2016 OLC Wrap-Up – Recipes For Success

Training’s 2016 Online Learning Conference offered appetizing training ideas attendees can whip up at the office.

Training magazine provided the ingredients, but Online Learning Conference (OLC) attendees mixed them up and turned food for thought into appetizing training they can serve back at the office.

The 400-plus attendees at OLC 2016—held September 20-22 at McCormick Place West in Chicago—got an up-close look at the latest training tools, applications, and gadgets at the Technology Test Kitchen, Learning Design Challenge (LDC) demos (see the opposite page for the winners), and “app-ologist” Robbie Melton’s keynote. In addition to hands-on clinics, breakout sessions, and keynotes from Google Ventures’ Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky, OLC Chief Technology Officer Bryan Chapman, and Game Changer Chicago Design Lab’s Patrick Jagoda, attendees participated in Chicago xLabs, which included experiential tours of the Game Changer Chicago Design Lab, The Second City Works improv company, and a Chicago microbrewery (introduction to beer cicerone training).

Last but not least, blues great Buddy Guy dished up a special dessert with a surprise performance at the Top Training Videos (Ttvs) Awards Ceremony held at his Legends club.

Now we’re cookin’!

Click HERE to see photos from the Online Learning Conference and LDC and Ttv Awards Ceremonies.

2016 LDC Winners

Training magazine dared Learning and Development professionals to showcase their best practices in e-learning via the 2016 Learning Design Challenge (LDC), and, boy, did they deliver!

Participants were asked to submit a 5-minute clip from their best e-learning programs in up to two of five categories—Gamification, Learning Analytics, Microlearning, Mobile Learning, and Social/ Collaborative Learning—and detail how they met the specified criteria in the relevant category. Submissions could be from vendors or corporate Learning and Development organizations. Applicants did not have to be present at Training’s Online Learning Conference held September 20-22 in Chicago, but were offered the opportunity to demonstrate their submissions throughout the event.

Training received 93 submissions, and 16 participants showcased their designs on site. E-learning expert and OLC Chief Technology Officer Bryan Chapman—chief learning strategist for Chapman Alliance and former director of Research at Brandon Hall, who has had a longtime relationship with Training and its events—organized the program and facilitated a panel of judges. Judges’ evaluations represented 75 percent of the total score. OLC attendees voted on site for their favorites for the other 25 percent of the score.

The top-scoring Gold winners received crystal awards at an awards luncheon September 22 at OLC in Chicago. The other winners were announced from the stage and received e-badges and certificates. To view videos from the competition and share best practices with your Learning team, visit: ldcgallery.com.

The 2016 LDC winners are:


​​​Top-Scoring Gold: GameLearn, Pacific—The Leadership Game

Gold: MedImmune, Gamification Portal

​Silver: Allen Interactions, Bright Horizons Virtual Lab School

​Silver: D2L, Brightspace Gamification

Silver: Accenture, Knowledge Exchange

Bronze, Digitec Interactive, Hilton Hotels Digital Key Game

​Bronze: eLearning Brothers, CIP Defender​​​​

​​​Top-Scoring Gold: Edward Jones, OST Dashboard

Gold: eCoach, Next Level Careers

​Silver: OnPoint Digital, Quorum

​Silver: D2L, Analytics Suite​

​Bronze: Iridize, Analytics for Guide​​​

Top-Scoring Gold: Xyleme, Summit Course – Embedded MicroLearning

Gold: ePath Learning, Genesis Advisers – First 90 Days

Gold: Enterprise Development Group, One Hour Innovator

​Silver: Cinecraft Productions, Henkel Window Installation

Silver: MediaPro, Preventing Phishing

​Silver: Intrepid Learning, Capital City Teller Learning Hub

​Bronze: Allen Interactions, Mary Kay Learning

​Bronze: BizLibrary, BizLibrary Microlearning


Top-Scoring Gold: ACTO App

​Gold: Artisan E-Learning, Resolving Customer Conflict

Silver: OnPoint Digital, Harvey’s Learning Portal

​Silver: Integra, Human Anatomy Explorer

Silver: Sealworks Interactive, Nielsen My Learning

​Bronze: ADT Security Solutions, New Rep Onboarding Process

​Bronze: University of Colorado, H5P Platform


​​Top-Scoring Gold: Intrepid, VitalSmarts Virtual Trainer Certification

​Silver: Accenture Collections, Social Bookmarks

​Silver: Lenovo, AirClass

Bronze: SAP, Leadership Excellence Acceleration Program (LEAP)

Bronze: Vignettes Learning, Social/Collaboration​

2016 Ttv Winners

During an exciting evening that featured a surprise appearance and impromptu performance by blues icon Buddy Guy at his club in Chicago, 2016 Online Learning Conference participants voted video clips featuring a savvy school janitor and not-so savvy crime scene investigators No. 1 in their respective categories in Training magazine’s Top Training Videos (Ttv) awards program. “The Janitor Story From Crucial Accountability,” produced by VitalSmarts, took No. 1 in the videos produced in-house category. “CSI Misperceptions,” produced by Cine Learning Productions for the University of Phoenix College of Criminal Justice and Security, earned the No. 1 spot in the videos produced by a professional video company for a client category.

This is Training’s third year doing this awards program. Companies were asked to send in a 2-minute video clip of one of their training programs. Entries were in one of two categories: produced in-house or produced by a professional video company for a client. Each company could submit two videos. Training received more than 100 video clips. Five Emerging Training Leaders, along with one additional industry expert, judged the submissions:

  • Jack Carbone, Victaulic
  • Huligeshwari Devi, Tech Mahindra
  • Carmen Murrell Randall, G4S Secure Solutions (USA)
  • Swarnasudha Selvaraj, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.
  • Lisa Vallad, University of Colorado
  • James Goldsmith, Accenture

The three videos that earned the top scores in each category—in-house and vendor-produced—were shown to Online Learning Conference participants at the special event at Buddy Guy’s Legends. Participants voted for their favorite clips (based on factors such as engagement, creativity, and effectiveness) using Turning Technologies’ audience response system. Each of the three winners in both categories received crystal awards created by Pelucida for Training.

The Top 3 winners by category are:

Videos Produced In-House:

No. 1: The Janitor Story From Crucial Accountability, VitalSmarts

No. 2: #chuckleheads, LRN

No. 3: Daily Stand-Up Meeting, IBM

Videos Produced by a Professional Video Company for a Client:

No. 1: CSI Misperceptions, Cine Learning Productions for the University of Phoenix College of Criminal Justice and Security

No. 2: Why Salespeople Just Can’t Shut Up, Rapid Learning Institute

No. 3: Norton Healthcare Hand Hygiene, K@alyst Creative for Norton Healthcare

To watch the winning Ttv videos, visit https://trainingmag.com/recent-videos

Lorri Freifeld
Lorri Freifeld is the editor/publisher of Training magazine. She writes on a number of topics, including talent management, training technology, and leadership development. She spearheads two awards programs: the Training APEX Awards and Emerging Training Leaders. A writer/editor for the last 30 years, she has held editing positions at a variety of publications and holds a Master’s degree in journalism from New York University.