Join us for a Complimentary Webinar on February 26, 2014

UMBC’s ISD Now Webinar Series is holding its next webinar on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST. Guest speaker, Dr. Jane Bozarth, eLearning Coordinator for the State of North Carolina will discuss Social Media for Trainers.

social-media-for-trainersJoin us as Dr. Jane Bozarth helps us explore the use of free technologies like blogs, wikis, Facebook, Twitter, and online groups to help build communication, increase participation, and enhance transfer of training to the job.

We’ll both define and demystify each tool. You will get ideas for applying low-cost collaboration strategies to your own training programs—both classroom and online!

Dr. Jane Bozarth is the eLearning Coordinator for the State of North Carolina. She is the author of several books including Social Media for Trainers, Better than Bullet Points, the upcoming Show Your Work, and more. She also writes the monthly “Nuts & Bolts” column for Learning Solutions Magazine. She is a popular webinar and conference speaker. Dr. Bozarth and her husband live in Durham, NC.

This UMBC ISD Now webinar is free and open to the public. If interested in attending, please RSVP online.

We hope to see you there!
Your friends at ISD Now

SMEs From the Ground Up with Dr. Chuck Hodell

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On October 23, the UMBC ISD program was lucky enough to have Dr. Chuck Hodell present at the ISD Now Forum.

Dr. Hodell’s interactive presentation focused on SMEs From the Ground Up.

Dr. Hodell provided practical information on how to identify different types of SMEs, how to determine SME selection criteria specific to one’s needs, and how to create a list of things one can do to support SMEs in the design process.

Enjoy this presentation by Dr. Hodell on SMEs From the Ground Up, in the video below.

Let us know what you think about Dr. Hodell’s presentation.

Always in learning mode,
Your friends at ISD Now

Join us for UMBC’s ISD Now Forum on October 23, 2013

It’s that time of the year again when we get together face-to-face for our interactive ISD Now Forum. This is a free event and open to the public. We hope you’ll be able to join us as we welcome Dr. Chuck Hodell to present on Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) From the Ground Up.

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WHEN: Wednesday, October 23, 6 – 8:30 PM

WHERE: UMBC Ballroom, University Center, 3rd Floor

Subject matter experts are often the forgotten members of the ISD team. While just as important as any other element of our work, SMEs typically don’t get the attention they deserve as key members of the design team. Join us and learn how to choose, nurture and evaluate SMEs From the Ground Up.

After this presentation, participants will be able to:
•Identify different types of SMEs
•Determine SME selection criteria specific to your needs
•Create a list of things you can do to support SMEs in the design process

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Always in learning mode,
Your friends at ISDNow

Join us for a Complimentary Webinar on September 24, 2013

UMBC’s ISD Now Webinar Series is holding its next complimentary webinar, “Top 10 Blunders in Developing eLearning… And How to Avoid Them”, on September 24, 2013.

This webinar will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT.

This complimentary webinar will touch on the challenges of Interactive Multimedia and eLearning. Joe Ganci of Dazzle Technologies will discuss how preparation is the key to avoiding common mistakes. If you have developed eLearning, you will recognize some or all of these mistakes. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will walk out of this session resolute in creating better eLearning with fewer headaches.

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Always in learning mode,

Your friends at ISDNow

Dr. Thiagi on Live Online Learning Activities

Dr. Thiagi visits UMBC

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Dr. Thiagi

Several months back, the UMBC ISD program was lucky enough to have Dr. Thiagi (Sivasailam Thiagarajan) visit our campus to present during an ISD Now Forum.

Dr. Thiagi’s interactive presentation focused on Live Online Learning Activities.

Dr. Thiagi provided practical techniques for increasing and improving interactivity in the design of webinars, including structured sharing, interactive lectures, interactive stotytelling, instructional puzzles and jolts.

Enjoy this presentation by Dr. Thiagi on live online learning activities, in the video below.

Let us know what you think about Dr. Thiagi’s presentation.

Always in learning mode,
Your friends at ISD Now

Join us for a Complimentary Webinar on January 15, 2013

UMBC’s ISD Now Webinar Series is holding its next complimentary webinar, “Visual Language for Designers”, on January 15, 2013.

This webinar will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET.

Connie-MalamedThis complimentary webinar will touch on the importance of understanding the hidden language of visuals, and how this adds to more impact.

In this lively webinar, Connie Malamed explores visual design principles that are based on cognitive science. Participants will learn about the power of
visual communication and how to use graphics to engage learners, convey meaning and facilitate retention.

Register today!

Always in learning mode,
Your friends at ISDNow

PS. Feel free to check out Connie’s website.

Join us for UMBC’s ISD Now Webinar – November 7

allison-rossettMark your calendar for November 7, 2012 at 2 p.m. EST for UMBC’s ISD Now Webinar: Mobile Devices for Learning and Performance Support

REGISTER TODAY!

We all worry about the influence of our learning programs when our participants move out of sight and into the workplace. Mobile devices help to extend the arms and voice of the instructor into the field of play. They deliver at the moment of need, or pretty darn close to it.

Join Us and Learn:

  • What are the sweet spots for mobile learning and mobile support?
  • What is the difference between mobile learning and mobile support?
  • What are planners and sidekicks and how can they address the transfer problem?
  • Can apps help with soft skills, such as leader development?

PRESENTERS
Allison Rossett, Professor of Educational Technology at San Diego State University and in the Training magazine HRD Hall of Fame.

Dr. Greg Williams, Moderator Director and Clinical Associate Professor of Instructional Systems Development Graduate Programs, UMBC

COST:
Complimentary

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 ~ 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST

Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now.

Are you Ready to Network and Learn with Dr. Thiagi?

From the UMBC ISD Team
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We’re busy in the office this week preparing for our next ISD Now Forum and Next Day Workshop with Dr.Thiagi this Thursday and Friday (October 4 & 5). Handouts are printed, informational CD’s are created, yummy food is ordered, and the ballroom is ready to be filled with all of you!

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Dr. Thiagi

If you’re in the Baltimore area, come and join us Thursday night for a complimentary night filled with lots of energy, networking, and information. Dr. Thiagi will be presenting Increasing and Improving Interactivity in Webinars. The fun begins at 6 p.m. and wraps up by 8:30 p.m. RSVP today! We hope to see you there.

Can’t make it Thursday? We’ll be live tweeting from @ISDNow using the hashtag #ISDNow, so stay connected with us!

Also, there’s still room in our next day workshop on Friday, October 5th. Dr. Thiagi will be presenting Interactive Techniques for Instructor-Led Training.  You will need to register for this workshop.

Here’s a video from Dr. Thiagi’s last visit with us back in 2007.

Register for ISD Now Forum and Workshop at UMBC

ISD Now Forum with Dr. Thiagi

Join us for UMBC’s ISD Now Forum & Workshop with Thiagi – Founder of The Thiagi Group, an organization with the mission of helping people improve their performance effectively and enjoyably.

ISD Now Forum – October 4, 2012 (free event)
Increasing and Improving Interactivity in Webinars
Time: 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: UMBC Main Campus, University Center Ballroom, 3rd Floor.

Learning Objectives:

  • Design an interactive webinar that incorporates structured sharing, interactive lectures, instructional puzzles, interactive storytelling, and online jolts
  • Facilitate a webinar that keeps the participants engaged in the learning process and encourages them to transfer and apply their new skills and knowledge to the workplace.

REGISTER FOR THE FORUM TODAY!

Next Day Workshop – October 5, 2012 (paid event, limited seats available)
Interactive Techniques for Instructor-Led Training
Time: 9 a.m. – 430 p.m.
Where: bwtech @ UMBC (UMBC Tech Center). You MUST Register for this event.

The workshop is activity-based and designed and delivered by Dr. Thiagi. Appropriately enough, it is a workshop on designing and delivering activities-based workshops. Dr. Thiagi will discuss Designing Interactive Strategies and Delivering Training Games and Activities.

YOU MUST REGISTER FOR THIS SEPARATELY.

Hope to see you there!
UMBC’s ISD Now Team

The ISD Now Community Welcomed Tom Kuhlmann to UMBC on June 27

Last month, the UMBC’s ISD Graduate Program welcomed Tom Kuhlmann to campus to host an ISD Now Workshop on “How to Build Engaging and Interactive eLearning Courses.” Kuhlmann, VP of Articulate’s Community and blogger at Rapid eLearning, joined the ISD Now Community for a day of discussion about the opportunities and challenges associated with eLearning.

One of eLearning’s prevalent opportunities highlighted during the workshop is its growth that is creating a need for professionals who design, develop and deliver eLearning. As event organizer Dr. Greg Williams, Director of the ISD program at UMBC adds, “Additionally, there are many relatively easy to use tools, such as Articulate and Captivate, which are available to create e-learning modules, classes and tutorials.  Users don’t need to have an in-depth technical knowledge to get started.”

Tom addressed the reality that all opportunities come with challenges. Among them are organizations’ expectations for a limited training department to do the impossible with small budget, or no budget at all.  Creating quality learning ideally requires a team of people that may include an instructional designer, a developer, a graphic designer, and a project manager. As a result of organizations’ lack in staff, people attempt to fill multiple roles even though they may not have the background or skills to do so.

The Workshop emphasized that good eLearning design and development doesn’t happen by accident. Instructional designers must be very intentional about designing their courses. (Tom also addressed this in a recent blog post).  They should be realistic about what they want the learners to know, and more importantly, what they want the learners to do after they finish the course. In addition to these “big picture” items, Tom reiterated that the small things, such as a consistent look and feel of the course, are very important as well.

We were happy to have Tom on campus in June, and 96 percent of Workshop participants found event information to be useful.

We’ll continue to host webinars and forums on different topics in instructional design. Keep an eye on the “Forums & Webinars” section of the blog for information on upcoming ISD Now events.