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ASTD Boston May 2012 Meeting

15 May 2012 10:19 PM | Deleted user
The Strategic Value of Learning in the Global War for Talent
Link to Free Low Cost eLearning Tools
Link to Shawn Stiles Presentation

May Meeting Marks the Culmination of a Season of Engaging Speakers and Networking 

 In the past, May has signaled the wrap-up of an enthusiastic season of networking and learning, marked by engaging speakers that stimulated and educated our minds.  The May milestone meeting didn't disappoint.

Shawn Stiles launched the evening's events with his Tech Talk "Extending Your Development Tools:  Using Free and/or Low Cost Tools."  His broad exploration of development, graphics, audio recording and simulation tools included gems such as Paint.net, Poladroid, Snagit, Jing, Screenr, Audacity, Xtranormal, and several others. We are all still wondering how he covered so much in so little time.  In the words of one attendee:  "Engaging presenter. Moved at a great pace.  Spent just enough time on each piece of software."


After an energetic networking break, the nearly 50 attendees regrouped to listen to the keynote speaker, David Wilkins, an active contributor to the online community and corporate learning industries.  Wilkins engaged the audience with a lively discussion, loaded with information that supported his topic "The Strategic Value of Learning in the Global War for Talent."  His discussion included the importance of getting the attention of company leaders to focus on the "strategic importance of talent and learning practices" to address demographic, technological, cultural, and economic changes that global businesses are facing today.

 
"Simply fantastic!" commented one member of the audience on the evening's events.

Keynote:
The Strategic Value of Learning in the Global War for Talent
David Wilkins, Vice President of Taleo Research


For years, learning professionals, like most of their HR colleagues, have been looking for a seat "at the table."  And for years, they have had very little success in getting into the room, let alone grabbing a seat. Fortunately, the opportunity has never been better: a combination of demographic, technological, cultural, and economic changes are increasing the strategic importance of talent and learning practices and more importantly, the "perceived" importance among CEO's and senior executives.

Bio: David Wilkins has been a thought leader in the online community and corporate learning industries for more than 15 years.  Through the development of award-winning simulation technology, LMS solutions, and social collaboration offerings, he has pioneered many innovative approaches to solve common workplace challenges, such as employee productivity and performance, recruiting and retention, and corporate communications.

Tech Talk:
Using Free and Low Cost Tools to Extend Your Development Toolkit

Shawn Stiles, Associate Director Quality Standards and Training Group Regulatory Affairs, Pfizer Global Research and Development


This presentation will discussed various freeware and shareware tools and low cost tools that you can use to enhance your development suite. This covered graphics packages, authoring tools, screen capture and other tools.

Bio: M. Shawn Stiles is a Trainer and Instructional Designer with over 15 years experience in training and development. Shawn received his certification as a distance educator from New York University, his Bachelor of General Study's degree from the University of Connecticut and his Masters Degree in Education and E-Learning from the University of Phoenix Online, and is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design from the University of Wisconsin-Stout

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