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ATD Greater Boston Learning Measurement SIG Presents: Will Thalheimer

  • 27 May 2020
  • 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
  • Virtual - Link in Registration Email
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The ATD Greater Boston Chapter Special Interest Group on Learning Measurement Presents:

Stuff with Will Thalheimer

with Will Thalheimer

May 27, 2020

2:00 PM to 3:15 PM

VIRTUAL WEBINAR - Link in registration email

Will Thalheimer, the Learning & Development field’s most innovative learning evaluator, will lead our Special Interest Group (SIG) in a fun and deeply provocative exploration of learning-evaluation myths, misconceptions, and outright falsehoods. With humor and good cheer, he will share research on evaluation; engage us with challenging questions; and facilitate a discussion of what we and our organizations should avoid, and what we should do, to ensure good learning results.

Building on his forthcoming learning-evaluation framework, LEADS (Learning Evaluation As Decision Support); his work on LTEM (the Learning-Transfer Evaluation Model); and his rewrite of his award-winning book, Performance-Focused Smile Sheets, he will share his conjectures for where learning evaluation will be heading in the near future. He’ll also give us practical advice to help our organizations navigate the dangerous minefield of learning evaluation. Will is not sure himself, but he may be in the middle of creating a whole new approach to learning evaluation!

About the Series: “Moving Ahead on Measurement: Building Your Strategy and Plan”

Many Learning and Development leaders are under increasing pressure to demonstrate and improve the business results of their programs, in order to justify the significant investment required to ensure their success. Often their efforts at measurement and evaluation fall short of their expectations, due to limited resources and competing demands on their time. The May 27 webinar is part of a 4-part series aimed at helping learning professionals “raise the bar” on measurement by sharing practical tools for measuring at all four Kirkpatrick levels - Reaction, Learning, Behavior and Results – and even Return on Investment (“Level 5”).

By attending the May 27 session, you will be able to:

  • Avoid the most common learning evaluation mistakes.
  • View smile sheets as a viable data-gathering tool, not just a waste of time.
  • Replace the Kirkpatrick Model with a model inspired by the science of learning.
  • Realign your evaluation strategies to support decision-making in learning.
  • Use learning evaluation to nudge ourselves toward more effective learning practices.

    About our Speaker

    Will Thalheimer, Ph.D., does research-based consulting focused on learning evaluation and presentation design in workplace learning. He’s available for keynotes, speaking, workshops, evaluation strategy, smile-sheet rebuilds, and research benchmarking. Founder of The Debunker Club (Debunker.Club), author of the award-winning book Performance-Focused Smile Sheets (, creator of LTEM, the Learning-Transfer Evaluation Model (, creator and host of the Presentation-Science online workshop (, co-host of the Truth-in-Learning podcast (, and co-developer of the L&D Conference ( Will blogs and consults at Work-Learning Research (, where he also publishes extensive research-to-practice reports—and makes them available for free.

      Measurement Special Interest Group (SIG) Mission

      The mission of the group is to enhance members’ professional development in measurement and evaluation; to increase the effectiveness of their L&D organizations through measurement and evaluation; and to engage with the global community of L&D practitioners in applying measurement and evaluation to deliver performance and results through learning.

      The group addresses a wide range of topics, from getting started in defining methods, tools and processes of data collection, to more advanced applications, such as, measuring technology-enabled and blended learning.  The group welcomes members with little or no background in measurement and evaluation, through more experienced practitioners.

      Why Consider Joining the Measurement SIG?

      The benefits of participating in the group will include:

      • Enhancing your professional development in the area of measurement and evaluation
      • Sharing measurement challenges and gaining insight and advice from others
      • Engaging in dialogue with subject matter experts
      • Providing information, tools and advice to fellow L&D practitioners in your organization
      • Demonstrating to executive stakeholders how you are increasing performance and results through learning
      • Making a contribution toward advancing the effectiveness of L&D worldwide, through more robust measurement and evaluation

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      In consideration of my position as an attendee/member of the Association for Talent Development Greater Boston (ATD GB), I agree with ATD GB’s unrestricted right/permission to take, use, re-use, publish and re-publish photographic, video/audio content including, in whole or in part, all media now and hereafter known for illustration, promotion, training, exhibition, advertising in connection with ATD GB and its initiatives.  I expect ATD GB to use the content professionally, but waive any right to inspect or approve the finished product/products, advertising copy or other matter that may be used in connection therewith or the use to which it may be applied.  I hereby certify that I am fully competent and of full legal age and have the right to execute this release with ATD GB.

      Refund Policy:

      A full refund will be issued if the cancellation request is made on or before fourteen calendar days before the scheduled event.

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