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    • April 06, 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • April 07, 2017
    • 12:30 PM
    • Conference Chicago at University Center, 525 South State Street Chicago, IL 60605

    Modernize Your Learning Programs

    Many organizations struggle with outdated training methods that are no longer effective across multiple generations of learners. At the ATD LearnNow: The Modern Learner two-day workshop, learning and development (L&D) professionals will learn how to turn an existing training program into a modern learning program that will keep their companies and their own L&D organization relevant in today’s talent marketplace.

    Register at ATD

    ATDChi members get a workshop discount; use Chapter Code CH5009 at checkout.

    Join us for a Networking Dinner on April 6, 2017 following the workshop; workshop participants get a discount.  Email admin@atdchi.org.

    L&D organizations are caught between two different, changing worlds: the organization and the employees. The C-suite wants development programs that attract, develop, and retain employees in today’s competitive talent world. Meanwhile, modern learners, a diverse, multinational group, want to have information when they need it and how they want it. Is your L&D team ready to transform into a modern learning organization?

    ATD’s LearnNow: The Modern Learner workshop will show you how to convert your organization into a modern learning and development culture.

    • Close skill gaps faster by enabling learning at the speed of the 24/7 digital workplace.
    • Engage modern learners by optimizing current learning methods, integrating learning solutions into the workplace, and applying a proprietary Learning Clusters design technique.
    • Modernize your L&D function, including a revamped L&D scorecard to reflect today’s realities.

    Workshop facilitators Crystal Kadakia and Lisa M.D. Owens bring a wealth of real-world experience and a proprietary learning clusters design technique that will help you transform one of your existing training programs into a modern learning program guaranteed to excite your learners. They will guide you through the the four challenges for modern L&D, while demonstrating the difference between traditional and modern learning programs.

    Register at ATD

    ATDChi members get a workshop discount; use Chapter Code CH5009 at checkout.

    Join us for a Networking Dinner on April 6, 2017 following the workshop; workshop participants get a discount.  Email admin@atdchi.org.
    • May 17, 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • DePaul O'Hare Campus: 8770 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Chicago, IL 60631
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    Full-day Workshop - Using Brain-Aware Approaches for Optimal Learning

    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 growth. 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.

    ATD Competency Model: Designing Learning & Delivering Training

    This workshop is a collaboration between DePaul University’s School for New Learning (SNL), Master of Arts in Educating Adults (MAEA) and Association for Talent Development, Chicagoland Chapter (ATDChi).


    • 8:30 AM: Registration and Networking. Continental Breakfast
    • 9:00 AM: Workshop
    • 12:00 PM: Lunch (Box lunches provided)
    • 1:00 PM:  Workshop


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    About Our Presenter(s)

    Catherine Marienau is a professor-faculty mentor and coordinator of the Master of Arts in Educating Adults program in the School for New Learning at DePaul University. She teaches, writes, and consults in the areas of adult learning and development, competency-based learning, assessing learning, reflective practice, and "brain-aware" facilitation of adult learning.

    Kathleen Taylor is a professor in the Doctorate of Educational Leadership program in the Kalmanovitz School of Education at Saint Mary's College of California. A former Fulbright Scholar, she teaches, writes, and consults internationally in the areas of adult development and learning, learning and transformation, creativity, and "brain-aware" facilitation of adult learning.

    Cancellation Policy: All event registration fee refund requests must be submitted in writing to admin@atdchi.org prior to any event. Requests must be submitted at least three (3) business days prior to the event to receive a full refund. No refund will be issued for cancellations received within three (3) business days or for event attendee no-show.


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