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Thursday, October 5, 8:45 - 10:00 AM

8:00 - 8:45 AM
Opening and Keynote

The Advancement: How to Create Strategic Relationships that Drive Success

Are you building solid strategic relationships that drive your career success? Come learn how to become the go-to leader by learning how to build, maintain, and foster strategic relationships! During this interactive session, you will learn the tactics of how to develop strategic relationships that will advance your career and improve your self-confidence. Are you ready to ADVANCE your leadership to the next level?

Presenter: Lei Comerford, Executive Coach, Master Facilitator, Speaker and Consultant at Lei Comerford Consulting, LLC

Thursday, October 5, 10:15 - 11:15 AM

10:15 - 11:15 AM
Session 1A

It's TIME -- to Rock the Virtual Training Stage -- Expand your Impact, Captivate Your Learners to Boost Retention and Raving Fans!

Are you feel or get derailed or frustrated with your virtual training sessions when peoples cameras are off, people don't participate or engage with you or the material?

Are you disheartened that you are not able to 'stand out' as a Rock Star Virtual Trainer?

Are you tired of not knowing how to fix the challenges, and challenged with being too busy to search the internet or YouTube to get 'successful' tips that work?

Search NO more for help! Liz Wool, Virtual Training Whiz, Certified Master Trainer and Certified Instructional Designer will provide you with techniques to transform YOU to Rock Your Virtual Training Sessions!.

In this presentation, Liz is excited to share her tested and successful virtual training tips and techniques. You will leave with the confidence and ability to engage, connect and build community with your virtual training sessions - quickly, simply and easily.

Learn the TOP Virtual Training TIPS to Rock Your Virtual Training - That will Captive Attendees, Boost Retention and Create Raving Fans!

  1. 4 tips to surprise and engage attendees at the beginning of virtual training - that will attain and keep participation and engagement to the end!
  2. 3 techniques to use right away to 'boost participation and engagement' of your attendees up to 90%
  3. STAND OUT as the Rock Star Virtual Trainer in 2023 - UP YOUR GAME to STAND OUT as THE expert virtual trainer!

Presenter: Liz Wool, President, Virtual Training Whiz, a Division of Wool Consulting Group

10:15 - 11:15 AM
Session 1B

Navigating an Instructional Design Job Interview

In this session, we will delve into the critical aspects of preparing for and excelling in an instructional design job interview. This session aims to equip individuals with the necessary skills and knowledge to confidently navigate the interview process. Whether you are a seasoned professional or new to the field, there is something to learn. We will discuss:

  1. How to find Instructional Design jobs
  2. How to respond to job interview requests
  3. Common questions asked at an Instructional Design interview
  4. Questions to ask your interviewer during the interview
  5. What to do after your interview
Bonus: The Do’s and Don’ts of salary negotiation By sharing practical tips, real-life examples, and best practices, I hope to empower instructional designers with the skills they need to excel in their job search.

Presenter: Samuel Apata, Senior E-Learning Developer at Starbucks

Thursday, October 5, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Embracing the Unknown: How to Approach New Tech and Learning Experiences Fearlessly

Acquiring the skills necessary to utilize new technology can be intimidating; however, with the appropriate tools and an altered mindset, these anxieties can be transformed into confidence—and even excitement.

Led by experienced members of VUMC’s Learning and Development team, this panel will identify common fears shared by both trainers and learners regarding workplace technology. In addition, this presentation will offer a variety of strategies for overcoming anxieties about new technology and unfamiliar learning experiences.

To begin, we will review how emotional intelligence techniques can foster productive learning environments during stressful times of change. Participant will learn to use empathy as a tool when teaching or learning technology at any skill level. Finally, the presentation concludes with a discussion about recent shifts toward self-paced learning (SPL) for workplace training and how institutions can establish in-person and digital learning settings that alleviate potential apprehension toward SPL courses.

When put into practice, these tactics can strengthen employee performance as they learn to confidently embrace new professional challenges and experiences.

Presenter: Lisa Ellen Williams, Learning Consultant and Quality Assurance Editor; Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Thursday, October 5, 2:00 - 3:00 PM

2:00 - 3:00 PM
Session 2A

Get To The Point - with Clarity

Attention spans are getting shorter, and the volume of noise and distraction continues to increase. What is a trainer to do to win attention and get the point across? The secret is understanding the human's brain's operating system, and designing all communications (including training) in such a way as to turn the light on with clarity (not extinguish it with more confusion). The Clarity Fuel Formula, which is the subject of my latest book (The Point: How to Win with Clarity-fueled Communications) is a simple framework that any professional can apply to make their messages stand out in a sea of noisy competition. By applying 4 simple rules, and 8 basic tools, any trainer can become more effective in presentations, meetings, emails, coaching, and every other aspect of human communication.

Presenter: Steve Woodruff, President, Impactiviti

2:00 - 3:00 PM
Session 2B

Luddites and Language Models: Ethical Considerations of Generative AI in Learning Design

Generative AI – like ChatGPT and Bard – has the potential to open new avenues for instructional design and talent development. However, this paradigm shift in educational technology has also raised ethical concerns, particularly when considering the perspectives of learning professionals, corporations, and non-profits. Missteps with AI could mean accusations of plagiarism, copyright infringement, unintentional biases, leaks of proprietary information, and even the forfeiture of the true value of a learning professional to the organization.

This presentation explores the ethical implications of using Large Language Models (LLMs) like ChatGPT on the craft of instructional design and facilitation. The session will begin by briefly contextualizing the historical Luddite movement, which arose from concerns over the threat of unemployment due to automation. Drawing parallels to the present day, we will discuss the apprehensions surrounding language models, their potential impact on job roles, and the ethical implications associated with human-machine collaboration. By addressing key ethical considerations – including issues of transparency, bias, privacy, and intellectual property, we will explore the necessity of critical thinking skills and digital literacy as vital tools of the trade that will help promote ethical decision-making.

Ultimately, this presentation seeks to provide insights for corporate and non-profit learning and development professionals. The goal is to empower participants to recognize and navigate the ethical implications of AI integration so that they can foster responsible and mindful engagement with generative AI. By promoting a thoughtful and principled approach, we can harness the potential of AI while ensuring the preservation of our craft as learning professionals.

Presenter: Danielle "Dani" Picard, Learning Manager, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Thursday, October 5, 3:15 - 4:15 PM

3:15 - 4:15 PM
Session 3A

Standing Out While Standing In: 5 Strategies to Differentiate Yourself with Authenticity and Integrity (With Special Emphasis on First Generation Professionals)

This session brings the southern flavor and energy of Kelly K Consulting to ATD Nashville and will provide a session that will be remembered and learning that can be used immediately!

The fast-moving webinar will provide practical tools to develop strategies to authentically (and with integrity) stand out from the crowd as you advance while positively developing those around you for continued professional and organization success.

We will look at the “Fast Five” specific strategies to accomplish these goals, discover our own driving core motive and then engage in an interactive discussion to apply what we have learned in this session.

This session has a special emphasis on learning about and working with FGPs (First Generation Professionals) to enable you to better develop future leaders in an inclusive environment.

Presenter: Kelly Knowles, Owner - Kelly K. Consulting

3:15 - 4:15 PM
Session 3B

Video Production and Editing 101 with Camtasia

As talent development professionals, we strive to meet our learners where they are at. Professionals in a wide variety of industries have made the claim that “Video is king of content.” Instructional designers are already tasked with mastering multiple tools to create content in a variety of modalities, sometimes with little to no formal training. So how can we satisfy our learners’ desire for video content if many of us have never acquired the skills to design and build a video?

This mini-workshop will provide a high-level crash course in tool-agnostic video production, editing concepts and terminology, discussion around what tools are out there and at what price points, and we will spend some time practicing building our own videos. Whether you are a consultant, learning manager, instructional designer, or just have an interest in learning more about creating video-based content, this mini-workshop will not disappoint.

Note: Camtasia will be used for tutorials and practice activities.

Presenter: Luke Benfield

Thursday, October 5, 4:30 - 6:00 PM

4:30 - 6:00PM
Closing Panel

LearntoberFest Recap

Presenter: Mark Kenny

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