Preconference Workshops

Agile Project Management for Instructional Design

May 5, 2018 | 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
ATD Member: US $495 | Nonmember: US $695

Facilitator: Megan Torrance, TorranceLearning

In this session, you'll learn about Agile project management methods adapted specifically for instructional design and development projects --- the Lot Like Agile Methods Approach (LLAMA) and how to use them on the job. You'll learn about the tools and supplies needed and how to choose a project to pilot. You'll use Agile tools and techniques for estimating, planning, and managing a design and development project. This year, the speaker has added subtracks to support project managers working on learning management system or learning record store implementations and for xAPI and other projects with a heavier software component, along with the session's traditional e-learning development focus.

Track: Learning Technologies

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Building a Courageous Workforce

May 5, 2018 | 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
ATD Member: US $495 | Nonmember: US $695

Facilitator: Bill Treasurer, Giant Leap Consulting, Inc.

Aristotle called courage the "first virtue" because it makes all the other virtues possible. Courage is also the premier organizational virtue because it connects to important concepts such as leadership, business development, and innovation. Leadership requires making bold decisions that some people will disagree with, which takes courage. Selling requires facing rejection over and over, which takes courage. Innovating requires taking risks and occasionally failing, which takes courage. Drawing on the concepts that have been taught to thousands of executives all over the world, this session will provide practical tips for building your own courage, and help you learn ways to inspire an organizational climate that fosters courageous behavior among those you work with or lead.

Track: Leadership Development

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Coaching Essentials for Team Leaders

May 5, 2018 | 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
ATD Member: US $495 | Nonmember: US $695

Facilitator: Tracy Hutton, The Marcus Buckingham Company

The job of any coach is readily visible to the outside world: They turn talent into performance, shaping and guiding the natural gifts of people on the team to contribute to the goals of the team as a whole. The job of the team leader is exactly the same: talent activation. This means that every team leader needs to understand basic principles of coaching, and learn coaching skills to lead a team effectively. In this session, you will explore the reasoning behind and impact of a strengths-based approach to developing people, learn a strengths-based model for coaching team members, and practice applying that model. Learn techniques and strategies to build trust, reframe situations to achieve more powerful outcomes, and provide performance feedback that inspires people to take action. Finally, you will learn the seven Cs of coaching conversations that every team leader must be prepared to have.

Track: Leadership Development

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Coaching SMEs to Facilitate Learning: Techniques to Improve Their Performance

May 5, 2018 | 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
ATD Member: US $495 | Nonmember: US $695

Facilitator: Greg Owen-Boger and Dale Ludwig

Bringing subject matter experts (SMEs) into the training process can be one of the best things learning leaders can do. SMEs bring depth of experience, enterprise-wide perspective, and credibility to the learning process. However, SMEs often don't fully understand their new role as facilitator of learning. This risks the success of the learning event. It can also jeopardize the reputation of L&D within the organization. Help your SMEs become talent development savvy. In this session, we'll explore the unique needs (and sometimes incorrect assumptions) of SMEs, and practice, by using a proven coaching model, nonthreatening ways to coach them to be more effective in the training room. This will include techniques for coaching them to deliver content, to provide context and on-the-job relevance, and to set up and debrief on learning activities successfully.

Track: Training Delivery

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Create a Powerful Measurement and Reporting Strategy With Talent Development Reporting Principles

May 5, 2018 | 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
ATD Member: US $495 | Nonmember: US $695

Facilitator: David Vance, Center for Talent Reporting

A powerful, robust measurement and reporting strategy is critically important to demonstrate alignment, show value, and give senior learning leaders the tools to set goals and manage them throughout the year to deliver planned results. This session will provide you with the knowledge to select, define, and calculate the right measures for your organization. You will also learn how to create business reports employing these measures that your learning leaders can use monthly to manage their programs and the department. Best of all, you will create your measurement and reporting strategy based on the emerging standards of Talent Development Reporting Principles (TDRp), which is an industry-led effort to bring accounting-like guidance to the profession, including what it means to run learning like a business and how to speak the language of business.

Track: Learning Measurement & Analytics

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Microlearning Makeover: 10 Steps to Clear, Concise, and Comprehensible Instructions

May 5, 2018 | 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
ATD Member: US $495 | Nonmember: US $695

Facilitator: Daniel Jones, Modern Workplace Learning Professional

If your screencasts, job aids, and online instructions aren't clear, concise, and comprehensible, then it's time for a 10-step microlearning makeover. In this session, you'll work with written instructions and video scripts. You'll start by eliminating long-winded introductions and superfluous information. Next, you'll chunk content, create lists, and add headings to help learners find what they need. You'll set the context, vanquish vagueness, wipe out weak words, and delete deadwood phrases. After applying visual cues, we'll wrap up with special touches to online text and video scripts. You'll leave with a 10-step guide and the added confidence and know-how-to create better microlearning modules. 

Track: Instructional Design

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Know the Mind, Know the Learner: Applying Brain Science to Improve Training

May 5, 2018 | 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
ATD Member: US $495 | Nonmember: US $695

Facilitator: Art Kohn, Portland State University Business School

This session will explore seven core principles that will help you understand how the brain controls learning and memory. It is for anyone interested in how to use psychology, science, and the brain to improve teaching and learning. The speaker brings more than 20 years of experience, and a PhD in brain science, to bear on the topic of learning. After this session, you will have a deep understanding of core principles of modern cognitive science, and you will be able to immediately utilize these ideas as you create training that is tailored to the human mind.

Track: Science of Learning

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Performance Consulting: The What, Why, and How

May 5, 2018 | 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
ATD Member: US $495 | Nonmember: US $695

Facilitator: Dana Robinson and Chris Adams, Handshaw, Inc.

In your organization, do managers frequently come to you already having determined that a learning or HR solution is needed for a particular business problem? If you express concern, the manager may feel you are uncooperative; if you agree to move ahead, then it is possible that solutions are implemented that yield little to no business results. In this session, you will learn how to ask powerful questions to reframe a learning solution request into a discussion of the business and performance results the client is seeking, determining together the best next step. You will learn the mental model used by performance consultants to assess a situation, and the technique of asking powerful questions to reframe solution requests. You'll leave with a starter kit of questions to use the next time someone calls you with a solution request.

Track: Career Development

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Speaking PowerPoint: Design Your Slides to Increase Learning by 35 Percent (or More)

May 5, 2018 | 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
ATD Member: US $495 | Nonmember: US $695

Facilitator: Bruce Gabrielle and Neena Gabrielle, Speaking PowerPoint

Over the past 40 years, a lot of research has been done on what it takes to make PowerPoint slides that enhance learning. These principles are easy to learn and will revolutionize the way you look at PowerPoint slides -- your own and others'. Even great trainers and e-learning designers who follow pedagogically sound training principles in general can sometimes build PowerPoint presentations that don't follow those same concepts, and so decrease learning transfer. In this session, learn the principles that will increase learning in your presentations, and see for yourself how your own PowerPoint slides are transformed into clear, professional-looking, and pedagogically sound tools for learning transfer.

Track: Instructional Design

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LearnNow: Design Thinking

May 4-5, 2018 | 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
ATD Member: US $895 | Nonmember: US $1,095

Facilitator: Angel Green, Allen Interactions

Track: Instructional Design

Open Your Mind to More Flexible Learning Designs

Today’s learners are choosing to get their instructional content from alternate sources—YouTube, Google, blogs, and Twitter—which is threatening the use of learning management systems as the go-to platforms for content delivery. For instructional designers, this means viewing learning objects as instructional products and learners as consumers. ATD’s LearnNow: Design Thinking workshop will show you how to shift to a human-centered instructional design approach by leveraging the tools and techniques found in the discipline of product design. The result? Your training will be the source your audience chooses to rely on, return to, and recommend.

Learning Objectives:

  • Uncover why instructional design needs to change.
  • Explore the value of empathetic design in modern instructional design.
  • Participate in hands-on design thinking activities and processes that are specifically tailored for use in instructional product design.
  • Receive tools and templates you can take with you to immediately put design thinking to practice in your organization.

To purchase this program and an ATD 2018 conference registration, you will need to add both to your shopping cart during the registration checkout process. 


CANCELLED - The Authentic Trainer: Tools for Keeping It Real in the Room

May 5, 2018 | 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
ATD Member: US $495 | Nonmember: US $695

Facilitator: Nanci Appleman-Vasil, APLS Group and Jim Smith Jr., Jim Smith Jr. International

Are you an authentic trainer? Do you know what it takes to be an authentic trainer? Being authentic means letting go of the glitz, glamour, and sizzle on the stage and shifting your mindset to focus on really making a difference in the learning experience for your participants and clients. It means releasing your ego and really caring about a learner's individual journey to master skills and behaviors for greater effectiveness. It means being vulnerable and candid. It means being your true authentic self --- and you have to be yourself, because everyone else is taken. In this session, you will have the opportunity to look at yourself and how your behaviors and approaches are affecting your results. You're going to find the real you!

Track: Training Delivery