Elevating Learning at OLC

Training’s 2015 Online Learning Conference takes learning and collaboration to the next level.

Participants at Training’s 2015 Online Learning Conference (OLC) took hands-on learning to new heights in the mile-high city last month. More than 400 Learning & Development professionals attended the event in the Colorado Convention Center October 6-8. There, they tested hot apps such as Sway, Adobe Voice, Explain Everything, and Adobe Premiere Clip; made rockin’ videos with their smartphones; created executable e-learning files to bring back to the office; and learned to build learner-centric training events at the co-located Allen Interactions Experience.

This level of hands-on learning was made possible in part because of the flipped community created specifically for OLC— attendees were able to access handouts, Webinars, and other materials and connect with each other online in the month before the conference. So facilitators could spend less time lecturing onsite and more time on interactive, collaborative activities.

The hands-on theme extended to tours of the MillerCoors Brewery and Western Union University, plus the Top Training Videos (Ttvs) awards ceremony at Howl at the Moon, where OLC attendees voted on the Top 3 video clips in the in-house and vendor-produced categories..

2015 Ttv Winners
A self-deprecating cloud demonstrating his prowess with lightning and a virus-infected messenger transporting files to a desktop computer made the crowd laugh out loud and earned the No. 1 spots in their respective categories in Training magazine’s 2015 Top Training Videos (Ttv) awards program.

“Lightning Safety: Interview with a Cloud,” produced by LDS Church, took No. 1 in the videos produced inhouse category. “EY’s Metro Email Service,” produced by Cohn Creative Group for EY, earned the top spot in the videos produced by a professional video company for a client category.

The awards ceremony was held October 7 at a special event featuring dueling pianos and a “Back to the Future” theme at Howl at the Moon in Denver. The Howl at the Moon musicians—with help from industry expert Jane Bozarth—even created a special song for Training: “The Power of Us” (to the tune of Huey Lewis and the News’ “The Power of Love”). Attendees screened the Top 3 video clips in the two categories and used the audience response system provided by Turning Technologies to vote on their favorites based on factors such as engagement, creativity, and effectiveness. 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: “Lightning Safety: Interview with a Cloud,” LDS Church

No. 2: “New Beginnings,” DEFENDERS

No. 3: “Handwashing,” Blood Systems, Inc.

Videos Produced by a Professional Video Company for a Client:

No. 1: “EY’s Metro Email Service,” Cohn Creative Group for EY

No. 2: “Covered,” Resonate Pictures, INC

No. 3: “The Importance of Documenting Experiments,” Performance Development Group and MedImmune

This is Training’s second year doing the Ttv awards program. Training received nearly 140 two-minute video clip submissions. Judging the submissions to come up with the Top 3 in the two categories were nine 2014 Emerging Training Leaders, along with one additional industry expert:

  • Greg Cole, BKD
  • Theda Riggins-Crawford, Fiserv
  • Kristin Hall, PPD
  • Jennifer Hentz, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Rebecca Lockard, Advance Financial
  • Christine Marciano, Nationwide
  • Eileen Miller, Vanguard
  • Ming Ng, Paychex
  • Subadhra Parthasarathy, Cognizant
  • James Goldsmith, Accenture

To watch the winning Ttv videos and other submissions, visit http://www.trainingmag.com/training-magazine-announces-2015-ttv-winners

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.