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Trainer's Institute Day 3: eLearning Design and Active Learning

  • 25 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 3


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.

Designing eLearning Using Rapid Prototyping

Morning Session (8:00am - 12:00pm)

      Facilitator: Michael Merritt       

In this course we will examine the rapid prototyping process as a valuable tool when working with subject matter experts from the beginning of an eLearning project. Attendees will participate in the process of developing a rapid prototype for a project (one they may be currently working on) and how it integrates into the ADDIE process and leads to the full development of a storyboard, and on to an eLearning course.



Build rapid eLearning prototypes to initiate the design process.

Articulate the advantages of starting a prototype process early in the Analyze & Design stages.

Build a prototype for a current project you are working on. 

Michael Merritt has been involved in Education Technologies for twenty years and has specialized in eLearning for the last twelve years. At the BryanLGH College of Health Sciences he was the lead in the design of classroom technologies for a 75,000 square foot expansion, and taught two freshman level courses. In 2004 Michael joined The Nebraska Medical Center as the E-Learning Coordinator Serving 6600+ active users. Michael administered the E-Learning initiative including the administration of the Learning Management System and the design, development, and technical support of courses offered.  

In 2009 Michael joined ACI, a leader in electronic payments for financial institutions, retailers and processors around the world with its broad and integrated suite of electronic payment software as the Manager of Instructional Design where he expertly applied adult learning principles/theory in design of all learning solutions types (classroom, eLearning, job aids, performance support, synchronous learning, etc.) and served as Manager to the Instructional Designer and Content Developers.

Michael currently serves as HDR’s eLearning Development Manager in the Learning and Organizational Development department. His key role is overseeing and setting the strategic direction of the design and development of web based training delivered via HDR University, an employee development resource comprised of over 250 instructor-led, online and webinar delivered courses.  In addition to leading HDR’s eLearning initiatives, he has delivered services to a range of HDR clients such as NASA, TMA, CEATI and the Department of Defense.   

Active Learning

Afternoon Session (1:00pm - 5:00pm)

Facilitators: Jill Banaszak & Kristi Rutledge

It's painful for individuals to sit through humdrum training and it is equally painful
to deliver humdrum training and gaze out at rows of motionless, vacant faces as
the clock callously thumps the slothful passage of each excruciating second. The
most thought-provoking content can’t overcome the marring effect of
unimaginative delivery.

During this workshop, participants will experience numerous examples of active
learning and create and deliver engaging training activities that speak to all
learning styles. Participants will walk away from the session with multiple
examples of how to deliver content so that it involves participants in the learning
process, stimulates their thinking, and makes them accountable for learning.
Learning Objectives:
1. Given learning content, participants will be able to list a variety of active
training methods to foster engagement and connection.
2. Given an active training technique and Bloom’s Taxonomy, participants will be
able to connect the training technique with the Bloom’s Taxonomy learning
domain that it supports.. 

Jill Banaszak is a Sr. Business Systems Consultant in the Intelligent Automation division for Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company. Her team supports efficient operations and enables associates to focus on their most valuable work – serving our customers. Her area of expertise is in eLearning and material development. Jill earned her bachelors degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She is a past ATD Nebraska President and graduate of the ATD NE Trainer’s Institute.

Kristi Rutledge is a Training Manager for Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company. Her personal brand is: I help people excel at work and love what they do by simplifying and organizing information and by creating and facilitating experiences to help them discover what they already know! Her areas of expertise include leadership development, soft skills, effective communication, and culture shaping.

Kristi earned her bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and her master’s degree in adult education from Drake University. She is also a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP).

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) 


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


Location: First National Business Park - First Floor

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