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Trainer's Institute Day 1: Needs Analysis and Course Design

  • 11 Sep 2018
  • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • First National Business Park; 14010 FNB Parkway, Omaha NE 68154; First Floor


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Trainer's Institute Day 1


Professional development opportunities for new and experienced professional concepts with real-world application, best practices, and current industry trends that can be immediately applied in the workplace.

Needs Analysis for Training

Morning Session (8:00am - 12:00pm) 

      Facilitator: Heather Davis   

The success or failure of your training projects begins at the first meeting with your stakeholders. Make your projects a success by asking the right questions, proposing appropriate solutions, and setting expectations with the right type of communications.

By the end of this class, you will be able to:
• Describe needs analysis
• Describe why needs analysis is important
• Select the most appropriate needs analysis type
• Select the most appropriate needs analysis questions
• Select the most appropriate elements of a needs analysis report

Heather Davis has over 20 years of experience project managing, creating, and delivering a wide variety of educational materials for corporate, government, secondary, and higher education settings. She holds a Bachelor of Arts-History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, post-graduate education from Northern Arizona University, and a Master of Educational Media and Computers from Arizona State University.

Beginning her career as a secondary teacher, she honed her presentation, classroom management, and instructional design skills to create interactive, engaging presentations and materials. As a technical trainer, instructional designer, and developer with the U.S. Department of Energy and various corporations, Ms. Davis demonstrated her talent for learning and translating complex concepts to learners. In recent years, Ms. Davis has focused on realizing efficiencies in project management, instructional design processes, and standards to create professional and consistent e-learning and classroom training.

Heather Davis is currently a Senior Learning Analyst with Conagra Brands, focusing on managing the company’s learning system. She is a past President of ATD Nebraska, President of the BRIDGES LGBT and allies employee resource group at Union Pacific, and Treasurer for Wear Yellow Nebraska. In her free time, Ms. Davis renovates her 80-year-old house and is a cyclist.



Principles and Practices of Quality Course Design

Afternoon Session (1:00pm - 5:00pm)

Facilitator: Karen Wegner   

Course Design is a complex activity that requires designers to integrate knowledge and skill from multiple disciplines as they design learning experiences. It is a systematic process that begins with identifying desired results, followed by determining acceptable evidence, and planning learning experiences. It does not include development of the learning materials themselves. In this session, participants will engage in a series of collaborative activities that will enable them to learn and apply core instructional design concepts and principles that are essential to evaluating and creating quality course designs for adult learners that achieve the desired results.
The following learning objectives will support achievement of the session outcome, and align with those outlined in the ATD Instructional Design Competency.
• Compare adult learning models
• Identify elements of active learning
• Identify steps in the course design process
• Differentiate between competencies and learning objectives
• Identify characteristics of authentic performance assessments
• Apply learning theory to a course design project
• Apply learning cycle framework to a design project

An active member of ATD chapters for many years, Karen has served on the ATD Nebraska Board for the past 5 years.  If you spend time with her, you’ll know that engaging people in high quality learning experiences is at the center of her work.   As a learning professional in both business and academia, she seeks out and embraces emerging trends and technologies, and has collaborated with numerous teams to determine learning strategy, establish critical systems, processes and infrastructure, and create innovative learning experiences.  

Karen holds a Master of Education in Adult Learning/HRD from the University of Minnesota and currently serves in the Workforce Innovation Division at Metropolitan Community College.  Karen is also an active member of the eLearning Guild, and has presented at the DevLearn Conference in Las Vegas.
Registration Pricing:

Single Day Event

Early Bird Member (through August 12): $185

Member (starting August 13): $210

Non-Member: $235 


Days 1-4 Package

Early Bird Member (through August 12): $680

Member (starting August 13): $750

Non-Member: $900 (includes a one year ATD Nebraska Membership - $60 Value)


Days 1-5 Package

Early Bird Member (through August 12): $750

Member (starting August 13): $835

 Non-Member: $985 (Includes a one year ATD Nebraska Membership - $60 Value) 

Click here to register for Package Deals   

(Days 1-4 or Days 1-5 Packages)


Location: First National Business Park - First Floor

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