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.
How You Can Use Technology To Create an Immersive Learning Experience
Date & Time: March 20th at 2 p.m.
Creating an engaging learning experience is key to learning and retention of information. Passive forms of eLearning, including ‘click next, next, yawn…’ content is not providing the levels of engagement needed. Greater engagement in the training means learners are more emotionally invested, which has been proven to increase the retention of knowledge. An immersive learning experience involves learners and provides the greater levels of engagement required.
In this session you will learn:
- The benefits of an immersive learning experience
- How an immersive experience can be created to engage and excite learners
- Tools for creating an immersive learning experience
- Design considerations for an immersive learning experience
Related blog article – https://superblearning.com.au/involve-ill-understand/
No Amount of Training Can Help Learners In All Work Conditions – So What Do You Do? “Train for the Unknown”
Date & Time: March 21st at 2 p.m.
L&D designers, developers and leaders aim for training that provides perfect answers. Unfortunately, when workers are at work, not all conditions stay perfect. There are deviations, exceptions and unknowns that they have not been trained on – mainly because training programs are for perfect solutions, rather than exceptions. Consequently, workers are immobilized and unwilling to go beyond the unknown to take charge and solve problems at work. This brings work results to a halt.
In this webinar, you will learn:
- Understanding the differences between training and learning and what happens in real work.
- What are the opportunities that can bridge the perfect training ideas with the deviations, unknowns and unfamiliar in real work conditions.
- How to assist learners and workers go beyond the training programs they are provided.
- What tools can you use to help learners anticipate and take actions in unknown conditions.
- Preview case studies and research on “Training for the Unknown.”
Deciphering Learning Behavior Patterns
Date & Time: March 21st at 12 p.m.
It’s easy to see whether your employee completed a course or how much of an e-book they’ve read. However, it’s even more critical to go beyond the quantity of content they’re consuming to see exactly how they’re learning. When you can unlock important insights about your team’s engagement, you can drive better alignment between your learning strategy and the needs of your organization.
Join us for this complimentary Training Industry webinar, sponsored by O’Reilly Media. Your host, Karen Hebert-Maccaro, chief learning experience officer at O’Reilly, will share:
- Four key learning behaviors: linear, nonlinear, deepening and broadening
- Why outcomes are more valuable than completion data
- How you can harness metrics to build a better learning program
More Than a Checkbox: Training to Protect Employees, Business and Customers
Date & Time: March 26th at 12 p.m.
Compliance training is too often reduced to a “check-the-box” activity. But L&D plays a critical role in protecting a business’ customers, its employees and their livelihood.
Join us for this complimentary Training Industry webinar, sponsored by Cornerstone OnDemand. Your host, Tom Whelan, Ph.D., director of corporate research at Training Industry, Inc., will share a comprehensive framework for understanding organizational risk and recommend strategies for compliance training that works.
This interactive webinar will provide easy-to-understand insights on:
- The many types of risk faced by modern organizations and their prevalence
- Illustrative, real-world case studies on why training is critical for risk management
- How to align compliance training practices with company goals and strategy
Rise to the Rescue: 8 Great Tips for Creating Super-fast Responsive eLearning Using Articulate 360 Rise
Date & Time: March 27th at 2 p.m.
In today’s fast-paced world, rapid development can be the key to your e-learning success. Rise allows you to create beautiful, responsive courses using just a browser. Courses look gorgeous on PC, tablet, and phone with NO programming knowledge needed! Leave having seen how to create and publish beautiful and engaging e-learning using Articulate 360 Rise. Perfect for the accidental e-learning instructional designer!
In this session attendees will:
- Explore what Rise can do – and what they can aspire to – by exploring an existing course design and becoming familiar with the Rise interface and lingo
- See how easy it is to get started by organizing and creating the basic shell of a course
- Watch as a content-rich, engaging course is created before their eyes by adding and modifying Rise pre-built lessons and blocks, including video, labeled graphics, process, timeline, sorting activities, embedding, and quizzes
4 Ways Leadership Drives Agile Impact
Date & Time: April 9th at 11 a.m.
In a recent article written by Tony Rost, CIO of Metal Toad, a leader asks, “How am I going to screw up our Agile transformation?” This is a critical question for leaders of Agile teams.
The Project Management Institute (pmi.org) says “Anecdotal evidence points to the relationship between the sponsor and project manager as the greatest contributing factor.” Leadership plays a critical role for driving new initiatives. As Agile approaches grow in organizations, the role of project sponsor has evolved from control to collaboration, from leading to supporting. This is not a simple change for an established leader.
As Tony Rost says “You will fail by not realizing that Agile is an executive leadership philosophy, not a project management workflow.” These kinds of fluffy answers from Agile zealots can seem, to me, pompous and esoteric. That said, this answer is dead on. That’s why a leader must change to drive Agile success. It’s not about ‘Agile’ as much as the needs of the organization.
Attend this webinar to learn the four critical adjustments leaders must make to drive Agile success to drive impact.
The Agile Instructional Design Network & Course Design Xchange
Date & Time: April 11th at 2 p.m.
This webinar features an award-winning 2018 OLC Effective Practice which was recognized at OLC Innovate 2018, April 18-20, 2018, in Nashville, TN.
In 2015, the Instructional Design team at MSU Denver recognized a growing need to establish added structure and improved processes in order to meet the growing demands of online and hybrid education. In response, the MSU Denver Agile Instructional Design Network (AIDNet) and Course Design Xchange (CoDeX) was established. AIDNet represents a new practice, mindset, and organizational infrastructure supporting instructional design at MSU Denver. Consisting of dynamic, cross-functional teams,AIDNet members work with autonomy, agility, and a focus on collaborative efficiency. Each instructional design team within the network includes a senior instructional designer, online course developers, and instructional media specialist. This strategic coalition and scalable networked structure create an exciting design environment which stimulates ongoing creativity, productivity, and continuous process and product improvement. Teams are empowered, self-organizing, self-managing, and accountable for the delivery of results that consistently meet faculty needs and expectations.
This new personnel restructure is accompanied by the Course Design Xchange, an institutional “market economy” within which departments and faculty “purchase” applicable instructional design resources and/or services through five new course improvement programs (which have now been formally recognized, and adopted institutionally): CourseLaunch, CourseAssist, CourseConstellation, CourseSelect, CourseCertify. Offering these process-driven programs, in conjunction with leveraging Quality Matters (QM) and a variety of new technologies, has led to a highly-flexible, systems-approach to instructional design with ever-growing potential, both at MSU Denver and nationally. New relationships have been built, course improvements are being made equitably across the university, and a broader vision of possibilities is now shared between and among previously disparate departments and organizations.
This webinar is applicable to all educational professionals but would be of particular interest to instructional designers, administrative leaders, and other institutional change agents. Participants will gain insight into the processes and practices that allow instructional design and media development to thrive at scale within a large, urban, post-secondary university.
6 Truths of Modern Leadership Development
Date & Time: April 18th at 12 p.m.
The business context is changing rapidly, and leadership development needs to change with it. If not, it risks becoming ineffective at preparing leaders for today’s digital economy. According to a recent Fortune survey, only seven percent of Fortune 500 CEOs believe their companies are building effective global leaders, while just 10 percent think that their leadership development initiatives have clear business impact. To prepare leaders, we must teach them behaviors and competencies like resilience, cognitive flexibility and agility.
Join us for this complimentary Training Industry webinar, sponsored by Skillsoft. Your host, Heide Abelli, senior vice president of content product management at Skillsoft, will discuss the business context and factors that distinguish leadership development today from that past and where it’s going in the future.
This interactive webinar will provide easy-to-understand insights on:
- How the performance of leaders has changed over time and the biggest opportunities to positively influence their ability to lead.
- Which digital competencies are essential for developing leaders who can successfully lead through change and transformation.
- Where to begin today to develop new methods and mindsets to make changes within your leadership development programs and catapult them toward success.
Designing Learning for Maximum ROI
Date & Time: April 25th at 11 a.m.
During this session, you will learn eight steps to build a business case for investing in people. These steps are built on design thinking principles and, by following them, will help ensure learning programs and projects deliver results.
Specifically, you will learn:
- Research on what executives want from their learning investments
- Eight steps to build the case for investing in people
- Techniques to seamlessly integrate measurement, evaluation and analytics into your programs, projects and practices
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!