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April 2017 Newsletter

President's Message

By Kashun Parks

How do you make a difference? Being a professional in the training world means being able to show how the work you do will make an impact on the key results of your business. There are many ways to do this and as a member of ATD you have additional tools and resources to help you show your value.  We, as trainers understand the value but sometimes it's difficult to explain that to others.  ATD offers blogs, reports, and many other tools to assist you with this.  Our local chapter offers sessions every month to help enhance your skills in this area.  There are also additional tools on our Pinterest page.  These tools are there to help us show the value of our profession to the world.  

Virtual Reality for 
Real Results

By David Miller

University of Alabama researchers are using a novel approach to learn how police officers react to “shoot, don’t shoot” situations: measuring brain waves during virtual reality police training.

For the past year, Drs. Rick Houser (counselor education), Dan Fonseca (engineering) and Ryan Cook (clinical mental health counseling) have used a mobile electroencephalogram, or EEG, amplifier to measure the brain activity of three law enforcement officers to determine which regions of the brain are active during simulations of potentially high-threat situations.


Six Reasons to Incorporate Curated 
Content into Your eLearning

By Pamela Hogle

Content curation is the active sifting and culling of Internet content—identifying valuable content, gathering it in some organized fashion, and making it available to others. It’s a topic that’s been getting much attention in eLearning circles lately. There are many reasons to make content curation an integral part of an eLearning development strategy. Here are a few:

Avoiding Death by PowerPoint

By Kristi Hedges

In modern business, if there’s a presentation, there’s a PowerPoint with it. (Or, one of the programs that resemble it.) It’s almost as if we’ve forgotten how to present without one. Unfortunately, this has led to a lot of dull, rote presentations – as well as felony-level PowerPoint abuse. As David Ogilvy famously quipped, “most people use PowerPoint like a drunk uses a lamppost – for support rather than for illumination.”

The victims? Those of us in the audience. Presenters put too much information on slides, distract their audiences with bad clip art and tiny font, and read directly from their own presentations instead of conversing with stories and ideas.


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