Thursday, May 5, 2011

6 Atlanta Learning-Industry Events You Shouldn't Miss - May 2011

The Atlanta area learning industry associations are busy this month; here are five of the events that look especially strong. Plus, for those of us not going to ASTD ICE this year, we're starting a new gathering -- an eLearning discussion over coffee. Hope to see you there.

Do you Evaluate and Measure?

May 9

This ASTD Atlanta Corporate Training SIG meeting is a follow-up to March's Best Practices to Align Training with Strategic Goals panel discussion. The focus this time will be on evaluation instruments and strategies in the corporate training environment. Evaluation and measurement have been hot topics in the Atlanta events lately for both ASTD and ISPI; we're all trying to get it right.

Click here to register for the Corporate Training SIG.

No More Slackers!!! - Building a Culture of Accountability within Teams

May 10

The ASTD Atlanta Organizational Development SIG will look at effective techniques for preventing slackers from dragging down the productivity of the whole team. This is always important, maybe more so these days where so many organizations are trying to do more with fewer resources. Dana Brownlee of Professionalism Matters intends to provide tips that attendees can put into place immediately.

Click here to register for the Organizational Development SIG.

Best Practices for eLearning Simulations

May 17

The Home Depot's Mike Law and Chris Rogers will overview authoring tools for simulations at this ASTD Atlanta Technology-Based Learning SIG meeting. They will also discuss best practices needed to truly create high-end simulations that increase the competency of learners. I've worked with Chris in the past and am really looking forward to this one.

Click here to register for the Technology-Based Learning SIG.

Predictive Evaluation - Ensuring Training Delivers Business and Organizational Results

May 18

The learning evaluation topics keep coming, which is a good thing. Dave Basarab, a seasoned expert in training evaluation and learning transfer with roles at such places as Motorala, Ingersoll Rand, and Pitney Bowes, will use a case study from a Fortune 100 company to demonstrate his own Predictive Evaluation Model. Attendees of this ISPI Atlanta chapter meeting will learn how to predict the value of training and conduct their own predictive evaluations, such as intention evaluation, adoption evaluation, and impact evaluation.

Click here for more information and to register for ISPI Atlanta.

SharePoint 2010: Get It Right The First Time

May 24

SharePoint is now widely used for online knowledge bases and support systems. But implementation can sometimes be messy and adoption difficult. Ron Jones of Computer Technology Solutions will present a webinar to the Technology Assocation of Georgia defining a roadmap to avoid common pitfalls and instead implement SharePoint 2010 the right way in order to gain the best long-term efficiency for your organization.

Click here to register for this TAG webinar.

eLearning Discussion and Coffee

May 24

Several local practitioners (that are missing this year's international ASTD conference) are meeting at 4:30pm at the La Madeleine’s by Perimeter Mall to informally discuss eLearning tactics over coffee. Those are two of my favorite things. That same night the ASTD Atlanta INC SIG is holding an event on e-newsletters right around the corner, so many of us will go from the coffee to that.

The intent of this coffee meetup will be to hold an attendee-driven discussion around a certain theme. We have a poll going on the ILS Facebook page for the topic,, or you can put a comment here. Topics currently under consideration are Learning Analytics, Is rapid design really rapid?, and instructional design tips.

The idea for this came from the frequent coffee meetups David Anderson, Brent Schlenker, and other eLearning professionals seem to do in Phoenix. Why should they have all the fun?

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