Presenters for 2019

We are exited to share the list of selected presenters and sessions for our 2019 conference.  Many thanks to everyone who submitted a proposal.  And, many thanks to the Design Committee for their work on this year's lineup.

Eric Bloom

Bring Training to the Learners, Not Just Learners to the Training!

This session describes how to affordably create a robust, multi-media, blended-learning environment and processes, through the combination of:

• Content repurposing

• Content distribution through existing company communication channels

• Standard business technologies

• Integration of free internet-based resources and content


Edward Beale & William J. Parry

Make Salsa, not Sauce: Cases from the Blender

The Easy Way Out: “I’ll just run my new performers through a class!” We chop through that attitude likesalsa in a blender. This session is a forensic deep dive into successful blended learning cases from a half-dozen industry sectors. Put your own learning ingredients through the framework to blend up great tasting performance back at work. PDQ-Pro is the key.

Brian & Heather Boyle

Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality: Is this the future of learning?

In our session, we’ll educate ATD members and provide dynamic examples of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR) and discuss their applications for learning. We’ll review the controversy over its effectiveness and whether this is just another technology trend in the learning industry. We’ll provide peer-reviewed and institutional evidence of learner outcomes and offer best practices on when (or if) it can best be applied. We’ll explain the benefits and constraints of various deployment strategies, with a focus on learner accessibility. Finally, we’ll examine the implications for the future of VR, AR andMR in learning and development.

Mumtaz Brown & Tara Hennessey

The Ideal Learning Blend: Are You Asking the Right Questions?

Designing and delivering training can look different at different organizations. At time

In this session, we will take learners through the design thinking approach to help determine if blended learning is the right solution. We will share Bright Horizons approach to determining training modalities for a diverse set of learners and planning for all phases of the learning journey from development to evaluation and impact. In a dynamic and interactive session, learners will use scenarios to put this approach into practice.s, the trainer and designer could be the same person whereas in other instances there could be someone who designs the training for others to deliver. No matter your role, designing the ideal blended learning approach starts with asking the right questions and getting to the root of the desired outcome.

Kimberly Devlin, CPLP

Same Training, Half The Time: Delivering Results for Busy Learners

Can 10 pounds of training fit into a 5-pound bag? Impossible, right? Especially when time is tight and expectations are high. Yet, in today's time-constrained workplace, organizations must develop their workforce faster and faster to compete and achieve business results. Don't get left holding the bag! Instead, discover expert designer, SME and trainer strategies essential to designing, developing and delivering better training in half the time.

To meet the same training, half the time conundrum, learning professionals need to:

• Shift stakeholders’ preoccupation with “content” to a focus on results.

• Move from ‘pushing information’ to developing competence.

• Construct experiences that build on learners’ existing skills and knowledge.

• Create engagement by easing learners’ pain points and actively involving them.

• Convert content-heavy discussions into relevant hands-on exercises.

This session will show you how. Because you can have better training in half the time!

Robert Faw

Leadership Transformation through Blended Learning

Personal transformation programs pay for themselves. Not just knowledge gained, but people need to form habits, and strive for mastery in the competencies you’re teaching. During this workshop you’ll learn best practices from each other, and from the presenter about what true transformation requires. Bob Faw will walk you through creating your own transformational program using blended learning methods used with the Red Cross and other groups. We’ll talk about how to use in-person training when it’s best for true transformations. We’ll discuss where that transformation is synergized best with technology-based learning with live demonstrations. We’ll discuss how to integrate “homework” and video learning aids as powerful ways to support post-training learning and application. Move participants toward mastery through supporting them in creating their own content (videos, etc.). They do this to teach others as well as to deepen their learning. Throughout the workshop, we’ll be doing brief brainstorms to gather best practices from all in the room on each stage of transformation. This way everyone leaves with many usable ideas that fit them, and stay fully involved. (Plus, Bob is highly humorous and engaging.)

Irene Stern Frielich

Before you Start: Building a Blended Learning Plan

Effective blended learning is not achieved by piecing together training in multiple modalities. Like all other learning solutions, it begins with a robust needs analysis that focuses on target learner needs, organizational needs and readiness, logistics feasibility, and available resources. In this session you’ll have the opportunity to get a jump start on your own blended learning project utilizing our unique approach and toolkit to analyze the critical components for success. You will leave the session with new insights on your own blended learning project, and with a clear list of the next steps to make your program a success.

Teresa Good, EdD & Vasiliki G. Mavroudhis, EdD

Amplifying Global Learning: Experiential, Online, and In-Person  

An interactive and engaging workshop reviewing Northeastern University’s approach to achieving its vision of global, experiential, multi-faceted technology enabled excellence in teaching. The workshop will start with a brief presentation describing the strategic vision of Northeastern and how it was actualized in a graduate strategic leadership class that combined technology enabled instruction for students located in Vietnam, a consulting project for a non-profit organization in Virginia, and intensive on ground instruction in Vietnam. Following the presentation, the audience participants will participate in a technology enabled Q&A with students located in Vietnam, the project sponsor located in Virginia, the XN team, and/or the presenters. The session will conclude with a sub-group discussion on key learning and application.

Stephanie Hubka

Where the Path May Lead: A Guide to Learning Pathways

Designing learning opportunities for busy professionals can be a daunting task. Adults want personalized, engaging training that resonates with their experiences and provides knowledge and tools they can immediately use. When those same opportunities must also achieve learning outcomes, advance performance, and align with organizational strategies it can seem like an unattainable feat. Get ready to move from mission impossible to mission complete as you unleash the ultimate blended learning strategy: learning pathways!

In this session, we’ll take a look at how learning pathways can be used to develop learning experiences that truly connect with your learners. By looking at how learning pathways connect to learning theories, we’ll be ready to explore how you can identify, create, and position your organization’s content into customized pathways your learners—and your stakeholders—will love. This session will provide you with the opportunity to build your own roadmap toward learning pathway development, and you will have the chance to consider how your existing content can be offered through learning pathways. Ideal for practitioners wondering how to incorporate and balance different learning modes to maximize learner engagement as well as managers focused on strategically selecting and incorporating digital learning, this session will help you meet learners where they are—and help them grow through learning pathways!

Zachary Konopka

The Future of Professional Development is Adaptive Learning

Emerging technologies such as virtual reality (VR), big data, machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), and advanced learning and organizational analytics are exciting for learning professionals. These powerful tools won’t necessarily translate into powerful learning unless they are carefully utilized though. Adaptive learning is the sophisticated methodology that intelligently adapts the learning experience to each individual learner and enables this new generation of technologies. (All above technologies will be demonstrated in session within the context of corporate examples)

In this session, participants will learn what can be achieved utilizing the latest design thinking, best practice methodologies and adaption of the latest emerging technologies. We’ll also show what true adaptive learning is, including why it is a crucial component in the next generation of training to unleash the highest levels of performance possible.

Phillip LeNir

Social Learning — Collaborating to Create Solutions to Today’s Complex Issues

As our world becomes more complex and our organizations become both flatter in structure and ‘softer’ around the edges with our value chains becoming more critical for survival and growth, we need to change the way we support and encourage the learning and development of our people. In this session, we’ll explore social learning in the context of today’s rapidly evolving organizations and dig deep into the “20” in the 70-20-10 model to learn about the many flavors of peer-learning.

Susan Letterman White

Blended Learning - The Right Mix: Personal, Relevant, and Cost-Effective!

Blended learning is here to stay as a cost and time-effective intervention for developing an organization’s leaders and improving performance. This program will show and tell the key take-aways from years of teaching blended learning leadership development to graduate students, leading a design-thinking team that used blended learning to learn about design thinking and create a new product, and designing a blended-learning business development program used in the professional services industry.

Romeo Maione

Games and “Gamification” - When it Works and When it Fails

“Gamification” is an increasingly misused tactic in the learning industry. This leads to underwhelming programs with badges and leaderboards slapped on as an afterthought. During this session Romeo Maione, a program designer and strategist at Launchfire, will run through when you should (and shouldn’t) employ games as part of a learning strategy.

Jamie Millard & Gus Murby

10 Tips to Design Interactive Blended Learning Solutions

A $2B global design engineering firm with 65 offices and 2,500 staff in the US and Canada needed a non-traditional learning solution to develop their geographically dispersed project managers that was cost effective, flexible, impactful on business performance, and did not disrupt their busy project managers' engineering projects. The company partnered with Lexington Leadership to create a management development strategy and design an innovative blended learning solution that includes several highly customized, integrated, training programs,
conducted over 100 blended learning programs to rave reviews. Jamie Millard and Gus Murby, co-founders and Executive Partners of Lexington Leadership, will share their approach, lessons learned and best practice tips for designing, developing,
 incorporating a mix of e-modules, virtual sessions, face-to-face sessions and pre- and post-development activities. To date, the company has successfully 
producing and delivering these highly innovative blended learning solutions.

Bonnie Moore

Mixing People to Utilize Technology – Communication for Success

To decide which approach of training or facilitation to utilize in your organization, you must talk about it. To find the right resources and the types of technology that will be best suited for your endeavors, you must talk about it. To assess your organization’s technical readiness and busting technological myths, you need to talk about it. How do you create a strong blend between digital and non-digital learning? You talk about it. Collaborative communication is the most effective way to further the use of technology and/or change learning strategies in any organization. This session incorporates communication self-awareness, collaborative communication skills, technology preferences and persuasive skills that can move blended learning forward in any organization.

Mary-Ellen Roca & Judith Nabb

Decision and Execution: Case Studies of Blended Learning at Brown University

Brown University has been using blended learning techniques for several years. Through guided conversation and the use of case studies, the facilitators will share their design decision process and lessons learned after execution. Using a Socratic-style of delivery, participants will engage in discussion with their fellow learners to discover advantages, challenges, and surprises about implementing a blended program. Participants will apply the tools and lessons shared during the program to their own projects.

Anna Samorukova

Creating effective blended learning to enable change and growth

In pursuit of business growth and in response to ever emerging new conditions, risks and opportunities, organizations are undertaking a massive amount of initiatives. This has a two-sided impact:

1) learners are overloaded with initiatives and tasks and that creates barriers to engagement

2) learning has to be designed not only for the engagement, it can also be designed to support learners and enable change and transformation

Participants of this session will:

• Learn concepts of motivation, neuroscience and psychology to apply in designing blended learning

• Discuss enablers and risks of different modalities of learning and modes of deliveries

• Learn and create tools for defining the optimum structure of blended learning that incorporate:

• modes and modalities of learning

• obstacles to learning

• change and transformation

Mark Simon

Pinpoint Estimating With Blended Learning Projects (And the pinpoint *IS NOT* a dartboard dart!)

Just about everyone who has estimated the timeline for an eLearning development project will tell you that it is a highly challenging task. There are a few metrics now that can help you with your estimate, but there are so many variables that even those metrics can lead you to over or under-estimate your project.

Now multiply that challenge by three or more because you’re now being asked to estimate a blended learning project with several completely different deliverable types. Blended learning means blended estimating – and that can mean trouble.

This session offers guidance for estimating every roadway on the blended learning highway, and will show you a remarkably effective estimating spreadsheet tool that is as easy to use as cruise control.

Joel Sklar

We Need Blended Learning! Now What?

Blended learning lets your students acquire knowledge at their own pace, practice and apply that knowledge in active learning workshops, and prove their mastery of what they have learned on the job. In this hands-on workshop you will get an overview of a framework for creating blended learning, review a successful program, and then work in teams to brainstorm ideas and gain practice towards designing a blended program. You will learn to think strategically and creatively about the design process for blended learning

Mike Song

TQ: The Most Critical Leadership Skill

This program begins with a highly interactive, TQ Assessment.  Participants complete a survey and are grouped into 4 different TQ profiles: Emerging Techie, Tech Rock Star, Needs TQ Plan, and Tech Exec.   After an exploration of these styles, the program moves attendees through a simple four-step plan to boost individual and team TQ (Probe, Act, Communicate, Charter).

Each phase boosts participant TQ in two distinct ways.  1) Tech Facility: Participants gain tech skills and 2) Tech Leadership: Participants learn how to share tech insights with colleagues strategically. 

The session is packed with useful tips demonstrated via everyday technology including Outlook, Excel, browsers, and smartphones. Each time-saving tech tip will produce a “wow” reaction from participants who will then practice the tip and develop a business case for team adoption.

ATD New England is a partnership between the existing ATD Chapters located in the New England Region.

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