Free L&D webinars for July 2019

The heat is on! Is your action plan ready for summer? If you could use some ideas, there are plenty of free webinars on everything from learning principles to design tips to career management. Take a break from the heat and check them out. We hope these July events will get you thinking.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019, 8AM – 9AM PT: Customer Service Training Discussion with Lisa Crockett and Host Kristen Hayden Safdie
Join EngageTHEM.org Founder, Lisa Crockett and Host Kristen Hayden Safide, as they discuss customer service training—with a bonus discussion about developing a portfolio. Lisa has more than 25 years of progressive experience building effective people programs in high profile companies across industries, including Consumer Goods, Publishing, High-Tech, and Healthcare. Over her career, she’s successfully produced events, created/delivered presentations to groups of 2 to 2000, managed people and projects (local to enterprise), designed/produced and facilitated learning (digital, virtual, live), led a Human Resources department, and coached students, professionals, and entrepreneurs. Her diverse background has given her the opportunity to develop a unique blend of skills, resources, creativity, and passion for enabling high performance.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019, 11AM – 12PM PT: Developing Employee Resilience Through Coaching (Free for ATD members)
We don’t have to explain how difficult and unrelenting the demands on employees have become. In this session, you’ll learn about how coaching can help individuals, teams, and enterprises build resiliency to avoid or alleviate burnout. You’ll be presented with Dr. Auger’s research-based MBOI (Making the Best of It) coaching model, focusing on how it can be used to coach people through prolonged bouts of stress. You’ll also learn the differences between burnout and depression, and the effects burnout can have on those who are experiencing it and those they work with and for.

Monday, July 8, 2019, 11AM – 12PM PT: Emotional Intelligence: A Key Component of Effective Coaching (Free for ATD members)
To be successful, leaders at all levels of an organization must be competent coaches. Emotional intelligence (EI or EQ) is a fundamental part of that competency because it’s linked to quality workplace relationships. Top organizations are embracing coaching as an integral part of leadership performance, and in response, the Goleman EI team has launched new training strategies with executive coaches from around the world. You’ll learn about topics such as:

  • Research behind how EI enhances coaching effectiveness.

  • New coach training and development findings.

  • The impact of EI on informal coaching and team performance. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 10:00AM – 10:30AM PT: Marketing Your elearning: Keys to Success
One of the greatest mistakes in launching a new elearning program is believing that “If you build it, they will come.” The truth is, they won’t come until you invite them multiple times in enticing ways. That’s why L&D professionals could benefit from taking a page out of the marketing handbook. Join us for this 30-minute master class in getting the word out to get people into your courses. We’ll start by looking at why marketing your elearning is essential to success, then look at how to craft your marketing message, and then how to build a communications plan.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 11AM – 12PM PT: Choosing an LMS: Five Must-Know Considerations (Free for ATD members)
When looking for a new Learning Management System, there are a multitude of questions that must be asked, starting with: What functionality is critical to reach our L&D goals? One consideration that people often overlook is the type of technology that an LMS uses, which is important to consider when evaluating whether an LMS will be able to provide the type of functionality you’ll need to meet your goals. It’s important to do your research to learn what functionality and tools are now available in the ever-changing elearning market. As the elearning ecosystem continues to evolve at a rapid rate, even if you did comprehensive research within the past 12 months, there’ll be new advancements, tools, and technology to consider. As a part of this session, we’ll discuss how integrations, reporting, mobile, and accessible design should be top functionality considerations.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 12PM – 1PM PT: Write so People Can Learn
Writing for instruction differs from other kinds of writing. People who write for instruction write specifically for how we understand and remember. We certainly don’t want what we write to make it harder to learn, but a lot of instructional content does just that. Writing for instruction means intentionally writing to make it easier to learn, remember, and apply.

Join Patti Shank, PhD, the author of Write and Organize for Deeper Learning, Practice and Feedback for Deeper Learning, and Manage Memory for Deeper Learning. She’s an internationally recognized instructional designer, researcher, and learning analyst who makes these tactics clear and actionable in her books and workshops.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 9AM – 10AM PT: Learning Analytics in Higher Education: Origins & Benefits (Part 1)
Learning analytics (LA) is a significant area of technology-enhanced learning that has emerged during the last decade. It’s a fast-growing area of educational technology research, with roots in a variety of fields, particularly business intelligence, web analytics, educational data mining and recommender systems. This webinar will describe and define the field of research and practice known as learning analytics, and will present a snapshot of its current state in the formal education sector.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 10:30AM – 11:30AM PT: Learning, Data-Ignited | Transforming Learning as ROI to Business Performance
Evidencing the ROI of Learning & Development (“L&D”) to business performance has been a long- standing challenge of L&D and HR professionals. Additionally, L&D continues to be leveraged as a reactive response to skill gaps, retention challenges, and poor performance. As organizations realize that hiring external talent is less efficient than building existing talent, L&D has a heighted value and L&D professionals a strategic opportunity. So how are we leveraging this opportunity to ignite learning? Data.

This session will look at the strategy used by a sr. learning consultant in a top finance industry that has developed a data-driven Learning to ROI dashboard; the strategy takes you through how to mine and analyze data toward business insights that elevate L&D as an integral partner in Engagement, Retention, and Performance. The goal is to inspire how learning and talent professionals and HR professionals can develop their own learning to ROI dashboard, elevate the conversation and have a seat at the table.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 12PM – 1PM PT: Learn How to Engage High Performing Teams
This session will focus on the key steps to building a high performing team. You’ll leave energized with a blueprint that’ll enable you to transform your teams into high performing functional teams, and will take home team building tools, exercises, and approaches. This session will bring you through a team evolution process incorporating the best work of Lencioni, Tuckman, Blanchard, and of course, Kelleher. You’ll learn how to:

  • Establish your leadership team's baseline.

  • Define the ideal traits of high performing teams.

  • Adopt best-in-class experiential exercises to reinforce team dynamics.

  • Apply the work of noted team though leaders, including Lencioni's Five Dysfunctions of a Team.

  • Understand why humility, hunger, and emotional intelligence are the special ingredients of successful teams.

  • Experience the dangers of one “bad apple” team member.

Thursday, July 11, 2019, 9AM – 10AM PT: How to Teach Managers & Leaders How to Assure Training Effectiveness Through Coaching
The greatest challenge in our industry has never been the quality of training or learning; rather, the biggest challenge has been getting students to apply and practice what was taught during the training and learning. There’s no greater option for training and learning reinforcement than managers coaching employees. This webcast will teach very specific application and practice coaching strategies that help reinforce training and learning.

Thursday, July 11, 2019, 12PM – 1PM PT: Microlearning Under the Microscope: Six Myths Debunked
Long gone is the dominance and singular choice of the LMS as a central learning system for corporate training and development. With microlearning and learning experience solutions emerging as independent learning tech categories, leaders have options to experiment with new ways of learning—that might work better in their cultures, for different demographic segments of their workforces and in general. But with so much changing (and with no slow-down in day-to-day learning responsibilities) how can organizations sort through the myths and deploy next-generation solutions that will work best in their unique setting? HCM tech expert Jim Bowley, VP, Product at Qstream, puts microlearning under the microscope: what it is, what “good” looks like, and where microlearning can complement existing learning technologies and practices.

Friday, July 12, 2019, 8AM – 9AM PT: How Game-Based Learning Is Supporting the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals
We’ve all heard a great deal about the impact we have on our planet, with the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) giving some guidance on this. So how can we help learners connect with why they’re important and how they’re interconnected, and what we can do about them? You’ll learn:

  • The origins of the 2030 SDGs Game in Japan.

  • How game-based learning has amplified the impact of the SDGs for corporates, schools, and NGOs.

  • Some case studies of the SDGs in practice.

  • What participants of the game might experience (each game's different).

  • The future of the 2030 SDGs Game and the SDGs in practice.

Friday, July 12, 2019, 11AM – 12PM PT: Learning from Change (Free for ATD members)
Change is accelerating: New competitive forces, digital capabilities, regulatory environments, and mergers and acquisitions are a few of the many disruptors of the status quo. To capitalize on emerging opportunities and reduce risk, effectively managing change has become a core organizational and individual competency. Talent development professionals play a critical role ensuring that organizations build this capability and capture best practices from each successive wave of change. You’ll:

  • Examine key drivers of change.

  • Explore the role talent development leaders have in building learning agility and change management.

  • Learn how to capture lessons learned about building organizational change expertise.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 9AM – 10AM PT: Cultivating the “Best” Culture – and Training for It
Is there a “best” culture? Most scholars would say “no” because it depends on what you’re trying to do. Michael Lee Stallard discovered this is only partially true. No doubt cultures differ depending upon tasks. For example, engineering-oriented cultures differ from sales-oriented cultures. When it comes to relationships, however, new scientific evidence shows that cultures that connect people are superior to cultures that isolate people, and unfortunately, cultures of connection are rare.

Cultures of connection have been called a “superpower” because they make people smarter, happier, and more productive. They’ve also been found to convey several benefits, including higher employee engagement, productivity, innovation, and adaptability. Michael and Katie Stallard, authors of Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy and Understanding at Work, will reveal the three essential elements to develop a culture of connection in your workplace that will help individuals and your organization thrive.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 12PM – 1PM PT: Understanding Learners: Leveraging Personas and Design Thinking for Better Learning Design
In order to design, develop, and deliver effective learning experiences, we need to understand who our learners are—what their learning goals are, what learning preferences they have, where they go to learn, and what challenges they face when learning. We also need a way to articulate these characteristics of our learners across all teams involved in the design process.

In the commercial space, product designers and marketers heavily rely upon “user personas” to help them become more aware of their customers. Personas shed light on consumer habits and preferences. In the learning design space, we can develop learner personas to create shared insight into our learners’ needs and expectations, and help drive more learner-focused learning design decisions.

Tune in to explore the practice of integrating learner personas into the design, development, and delivery of training solutions.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 8AM – 9AM PT: What’s New in the Biggest-Ever Free Update for Adobe Captivate (2019 Release) Users (Free for ATD members)
Fast forward elearning as the new update to Adobe Captivate (2019 release) offers ease to beginners and speed to professionals for creating everything elearning using just one tool. Join Dr. Pooja Jaisingh to learn about the brand-new features and enhancements in Adobe Captivate. You’ll learn how you can create beautiful mobile-ready courses in minutes, with the all new Quick Start Projects, ready-to-go slides, and out-of-the-box interactions. Find out more about simplified branching workflow, automated click-to-replace interactions, and other rapid authoring features, like using images and SVGs as buttons, copying and pasting the appearance of one object to another. You’ll also be taken through the exciting enhancements to virtual reality and interactive video projects.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 9AM – 10AM PT: Memes & Scavenger Hunts: Ten Ways to Improve Your L&D Program on a Budget
Is your learning and development budget missing some zeros? This session is for you. You’ll get boatloads of budget-stretching ideas from your colleagues during this interactive session. You can provide a great learning environment even if you’re running short on funds. Katrina Marie Baker, Senior Learning Evangelist at Adobe, will provide you with some practical tips on how to:

  • Engage learners in the classroom or virtual classroom without spending money.

  • Get help from departments outside of L&D (yes, you can make this happen!).

  • Use learning technology to make your L&D team more efficient.

  • Persuade leadership to give you more funding next year.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 11AM – 12PM PT: Modern Selling + Modern Learning = Sales Growth!
There’s a lot hype these days about “Modern This” and “Modern That.” What does Modern Selling even mean? And what’s Modern Learning? How can you get past the hype and combine these modern maxims to improve sales performance and deliver profitable growth for your company? These are the questions that sales expert Mike Kunkle will answer in this webinar on his Sales Transformation Straight Talk channel, where your participation is welcomed and your questions expected.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 12PM – 1PM PT: The Beginner’s Guide to Voice UI LX Design
Voice user experiences, like Alexa, Google, Cortana, and Siri, are becoming as prolific as laptops, smartphones, and tablets. Learning professionals need to start exploring ways to effectively incorporate voice technology into the learning ecosystem. Designing for voice interaction can be intimidating because the technology is so new. How do we translate our existing skills to create engaging voice learner experiences? In this session, you learn how to translate your existing skills to design for a voice user interface (VUI), explore the basics of VUI design, including sample dialogs, flow diagrams, prompt lists, and mocks, then apply these concepts using free tools to develop and test a VUI learning experience that can then be used to program a skill for a voice app like Alexa or Google Home.

Thursday, July 18, 2019, 10AM – 11AM PT: The Problem with the Learning Experience Today and How to Fix It
Today’s learners want meaningful, personalized learning experiences tailored to their interests and needs, both personally and professionally. And yet, organizations are struggling to deliver personalized learning at scale while aligning learning strategy with organizational objectives. The truth is, offering a learning experience that’s fun for learners isn't good enough. The same goes for simply opening the firehose of learning content and hoping for the best. In order to engage learners, develop critical skills and improve employee and business performance, organizations must take a holistic view of the overall learning experience shared by their people and find new ways to enable and measure purposeful learning.

Join David Wentworth, Principal Analyst with Brandon Hall Group, and Carl Crisostomo, Product Manager, Content at Saba Software, as they share key insights into how to set the strategic foundation to create a learning experience that engages learners and drives outcomes for your people and your business.

Thursday, July 18, 2019, 12PM – 1PM PT: The New Workflow Learning Instructional Designer
If you’re new or with some experience in instructional design, it’s highly probable that you’ve been learning from very old ideas about training and learning. These are traditional learning habits, costly processes, and antiquated skills. Before you embrace and unknowingly take the plunge, consider today’s business realities that are considerably different from that of 5, 10, 20, or even 50 years ago. Take a fast-forward approach to today’s instructional design demands and challenges. Be current. Stay relevant. Add value. Benefit from the rewards.

Friday, July 19, 2019, 8AM – 9AM PT: A Look Inside the Latest Research: Ego, Power, and Implications for L&D
Scott Blanchard, bestselling business author and executive vice president with The Ken Blanchard Companies, takes an inside look at the latest research on hiring, training, and developing leaders. You’ll learn:

  • The four attributes to consider when making a hiring decision—and the one that matters most.

  • A closer look at the negative impact of “self” versus “others-focused” leaders.

  • The three ways people respond when they perceive an imbalance of power at work.

Don’t miss this opportunity to take a deeper dive into the latest L&D research.  You’ll walk away with a new perspective and applicable strategies to implement in your organization immediately.

Friday, July 19, 2019, 8AM – 9AM PT: Five Ways to Break Through Your Consulting Business Plateau (Free for ATD members)
Running an independent consulting business can be difficult. Occasionally, you could find yourself at a plateau—your business just isn’t where you want it to be. Sometimes, you might feel like your business is running you rather than the other way around or wonder how to turn your stagnant business into a thriving one. This webinar is for consultants ready to take their business to the next level, no matter where they are in their consulting journey. Learn from Kris Taylor, who has had a successful, six-figure consulting practice for 14 years, and Katie McNamee, who launched her marketing practice after college and has been doing the work she loves for more than three years

Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 9AM – 10AM PT: Creating MicroLearning in Record Time with PowerPoint
Microlearning is a great way to deliver just what people need, when they need it, to maximize effectiveness. While the idea of short learning sessions is great, they can end up taking almost as long as a full course to create, as you need high-impact video or interactive features to explain and reinforce key information quickly. It’s important to be able to create microlearning efficiently, so that you ultimately have the time to serve the needs of all your learners with the full range of topics they need access to.

This session looks at the principles supporting microlearning best practice, like visual, dynamic, and interactive content to make it engaging, taking into account the wide range of devices that people use to access microlearning, including traditional laptops, but also tablets and mobile. You’ll be amazed at the way you can use PowerPoint to deliver visual content, with animation and high impact media, then export it to video or HTML5 for easy distribution, in isolation or through your LMS, all of which will make your microlearning an effective tool that your learners will be delighted with.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 9AM – 10AM PT: Five Ways Training Managers Can Optimize a Video Library to Overcome Their Top Organizational Learning Challenges
Every year, U.S. companies spend more than $90 billion dollars on training and development, yet training managers continually feel pressure to do more with less—to achieve ever-more impactful results without corresponding increases to budgets. Fortunately, changing workforce dynamics have created new opportunities for L&D teams to identify what content, format, and delivery will best help their organizations’ employees to learn and succeed.

This webinar will investigate the top challenges training managers are dealing with, and how to optimize an internal video library to help relieve some pressure. You’ll also learn which training content and format types that perform best, how to implement an “agile” approach to creating and modifying training videos, and how analytics can be the key to helping improve training content while providing ROI numbers to management.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 11AM – 12PM PT: Putting Learners in the Driver’s Seat: Improve Business Outcomes by Supporting Employee Development (Free for ATD members)
The highly regulated nature of the financial services industry requires that employees learn and adhere to complex rules and regulations to remain compliant with their employers and regulators. This webinar will focus on taking learning in financial services to the next level by moving beyond compliance training to a culture of engagement that inspires, motivates, and supports employees to drive business outcomes and performance.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 3PM – 4PM: Learning Analytics in Higher Education: Struggles & Successes (Part 2)
In recent years there has been a growing interest in moving from learning analytics research to practice, and in implementing analytics to more effectively support learning and teaching in formal education. Part 2 of our Learning Analytics in Higher Education series will go deeper into learning analytics, and illustrate its wide-ranging potential using use cases and examples from UBC and beyond. You’ll learn about:

  • Real use-cases demonstrating the benefits of learning analytics in higher education.

  • The different purposes for which learning analytics might be employed, and the different stakeholders they can serve.

  • Overcoming the technical, organization, and ethical struggles and dilemmas that can make the implementation of learning analytics projects challenging.

Thursday, July 25, 2019, 8AM – 9AM PT: Leadership Development and Behavioral Nudges: Beat the Knowing Doing Gap to Increase Employee Engagement (Free for ATD members)
Join New York Times bestselling author and Best Place to Work winner, Kevin Kruse, in this must-attend webinar for leadership development professionals. Learn to leverage behavioural nudge theory (based on the ideas of Nobel Prize-winner, Dr. Richard Thaler) to increase the effectiveness of your management training. You’ll learn how to:

  • Define different types of behavioral nudges.

  • Turn an email “nags” into effective “nudges.”

  • Create a six-part nudge strategy.

  • Implement low-cost nudge campaigns.

Thursday, July 25, 2019, 9AM – 10AM PT: What’s New in the Biggest Ever Free Update for Adobe Captivate (2019 release) Users
Fast forward elearning as the new update to Adobe Captivate (2019 release) offers ease to beginners and speed to professionals, for creating everything elearning, using just one tool. Join Dr. Allen Partridge to learn all about the new features and enhancements in Adobe Captivate. You’ll learn about how to create beautiful mobile-ready courses in minutes with the all-new Quick Start Projects, ready-to-go slides and out-of-the-box interactions. Find out more about simplified branching workflow, automated click to replace interactions, and other rapid authoring features, like using images and SVGs as buttons, and copying and pasting appearance of one object to another. You’ll also be taken through the exciting enhancements to virtual reality and interactive video projects.

Thursday, July 25, 2019, 12PM – 1PM PT: Training and Copyright: Do I Always Have to Get Permission? I’ve Heard of Something Called Fair Use…
Those of us who want to keep our jobs and reputations need to protect our clients from risks, including running afoul of copyright and trademark laws—like “Fair Use”—when creating training materials. Can trainers employ Fair Use in the creation of programs? Through case studies, this session will explore the process for determining when Fair Use may apply and examine best practices.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019, 10AM – 11AM PT: Bring Learning to Work: How to Create Learning Moments that Deliver Results
Classroom settings and non-digital reference materials don’t cut it for delivering training and support to today’s workers. As learning experiences evolve, companies discover new ways to deliver short and engaging learning moments that make a big impact on workers without disrupting their daily workflow. If the goal is to enable employees with the skills and knowledge they need to deliver optimum productivity, then the tools must provide learning interventions at the moment of need while doing the work. Join David Wentworth, Principal Learning Analyst at Brandon Hall Group and John Crowther, VP of Product at Inkling as they discuss how organizations can create a more seamless learning experience within the workplace to improve employee performance and retention.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019, 11AM – 12PM PT: ATD Research Presents: 2019 State of Healthcare Training (Free for ATD members)
From the nursing shortage to the switch to value-based care, the healthcare industry is facing many unique challenges. This session will share findings from ATD’s new research report, the 2019 State of Healthcare Training, to help talent development professionals better meet the needs of their learners’  amid these challenges. Drawing on findings from a variety of healthcare organizations, this webinar provides valuable benchmarking data on learning expenditures and training delivery methods. It explores topics that healthcare organizations are currently navigating, such as using talent strategies to retain nurses and providing training to prepare for the switch to value-based care. Lastly, you’ll learn the top barriers to delivering effective training in healthcare and presents recommendations for overcoming them and creating more effective learning programs.