Session Schedule

You'll be able to choose from 22 breakout sessions in 4 time slots. See the session descriptions below and this year's session schedule to start planning your day. Please keep in mind that although this schedule is as accurate as possible, it may be subject to change.

Keynote Session

Connie Malamed, Owner & eLearning Coach, Connie Malamed Consulting | Bio

The 21st-Century Learning Professional

The convergence of cultural and technological drivers is changing the training landscape. The learning and development skills that have taken us this far are not enough to carry us into the future. During these transformational times, learning professionals can meet the needs of the 21st-century workforce in new and exciting ways. Simultaneously, learning officers and managers can support learning and development organizations of the future with a strong vision.

In this keynote, I will examine the effects that new technologies, increased collaboration, the bring-your-own-device approach, and social media are having on learning and performance. I will explore how learning professionals can expand their roles to embrace the new learning ecosystem. Drawing on stories and examples from forward-thinking practitioners, you will see how to think differently. You will leave this session with new ideas for empowering the 21st-century learner to keep your organization (and your career) ahead of the curve.

Educational Breakout Sessions


Jennifer De Vries, CPT, President, BlueStreak Learning | Bio

Getting the Information You Need from Your SMEs

Writing an elearning course about an unfamiliar topic can be a daunting task. Subject matter experts (SMEs) often have limited time to spend with you. When you do get an SME’s time, you need to establish credibility and maximize the information you collect. Where do you start? What questions do you ask? Too many elearning professionals fumble and stumble through SME interviews and don’t gather all the necessary content before their time is up. An unstructured approach rarely works. This session provides a structured, systematic approach for gathering elearning course content during an SME interview.

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Michael Leimbach, Ph.D., Vice President of Global Research & Development, Wilson Learning Corporation | Bio

Learner Readiness: How to Electrify Learning Transfer Before Participants Even Log In

Much attention has been devoted to maximizing the effectiveness of learning and reinforcement. Research indicates that improving learner readiness can increase learning transfer up to 70%. Until recently, most learning initiatives have done little to prepare participants before training begins to maximize learning. You’ll hear 4 research-based strategies for improving learner readiness and how organizations have achieved outstanding results with these strategies. You’ll complete a learner readiness audit and in small groups discuss the areas in which you excel and the areas that need improvement. Groups will report key insights on ways they maximize learner readiness and obstacles they face.

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Terry McGoldrick, Learning Strategy Consultant, The CARA Group, Inc. | Bio

Beware the Technology Trap When Selecting & Implementing an LMS

Many organizations manage learning management system (LMS) selection and implementation as primarily a technology project, rather than a business and process transformation. It is difficult to expect a “learning system of record” to be a “system of engagement” on its technology merits alone. Selecting an LMS without understanding key differences across learner populations can negatively impact the acceptance and adoption of new systems and related processes. Many organizations miss this bigger picture when selecting and implementing an LMS. This interactive session will help you overcome this technology trap and better enhance and sustain learner engagement following an LMS transformation.

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Session Cancelled

Daniel Coco, Learning Team Lead, Accenture

James J. Goldsmith, Learning Architect, Accenture

Using Design Thinking to Create Better eLearning Experiences

This session presents an opportunity to use design thinking methods to build more effective elearning solutions. We will start with a facilitated discussion to define design thinking and introduce 3 popular design thinking methods. Together, we will apply the 3 design thinking methods to generate potential solutions to solve a business problem. The problem is framed so that the design thinking techniques can lead to an optimal elearning solution. We will end the session by sharing an effective design thinking elearning example that uses the 3 methods.

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Kathleen Fortney, Ed.D., Learning Strategist, Judge Learning Solutions | Bio

Annette Wisniewski, CPT, Learning Strategist, Judge Learning Solutions | Bio

Chelsea Bjerkan, Program Manager, Judge Learning Solutions | Bio

Getting Mega Results from Microlearning

Microlearning is a trending topic in the industry, but many learning professionals are skeptical about the value of microlearning solutions. In this session, you’ll see and discuss possible uses for microlearning, review case studies, compare authoring tools, and explore design considerations for microlearning. The session will include an activity to generate a high-level design for a microlearning solution, based on a microlearning analysis template handout.

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Sharon L. Gander, M.Ed., CPT, CIDD, Director of ID Certifications, The Institute for Performance Improvement | Bio

Fun Learning Exercises Control & Randomness

What makes learning complex thinking skills fun? Gaming, of course. Games place learners in contextual situations that require analysis and action to create control over random game factors. Together, let’s think critically about how randomness and control create challenging learning that is fun. Join in a large group game and discuss game mechanics that create randomness or control. You’ll also see similar challenges in serious learning game projects.

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Becky Lucas, CPT, Director of Instructional Strategy, ThinkingKap Learning Solutions, Inc. | Bio

Comics & Cliff-hangers

This session will introduce the use of comic strips and cliff-hangers as alternative elearning design strategies. You will be given a comic strip worksheet with instructions to create your own educational comic strip over the course of the presentations. Examples will be used to illustrate opportunities for the use of comics and cliff-hangers in elearning and show various types of comic strips and characteristics. You will apply those characteristics when drafting your own comic strip. A short client case will be used to describe the development process, from storyboard to rough sketches and finished comic strip.

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Joie Marshall, Learning Solutions Manager, Caveo Learning | Bio

Take Your Training Virtual: Tips & Tactics for Developing VILT

Converting traditional instructor-led training (ILT) into virtual instructor-led training (VILT) carries many financial and practical benefits. But virtual training comes with its own challenges, which instructional designers and VILT facilitators need to consider. Many think it’s simple to get all the benefits of ILT without the costs of travel, facilities, and time away from work. They put existing ILT programs online and set up a webcam or shoehorn the training into a webinar platform. Going virtual is more complex. Careful consideration is required to retain the components that make ILT shine, like participant-centered interactivity, interpersonal camaraderie, and hands-on practice.

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Scott McCormick, Editor, Emergent Enterprise | Bio

Getting the Most out of Mobile Learning in Performance Support

How do today's learning professionals leverage mobile technology and deliver the right content to the right users at the right time? They have to take into account the complete user experience, including user context, device capabilities and limitations, mobile interface design, and more. This session will examine how user-centered design can produce training deliverables that resonate with users and can greatly affect performance support. You will learn about real-world case studies, see working training in sales and retail performance support, evaluate personal training goals and challenges, and consider how mobile learning can address those needs.

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Shannon Tipton, Owner, Learning Rebels | Bio

Creating Microlearning in Micro-time

In this modern age of learning, how people choose to gather their knowledge and consume it has changed. They are not waiting for learning professional to catch up. They are finding ways around learning and development and creating their own knowledge banks. Microlearning as a performance support tool may be the answer. I will give you important information and tools to build an effective, sustainable microlearning element, rapidly. I will answer, What is microlearning? How would microlearning be applied in your organization? When would a microlearning element be appropriate? What tools do I need to make microlearning happen?

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Tim Buteyn, President, ThinkingKap Learning Solutions, Inc. | Bio

Stephania Buteyn, Vice President, ThinkingKap Learning Solutions, Inc. | Bio

Create A-MAZE-ing Interactions in Storyline Using Interactive Motion Paths

We’re all looking for engaging ways to present content. Oftentimes, this takes the form of games in our elearning courses. Articulate added relative motion paths to Storyline, and now we are able to create PAC-MAN-esque maze interactions. We can simulate someone walking around an office, visiting various departments in an onboarding course, or walking a factory floor to inspect workplace hazards. In this session, we will break down how to use Storyline to build an interactive maze with various stops (questions) along the way. Bring your own laptop to create your own interactive maze.

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David Charney, Owner, Illumen Group | Bio

eLearning Experiments in Storyline

Articulate Storyline has become a key development tool in my elearning toolbox. Storyline easily allows me to bring my ideas to life. Articulate’s staff have shown several of my projects in their presentations to demonstrate the power of this tool. During this session, you will see my experiments, the importance of problem-solving, and the approaches that I use to make my ideas functional and engaging in Storyline.

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Peter Hybert, CPT, Principal Consultant, PRH Consulting Inc. | Bio

Ian Hybert, Consultant, PRH Consulting Inc. | Bio

Shortcut to Learning (Basic) HTML5+

HTML5 (and associated web development technologies) are the basis for much of what we see on the internet. Yet, learning how to perform even basic web development can be difficult for non-technical, instructional-designer types. As elearning matures, there is a risk that over-reliance on authoring tools can limit support performance and the ability to keep pace with changes. We will demystify web development techniques and show basic (or neophyte) users how to build webpages using shortcuts and templates. You will receive a thumb drive with starter files and job aids to use to continue learning after the session.

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Chip Cleary, Ph.D., Lead of Solutions, Consulting, & Design, Kineo US | Bio

Beyond Training: Utilizing Technology to Enable Management Development

When organizations invest in developing front-line managers, they often confront the learning-doing gap, that is, help learners transfer skills to the field. How can we structure front-line management development so that participants systematically achieve real-world proficiency in the field? In this session, you’ll experience an approach that guides participants through a work-based journey, including assessment, learning, deliberate practice, and reflection. These journeys could be daunting without technology to make them simple to follow and track. You’ll see how we’ve structured the journeys and leveraged mobile technologies to enable them to work in the field and on the go.

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Chad Jackson, Senior Director, Simulation, e-Learning & Innovation, American College of Chest Physicians | Bio

Jon Aleckson, Ph.D., CEO, Web Courseworks | Bio

My Robot Threw Up! & Other eLearning Surprises During Innovation

This presentation focuses on several case studies of lessons learned when innovating in elearning using Experience API (xAPI), gamification, and Internet of Things (IOT) projects. One case study that will be highlighted is a CHEST and Web Courseworks pilot in which the partners leveraged xAPI, a new learning interoperability standard, to connect Web Courseworks’ LMS, CourseStage, to high-fidelity simulators used in CHEST’s live courses. Another case study will be an associations’ use of barcodes to identify members/attendees at conferences. The session will also cover the topic of interoperability (connecting separate technology platforms), gamification, big data, and visualization of big data.

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Karen Kostrinsky, Manager, eLearning Development, Ellie Mae | Bio

Making an Impact Using Animated Videos

The more educated the team, the healthier the bottom line. The challenge lies in keeping teams informed and wanting to learn more about their roles in the industry. With dry content centered on policies and procedures, how do you create elearning that engages a learner? By using relatable and fun animated videos! In this session, you will see how we turned a learning challenge into an elearning design template for use internally and externally. You will learn how we worked with internal and external subject matter experts to create engaging storyboards and scripts that focus on critical factors affecting the mortgage industry.

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Eric R. Parks, Ph.D., Executive Director, Forefront Collaborative | Bio

Budgeting eLearning: Why It Always Costs More Than You Think

Budgeting is a process that challenges even the most experienced elearning development teams. Using a job aid, we will compare budget estimates for a simple, a moderate, and a complex instructional design. We’ll closely examine the pitfalls and challenges, including subject matter expert engagement, “you don’t know what you don’t know,” and the rules of thumb that rarely work.

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Ken Phillips, CPLP, Founder & CEO, Phillips Associates | Bio

Raise Your eLearning Knowledge Tests a Notch: Start Measuring Application, Not Mere Recall

If you don’t know how much participants truly learn from taking one of your learning programs, you’re not alone. According to a 2015 ATD research study, 83% of organizations evaluate some learning programs at Level 2 of the Kirkpatrick and Phillips evaluation models. Yet, only 57% of these organizations view the data they collect to be valuable—a major disconnect. If constructed properly and worded correctly, Level 2 knowledge tests prove whether learning was accomplished and provide important insight into which program topics were mastered and which were not.

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Susan Robbins, Senior Instructional Designer, Caveo Learning | Bio

Chris Balmes, Creative Director, Caveo Learning | Bio

Bring Everyone to the Design Table

Great content and sound instructional strategy are not always enough to engage and inspire learners. Without collaboration between the instructional designers and the creative development team, the end deliverable is prone to fall flat. Instructional-led design is standard practice in much of the learning world, but there’s a better way. Sharing responsibility for design upfront adds focused skills and knowledge. Collaboration among equals helps surface a greater variety of ways to address content, employ technology, and use visuals to tell a story. Looking beyond the content from the start helps keep the focus on the learner, where it belongs.

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Anastasia Widmer, Ph.D., Founder, Consultant, & Trainer, CulturallySpeaking Co. | Bio

Tiffany Prince, Owner/Consultant, Prince Performance LLC | Bio

The Secrets to Creating Successful eLearning for International Audiences

What are the common challenges of building elearning for global teams in organizations? Companies’ global mindset suffers when there is a lack of flexibility to accommodate cultural differences. Often overlooked cultural differences within global teams are among major barriers for successful communication that fosters effective learning workflow and timely application and results. During the presentation, we will explore situations where we overcame common barriers to decode localization efforts. We will also share best practices for creating training that resonates internationally. As a result, you will have a better toolkit to avoid mistakes that can derail training for your global audiences.

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Learning Spark

A Learning Spark is a 5-minute presentation using 20 automated slides that will show for 15 seconds each. There will be 2 sessions, each with 5 speakers. Get ready to be inspired by these fast and fresh perspectives on learning and development.

Session 1

Dan Balzer, CPLP, Global Capabilities Manager, BP | Bio

How Batman Saved My Training Program in Mexico

How vital is serendipity to developing culturally relevant learning experiences? This presentation will draw out skills and principles for designers who are challenged to hit the mark with diverse audiences.

Hugh McCullen, President, MicroTek | Bio

Expanding the Classroom with Hybrid Learning

Hybrid learning combines the convenience of virtual learning with the experience of instructor-led classroom training. Hybrid learning can meet your business objectives and increase your training return on investment.

Rick Ransome, Associate Director, Global Learning Strategy, Publicis Media’s Data, Technology & Innovation | Bio

5 Ways to Win with Your New Technology

Implementing new technology is no easy feat; it requires successful setup—even before the start. This Learning Spark session shares 5 principles that made our implementation a global success.

Sarah Remijan, CPLP, Director of Learning & Development, Rotary International | Bio

eLearning: What Can We Learn from Hamilton?

Hamilton, the hit musical, has renewed interest in our founding fathers across generations. Let's apply those concepts to our elearning.

Alina Villasenor, Director, Global Learning Strategy, Publicis Media | Bio

Tweet Your Brain

What you say is important, but no one will understand it unless you fit your message to your audience. The better designers, managers, and directors communicate, the better the outcome.

Session 2

Jay Frischkorn, Consultant, The CARA Group, Inc. | Bio

Creating Whiteboard-like Animations Using PowerPoint & Camtasia

This presentation will describe how to create animated drawings using features in PowerPoint and Camtasia. This simple, fun method integrates easily into any elearning tool or video-based training.

Rose Pilgrim, Instructional Designer, Judge Learning Solutions | Bio

Your eLearning Voice

Writing audio for elearning differs from other instructional writing. eLearning audio needs to achieve a crucial balance between an engaging, conversational tone and a knowledgeable, experienced manner.

Alicia Raff, Project Manager, Reflection Software | Bio

Trying to Build a House Without a Blueprint: A Quick Lesson in Storyboarding

Building a house without a set of blueprints is difficult, and the same concept applies to elearning. Join this session, and learn some best practices for creating your own storyboards!

Rob Van Hyfte, Delivery Director, Judge Learning Solutions | Bio

4 Stunningly Simple Tips for Successful Project Management

Many instructional designers are thrown into project management with no experience. This Learning Spark will provide practical tips to help you manage learning projects successfully.

Annette Wisniewski, CPT, Learning Strategist, Judge Learning Solutions | Bio

But eLearning Is Too Expensive!

How do you determine when to develop instructor-led training, elearning, or both? This session will help you select the approach best suited to your specific training needs.