Upcoming Monthly Meeting

An eLearning Cracker Barrel Event

Thursday, May 19 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. for an eLearning Cracker Barrel Event

Time:  5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Summit Brewing Company, 910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul, MN 55102

Description:  An eLearning Cracker Barrel Event
This interactive, fun, and engaging “Cracker Barrel” program will give participants opportunities to learn about, discuss and share knowledge on aspects regarding e-learning that interest them most. Participants will select the e-learning themes that interest them, join a table conversation lead by one of our expert facilitators regarding those themes, moving from table to table after a specific amount of time.

What you will learn:
  • How to put the content narrative approach to work in your organizations and increase learner and stakeholder engagement
  • Putting the story, not the storyboard, front and center in eLearning design
  • Learn from experts in three key areas of eLearning, including where they see the future of eLearning
  • Learn from your peers
  • Share expertise and experiences and gain great ideas for our eLearning initiatives
What is a Cracker Barrel?
A Cracker Barrel is an interactive meeting format in which you, the audience, has a chance to be an expert on a topic. The session is set up with a focus on a larger theme; i.e. eLearning.

Four key experts/facilitators will lead individual sessions within a specific focused area of eLearning. The session is broken up into three groups within each of these specific topics. Each group will start in one topic lead by the facilitator/expert having an engaging and involved conversation for 15 – 20 minutes. After that time is up the group members will switch to a different topic. You will get through all three topics at the end of the session with key takeaways for your development.

About the facilitators:

Tara Bryan founded TLS Learning, a full service custom online learning agency to help companies build performance changing learning to their employees. She has over 20 years of diverse experience in strategic consulting, instructional design, and e-learning design and development for clients in a variety of industries. She works with clients to design and build high quality learning programs that improve performance in the workplace. Her unique skillset of instructional design, visual design and technical expertise put her in the position to work successfully with clients to create the right solution that exceeds their business results. She currently runs the local Captivate User's group and was active on a number of boards and volunteer organizations, including the board of directors for the MN Chapter of ATD.

Michelle Kelly founded Empowering Performance, Inc. (EPI) with a strong sense of what works to develop and retain an organization’s most valuable asset — its people. Among her credentials are organizational consulting, curriculum design, multimedia development, training and facilitation, process improvement, and an M.S. in Education, emphasizing HR Development. Michelle currently chairs the ATD-GTC eLearning SIG and is a past president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of ATD. She has been a speaker at local, regional, and national human resource and training events, including: ATD, SHRM, PACT, Colorado Human Resource Association, and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Dwayne Robinson has produced, directed and edited more than 300 corporate learning and promotional videos, and is an expert in delivering high-end production values on a low-end budget.

Dwayne is currently the Senior Multimedia Learning Specialist for Allianz Life, where he infuses innovation, energy and creativity into what would normally be dry, un-engaging content, to the delight of his learners and corporate customers.  In his spare time, Dwayne travels around the Midwest hosting discussions on film history and corporate filmmaking techniques. 

Mark Berthelsen has worked as a facilitator and instructional designer for over 15 years.  Currently, he works at Allianz Life as a Learning Solutions Specialist, with a focus on eLearning development.  His niche is in creating interesting, fun, and engaging content for regulatory, legal, and compliance topics (yes, you can use all of those terms in the same sentence).  Mark’s passion for using stories to create meaningful learning experiences shows in his work and his results.

Please register at atd-gtc.org.  We look forward to seeing you!


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