EVENTS

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.

ATDChi’s 75th Birthday Celebration: Holiday and Volunteer Recognition Party

Delivery: Face to Face Event

Date & Time: December 6th at 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Cost:

  • Member Early Registration – $60.00
    Members who register on or before November 24.
  • Member Registration – $90.00
  • Non-Member Early Registration – $90.00
    Please, register on or before November 24.
  • Non-Member Registration – $120.00
  • Past President Registration – $45.00
  • Special Guest and Committee Early Registration – $35.00
    Special Guest and Committee Early Registration
  • Special Guest and Committee Registration – $55.00
    Special Guest and Committee Registration
  • Student Early Registration – $25.00
  • Student Registration – $45.00
  • Table of 8 Early Bird – $450.00
  • Table of 8 Regular – $750.00

Celebrating ATDChi’s 75th Birthday is a great reason to get together, recognize those who made our organization a leader in Chicagoland’s T&D professional development programs, reconnect with all friends and colleagues and meet new ones.

It is our annual tradition to celebrate our chapter’s accomplishments.  Plus, a toast to our generous volunteers and sponsors that contribute to the year’s success!

The evening begins with networking time of vibrant conversation, welcoming newcomers and seeing long time colleagues. In order to celebrate in style, we have invited  professional musicians and photographers  to entertain our guests. Moreover, there will be in opportunity to review ATDCHi’s entire history by visiting ATDChi’s Wall of Fame of the Past Presidents. Some of them will be there to talk about their time leading the chapter. And did we say an OPEN BAR as a complimentary treat to all of our guests? We’ll then sit down to a delectable plated 3 course dinner, continue exchanging thoughts and socializing in a more intimate gathering. Over dessert, we will collectively applaud those who advance our great chapter year after year. Be there to experience the excitement of two honorable awards presentations: ATDChi’s Volunteer of the Year and the Dr. Deborah Colky Awards. Come join the festivities as we honor our profession and ATD Chicagoland at the gorgeous Hyatt Lodge Grand Oaks Pavilion in Oak Brook, Illinois!

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Development: An Open Exchange with Training Management Experts

Delivery: Webinar

Date & Time: November 19th at 12 p.m.

Cost: Free

Training professionals tend to prioritize the development of others, but their own professional growth is essential to the continued success of their training organizations.

Join us for this complimentary Training Industry webinar, sponsored by the Certified Professional in Training Management (CPTM™) program and hosted by Marisa Shapiro, director of professional development at Training Industry, Inc. You’ll have the opportunity to engage with training management experts about the benefits of continuing professional development.

In this interactive panel discussion, you will:

  • Explore why addressing your personal learning needs is essential
  • Discover how other learning professionals manage their professional growth
  • Learn strategies for maximizing your value through continuing your education
  • Gain a better understanding of your professional development options, including the CPTM program

Panelists:

  • Kenneth Baucum, training and development specialist, SageNet, Inc.
  • Marjorie Van Roon, senior manager, L&D, Best Buy Canada
  • Deadra Welcome, president, Concerning Learning LLC

Each CPTM on the panel will discuss how and why they focus on their professional development and offer strategies for managing your own professional growth.

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Creating Fun and Engaging Compliance eLearning

Delivery: Webinar

Date & Time: November 20th at 11 a.m.

Cost: Free

Wait, what? Engaging compliance training? Compliance learning is traditionally seen as a laborious, boring and painful process that learners must endure. But it doesn’t have to be!

It’s time to shift your learning strategy to focus less on the legal side and instead consider the learner’s perspective. Join us to discover tips, tricks and strategies to make compliance training interesting and fun, including:

  • Locating “context-driven content” that adds usefulness to procedures, policies, software, guides, etc.
  • Shifting the style and delivery of content with trickles and snippets, cases, scenarios, and applications
  • Utilizing your LMS to deliver timely and engaging compliance eLearning content
  • Case studies and examples of engaging technical and compliance programs from successful companies

Attend the webinar and receive the “Top 10 Best Tips to Create Engaging Compliance Learning.”

Meet Your New Training Tools: Robots and Chatbots

Delivery: Webinar

Date & Time: November 20th at 11 a.m.

Cost: Free

Artificial intelligence-based robots are already being “trained” by instructional videos in industries such as food services and manufacturing. And thanks to consumer products such as Amazon’s “Alexa,” workers are not only comfortable with, but embrace interactive chatbot technology. Tech-based organizations and educational institutions are partnering to create these edu-bots. And it’s coming to the corporate training world.

Learn how in the future you’ll be designing training for robots, and creating training products where learners carry on a real-time conversation with a bot to get personalized information to perform their jobs. Explore the benefits of chatbots and learn about resources (free and for hire) to help you create a chatbot.

Using 360° Video in Training

Delivery: Webinar

Date & Time: November 28th at 11 a.m.

Cost: Free

Traditional video has become an important and engaging component of training programs. That said, while it’s a fantastic tool for learning, it is still often limited to the linear path or story that it shares. People can watch video, but they can’t control it themselves. But what if L&D professionals created a more immersive world for learners by giving them the ability to explore anything and everything around them? That more interactive video experience is possible now with 360-degree video.

7 Worst Mistakes in Virtual Learning and What to Try Instead

Delivery: Webinar

Date & Time: November 29th at 11 a.m.

Cost: Free

If you think finding a needle in a haystack is difficult, try finding an e-learning program that holds people’s attention and affects behavior change. Now there’s a challenge! We know too much lecture is a no-no, yet most live-online learning programs are lecture heavy and interactive-light.

Join Becky to explore the 7 worst mistakes that make virtual learning drag, and what to try instead. You’ll experience easy fixes you can apply to your own content—tips to make your job easier and training better. Your participants thank you in advance!

In this webinar, you will:

  • Recognize challenges with virtual learning
  • Identify design elements that “up” engagement
  • Discuss how to make webinars participant-centered
  • Select effective opening and closing activities

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Personalization: Solving the L&D ROI Problem Once and for All

Delivery: Webinar

Date & Time: November 29th at 12 p.m.

Cost: Free

Measuring the impact of learning has been the holy grail of L&D for years. Maybe we’ve all been going about it the wrong way. Personalized online learning optimizes outcomes for every learner and, as a free by-product, generates unique insights into learner behavior, content performance and learning impact.

Join us for this complimentary Training Industry webinar, sponsored by Area9 Lyceum. Your host, Nick Howe, chief learning officer of Area9, will show you how airlines, medical device manufacturers, retailers and many other companies have embraced adaptive learning and its data-rich outcomes.

This interactive webinar will provide easy-to-understand insights on:

  • How adaptive learning differs from traditional approaches to learning
  • The rich data landscape adaptive learning provides
  • Easy ways to get started

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A Beginners Guide to Learning Management & the LMS

Delivery: Webinar

Date & Time: December 5th at 11 a.m.

Cost: Free

Are you new to learning and development, or perhaps coming from a world of training and starting to consider the need to deliver and track training online for the first time. Whether you are new to eLearning or just new to tracking the data from learning, the mysterious and often awkward world of the Learning Management System (LMS) can seem daunting and impossible to navigate.

Join Adobe Evangelist, Allen Partridge for this gentle introduction to Learning Management concepts and uses. Allen will give you a simple but comprehensive guide to Learning Management. He will explain the purpose of the technology and provide you with some basic guidelines to help you know what to expect as you start working to better understand how to get more information about the skills people in your organization are mastering.

In this session you will learn:

  • What is an LMS?
  • Why do people generally track learning outcomes?
  • How much do we need to know about learning outcomes?
  • What are all these insane acronyms? (SCORM, AICC, xAPI, LMS, LCMS, LXP, LEP … and more)
  • What kinds of learning can I track with an LMS?
  • What about moving from an old LMS to a new one?
  • Do I need a special team to maintain and manage an LMS?
  • How do I get content into an LMS?
  • How much should I expect to pay for an LMS?

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The Expanding Role of Content Professionals: Seize the Opportunity

Delivery: Webinar

Date & Time: December 5th at 12 p.m.

Cost: Free

 

In 2013 Vici Koster-Lenhardt changed careers. After 21 years working in software development at The Coca-Cola Company, she started as a consultant for the U.S. Department of State as the Global Employment Advisor for Europe. She was hired to serve more than 40 embassies in Europe by supporting the spouses and partners of US diplomats find meaningful employment while they lived overseas. Vici credits her successful career transition to the skills she acquired over 30+ years working in the technical communication industry and managing a documentation department. The transition wasn’t easy or glamorous. But it reconfirmed what she’s always believed: A career in technical communication will prepare you for all types of employment opportunities if you are willing to seize the opportunities that arise.

Her #1 key message for you is to realize that the skills you’ve developed working in this industry will take you wherever you want to go.

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IELOL Informational Webinar

Delivery: Webinar

Date & Time: December 7th at 10 a.m.

Cost: Free

This webinar, co-hosted by Devon Cancilla of OLC and Amanda Major of UCF, will highlight the cohort-based professional development program designed for new and experienced leaders in the field of digital and online learning. The session will provide an overview of the program and its faculty, the format of the programs four phases, time commitment, program objectives, and participant experience will be discussed. Participants will learn about the application process and timeline to prepare a successful application submission. Questions and comments are welcomed.

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De-Crapify Your Workflow!: Learn the Critical Keys

Delivery: Webinar

Date & Time: December 7th at 10 a.m.

Cost: Free

A diabolical aspect of overload and busy-ness is that it always feels like our fault. Your talented team may continuously feel a sense of free-floating guilt; like if they could only find the right podcast or filing system then the tidal wave could be tamed.

That’s not what our research shows, we studied busyness, and we found no less than thirty-three unique sources of pressure each cascading down one upon the other and eventually onto you. These forces are in fact combatable through the power of organizing a professional culture around a simplification mindset and then using that context to enter a new level of organizational logic.

In this fast-paced and informative session you will learn:

  • To discern what costs your company is paying for busywork
  • How busywork can sabotage even the best training program
  • What are the Thieves of Productivity and how to conquer them
  • How to expand your span of control on simplification

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Advanced Visualization Process to Create Dynamic & Effective Presentations

Delivery: Webinar

Date & Time: December 18th at 10 a.m.

Cost: Free

There’s much research that shows people remember more from training when visuals are used. Yet you, and everyone else, always experience bullet point hell in most courses.

This session looks at three ways to improve your slides visually and get away from Death by PowerPoint and click-through eLearning, so that your content can become more visual, using the right diagram to illustrate and bring your points to life. That means your audience start paying attention, and understand what you want to tell them, even when it’s pretty complicated. Which means that your training is more effective.

1.  Design to Impress – principles from graphic design for better layout and more engaging content.
2.  Visualization Process – a detailed process to transform text-heavy content into compelling visuals, looking at the key ideas, visual frameworks, and how animations can bring the story to life.
3.  Interactive Visuals – how to create visual slides that encourage interactivity and get people actively participating.

There’s also a handy guide to help you create great visuals every time you need to. Plus, once you’ve got your visual ideas, you can also get a free PowerPoint toolkit to kick start your efforts and a series of PowerPoint tutorial videos to bring all your visuals to life.

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Stop Wasting Learners’ Time, and Instead Focus on What Matters

Delivery: Webinar

Date & Time: January 17th at 1 p.m.

Cost: Free

Have you heard this “training is just wasted time” complaint from learners and leaders? Sadly yes. Most training and learning programs are time-wasters. They suck the life out of learners’ energies, time and enthusiasm – consequently, we cause them to fail in their work. The single biggest reason is our compulsion to “force train” or “force feed” ALL of the content we feel they must learn.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • The concept of abstraction and how to use this technique to train only on what is needed
  • The steps to focus on the highest impact content for the biggest returns
  • Case examples on how to design a template to abstract ideas for time saving, productivity boosting and performance enhancing learning
  • Get a copy of the “10 Tips on Creating Time-Sensitive and High Value Learning”

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