The Download is a unique way for learning and development professionals to connect, learn and share. If you want to catch a smattering of what’s going on in learning, pick up some ideas to put a new spark in your work, or share your latest ideas & thoughts, this is the place to be.

Speakers will lead interactive discussions for 45 minutes each during the Download. Have a topic you’d like to share and discuss with the group? Great!

The Agenda for the day looks like this:

9-9:30am Registration & Networking
9:30-10am Opening Session
10:15-11am First Sessions
11:15-12pm Second Sessions



12:45-1:30pm Third Sessions
1:45-2:30pm Fourth Sessions
2:45-3:30pm Fifth Sessions
3:30-4pm Closing Session

The Schedule:

Creating and Sustaining a Learning Culture Beyond Training – Session Materials

Treehouse | Steve Gill, Jim Stillwell

Organizations today, faced with the rapid pace of technological change, global competition, and a multi-generational workforce, will succeed only if they have a learning culture and don’t rely on formal training programs to meet all of their learning needs.

In this session, the partners of Learning to be Great™ will engage you in a discussion of the importance of creating and sustaining a learning culture and the primary obstacles to implementing and maintaining continuous learning in organizations. Together, we will identify key strategies for overcoming those obstacles. If you believe your organization can benefit from building and sustaining a learning culture, you do not want to miss this session.

Making the Case for [Insert Big Idea Here] – Recording

Middle Earth & Virtual | Art Werkenthin, Megan Torrance

How We Made Your Conference App

Big Space | Erin Steller

Come learn more about what Train by Cell has to offer, the evolution of our site and how you might be able to use it at your company. TorranceLearning recently partnered with a company called Train by Cell to create a mobile option to deliver information during our onsite events.

Agile Project Management for Instructional Design

Treehouse | Megan Torrance

On time. In budget. What they need (even if that changes!). These are moving targets and yet, you’re expected to deliver all three. The software development industry is embracing agile to address these issues and there is much that the eLearning development world can learn from them. Agile provides a framework for adapting to change as it happens and working with the client to deliver content most needed by learners.

In this session, you will learn about the Agile project management methods that TorranceLeanring adapted specifically for the instructional design & development projects —Lot Like Agile Methods Approach (LLAMA)—and how you can use them on the job. You’ll learn about the tools and supplies you need and how to choose a project to pilot. You’ll also see how Agile supports the estimating, planning, and managing tasks within an elearning design and development project.

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly – Recording; Slide Deck

Middle Earth & Virtual | Sean Putman, Brian Dusablon

During our course reviews for clients we see quite a range of what works and what doesn’t work. In this session we will lead a discussion on some of the things we see that work and those that really just don’t. Bring your best and worst stories and lessons learned to discuss with the group.

How WDI Used ELearning to Breathe New Life into a 10-year-old Executive Education Program – Slide Deck

Big Space | Amy Gillett

In this session, we’ll take a tour of WDI’s Strategic Management Exec Ed program and:

– Discuss why we decided to use elearning and the flipped classroom format.
– Talk about how we approached the decision around what to present through elearning.
– Talk about some best practices we applied (as recommended by you): start with learner persona, what the learner needs to do with the new knowledge, chunk content.
– Discuss the two modules we created & how / why we took a different approach with each
– Show the Competition and Finance modules and the Learnshare platform
– Discuss participant feedback to the modules

Speed Networking


Looking to fill a position with a fabulous and talented professional? Looking for your next great job? Got a gig? Need a gig? Just looking to maximize your networking at the Download? Then this is the session for you. Bring your business cards and prepare to meet as many people as you can in 45 minutes.

Making Microlearning Work at Work – Recording; Slide Deck

Middle Earth & Virtual | Carla Torgerson

Microlearning (or nanolearning) – defined as providing learning material in short bursts that anyone can access any time – is being touted as the “next big thing.” We all have personal experiences of learning in this way, but how do we apply it to corporate learning? Does it work for all training all the time with all audiences? And how do you ensure any measure of accountability … or do you care? (It is informal learning, after all.)

A Few of Our Favorite Tools

Big Space | Jen Vetter

This is the only Download session that’s ever been repeated … and we do it EVERY Download. We all have our favorite technology tools and productivity hacks – things that help us organize, implement and geek out our work flow. Find out what we use to herd our cats and keep our ducks in a row. Come prepared to share a tool of your own.

Embracing the Agile Mindset for ISD

Treehouse | Scott Marsee

Agile methods have been successfully applied outside of the software domain with the development of several Agile ISD models. Implementing Agile-based methods can be a challenge without achieving a significant mindset change for stakeholders. This session will draw upon research and personal experience implementing Agile-based methods in higher education to discuss strategies for embracing an Agile mindset.

Instructional Design (and Logistics!) for Cohort Experiences – Recording

Middle Earth & Virtual | Alison Hass

Spring 2016 was TorranceLearning’s second cycle of xAPI Learning Cohorts; the products of which you might have seen at yesterday’s xAPI Party. Thinking about using cohort methodology for your own organization? Curious about joining the next round of xAPI Learning Cohort (Sept.-Nov. 2016)? Wondering about what it takes to facilitate a months-long, globally-attended experience? Join Alison for insight into what works (and what doesn’t!), the scope and sequence of the xAPI Learning Cohorts, and a chance to toss around ideas for orchestrating an effective cohort at your organization.

Improving Performance Supports for Manufacturing Employees

Big Space | Denise Basler

Exactech, Inc. is a medical device manufacturer in Gainesville, Florida. We primarily manufacture hip, knee and joint products. For many years we were a small, growing operation and new machinists were trained easily through a combination of Work Instructions, Standard Operating Procedures and the sharing of “tribal knowledge.” Our increasing growth over the last two years demands standardized, robust training so that new manufacturing employees can move into production roles quickly and with fewer errors. We are beginning to meet this need with electronic checklists, video support, and quick references to all instructional material at each workstation via electronic tablets.

xAPI: Life in a Post-SCORM World

Treehouse | Megan Torrance

If you’re new to xAPI, this is where you’ll start. In this session we’ll cover the what, why, and now what? of xAPI so you can get the most out of the rest of your day of xAPI Party. xAPI allows for more robust and interesting tracking of the learning process, including learning that happens outside the LMS and on the job. As actual performance and results data are integrated with learning metrics, we will have the data we need to tailor the learning process to individual needs at the same time that we can draw more useful conclusions about the learning as a whole across a wider population.


Smart Learning with xAPI – Recording; Slide Deck

Middle Earth & Virtual | Rob Houck

Online learning has widened the reach and decreased the cost of delivering employee training, but it’s often delivered as a one-size-fits-all approach that misses its full potential. What’s more, these “event-based” learning models fail to take into account the on-the-job needs for training and information. This is a legacy of our SCORM-based environments and silo-ed learning management systems. With xAPI, we have the means to change all of that.

In this session, you’ll learn how xAPI can be leveraged to create the “smart learning environment.” This involves learning and platforms working together with data to deliver training and performance support when you need it. This saves time, money and wins the hearts & minds of the employees you train. Smart learning knows where you are in the world, in your organization, on the job and how well you’re doing. It then uses that information to deliver the right mix of traditional elearning, “micro-learning”, and performance support tools that adapt to the individual’s needs. These experiences are personalized, data-driven, team-based and relevant.

What’s In It for Me? Software Onboarding and Instructional Design – Slide Deck

Big Space | Guy Larcom

Motivating users often means convincing them of what they will get out of an experience. Software companies use onboarding to show new users the value their product offers. Ideas around software onboarding can inform instructional design and elearning. Let’s learn a bit about software onboarding and then discuss how the concepts relate to instructional design.