Is it just us or did winter morph into spring overnight? Doesn’t it make you feel like time is accelerating? It can be tough to find downtime or even work time for all the projects we have on the go, but sparing an hour for some learning can be a good way to work smarter—not harder. If you’re looking for a quick way to plug into some new productivity ideas, check out these free webinars for April.
Monday, April 1, 2019, 10AM – 11AM PT: The Role That Role-Play Plays (Free for ATD members)
Implementing role plays can help create enthusiasm and engagement in your training sessions. This interactive learning tool and strategy focuses on not only personal, but also group learning objectives. You’ll learn the practical skills needed to run role plays effectively.
Effective role play provides insights, creating dramatic changes lasting long after the “show” is over, so roll up your sleeves and see how role play can make your next training a resounding success, with rave reviews and real results—no theatrical experience necessary.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 8AM – 9AM PT: Avoid Buyer’s Remorse: A Guide to Procuring Learning Technology (Free for ATD members)
Why do so many learning technology projects fail to deliver sustained value to their organization? The problem starts with the procurement process. Learn a fresh approach that focuses on open technology, flexibility, and value generation that’s truly aligned with your business needs.
Tuesday, April 02, 2019, 9AM – 10AM PT: Better Instructional Design Through Mind Mapping
Uncovering the need is one thing, but organizing the mountain of content from an SME is an ID’s nightmare. You have to keep the goal in mind. Mind mapping helps you define the goal and align content to the intended outcome. You’ll learn how to leverage mind mapping for: (1) needs analysis brainstorming; (2) laying out the goals, outcomes, and objectives of the course; and (3) aligning the assessment, content, and activities you want to use in the course. In the end, you’ll leave with an easy system for a course blueprint.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 10AM – 11AM PT: Using Learning to Improve Customer Experience
Improving the customer experience is the number one business priority. Companies often underestimate the full impact learning can have on customer experience. Beyond customer service training, everything from compliance to information security and more can have an effect. Join David Wentworth, Principal Analyst with Brandon Hall Group, and Litmos, as they explore the various ways learning can help you create great customer experiences and the types of learning that can have the most impact.
Thursday, April 4, 2019, 7AM – 8AM PT: Unlearning Evaluation (Free for ATD members)
Standard training evaluation is often taught and practiced without much critical engagement, historical context, or attention to other schools of thought. The result is that, while every aspect of learning and work is evolving and responding to complexity and change, evaluation of learning remains static and largely constrained by very narrow, outdated, and incomplete measurements and objectives. Those who accept current training evaluation models find it hard to see outside its key tenets, and those who attempt to modernize training evaluation often find themselves unwittingly accepting and leaving unquestioned many of its assumptions. Cheryl Abram, owner of Ypifany, reveals the mental models that support the use of outdated evaluation methods and practice. To embrace a new logic of learning, value creation, and measurement, we must first unlearn the old one.
Thursday, April 04, 2019, 9AM – 10AM PT: A Trainer’s Ticket to Boost Upskilling and Career Mobility
Employees are on the move more than ever before. Is your company keeping up with modern approaches to transfer institutional knowledge before it walks out the door—and foster a development-centric culture to keep people from leaving in the first place? Becky Pike Pluth, President and CEO of The Bob Pike Group, will share easy steps to implement microlearning, peer-to-peer coaching and on-the-job training to keep your MVPs growing in your organization and make your job as a trainer easier, too.
Thursday, April 4, 2019, 10AM – 11AM PT: Building a Business Case for Advancing Women in Technology Leadership
Almost all organizations have women working in technical roles. However, 70% of them have women employed in less than one-quarter of their technical jobs. Research has shown that the culture in tech environments make it extremely hard for women to advance. Brandon Hall Group and Blue Circle Leadership created a toolkit that provides resources for leaders who are working to expand the pipeline of women technology leaders so your organization can compete in the global marketplace for the best talent.
Friday, April 5, 2019, 9AM – 10AM PT: Network Like a Rock Star and Increase Your Conference ROI (Free for ATD members)
The pressure to net ROI on your conference experience can be daunting: so many great speakers, sessions, people, and vendors. How can you get the most from your conference experience and ensure ROI for you, your team, and your boss? Wendy Terwelp, author of the Rock Your Network series, shows you how to create meaningful business connections before, during, and after a conference to reach your goals.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 9AM – 10AM PT: Convert Classroom Training to Blended Learning Using Your Creativity and Adobe Technology (Free for ATD members)
Using a blended learning approach means providing course content in a variety of formats—including videos, games, virtual reality (VR) activities, basic documents, and e-learning courses. Blended learning courses often include classroom or virtual classroom training experiences, but other content is used to augment and enhance the classroom. You may even deliver the same course content in multiple delivery formats, so learners can choose how they want to learn. Blended learning gives L&D professionals the flexibility to use every type of course content to best serve the learner’s needs.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 10AM – 11AM PT: Right-Skilling the Workforce
Employers want and need employees with certain skills to stay relevant and competitive. External hiring’s usually the first place organizations look, but it’s time consuming and expensive. There’s power in devoting time to internally solving the skills gap. Benefits include a more skilled and competitive workforce, and employees with longer tenure. Join David Wentworth, Principal Learning Analyst with Brandon Hall Group, and Jessi Roesch, Operations Manager at Degreed, as they work to help you understand the effects of misplaced skills in your company, as well as discuss a framework for putting the right skills in the right place at the right time.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 10:30AM – 11:00AM PT: Totara Learn: Organizational Mapping for LMS Success
Mapping your Organizational Charts to your Learning Management System can be one of the more challenging tasks of setting up Totara Learn. This is the first in a 3-part series on Totara Learn Hierarchies and HR Import. In this Master Class, you’ll learn how to take the stress out of the process by breaking this task into its essential elements. Lambda Solutions will start with why you should map your org chart to your learning, then provide some guidelines to keep you out of the weeds and focused on learning, then end with some examples that you can use to help with your own setup.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 9AM – 10AM PT: Adobe Captivate Hands-On Training Program – Get Access to 100+ videos and Certificate Workshop
Are you considering learning more about Adobe Captivate (2019 release)? Join this session for more information about the Adobe Captivate Specialist certificate program. You’ll get answers to the following questions about earning the Adobe Captivate Specialist certificate:
How can the certificate program help you stand out professionally?
Is this program right for you?
What’ll you’ll learn during the on-site training?
What’ll you’ll learn from the online training materials?
What kind of online training is included?
When and where are upcoming specialist workshops?
April 10, 2019, 10:30AM – 11:30AM PT: I4PL Webinar: Optimizing the Online Learning Experience
You know how it can be challenging to demand the uninterrupted attention of audiences? This session will give you practical tips for gaining and keeping your audience’s engagement so that your message is heard and your objectives are met. This webinar will include:
Practical tips for incorporating online learning in change management initiatives.
Strategies for maximizing engagement and learning.
Examples of what facilitators can do before, during and after learning events.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 11AM – 12PM PT: Data for Dummies: How to Apply Data to Learning (Free for ATD members)
Only 28 percent of organizations have “good” or “very good” levels of proficiency in basic data literacy skills. And that makes sense, because it often feels like you need a statistics degree to understand HR analytics. But the truth is, you don't need a degree. You just need to know what to look for and how to turn that into meaningful conclusions. This webcast will help you understand the connection between data and learning, including important learning analytics to look for, and how to draw insights from data sets.
Thursday, April 11, 2019, 10AM – 11AM PT: How AI Will Influence Better, Data-driven L&D Decision-making
Artificial Intelligence in digital learning will play an incredibly valuable role in uncovering new, data-driven insights that go beyond the metrics that have generally been used to understand L&D performance. This’ll happen in a way that puts time back into the hands of L&D admins and equips them with actionable insights to focus more on learning experiences that not only connect with their learners, but produce better learning outcomes. Join Calogero Zarbo, machine learning and AI specialist at Docebo, and moderator Matt Powell, content manager, for a deep dive into the new and exciting ways AI will influence the future of L&D decision-making.
Friday, April 12, 2019, 11AM – 12PM PT: Do More With Less: How to Thrive in the Public Sector As a Workplace Learning Professional With a Shrinking Budget (Free for ATD members)
In times when the federal government has less money to spend on learning and development, more emphasis should be placed on the workforce who is responsible for ensuring that employees and leaders have the knowledge and skills to perform at their best. Learn best practices and ways that the talent development community can build skills while adding increased value to the organizations they serve.
Monday, April 15, 2019, 11AM – 12PT: Optimizing Your PsyCap Mindset: Building Psychological Capital and Resilience (Free for ATD members)
Resilience is a powerful skill and capability that can be developed. It’s the ability to bounce back from obstacles and setbacks to achieve higher levels of performance. It requires developing positive adaptation processes to help overcome the challenges we face and the use of positive experiences to build confidence in our strengths and abilities. It promotes self-efficacy, confidence, and possibility thinking. This webcast focuses on how we can develop strategies to build our psychological capital and resilience to improve the experiences we have and to reach our full potential.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 10AM – 11AM PT: Micro-Learning Is a Big Deal
Leadership development is consistently considered one of the most critical areas of learning and development. However, less than half of companies believe their LD programs are effective, despite focusing significant resources on developing leaders at all levels. A micro-learning approach can give emerging leaders the knowledge and information they need how and when they want it, with ongoing reinforcement and support. Join David Wentworth, Principal Analyst with Brandon Hall Group and EBSCO, as they explore the rise of micro-learning, why it’s important, and what it means to organizations moving forward.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 11AM – 12PM PT: Open-Source Learning: What You Need to Know (Free for ATD members)
The concept of “open source”software for which the original source code is made freely available for others to add on, modify, and improve—radically changed the way software is developed and has played a large part in enabling the technology boom we see today, but the open-source idea isn’t just for software engineers. Some of the core ideas associated with open-source approaches can offer interesting new directions for L&D teams, too.
As decentralization, openness, sharing, and collaboration become the new norm in many organizations, the idea that anyone can share their expertise broadly, and that individuals and teams can access and build on each other’s know-how, perfectly encapsulates this concept of open-source learning.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 11AM – 12PM PT: Promote Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace through Online Learning
The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) champions the skills and experience immigrants bring to the Greater Toronto Area. They support organizations to become more inclusive, and benefit from the skills and talent in today’s diverse workforce by working with organizations that lack either the capacity or technology to deliver online learning. TRIEC Learning was established as an online hub for HR professionals to access Diversity & Inclusion resources so they can build more inclusive workplaces. Jihyun Jeong, TRIEC’s Manager of Online Learning Programs, will guide you through the benefits of promoting Diversity & Inclusion in the workplace.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 12PM – 1PM PT: Using AI to Supercharge Learning & Development
67 percent of executives in the U.S. think AI will help humans and machines work together to be stronger, smarter, and more efficient. But all of these innovations are meaningless without the right talent to put it to use. Success in digital transformation requires not only investing in new technology, but also in developing new skills. This is one of the key reasons Niall McKinney of AVADO believes AI can have a significant impact in L&D, and not just in manufacturing/R&D. We’ll discuss strategies L&D leaders can consider, while preparing to reskill their workforces to overcome challenges posed by the fourth major Industrial Revolution.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 10:00AM – 11:30AM PT: Best of DemoFest 2019: Award-Winning eLearning in Action
DemoFest is an attendee-favourite activity that takes place during Learning Solutions 2019 Conference & Expo. Attendees showcase their best work in this science-fair setting and discuss the unique tools, technologies, and processes they used in their projects. This webinar will feature the best projects from DemoFest at Learning Solutions 2019.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 12PM – 1PM PT: Billion $ Graphics' Top 10 PowerPoint Tips, Tricks, and Tools
Make professional graphics in PowerPoint, with no design skill required. Mike Parkinson, author and owner of Billion Dollar Graphics, shares his favourite PowerPoint tips, tricks, and tools to make visuals for presentations, infographics, educational materials, sales and marketing documents, proposals, and web sites.
Thursday, April 18, 2019, 11AM – 12PM PT: A Happier U: Work Habits to Enhance Performance and Well-Being (Free for ATD members)
We all want to be happy at work. When you’re happy, it radiates from within and rubs off on the world. Happy people are more productive, more satisfied, and they live longer. With a little bit of help and inspiration, it’s both possible and delightful to turn on the faucet of joy, humour, love, hope, and compassion at work. You’ll learn real, tangible, and practical methods you can apply immediately to get on the highway to true happiness at work. Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed and frustrated or just want to increase your happiness, you can learn how in just a few minutes a day!
Friday, April 19, 2019, 11AM – 12PM PT: Poor Communications Can Get You in Trouble (Free for ATD members)
Learn how to use the 3-D communication model with family, colleagues, team members, customers, and management. 3-D communication is about first paying attention to what is being said, then interpreting it correctly before responding. 3-D communication style has a beginning and end with the message in the middle, making it more transactional than linear. It’s the middle that matters.
Monday, April 22, 2019, 8AM – 9AM PT: The Power of Miracle Teams (Free for ATD members)
After 25 years of working in leadership development, Greg Zlevor, president of Westwood International, has distilled down the most foundational components of a miracle team. A miracle team is one that works efficiently, effectively, innovatively, and courageously. They strive to push the boundaries of what’s possible and aren’t afraid to lean into the difficult. A miracle team takes your goals and turns them into realities. This webcast will teach you solutions to address what may be holding your team back from becoming a miracle team.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 10AM – 11AM PT: Zoola Analytics: Creating Intelligent Filters for Smarter Reports & Dashboards
Filters are the keys to building intuitive, interactive Reports and Dashboards. While using the basic filters is great, building intelligent filters that add context to the data creates Reports and Dashboards that are even more useful for the user. Our previous session, Using Filters for Better Reporting & Insights, showed the different types of filters, how to create filters, and how to hook them into Reports and Dashboards. During this follow-up session, our VP of Products, Stewart Rogers, will show you how to utilize the more advanced features of Zoola Analytics to create and use cascading filters, and enable hyperlinking in Dashboards.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 11AM – 12PM PT: How We Used Design Thinking to Build Better Managers: A Conversation Between a Product Manager and a Talent Development Practitioner (Free for ATD members)
Join Stephen Arntz, Senior Product Manager of Bridge, and Troy Anderson, Senior Director Talent Management of Instructure, for an in-depth conversation between a talent development practitioner and a product developer about what it takes to design effective manager and leadership development programs. After doing a listening tour and finding some insights, they took a new approach to developing leaders and managers in their organization.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 11AM – 12PM PT: Keynote Session to the Masters Series Webinar - The Modern Blended Learning Experience to Maximize Learning Transfer
Classroom training using presentations have been around forever, and while you may be interested in other options, many still use the classic method of a PowerPoint deck in a training room. Instead of just one option, why not use a mix of methods, carefully selected to create one, cohesive learning experience? This is blended learning, which is more than just a method for delivering content to learners. Blended learning is an approach to designing effective learning experiences. To create a really effective blended learning experience, you need to know how to select the right methods and bring your content to life. We’ll look at how to create dynamic, interactive, and engaging blended learning experiences using the same tool that you’ve always used: PowerPoint.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 8AM – 9AM PT: Creating Destination Work: Keeping Employees Engaged (Free for ATD members)
When managers start believing in their people and making sure they have everything they need to give and be their best, people feel obligated to ensure that the success of the organization is paramount. Join leadership guru Harry Paul as he describes the characteristics of an engaged organization and how to attain that type of culture.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 11AM – 12PM PT: ATD Research Presents: Developing New Managers (Free for ATD members)
Research found that many organizations are achieving strong results in developing new leaders. Most participating organizations offer structured development programs or individual training assets specifically for new managers. However, it also revealed issues and missed opportunities which could, if constructively addressed, enable talent development professionals to better prepare first-time managers for the challenges they face. This webinar will present highlights from the research, focusing on skills development for three types of new managers: people managers, sales managers and virtual managers.
Thursday, April 25, 2019, 9AM – 10AM PT: Designing Learning for Maximum ROI
During this session, you’ll learn eight steps to build a business case for investing in people. These steps are built on design thinking principles, and will help ensure learning programs and projects deliver results. Specifically, you’ll learn:
Research on what executives want from their learning investments;
Eight steps to build the case for investing in people;
Techniques to seamlessly integrate measurement, evaluation and analytics into your programs, projects and practices.
Thursday, April 25, 2019, 10AM – 11AM PT: How to Prepare for the CPLP (Panel) (Free for ATD members)
If you’re planning to pursue the CPLP credential (or are thinking seriously about it), attend this webcast and hear from four successful CPLP credential holders about how they studied and prepared for the exams. Join Susan Kaiden and panelists Natasha Roberts, Anne Scott, Bill Corrigan and Colleen Worthington for this interactive session.
Friday, April 26, 2019, 8AM – 9AM PT: 10 Steps to Successful Budgeting (Free for ATD members)
Budgeting is a time-consuming and difficult exercise. Resources are never enough, and management must balance the needs of all stakeholders. The key to successful budgeting involves planning, organization, documentation, preparation, and follow-up. We’ll provide a quick 10-step guide to help you plan, prepare, and defend a budget that is strategically aligned to your organization.
Friday, April 26, 2019, 11AM – 12PM PT: Innovate and Create: Leverage the Power of Generations (Free for ATD members)
The workforce is more diverse than ever, and there’s a unique opportunity to leverage the power of that diversity to innovate. Learn what’s needed to bring all of what’s valuable from across generations into a successful future. The organizations that thrive will be the ones that create opportunities to leverage the assets of all the generations. Learn about what’s getting in the way and how to turn it around. Laura Goodrich, co-founder of GWT Next, will help you see where we're all looking for the same thing: a purpose, and a balance in our work and personal lives. She’ll share examples of companies that have afforded opportunities for the different generations to focus on their strengths and find common bonds to come together to create next-generation solutions.
Monday, April 29, 2019, 11AM – 12PM PT: How to Get What You Want (Free for ATD members)
What do you want? How likely are you to make it happen in the timeframe you want? The truth is we often need the actions of others to accomplish our goals. The best way to get what you want is to figure out why someone else wants you to have it. Michelle Tillis Lederman, author of “The 11 Laws of Likability” and “The Connectors Advantage”, will reveal the three reasons people take action and how to increase your aptitude of each technique.