Welcome Back!

Welcome back to students, faculty, and alumni! The start of a new semester always brings a sense of anticipation about new possibilities. This semester is no different as we begin the 2015-16 academic year with some exciting changes and additions:

A big welcome to Roosevelt University’s new President, Ali Malekzadeh who brings a renewed focus on helping our students achieve their American dream.  You can read more about his background. I am sure that our program and the University as a whole will benefit from his expertise in strategic management.

Another big welcome to our new adjunct faculty member, Toni Thompson, who will teach TRDV 435 Organization Development this fall. Toni is a MATD alumni with many years of experience in both training and organization development.

You will see a revised and updated curriculum for both our M.A. in Training and M.A. in Organization Development that reflects critical skills and expertise needed by practitioners in both fields. You can learn more about the updated MATD curriculum here and the MAOD curriculum here. Students enrolling in our program prior to Fall 2015 will have the option of following the old curriculum.

Welcome also to our newly formed Alumni Board that includes graduates working in a variety of occupations related to training and organization development. Our new board includes:

  • Erwin Lee Acox, Jr., Chief of Diversity Recruitment and Outreach at Illinois Department of Transportation
  • Jeff Carpenter, Principal at Caveo Learning
  • Jenny Massoni, Global Head of Training & Communication at Astellas Pharma
  • Mallory Gott, Director, Education Development, Association Forum Chicagoland
  • Darryl Calhoun, MATD, Director of Programs and Operations at South Suburban PADS (non-profit helping the homeless)
  • Reggie Jackson, Academic Technology Analyst at the University of Chicago and TRDV adjunct faculty member
  • Kim Heintz, Product Trainer at Silk Road and TRDV adjunct faculty member
  • Mary Channon, Senior Training Professional, Mariano’s
  • Mallory Gott, CEO, Advanced Events
  • Janet Castelli, Instructional Designer, Motorola
  • Jay Semla, Sr. Professional Development Manager, Society of Actuaries
  • Israel Vargas, Assistant Provost for College Access and Targeted Recruitment Programs, Roosevelt University
  • Leslie Rae, Senior Program Director- Business Transformation, ADP

We are exploring the addition of digital badges to our online course. Stay tuned for more on this in next week’s post.

We hope you have an enjoyable and valuable semester!

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We’re off for summer break and will return 8/24.

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Graduate Credential in E-Learning

E-LearningWhen posting training jobs on the blog, I notice most, if not all, employers are looking to hire someone with e-learning skills. Whether organizations want you to work directly with learning tools like Captivate or manage the e-learning function, the need in this area is great and continues to grow.

Earning a Graduate Credential in E-Learning will enhance your degree and show an expertise in e-learning. The Graduate Credential requires you to take five courses. Three of the courses are embedded in the MATD and they include: TRDV 400 Introduction to Training and Development, TRDV 450 Learning Technologies and TRDV 451 Instructional Systems Design-1. The remaining classes consist of two of the following three elective courses:

TRDV 439 E-Learning Course Authoring-1

TRDV 452 Designing and Facilitating for the Virtual Classroom

TRDV 453 E-Learning Course Authoring-2

TRDV 439 and TRDV 453 are made to be taken in succession and are both being offered this fall.

To learn more about TRDV 439 E-Learning Course Authoring-1 and TRDV 453 E-Learning Course Authoring-2 click here.

Still trying to decide if e-learning is right for your or how classes prepare you for the workplace? In the fall we hosted a Webinar on preparing for a job in e-learning and we discuss these topics. You can review the recorded Webinar here (scroll to the bottom of the page).

Finally, be sure to check out the job board this week where we highlight e-learning opportunities.

Contact Tara Hawkins thawkins@roosevelt.edu , TRDV program coordinator, with any questions you may have about electives, Graduate Credentials, or enrollment



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Training at the Movies Part 1: What can Patrick Swayze teach us about manners?

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Patrick Swayze in a still from the 1989 movie "Road House."  Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.

Patrick Swayze in a still from the 1989 movie “Road House.” Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.

As cases of alleged police brutality garner media attention and ignite protests around the country, it is no surprise that some municipalities have been reassessing how they train law enforcement workers.

However, a surprise did come via Larry Celona and Bruce Golding’s February 24 New York Post article about the NYPD using Patrick Swayze’s 1989 action movie “Road House” in a retraining initiative for 22,000 officers.

Celona and Golding write that trainers used a two-minute clip from the movie in a three-day training session mandated after Eric Garner died in a police chokehold. In the clip, Swayze’s character debriefs bar bouncers on how to handle rowdy customers. One of his “three simple rules” is “be nice.”

Although, a two-minute clip seems to be a small part of the reportedly $35 million project, “Road House” did seem to be an effective attention-getter in a session that included lectures “so boring that many cops have been falling asleep in their seats.”

Needless to say, using movie clips is a well-established instructional method. Just take a look at trainingwithmovies.com or even the Christian-focused wingclips.com. Yet like any instructional device, movie clips need to match the audience need and training objective.

An article in the journal Literature and the Arts in Medical Education states that well-chosen movie clips “provide a quick and direct teaching scenario in which specific scenes point out important issues.”  In fact, the authors suggest using primarily American movies “since they tend to tell stories in a straightforward and uncomplicated manner” (Blasco, Moreto, Roncoletta, Levites, Janaudis, 2008). It seems NYPD made a good choice — you can’t get much more straightforward and uncomplicated than “Road House.”

What’s your favorite training flick?
Do you use movies for training? What are your favorite movie portrayals of training and development? Tell us about them in the comments and, if you can find one, add a link to a video.

Blasco P., Moreto G., Roncoletta AFT, Levites MR, Janaudis MA. Using movie clips to foster learners’ reflection: Improving education in the affective domain. Fam Med. 2006;38:94 –96. www.stfm.org/ fmhub/fm2006/February/Pablo94.pdf.
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Congratulations Graduates- You’ve Done It

The Graduate Program in Training and Development is thrilled to announce our spring 2015 graduates:

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  • Melissa Anderson
  • Ruth Black
  • Stacy Canul
  • Robert Carter
  • Jessica Cella
  • Eric Hahn
  • Jennifer Kayse
  • Nerissa Kelly
  • Shannon Lazar
  • Kerri Leo
  • Lauren Peters
  • Christina Prushinski

Congratulations, we are very proud of you!

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What do you know for sure?

oprahimageLooking back fifteen years to Oprah’s 2000 commencement address at Roosevelt University in a standing room only Auditorium Theater, she told 675 graduates that “change will only come about in our lives when we welcome it.” As students, or former students, you have welcomed change into your lives by pursuing your educational goals, making time to learn, and challenging yourselves to do your best work.

As we finish another year of achievement, growth, and discovery,  take a few moments to reflect and acknowledge your accomplishments. You deserve it!

Then, add a comment to this post to tell us:

  • What have you learned in your courses this past year? What best practices, tools, or strategies will you use in the future?
  • What change will you welcome into your life as you prepare to graduate (or move closer to graduation)?

(Note: Here is an excerpt from Oprah’s 2000 commencement address at Roosevelt University)

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Coaching vs. Therapy

coaching-vs-therapy1Coaching is a relatively new field and is undergoing an identity crisis as it seeks to define itself within the broad field of workplace learning, consulting, human resource management, career development and in many cases, psychotherapy.

One essential question that is often asked by those seeking coaching services or initiating a coaching practice is how does coaching differ from therapy?  Here is my take on the difference:

Coaching:  typically involves a short term relationship focused on performance improvement.  Appropriate clients are those who have achieved a certain level of success and are seeking to move forward by improving their skills, relationships, or knowledge.

Therapy:  According to the APA, therapy refers to treatment for psychological problems. Therapists and clients work together to understand problems and come up with plans for fixing them. The focus is generally on changing ineffective thoughts, emotions or behaviors.

What do you think of the definitions?  Can you add to them or provide examples of when coaching or therapy is the correct choice?

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