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    • 14 Apr 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • 15

    Enhancing training and behavior change with emerging technologies

    ATD Competency: 

    Personal: Lifelong Learning
    Professional: Learning Sciences, Professional: Instructional Design, Professional: Technology Application
    Organizational: Performance Improvement


    During this session we will discuss RTI International’s Emerging Technology Lab process of incorporating innovative technologies into training systems, simulations, and games. Project examples that utilize VR, AR, biometrics, photogrammetry, and AI will be shown and discussion around technology trends will follow.

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    Meeting ID: 341 059 825

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    • 16 Apr 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • https://zoom.us/j/252031076
    • 29


    share and Tell: staying current in elearning


    Due to recommendations in response to COVID-19, this event is now virtual only. 

    How do you stay current in the field of eLearning? Are there specific conference you attend, websites, blogs, books you read? Come share how you stay current!

    ATD Capability Model: Building Personal Capability: Communication

    Location: https://zoom.us/j/252031076

    Foundational Competency: Interpersonal Skills

    *If you are interested in a leadership role in the eLearning SIG Please reach out to me at mebartle@ncsu.edu

    Free to all ATD-RTA members, however we ask that you do RSVP.

    Contact Michelle Bartlett, mebartle@ncsu.edu, for questions or additional information. 


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    • 23 Apr 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • https://zoom.us/j/322731779
    • 80

    Learning Leaders Panel


    Due to recommendations in response to COVID-19, this event is now virtual only and non-member registrations will be discounted. 

    If you experience a problem logging into the zoom meeting, email us at zoom.host.atdrta@gmail.com.

    ATD Capabilities: Collaboration & Leadership, Lifelong Learning, Career & Leadership Development, Talent Strategy & Management, and Future Readiness


    Moderated by Jim Reklis (Reklis Consulting), the Learning Leaders Panel will feature innovate leaders from the Triangle's top businesses. This session will feature open networking, a moderated panel, and a Q&A session.

    This event is designed with you in mind! In order to meet the needs of our diverse membership, we've made every effort to ensure that the session is engaging to you no matter where you are in your career - a student looking for your first role, a tenured professional staying on top of industry trends, or a learning leader yourself engaging with your peers.

    We encourage you to bring your boss! This event is a great opportunity to showcase what you love about your profession and what makes you want to be a part of our chapter. When you register yourself, use the "add a guest" feature to bring your boss (or co-worker, friend, etc.) for free!

    We will provide drinks and appetizers for attendees.


    Michael Grant, AICPA

    Experienced Learning and Development professional specializing in instructional design for adult learning, interactive media, global eLearning design and development, serious games, blended learning design, curricula development, LMS management, process improvement and project management. 

    Throughout my 15 year career, I have helped lead L&D teams, and instructionally designed and developed effective learning solutions for Fortune 500 companies. I have traveled extensively conducting professional presentations on my research and expertise in leveraging eLearning and interactive technology for positive behavior change and measurable human performance improvement.

    Mike Davis, Trial Card

    Mike Davis is the Vice President of Learning & Development at Trial Card, a technology-enabled pharmaceutical solutions company based in Morrisville.  Over the past year, Mike has also grown the relationship between Trial Card and ATD RTA.

    Sarah Polasik, Genworth

    Sarah currently leads Talent Development at Genworth Mortgage Insurance. Throughout her 8 years at Genworth, she has held built expertise in technical training, curriculum design and delivery, and creating and managing strategic talent initiatives, specifically around early career talent and manager capabilities. She has previously worked for the NC State University Communication Department, the Duke University Career Center and Hilton Hotels Human Resources. She is particularly passionate about how to build creative skill-growth solutions to support the a values-based organizational culture. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys watching her kids’ sports and activities (hockey in particular!) and spending time with her family whether on the move, on vacation, or in front of a good movie.  

    Maureen Farmer, PPD

    Maureen Farmer is Director, Enterprise Learning at PPD. She is responsible to drive the overall strategy for the global learning services delivery group, including instructional design, development, delivery and program management of key programs. Maureen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Master of Science degree in Training and Organizational Development from St. Joseph’s University. She is a registered dietitian, a certified Prosci change management practitioner and train-the-trainer.

    Maureen is active in the local ATD Chapter, previously serving as a SIG Specialist for the Learning Trends SIG and currently, being a member of the learning executive
    forum. Maureen has over 20 years’ experience in the learning and development industry including healthcare, biotechnology and banking. Her passion in supporting the professional development of others is evident through her focus on learner-centered learning solutions, mentoring and coaching. 


    Jim Reklis, Center for Coaching Excellence

    Jim began his own signature business, Reklis Coaching and Consulting, with a vision to maximize leaders potential for lasting influence. Drawing from his 30+ years in leadership and training, Jim's experience includes working as a leader in nonprofits and a consultant and coach for entrepreneurs, business leaders, non-profits, and churches in the US and internationally. Jim has a Master of Leadership, holds a professional coach certification, trains professional coaches with the Center for Coaching Excellence and has also served as an associate trainer with John Maxwell's Equip International.

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    • 12 May 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • 40

    Deploying Al chatbots for behavior change - impact & insights

    ATD Competency: 

    Personal: Communication, Lifelong Learning
    Professional: Learning Sciences, Instructional Design,Technology Application
    Organizational: Development & Culture, Talent Strategy & Management, Performance Improvement, Change Management


    How can you start integrating emerging technology into your learning initiatives?
    Could using chatbots help you reduce the struggle of creating sustained behavior change from your learning initiatives? One and done approaches to learning typically fail but one on one coaching post-event can really make the learning stick. Although ideal, it's not often realistic as it's difficult to scale due to available resources and time constraints. Chatbots, however, present as an exciting opportunity to help you deliver on and demonstrate the learning outcomes your organization needs and wants.

    Through attending this session you will:
    Challenge your assumptions of what’s possible with chatbots through insights from real client experiences.
    Deepen your understanding of the powerful combination of chatbots and data analytics
    Learn the top 5 reasons chatbot projects fail and how to avoid them.

    Sydney based, Emma Weber, learning transfer authority, had made it her mission in life to make a difference to learning transfer worldwide. Frustrated by the amount of great learning which is wasted when it fails to make it across the knowing – doing gap, Emma created the Turning Learning into Action methodology to solve that problem.

    Driven to create impact through transfer, Lever now delivers Turning Learning into Action programs throughout 20 countries and in 12 languages. Her methodology is now also deployed by Coach M, an artificially intelligent chatbot who is challenging the industries thinking of what’s possible in learning transfer.

    She shares her passion and expertise through her writing - 'Turning Learning into Action: a proven methodology for effective transfer of learning' and 'Making Change Work: How to create behavioral change in organizations to drive impact and ROI', co-authored with Jack and Patti Phillips of the ROI Institute, both published by Kogan Page.

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    Meeting ID: 965.319.249
    • 28 May 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • AICPA 220 Leigh Farm Road Durham NC
    • 43

    Demo Fest

    ATD Capabilities: N/A


    You work hard on your projects, come up with innovative ideas, and create important performance improvements. Now it's time to show off!

    The 2020 ATD Demo Fest is your chance to show your peers around the Triangle what you're passionate about! No project or idea is too big or too small, as long as you can show it to folks in succinct expo-type environment. If you'd like to participate, fill out this quick participation form by May 15.

    For all attendees, we have an exciting evening in store for you! The First portion of the event will be open for you to move around the room and catch demos of each of the projects. We'll ask that you vote for your favorites in a few fun categories, and give you some time to network and grab a bite to eat as well. In the latter half of evening, while we tabulate the voting results, a couple of the demo fest participants have a chance to show off their projects in a bit more detail to the full group.

    Please note that we're opening up participation in the event to prospective members, so please share this opportunity with your networks outside of ATD who may be interested in submitting an entry.

    We will provide dinner and drinks for all attendees.


    Dinner and networking: 5:30-6:00pm

    Program: 6:00-7:30pm 

    • 25 Jun 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • TBD
    • 45

    Making Bite-Sized Work: 5 Tips for Creating Effective Microlearning

    ATD Capabilities: Learning Sciences, Instructional Design, and Training Delivery & Facilitation


    Microlearning is hot right now. It seems everyone is “going micro” or wants to be. But with all the hype, how do you ensure your microlearning is instructionally sound so you can have a maximum effect on performance?

    In this session, we’ll look at four key ways you can use microlearning. Then we will share five recommendations for designing effective microlearning resources in various formats and will exemplify them by showing real pieces of microlearning that organizations are using to improve performance.

    You will learn best practices for creating your own microlearning resources through examples of microlearning done well and leave with new ideas for successfully incorporating microlearning into your organization.


    About the Presenter:

    Carla Torgerson, MEd, MBA

    Director of Instructional Design

    Bull City Learning

    Carla Torgerson, MEd, MBA, has more than 15 years of experience as an instructional designer and instructional strategist both on internal teams of large organizations and in several consulting firms. She has worked with numerous Fortune 500 clients including Intuit, McDonald’s, Netflix, Facebook, Fidelity, Cargill, Medtronic, Merck, and Best Western. She has designed solutions ranging from $15,000 to more than $2 million.

    Carla has presented her thought leadership in the areas of eLearning, mobile learning, and microlearning across the nation at conferences, events, and workshops of leading learning organizations, including ATD and The eLearning Guild. Additionally, Carla developed MILE, the MIcroLEarning Design Model© and is the author of The Microlearning Guide to Microlearning and Designing Microlearning (with Sue Iannone).

    Carla is a consummate consultant who specializes in designing learning solutions to meet the needs of her clients, their businesses, and their learners. She is able to see training needs from both the perspective of the business and the learner, enabling her to create solutions that balance the needs of both groups and delight her clients. Carla has deep expertise in designing interactive and engaging learning materials, particularly in electronic environments, and using agile and iterative approaches to achieve quality solutions that improve performance.

    Carla is currently a Director of Instructional Design at Bull City Learning, a specialized eLearning agency that provides digital learning solutions for companies in a wide range of industries, as well as non-profit organizations. Bull City Learning offers a full suite of solutions including learning needs assessments, curriculum design, content development, and training deployment support.

    Carla has a Master of Education (MEd) focused on technology-based education. She also has a Master of Business Administration (MBA), which helps her to see training through a business lens.

    Carla grew up in western Canada where she developed a love for downhill skiing, biking, and camping. She currently lives in North Carolina with her awesome husband, Tom, and their very curious seven-year-old son, John. She loves to travel with her family, and they have explored the United States from coast to coast.

    Connect with Carla on LinkedIn for insights and announcements:



Past events

01 Apr 2020 Training 101 SIG - April Meeting VIRTUAL
27 Mar 2020 Workshop: March -EVENT POSTPONED
26 Mar 2020 Monthly Program: March 2020 - VIRTUAL ONLY
19 Mar 2020 eLearning SIG - March Meeting-VIRTUAL ONLY
12 Mar 2020 March 2020: Munch & Mingle
10 Mar 2020 Learning Trends & Innovations SIG - March 2020
04 Mar 2020 Training 101 SIG - March Meeting
27 Feb 2020 Monthly Program: February 2020
20 Feb 2020 eLearning SIG - February Meeting (cancelled due to weather)
13 Feb 2020 1st Munch & Mingle of 2020
11 Feb 2020 Learning Trends & Innovations SIG - February 2020
06 Feb 2020 Training 101 SIG - February Meeting
30 Jan 2020 eLearning SIG - January Meeting
23 Jan 2020 ATD RTA: January Open House
14 Jan 2020 Learning Trends & Innovations SIG - January 2020
08 Jan 2020 Training 101 SIG - January 2020 Meeting
12 Dec 2019 2019 Member Appreciation Dinner - All about YOU!
09 Dec 2019 eLearning SIG - December Meeting
04 Dec 2019 VIRTUAL Training 101 SIG - December Meeting
14 Nov 2019 Monthly Meeting: November
12 Nov 2019 VIRTUAL Learning Trends & Innovations SIG - November Meeting
12 Nov 2019 Learning Trends & Innovations SIG - November Meeting
07 Nov 2019 eLearning SIG - November Meeting
06 Nov 2019 Training 101 SIG - November Meeting
25 Oct 2019 Workshop: October
24 Oct 2019 Monthly Meeting: October
10 Oct 2019 eLearning SIG - October Meeting (rescheduled from Sept. 12)
09 Oct 2019 Training 101 SIG - October Meeting
08 Oct 2019 Virtual Learning Trends & Innovations SIG - October Meeting
08 Oct 2019 Learning Trends & Innovations SIG - October Meeting
27 Sep 2019 Workshop: September
26 Sep 2019 Monthly Meeting: September
19 Sep 2019 A Seat at the Table SIG - September Meeting
18 Sep 2019 Special Event: September
10 Sep 2019 Learning Trends & Innovations SIG - September Meeting
04 Sep 2019 Training 101 SIG - September Meeting
22 Aug 2019 Monthly Meeting: August (Summer Social)
10 Jul 2019 Training 101 SIG - July Meeting
27 Jun 2019 Monthly Meeting: June
11 Jun 2019 Learning Trends & Innovations SIG - June Meeting
06 Jun 2019 eLearning SIG - June Meeting
05 Jun 2019 Training 101 SIG - June Meeting
23 May 2019 Monthly Meeting: May
14 May 2019 Learning Trends & Innovations SIG / A Seat at the Table SIG - May Meeting
09 May 2019 May Munch and Mingle at The Frontier
01 May 2019 Training 101 SIG - May Meeting
25 Apr 2019 Monthly Meeting: April
23 Apr 2019 Munch & Mingle - April
18 Apr 2019 A Seat at the Table SIG - April Meeting
11 Apr 2019 eLearning SIG - April Meeting
09 Apr 2019 Learning Trends & Innovations SIG - April Meeting
03 Apr 2019 Training 101 SIG - April Meeting
28 Mar 2019 Monthly Meeting: March
21 Mar 2019 A Seat at the Table SIG - March Meeting
15 Mar 2019 Munch & Mingle - March
12 Mar 2019 Learning Trends & Innovations SIG - March Meeting
07 Mar 2019 eLearning SIG - March Meeting
06 Mar 2019 Training 101 SIG - March Meeting
28 Feb 2019 Monthly Meeting: February
21 Feb 2019 A Seat at the Table SIG - February Meeting
12 Feb 2019 Learning Trends & Innovations SIG - February Meeting
07 Feb 2019 eLearning SIG - February Meeting
06 Feb 2019 Training 101 SIG - February Meeting
24 Jan 2019 ATD RTA: January Open House
08 Jan 2019 Learning Trends SIG - January Meeting

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