Events

A2ATD is committed to offering valuable, monthly educational programs along with networking opportunities for those in (or interested in) the training and development field. 

Our program topics are aligned with the ATD's new Competency Model.

Program Dates & Times

First Thursday of the month (unless otherwise noted)
5:30 - 7:30 pm

Program Location 

Washtenaw Community College
Morris Lawrence Building
4800 E. Huron River Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48106

Refunds

If you register for a program and cannot attend, cancellations will be accepted up until 5 pm on the Friday, the week prior to the event. Refunds after this date cannot be issued, but we will gladly accept a substitution should you wish to send someone in your place.

Cancellations received prior to this time/date should be requested in writing and sent to finance@a2atd.org. Refunds will be issued either by check (less a $5 processing fee) and will be mailed to the address on file or transferred to the next scheduled A2ATD meeting date.

Upcoming events

    • 20 Feb 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, Room 150, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48105
    Registration is closed


     

    February 20, 2019

    TIME: 5:30 - 7:30 pm
      
     
    Why Being An Order Taker Won’t Satisfy Your Stakeholders
     

    Do you deliver content to your stakeholders that truly makes a difference? Are you frustrated that training alone isn't solving your performance issues? Learn the fundamentals of performance consulting by examining a case study and creating a personal reference sheet that will enable you to apply these concepts on the job. Satisfy your stakeholders with results that align to your organization's goals and actually lead to positive changes!

    At the end of the session attendees will be able to:

    • Build your credibility as the “go-to” person on your team whose work delivers meaningful results
    • Develop a reference sheet of performance consulting techniques you can demonstrate as an instructional designer
    • Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of a case study in performance consulting


    Agenda:

    5:30 - 5:50 pm   Dinner & Networking 
    5:50 - 6:05 pm   Welcome & Introductions
    6:05 - 7:15 pm   Presentation & Practice
    7:15 - 7:30 pm   Learning Wrap-Up & Meeting Close

    Location:

    Washtenaw Community College
    Morris Lawrence Building
    4800 E. Huron River Drive
    Ann Arbor, MI 48105

    Registration:

    Register by February 15  and save $5

    • Chapter members = $20
    • Student members = $15
    • Non-member guests = $40
      (Join now and save up to $25!)

    Registrations are not considered definite or confirmed until payment has been submitted.

    Cancellations & Refunds:

    Cancellations will be accepted until 5 pm on February 15, 2019

    • Cancellations received prior to this time/date should be requested in writing and sent to finance@a2atd.org.
    • Refunds will be issued either (1) by check (less a $5 processing fee) and will be mailed to the address on file or (2) transferred to the next scheduled A2ATD meeting date.
    • Refunds after February 15 at 5 pm cannot be issued, but we will gladly accept a substitution should you wish to send someone in your place.


    About the Presenter:

     


     

     

    Laurel Schulert is a Content Developer at SAP Concur, whose professional interests include instructional design, performance consulting, and project management. She recently earned the Master Performance Consultant certification through ATD, and also holds a Master of Science in Learning Design and Technology from Purdue University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Eastern Michigan University. She previously taught English at both the high school and college levels. The common thread linking all these experiences is Laurel’s desire to help others achieve their maximum potential.

    • 07 Mar 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, Room 150, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48105
    Register

     

    March 7, 2019

    TIME: 5:30 - 7:30 pm
      
     
    Raising the Bar: 8 Ls of Evaluation
     

    Evaluation is the often-neglected piece of many learning & development programs. It’s like flossing. Everyone knows we should do it, and the benefits are clear. And yet many programs go unevaluated due to lack of time, lack of prioritization, or lack of effective tools. In this session we’ll look at 8 dimensions of program evaluation (all conveniently starting with L!) that can be used to simply and effectively kick start your evaluation strategies. We begin with a discussion of the Kirkpatrick, et al’s 4 Levels of Training Evaluation which have been the standard in our industry for decades and how best to fully take advantage of them. And then we’ll look at 4 other sources of evaluation data, both qualitative and quantitative. We’ll wrap up the session with a guideline for selecting which of the 8 Ls to use with each program.

    At the end of this session, participants will be ready to:

    • Identify ways to evaluate learning & development program using the 8 Ls framework
    • Collect both qualitative and quantitative data to tell a complete story about a program’s impact
    • Select meaningful methods of evaluation for each program


    Agenda:

    5:30 - 5:50 pm   Dinner & Networking 
    5:50 - 6:05 pm   Welcome & Introductions
    6:05 - 7:15 pm   Presentation & Practice
    7:15 - 7:30 pm   Learning Wrap-Up & Meeting Close

    Location:

    Washtenaw Community College
    Morris Lawrence Building
    4800 E. Huron River Drive
    Ann Arbor, MI 48105

    Registration:

    Register by Friday, March 1 and save $5

    • Chapter members = $20
    • Student members = $15
    • Non-member guests = $40
      (Join now and save up to $25!)

    Registrations are not considered definite or confirmed until payment has been submitted.

    Cancellations & Refunds:

    Cancellations will be accepted until 5 pm on Friday, March 1, 2019.

    • Cancellations received prior to this time/date should be requested in writing and sent to finance@a2atd.org.
    • Refunds will be issued either (1) by check (less a $5 processing fee) and will be mailed to the address on file or (2) transferred to the next scheduled A2ATD meeting date.
    • Refunds after Friday March 1 at 5 pm cannot be issued, but we will gladly accept a substitution should you wish to send someone in your place.


    About the Presenter:


     

     

    Megan Torrance is CEO and founder of TorranceLearning, which helps organizations connect learning strategy to design, development, data and ultimately performance.

    Megan has over 25 years of experience in learning design, deployment and consulting. Megan and the TorranceLearning team are passionate about sharing what works in learning so they devote considerable time to teaching and sharing about Agile project management for learning experience design and, of course, the xAPI. TorranceLearning hosts the xAPI Learning Cohort, a free, virtual 12-week learning-by-doing opportunity where teams form on the fly and create proof-of-concept xAPI projects, and the Download Conference offered free to the SE Michigan learning & development community each May.

    Megan is the author of The Quick Guide to LLAMA, and two ATD TD at Work publications: Agile and LLAMA® for ISD Project Management and Making Sense of xAPI. She is a frequent speaker at conferences nationwide. TorranceLearning projects have won severalBrandon Hall Group awards, the 2014 xAPI Hyperdrive contest at DevLearn, and back-to-back eLearning Guild DemoFest Best-In-Show awards in 2016/2017 with xAPI projects. TorranceLearning is a 2018 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch.

    A graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Communication and an MBA, Megan lives and works near Ann Arbor, Michigan.

    • 04 Apr 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, Room 150, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48105
    Register


     

    April 4, 2019

    TIME: 5:30 - 7:30 pm
      
     
    Twist in Talent Development: Personal Strategic Plans
     

    Most people are very familiar with strategic planning for organizations. However, many organizations have fallen short in successfully creating career development plans that can be effectively driven by their employees. To demystify this dilemma, Organizational Kimistry has transformed the same strategic planning methodology that businesses use into an iterative and actionable framework that each workshop attendee can take back to their organization and include as part of their talent development toolkit.

    This workshop is designed to provide you with the ability to:
    • Understand how strategic planning can be an effective framework for your organization's Talent Development plans
    • Utilize the 4-step process to introduce personal strategic plans as a Career Development tool in your Talent Management strategy
    • Revise this concept to be used in other Talent Management strategies such as succession and promotion planning

    Agenda:

    5:30 - 5:50 pm   Dinner & Networking 
    5:50 - 6:05 pm   Welcome & Introductions
    6:05 - 7:15 pm   Presentation & Practice
    7:15 - 7:30 pm   Learning Wrap-Up & Meeting Close

    Location:

    Washtenaw Community College
    Morris Lawrence Building, Room 150
    4800 E. Huron River Drive
    Ann Arbor, MI 48105

    Registration:

    Register by March 29 and save $5

    • Chapter members = $20
    • Student members = $15
    • Non-member guests = $40
      (Join now and save up to $25!)

    Registrations are not considered definite or confirmed until payment has been submitted.

    Cancellations & Refunds:

    Cancellations will be accepted until 5 pm on March 29, 2019.

    • Cancellations received prior to this time/date should be requested in writing and sent to finance@a2atd.org.
    • Refunds will be issued either (1) by check (less a $5 processing fee) and will be mailed to the address on file or (2) transferred to the next scheduled A2ATD meeting date.
    • Refunds after March 29 at 5 pm cannot be issued, but we will gladly accept a substitution should you wish to send someone in your place.


    About the Presenter:

     


     

     

    Kimika Garrett is the Principal Consultant at Organizational Kimistry, creator of Planning with a Twist (a strategic planning workshop series) and a strategic HR Manager for Visteon.

    Kimika is a versatile, energetic, forward-thinking organizational improvement champion with experience in the technology, non-profit and chemical/research industries. She is passionate about helping organizations achieve operational excellence through strategic planning, process/performance improvement and human capital management.

    Her functional expertise includes Process and Performance Improvement, Organization Development & Effectiveness, Training & Development, Strategic Planning, and Talent Management. Kimika a holds a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management & Organizational Development (MSHROD) from Eastern Michigan University, and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt, PHR (Professional in Human Resources) and SHRM-CP (SHRM Certified Professional).

    • 01 May 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, Room 150, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48105
    Register


    May 1, 2019

    TIME: 5:30 - 7:30 pm
      
     
    Demystifying Gamification & Serious Games for Learning
     

    “Gamification” and “Serious Games” are both very popular terms today, but what does each mean? How do they overlap and how are they different? In this session, Peter will examine Gamification and Serious Games, looking at what each entails and more importantly the strengths and weaknesses each offer for learning solutions. You’ll get hands-on with a couple of case studies to begin trying these strategies yourself.


    At the end of the session attendees will be able to:

    • Balance the benefits of Gamification and Serious Games with the additional costs
    • Identify risks associated with either approach
    • Employ a process to select Gamification strategies
    • Break content down to begin designing a Serious Game

      Agenda:

      5:30 - 5:50 pm   Dinner & Networking 
      5:50 - 6:05 pm   Welcome & Introductions
      6:05 - 7:15 pm   Presentation & Practice
      7:15 - 7:30 pm   Learning Wrap-Up & Meeting Close

      Location:

      Washtenaw Community College
      Morris Lawrence Building
      4800 E. Huron River Drive
      Ann Arbor, MI 48105

      Registration:

      Register by April 26 and save $5

      • Chapter members = $20
      • Student members = $15
      • Non-member guests = $40
        (Join now and save up to $25!)

      Registrations are not considered definite or confirmed until payment has been submitted.

      Cancellations & Refunds:

      Cancellations will be accepted until 5 pm on April 26, 2019

      • Cancellations received prior to this time/date should be requested in writing and sent to finance@a2atd.org.
      • Refunds will be issued either (1) by check (less a $5 processing fee) and will be mailed to the address on file or (2) transferred to the next scheduled A2ATD meeting date.
      • Refunds after April 26 at 5 pm cannot be issued, but we will gladly accept a substitution should you wish to send someone in your place.


      About the Presenter:

       

       

       

      Peter Guenther joined TorranceLearning as a software developer in 2018–after teaching himself to code and teaching others to code for more than two decades, it seemed like it was time to write some software himself.

      In addition to his coding and teaching experience, he also brings a background in instructional design and multimedia development. Peter has had a lifelong interest in educational and instructional games; in his free time he develops in Unity3D and has taught a Unity3D Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality coding bootcamp.

      • 06 Jun 2019
      • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
      • The Back Office Studio, 13 North Washington St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197



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      • 05 Sep 2019
      • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
      • Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, Room 150, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48105



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      • 03 Oct 2019
      • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
      • Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, Room 150, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48105



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      • 07 Nov 2019
      • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
      • Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, Room 150, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48105



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      4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48105

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    22 Jan 2019 Putting Learners in the Driver's Seat - ATD Detroit Webinar
    10 Jan 2019 Microlearning: Beyond the Buzz
    06 Dec 2018 Night of Networking
    01 Nov 2018 Becoming a More Confident Trainer
    04 Oct 2018 The Head, the Heart, and the Briefcase
    06 Sep 2018 Using People Science to Make People Decisions
    07 Jun 2018 Night of Networking
    03 May 2018 Storytelling: Stories that Influence
    05 Apr 2018 Brand You: Creating Your Authentic Personal Brand
    01 Mar 2018 Competence and Confidence
    01 Feb 2018 Influence without Authority: Creating a Positive Culture from the Bottom Up
    18 Jan 2018 A2ATD Night at the Museum with Torrance Learning
    04 Jan 2018 Improving Your Performance Through Strength-Based Knowledge
    07 Dec 2017 Night of Networking at Twisted Rooster
    02 Nov 2017 Minds at Work: Managing for Success in the Knowledge Economy
    05 Oct 2017 Effectively Navigating a Complex World
    07 Sep 2017 Power Messaging: Engaging Your Audience
    01 Jun 2017 Night of Networking
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    06 Apr 2017 Get Mo Creative
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    02 Feb 2017 Speak So They Listen!
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    01 Sep 2016 World Café: An Introduction to Dialogic Methods
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    07 Apr 2016 Emotional Intelligence with Kelly Beattie
    03 Mar 2016 Next-Level Networking: Non-Starter Strategies
    04 Feb 2016 Starting with, "Yes, and...": Improvised Leadership Language
    07 Jan 2016 Prezi or PowerPoint - Which is Better for Your Training Presentation?
    03 Dec 2015 Creating a Vision of Greatness
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    03 Sep 2015 Getting L&D Done with Trello Fun!
    06 Aug 2015 Summer Break
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    07 May 2015 A Crash Course in User-Centered Design
    02 Apr 2015 What is xAPI and Will It Really Change My Life?
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    08 Jan 2015 Managing Transitions –Making the Most of Change
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    06 Nov 2014 November 6 Meeting: Maximize Competitive Advantage with Top 10 Body Language Secrets & SAVVY!
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    04 Sep 2014 September 4 Meeting: Social Media Tools for Learning
    01 Aug 2014 Summer Break
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    05 Jun 2014 June 5 Meeting: Best Practices in New Employee On-Boarding
    01 May 2014 May 1 Meeting: Get Yourself in the Game - Tips for Pitching a Winning Business Plan
    03 Apr 2014 April 3 Meeting: Engaged Education and Digital Learning at the University of Michigan Duderstadt Center
    06 Mar 2014 March 6 Meeting: Spring Fever Socializing & Networking Night
    06 Feb 2014 February 6 Meeting: Turn Your OD Challenge on its Head
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    03 Oct 2013 A2ASTD Meeting Oct 3: Using Gamification & Social Media in Instructional Design
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    02 May 2013 A2ASTD May Meeting: "Cozying Up to New Competencies"
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    05 Jan 2012 January Chapter Meeting - Shifting the Performance Curve
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