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Day 1 | 17 March | 8:45am - 5:30pm
Day 2 | 18 March | 8:45am - 5:30pm

Networking drinks will take place from 5:30pm - 7:30pm on day 1.

Sessions

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9:00 AM
  • What's Now, New, Next: AI and Emerging Technologies You Can Use to Enable L&D and Transform the Way You Work

    Long-time industry analyst, Josh Bersin, suggests 77% of CEOs expect the role of AI, robotics and automation to íncrease significantly by 2021. As such, artificial intelligence (AI) and other emerging technologies are not only powerful new members of the workforce - but also L&D's newest team members.

    Join Trish Uhl during this keynote on a trip around the world to explore:
    - AI in performance consulting, instructional design, measurement & evaluation, coaching and training delivery
    - The emerging roles of the learning engineer and AI trainer
    - What’s coming next with enterprise blockchain, 5G, quantum computing and IoT

    Trish Uhl

    Trish Uhl, PMP, CPLP develops and leads high-performing learning, talent & development teams... More

    45 mins
9:45 AM
  • Panel Discussion
    Join Ger Driesen, Trish Uhl, Arun Pradhan and Chemène Sinson for expert advice and answers to your burning questions.
    Ger Driesen

    Think of someone connecting people, ideas and inspiration in the global L&D community and... More

    Trish Uhl

    Trish Uhl, PMP, CPLP develops and leads high-performing learning, talent & development teams... More

    Chemène Sinson

    Chemène is the founder and principal at Blackwater Projects, an independent practice that... More

    Arun Pradhan

    Arun is an experienced learning, innovation and performance strategist, having developed... More

    30 mins
11:00 AM
  • Quality Management Practices for L&D

    Quality standards. Systems. Processes. Checklists.

    Yawn?

    No way! They’re everyday essentials for creating quality learning materials. When effective systems and processes are in place, quality outcomes become inevitable.

    In our field, there are many types of standards that we need to follow:
    • Learning design
    • Editorial
    • Accessibility
    • Technical and UX
    • Production
    • Brand guidelines.

    Take an entertaining journey through each of these common standards and leave with many practical strategies for making them second nature in your learning and development team.

    Naomi Waldron

    Naomi is the learning director for Easy Authoring, a digital learning and professional services... More

    40 mins
  • Developing Technical Subject Matter Experts

    HFL has worked with many clients developing their subject matter experts over the past four years. In this presentation, Alistair shares the experiences and lessons from these engagements, and draws together his 10 golden rules for developing programs for technical SMEs.

    He also shares research undertaken with over 400 experts about their strengths and development areas, and data from satisfaction surveys from over 40 programs. This data with help inform the audience about opportunities to develop and deploy similar programs – 'expertship' programs rather than leadership programs – in their own organisations.

    Part of our mission is to help all experts develop everywhere, and we know we can do this from our small organisation – this is an opportunity for us to share what we have learned with a community that can help experts directly.

    Alistair Gordon

    Drawing on a 35-year corporate leadership career, in both large organisations and technology and... More

    40 mins
11:45 AM
  • Using Game Data to Design Better Training Experiences

    Games can be a fantastic way to engage and deliver training to your audience. For the last few years, most design and practice has been based on gamification which is putting the cart before the horse.

    When I build games, I focus on capturing data and testing hypothesis. This approach has helped me gain deep insights into my audience and their education and training appetite.

    In this short presentation, I will take you through getting started with data capture in games, what are some things to look out for early on, what hypotheses you should test, and how this all adds up to better education and training experiences for your team.

    Peter Clowes

    Peter is the founder and creative director at MAXART, one of Australia’s leading... More

    40 mins
  • Psychological Safety: A Key Adult Learning Principle

    Recent research into adult learning has shown that psychological safety is a critical factor for successful learning. Join Chemène for this practical, interactive session where she’ll unpack what this really means for you as an L&D practitioner.

    You’ll work with her and fellow attendees to identify ways to build psychological safety into any learning experiences that you design and/or facilitate, creating the best conditions for learners to thrive.

    Chemène Sinson

    Chemène is the founder and principal at Blackwater Projects, an independent practice that... More

    40 mins
12:30 PM
  • Leading in the Imagination Age: How I Used Data to Diagnose Common Leadership Flaws

    Leading in the 'Imagination Age' requires leaders to navigate complexity, to quickly pivot in uncertain times and to switch on their imagination to have a competitive edge.

    After conducting a thorough research study with 3,000 corporate leaders over a period of 4 years, we concluded that to develop the competencies of performance, innovation, collaboration and agility, leaders need to address certain flaws that arise from an underdeveloped brain and mind state.

    In this keynote presentation, Silvia Damiano will share the findings of her research and the strategies to achieve higher brain integration and a better psychology to lead more effectively in the 21st century.

     

    Silvia Damiano

    Silvia Damiano is a scientist, educator, author, speaker, coach, award-winning leadership... More

    40 mins
  • Building Resilience During Training

    Our resilience helps us to meet the challenges faced by modern workplace pressures, focus on our personal wellbeing and maintain a positive working environment. When people are thriving, workplaces can reap the business benefits of happy, resilient, productive and engaged workers. Benefits like lower absenteeism and higher profits.

    The good news is that resilience can be learned, cultivated and improved upon. As L&D professionals, we can use resilience-building techniques in every training program.

    In this interactive presentation, Gina will share how she applies her knowledge to help people to build their resilience throughout the training experience. As an audience member, you will explore the science and evidence behind resilience building strategies and will have the opportunity to experience it for yourself.

    Gina Brooks

    Gina Brooks is the director of Training x Design. She was the finalist for the AITD Dr Alastair... More

    40 mins
2:00 PM
  • How to Engage Your Audience Like a Stand Up Comedian

    A lot of learning and engagement in the digital/online realm is done live. There’s Facebook live, Instagram live, LinkedIn live, following on from webinars, Skype and virtual classrooms. Many L&D professionals don’t feel confident in the live online environment – to engage with their audiences and participants in a natural and valuable way.

    This engaging and interactive presentation will both role-model and teach how to engage with a live online audience just like a stand-up comedian does. There are similar challenges in facing a highly expectant audience who wants to be informed and entertained, whilst they are hoping for high relevance to their current situation.

    It’s not only about the technology and the tools, but it’s about finding your feet, feeling and behaving naturally, and drawing others into an immersive energy exchange.

    Cheryle Walker

    Cheryle Walker is an innovative and endlessly optimistic learning strategist with a diverse... More

    40 mins
  • Building An Agile Workforce: The Subtle Art of Making Positive Changes

    One of the biggest hurdles to durable change is employees’ natural resistance. Human beings are creatures of habit – hard wired to do the same thing over and over. But to create effective, durable change we need people to get excited about doing something different – every day.

    In this eye-opening session, Dr Rich Allen shares subtle but powerful tactics for people managers to get their teams to see change in a different light. Based on brain science and educational psychology, Rich’s strategies convert the stubborn and frightened from combative nay-sayers to curious explorers.

    Dr Rich Allen

    Richard Allen, Ph.D., is a highly regarded trainer with more than 40 years’ experience... More

    45 mins
2:45 PM
  • Learning in the Post-Truth Era

    In the post-truth era borders between lies and truth are blurred, eroding trust in experts and established institutions. We live in a time where debate is often framed by appeals to emotion, disconnected from factual detail.

    This begs the question: how are your learners gathering information to inform their learning and decision-making? The ability to seek high-quality information and critically assess it is now more important than ever. Do your learning practices help people to become more flexible and critical learners?

    This presentation will explore these questions and make suggestions for how to approach learning in the post-truth era.

    Amanda Lizier

    Amanda is a workplace learning researcher and practitioner who creates a conduit between theory... More

    40 mins
  • Designing Learning Solutions for Scaled Behaviour Change

    Robots and artificial intelligence will not take over the world of work as the clickbait headlines would have us believe. Instead, the nature of jobs will shift to emphasise non-routine tasks, with two-thirds of all jobs in Australia becoming ‘soft skills’ intensive by 2030. This will place a premium on skills that make us uniquely human, such as complex problem-solving, creativity, ethical decision-making, emotional intelligence and leadership.

    This poses a new capability challenge for organisations looking to keep pace with accelerating technological change – how to develop behavioural skills quickly and en masse. In this presentation, Justine will share a design formula informed by the dominant scientific model of behaviour change, that carefully matches high impact learning activities to each recognised stage to ensure cut through and stickiness.

    Justine La Roche

    A registered psychologist with over 15 years’ experience and two master’s degrees,... More

    40 mins
3:55 PM
  • Building Learning Culture

    A learning culture is like a gyroscope that keeps an organisation aligned and responsive in a world of rapid change. Learning culture positively impacts organisational success. It enables you to identify and fix problems quickly. It keeps you ahead of your competitors. Learning culture helps an organisation to adapt quickly and thrive. While it takes time and effort to build learning culture there are many examples of organisations making good progress.

    Come to this session for inspiration and ideas on how you can build learning culture regardless of where you are now and the challenges you face.

    Michelle Ockers

    Michelle Ockers works with business and learning and development leaders to realise the untapped... More

    40 mins
4:35 PM
  • Wisdom of the Crowd

    Join Ger Driesen for this highly-interactive session to examine the most useful takeaways your fellow attendees are taking from AITD 2020.

    Ger Driesen

    Think of someone connecting people, ideas and inspiration in the global L&D community and... More

    45 mins
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9:00 AM
  • xAPI Is Ready For Us. And We’re Ready For It.

    The Experience API – xAPI – is the open, shared, interoperable and extensible specification for learning data and analytics. As xAPI gains traction and tools emerge to allow non-geeks to use it, it’s time for learning professionals to take advantage of what it offers.

    Megan will share what xAPI is and how it can be leveraged to improve learning and performance data, which in turn will allow us to gain new insights and get better results.


    xAPI has the potential to change everything. And at the same time, xAPI will help us do better what we’ve been trying to do for decades.

     

    Megan Torrance

    Megan Torrance is CEO and founder of TorranceLearning, which helps organisations connect... More

    45 mins
9:45 AM
  • Technology Panel Discussion

    Join Megan Torrance, Peter Hawkins and others as they discuss the latest in learning technologies.

    Megan Torrance

    Megan Torrance is CEO and founder of TorranceLearning, which helps organisations connect... More

    Peter Hawkins

    Peter is one of Australia’s foremost learning technology and data analytics experts.... More

    30 mins
11:00 AM
  • Disruption as a Catalyst to Thrive

    Any challenge or change creates a certain amount of disruption, but that does not mean the disruption itself can’t be a catalyst for learning and development.

    Today’s learning and development professionals need to help people develop the mindsets and habits as well as cultivate the right environment to enhance their personal and professional growth in a world that is constantly changing. Two recent research studies have explored the ways people responded to unexpected as well as chosen challenges.

    This presentation will highlight the conditions that are necessary for disruption to become a catalyst to thrive such as facilitating development vs despair in the face of change, discovering the mindset and habits that enhance personal growth and maintaining and enhancing performance and wellbeing.

    Connie Henson

    A lively presenter, Connie’s expertise in the science of ‘how people work’... More

    45 mins
  • Training Transformation in the Royal Australian Navy

    This presentation discusses what sets training in the Royal Australian Navy apart from other organisations and the challenges and opportunities Navy training faces over the next decade.

    Training in the Navy is unique in that it delivers a service of national importance to Australia. Training Force is responsible for delivering innovative training to enable the achievement of Navy’s mission ‘to fight and win at sea’.

    The Navy encompasses nearly 50 commissioned vessels and around 16,000 personnel. The Navy is one of the largest and most sophisticated naval forces in the Pacific region, with a significant presence in the Indian Ocean and worldwide operations in support of military campaigns and peacekeeping missions. Preparing the navy workforce for such complex and geographically dispersed operations is only possible through high quality training and education.

    CAPT Tony Mullan

    Captain Mullan is the Director Navy Training in Training Force Headquarters.  In this role... More

    40 mins
11:45 AM
  • Maximising Results Through Leadership and Teamwork

    This presentation is designed to bring to life real world examples and tools based on Patrick Lencioni’s model, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.

    We look at why trust is the foundation for maximising results. We examine what is means to engage in healthy conflict and how to develop emotional commitment to decisions. Finally, we address how to hold people accountable and take mutual accountability for collective results.

    Rather than a theory dump, the presentation shares examples and tools that are a result of working with leaders and teams for the last 25+ years.

    Terry Reynolds

    Terry Reynolds is a Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Master Practitioner and co-author of the... More

    40 mins
  • The 5 Things Disney Can Teach You About How to be A Better Trainer

    What can Disney teach us about how to be a better trainer?

    Come to this interactive and fun session to discover the 5 things Disney does to create magical experiences and surprise and delight its loyal patrons that keep them coming back for more.

    There won’t be a princess in sight, but you’ll learn how to recreate some of that Disney magic for your next training event!

    Tania Tytherleigh

    Tania Tytherleigh knows that the first secret to great learning events is the connections we... More

    40 mins
12:30 PM
  • Own Your Space

    'Own your space' (OYS), a cornerstone principle of Tony's Passion and Purpose methodology is about owning our right to speak when the stakes are high; our right to fulfil our purpose. OYS is about conquering nerves and 'self-sabotage’ when we are under the spotlight to perform. This keynote is about psychology, physiology and a powerful way to show up as the most authentic version of ourselves.

    To understand how to influence and engage our listeners in such an overwhelmingly crowded space, we must learn how to embody our messages, viscerally attach to our purpose and fully embrace our vulnerability. Tony will inspire us to achieve this objective through a very personal, entertaining and experiential process.

    Tony Sloman

    Tony is the director of Passion and Purpose. Over a period of 15 years, he designed a learning... More

    40 mins
  • Enabling Agile Leadership Using Two Large-Scale Gamified Simulations

    Join us to hear how this multi-award-winning learning program leveraged two out-of-this-world gamified simulations to pole vault leadership capability in the infrastructure delivery division of Sydney Water.

    Innovation was the glue in this blended learning program to embed a new management operating system and stimulate continual improvement and agile leadership practices. The results include trending growth across all key performance indicators as well as a 17% lift in the capital delivery program, serving the community as well as the business in the context of a fast-growing Sydney.

    Kestrel Stone

    Kestrel is the Founder and CEO of Elemental Projects – a boutique project management... More

    40 mins
2:00 PM
  • Career Wellbeing: The Role of Training & Development

    Training & development plays a crucial, and often under-appreciated role, in supporting the career wellbeing of the workforce. While leaders should be accountable, and individuals responsible, great trainers help to shape the culture and ecosystem that facilitates healthy, engaged and motivated people.

    Career wellbeing focuses individuals and leaders on the practical steps they can take to improve their career health. Sharing case studies from organisations, Steve will highlight best (and worst) practices that will shine a light on how you can help to build the career wellbeing of your organisation.

    Steve Kimmens

    Steve Kimmens is the Founder and Director of my career habit, assisting organisations with the... More

    40 mins
  • Shift from Order Taker to Performance Partner

    Many L&D professionals feel trapped in “order taker” roles, delivering training programs based on superficial and ill-thought-out requests. So how do we redefine our role and value proposition?

    This session presents a live demonstration of a typical client order-taker request and how to quickly shift it to a deeper, more valuable conversation. It will cover how to use a co-design process; identify business priorities; and reframe the problem to focus on underlying issues.

    Participants will gain performance consulting tools and techniques that can be immediately adopted as part of any L&D professionals regular process.

    Arun Pradhan

    Arun is an experienced learning, innovation and performance strategist, having developed... More

    40 mins
2:45 PM
  • Don't Go 'Soft' On the Soft Skills Required for Success

    There is a growing movement in the learning and development space for an emphasis on wellbeing and the importance of nurturing the human side of all employees. Whilst many companies continue to throw considerable resources and expenditure into the traditional hard skills such as leadership, management, communication, coaching, teamwork etc, there is clear evidence of a correlation between employee satisfaction/engagement and productivity. Effective wellness programs, or at least an emphasis on the personal side of people’s lives, are being fuelled by content from topics such as mindfulness, building resilience, reducing stress, and the “science of happiness”.

    At Ego Pharmaceuticals, the development program for our domestic sales and marketing teams is designed in such a way that the benefits derived have to provide as much impact on our employee’s personal lives as it does on their professional lives.  

    John Schenk

    John Schenk is the national sales trainer for Ego Pharmaceuticals, one of Australia’s... More

    40 mins
  • Front End Loading

    Positioning yourself for success in learning design starts well before you begin talking about content, tools or delivery mode.

    This presentation will take you through six concepts that will put you in the best position to create outstanding learning experience design: empathy, context, performance, transformation, tools, professional development.

    Individually, they're not rocket science, but together they can create a powerful combination that will deliver effective learning. This is no sit-and-listen presentation either. You'll create sketch notes, engage in calibration of your current position, identify gaps and make a plan.

    Neil Von Heupt

    Neil is a transformational learning ecosystem and experience designer! He designs purposeful,... More

    40 mins
4:20 PM
  • Bullshift: Getting More Openness, Honesty and Straight Talk in L&D

    It’s hard to solve a problem you don’t understand – and hard to understand if you can’t have an honest conversation about it.

    How many of us have delivered programs or initiatives only to discover the problem we’re solving is not the real problem, there are unconscious or unspoken objectives, or we’re delivering true content in a false environment. We need some straight talk about the real problems or opportunities, the root causes, conditions for success and what can actually be achieved by L&D.

    In this entertaining keynote, comedian, author, facilitator and founder of The Bullshift Company, Andrew Horabin, will lead an exploration of how we might all benefit from greater openness, honesty and straight talk – and what makes that easy to say but hard to do.

    Come for a laugh and let’s shift some bulls.

    Andrew Horabin

    Andrew Horabin is a professional key-note speaker, facilitator, author, comedian and... More

    45 mins