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.
The Future of Software Learning: Virtual Training Labs
Date & Time: April 30th at 10 a.m.
When it comes to developer training and software training, many of today’s most common training methods – such as self-paced or instructor-led – have not kept pace with the needs of the modern learner. In a world of shrinking attention spans, how do you deliver software training that keeps your learners focused and engaged?
Join us for this complimentary Training industry webinar by Appsembler. Your host, Nate Aune, CEO of Appsembler, will share the power of learning by doing and how it takes shape in the form of virtual training lab environments for software and developer training.
This interactive webinar will provide easy-to-understand insights on:
- Virtual software training labs and why they are a quickly emerging technology.
- The advantages of virtual labs over simulations, virtual machines and other methods of software learning.
- How virtual lab environments are being applied to train customers, partners and employees.
Open-Source Learning: What You Need to Know
Date & Time: May 14th at 11 a.m.
The concept of “open-source” — that is, software for which the original “source” code is made freely available for others to add on, modify, and improve — radically changed the way software is developed and has played a large part in enabling the technology boom we see around us today.
But the open-source idea isn’t just for software engineers. Some of the core ideas associated with open-source approaches can offer interesting new directions for L&D teams too.
As decentralization, openness, sharing, and collaboration become the new norm in many organizations, the idea that anyone can share their expertise broadly, and that individuals and teams can access and build on each other’s know-how perfectly encapsulates this concept of ‘open-source learning’ perfectly.
In this presentation, you will learn from the experiences of a technology company on applying the concepts of open-source software development to development of another kind – that of your staff.
- The fundamentals of “open-source learning”
- How these relate to knowledge sharing and learning within an organization
- How to make open-source learning happen
- The role of the L&D professional in driving an open-source learning culture
How to Make All Your Learners Micro-Experts
Date & Time: May 16th at 2 p.m.
All training and learning aim on helping workers impact work positively. However, it is getting harder and harder to connect training to work impacts and knowing they actually happen. Work is changing so fast, training can’t seem to catch up. So, we are back to rethinking how do we make our learners become “micro-experts” – teaching them to solve, fix and improve small work challenges that make them perform better.
Unfortunately, we don’t train them to be “micro-experts”. We try to train them to know ALL content and force them to learn EVERYTHING in the hope that they will use the knowledge while on the job. But they don’t and they won’t – they won’t even remember.
In the webinar you will learn:
- What are “Micro-Expert” learners and workers?
- How do we focus, train workers on fixing, solving and improving work situations?
- What’s the difference between a SME (subject matter expert) and a SE (Situation Expert)?
- How to implement a four-step process of creating learning that starts from work experience to micro-expertise?
- Preview case studies and example templates for “Micro-Expert Development.”
Microlearning: 5 Burning Questions You Didn’t Know to Ask
Date & Time: May 22nd at 11 a.m.
Microlearning has been around since the 60’s, but is just now gaining popular focus. With the rapid advances in technology, how is microlearning evolving?
In a world where every learner has a phone in their hand, and is becoming increasingly impatient with traditional elearning, can microlearning be the light at the end of the tunnel?
Join Microlearning Evangelist Dan Belhassen for a high-energy, fast-paced session that explores the evolution of online training, the revolution of microlearning, and the untapped potential that microlearning brings to your online training future endeavors.
By the end of this session, you’ll be able to answer these burning questions:
- Can microlearning eliminate the pain of managing annual compliance training?
- Can microlearning eliminate the stress of chasing learners?
- Can microlearning eliminate the challenge of managing enrollments?
- Can microlearning actually have your learners master content and retain knowledge?
- Can microlearning finally be the gateway to calculating a real ROI?
You’ll discover incredible tools that will shine a light towards your microlearning future, and show you how to transform your L&D practice. You don’t want to miss this webinar!
Develop a Strategic Vision for Career Planning and Pathing
Date & Time: May 23rd at 12 p.m.
The modern C-suite understands that talent development is essential to ongoing success. Successful leaders are re-thinking their talent strategy by improving the employee experience, embracing diversity, empowering career development and placing learning at the heart of HR.
Consider the importance and impact of career pathing for your workforce. Join us for this complimentary webinar, sponsored by SumTotal, to discuss the key elements that drive career pathing and what it means for your company’s employee experience, engagement and retention.
This interactive webinar will provide easy-to-understand insights on:
- The importance of career pathing as part of a talent development strategy
- The impact of providing employees with a personalized and transparent view to their career development and growth
- Key expectations employees now bring to their jobs
- The bottom-line results of a well-defined and developed career development and growth solution
What Now? Surviving Your New Training Job
Date & Time: June 6th at 2 p.m.
Hosted By: Maria Chilcote is Managing Partner of The Training Clinic, a training consulting firm specializing in state-of-the art design, delivery, management and evaluation of training through development and delivery of workshops, certificate programs, on-line courses, publications, training products and job-aids. Since 1977, The Training Clinic has trained over 200,000 people on five continents in train-the-trainer techniques and other topics including interpersonal, sales, management development, communication, administrative and self-management skills workshops.
As a consultant, trainer and designer with over 30 years of experience, Maria specializes in performance consulting, management development, the train-the-trainer process and marketing the training function. Maria has conducted hundreds of workshops for a wide variety of industries including government, retail, manufacturing, hospitality & food service, financial and non-profit. In addition to public and in-house workshops, Maria regularly facilitates webinars, workshops and certificate workshops for Training Magazine and ATD. She is author of many white papers and articles on learning and development best practices. Maria is a very engaging trainer in the classroom, modeling the skills she teaches and blending examples from her breadth of corporate experience with just the right amount of humor!
Learn How to Engage High Performing Teams
Date & Time: July 10th at 2 p.m.
Workplace Application: Attendees will learn key steps and processes to build high performing teams while focusing on engagement.
This session will focus on the key steps to building a high performing team. You will leave energized with a blueprint that will enable you to transform your teams into high performing functional teams and will take home team building tools, exercises, and approaches. This session will bring you through a team evolution process incorporating the best work of Lencioni, Tuckman, Blanchard, and of course, Kelleher.
- Learn how to establish your leadership team’s baseline
- Define the ideal traits of high performing teams
- Learn how to adopt best-in-class experiential exercises to reinforce team dynamics
- Learn how to apply the work of noted team though leaders, including Lencioni’s 5 Dysfunctions of a Team
- Understand why humility, hunger, and emotional intelligence are the special ingredients of successful teams
- Experience the dangers of one “bad apple” team member
How to Teach Managers & Leaders How to Assure Training Effectiveness Through Coaching
Date & Time: July 11th at 11 a.m.
The greatest challenge in our industry has never been the quality of training or learning, rather the biggest challenge has been getting students to apply and practice what was taught during the training and learning. There is no greater option for training and learning reinforcement than managers coaching employees. During this webcast, we will teach very specific application and practice coaching strategies that help reinforce training and learning. During the webcast we will teach the following:
- How to facilitate practice sessions that position managers to coach and actually enjoy it (no role-playing anxiety here)
- How to use self-directed learning activities to drive coaching application and training absorption.
- How to train managers to use peer-based coaching reinforce training and learning objectives.
- How to educate and support managers to coach specifically to your training and learning topic through a tool called a coaching map.
- And much much more
Hiring, Engaging & Retaining Talent in a Strong Economy
Date & Time: July 30th at 11 a.m.
It’s no secret that it’s an employee’s job market. With U.S. unemployment rates hovering below 4%, it’s harder than ever to hire the talent you need today—and harder still to hold onto the people you have. Take control of the situation! Build a Culture of Recognition & Engagement where employees want to work for your organization because they feel connected to your mission, valued by their managers and supported by everyone—from co-workers to top management.
Learn powerful lessons that can help your organization:
- Better recruit workers who will better work out.
- Redefine the role of your managers to “own” creating a motivational environment for employees.
- Systematically thank, recognize and praise people for doing good work.
- Obtain the active support and involvement of your organization’s executive leadership.
- Build and sustain a strong culture of performance and accountability.
You’re guaranteed to learn proven strategies and techniques that the best managers at successful organizations are using to attract, hire, retain, and get the best from their employees—and what you can do as well!