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Byte-Sized Learning Sessions

It’s byte-sized learning, with gigabyte outcomes. These 30-minute focused sessions will help you move your ideas to action.

Session Listing
Achieving High Quality Audio in eLearning
High quality audio in eLearning is critical for effective engagement, learning, and retention. In today's culture of AirPods and earbuds, learners will tolerate bad quality video much longer than they will tolerate bad quality audio. This session shows the steps necessary to ensure high quality audio in eLearning, including the one most important factor needed for high quality audio. Room acoustics, microphone selection, microphone placement, and proper recording levels will be discussed in easy to understand, non-technical language. Attendees will be given the opportunity to have their eLearning audio evaluated for quality by a professional voice talent after the conference at no charge.

Speaker: Greg Thomas
Before You Decide
Decision making doesn't come with an instruction manual, and leadership is not a one-size-fits-all discipline. They key is to find a process that works for each individual. Fortunately, there are techniques leaders can adopt to perfect their decision-making process and increase the likelihood that their decisions will lead to a positive impact for their organization.This session guides leaders through four techniques for effective decision-making and outlines how to integrate them into your own process when considering the pros and cons of important decisions.

Speaker: Matthew Confer
Beyond Paper: Making Your Documents Interactive
Many designers spend countless hours developing guidebooks, tips sheets, and manuals knowing that training participants will thumb through your hard work during the session and rarely use it again. If they have a question after the fact, it seems like too much work to dig out and reference the glorious manual you gave them in class. Unless the materials are used immediately following training, most forget the content entirely.Tips sheets are meant to be valuable resources, not something to toss in the recycle bin.But what if there was another option for creating documents, both paper and digital, in a way thats interactive, engaging, and practical?

Speaker: Mike Peacock
Beyond PoC - What Does an Enterprise-Scale VR Training Deployment Look Like?
Over the last couple of years, corporations have gone all-in on creating proof of concept (PoC) VR training experiences. This is an important step in learning whats possible. However, the real value of VR training is realized by actually deploying it throughout the enterprise.
So, how do you do that?
This session will cover the entire roadmap for deploying VR training -- from PoC, to pilot implementation, to corporate LMS integration, to ultimately rolling out immersive training experiences to a wider audience. Included in this presentation will be actual case studies of how organizations are building out VR training experiences and how they are beginning to roll them out at enterprise-scale.

Speaker: Dave Beck
Blend Like a Pro: Key Ingredients for Blended Learning
When it comes to engaging learners, variety is key. Learning professionals are a bit like chefs, mixing approaches to give their students an effective and enjoyable educational experience. Originally delivered as the opening keynote of ATDs NEAC Conference, this session provides practical ways to deliver learner focused experiences that encourage active engagement. We will discuss how to use learning technology effectively and incorporate classroom experiences with other delivery methods. We will also explore research and theories behind current teaching methods, such as project-based, experiential, and inquiry-based learning.

Speaker: Katrina Baker
Broke: Software Simulations; Woke: Software Virtualization
Traditional elearning software simulations just don't cut it anymore. Learners are forced down a specific path and their ability to explore and navigate within the software is extremely limited.
What if eLearning developers could design software training that removed these restrictions and gave learners the freedom to make mistakes and then learn from their errors? In this session, participants will learn how they can use cloud-based virtual machines to deliver software training without any of the limitations of traditional eLearning. Then, well use API calls to evaluate whether or not learners completed the assigned tasks successfully.

Speaker: Kristian Chartier
Can Vocational Training and Reskilling Fill the High Tech Skills Shortage? Israel as a Case Study
We all know that there is a world-wide Hi-Tech skills shortage but can we learn from others how to solve it? Can re-skilling, training and adult education providers help address the problem and try narrow down the gap? Can they do it alone? By using Israel as a case study, Eran will demonstrate how the Start-Up nation is successfully using re-skilling and education as key elements in its Hi-Tech workforce foundation and the how the cooperation between Universities, Industry and the government is a critical factor to achieve success.

Speaker: Eran Lasser
Chatbots: Can They Really Support Learning Retention?
This session offers a fresh approach for extending learning and providing reinforcement in this digital and mobile age. Specifically, a mobile chatbot can bring microlearning to the students mobile phones in an interactive way to reinforce knowledge and engage them directly in key bits of the learning again and again. The intent of introducing this emerging mobile form of learning reinforcement is to support formal learning so it can deliver the desired results back on the job.

Speaker: Bonnie Beresford
Compliance Training is Boring…Because We've Designed It That Way
How do your employees react to compliance training? At Spectrum, their compliance training is some of the highest rated training in the company. To get there, they rethought the purpose of compliance training and then focused on why it is important to the employee and the overall user experience. This has led to a library of compliance; courses that employees enjoy taking. The Spectrum Design team will be sharing their design approach to the entire program and to individual courses.

Speakers: Kay Hunt and Marc Donelson
Connecting Learning and Performance for Newly Remote Workforces
We all struggled with proving the ROI of our training initiatives. But with the abundance of people analytics; HR, operational, and other data types we are fully equipped to measure the success of any LD initiative, especially when it comes to remote workforce performance. During this session well develop a sample framework for your organization on how to make Talent Development measurable, data-driven, directly impacting KPIs growth.

Speaker: George Elfond
Data Literacy: It’s Not Technology’s Job To Teach It – It Is Yours!
Are you data literate? Learn how to implement a data literacy training program within your organization. We will give multiple options for how to start big, start small, or just start an awareness program. The key is to start and to expose this gap in the organization.

Speakers: Jill Camper & Kelly Zamboni
Developing a Training Needs Analysis While Incorporating RACI
This classroom session provides a framework and strategy for developing a training needs analysis while incorporating the RACI matrix; a project management tool widely used to establish responsibility and alignment. Throughout this session, learners will be encouraged to consider a past or current project that requires a training plan. We will walk through the Training Needs Analysis template provided in order to define the sections of the needs analysis. As the session progresses, the RACI matrix will be incorporated into the training needs analysis, and conclusively learners will be guided to using the analysis template to develop a training plan for any given organizational project or initiative.

Speaker: Adia Smith
Don't Limit Your Learners' Experience!
In this session you'll learn various ways to make your online courses accessible to a large population for whom colour blindness or hearing deficiency is a major obstacle to learning.
Well explore the role of color selection in the creation of images and descriptive text in enabling these users to experience and learn from your content and consider steps to take when making images accessible
You'll also learn how to create an accessible course with PDFs and word docs as well as creating courses within Storyline that provide alternative navigation tips for users.
Join me in getting started with simple steps and free resources on how to make your courses accessible to all and breaking down the barriers to learning.

Speaker: Stephanie West
Drips, Bots, and Blogs - Oh My! Your Non-Traditional Methods for Reinforcement
In a recent Bersin by Deloitte report, it was stated 80% of CEOs believe upskilling is their most pressing challenge. This means retraining and upskilling are critical to the modern workforce. However, packed schedules impose a barrier to providing the formal training needed to address the upskilling needs of a modern workforce.
By providing dripped or spaced learning we give knowledge a greater chance of sticking and give people a better chance of knowledge retrieval and application. This creates a win-win for the people and businesses.
In this session, we will be working with three drip delivery platforms; blogs, chat-bots, and email to demonstrate the combined value of conversational, chunked, and self-directed microlearning content.

Speaker: Shannon Tipton
eLearning Accessibility Tips, Gotchas and Standards
You've just learned that due to new laws, or your organizations desire to be inclusive, that all your training content needs to be Section508 or WCAG compliant, in other words accessible to all. Your first idea, providing a PDF of the course, was shot down. Separate but unequal wont cut it. Later you were reminded that adding narration to the course doesn't make it accessible, it just adds unnecessary work and may conflict with screen readers. Hiring an accessibility expert just isn't in the budget, so what is an instructional designer to do?

Speaker: Paul Schneider
How People - Not Technology - Digitally Transform Organizations
It is a common misconception that technology drives digital transformation. This is why so many digital transformation efforts fail. It is people first, then processes and strategy that need to be at the core of a digital journey, and the technology choice and implementation have to take a supportive role. Helping every contributor in the organization to understand their role and master the skills and tasks required to execute the strategy needs to become the primary focus. In this session we will share ideas, tools, best practices and insights on easy actionable steps you can take to set your organization up for success and how to leverage data and technology on the road to more agility, performance and digital transformation.

Speakers: Angela Feigl and Luis Vale
Inspired Instructional Design: Learning from the Imagination of Jim Henson
Jim Henson started working as a puppeteer in 1954, long before most people considered corporate instructional design as a career. Yet, Jim Henson applied many of the core ideas from instructional design and design thinking in his imaginative work.
We will cover Hensons use of design thinking and ID concepts, such as storyboarding, storytelling, iteration, empathy, audience analysis, and more. Well bring his applications back to practical application in our daily work. Well get creative, discussing how construction of a Muppet can translate to construction of a course.
Also, this session is fun, and includes singing and a guest appearance by Sid, the Muppet.

Speaker: Michelle Lentz
Learning for Performance: Why Knowledge Isn’t an Adequate Training Result
How many times have we heard from business leaders training is too long? Rather than the typical response, this session challenges you to ponder if your business leaders may be right! This session is about creating learning experiences that focus on developing training programs that teach skill acquisition necessary for job performance. We will show you how to cut through the fluff and get to what matters to your business employee performance and engagement. With a series of interactive demos and simple to apply activities, you will leave with tools to analyze your current programs and begin the process of finding efficiencies that will benefit your learners and your stakeholders.r

Speakers: Elaina Biffle and Kristen Miller
Leveraging Principles of Art Theory & History for Visual Design
Visual design affects an audiences willingness to engage with learning materials, because learners regularly use visual cues to determine credibility. In this session, participants will learn the seven basic principles of design, how theyve been applied by masters throughout the history of art, and how participants can apply them in their own work. These principles of design can be applied to any medium, including presentations/slideshows, e-learning courses, job aids, and videos.

Speaker: Brittany Jordan
Make Video and eLearning That Sticks: How Marketers Make Messages Memorable
With the need to change behavior and ignite action, how can your elearning solutions leave your audience remembering your message? Try looking to a field that does this well: marketing. If advertising messages can get people to recall and retain information, how can you use these marketing techniques to change behavior and ignite action amongst your learners?
In this interactive session you'll learn the four key techniques that marketers use to make their messages stick. You'll explore the role of message visualization, drama, emotions and compelling text. You'll examine both marketing and training examples in order to apply the concepts to your own projects.

Speaker: Danielle Wallace
Maximize Engagement in the Virtual Classroom!
Engagement in the virtual classroom refers to the attention, interest, curiosity, and involvement shown by a learner during a virtual course. So, how do we keep our learners engaged when distractions are all around us? The key to reducing the impact of those distractions is to boost engagement, and best practice is to engage your learners every 3-5 minutes. Every virtual platform has different tools and capabilities, but its what you do with those tools that can be challenging! In this session, you'll learn how to take your virtual classroom courses to the next level by leveraging the tools in your virtual platform to create powerful, interactive, and engaging virtual learning experiences.

Speaker: Melissa Grey Satterfield
Measuring Behavioral Change in Leadership Development
Executives buy results, not training. The challenge is that most HR and training professionals are tasked to prepare employees to lead the future of their organizations, but do not measure the impact of their leadership development programs. They are paying top dollar for training and coaching programs but cant prove that they are actually making a difference and rarely see a measurable and sustainable return on their investment.
It doesn't have to be that way. We can and we must do better. Its time to prove the training impact to our participants, our businesses and the training industry as a whole. Sal Silvester of 5.12 Solutions Consulting Group will present a mandate for measuring behavior change in leadership development programs.

Speaker: Sal Silvester
Minimize Friction in Your Learning Ecosystem
This session will examine the Fogg Behavior Model and how companies seek to minimize "friction" between us as consumers and their product offerings, providing the path of least resistance. If you look at your learning solutions as a product that you want your learners to consume, where are you creating friction that discourages those learning consumers? And what can you do about it? You'll leave this session with a "friction assessment" of your learning ecosystem, along with a tool kit of strategies you can explore to minimize that friction in your organization. Moreover, you'll leave with a new perspective on your learners, their motivations, and how you can best reach them.

Speaker: Jeremy Roberts
Mobile Learning For Performance Support – Best Practices for Sales Professionals
These are unprecedented times with technology enhanced training methods becoming the new normal in corporate training. Mobile learning is integral to this landscape with its potential to provide performance support to employees - at the time and place they need it most! In this session, RK Prasad shares how you can use mobile learning for performance support with examples drawn from training for sales and service personnel. You can adapt the ideas shared to other employees easily. You will learn how to, blend mobile learning with other forms of training to ensure that learning sticks and lasts.
Chalk out your mobile collaborative learning strategy based on experiences of companies that have tried and tested it before.

Speaker: RK Prasad
Prototyping Mindset for Beginners
In our time together you will learn how simple yet powerful prototyping and gaining feedback on your projects can be. You will be able to go back to work, know how to build a prototype, and gain critical feedback that just may change your project for the best!

Speaker: Jeff Lowndes
Rapid Implementation of a Modern Learning Platform
Thinking of adding a new Learning Platform or LXP to your ecosystem? Let us show you how we have implemented platforms at dozens of companies quickly and successfully. We will show best practices and processes to rollout an LXP with the partnership of stakeholders, champions and drive engagement, right from the start.
No need to take months to implement! We will show how implementing a new platform is not about the technology, but the learning strategy, the new culture and the right mix for engagement. Discover the processes, the procedures and the techniques that will drive success.
Get engagement right from the start and drive the right content to the right audience, quickly.

Speaker: Becky Willis
Sprints & Squads: How to Boost Learning Innovation in Your Company
Ever want to test a new learning technology or approach, but got bogged down by the investment it would take to get it started? This hands-on session will help you learn about two key concepts, squads and sprints, that will help you get started to quickly develop, test, iterate, and get data on new innovations. And you'll get a chance to try out a few of the activities for yourself. Leave this session ready to re-design and re-energize your innovation efforts on the job

Speakers: Ryan Heinl and Stephanie Neal
What's In It For Me? Getting Stakeholder Buy-In for xAPI
xAPI can enable adaptive learning, support mobile learning and provide rich analytics but may organization struggle with getting started.
In this session, participants will discuss the key drivers for decision makers from the C-suite to First-line Supervisors. We will focus on the benefits and results that impact your stakeholder not the underlying technology to sell your xAPI project internally. This session will highlight common challenges to new learning technology purchases and guide participants around potential roadblocks. Case studies from successful implementations will be used to help paint a picture of xAPI benefits. Everyone will leave with a list of free and low-cost resources to get their first pilot project off the ground.

Speakers: Art Werkenthin and Duncan Welder
What's Your Formula?: Experimenting with the Right Combination of Elements to Make Your Elearning Effective
Think of this session like a lab in which you'll experiment with elements of effective elearning design, explore which elements bond most cohesively together, and concoct a re-imagined elearning program. This session is about making new discoveries and discussing whats possible within your organization.

In this session, you'll explore a periodic table of 51 elements of effective learning design, you'll focus on a few of those elements, you'll work with others to create a Weird Science-like ideal elearning module and then you'll reflect on what might be realistic (even if it pushes the boundaries) within your own organization.

Speaker: Brian Washburn
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