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  • May 30, 2017 2:50 PM | Russell O'Brien (Administrator)

    The 10th anniversary of the Chicago eLearning & Technology Showcase will be Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at Northern Illinois University (NIU) in Naperville, Illinois.

    Call for Volunteers

    We're planning this year's Showcase and need additional volunteers. If you're available and interested in working this event, review the wide range of volunteer opportunities and then complete the volunteer interest form. In thanks for your contribution, you will be invited to attend the Showcase at a reduced rate. Volunteers will also be invited to the post-Showcase networking event.

    Contact us via e-Mail for more information; or to the website: chicagoelearningshowchase.com


  • May 16, 2017 3:06 PM | Russell O'Brien (Administrator)

    The ATD Certification Institute's Certified Professional in Learning and Performance Certification (CPLP) equips you with the tools to be the best in the field and lets employers know that you have real world, practical expertise that can be readily applied to the current work environment. CPLP gives you the capability, credibility and confidence to be a high performing contributor in your organization.

  • May 14, 2017 12:43 PM | Thomas West (Administrator)

    The Corporate University Professional Development Network (PDN) is excited to announce our May 25 program, Applied Improvisation: A set of tools, skills, and mindsets to enhance leadership development and educate change agents. You will have the opportunity to experience a variety of improvisational exercises and their debriefs.

    This will be an ‘on-your-feet’ session where you will discover how to use applied improvisation to enhance leadership development and change management in your organization or for your clients. This program will be led by Jackie Gnepp of Humanly Possible®.

    In keeping with the PDN’s practice of alternating between downtown and the suburbs, the May program will be in downtown Chicago.

    In a world of accelerating change, leaders cannot be successful doing only what leaders did in the past. Where there is neither script nor playbook, leaders and change agents must improvise and help their organizations to do the same. “Applied improvisation” is a set of tools, skills, and mind-sets that were developed by improvisational theater experts and modified for purposes of application to real-world challenges. Organizational leadership and change leadership are examples of such challenges and the focus of this program.

    The session includes:

    A brief overview of Applied Improvisation.

    A series of 3 to 5 improvisational exercises, including ones useful for teaching creative problem-solving, stakeholder perspective-taking, system dynamics, and other concepts and skills the group deems important for leadership and change.

    A debriefing of the learning outcomes of each activity, in both small and large group discussions.

    Reflection and sharing of how participants might use applied improvisation to help leaders build the capacity to respond to unforeseen challenges in ways that are positive for the organization.

    When: May 25, 2017

    6:00 PM-6:30PM  Networking
    6:30PM-8:15PM   Session

    Where:

    Elevate Energy, 322 S. Green Street, Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60607. Location is between Jackson and Van Buren, one block West of Halsted (Blue Line: UIC-Halsted stop). There is metered street parking and a paid parking lot on Jackson at 230 S. Green 

    To RSVP:

    Naomi Berkove, nberkove@hotmail.com
    (required for security)


  • May 14, 2017 12:42 PM | Thomas West (Administrator)

    Join ATDChi for a special Happy hour Monday evening, May 22 during the ATD International Conference & Exposition in Atlanta GA. This event will be an opportunity to network and meet other ATD members. 

    This is the 4th year that ATDChi hosts the party and, as always, a good time will be had by all!

    Registration is required to attend.
    Registration is limited. ATD Members and Caveo guests have priority. Non-ATD member registration will be opened if space permits.  

    Drinks and Light Appetizers included

    To Register

    Sponsored by


  • May 01, 2017 11:39 AM | Thomas West (Administrator)

    Are you interested in mastering 21st Century learning challenges?

    Learn from Catherine Marienau (PhD) and Kathleen Taylor (PhD), authors of Facilitating Learning with the Adult Brain in Mind, as they answer the questions: "Why are the learning challenges of the 21st Century so difficult?" and "How can these challen

    ges be addressed more effectively with 'brain-aware' strategies?" 

    Gain new insights and best practices, in this full-day workshop that Marienau and Taylor will lead on May 17 in Chicago, which will be co-sponsored by ATDChi and DePaul University's School for New Learning, Center to Advance Education for Adults.

    Register for the May 17 full-day workshop

    In this day-long interactive workshop, stories and analogies will illuminate how the adult brain learns without getting mired in unnecessary details of brain architecture. By understanding why and under what conditions the brain shies away from learning and resists new behaviors, you will discover new approaches for learning and grow

    th. You will also explore ways to stimulate adults’ brains to be curious, to seek new learning and new ways of doing things. This workshop emphasizes brain-aware approaches that incorporate research on the embodied, analogical brain. Through a variety of activities, you will share and build on your current best practices, and you will explore new and expanded approaches to add to your repertoires for fostering optimal learning.

    The following learning objectives determine the outcomes of this workshop: 

    • Understand how the brain learns best
    • Discover why the brain (sometimes) resists new learning
    • Become familiar with new research on learning and the brain
    • Identify and expand effective brain-aware strategies to improve learning  

    Workshop leaders’ latest book Facilitating Learning with the Adult Brain in Mind: A Conceptual and Practical Guide (Jossey-Bass, 2016) will be distributed during the workshop at no additional cost.


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