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Why Volunteer for the Chicago eLearning and Technology Showcase (CETS)?

By Tamara Lewis, Director of CETS Engagement

 

First let me give you a little background. Now in its 9th year, the Chicago eLearning and Technology Showcase began in 2008. This year’s showcase will take place on August 16th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at NIU in Naperville. CETS attracts Instructional Designers, Developers, Trainers, Technical Writers, as well as Managers and Marketers for training, eLearning and learning technologies. The event is a collaborative effort of three host associations: STC Chicago, Chicago ISPI and ATDChi.

 

The #3 reason you should volunteer is to expand your network. The event is a great opportunity to get to know other volunteers, both from ATDChi and the other host organizations. The CETS Executive Committee is made up of multiple teams, each with a specific function. By volunteering to work on one of these teams, you’ll expand your network.

 

#2 is to give back to the training community. Whether you have previously attended CETS, or this year will be your first showcase, volunteering is a great opportunity to share your valuable experience and expertise with others.

 

Now for #1 reason to volunteer this year for CETS – it will feel great! Oh sure, you can put it on your resume and your LinkedIn profile, but at the end of the showcase, you’ll know you were part of the team who made the conference possible. If it weren’t for the volunteers, CETS would not be a yearly event that many in our community members benefit from each year. So, regardless of the role you volunteer for, what counts is that you help make it happen!

 

The CETS Executive Committee is still looking for volunteers to help in the following areas:

  • Registration team
  • Facilities team, including one person for the technology role
  • Evaluation team
  • Marketing team

 

You can email me at tamarajlewis@gmail.com or sign up for volunteer spots at http://www.chicagoelearningshowcase.com/index.html.

Thanks and looking forward to volunteering with you this August!

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Translating Learning for Global Audiences

Contributed by Renie M. McClay, MA, CPLP 
Project Manager and Global Learning Professional

As experts in organizations present and train to global audiences, they will often need to have materials and presentations translated. Here are tips for translating content and presentations that have worked for others! 

If presentations must be translated, much expense can be saved if they are designed with translation in mind. This means creating simplified wording as well as simpler graphics for translation later. 

When designing materials for global audiences, use caution with: 

* Cultural or geographic references. 

* Sports analogies that do not apply across cultures. Soccer references will be familiar in many cultures, but baseball in far fewer. (For example, avoid phrases like: “We need to hit it out of the park.”) 

* Jargon, slang, and cliches. These are often not translatable. At best they are unclear, and at worst they are confusing. (For example, avoid: “It’s like looking for a needle in a hay stack.” If you have to explain a hay stack, it isn’t going to make your point.) 

* Gender, geographical, or historical references. Acronyms and abbreviations. 

* Homophones (same or similar sound, different meaning such as hear and here). 

*References to the human body, animals, sex, alcohol, politics, or religion. 

Tips for Making It Easier Later 

* Stick to six lines per slide, not full sentences. Chinese uses 50 percent less space, Spanish can take 50 percent more. Less slide reformatting will be required if the slides are designed with the end in mind. 

* When writing documentation or content, use short and simple sentences. A more formal tone rather than a casual tone will work for all cultures. 

* Use simple formats for slides, handouts, or documentation to make it easier to allow for expansion. 

* Special fonts may make it difficult to translate. Also, video and audio clips will add more translation costs. 

* Use the same term for things referred to repeatedly. If you are using a translating firm, they will likely create a glossary of unusual/industry terms, particularly if more than one project will be translated. 

* Static graphics and pictures really help. They can help solidify and clarify. Use caution to make them appropriate for the audience. Keep graphics in separate files, rather than imbedding them. 

* Only translate a final work product. Changes and edits after translation will cost additional time and money. 

* Include translators in the project discussions. They can help you give them files in the most efficient manner. Make sure they know your audience. 

* Check software and versions. Some Windows versions are more language friendly (particularly Chinese translations). You may spend a lot of money on a translated version and end up projecting boxes. 

* Take printed materials with you, just in case you need them. 

* Add time to training. Plan on at least a third more time for interpreting.

* Spanish isn’t just Spanish. Will this be Spain or Argentina or Mexico? The same goes for other languages, including English. 

* Target a specific reading level for written material. 

Planning an edit review by in-country experts will help to avoid future issues. Likely the translator you use will not be an industry expert, so that final review/approval is an important one. 

Much can be accomplished and many issues can be avoided by up-front planning when developing and translating materials for audiences across the globe. This will impact the quality, the cost, and the completion time. 

Reprinted with permission from The Essential Guide to Training Global Audiences, published by Pfeiffer.
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ATDChi's April 14, 2016 Event Speaker Randy Emelo | Finding Time for Mentoring

We all know how difficult it is to find the time to complete tasks associated with our daily work duties, much less to find time for voluntary activities such as mentoring. So why do people do it? And more importantly, how do they do it? 

The answers to these questions are as unique as people themselves, yet there are some common factors. 
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ATDChi's February 11, 2016 Event Speaker Shannon Tipton | 10 Ways to Take Your Corporate University Out of Snoozeville

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There are some very good reasons to choose a Corporate University as a learning delivery mechanism.  My argument is, why we have to conduct them so badly.  Why do they have to be 3 days of PowerPoint whiplash?
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Corporate Strategy and Learning Center | Caveo Learning | Interviews with Learning Leaders

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Interviews with Learning Leaders | Welcome to the Caveo Learning Corporate Strategy and Learning Center! Follow our blog information on ERP, Corporate L&D, Organizational Development, E-Learning, Staff Augmentation, Training and Development, Strategic Planning, Corporate Consulting and more.
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Renie McClay, project manager with Caveo Learning, has conducted a collection of interviews with learning leaders in the L&D space. The interviewed leaders come from a wide variety of organizations, roles, and experience. Each one is a *must read*.

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3 quick tips for strong scenarios | Cathy Moore

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3. Branching? Start with the end in mind.

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A presentation skills workshop participant recently said, “I don’t want to simplify this slide. The abundance of the data is where the story is.”

 

As his coach, I couldn’t argue with that. This is exactly why those one-size-fits-all rules about the amount of data on a slide don’t work.

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ATDChi's April 14, 2016 Event Speaker Randy Emelo | Mentoring Without Barriers

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Traditional mentoring was one older expert grooming a younger one for a specific role. Today's version is more of a collaboration and learning strategy that can help people gain skills and information they need in real time to do their jobs better.

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ATDChi's February 11, 2016 Event Speaker Shannon Tipton | Technology - The Great Equalizer

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ATDChi's Kickoff January 2016 Event Speaker Pamela Meyer | DePaul professor, author emphasizes organizational agility

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Businesses need to be ready to be ready, according to Pamela Meyer. 

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If it seems like culture conversations are taking place everywhere, it’s probably because they are! “Culture has hit a tippling point,” according to Larry Senn, Founder of the culture-shaping firm, Senn-Delaney. This was the theme that permeated Human Synergistics’ Ultimate Culture Conference last week in Chicago. Speakers such as culture pioneer Edgar Schein and Human Synergistics CEO Rob Cooke inspired attendees to seize this moment to create positive change with their clients and in their organizations.

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