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  • Cindy Huggett
    Cindy Huggett
    Principal Consultant, Cindy Huggett Consulting
    Opening Keynote: Creating Interactive Virtual Training
    Kicking off ATD Intensive, this session connects and explores how to design an engaging virtual learning experience that captures and keeps learners’ attention. You will learn how to set the stage for interaction, open a virtual class with engagement, and design for collaboration. This session will also focus on how to structure virtual learning to maximize application on the job and business impact.

    In this session, you will:
    • Set the stage for dialogue and discussion in a virtual class.
    • Apply five principles of engaging design.
    • Design engaging activities to meet learning outcomes.

  • Mike Parkinson
    Mike Parkinson
    President, Billion Dollar Graphics
    Designing Effective Slides and Visuals
    Harness the power of PowerPoint to create slides and graphics that increase understanding, recollection, and adoption. Learn tips the pros use. During this session, you will learn some of the best tools, techniques, and step-by-step instructions to design and build powerful presentations. No design skills needed.

    In this session, you will:
    • Turn words and ideas into clear, compelling graphics.
    • Discover the best free and low-cost tools.
    • Learn a proven structure to make any presentation powerful.

  • Robert Kienzle
    Robert Kienzle
    Senior Consultant, Knowmium
    Hybrid Training Sessions
    This up-to-date session will discuss hybrid training techniques that any facilitator can incorporate into their own workshops. Examples of these techniques include determining if a hybrid format is the best solution, balancing facilitator attention, fostering engagement between physical and virtual participants, and ensuring technology is adequate. A major goal of hybrid workshops is to create inclusion and equality between physical participants and virtual participants. This session will explore those opportunities.

    In this session, you will:
    • Lead hybrid workshops and facilitate hybrid meetings with tested communication strategies that target all attendees.
    • Create equality and connection among physical and virtual participants to meet company and participant goals.
    • Determine if available hardware and software are adequate for hybrid activities and discussions.

  • Cara North
    Cara North
    Founder and Chief Learning Consultant, The Learning Camel
    No Learner Left Behind: Accessibility & Inclusion in Virtual Training
    When conducting virtual training, you often worry about the content and the technology but none of that matters because everyone in your audience can’t access your material. In this session, we will explore accessibility and inclusion through the lens of laws and web content accessibility guidelines (WCAG). You will be able to take the content in the session and apply it to a breakout session scenario to improve the virtual training, so it is more accessible and inclusive.

    In this session, you will:
    • Apply Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) to virtual training content planning and delivery.
    • Discuss common accessibility pitfalls and how to overcome them regardless of learning technologies used by your organization.

  • Jonathan Halls
    Jonathan Halls
    President, Jonathan Halls Consulting
    Closing Activity with our Virtual Emcee
  • For Full Program and Designing Your Virtual Training participants
  • Discussion
    Connect with peers through meaningful or light conversations. You get to choose.

  • Work Together
    Socialize with others while you work on your design solutions.

  • Practice
    Test out training delivery skills and ideas with peer support.

  • Share Feedback
    Share what you are working on and get support, ideas, and suggestions from your peers.

  • Focus on Deep Work
    Need an accountability buddy? Get your independent work done, motivated by the presence of others.

  • Kassy LaBorie
    Kassy LaBorie
    Principal Consultant, Kassy LaBorie Consulting
    Keynote: Delivering Engaging Virtual Training
    Learning online is now commonplace. Unfortunately, engaging attendees to participate, to come on camera, and to unmute can be like herding cats, as the saying goes. Establishing a comfortable, safe, and technically sound online learning environment is essential. During this session, you will learn how meaningful and relevant activities are the secret to success. You will be unable to resist actively participating in your virtual training when you use these learning activities and a “never fail” debrief strategy to involve your participants! Invite participants to take charge of their learning and experience virtual training like they’ve never seen before.

    In this session, you will:
    • Facilitate three ready-to-use virtual learning activity examples including an escape game.
    • Use one “never fail” debrief strategy to reflect on, validate, and encourage learning.
    • Reference one job aid to help you make your own virtual learning activities.

  • Diana Howles
    Diana Howles
    CEO and Co-Owner, Howles Associates
    How to Enhance Your On-Camera Presence in Virtual Training
    Facilitating on camera during virtual training can feel unnatural for many facilitators. Online facilitators are often unaware of how to optimize their own camera skills. But virtual facilitation is now a core business skill for modern professionals. This skill set includes knowing when a facilitator should be on or off camera and specific techniques to improve your online presence. This fun, interactive session outlines clear techniques you can apply right away.

    In this session, you will:
    • Learn when to be on camera, when to be off camera, and why.
    • Apply specific techniques to improve your on-camera presence during virtual training.
    • Learn how to minimize common visual and audio distractions when facilitating virtual training.

  • Cynthia Clay
    Cynthia Clay
    CEO, NetSpeed Learning
    Building Virtual Collaboration With Impact
    Have you wondered how you can create dynamic, compelling learning experiences that people really want to attend? The key is meaningful collaboration that goes beyond rote interaction. How you engage and encourage participation can make or break the quality of collaboration that you achieve in your virtual sessions. Learn to build a trust-filled environment that invites participants to explore, discover, and practice new skills safely. Avoid facilitation errors that shut down authentic participation and collaboration. Join this session to learn from an expert facilitator with more than 30 years of experience working with groups in person and online.

    In this session, you will:
    • Go beyond simple interaction to impactful collaboration.
    • Apply practical techniques to setting up collaborative breakout sessions.
    • Enhance meaningful conversation and problem solving.
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    Roger Courville
    Set Up Your Virtual Training Studio for Connection
    Isolation has taken a toll, and your learners are likely tired of virtual learning. In addition, your technology setup could be hurting your desire to connect. The good news is that simple, free, and low-cost solutions abound when you approach your studio with a psychosocial eye.

    In this session, you will:
    • Learn two experiential things learners won’t ask for (but will change their world).
    • Receive four free beyond-the-virtual-classroom tools that will change your game.
    • Learn a simple formula for getting “extras” approved.
    • Test—and receive feedback on—one tactic in a real-time learning lab.

  • Rick Lozano
    Rick Lozano
    Founder and Leadership Consultant, Unlock and Amplify
    Closing Activity with our Virtual Emcee
  • For Full Program, Formalizing Your Virtual Facilitation Skills, and Evaluate and Innovate participants
  • Discussion
    Connect with peers through meaningful or light conversations. You get to choose.

  • Work Together
    Socialize with others while you work on your design solutions.

  • Practice
    Test out training delivery skills and ideas with peer support.

  • Share Feedback
    Share what you are working on and get support, ideas, and suggestions from your peers.

  • Focus on Deep Work
    Need an accountability buddy? Get your independent work done, motivated by the presence of others.

  •  Betty Dannewitz Headshot
    Betty Dannewitz
    Founder & CEO, ifyouaskbetty
    Using AR & VR to Enhance your Learning Solutions
    Whether your organization is in person, virtual or hybrid, learning experiences that makes an impact are still important. Creating and maintaining a robust, relevant learning experience is critical part of the overall retention strategy. GREAT NEWS! Immersive learning modalities like Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality are now accessible and affordable. AND! They can be utilized to enhance and engage learning experiences - making it memorable and meaningful!
    In this session, we will discuss immersive learning modalities and their learning solution use cases. You will ideate with others on how to integrate immersive learning into your existing learning experiences and leave with a plan to immediately apply them.

    After this session, attendees will be able to:
    • Describe the differences between AR and VR
    • Explain the best use cases for AR and VR in learning experiences
    • Leave with ideas on how to immediately apply Immersive Learning to your organization

  • Patti Phillips
    Patti Phiillips
    Chief Executive Officer, ROI Institute
    Measuring Virtual Training Results
    Does virtual training deliver results, and if so, how do you know? Virtual training offers more people access to training than training delivered live and in person. And it can reduce the per person cost of delivery. But access and delivery cost reduction do not describe results. During this session, you will learn how to measure virtual training results and how to position your virtual training programs so that they deliver the results that matter most. You will leave with a set of questions that, by answering them, will lead you to the measures that matter. You will also receive access to tools that will help you implement the learnings.

    In this session, you will:
    • Define measures using the evaluation framework.
    • Align virtual training with organization needs.
    • Design virtual training programs to deliver results.

  • Maria Morukian
    Maria Morukian
    President, MSM Global Consulting
    Bringing a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Lens to Virtual Training
    Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) has become a centerpoint in training and professional development. Yet, for DEI knowledge and skills to "stick" and be embedded into the organizational fabric, we need to go beyond just delivering DEI-specific training. This session will explore techniques to embed DEI concepts and practices into ALL virtual learning experiences—from the graphics you choose to the methods of delivery, there are numerous inflection points to bring a DEI lens to your design and delivery. The outcome will not only ensure that diverse learners have a positive experience, but it can also contribute to broader organizational goals to embed DEI into the organizational culture.

    In this session, you will:
    • Recognize how biases influence training design and delivery.
    • Identify techniques for designing training with DEI in mind.
    • Explore practices to deliver inclusive virtual training.

  • Kassy LaBorie & Cindy Huggett
    Closing Keynote: What’s Next? What More Than 40 Years of Virtual Training Has Taught Us
    Are you wondering what’s next on the horizon for virtual training? Is your organization prepared to take advantage of upcoming trends? In this interactive session, the speakers—two leading industry experts— will reflect on their decades of experience designing, delivering, and implementing virtual training. You’ll hear lessons learned, real-world stories, what worked, and what didn’t. They’ll offer advice on how to stay current with virtual training trends. They’ll look back to help you look forward.

    In this session, you will:
    • Recognize the evolution of virtual training and its impact on today’s best practices.
    • Prepare yourself and your organization to stay current and relevant.
    • Consider the impact of new collaboration tools on learning effectiveness.

  • Jonathan Halls
    Jonathan Halls
    President, Jonathan Halls Consulting
    Closing Activity with our Virtual Emcee