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Super Sessions

High-profile industry thought leaders sharing their knowledge on relevant topics from the world of learning technology. Hour-long sessions, including interactive Q&A opportunities for attendees.

Britt Andreatta

CEO, 7th Mind


Britt Andreatta is an internationally recognized thought leader who uses her unique background in leadership, neuroscience, psychology, and education to create brain-science-based solutions for today’s challenges. Britt is the former chief learning officer for Lynda.com (LinkedIn Learning) and has more than 10 million views of her online courses. She consults with organizations on leadership development and learning strategy. The author of several books and models, Britt was named a top 20 influencer for 2020.

Wired to Aha! The Neuroscience of Creativity & Innovation

Innovation and creativity are crucial to your organizations success. This is especially true during this pandemic every industry must reinvent itself amidst economic chaos. Harvard found that organizations that thrived through the Great Depression adopted an entrepreneurial mindset and sparked innovation. In fact, high performing organizations are 5X more likely to build a culture of innovation across functions.
But most organizations struggle with how to support and encourage both innovation and creativity (they are different). Join Dr. Britt Andreatta, former CLO of Lynda.com (LinkedIn Learning) as she shares her research on the neuroscience of innovation and creativity. You'll leave with strategies you can implement immediately.

JD Dillon

Chief Learning Architect, Axonify


JD Dillon is one of the most prolific authors and speakers in workplace learning today. For 20 years, he has worked in operations and talent development with some of the world's most dynamic organizations, including Disney, Kaplan, Brambles, and AMC. JD is now chief learning architect with Axonify, where he builds technology, content, and services that enable frontline employees around the world do their best work every day.

Augmented L&D: Applying AI to Transform Learning

Lets explore the immediate future for AI in workplace learning. In this session, well clarify what AI can and cannot do. Well highlight the role data will play in the emergence of AI-enabled LD. We will explore AI capabilities that are already being used within workplace learning. We will then apply AI principles to solve familiar LD challenges, such as content development, translation, personalization and measurement, to demonstrate how this technology will fundamentally change the work we do every day. Youll leave this session with a practical understanding of how AI will augment your LD capabilities over the next 3 to 5 years.

Cath Ellis

Learning Experience Designer, Cath Ellis Learning Design

Cath Ellis is a freelance learning experience designer at Cath Ellis Learning Design, a boutique e-learning company in Melbourne, Australia. She has more than a decade of experience creating authentic and powerful learning experiences for clients across the globe. She has a bachelor’s degree in adult learning and development and has a master’s degree in digital technology in education from the University of Melbourne.

The Fallout

Have you ever listened to a great podcast, one that hooks you in, has cliffhangers and keeps you wanting more?
Get ready, you're going to find out how you can apply these same principles to your learning content!
Instead of designing another boring fraud and corruption module, these principles were used to create The Fallout, a fictional hybrid eLearning module.
In this session, you'll hear about the initial conversation with the client and you'll be taken through the design and development process; creating the characters, story, curating the content and how the course was branded with a True Crime look and feel.
You'll leave this session with a ton of new ideas that you can implement right away and give your content the wow factor.

Cindy Huggett

Principal Consultant, Cindy Huggett Consulting

Cindy Huggett, CPLP, has vast experience in the virtual classroom. She’s the author of four books on virtual training, including Virtual Training Tools and Templates, The Virtual Training Guidebook, and Virtual Training Basics. She partners with organizations to help them transition to the virtual classroom. Cindy is a past member of ATD’s national board of directors and was one of the first to earn the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) credential.

The Facilitator's Role in Immersive Learning: Skills Needed for Success

There's an explosion of VR training programs in the workplace, and some of these training programs need facilitator support. Therefore, we need to ask the questions: "whats the facilitator role in VR training?" and "what skills to facilitators need in order to be effective in the VR classroom"? Facilitators need to figure out which traditional classroom training skills apply, and which ones don't!
This interactive session will explore similarities and differences between the "traditional classroom trainer" role the new ;"learning experience facilitator" role. You'll earn 5 skills needed for success in the immersive classroom.

David Kelly

Executive Director, The Learning Guild


David Kelly is the executive director of the Learning Guild. David has been a learning and performance consultant and training director for more than 20 years. He is a leading voice exploring how technology can be used to enhance training, education, learning, and organizational performance. He has contributed to organizations including ATD, eLearn Magazine, LINGOs, and more. He can be found online at his website, davidkelly.me, or on Twitter @LnDDave.

What's Really Happening with Augmented Reality?

Augmented reality continues to advance and emerge in both consumer and enterprise markets. There's also rising interest in how to use AR for learning and performance. With AR now one of the hottest buzzwords, how much is hype and how much is substance? In this session, you will explore the current state of augmented reality in 2020. You will see examples of AR in practice in the consumer and enterprise markets. You will examine whats working and whats not and how you can apply those lessons to learning and development. You'll also examine whats expected to change in the AR landscape in the near future.

Myra Roldan

Technologist, Amazon


Myra Roldan is an L&D thought leader and technologist who brings a unique mix of technical, business, and adult education expertise to the game. She is a TEDx speaker and technical designer. Her superpower is her natural ability to make complex technical subjects easy to understand by breaking down concepts in a way that is simple to consume, process, and apply. Myra strives to evoke transformation by doing her part to decolonize technology.

The Solution Room - Emerging Technologies

Think of an emerging technology challenge that you are currently facing or an emerging technology implementation idea. It can be big, small, or somewhere in between. Now imagine having a small group of peers that could help you tackle that challenge by brainstorming to help you find a solution. The Solution Room is designed to provide peer-supported advice on the most pressing challenges. Participants work in small groups to brainstorm in short cycles, then we will debrief and further explore the viability of each solution and the technologies that support them.

Megan Torrance

CEO, TorranceLearning


Megan Torrance is CEO and founder of TorranceLearning, which helps organizations connect learning strategy to design, development, data, and ultimately performance. Megan and the TorranceLearning team are passionate about sharing what works in learning so they devote considerable time to teaching and sharing about Agile project management for learning experience design and the xAPI. She is the author of Agile for Instructional Designers, The Quick Guide to LLAMA, and Making Sense of xAPI.

Harnessing Change: Agile Methods in Instructional Design

Agile provides a framework for adapting to change as it happens and working with the project sponsor to deliver whats most needed by learners. The Agile mindset helps us harness change for good (instead of resisting it) and Agile techniques offer solutions for making constant change a practical reality. Rapid iterative cycles allow us to test our solutions before releasing incorporate constructive change along the way.
And yet, software projects face different challenges than instructional design projects. Traditional Agile methods may not apply to your LD work. What can we borrow from this useful mindset and approach, and what do we need to shape specifically for an instructional or learning experience type of project?

Chad Udell

Managing Partner, Float


Chad Udell is the managing partner, strategy and new product development, at Float. There he leads his design and development teams to successful outcomes and award-winning work via a strong background in both disciplines and a singular focus on quality. He has worked with industry-leading Fortune 500 companies and government agencies to design and develop experiences for 20 years.

Assembling Your AR Dream Team: Roles and Responsibilities for Success

The team makeup needed to deliver a successful AR experience is different than other L&D efforts you may be used to. And that means the talent sourcing, identification, and evaluating processes you're used to may need to shift. Not only that, but you'll also need to explore new roles for your team, as well as new ways to bring all their skills together.
This session will help you envision the team and workflow you'll need to deliver success to your stakeholders and examines the types of jobs, tools, and processes that are used to create AR experiences.

Paul Zak

Remote Immersive Learning, Immersion Neuroscience

Paul Zak’s two decades of research have taken him from the Pentagon to Fortune 50 boardrooms to the rain forests of Papua New Guinea—all in a quest to understand the neuroscience of human connection, human happiness, and effective teamwork. His academic lab at Claremont Graduate University (neuroeconomicstudies.org) and companies he has started (getimmersion.com) develop and deploy neuroscience technologies to solve real problems faced by real people.

Remote Immersive Learning

Neuroscience has promised to radically improve talent development but that promise has been slow to be fulfilled. This session presents findings from the first distributed neuroscience platform that is fully automated, provides data in real-time for any number of people, and has been used to improve training in a variety of organizations. A neurologic state called immersion accurately predicts information recall weeks after training. This session describes the neuroscience of immersion and identifies best practices for those seeking to create immersive content. It includes a live demonstration of an immersive experience by measuring neural activity of attendees.

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