June 2017 Issue
After participating in Learn-A-Palooza 3.0, I've been examining my own experiences and environments to see what I can apply to future learning projects. Last year, my husband and I moved into a home that is perfect for us—it’s cozy, great for commuting, and close to a green space. The house was built in the 70’s and I’m quite sure it was state-of-the-art, or at least up to code, at the time. But this winter we discovered that blown newspaper is not effective insulation. We were still hovering around the gas fireplace in early May. Plus, the kitchen is great for one person, but we both cook. It’s time to remodel.
This remodel process is familiar to developing a learning program. We’ve got requirements, a budget, deadlines, opportunities to leverage future technology, and a vision of a great experience. Our shared vision is fueling our creativity. Managing the tension between the vision, opportunities, and desired results is the critical work of the project. Here’s what I’m learning from “Project Home.”
When you embark on a project, where do you get your creative inspiration? How do you determine what’s important, to create an experience that delivers the right results? I’d love to hear your approach. Send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let's keep learning!
Janet Williams Hepler
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ATDps Chapter and Friends Expanded Our Reach and Connected with Each Other
May 19th saw over 90 Chapter members, presenters, and friends convene in exploration and learning from area L&D rock stars at City University Seattle. We were fortunate to have a provocative keynote from Myra Travin urging us to partner strategically in a different way to grasp where adaptive learning and deep learning algorithms in AI and machine learning might take our industry and the learners we all serve.
At lunch, Darren Nerland probed Jolene Jang on her cultural explorations, often taking place in our own back yards. You don't have to travel to another country to figure out ways to interact with and incorporate culturally relevant content into your own learning designs.
Participants had a chance to network, share a dot for their thoughts on pressing L&D related issues, learn in 15-minute speed learning rounds, and tackle some of the pain points we experience in taking our focus from local to global in an afternoon hackathon.
Over 12 Subject Matter Experts conducted speed learning rounds on 10 topics that related to the theme, and participants I both spoke with during the event as well as heard from afterwards enthusiastically enjoyed and learned from these 15 minute min-lessons on best practices. Members and participants, click here to view the content the SMEs provided on the ATDps website for this event and view photos here
"It was a fabulous day of learning, networking, exploring, sharing. I will definitely go again and will continue to spread the news on how great it was!"
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Thank you again to the amazing sponsors - City University hosted us and the space was fantastic with a great lunch served. We are grateful to CAVEO Learning CEO Jeff Carpenter for coming all the way from Chicago to speak to our group, with about 40 participants sticking around to enjoy the post-event happy hour sponsored by Jeff and the local CAVEO team. The printed programs and signage that helped us throughout our day was all made possible by SumTotalSkillSoft and we couldn't have done it without their generous support!
Workplace Stories: Designing Engagement into Your Training Programs
June 20, 2016 | 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
@ Mercer Island Community and Events Center
We've all sat through sessions intended to convince us that we need to use stories in our learning programs. They try to teach us how to develop a story, wrap training in a story, or how to tell the story effectively. Stories are effective in learning because our brains are designed to receive stories. But what if your entire learning program was a story instead of just learning content with some stories sprinkled in?
Story has the power to move people and even change the world right from where you are at work. Learn specific techniques for an engagement design process using elements of story and how it differs from simply adding stories to your training.
Speaker Katie Stroud has been designing instruction for over 13 years, usually in the high-tech industry. Frustrated with the dullness and ineffectiveness of training as both a developer and a participant, she felt there had to be a better way. In her observations she noticed two things: first, that people were either a catalyst or a barrier to success, and second, that no one could be successful on their own. Then she realized that story, designed well, had the power to change all that…
Innovative Experiences at LAP3.0
On May 19, 2017, the value of being part of the ATD Community came to life for me in so many ways during Learn-a-Palooza 3.0.
Arriving early to assist, I watched as organizers, volunteers, presenters and sponsors worked together to prepare for the day of learning and enlightenment. What amazed me was the passion, expertise and commitment reflected in everyone’s attitude and behavior. As the day started with the Darren Nerland, the brain-child of LAP3.0, kicking off the program and then followed by the inspirational keynote by Mya Travin, Learning Futurist, I realized everyone was connected through the ATD Community.
Being in the luxury hotel industry for many years, I have a strong understanding of serving others, however, this event was not just about serving others, but serving ourselves. In the words of the outrageous and dynamic Jolene Jang, we need to engage ourselves in innovative experiences to be introduced to new ideas, break our old patterns and get truly inspired.
The ATD Community provides opportunities to have innovative experiences. At LAP3.0, my innovative experiences included:
After a full day of speed learning, keynotes and a lively hack-a-thon, I was not drained but excited and inspired to go create innovative experiences for my ATD Community, my company, my friends, my family and myself. The more we give the more we get back!
Opportunities to engage the ATD Community and give back through volunteering:
For a full description of all the volunteer positions please click here.
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