October 15-18, 2018

Las Vegas, Nevada

Conference Workshops

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Monday, October 15, 1:00-4:30 PM


Workshop 1: Writing Instructional Content for Learnability

Abstract: Review learning content and you’ll often see things that make it more difficult to learn. Content written at the wrong level or for the wrong audience. Or worse yet, for no particular audience. Content that is unclear, wordy, or difficult to understand. The list goes on…

The good news is that research provides instructional, writing, and information design principles that show us how to make it easier to learn from instructional content. In this hands-on session, participants will apply research-based tactics from Dr. Shank’s Write and Organize for Deeper Learning book to make instructional content:

  • Clearer and easier to understand,
  • Easier to learn, and
  • Easier to remember and use.

These tactics make instructional content is easier to learn and use.

Bring a laptop and a short portion of your own content in a digital format so you can edit it. Leave with better content! (People who do not wish to use their own content can work with others so these requirements are optional).

Patti Shank, Do What Works

Workshop Presenter: Patti Shank, PhD is a learning designer, researcher, analyst, and author who is recognized internationally for her contributions to the L&D field. She is known for pragmatic, evidence-based strategies and tactics for the design of instruction.

Patti speaks regularly at training and learning technology conferences and is the author of Write and Organize for Deeper Learning, Practice and Feedback for Deeper Learning, and Manage Memory for Deeper Learning. These books are part of the Deeper Learning series, which offer practical tactics for improving outcomes based on research.

Patti was the research director for The eLearning Guild, an award-winning contributing editor for Online Learning Magazine, and her articles are found on ATD Science of Learning and Senior Leaders Blogs, eLearning Industry, and elsewhere. Website: pattishank.com.

Patti completed her Ph.D. at the University of Colorado, Denver. Her research on new online learners won an EDMEDIA best research paper award. She lives in Monument, Colorado, USA.

Workshop 2: How to (Technically) Build an Online Course with (Effectively Designed) Asynchronous Peer Video Exchange

Abstract: This workshop will teach the overarching skills needed to develop an online course that includes multimedia content. During this workshop, I will teach the technical and instructional design skills needed to build an online, web-based course, using html to enhance layout clarity; develop course context; record and edit video prompts; present “tiered” instructions; write evaluation rubrics; and facilitate debriefing “rooms” to create an effective course with peer-to-peer evaluations via video exchange.
Session attendees will be able to
• create a design and development plan
• use Camtasia to edit prompt videos
• use Canvas to set instructional context for video exchange in an online, web-based course
• set-up the Practice software interface with edited prompt videos
• create and facilitate “debriefing rooms” for participants to reflect upon self-performance, peer-evaluations, and expert video presentations

Stephanie Taitano, University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine

Workshop Presenter: Stephanie Taitano  is a learning and development specialist with expertise in the design, development, and implementation of instructional and assessment products and services through web, mobile, and face-to-face delivery modes. She has over twenty years of experience working with start-up ventures, large corporations, and in higher education, where she has supported faculty in the areas of educational technologies, such as online course platforms, social e-learning media, gamification, and mobile learning paradigms, and pedagogical strategies. Stephanie began her career at Edvision.com, now a part of Scantron, a start-up venture capital company in San Diego, California, and moved from there to be the Product Manager for Online Assessment Systems at Jostens Learning Corporation. She has taught at Saddleback College, the University of Texas in Arlington, Rowan University, and held administrative positions in professional development and educational technologies at West Chester University and the University of Pennsylvania. She has degrees from the University of San Diego (BA) and the University of Texas Arlington (MA), certifications from Lern in Online Faculty Development and SLOAN in Mobile Learning Mastery and Social Media for Education, has published in the Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature, and presented at the Association for Talent Development annual conference, Educause, the Pennsylvania Education Technology Expo and Conference, the The Pennsylvania/Delaware/New Jersey Distance Learning Association (PADLA) conference, the NYC Social Media Strategies Summit, and Quality Matt

Workshop 3: eLearning Project Management: Adding Value to Your Marketability


Abstract: The ability to manage and eventually lead e-learning project teams is a critical skill set for building your career. In this workshop, you will learn how to apply project management principles, practices, and tools to e-learning projects. Specifically, you will (a) examine the synergy between project management and e-learning design, (b) explore the skill sets common to both the designer and the project manager, (c) discuss some practical examples of how designers integrate project management processes and techniques into their design and development projects, and (d) apply six evidence-based best practices for e-learning project management success. The workshop will include practice exercises, opportunities for questions, as well as tips for marketing your project management skills as a professional differentiator.


Shahron Williams van Rooij, George Mason University

Workshop Presenter: Dr. Williams van Rooij is associate professor in the Instructional Design and Technology program at George Mason University. Her passion for Learning and Development was fueled by more than 20 years of corporate experience that included management positions in learning technology solution development, software marketing, and market research in the financial and advertising industries. Since transitioning to academia in 2007, she has published more than 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals and contributed to reference volumes, including the edited book Cases on Educational Technology Planning, Design, and Implementation: A Project Management Perspective(IGI Global, 2013). Dr. Williams van Rooij speaks regularly at conferences and symposia. Her latest book is The Business of Learning Design and Technologies published by Routledge.

Dr. Williams van Rooij received her Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in Instructional Design and Technology and a minor in Software Information Systems from George Mason University. She also holds a doctorate in Quantitative Methods from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and the Project Management Professional (PMP©) credential from the Project Management Institute, Inc.


Thursday, October 18, 10:30-12:00 PM


Workshop 4: Selecting and Implementing a new Learning Management System: The Good, The Bad,
and the Ugly


Abstract: This session will recount a College’s two-year journey to select and implement a new Learning Management System (LMS). This project included migrating over 40,000 courses from multiple systems
onto a single platform over a 6-month period. Participants will be provided with several resources that they can reuse or adapt.


Patrick Devey, Algonquin College, Canada

Workshop Presenter: Patrick Devey, Algonquin College, Canada