Free learning & development webinars for October 2016

If it seems like you blinked and missed summer, you’re not alone. Those fall leaves are a reminder that 2016 is racing along. Have you achieved everything you set out to do this year? There’s still time! Why not get some productivity ideas by checking out some of the free webinars being offered this October?

Monday, October 3, 2016, 12PM – 1PM PT: Road Map of Strategic Succession Management in Healthcare (Free for ATD members)

Many healthcare organizations are experiencing a crisis in their leadership pipelines. According to the American College of Healthcare Executives, the need for talent management and succession planning is increasing due to the shortages of leaders in various capacities, such as administrators, physicians, and nurses.

This webcast series is intended for those who want to establish, revitalize, or review their succession planning and management program. The Rothwell Model will be presented and accompanied with practical examples from healthcare. In this first webcast, the presenters will:

  • Review the trends and challenges in healthcare that drive the need for strategic succession management.

  • Provide an overview of the Rothwell Model.

  • Differentiate succession planning from replacement planning.

  • Discuss and compare current practices in succession management. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 9AM – 10AM PT: 6 Disruptive Trends Redefining Virtual Learning

New technology has drastically changed the way we learn, and employers are incorporating it frequently to more effectively engage their learners and reduce the time and costs of training. In the coming year, we’ll continue to see companies rapidly adopting new, innovative forms of learning.

Attend this session with virtual learning strategist and expert Tom Masotto to learn the top L&D trends to keep on your radar, including:

  • Learning becomes a consumer-like user experience.

  • Gamification “crosses the chasm” as a training technique.

  • Millennials drive adoption of virtual onboarding.

The discussion will be grounded in the implications for your organization today and shy away from pie-in-the-sky and decade-away predictions that aren’t going to matter much for your company in the foreseeable future. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 10AM – 11AM PT: Advanced LMS Reporting in Moodle & Totara LMS with Zoola Analytics

LMS Reporting is both the most sought-after learning management feature, and the feature users are least happy with in their existing LMS. Some of the reporting challenges LMS users face are limited access to data, limited options to analyze data, and limited options to share results. Zoola Analytics was developed to solve these reporting challenges in Moodle and Totara, by allowing administrators to eliminate hours of effort required to report on eLearning usage and outcomes, such as course activity, progress, effectiveness, and more.

This webinar will demonstrate how matching a powerful, easy-to-use reporting solution with access to all your learning data can be used to provide more meaningful, interactive, and actionable insights. See how a modern LMS reporting solution can exceed all your learning management needs and expectations. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 9AM – 10AM PT: Why Today’s Workplace Must Embrace the Consumerization of Learning

The market is changing fast, and jobs are being reinvented every 3–5 years. The problem is, we can’t go back to school every 3–5 years because it’s time-consuming and expensive. Combined with people’s changing workplace expectations, we find ourselves in a new working world with a different set of employee engagement challenges.

The solution to all these challenges is to consumerize learning at work. Why? Your training solution should operate at a higher level. Your employees expect the best user experience from their favourite personal apps in their daily lives, and the technology expectation at work should be no different. In order to succeed at developing and retaining the best talent, organizations today must invest in consumer-first learning technology that keeps up with changes in the market, and keeps employees productive and happy.

Key takeaways:

  • Why learning is being consumerized and what you can do to manage it.

  • The key changes in learner behaviour and the learning landscape.

  • What it means to offer a consumer-first learning solution.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 10AM – 11AM PT: Are You Influencing a Growth Mindset? (Free for Institute members)

The idea that achievement and success is largely attributed to our mindset has been explained by psychologist Carol Dweck. As learning and development professionals, what impact are we having on the mindset within an organization? Could it be possible that with all our good intentions we may be negatively impacting a growth mindset?

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize what a fixed mindset looks like from the role of an L& D professional.

  • Explore ways to build a growth mindset with the organization.

  • Identify opportunities to implement a growth mindset within a learning environment. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 11AM – 12PM PT: 7 Course Design Wins and Other Cool Learning Strategies (Free for ATD members)

Creating engaging training that is tailor made for adult learners can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. This webcast will give you some fast tips and design ideas for building corporate training, such as leveraging video content and designing just-in-time training. You’ll learn to:

  • Create engaging corporate training.

  • Leverage video content and build just-in-time training.

  • Create tailor-made training for adult learners.

Thursday, October 6, 2016, 10AM – 11AM PT: Maximizing Global Team Effectiveness: The Role of Training

Globalization has made virtual teams a business necessity. The search for new markets, top talent, and innovation means that teamwork is required across borders, cultures, and time zones. While global teams offer opportunities for collaboration and new solutions, problems created by distance and limited face-to-face contact can be significant. Training can play a critical role in helping global teams work together effectively, leveraging technology and just-in-time online tools that enhance team connections and results.


  • Define the top challenges and benefits of global teams.

  • Apply the 70:20:10 approach to training virtual teams for better relationships and results.

  • Demonstrate your value to the business by enhancing global team effectiveness. 

Thursday, October 6, 2016, 12PM – 1PM PT: Gamification: Right Design First, THEN the Right Technology

Like all great HR technology, gamification is only as good as the people who design it. For your gamification to succeed, it must genuinely reflect your workplace culture, mission, practices and needs, because every organization, like every employee, is unique.

In this webinar, you’ll learn why, as an emerging technology, gamification requires:

  • A customized strategy and framework.

  • Seamless integration and alignment with your existing workplace culture and IT infrastructure.

  • Meaningful rewards and recognition.

  • Buy-in and support at all levels of leadership in your organization. 

Thursday, October 6, 2016, 12PM – 1PM PT: What Research Says Matters Most Before During and After Training (Free for ATD members)

Organizations spend billions of dollars on training every year and should expect valuable business outcomes from these expenditures, such as reduced mistakes, better service to internal and external customers, and faster implementations. The science of learning and training shows how to get the best outcomes from training, but many learning and development departments don’t use this knowledge.

Meta-analyses (statistical methods for contrasting and combining results from multiple research studies) tell us how to design, deliver, and implement training for best results. Using the training research literature, we can see what to do before, during, and after training to achieve the best outcomes.

During this webcast, the facilitator will discuss the steps the training literature found to be most critical during these times. 

Friday, October 7, 2016, 10AM – 11AM PT: Helping Too-Busy Managers Become Can-Do Leaders of Workforce Development (Free for ATD members)

If your managers are telling you they are “too busy” to develop their people, don’t miss this webcast. Jamie Millard and Frank Satterthwaite, authors of Becoming a Can-Do Leader: A Guide for the Busy Manager, will discuss how you can change the mindset of your busy managers to become your willing and able partners in workforce development. After this webcast you’ll be able to get your “too busy” managers to:

  • Embrace a can-do mind shift that makes leading and doing mutually reinforcing activities.

  • Use “multi-impacting” strategies that enable them to find the time to develop their people.

  • Think TPL and check VITALS in ways that enable them to develop their people, whether they are leading or doing.

  • Unleash their can-do spirit as they become your fully engaged partners in workforce development. 

Monday, October 10, 2016, 9:30AM – 10:30AM PT: Using CSR to Engage New Employees During Onboarding (Free for ATD members)

Your new employee orientation should not only focus on providing company information to new hires, it should also show them how they can become involved with your company’s philanthropy, passion, and volunteerism, from their first day on the job. Learn how to leverage your company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) within your HR department through orientation to help engage your new employees from day one.

This webcast will provide the concepts, tools, and techniques to:

  • Inject facts, opportunities, and stories about your company's CSR into your orientation.

  • Connect more deeply with your company's CSR department to co-collaborate on new employee engagement. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 9AM – 10AM PT: Scenarios & Simulations: Bring Meaning to e-Learning

A common challenge that faces both designers of e-learning and the learners is how to avoid tedious, meaningless e-learning. Scenario-based modules and learning simulations are two approaches to design that can elevate a training opportunity. Scenario-driven designs enhance motivation by simulations, along with games and scenario-based modules are commonly accepted as an “advanced” type of e-learning. These approaches are closely related. Scenarios usually increase learner involvement and engagement through rich contexts and challenges that learners find meaningful. Simulations can be even more effective as they also engage the learner through real-life actions and intrinsic feedback and delayed judgment. Creating impactful scenarios and simulations depends on the insightful application of these instructional interactivity elements in your designs.

Join Ethan Edwards, chief instructional strategist, Allen Interactions, in exploring the power that scenario-based training and simulations can add to your design approach.  

Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 11AM – 12PM PT: The Secrets of E-Learning: Tools That Boost Learner Engagement (Free for ATD members)

This webcast reveals a number of effective approaches for creating e-learning that captures learners’ attention and keeps it. Faced with a big challenge to keep patients engaged in their therapeutic e-learning content, TAO Connect and OpenSketch teamed up to design and build educational tools that were aimed at maximizing learner comprehension.

In this webcast, you’ll learn:

  • E-learning best practices that are focused on enhancing learner engagement.

  • How interactive e-learning elements help patients engage, reflect, and even contribute data for providers to review.

  • Examples of combining modern e-learning technologies such as mobile and xapi (tin can) with traditional care methods to provide a more cost-effective and successful caregiver–patient interaction. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 9AM – 10AM PT: Getting Kirkpatrick Evaluation Right – Case Examples and Tips from Practitioners

Training professionals around the world use the Kirkpatrick Model to show program value, but many struggle to get beyond Level 1 Reaction and Level 2 Learning to get to what’s important: change in behaviour and organizational results. Some have even suggested that getting to Level 4 Results is impossible without an extraordinary amount of resources being employed.

Attend this informative and interesting webinar to hear directly from four practitioners who have successfully implemented the Kirkpatrick Model in government, military and corporate organizations. They will share their key learnings, highlighting pitfalls to avoid and tips for success, and inspire you with their stories. If you are uncertain as to how to even get started in training evaluation, they will highlight first steps to take.

Don’t miss this opportunity to pick up practical tips for creating and demonstrating program value in any organization, in terms that your stakeholders want. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 11AM – 10AM PT: CRUCIAL COMPETENCE: Building Emotional and Social Intelligence (Free for ATD members)

In this webcast, the 12 competencies known to differentiate performance will be introduced and explored through the lens of applied learning.

This webcast is intended for those who want to improve their understanding of emotional and social intelligence and begin to integrate these known differentiators of performance into their personal and professional lives. Specifically, it will cover:

  • Establishing practices to support the development of the 12 competencies.

  • How we can use what we know about the brain to create positive momentum in our lives.

  • Tools and support mechanisms to aid in bringing about lasting behavioural change, such as intellectual understanding and application of new behaviours, introspection, contemplative practice, journaling, and coaching. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 12PM – 1PM PT: Skip Learning, Accelerate Expertise

“I have no time for learning and training.”

“Must I attend this training?”

We hear the complaints of learners. But what are we doing about it?

Many studies and experts tell us that training and learning must focus on improving performance. However, performance improvement has always been a nebulous or difficult goal to achieve through training and learning programs.

This session discusses the following :

  • What is significantly different about focusing on performance or expertise?

  • What are the different types of expertise research that have been found to work in rapidly changing organizations?

  • What compelling transformation must content undergo?

  • How do you help learners think and build expertise and not just learning?

  • How do expertise development tools such as framing, channelling, sensing, problem-solving and others accelerate expertise?

  • How do trainer, designer and coach skills get overhauled to become expertise accelerators? 

Thursday, October 13, 2016, 7AM – 8AM PT: Spread the Love – Extend Learning Beyond Your Enterprise

To win in today’s high-speed economy, organizations are increasingly dependent on a wide network of global stakeholders to grow their bottom line and achieve their goals. If you’re not extending training beyond your employees to business partners, suppliers, resellers and customers, you’re missing a major opportunity to achieve even better business performance.

Join David Wentworth, Senior Analyst at Brandon Hall Group, as he discusses the market demands and trends for leveraging Extended Enterprise Learning, including:

  • How learning can be used to create and sustain engaging customer relationships.

  • Ways to leverage extended learning to increase market awareness, product adoption and revenues.

  • How extended learning can lower costs and increase productivity by reducing and recouping the cost of a traditional learning program.

Thursday, October 13, 2016, 9AM – 10AM PT: Workplace Violence: Develop a Culture of Preparedness

When violence erupts in a workplace, the outcome, impact and events of the scenario are unpredictable. Injury or death of building occupants, lawsuits, property damage, and diminished trust in the organization by staff and the community are just a few of the possible consequences.

Does your organization have an emergency preparedness plan? Would your employees know what to do if an active shooter selected your office to carry out their attack?

Attendees of this webinar will:

  • Understand the multiple types of workplace violence and crisis that can impact your organization.

  • Understand how to plan for multi-hazard crisis safety.

  • Learn how to create an emergency response plan and prepare for an Active Shooter incident.

  • Learn how best to communicate and develop effective liaison with internal and external stakeholders, law enforcement agencies and other first responders.

  • Come away with best practices for conducting Active Shooter response training for employees and recognizing signs of potential workplace violence.

Thursday, October 13, 2016, 10AM – 11AM PT: Peer Coaching Groups: A Modern Approach to Developing Leaders (Free for Institute members)

Many leadership development programs focus on learning about leadership. But organizations need better leaders, not managers who are more knowledgeable about the subject. Peer-coaching groups are small highly productive communities of practice through which participants improve their leadership capacity. They’re easy to setup, have immediate business impact and are a key catalyst to many of the most successful development programs

Learning Objectives:

  • The key elements to peer-coaching groups.

  • How peer-coaching groups are blended into leadership development initiatives.

  • The basics of facilitation and support to sustain peer-coaching groups. 

Thursday, October 13, 2016, 10AM – 11AM PT: Training Essentials for Your LMS

Do you know your LMS inside out? If you’re responsible for your learning management system, hopefully the answer is yes!

However, even if you’re an LMS expert, you still need to ensure other users in your organization are properly trained on everything they need to know in order to be effective in their roles—as administrators, course developers, trainers or instructors.

Whether you’re the person in charge of e-learning or training, or you need to showcase its importance, attend this webinar for an in-depth look at how to approach “Training the Trainers” of your LMS environment in order to improve your overall online learning programs, and measure and manage ongoing improvements. 

Thursday, October 13, 2016, 11AM – 12PM PT: Competitive Superiority: 3 Strategies to Outmanoeuvre the Competition

Sales organizations often look at the competition as the enemy that must be beaten. With this mindset, salespeople and managers often fight the competition in full view on the customer’s front lawn, damaging your company’s reputation.

As a sales manager, your job is to shift the rules of the game from competing against the competition to competing on behalf of the customer by recognizing and delivering value. Value should be defined by the customer, not by a list of features and benefits or by who can win the competitive battle.

This webcast explores:

  • How to look at a current sales opportunity based on your understanding of what the customer values.

  • How to create a value map that plots your position relative to the customer’s perception of value, and relative to the competition.

  • How to identify three strategies to develop your next moves, while anticipating the moves of your competition and the customer. 

Thursday, October 13, 2016, 11AM – 12PM PT: Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels of Training Evaluation: Do you REALLY Know the Four Levels? (Free for ATD members)

Don Kirkpatrick’s groundbreaking four levels of training evaluation is the most widely used training evaluation model in the world. Ask any group of trainers if they rely on it in their practice, and you’ll get an enthusiastic affirmation. But how many variations of “Kirkpatrick” are in use today? And what number of misassumptions and faulty practices have crept in over 60 years? The reality is, quite a few.

Attend this informative webcast and hear directly from Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick tips for accurately and effectively applying the true and correct four levels, so you design, deliver, and evaluate programs that truly contribute organizational value. See the updates in the New World Kirkpatrick Model that keep the model timeless and relevant to today’s work world. 

Friday, October 14, 2016, 10AM – 11AM PT: Innovative Leadership: Solving the Innovation Equation (Free for ATD members)

In a virtual and fast-moving world, companies and people must become more adaptive and competitive or risk becoming obsolete and going out of business. The question is: How do we discover and grow new innovations systematically and reliably while still producing the products and services that make money to keep the lights on and pay employees? In short: How does a company remain both productive and adaptive?

In Solving the Innovation Mystery: A Workplace Whodunit, leadership authority Steve Gladis, professor at George Mason University and former FBI agent, helps you solve the mystery of the innovation equation. He gets at the slower-moving truth of how innovation actually happens and shows why we must resist the hero’s tale and the mirage of the “eureka” moment.

Join this webcast and learn how to solve the innovation equation for yourself and your business. 

Friday, October 14, 2016, 1:30 PM – 2:30PM PT: Structuring Your Social Media Strategy to Prevent and Manage Healthcare Crises (Free for ATD members)

We’ve all seen articles about the latest company to commit a social media faux pas or experience backlash from the online community, but plenty of companies manage to avoid those headlines and preserve their reputation. Are they just lucky or do they have some social secret? The truth is the best crisis management strategies aren’t crafted after the fact—they’re carefully planned for and implemented well in advance.

This webcast will provide the tools to learn how to:

  • Create a social strategy that clearly outlines plans for crisis management.

  • Structure your team to rapidly mobilize during an incident.

  • Perform immediate mitigation while planning for long-term response.  

Monday, October 17, 2016, 10AM – 11AM PT: Sustain the Learn Amid the Churn: 7 Practices for Creating Resilient Learning Organizations (Free for ATD members)

Resilient, robust learning cultures are distinct hallmarks of organizations that consistently produce long-term results in terms of attraction, retention, engagement, innovation, and revenue growth. Yet building and sustaining a high-performing, well-integrated learning culture presents unique challenges for today’s learning organization as the competition for resources increases, workloads expand, and the pace of change accelerates. Despite the obvious benefits, research suggests that only 31 percent of organizations have an integrated, mature learning culture.

Join this webcast to learn:

  • What a resilient learning organization is and why it matters.

  • Seven proven practices for creating a more resilient learning organization.

  • How various organizations have applied these practices to increase their value.

  • How to assess the resiliency of your own learning organization.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 10AM – 11AM PT: What Can We Learn From Vendor Management Practices? (Free for Institute members)

This session discusses frequent behaviours clients demonstrate that prevent them from fully taking advantage of the client-vendor relationship, and shares some observations from the client-vendor experience that will lead to improved productivity and project outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify problems for clients when asking for service proposals from vendors.

  • Identify exploration points during the due diligence period to differentiate service providers.

  • Proactive next-steps for a client at the end of a project.  

Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 10AM – 11AM PT: Will the Gig Economy Be the End of Your Company? An HR Professional's Guide to Braving the Gig Economy

By 2030, an estimated 50 percent of the American workforce will consist of contract workers, yet most organizations do not have consistent hiring and onboarding procedures in place for these individuals, and every day the IRS issues penalties for the misclassification of employees.

This interactive webinar will address the current state and projected growth of the contract workforce, as well as best practices HR and Talent Development professionals should undertake to ensure maximum productivity, business value, and legal compliance.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 9AM – 10AM PT: The Future Is Here: Training The Newest Generation

It is essential that organizations learn how to train, motivate, advance, and retain high-value Millennial and Gen Z workers. These workers have been digital for most of their lives. They often need soft-skills training earlier than their predecessors, and they expect to have access to training anywhere. This webcast focuses on how organizations can further capitalize on their training infrastructure to improve worker skills and job satisfaction using next-generation e-learning methods and courses.

You’ll learn about:

  • What makes Millennials and Gen Z different and why it matters for everyone.

  • Preferred styles, devices, and pace progression for e-learning.

  • Training programs for top performers.

  • How to incorporate soft skills and hard skills into a course plan.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 10AM – 11AM PT: Research Spotlight: What Is New in Onboarding?

One of the top organizational priorities for 2016 through 2017 is onboarding. Organizations of all sizes are coming to the realization of the criticality of engaging and training new hires during onboarding. In fact, many organizations think onboarding is so important that they start the process before the first day of work.

Discussion topics include:

  • Most effective onboarding practices.

  • Roles involved in managing onboarding process.

  • Areas of improvement for onboarding process.

  • Duration of onboarding.

  • Use of onboarding technology solutions.

  • Learning methods used during onboarding.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 11AM – 12PM PT: The Future Workplace Experience: Prepare for Disruptions in the Future of Learning and Working (Free for ATD members)

The future is coming and it’s not waiting for you or your company. In times of constant and accelerated change, HR organizations must prepare for the future workforce and workplace.

The webcast will discuss the implications for how forward-looking companies are preparing for the future of talent development and identifying new skills needed for both employees and learning and development staff.

In this webcast, you will learn more about the new learning experience, which:

  • Is personalized and aligned to a company’s strategy and mission.

  • Addresses the needs of a multigenerational workforce.

  • Leverages MOOCs, flipped classrooms, and career mobility centres to meet the needs of learners and the business.

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 10AM – 11AM PT: Build Your Brand & User Experience in Your LMS

Consistent theming, design, and branding in your learning management system help create a seamless user experience, enhance learner engagement, and make your user’s comfortable. Think about that—your brand alone has the power to improve the user experience.

Properly branding your LMS allows your company’s message and values to be the underlying theme throughout the learning experience, helps shape and enforce your company culture, inspires learners, and drives innovation. 

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 10AM – 11AM PT: Find Your Fit: How to Land or Create a Job You'll Love (Free for ATD members)

Are you in transition or considering making a change? Does it make sense to leave your current position or should you try to improve your situation? The current job market is supposed to be strong, but it can be bewildering! How can you find a job that's a good fit when you're having trouble even getting noticed by employers? Join this panel discussion with three of the authors of the new book, Find Your Fit: A Practical Guide to Landing a Job You'll Love.

This webcast will touch upon some of these topics:

  • How can I tell if it's time to make a change?

  • What strategies can I use to improve my current situation?

  • Is networking still valuable and viable in this job market?

  • How can I stand out from the crowd in a good way?

  • What are some of the biggest mistakes that job seekers make?

  • How can I research companies that might be a good fit for me?

In addition, the panelists will answer queries from participants. When you register, please take a minute to submit a question you'd like the panelists to answer. 

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 10AM – 11AM PT: How to Influence Great Work and Create a Culture of Success

Organizations – whether profit or non-profit – are realizing that their people drive organizational performance, great work, and culture. This year, for the first time, Brandon Hall Group’s annual State of Talent Management research found that people strategy – more than business strategy or operational strategy – is the most important driver of business success. An excellent way organizations can attract, engage, and retain the best people is to influence the greatness of their workplace through employee recognition.

Takeaways from the webinar will include:

  • Understanding the relationship between employee engagement, organizational performance, and rewards and recognition.

  • Employee engagement leading practices.

  • Understanding the impact of rewards and recognition solutions on metrics.

  • How best to recognize a great employee .

  • Building a culture of success.

  • How to manage a rewards and recognition program. 

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 11AM – 12PM PT: 6 Ways to Deliver More Engaging Training

Are you struggling to capture the attention of your employees, sales team or channel partners? Would you like your training to be more interactive, effective, and engaging? Does your LMS leave your learners dazed and confused?

Join this webinar to learn how to use virtual learning environments to more effectively engage, equip and energize your audience. Register now to learn best practices for:

  • Delivering a more intuitive, engaging training experience.

  • Training your global audience at a significantly lower cost.

  • Adding social learning and gamification to your training arsenal.

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 12PM – 1PM PT: Five Ways to Rock Your Virtual Classroom: Secrets of Master Trainers

What do master trainers do when delivering live online classes? What techniques do they use? What skills do they have? And most importantly, how can you do the same? There are five things that master virtual trainers do to deliver effective virtual classes. This highly interactive session will cover each one of them, and will help you immediately apply the techniques to your own virtual training delivery.

This session will help you to:

  • Prepare to deliver live, online training before the session begins.

  • Apply techniques for engaging participants during a virtual class.

  • Effectively handle typical challenges that arise during virtual sessions.

  • Assess your current virtual delivery skills and create an action plan for improvement. 

Friday, October 21, 2016, 9:30AM – 10:30AM PT: The Power of HR Analytics: Driving Data-Based People Decisions (Free for ATD members)

HR analytics are on the to-do list of every HR vice president and HR manager. Analytics help drive data-based decisions about people in your organization, appeal to the rational and logical tendencies of senior leaders, and can help the HR function truly become a strategic partner to the executive team. So what’s stopping HR functions from adopting analytics? Lack of experience, no analytics tools, limited access to critical data, and fear of numbers, to name a few. Join this session to learn more about the critical nature of HR analytics and how to implement them. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 9AM – 10AM PT: Mastering Multi-State Objects with Adobe Captivate 9

Join Dr. Allen Partridge, Sr. Adobe eLearning Evangelist for this interactive training session focused on creating amazing interactive eLearning content using multi-state objects. Creating cool interactions has never been easier – now you can easily create engaging, dynamic content that transforms to meet the needs of the situation without any programming or complexity.

Learn how to create:

  • Cool multi-state screens.

  • Buttons, interactive objects.

  • Even responsive drag-and-drop questions.

Dr. Partridge will show you how to take your content to the next level with automated support for drag states, drop states, hover states and many more. Finally learn how you can create and leverage custom states to delight your trainees. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 10AM – 11AM PT: Maximizing the Value of Talent Management (Free for ATD members)

Most talent management approaches fall short of the mark when it comes to improved strategy execution and organizational effectiveness. We spend way too much time and energy focusing on individual talent and capability, ignoring the more important issues of organizational talent and capability.

Where should we start when improving talent processes? Leaders responsible for talent-related initiatives only have so much time and energy. If we don’t focus primarily on the issues that matter most for business success, we run a very high risk that our managers and leaders won’t be engaged in what we want them to do. Even worse, the business results could suffer, increasing the chances of cutbacks in budget dollars and wholescale de-emphasizing of talent development while people focus exclusively on righting the ship of business performance.

This webcast will introduce you to a systems approach to measuring and maximizing the impact of talent management. Based on his August 2016 TD at Work, "Measuring and Maximizing the Impact of Talent Development," presenter Alec Levenson presents a framework and step-by-step approach to improve the impact of talent management and development. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 12PM – 1PM PT: The Open-Source Moodle Revolution in Corporate Training & Development

Corporations, hospitals, non-profits, and many other organizations are making the switch to open-source Moodle, the world’s most widely used learning platform, for their professional development, onboarding, compliance, and other training needs. Driving this trend is the fact that open-source software is both free to use as well as highly customizable to meet specific user needs. No matter the type of organization, Moodle can streamline best of breed training content into a centralized online environment for a more flexible, efficient, and economical training solution.

In this session, you will learn why open-source Moodle sets the bar in the corporate, government, and non-profit sectors and how an organization can best take advantage of these cost effective solutions. You will gain insights on:

  • The growing open-source trend in the corporate sector.

  • How using Moodle can lead to receiving the highest possible level of service at the lowest possible price.

  • Best practices in Moodle implementation and utilization.  

Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 11AM – 12PM PT: 4 Ways Sales Training Participants Are Different from Other Learners (Free for ATD members)

Sales training participants are a unique group of learners, and any successful sales training program will take their differences into consideration. This webcast will outline the qualities and characteristics of salespeople that trainers need to pay careful attention to. You’ll learn how to use that information to deliver a program that engages learners, and produces the performance results you’re looking to achieve from a training investment. Attend to discover:

  • The four things that salespeople expect from training and why it’s important to deliver on those expectations.

  • How to develop and deliver sales training that engages participants and translates to increased performance results once the training is over. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 12PM – 1PM PT: How to Simplify Complex Ideas Using Metaphors

Jargon, techie, procedural, product specs, scientific and legal terms are just a few examples of complex words. Such content, if not translated in simple-to-understand ways, become stumbling blocks in learning and application.

Metaphors are story methods that translate complex ideas into easily understandable day-to-day form. They help learners and your audience understand your ideas without getting stuck with technical words, definitions and applications.

In this webinar you will learn the answers to these questions:

  • Why are jargon and technical word series cognitive learning blocks?

  • How do you conduct a simple test that shows metaphor works?

  • How do you create metaphor, a representation of your ideas that simplifies the meaning?

  • What are the building blocks of metaphors?

  • How do you find metaphors for legal, technical, financial, compliance and scientific concepts?

  • How do you insert metaphors in your content, presentations and eLearning to motivate learners? 

Thursday, October 27, 2016, 10AM – 11AM PT: 3 Talent Imperatives Most Organizations are Overlooking

Every year people everywhere share the same thought: people are the difference between a great business plan and great business success. However, many organizations are doing little or nothing to bring that statement to life. Brandon Hall Group’s 2016 Talent Management research revealed three talent management imperatives that most organizations are overlooking. High-performing organizations must:

  • Know their workforces intimately.

  • Create a holistic talent experience.

  • Offer choices to employees in every way possible.

Join Brandon Hall Group’s Cliff Stevenson and Claude Werder, and Morne Swart, VP of Global Product Strategy at SumTotal Systems, a Skillsoft company, as they reveal why these strategies are critically important and provide insights into the impact these talent imperatives can have on your organization. 

Friday, October 28, 2016, 9AM – 10PM PT: Too Much to Do! I Never Get Everything Done (ATD member/subscriber content)

This webcast will explain the five mistakes that most people make when managing their time and how you can overcome them.