Saturday, March 5, 2011

5 Atlanta Learning-Industry Events You Shouldn't Miss - March 2011

Wow, ASTD Atlanta is active this month; I had a hard time picking the 'not to miss' events from their full calendar. Check their site to see other events that you may also be interested in,

But pick I did. And here are the five Atlanta-area events for learning professionals you shouldn't miss this month (or at least should strongly consider). Hope to see you there.

SOAR: A Mentoring Process

March 8

The ASTD Atlanta Organizational Development SIG hosts Karen Stewart and Chris Anderson of Molnlycke Healthcare. They're discussing the employee engagement initiative they recently implemented on a small budget that provides structured mentoring and an increase in job satisfaction for employees.

Register for the Organizational Development SIG.

Key Design Considerations for eLearning

March 15

ASTD Atlanta's Technology-Based Learning SIG will explore eLearning design considerations through discussion of best practices and lessons learned and view examples from the field. I'm actually leading this one and we'll touch on a variety of considerations from instructional design to technology to project processes.

Register for the Technology-Based Learning SIG.

Manager Engagement and Informal Learning Measurement

March 16

Learning measurement has plagued our industry for quite a while. Yet it's a riddle that we have to solve to prove ROI, impact, etc. And no learning initiative is going to stick without manager engagement. John Mattox of Knowledge Advisors will discuss this and share their proven method at this month's ISPI Atlanta chapter meeting.

Go to the ISPI Atlanta website for details.

Dilbert versus Godzilla - How to prepare yourself to deal with monsters in the workplace

March 22

All we know about STC Atlanta's chapter meeting is the title. But maybe that's enough.

Go to the STC Atlanta website for hopefully more details.

Best Practices to Align Training with Strategic Goals

March 28

ASTD Atlanta's Corporate Training SIG will feature a panel sharing best practices for aligning training with strategic company objectives. This should be a driving factor for training as a whole really; I'm sure some good points will be made.

Register for the Corporate Training SIG.

The Atlanta Falcons - Career Development and Succession Planning

March 29

OK. This is a sixth event for the month, but how can we leave out the ASTD Atlanta Career Development SIG's cool topic? HR Director Karen Walters will discuss career development and succession planning strategies employed by the Atlanta Falcons and the Arthur M. Blank Family of Businesses that align with business goals and company values. With the strides the Falcons have made lately, I'm sure we all would love to hear some of their inner workings.

Be sure to start prepping your calendars for April. There will be more great events coming.