Biech, ebb associates inc

ADDIE, SAM, SME, ISD, T&D, WLP, KSAs, TTT, AAR, SWOT, HPI, CPLP, SMART, HRD, IDP, LMS, PLN, RID, VR, WIIFM, MOOC. Microlearning, active learning, m-learning. E-learning. Informal or formal? Mentoring or coaching? Asynchronous or synchronous? Adult learning or social learning? Vertical or horizontal development? Facilitating or training? Evidence-based training or experiential learning? Andragogy, neuroscience, learner-centric, Level 4. Flipped or blended? If you are new to the training and development profession, the acronyms and jargon can have your head spinning! What do you really need to know now to master your training role? First things first: Learn the most important key to success as a trainer. What skills and knowledge will best serve you today and prepare you for your next role in the profession? You will leave this session with a glossary that categorizes and defines training jargon. You will also receive a next-steps blueprint to build your future in the profession.

By attending this session, you will be able to:

  • Articulate foundational skills and knowledge for every trainer.
  • Affirm the ultimate trainer’s focus.
  • Define a trainer’s triple target.
  • Explore the four elements you must master for every training delivery.
  • Discuss your expanding training and development role.
  • Name dozens of resources for additional support.
  • Construct a blueprint to ensure your future relevance.

Levering the ATD Foundational Competencies to Improve Your Training Delivery
Speaker: Sharon Wingron, Wings of Success

In 2004, ATD published its first comprehensive competency model for the training and development profession. The original model had nine areas of expertise built on a foundation of interpersonal, business/management, and personal competencies. The model was tweaked in 2009, then an updated model was published in 2013; in addition to adding learning technologies as an area of expertise, the foundational competencies were expanded to business skills, global mindset, industry knowledge, interpersonal skills, personal skills, and technology literacy. According to ATD, "The Model redefines the skills and knowledge required for talent development professionals to be successful now and in the future. It captures changes driven by digital, mobile, and social technology; demographic shifts; globalization; and economic forces." While the areas of expertise represent the knowledge base and actions we employ to build a world that works better, the foundational competencies represent the "knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors that are required for job success in most professional occupations." In this session, we'll explore these foundational competencies in more depth, considering their importance to your success on the job and enabling you to determine areas of growth to strengthen your success position.

By attending this session, you will be able to:

  • Assess yourself relative to The ATD Competency Model foundational competencies.
  • Develop a plan for improving your foundational competence.
  • Apply the foundational competencies to improve your training effectiveness.

Measurement & Evaluation Track

Highlighting the implementation of learning analysis process models and systems to measure talent development initiatives, program effectiveness, and organizational outcomes.

More sessions coming soon!

First Things First: The Foundational Principles of Training Evaluation
Speaker: Jim Kirkpatrick, Kirkpatrick Partners

During the 60 years that the Kirkpatrick Model has existed, practitioners around the world have done their best to faithfully implement it. Others have attempted to complicate it by adding more levels, changing the levels, and otherwise re-articulating its elegant simplicity. Despite these efforts, what often occurs is little more than smile sheets, pre- and post-tests, and hoping for the best. It does not need to be that way. In this session, you will learn the Kirkpatrick Foundational Principles and the true four levels of training evaluation. You will obtain practical techniques to connect training and evaluation to improved on-the-job performance and subsequent business results. You will also leave with a sample evaluation form, as well as tips to better see how well your participants are reacting to your training and learning what they need to do back on the job.

By attending this session, you will be able to:

  • Increase on-the-job application.
  • Maximize results from training programs.
  • Learn simple methods for evaluating training programs.

Power Up Your Level 1 Evaluations and Gain Surprisingly Useful, Valued Data
Speaker: Ken Phillips

According to a recent ATD research study, 88 percent of organizations evaluate at least some learning programs at Level 1 of the Kirkpatrick and Phillips evaluation models. Yet only 44 percent view the data they collect to be valuable—a major disconnect. However, if designed well and used properly, Level 1 evaluations produce valuable data regarding whether a program is on track to achieve key business and learning objectives.

By attending this session, you will:

  • Analyze the common survey item, form layout, and measurement scale mistakes made by many L&D professionals when creating Level 1 evaluations.
  • Examine 12 tips for overcoming these mistakes and create Level 1 evaluations that produce powerful, valued data.
  • Discover how to create Level 1 evaluation items that can predict participant learning and intent to apply what was learned back on the job.

Take Your Level 2s Up a Notch: Start Measuring Application, Not Just Recall
Speaker: Ken Phillips

Do you think you know how much participants truly learn from attending one of your learning programs? If not, you’re not alone. According to a recent ATD research study, 83 percent of organizations evaluate at least some learning programs at Level 2 of the Kirkpatrick and Phillips evaluation models. Yet only 57 percent view the data they collect to be valuable. However, if constructed properly and worded correctly, Level 2 evaluations prove whether learning was accomplished and provide important insight into which program topics participants mastered and which ones they did not.

By attending this session, you will:

  • Analyze the common mistakes made by many L&D professionals when creating multiple-choice test questions that compromise the validity of the question.
  • Discover 15 practical tips and techniques that eliminate these mistakes and result in the development of valid, scientifically sound Level 2 knowledge tests.
  • Examine the difference between test questions that measure job application and those that measure mere recall.

Begin With the End in Mind: Effective Needs Assessment
Speaker: Sharon Wingron, Wings of Success

People have high expectations for training. We expect it to entertain us, engage us, inform us, not waste our time, and ensure compliance, but we forget that it’s meant to help us improve our job performance so that we can have a positive impact on organizational results! The secret to achieving organizational impact through training is to ensure that we are clear on what that impact looks like! We need to start with understanding what organizational results we are trying to affect, then determine the on-the-job performance required to make that impact, and the competencies required to enable that performance. As we do this, we are gaining the clarity required for the instructional design while laying the foundation for our training evaluation. In this session, we’ll explore the components of a needs assessment so that you can immediately begin applying these steps to increase the effectiveness of your training programs.

By attending this session, you will be able to:

  • Describe four components of a needs assessment.
  • Determine key questions to ask during a needs assessment.
  • Enable program evaluation through your needs assessment.

Learning Technologies Track

Highlighting trends and topics influencing a community of forward-thinking professionals using technology and learning to develop the future workforce.

More sessions coming soon!

Convert Classroom Training to Virtual Training in 3 Simple Steps
Speaker: Cindy Huggett, Cindy Huggett Consulting

Organizations are increasingly moving from instructor-led classroom training to the synchronous virtual classroom. However, one minute of classroom time does not equal one minute of virtual classroom time. And some face-to-face activities simply don’t translate or even make sense online. How do you know what to translate versus what to build from scratch, or what activity options are available that will help meet the desired learning outcomes? This session will explore the three simple steps you should follow when converting your traditional, in-person training classes into live online ones. In addition, you will learn how to avoid the three most common conversion mistakes. Whether you are a trainer, a designer, or someone overseeing training, you will leave this session with practical tips for migrating your classes to virtual solutions.

By attending this session, you will be able to:

  • LTranslate classroom lessons into virtual activities.
  • Avoid the three most common conversion mistakes.
  • Determine the best virtual activity format for each learning objective.
  • Design virtual sessions for frequent participant engagement.

5 Keys to Effective Virtual Training Delivery
Speaker: Cindy Huggett, Cindy Huggett Consulting

What do successful virtual trainers do when delivering live online classes? What techniques do they use? What skills do they have? And most important, how can you do the same? Master virtual trainers do five things to deliver effective virtual classes: Prepare relentlessly, engage an unseen audience, multitask effectively, make the most of your visuals, and handle unexpected challenges. This session will cover each one, and help you immediately apply the techniques to your own virtual training delivery so that you can be a rock star in the virtual classroom. Whether you are brand-new to live online delivery or have been facilitating virtual classes for years, and regardless of which virtual training software platform you use, you will be sure to leave this session with new ideas, tips, and techniques for improving your virtual delivery skills.

By attending this session, you will be able to:

  • Prepare to deliver live online training before the session begins.
  • Engage a remote audience through interactive dialogue and activities.
  • Effectively handle typical challenges that arise during virtual sessions.
  • Assess your current virtual delivery skills and create an action plan for improvement.

Building a Smarter Learning Ecosystem
Speaker: JD Dillon, Axonify 

People learn without training. What?!?! It’s true! Formal training is only a small part of an organization's complex learning ecosystem. The majority is made up of informal learning channels that learning and development (L&D) often doesn’t support and may not even know about. In this session, we’ll explore the components of a modern learning ecosystem. We’ll demonstrate how these components work together to empower employees and enable performance improvement. We’ll discuss challenges L&D may encounter when working to change a learning ecosystem. You’ll walk away with practical ideas that will help you start shifting your approach to learning so that you can meet the needs of today’s employees.

By attending this session, you will be able to:

  • Identify the elements that make up your learning ecosystem.
  • Enable employees to drive their own learning with on-demand resources.
  • Activate managers to support employee performance improvement.
  • Strengthen formal training initiatives using informal learning strategies.
  • Begin the shift toward an employee-centered learning ecosystem.

Engaging E-Learning
Speaker: Tanveer Makhani, Kineo

Delivering engaging e-learning courses is more than dressing up text bullets on a PowerPoint slide. How can we design online learning experiences that make a difference in sharing knowledge, building skills, and ultimately improving performance? In this session, we’ll investigate the many types of e-learning, check out some key principles of good design, look at loads of examples, and talk about what to avoid in e-learning course.

By attending this session, you will be able to:

  • Explain four principles for effective interactivity.
  • Describe examples of good e-learning.
  • Identify (at least) three things to avoid in e-learning.