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Wheeeee! New technology is only arriving faster. With so much going on in our industry, keeping up with everything is nearly impossible. But that’s also what makes it exciting! The road ahead will be fast, fun, and a little bumpy–and your job is to keep it safe and productive for you and your team. In this keynote session, we’ll explore how you can navigate this innovation landscape and focus on what matters.
First, we’ll examine the map: What promising new technologies are getting the most real-world traction? How do innovations evolve, gain momentum (or not), and become mainstream? When is it right to jump in, and when should you wait?
Next, the on-ramp: How can you keep up with all there is to learn? We’ll explore the strategies that have been effective in the evolution of xAPI and learn what they offer us in a new landscape full of AI, VR, and more.
Finally, the big picture: Along the way, we can’t lose sight of how we’re using all this technology to solve big organizational and societal challenges. As talent professionals, we can use our powers and tech not only to fill skills gaps and develop talent, but also to mitigate disconnectedness, inequality, and injustice.
In today's fast-paced and ever-changing world, instructional designers must keep up with the latest trends and techniques to stay ahead of the curve. Design thinking can help you traverse the ever-changing landscape, ensuring you meet your learner’s needs. This crash course will help learning professionals embrace a modern, human-centered approach to problem-solving. Through interactive activities and engaging discussions, participants will learn the design thinking phases, tools, and techniques that can help them create innovative solutions at lightning speed.Applications on the Job:Conduct interviews to identify learner pain points and business impact.
Every day, online creators engage with hundreds of millions of viewers on platforms like YouTube and TikTok. These platforms have become the world’s classroom, teaching everything from website design to car maintenance. This session will take the lessons of those online creators and apply them to the content we create daily. Participants will learn how to plan an effective video, the tools needed for recording, and techniques for editing a great video. These lessons will help you unlock the power of video to make content faster and with more engagement than traditional e-learning courses.Applications on the Job:Design content for a video format. Choose the essential tools to make a great video. Edit a new or existing video to make it more engaging.
Every trainer has been faced with a request for training that may or may not have been appropriate. Join this session to learn how guided case studies, which the speaker has been using in her NYU classroom for years, can help beginners and experienced TD professionals with needs assessment.Applications on the Job:
According to a recent survey, the number 1 problem facing training professionals today is a lack of participant engagement. Join renowned engagement expert Sardék Love in this captivating general session as he unveils the secrets to creating highly engaging training experiences. Delve into the fascinating science of participant engagement and discover the three pillars of engagement from his Engage FrameworkTM. Learn how to transform even the most content-heavy technical training into powerfully memorable and entertaining learning experiences, in-person or virtual.
Compelling scientific evidence will expose why most training falls woefully short in engaging participants. Sardék Love will arm you with a short list of powerful actions that make active participation automatic and turn your sessions into dynamic and impactful learning experiences, no matter what content you teach. Whether you're a trainer, facilitator, instructional designer, or learning manager, this session will provide evidence-based insights and practical strategies to elevate your training programs and empower you to excel back on the job.
Control towers have been staples in manufacturing and supply chain operations for years, providing standardization and data for better business decisions. Control towers often show inefficiencies like bottlenecks and help organizations build strategies to improve performance. In this session, we will work on building control towers for learning and development to add value to our organizations and track the nuances of our work. You will walk away with your own control tower template and ideas for populating it with data specific to your organization.Applications on the Job:
As xAPI adoption takes hold, learning professionals increasingly want to learn about this new(ish) data specification and its uses—analytics, credentialing, personalization, and recommendation within the workflow. Successful adopters of xAPI for learning analytics and action have three things in common: a data-driven mindset, a data toolset, and a success strategy. xAPI tools and platforms are ready. Are you?
How Does This Session Address the Problem?
This session will start with a high-level overview of xAPI to connect participants to some of the data structures that are important in a modern learning ecosystem. We’ll then quickly switch to the role of analytics in the learning organization, contrasting it with reporting and other data uses an organization might have. We’ll explore different levels of analysis with examples from real-life case studies and look at how to get started. The session includes a stepwise progression that starts with creating a plan for data & analytics, designing questions for analysis, and honing the list of questions to a manageable set. Then, we’ll move on to capturing and storing data in the learning ecosystem, analyzing & iterating, and finally, reporting that information out to stakeholders. We’ll end with some cautionary tales, insights about using data to make decisions within the organization, and ways to learn more.
In today’s digital society, emerging as a facilitator and trainer in TD in any capacity requires an agile mindset to your approach to delivery. In the past, we discussed “going slide-less”—engaging participants with a more experiential approach. Versatility and flexibility are now the skills valued by our customers, participants, and stakeholders, who enter our learning spaces (whether classrooms, virtual, or hybrid) eager to connect with humans and knowledge.Applications on the Job:
Everyone deserves the chance to get better at their jobs, right? E-learning can be a great way to reach more people with your professional development offerings. But without purposeful planning, some technology can be a barrier to learners with disabilities. In this session, you’ll get a deeper appreciation about the effects of your choices by experiencing assistive technology yourself by experiencing how individuals with disabilities would navigate your courses.
ILearning online is now commonplace. Unfortunately, encouraging attendees to participate, turn on their cameras, and unmute can feel like herding cats. Establishing a comfortable, safe, and technically sound online learning environment is essential. Meaningful and relevant activities are the secret. Like tasty treats and fresh catnip, attendees can’t resist participating in your virtual training when you use three engaging learning activities and a “never fail” debrief strategy to involve them! Invite participants to take charge of their learning and experience virtual training like they’ve never seen before.Applications on the Job:
Recent trend reports indicate that 55 percent of learning professionals are unhappy with their approach to measuring and evaluating learning. Many learning pros feel overwhelmed by measurement, under-resourced, and confused about where to start. If this experience resonates with you, join this session to simplify your measurement approach and find the best strategy for evaluating the outcomes of your learning programs.
It’s no secret that trying to connect with and reach audience members in-person and online can be challenging—covering large amounts of content, getting audiences members’ minds off everything else and focused on the presentation, and checking to ensure learning actually took place. In this interactive session, new trainers and facilitators will establish the perfect foundation for becoming world-class speakers, and experienced presenters will walk away refreshed, renewed, and ready to improve upon what they are already doing well. Participants learn a methodology the most effective speakers use while uncovering their own hidden superpowers.
To be effective, efficient, and successful, meeting facilitation requires more skill than most organizations realize. While excellent agendas are foundational, learning full-body techniques will take your facilitation to the next level. In this interactive and experiential training session, participants will have the opportunity to practice their new tools with peers to move the energy in a conversation forward. Specific improv activities to facilitate meetings and conversations will be followed by practice applying advanced techniques. By incorporating the full-body approach, participants can learn to foster conversations in meetings that encourage growth and change.
Organizational leaders need to perceive learning and talent development as an investment and not a cost. If leaders see these programs as a cost, they will control it, reduce it, or eliminate it, resulting in weak partnerships, diminished influence, decreased support, and reduced funding. However, if leaders view these programs as an investment, they will maintain, protect, and even enhance the budget. Are you prepared to show how your learning and talent development programs deliver business value? This session will show participants how to measure and improve investments in learning and TD at all levels of evaluation. It will emphasize what executives want to see and how to communicate the results to key stakeholders authentically.
This session will equip you with the knowledge you need to implement learning engineering practices and processes to design, iterate, and evaluate learning solutions. In this session, you’ll discover how to apply learning sciences to inform your design decisions. We’ll discuss human-centered design practices including design-based research, personas, and user-testing solutions to further improve conditions of learning. Find out how to use instrumentation and data analysis to discover what works, why it works, identify critical issues, develop targeted solutions, and—most importantly—scale what works through iterative, evidence-based design.
Today’s workforce has grown up with knowledge at their fingertips, and the need for structured training is diminishing. This is especially true for remote and hybrid work teams. Today’s rapid learning style demands that L&D become more flexible and sharply focused on delivering short bursts of right-sized, hyper-targeted knowledge. But how do we get there from here? Many organizations are bogged down in macro curricula with as many layers as a good biscuit. The solution is not taking an axe to macro content but using a scalpel to reveal the imperative knowledge. This session will move beyond theory into application by working directly within a “content deconstruction” design framework to explore a real-life use case.
Training should inspire learners to challenge themselves, change their behaviors, and connect to one another. That’s why scenario-based learning works so well: It helps you deliver memorable, meaningful experiences that enable human performance and achieve organizational goals. This session will explore scenario-based learning fundamentals and facilitation techniques. You’ll discover tools, approaches, and tips to make your next training fun and effective.
The tried-and-proven method of instructional design serves us well. But the science of our craft can often overshadow the fact that we need to speak the language of our learners. Stories humanize the learning experience and open up amazing design possibilities. In this session, you will learn how story design leans on the familiar process of instructional design to develop stories that train.
This session focuses on creating learning programs using evaluation criteria. It will encourage instructional designers to use evaluation criteria to inform course objectives, activities, and materials. This approach puts evaluation front and center and makes conducting evaluations easier and more intentional.
TAre you ready to take your learning and development game to the next level? Join this session and discover how AI can transform your learning programs. Learn the latest hacks and techniques for implementing AI in your learning solutions, from image and text generation to voice and video. Our hands-on activities will give you practical experience.Identify AI opportunities for learning and development.
Hybrid classes are on the rise, which creates a challenge for facilitators who need to engage both in-person and remote audiences simultaneously. In this interactive session, you’ll learn how to effectively set up a successful hybrid class. You’ll explore how to create a sense of shared experience among audiences joining from different locations. You’ll learn how to lead group discussions that allow all participants to feel included and heard. You’ll also hear proven tips on audio and video placement for optimum viewing, and where to look while facilitating—including when there are multiple cameras available. You’ll leave with a hybrid event checklist that equips you and reminds you of the five key techniques.
How do we measure training and learning’s contribution to human and business performance? What’s the evidence for the impact of training and learning effectiveness? In this session, you will conduct an impact measurement investigation. You’ll examine nine questions whose answers are essential for successfully measuring impact for training and learning. You’ll collect facts, clues, evidence, and data that reveal training and learning’s influence on human performance and business results.
This session will address the challenges faced by less seasoned L&D professionals when asked to provide solutions on extremely short notice. It will showcase what’s possible in content development, as well as the risks associated with a rapid rollout and the importance of management expectations. You will see how an organization took on the challenge of redeveloping their inhouse curriculum and processes to meet a challenging deadline and examine the roadblocks during the initial rollout of the materials. Finally, you will engage in a shared discovery of the lessons learned from the example pilot launch.
Knowing whether participants take what they learn in training and apply it back on the job is critical for both L&D professionals and business executives. Demonstrating that learning application directly affects L&D’s ability to position itself as a credible business partner. However, according to research, only 11 percent of CEOs reported receiving this information. Why? Many L&D professionals lack the knowledge and skills to collect and analyze Level 3 (behavior) data. In this highly informative session, participants will learn how to implement a revolutionary new easy-to-use Level 3 evaluation methodology that produces credible, actionable data.
Improv training is a powerful and fun method to strengthen communication, agility, collaboration, and creativity in the workplace. Simple behaviors learned through improv training support the psychological safety of teams. In this interactive session, you’ll participate in five exercises, learn to implement them, and engage in powerful debriefing questions to make learning relevant for your teams.