Case Study: Designing Digitally Builds Assessment Simulation for Procter and Gamble

Case Study: Designing Digitally Builds Assessment Simulation for Procter and Gamble

Here’s an excellent case study that features a simulation Designing Digitally created for Susan Manos and Procter & Gamble (P&G). P&G conduct self-assessments of the Quality Programs at all of their production, research, distribution, and warehousing facilities to ensure all are meeting the organization’s performance standards. These assessments are called QPHA’s and they provide a framework for evaluation and understanding of the quality level output by the teams that participate. There is a related elearning module that is shared to employees, but Susan Manos and P&G decided to add a life-like assessment to accelerate the transfer and adoption of this program.

Cue Designing Digitally and Andrew Hughes, with a solution requiring building a simulation.

Designing Digitally worked with SMEs from P&D to write a fictional story about a plant that is releasing a new product. DDINC then worked with SMEs to create a 3D model of the plant for the learners to explore as if they were conducting an assessment at the site. Learners visit different sections of the plant, such as the research labs, production lines, and loading docks, to discover how the site is handling the new product release.

Andrew and Susan have an excellent discussion about the process from beginning to end, and you can clearly see why the results were so positive. The project wasn’t without its challenges, but the overall success was worth the hurdles they overcame.

Andrew Hughes and Susan Manos: A Sneak Peek into Simulated Training at P&G

by Host Andrew Hughes and Special Guest Susan Manos | TLDCast Podcast

Is A Formal L&D Degree Necessary? with Cara North, Chad Smith, and Richard Harrell

Is A Formal L&D Degree Necessary? with Cara North, Chad Smith, and Richard Harrell

Is a formal L&D degree worth it? Is it a requirement if you want to have a career as an instructional designer or a corporate trainer?

There are so many factors that go into answering questions like these and this episode answers quite a few of them. Join Cara North, Chackras Smith, and Richard Harrell for a busy discussion on whether or not having a formal degree in L&D is a requirement in today’s job market for instructional designers. This panel also discusses the types of degrees that are available out there, as well as why having a degree might be necessary for you to be successful.

You’ll also hear about recommended programs and universities, as well as realistic expectations of what the journey to an M.A. or Ph.D. in Education is like.

Is A Formal L&D Degree Necessary?

by Host Cara North with Special Guests Chackras Smith and Richard Harrell | TLDCast Podcast

Community Discussion: Share Your Timesavers, Shortcuts, and Productivity Tips

Community Discussion: Share Your Timesavers, Shortcuts, and Productivity Tips

It’s a Labor Day weekend Friday, so why not start the three-day weekend with some timesavers,  shortcuts, and productivity tips? Host Luis Malbas talked with Jonathan Rock, Quetzalcoatl Cortes, and Alan Natachu about some of their favorite ways to be more productive L&D professionals.

The discussion covered:

  • Procrastination
  • Taking action
  • Creating productivity rituals
  • Removing distractions
  • Saying “NO”
  • Outsourcing the small stuff
  • Creating schedules and blocking off time
  • Ideal workspaces
  • Stop answering your phone
  • Setting expectations 
  • …and lots more

Here are a few links to useful tools from the chat:

Community Discussion: Share Your Timesavers, Shortcuts, and Productivity Tips

by Jonathan Rock, Quetzal Cortes, Alan Natachu, and Luis Malbas | TLDCast Podcast

From Vaughnsville, OH to 21st Century L&D with Andrew Hughes and Craig Sybert

From Vaughnsville, OH to 21st Century L&D with Andrew Hughes and Craig Sybert

There are currently 249 people living in Vaughnsville, Ohio. Today on TLDCast, we had two former residents of that small town, both of them now Learning and Development Professionals. Andrew Hughes and Craig Sybert grew up with completely separate lives (although Craig’s father did date Andrew’s Aunt for a few months) and they discovered their common connection at an ATD conference, and have since managed to stay in touch here in The Training, Learning, and Development Community.

Take a listen to their interesting stories, and hear about their childhood, how their roots affected their career choice, and how they evolved with technology as youngsters in Vaughnsville, OH, including what L&D was like then and now.

From Vaughnsville, OH to 21st Century L&D

by Host Andrew Hughes and guest Craig Sybert | TLDCast Podcast

Delighting Learning Appetites with Karl Richter and Host Cara North

Delighting Learning Appetites with Karl Richter and Host Cara North

Karl Richter is a Chef. But instead of menu prep and food mastery as his medium for cooking up delicious offerings, he concocts “eLearning Blends” — a mixture of design, facilitation, consultation, and coaching — to delight learning appetites.

In this TLDCast, we learn more about Karl’s journey as a trainer – going from college, to teaching abroad in Taiwan and Korea, then his time teaching in the Educational Technology Department at San Diego State University, and eventually landing where he is now: Louisville, KY (the best state in the country, according to Kentucky native, Cara North).

Most of the TLDCast is accompanied by slides, so to get the most out of the discussion, make sure you check out the video recording.

Delighting Learning Appetites with Special Guest Karl Richter and Host Cara North

Ken Brown and The EMU Experience

Ken Brown and The EMU Experience

Ken Brown’s story is an interesting one. A self-described introvert turned college psychology teacher that evolved to corporate trainer, it’s surprising he would eventually create The EMU Experience: Engaging. Memorable. Unexpected.

In this discussion, Ken remarks “when somebody says, ‘Hey, create something new or redesign it?’ I get absolutely giddy. I mean, I’m like a kid in a candy store. Because to me, there are so many possibilities, so many ways you can take it — not just ‘Oh, we’ve got to update our PowerPoint so that we can present this training’ — it goes way beyond that.” 

And “goes way beyond that” means engagement, his primary focus on all of the training he creates. To Ken, it’s the difference between presenting and facilitating, and integrating engagement in facilitation gets you much better results.

Watch or listen to the recordings below and you’ll learn more about Ken and The EMU Experience. Ken offers quite a few examples of engagement (bingo, speed dating, mind maps, and more) and we highly recommend viewing the video so you can see the tips and tricks he shares in his slides.

Ken Brown and The EMU Experience

by Host Toddi Norum with Special Guest Ken Brown | TLDCast Podcast