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Upcoming events

    • 13 Jun 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • 24

    Content Strategy Tips for Authoring when Collaborating with an AI


    Personal: Lifelong Learning

    Professional: Evaluating Impact

    Organizational: Organization Development & Culture, Talent Strategy & Management


    Instructional design is at a crossroads. Learning experience platforms have eroded the lines between learning content and marketing content, and between engagement measurement and more traditional learning measurement strategies. For companies seeking to use platforms that reach learners in new venues (apps, XR, mobile web, push notifications, podcasts, and other short form social content), the path forward is murky. There is just too much to be done with the teams and tools we have available. If we are to curate existing content as well as generate and create massive amounts of new content to feed these channels, we need help. Some fields, such as marketing and legal, are starting to use AI content creation tools to help them with the workload and to generate tests to determine the most effective approaches. The question for L&D is how the tools can be used to help us create content for our learners.

    In this session, you’ll learn about advanced AI content creation tools that are coming to market and that can be used in conjunction with learning experience platforms to enable powerful content strategies that leverage A/B testing, engagement tracking, and other dynamics necessary for next-generation learning objectives and business outcomes. We will mine industry-leading tips and tricks from other industries and contextualize them for the L&D space to increase their applicability to your day-to-day work and strategic planning efforts. Adaptive learning-capable mobile and microlearning tools and platforms also factor in here, but the biggest change may not be the technology used but rather extending your frame of reference on what to you use to create the content and how you trust AIs to help you in creating that new content.


    Chad Udell

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    • 14 Jun 2023
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • 52




    Personal: Collaboration & Leadership
    Personal: Cultural Awareness & Inclusion

    Personal: Lifelong Learning

    Professional: Career & Leadership Development

    Organizational: Organization Development & Culture
    Organizational: Talent Strategy & Management

    Organizational: Performance Improvement
    Organizational: Change Management
    Organizational: Future Readiness


    Experience working with members of our talent development and organization development organizations who show interest in culture change and adaptive cultures reveals that most do not understand the critical importance of involuntary activities to these topics. We will interactively explore a new path forward for conquering adaptive-culture barriers in the context of other major challenges we face in society.

    We have reached the point where we must formally recognize and systematically respond to the fact that we operate in two distinct modes. We have a thinking mode that consumes most of our awareness and where we create our intentions. We also have an automatic mode that operates outside of our normal awareness and independent of our intentions. This automatic mode is already widely recognized including through psychology’s unconscious and subconscious activities and by noticing counterproductive behavior habits that people normally cannot control. However, digital technologies have now created a world of increasing changes and easy manipulations to where we have reached the point where failing to understand and manage involuntary activities is causing unacceptable problems in many areas of society including in business and in our personal lives.

    Our automatic activities are frustratingly elusive because we cannot directly observe how they operate internally. However, we have a specific, extremely powerful type of involuntary activity that in addition to being elusive, is chronically illusive – it routinely deceives us. This mechanism produces our certainty illusions. These obscure mental processes create intense certainties or beliefs because that is how people experience them. They produce tenacious illusions in people because they operate independent of realities outside of their mind. Colloquially, we also know this mysterious phenomenon as the “box,” which we often lament that we have trouble thinking outside of. You will learn why the chronic ubiquitous inability to recognize and manage this perennially mysterious aspect of human nature is the underlying reason that adaptive cultures have been so difficult to create and maintain.

    We will explore together our current state of development for adaptive cultures by noting that we often use metaphors, such as “soft” and “status quo” to identify intractable business problems. We will also discuss glaring examples of business leaders succumbing to simplistic solutions when they desperately needed a robust theory to solve success-determining problems.

    The presenter recently completed a book manuscript, Growing Up Is Hard to Do! – The Urgent Need for the West to Transform, which explores the widespread and growing impact of certainty illusions. It also directly addresses our problem of adaptive cultures. Some members of our organizations are currently reading it and have promised to provide feedback. The presenter/author is prepared to provide a few more complementary copies to people in our professional community who want to take advantage of this opportunity to move to a discontinuously higher level of capabilities. This will provide an empowering opportunity to learn about the fundamentals of widespread involuntary activities and their increasing impact on many areas of our lives including creating adaptive cultures. The status quo about understanding and managing the status quo is no longer viable. If you would like to take advantage of this offer to obtain the manuscript so you can understand how the enigmatic mechanism of certainty illusions impacts your career, other aspects of your life, and many deteriorating aspects of society, in exchange for mutually beneficial feedback, contact: Barry@2Selfs.com


    Barry Borgerson, Ph.D.

    Barry Borgerson has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a retired executive in the computer industry who rose through a series of promotions from computer designer to technical manager to general manager with a peak level of thousands of employees in multiple locations in the US and Europe. After encountering involuntary resistance to culture changes in a failing business he took over, Dr. Borgerson launched a long-term effort to understand at the fundamental level why smart and knowledgeable people would just passively watch themselves and their business fail. He eventually broadened the theory he developed to cover interactable problems in many areas of human activities and verified its effectiveness by coaching leaders through systematic, reliable behavior and culture changes. Barry founded and co-led the ADT-RTA Culture-Change SIG and then co-founded and co-leads our joint ATD/TODN Adaptive-Culture SIG.

    • 21 Jun 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Virtual
    • 53

    Sound with Less Fury! Audio Sourcing, Recording, & Editing 

    ATD Capability Model:

    Personal: Project Management and Lifelong Learning

    Professional: Learning Sciences, Professional: Instructional Design, Professional: Training Delivery & Facilitation, Professional: Technology Application


    Join the Research Triangle eLearning community for our June 2023 session! Dawn and Alex will be prepared to talk about sourcing, recording, and editing good audio for your eLearning projects. As always, the strength of this SIG is in our community! Please bring your projects and eLearning questions, even if they aren’t related to the listed topic for the evening. The most engaging sessions are the ones where we get into your questions, examples, case studies, and even live design & development! If you have a specific project that you’d like to discuss with the Research Triangle eLearning community, please be sure that you have the proper permissions for sharing your content outside of your organization/vendor. Let us know in advance and we’ll be sure to make time on the agenda!

    Guest Speakers: Dawn Friedel, Senior Instructional Designer at Abrigo; Alex Cook, Senior Instructional Designer at Abrigo

    • 22 Jun 2023
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • International Plaza Conference Room American Institute of CPAs Building 220 Leigh Farm Road, Durham, NC 27707
    • 95



    ATD Capabilities: 

    Professional: Training Delivery & Facilitation, Technology Application

    Organizational: Future Readiness


    Have you wondered how to set up hybrid learning events to ensure success? Join Cindy Huggett as she shares a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to get ready for an engaging hybrid learning program. In this interactive conversation, we’ll explore steps you should take before every hybrid event: from preparing participants, to preparing your technology, to preparing yourself. You’ll discover what belongs on your preparation checklist and actions you can take to be ready. From practical preparation tips to equipment recommendations, you'll walk away with ideas you can immediately use. Whether you are brand new to hybrid delivery or have been facilitating hybrid events for years, and regardless of which online collaboration platform you use, you will be sure to leave this session with new ideas, new tips, and new techniques for improving your hybrid learning events.


    Prepare yourself and your participants for hybrid learning programs Use technology to help create a sense of shared experience despite location differences Discover simple yet powerful steps you should take to set up a hybrid learning program

    Target Audience:

    Anyone who facilitates hybrid learning events, including trainers, and presenters.


    Cindy Huggett