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EVENT: Engaging Learners Through Technology

  • 21 Jun 2016
  • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Reynolds Office Building: 6641 West Broad Street Richmond, VA 23230


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Engaging Learners Through Technology

We all know that there is a direct correlation between learner engagement and training effectiveness.  As engagement increases, so does comprehension, retention and application.  So how do you use instructional technology to “engage” learners? 

This interactive working session will explain the five key elements for engaging learners through instructional technology.  We will then explore how these elements can be applied through various types of instructional technologies including elearning, mobile learning, simulations and gamification. 

We will review numerous real life examples of instructional technology in action, including some good, some bad and some downright ugly.  In addition, you will have an opportunity to share specific training challenges you are facing and as a group, we will provide suggestions for how you can overcome those challenges by utilizing instructional technology to enhance learner engagement. 


Facilitator:  The program will be facilitated by Jim Palmer

Jim is very passionate about the advantages of instructional technology and has been promoting its use for over 17 years.  He has guided the overall development of organizations’ instructional strategies and has also participated in the design, development and deployment of numerous types of instructional technology.  

Jim helped the FDA incorporate instructional technology into its internal training programs and then leveraged the technology to empower the pharmaceutical industry as a whole to benefit from the FDA’s training programs.  He has assisted dozens of large companies incorporate instructional technology into their learning and development programs including Siemens and Mercedes Benz.  He is currently assisting the NCAA with their online substance abuse prevention training programs which are reaching tens of thousands of student athletes.  However, Jim’s experience is not limited to large organizations with deep pockets, he has also helped numerous small to medium-size companies, non-profits and government agencies adopt instructional technology on shoe-string budgets. 

Jim is co-owner of LeanForward, a boutique elearning solutions provider.  He enjoys spending time with his family and can often be found swimming, boating or kayaking in the Rappahannock River.  Jim also enjoys fixing things and playing with power tools.  He has renovated a couple of historic homes in downtown Richmond and has built decks, stairs, chairs, tables and a Ninja Warrior training apparatus for his teenage sons.  Jim is also actively fighting the middle-age spread by running, cycling and playing tennis.

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