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  • 14 Sep 2018 1:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Unless you were one of the lucky 50, you probably missed out on our recent workshop - Instructional Designer's Toolkit facilitated by Megan Torrance. Thankfully, ATD St. Louis member, Derek Kindig from Rabo Agrifinance, was willing to share his insights.

    Recently, I attended a workshop facilitated by Megan Torrance about her “Instructional Designer Toolkit.” Along with 40+ others, I absorbed as much information as I could and began to think about how I can implement these ideas. Below is a summary of my takeaways but if you’d like to learn more about Megan’s toolkit, visit Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn if you want to discuss my experience.

    Rocketbook app

    I must first admit that I’m incredibly biased on this topic. Some time ago my wife was on one of her Kickstarter rampages and ran across the Rocketbook Everlast and thought I would be interesting in the product. She was right.

    Essentially, the app scans pages and can send a PDF to just about any location you want; OneDrive included! Megan went on to explain that Rocketbook has some of these pages available for download on their website and she enlarges them up to use as a flip chart. She agreed that making the printouts even larger to laminate and mimic a whiteboard would be a good use of this resource as well.

    Learning Personas

    Megan and her team uses Learning Personas as a way to gear their training for a specific audience. This goes deeper than identifying that a general audience needs the training. Rather, it looks at that audience and defines characteristics about 2 or 3 types of people within that group. When it comes to instructional design knowing your audience is arguably the most important piece and this concept can really help with driving home the training. I’m really excited to try using this on an upcoming project.

    Action Mapping

    We briefly covered Cathy Moore’s Action Mapping and how it helps keep the end goal in mind during the design process. I like action mapping because it helps me stay focused on the things my learners have to do. It also helps me refine content so that I’m not just throwing information on a screen because “it’s important.” We got to practice action mapping in small groups which was nice to get that practice in.


    This one is definitely a can of worms but… The main point was that the 4 levels of evaluation in the Kirkpatrick model doesn’t really work. Megan uses 8 Ls (not actual levels) for measuring training and to be honest I don’t remember them all. The one that stuck out to me was learner experience. I believe it could be the center of our measurement if we can create a standard definition for learner experience. I could go on for a while here but am hoping I haven’t lost you just yet; feel free to contact me if you’d like to dive down this rabbit hole together. 

    Learning Moments

    Some of you may be familiar with Bob Mosher and Conrad Gottfredson’s 5 Moments of Learning Need, but Megan believes there are 9 moments. Regardless of it being 5 or 9, I am a big proponent of this concept as it approaches what a learner needs from a different angle. Megan went on to say that although she has 9 moments mapped out, not every project will use all of them. It really depends on your audience and the business goal. I like that it makes you think about a time in which a person would need training. Are they in the middle of doing a task and need help? Are they completely new to it? Do they need a refresher?


  • 20 Aug 2018 9:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ATD St. Louis is looking for dedicated members that have a desire to impact the local talent development community and help shape the direction of the chapter. If this sounds like you, please consider joining the board of directors.

    Serving on the ATD St. Louis Chapter Board of Directors provides you with an opportunity to contribute and shape the direction of the Chapter. Board leaders serve two-year terms, and are expected to actively participate in monthly Board meetings, Chapter events and planning meetings during the term year. The President Elect serves a three-year term to succeed the current President, then to serve as Past President for one year.


    Joining the leadership of ATD St Louis Chapter is an excellent way to enhance your professional development, build you network within the talent development community and broaden your understanding of the latest industry trends. If you are interested in serving as a board member, please contact Danielle Buscher at


    Open Board Positions for 2019


    President Elect

    ·        Prepare to be Chapter President by staying abreast of ATD compliance requirements.

    ·        Serve as the Chapter ATD CARE recorder and is responsible for submitting the Chapter CARE report to ATD by the required due date.


    VP of Community Engagement

    ·        Serve as a liaison between the chapter and local community, educational, and nonprofit groups.

    ·        Manage and promote community engagement within the chapter by developing and executing initiatives, programs, and outreach efforts


    VP of Professional Development

    ·        Responsible for planning chapter events of value to our members that also reflect the vision of the Chapter. 

    ·        Communicate and coordinate with speakers, event site staff and collaborate with the board members to manage all aspects of each event. 

    ·        Responsible for special events to provide additional value and development to the members’ experience including the annual chapter conference, special interest groups, workshops/seminars, etc. 

    ·        Collaborate with the VPs of Communication and Marketing to promote events. 

    ·        Collaborate with the Chapter President to set appropriate goals and performance measures to ensure the chapter is meeting goals and providing meaningful events for members’ Professional Development.


    For a full job description, please contact Danielle Buscher at

  • 27 Apr 2018 12:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Whether you missed it or just want to review it again, check out the PowerPoint from our April luncheon about Needs Assessments.

    2018 ATD TNA Session.pptx 

  • 26 Dec 2017 1:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We want to hear from you! Your insights and feedback are critical to our ability to serve our membership and our profession. Please help us plan a 2018 that includes the professional development opportunities that you want to see by taking a few moments to complete our Membership Engagement Survey! It takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and will be available until Friday, January 12.

    By participating in the survey, you will be entered into a drawing to win a complimentary registration to one of our professional development luncheons in 2018!

  • 07 Jul 2017 8:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are having a book exchange at our 2017 Learn St. Louis Conference on Thursday, October 19!

    Why have a Book Exchange?

    Take a good, hard look at your bookshelves. Do you have previously read books that you promised yourself that you would go back to reference? Have you not opened those books since you read them? If so, you should give others the opportunity to read them.

    How it Works

    It’s pretty simple. Everyone drop off books they would like to part with prior to the event or the day of the event. The day of the event, you mingle, pick out new-to-you books to take home, and the leftovers get donated.

    Drop off locations: (This way we will have the time to organize the books by topic.)

    The following events will be drop off locations for the books.

    • Facilitators Special Interest Group – July 10
    • Articulate Storyline Special Interest Group – July 13
    • Adobe Captivate Special Interest Group – Aug 10
    • August luncheon – Aug 24
    • Articulate Storyline Special Interest Group – Sep 7

    The following locations are available to drop off books anytime:

    • BHR – 12647 Olive Blvd, Creve Coeur, MO 63141 – Contact: Lisa Lappin
    • Moneta Group – 100 S. Brentwood, Clayton, MO 63105 – Contact: Anthony Palazzolo

    Please contact Anthony Palazzolo at with any questions.


  • 05 Jul 2017 9:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Stay informed and check out the latest chapter news in the most recent edition of the quarterly newsletter: June 30 newsletter.pdf

  • 01 Apr 2017 10:32 AM | Anonymous

    We are pleased to announce that our chapter received 100% CARE and Membership Star Status! This recognition means our chapter met all 18 elements of CARE in 2016. ATD St. Louis also received a Joint Membership Reward. With a joint membership of 57%, our chapter was awarded first place in our size category! Congratulations to the ATD St. Louis Chapter!

  • 30 Mar 2017 8:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Don’t miss No Power & No Point: Why Your Slides Suck & How To Make ‘em Soar. If you use slides, you’ll be blown away by how many great ideas you’ll get. And if you’ve never thought slides were necessary for your speech, you’ll be amazed at the possibilities. You’ve never seen slides like this before. 

    Event Details:

    Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017

    Time: 8:00 - 3:00 

    Location: The Business Lodge - Chesterfield, MO

    For more information and registration details: Mike Robertson 4-29-17 Workshop Flyer (002).pdf

  • 05 Jan 2017 10:26 PM | Anonymous

    We have a new company page for the ATD St. Louis Chapter on LinkedIn! 

    Follow us at

  • 29 Nov 2016 12:08 AM | Cora Fickinger

    Don’t miss No Power & No Point: Why Your Slides Suck & How To Make ‘em Soar. If you use slides, you’ll be blown away by how many great ideas you’ll get. And if you’ve never thought slides were necessary for your speech, you’ll be amazed at the possibilities. You’ve never seen slides like this before.

    Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

    Business Development Program 9:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    Members ONLY Mastermind and Lunch 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Information and Registration

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