Tickets still available for 04/02/2015 “Evaluation Essentials: Is Your Training Accomplishing What it’s Intended To?”

It's not too late to sign up for the “Evaluation of Training” webinar with Linda Urban. Ticket sales close tomorrow at noon EDT.

April 2, 2015 (rescheduled from March 19, 2015)

10:30 am Pacific / 11:30 am Mountain / 12:30 pm Central / 1:30 pm Eastern

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About the webinar

Evaluation Essentials: Is Your Training Accomplishing What it’s Intended To?

If you’re an instructional designer or course developer, you work hard to create useful training  that helps people acquire new knowledge or skills that they can make use of on the job or in other parts of their life. How do you know if the training you create accomplishes what it is intended to?  There’s a lot of information about and focus on how to design training. Too often, there is not as much thought given to how to evaluate it. In this webinar, we’ll talk about how to evaluate the training you develop, and also consider some questions about the system in which the training occurs that are likely to have an impact. We’ll talk about two different approaches to evaluation:
  • Kirkpatrick’s “four levels” of evaluation–an approach that is fairly common in training circles
  • Program evaluation, which comes at training from a different angle, and starts by considering what questions should be answered when evaluating a program (or training), and what data is needed to answer those questions.
We’ll wrap up with some resources for where to learn more.

About our speaker

Linda Urban, MS

Linda_Urban_June2012Linda Urban, MS, is a consultant and instructor who focuses on organizational performance and workplace learning. She specializes in change management, needs assessment, evaluation, sustainability, and performance improvement solutions to help individuals, teams, and organizations work more effectively. Linda is also an Adjunct Faculty member in the online program Organizational Performance & Workplace Learning at Boise State University, and an instructor in the Technical Communication program at UC Berkeley Extension. Watch this space for registration and updates. Register on Eventbrite. eventbrite-142

05/21/2015 “Using Scenarios to Help People Learn” webinar by Kim Lindsey

Join the STC IDL SIG for "Using Scenarios to Help People Learn" by Kim Lindsey on May 21st, 2015. 10:30 am Pacific / 11:30 am Mountain / 12:30 pm Central / 1:30 pm Eastern Register on Eventbrite.   eventbrite-142

About the webinar

These days, there’s a lot of emphasis on using “scenarios” in training and development – even technical training. Is it all just hype? or can scenarios really make a difference? Join STC IDL SIG Member Kim Lindsey for an introduction to this training format. Together, we’ll answer questions like:
  • How long do scenarios have to be?
  • When are scenarios appropriate, and are there times when they are not appropriate?
  • Are scenarios just for e-learning?
  • Do you have to use video? audio? special software tools?
  • Can scenarios be used in technical training?
  • What is a “branching scenario”?
  • What are some formats for writing drafts of scenario-based training?
We’ll also collaborate to transform some instructional text into a scenario-based design, so you can see how it’s done. You’ll leave with fresh ideas that can enhance your projects and give you a creative edge.

About the presenter

KimLindsey_scenariosKim Lindsey is the eLearning & Instructional Design Manager at Cinécraft Productions Inc. in Cleveland Ohio. She is a Senior Member of STC and has held numerous offices in the Northeast Ohio STC chapter, including President; she is currently the chapter’s Webmaster. Kim has completed several certificate courses on scenario-based design from industry experts and enthusiastically shares how she has applied what she learned in real world projects. Register on Eventbrite.   eventbrite-142

Coming 04/02/2015 “Evaluation Essentials: Is Your Training Accomplishing What it’s Intended To?”

Mark your calendar for the “Evaluation of Training” webinar with Linda Urban.

April 2, 2015 (rescheduled from March 19, 2015)

10:30 am Pacific / 11:30 am Mountain / 12:30 pm Central / 1:30 pm Eastern

Register on Eventbrite. eventbrite-142

About the webinar

Evaluation Essentials: Is Your Training Accomplishing What it’s Intended To?

If you’re an instructional designer or course developer, you work hard to create useful training  that helps people acquire new knowledge or skills that they can make use of on the job or in other parts of their life. How do you know if the training you create accomplishes what it is intended to?  There’s a lot of information about and focus on how to design training. Too often, there is not as much thought given to how to evaluate it. In this webinar, we’ll talk about how to evaluate the training you develop, and also consider some questions about the system in which the training occurs that are likely to have an impact. We’ll talk about two different approaches to evaluation:
  • Kirkpatrick’s “four levels” of evaluation–an approach that is fairly common in training circles
  • Program evaluation, which comes at training from a different angle, and starts by considering what questions should be answered when evaluating a program (or training), and what data is needed to answer those questions.
We’ll wrap up with some resources for where to learn more.

About our speaker

Linda Urban, MS

Linda_Urban_June2012Linda Urban, MS, is a consultant and instructor who focuses on organizational performance and workplace learning. She specializes in change management, needs assessment, evaluation, sustainability, and performance improvement solutions to help individuals, teams, and organizations work more effectively. Linda is also an Adjunct Faculty member in the online program Organizational Performance & Workplace Learning at Boise State University, and an instructor in the Technical Communication program at UC Berkeley Extension. Watch this space for registration and updates. Register on Eventbrite. eventbrite-142

Join or Renew STC & the IDL SIG

Give yourself a year-end gift by renewing your STC and IDL SIG membership today. You must be a member of STC before you can join the Instructional Design and Learning SIG. For an extra $10, it's worth it. Here are ten benefits:
  1. Website: Bookmark the IDL SIG website as one of your Favorites.
  2. LinkedIn Group: You must have a LinkedIn account and be a SIG member to join the group at http://linkd.in/obhOD2.
  3. Online Evaluations: Apply at Training Material Evaluations on the IDL SIG website. A group of experienced panelists will evaluate your instructional design and training materials and provide informative feedback. Free to members.
  4. Twitter: Follow us (stc_idl_sig) for timely tweets.
  5. Webinars: Read about and sign up for webinars by clicking the SIG EVENTS tab of the IDL SIG website. Members pay a nominal rate for any IDL-SIG sponsored webinar.
  6. Surveys: Read about the survey results at http://bit.ly/rjGyij. The survey questionnaires are available to members only!
  7. Newsletter: Everyone can read about the latest trends in instructional design and learning at http://www.stcidlsig.org/newsletter.  Why not write an article sharing your expertise? Contact Robert Hershenow at newsletter@nullstcidlsig.org.
  8. Events: Join us at the STC conference, and get to know us at the SIG business meeting and the Community Reception. We also gather for informal meetings during the conference.
  9. IDL SIG Discussion List: Our discussion list is a great resource for posting questions and sharing instructional design and learning experiences. Go to http://mailer.stc.org/mailman/listinfo/idl-discuss to join. Once you have submitted your request, be sure reply to the email to confirm your subscription. Then, you can send messages to the list at stcidlsig-l@nullmailman.stc.org.
  10. IDL SIG Announcement List: This is the SIGʼs communication line to you, and important announcements are made about surveys, election ballots, conference details, newsletter availability, and other SIG business. Announcements are sent on an average of two or three per month to all IDL SIG members.
Join or renew today and start to take advantage of all your benefits!

2nd Annual IDL SIG Virtual Open House – Thursday 13 November

We invite you to our second annual IDL SIG Virtual Open House on Thursday, 13 November 2014 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM CST. This is a chance for you to learn more about our group and member benefits, and to meet some of our leaders. To RSVP and join us at the Open House via Abobe Connect, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-stc-idl-sig-virtual-open-house-tickets-14197514147 Instructions for accessing the Open House are located in the Eventbrite invite. If you cannot attend, we are planning to record the festivities so you can view it at your convenience. Please share this invitation with your colleagues so they can learn more about the IDL SIG!! If you have any questions, please email membership@nullstcidlsig.org.