Free December webinars

It’s hard to believe that 2013 is just around the corner but there’s still time to take advantage of a few more free training and development webinars on a variety of interesting topics this month before the year wraps up. Hope to “see” you online.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 10AM - 11AM PST: Straight Talk: making Performance Management Useful to Everyone

In a recent Brandon hall Survey, over 58% of the respondents stated that performance reviews did not provide applicable performance feedback. As organizations struggle to improve employee performance in a market that requires innovation and growth to stay competitive, how are organizations increasing the effectiveness of the performance management process? Join Stacey Harris, VP of Research at Brandon Hall Group, as she shares key practices on making performance management useful to everyone. Topics discussed in this webinar include:

  •  Shifting employee management models
  • Positive examples of effective employee focused performance management
  • Case Studies of new approaches to the performance management process

Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 9AM – 10AM PST: HTML5 is Here to Stay: How to Achieve the New Content Delivery Norm

Learning organizations are facing a technology wake-up call as they realize that most of their content doesn't translate well, if at all, to mobile devices. The typical reaction is to initiate one-off projects for converting desktop courses, applications, and their Flash based components, per the specs of every major device platform. Discover a practical and streamlined production alternative for mobile portability; one that even enhances your original content. Packaging courses once in HTML5 provides endless mobile portability. With a single HTML5 content base, your content becomes easily interactive and searchable, and portable to all mobile platforms.

Thursday, December 6, 2012, 10AM – 11AM PST: Write it Right! Use a Seven Step Process to Develop Learning Activities

With so many learning experiences, techniques and devices to choose from, the course designer can be like a gourmet cook, carefully choosing just the right combination to achieve the desired results.  There is no excuse for the overuse of lecture as the primary and often only technique. What is the best activity?  There is no answer to this question.  It depends on your purpose. This workshop suggests a seven-step process to develop learning materials, identifies a “best use” for a variety of learning experiences, and presents a proven approach to designing discovery learning by writing adult learning steps to process any learning activity.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 10AM – 11AM PST: The Neuroscience of High Impact Learning

Brain research is pointing to fresh insights about how to make learning stick. A number of the findings are counter-intuitive, pointing to new approaches and tools for learning that can significantly increase engagement and retention of learning, using a wide range of training mediums. Join Dr. David Rock who coined the term “NeuroLeadership” and co-founded the NeuoruLeadership Institute to explore the latest findings emerging from brain research as it relates to creating high impact learning experiences, giving participants new tools for maximizing their impact.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 10AM – 11AM PST: Creating Instant and Rapid One-Minute Learning for mLearning and eLearning

Is there such a thing as “instant learning”? Experts in mobile and social learning say that there is increased prevalence that learners retain and learn by increments of knowledge and use them as frequently and quickly as they can. The method is “recursive learning” – small building blocks of learning with close proximity to work applications. In most situations however, the difficulty for trainers, eLearning and mLearning designers is that courses and lessons they develop are more driven towards the “completeness” of knowledge transfer rather than the “immediate application” of knowledge. In this webinar, you will learn:

  •  What research and cognitive and artificial intelligence sciences have discovered on “immediacy application learning”
  • How to design “immediacy application learning” – steps, procedures and outcomes
  • How  to merge learning content with mLearning, eLearning and learning platforms to encourage instant learning

Thursday, December 13, 2012, 9AM – 10AM PST: New Research:  Top 5 Keys to Employee Engagement through Supervisor Development

In a new Training Magazine webinar, Dale Carnegie Training reveals results of its cross industry, in-depth study of 1,500 employees to explore engagement in the workplace. The research reveals several surprises and five practical approaches managers can use to increase employee enthusiasm, empowerment, confidence and value to their organization. Attend this session and learn how to:

  •  Identify which behaviors of front line managers have the most significant impact on their employees' levels of engagement        
  • Make sure your supervisor development programs focus on shaping the right practical approaches         
  • Learn ways to efficiently develop the skills of your front line managers by capitalizing on virtual instruction and collaboration tools and techniques
  • Get the latest whitepaper summarizing this ground-breaking research

Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 10AM - 11AM PST: Rise of the Machines: Mobile Learning Comes to Life!

Is your organization going mobile? Are you already delivering mobile learning but want to do it better? The rise of mobile learning is easily the largest learning technology trend of the decade and in the last two years the changes in the space have been exponential. Join David Wentworth, Senior Analyst at Brandon Hall Group and Chris Osborn, VP of Marketing at BizLibrary as they talk about the rise of mobile learning and the demographics of mobile adoption. They will also present case studies from companies successfully implementing mLearning.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 9AM - 10AM PST: ASTD State of the Industry, 2012 (Free to ASTD members)

Laurie Miller, Director of Research Services at ASTD, and Christina Mandzuk, Research Analyst will discuss benchmarking data from ASTD BEST Awards Winners, G500 Companies, and other organizations from 2003 to date. ASTD estimates that U.S. organizations spent $1,182 per learner on employee learning and development in 2011. Over half was spent on the internal learning function, such as staff salaries and internal development costs. The remainder was split between tuition reimbursement (14 percent), and external services (30 percent). The content from this webinar is drawn from ASTD's 2012 State of the Industry Report.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 10AM – 11AM PST: Using Strategic Assessments to Improve Learning and Performance and Drive Business Results

Most professional trainers think of assessments as tools for measuring and certifying employees' job-related knowledge and skills. Of course, that is one of their critical functions, particularly in compliance-dependent businesses. Join Steven Just, founder of Pedagogue Solution to learn how to use Strategic Assessments to Improve Learning and Performance and Drive Business Results, which will demonstrate how an active measurement strategy can improve individual, group and business performance. 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 10AM – 11AM PST: 10 Critical Questions to Ask of Your Stakeholders BEFORE Designing Any Training Program

Needs analysis is often an arduous and lengthy process - but it is absolutely necessary if you are to have a successful training outcome. Join Nanette Miner, an author and consultant in the field of workplace learning to learn the 10 crucial questions to ask of your internal or external clients to ensure that you are creating a training program that is truly necessary and one that will return significant business results.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 11AM - 12PM PST: So You Want to Design an Instructional Game? Five Things You NEED to Know (free for ASTD members)

What does it take to design a serious game? How do you create instruction that is not only meaningful and educational, but also (dare we say it) fun? What steps do you need to follow during the design process, and which steps are most critical for success? Most important, how do you even get started?

This webinar provides five practical guidelines you can use to design a game that results in valuable learning outcomes. You will learn research-based tips and techniques for designing effective—and engaging—instructional games. Join game experts Karl M. Kapp and Koreen Olbrish as they discuss five key factors you need to know to develop an “epic” instructional game.

Thursday, December 20, 2012, 10AM – 11AM PST: Three Aspects of Performance Improvement

During this webinar you will be introduced to three interdependent aspects of performance improvement: the systematic process, the consulting process, and the building brand process. All three aspects contribute to sustaining changes required for improving the performance of people, work teams, and organizations as a whole.   You will gain insights and get three tools that you can use to explain performance improvement to others and guide your own development in the profession. 

Thursday, December 20, 2012, 10AM – 11AM PST: De-Mystifying the LMS Selection Process 

The LMS marketplace continues to shift and evolve as vendors consolidate and new technology features become available. Deciding to invest in a learning management system isn’t even half the battle. Once they walk through that door, companies are faced with a mind-numbing array of choices. Where do they start? Which system is right? How do you know? Join Brandon Hall Group Chief Strategy Officer Michael Rochelle and Senior Analyst David Wentworth as they walk you through the selection process, delivering concrete steps and strategies to make the journey to LMS selection far simpler. The session will also include an informative demonstration of Brandon Hall Group’s LMS KnowledgeBase and Selection Tool.