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    • October 16, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 12494 University Blvd, Morgridge Reading Center UCF Campus

    UCF Instructional Design Open House

    ATDCFL is proud to partner with the College of Community Innovation and Education on this UCF open house where you can learn from current students and faculty about the Instructional Design and Technology degree programs.

    Meet Faculty

    Come and enjoy FREE food and refreshments as well as GRADUATE APPLICATION FEE waivers should you decide to apply for a program and take your professional development to a whole new level!

    Meet Employers

    DUST OFF that resumé and MEET local employers looking for Learning and Development talent in Orlando.

    COME and say "Hi" to the ATDCFL Board member team table as we promote Chapter membership and services.

    • October 17, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom Digital Encounter

    Avoid Assessment Pitfalls

    How do you know if your assessments are effective? Are you testing content knowledge? Or do your assessments measure their deduction skills? In this session, you will explore common test-writing pitfalls and discover how smart test-takers excel without learning the content.

    This session will help you recognize high-quality, content-driven assessments and provide an opportunity to experience poorly written test items from the point of view of the test-taker. Learn multiple-choice question-writing "rules," such as including plausible distractors; recognize common test-item pitfalls, like convergence; and understand how smart test-takers use grammatical cues and distractor length to make educated guesses. Combine all of these best practices and you will take your assessments to the next level! Come on down, you're the next contestant on Multiple-Choice Mayhem!

    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn Multiple Choice Writing "Rules"
    • Understand grammatical cues and distractor length
    • Recognize common test-item pitfalls


    Cara North is an award-winning Senior Learning Experience Designer at The Ohio State University. As part of her role, she creates online courses and facilitates workshops for the College of Education and Human Ecology.  She serves as President of Central Ohio ATD and is also a Ph.D. student in Learning Technologies at The Ohio State University. Cara was previously an instructional designer at Amazon customer service.  A self-proclaimed professional development and social media junkie, you can often find her on Twitter (@caranorth11) or hosting her show about Learning Technologies on The Training Learning and Development Cast (https://www.tldc.us).
    • November 07, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Zoom Digital Encounter

    Training Can't Fix That!

    As learning & development professionals, how do we move from being order-takers to being valued, strategic business partners within our organizations? It starts with aligning our work with the organization's overall goals and being able to discern when training is or is not the best way to meet a particular need. In this session, you'll learn how to use some practical tools to analyze your organization's needs, take employees’ performance to the next level, and ensure that your L&D work has maximum impact where it matters.


    • Use performance improvement models to analyze organizational needs.
    • Given a specific need, identify the most appropriate training or non-training solutions.
    • Use the ""walk backwards"" technique to ensure your L&D work has maximum impact.
    Leah Yeatts

    Leah Yeatts is Principal Consultant at Lever Performance Consulting, where she specializes in workforce performance improvement and custom learning solutions. She holds a B.S. from the University of Florida and a M.S. in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning from Boise State University. Leah has over a decade of experience working in corporate learning and education. Her experience includes employee performance gap analysis, eLearning development, instructional design, virtual training facilitation, job aid development, onboarding training design, and learning management system implementation. Leah lives in Tampa, Florida, and serves on the Board of Directors for the ATD, Florida Suncoast Chapter.

      • December 03, 2019
      • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
      • Zoom Digital Encounter

      No More Boring Lectures for YOU!

      Write activities to make boring lectures disappear

      Whether online or in the classroom, you’ve felt the pain. Training so lecture laden that you wish you had a magic wand to make it all go away!
      Well, NOW you can! We’ll show you how to use your powers for GOOD and change up how you write activities so that your learners will be engaged instead of disengaged.
      Experience five activities (alternatives to lecture) that will help you produce high engagement and retention in any learning environment!

      In this highly interactive session, you learn how to:

      • Write directions and rules for a learning simulation
      • Prepare participants BEFOREHAND for the learning session
      • Develop information search activities with processing questions
      • Create the components of an observation activity
      • Craft demonstrations with skill performance checklists to be used in the training environment and back on the job

      Join us to magically transform your lectures into long lasting learning experiences!

      Melissa Smith

      Melissa Smith, Managing Partner of The Training Clinic, has over 30 years experience managing, designing and delivering management development programs; coaching executives to improve group process and personal skills; and assisting organizations in planning and implementing culture changes.  A skilled professional development trainer, her approach is based on action learning principles and is tailored for a specific purpose and output.  In addition to developing Talent Development professionals, Melissa has been actively using Temperament, Interaction Styles and 16 Types with groups and individuals to help them honor individual differences for over 20 years.

      Maria Chilcote

      Maria Chilcote, Managing Partner of The Training Clinic, has over 30 years of experience in the learning and development field including consulting, training, instructional design, building and developing training teams, and performance management. In addition to learning and development, Maria also has over 30 years of experience in leadership and management development including coaching executives and facilitating strategic planning.

      Maria is co-owner of The Training Clinic, along with her partner Melissa Smith.  They have been diligent in providing a collaborative partnership experience for their clients in solving organizational performance problems. Maria has been delivering certification and breakout sessions for Training Magazine's annual conference for ten years and has consistently received rave reviews on her delivery style, ability to engage all learners and her depth of knowledge and experience in the industry.

      • December 11, 2019
      • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Coopers Hawk Winery & Restaraunt, 529 N Alafaya Trail, Orlando, FL 32828

      Holiday Xtra and Facilitator Showdown

      Once again your ATD Central Florida Chapter is closing a fabulous year in style. We have much to celebrate as our Chapter grew over 280 members and we had a fantastic set of learning events in 2019.

      This year we are celebrating at Coopers Hawk in Waterford Lakes! The evening will be a night of fun and festivities as we get energized with our 7th annual Facilitator Showdown!

      Your Central Florida Chapter peers are going to wow, teach, and entertain us with a showcase of great learning ideas! Then, you get to vote on who will win the grand prize of $100! Come join the fun and help us crown our winner in the Facilitator Showdown.

      Register now to see our contestants show their stuff and join us for a night of amazing and fun activities!

      Facilitator Showdown

      Do you have what it takes to win the

      Facilitator Showdown award?

      Do you have an idea you would like to share with an audience of other amazing talent development professionals? Yes? 

      Each contestant will have 12 minutes to show us their best stuff. What will happen in 2019 in Central Florida? It's up to you!

      Sign up here!


      $45 Early Registration through 12/4/19

      $55 Late Registration starting 12/5/19

      Please note early registration closes on Dec 4th at 5 pm. If you register after that, the cost will be $55.

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