Deep Dish Learning

Taking a culinary cue from Chicago’s famous pie, Training’s Online Learning Conference 2018 offered a multi-layer experience that appealed to all the senses.

Hungry to experience the latest training technologies and make new connections, Online Learning Conference 2018 (OLC) attendees headed to Chicago October 8-10 to feast on hands-on product demos in the Training Test Kitchen, nuggets of wisdom from improv experts at Second City’s headquarters, and workforce culture insight from sparks & honey. Also in the mix were 55 breakout sessions, plus eight learning labs, six vendor demo sessions, and the 5th annual Top Training Videos (TTVs) awards ceremony showcasing training filmmaking prowess.

The conference boasted three additional ingredients: co-located events GamiCon; The Allen Experience; and Innovations in Training (IIT), a collaborative experience that brought participants to sites across the Windy City—such as The Chicago Connectory, Accenture, Northwestern Simulation at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Begyle Brewing Co., and Columbia College Chicago—and included innovators from IDEO, Samsung and Bosch.

Talk about a recipe for success!

2018 TTV Winners

Safety played a starring role in the 2018 Top Training Videos (TTVs) as both the #1 awards in the in-house and vendor-produced categories went to clips with a focus on employee well-being: “Quick Quiz! What’s the Most Important Number at Gilead?” and “Fentanyl: The Real Deal.”

The awards were given out during the conference kickoff October 8 following the opening Training Test Kitchen demos. This is Training’s fifth year conducting the Top Training Videos (TTVs) awards program. Training received nearly 70 two-minute video clip submissions. Judging the submissions were:

  • Ellen Finkelstein, PowerPoint MVP,
  • James Goldsmith, Learning Architect, Accenture
  • Hanan Harb, Instructional Design Expert, DPR Construction
  • Steve Haskin, Chief Creator, Industrial Strength Learning
  • Michele Israel, Learning Experience Designer, Michele Israel Educational Writing & Consulting
  • Matt Pierce, Learning & Video Ambassador, TechSmith Corp.
  • Sam Rogers, President, Snap Synapse LLC

The three videos that earned the top scores in each category—inhouse and vendor-produced for a client—were shown to OLC 2018 participants at the awards ceremony. Participants voted via text for their favorite clips (based on factors such as engagement, creativity, and effectiveness), and the clips were ranked first, second, and third based on those votes. Each of the three winners in both categories received crystal awards created by Pelucida for Training.

The Top 3 2018 TTV winners by category are:


#1: “Quick Quiz! What’s the Most Important Number at Gilead?”

Training Systems Design for Gilead

#2: “PwC Pursuit: What Clients Hear”

Cohn Creative Group for PwC

#3: “My Car Won’t Start: The Power of Structured Questioning”



#1: “Fentanyl: The Real Deal”

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

#2: “Jurassic Sales Call”


#3: “Building It Together: New Hire Onboarding”

Alliance Residential Company

To watch the winning videos and see comments from the judges, visit: To watch other TTV submissions, visit:

Excellence in Gamification for Learning Winners

Headlined by some of the world’s leading gamification strategists, researchers, and solution providers, co-located event GamiCon brought together individuals and organizations that seek to design and create productive outcomes with gamification. GamiCon throw-down awards were given in five categories judged by:

  • Roberto Alvarez, IE Publishing Manager, IE Business School
  • Jean Marrapodi, Senior Learning Architect, Illumina Interactive
  • Chuck Sigmund, Global Knowledge Management Team Lead, Amazon Alexa
  • Tammy Williams, Chief Change Officer, Coaching by the Balls

Taking home crystal awards for Excellence in Gamification for Learning were:

Overall Outstanding Use of Gamification for Learning AND Best Use of Surprise and Delight You Can’t Gamify That! Gamification Where No One Has Gone Before Brown University; Jim Egan and Naomi Perisault

Excellence in No-Tech Gamification Design Hacksagon! Cyber Security Board Game Gamification Nation; An Coppens

Excellence in eLearning or Web-Based Gamification Design Misadventures in Money Management Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection; Mechel Glass

Best Use of Narrative Therapeutic Communication and Mental Health Assessment Video Simulation Ryerson University, G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Centennial College and George Brown College; Naza Djafarova and Lenora Zefi

Training Test Kitchen Winners

#1: Top Chef Demo

Immersive Video-Based Learning for a Sensitive Subject

Artisan eLearning, Amy Morrisey

#2: Top Chef Demo

Tips on Battling the Forgetting Curve Using Brain Science

Canadian Armed Forces, Lorraine Weaver, and PJ Rules, Phil Cowcill,

#3: Top Chef Demo

Tips for Using Video in Virtual Training

Cindy Huggett Consulting, Cindy Huggett

#1: Best Recipe

How to Deliver Just-in-Time Resources to Internal and External Learners

University of Nebraska Foundation, Angie Taylor

#2: Best Recipe

Using Storyline to Create Gamification Elements in Your Trainings

Dell, Todd Stone

#3: Best Recipe

Transitioning from Classroom-Based Training to a Variety of Methods

MIDFLORIDA Credit Union, Jessica Fahey


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