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Veterans Health Administration: Meeting the Learning Challenge

Roxy Torres | January 18, 2017 | Article

Jim Warner, chief learning officer for the Veterans Health Administration, talks about what it takes to maintain and deliver learning on a massive scale.

The Science of Learning E-Book

Patti Shank | October 19, 2016 | Book Chapter

Exclusive for ATD members: This compilation of Patti Shank's work covers a variety of science of learning topics, from foundational concepts to the changing nature of work.

OPM Looks to the Future

Michele Rhoades | October 30, 2015 | Video

On September 10, 2015 Beth Cobert, acting director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management addressed the Government Workforce Learning Innovations Conference about the challenges faced by today's government managers and employees and the future of the federal workforce.  

Science of Learning 101: Are We Doing the Right Things?

Patti Shank | June 15, 2015 | Article

continuous learningCurrently, corporate learning and development (L&D) is still skewed heavily toward building courses and content, but this approach is not really in sync with the exponential rate of knowledge change and today’s knowledge-heavy work processes—or the instructional piece work L&D provides.  Consequently, L&D is dangerously close to becoming irrelevant in many organizations.  

Smart Data Analytics—How Learning Execs Can Move from Reports to Predictions

Mike Hawkins | June 11, 2015 | Article

data predictionsLearning and development organizations can benefit from advanced uses of data. Data analytics is helping to dynamically enable smart personalization of content to individual learner needs and channel preferences. Analytics are helping identify learning content that could become sources of revenue. Enterprise data is being integrated into learning applications to provide context rich learning environments. In countless ways, data has the capacity to add intelligence to the traditionally subjective nature of talent development.

Dealing With Ambiguity During Change

Josh Smith | May 28, 2015 | Webcast

Learn how Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) developed a hands-on leadership simulation event to prepare leaders to make critical decisions during unprecedented ambiguity and industry change. HCSC is the largest customer-owned health insurer in the United States and fourth largest overall, operating through its Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Accelerate your Executive Career through Personal Branding and Marketing Yourself

Rita Allen | April 14, 2015 | Webcast

The term marketing makes most people think of products, services, and commodities. How about marketing ourselves—our talents, accomplishments, and value—inside our organization and within our profession, industry, and community? Are you or your staff members comfortable talking about yourselves in this way? More importantly, are you prepared to talk about yourself in this way—packaging your talents and accomplishments, showcasing them, leveraging them, and presenting them to your organization and community? Identifying, creating, and articulating a personal brand empowers people to own their career and seize opportunities. Personal branding and the ability to market ourselves is an essential ingredient for successful career management. Learn how to create a framework to embrace and develop this core competency.

Fearless Instructional Design: Learning From the Imagination of Jim Henson

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Michelle Lentz | January 16, 2015 | Video

Too often, instructional designers end up trapped in their boxes of theory. Sometimes we need to open that box and peer outside to glean ideas and inspiration from sources outside our industry. Jim Henson started working as a puppeteer in 1954, long before many of us considered corporate instructional design (ID) as a career. Yet, Jim Henson applied many of the core ideas from ID in his imaginative work. Viewing our own theories and ideas used in different ways is a great way to help inspire us to think of new and fearless ideas. We will cover Henson's use of storyboarding, storytelling, iteration, templates, and more, and bring it back to practical uses in instructional design. We'll get creative, discussing how construction of a Muppet can translate to construction of a course. Also, this session is fun. There might even be a Muppet.

Using High Tech to Develop High-Touch Skills

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Janice Burns | January 15, 2015 | Video

Your organization has invested in enough high-tech and no-tech learning assets to fill a catalog. You understand the math. It's all about 70-20-10 and you want to do more with technology to drive all three. How do you select and leverage the right assets, not only to save time and money, but also drive better learning outcomes and performance? It's not enough to just assemble the right parts and pieces, you want to gain support and sustain it as well. During this session, the speaker will help you identify the right blend of technologies to bring formal and informal learning together. You'll learn how to create a visual snapshot of a high-tech, high-touch development program and receive a template to present your program in a compelling way. You will leave with ideas, insights, and tools to use with social media, mobile support, games, and simulations to sustain learning, so your organization gets the most out of its training dollars, and your learners get what they want. You will understand how you can use high-tech to assess gaps in high-touch skills and learn new approaches to design personalized development programs to address those gaps. Determine how technology can help you gain buy-in and commitment from key stakeholders to achieve measurable results. Basic knowledge of 70-20-10 or formal and informal learning components will maximize the dialogue and learning in this session.

The Global Virtual Classroom 5 Keys to Success

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Darlene Christopher | January 15, 2015 | Video

Is your virtual classroom ready for global learners? According to recent ASTD research, globalization is one of the most important trends affecting the workforce. So how can you make sure your virtual classroom training is appropriate for all learners, regardless of their location? When you prepare for a global audience as a facilitator or designer, you need to think globally about every aspect of the training from the learner perspective, and make adjustments geared to those perspectives. During this session you will explore the five key areas for global virtual classroom success: logistics, content, learning styles, rehearsal, and facilitation. You will leave with strategies and tips to successfully design and deliver training for the global virtual classroom. The speaker has designed and delivered hundreds of training sessions via virtual classroom to World Bank Group staff in every region of the world. She will share practical examples from a variety of courses that were converted for delivery in a global virtual classroom.

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