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Session Schedule

Clock1 = Session Time   Loudspeaker = Speaker Name   icon-companies = Organization/Company   trackProgress-icon = Track   keynote = Keynote   basic2-256_presentation_teaching-512 = Main Concurrent Session   session = Roundtable

door = Rooms: Global Village (GV), Heifer Main Building (HM)

Day 1 – 14 October 2015


Clock1  Day 1: 9:15-10:00     Loudspeaker Hilary Haddigan     icon-companies Heifer International     door GV Global Impact

keynote From Learning to Mission Effectiveness: PMD Pro Forward

In this opening keynote, Hilary Haddigan will share insights into how Heifer International has aligned strategy, processes, and metrics to its organizational mission and transformed itself to be even more effective, more responsive to local contexts and more adaptive to the “meaningful outside.” In Hilary’s keynote, you’ll gain an understanding of some of Heifer’s strategies for achieving Mission Effectiveness, and motivation to continue learning and innovating throughout the Forum – with impact for your own organization.


Clock1  Day 1: 10:30-11:30     Loudspeaker Leslie Blanton & Gretchen Regehr     icon-companies CRS/Conservation International     trackProgress-icon Learning Technologies     door HM 2A

basic2-256_presentation_teaching-512 Hurts So Good: A Case Study of an Organization’s First Try with the xAPI

The Experience API (xAPI) makes it possible to record learning and performance data from anywhere. We found that the key ingredients needed to be a Learning Record Store (LRS) were software developers and a cheerful naiveté. Many people and companies are interested in the potential of the xAPI, but because it hasn’t been widely adopted, it remains a bit of a mystery to most learning and performance support professionals.

In this session, you will learn from a non-profit’s experience piloting their first xAPI project. You will explore the challenges and excitement of being an early adopter, and what was involved in getting the pilot up and running. You will examine the initial results from the pilot. You will leave this session understanding the design, production, and release of an initiative to track training data, confidence, readiness, and performance of our emergency response staff in a face-to-face training, self-paced online scenario, and actual emergency deployments.


Clock1  Day 1: 10:30-11:30     Loudspeaker Tamidra Marable     icon-companies Heifer International     trackProgress-icon Innovation and Leadership Development     door HM 2B

basic2-256_presentation_teaching-512 Change Management For Mission Effectiveness: PMD Pro and Heifer

In this session we tell the Heifer story of how PMD Pro was used to facilitate organizational change.  The session will deal with the following topics: change management, talent management, and learning and development and how the PMD Pro methodology and tools offered a common language and starting point for the organization.  The presentation will explore the impact not only on field teams but on the common viewpoint that has connected HQ to the field and vice versa.  We will discuss lessons learned and future plans.


Clock1  Day 1: 10:30-11:30     Loudspeaker Jeroen Breman & Lisa Giacumo     icon-companies Oxfam GB     trackProgress-icon Field Learning and Capacity Building     door GV Global Impact

basic2-256_presentation_teaching-512 The gift that keeps giving: Eleven ways to extend the reach of capacity building projects for sector wide performance improvement

In this interactive session the presenters will share a case study and lessons from the PARCEL Project; a 2 year consortium project developing materials for international NGOs to use for building the capacity of local partner organisations in humanitarian logistics. The project with co-financing from ECHO and a consortium of ten International NGOs resulted in a series of free products available to the sector, including: a set of logistics standards for INGOs and their partners to work towards, an assessment tool to jointly measure adherence to these standards, a complete set of pick-up-and-go training packages—blended learning materials—to address potential capacity gaps, including a Training of Trainers package, and finally a toolkit for partner organisation to use for their logistics systems and processes. These packages were pilot tested and implemented with partners working in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. Post project, materials have been downloaded hundreds of time, and consortium members are frequently contacted by new organisations who are starting to use the products. The long-term implications of this project can result in hundreds of thousands of dollars saved through the elimination of duplication of training materials design and development efforts for new organisations who are able to pick up these materials and go!


Clock1  Day 1: 11:45-12:15     Loudspeaker Kyle Pennisi     icon-companies Ipas     trackProgress-icon Learning Technologies     door HM 2A

session Marketing Your Learning Platform

In this round table participants will share best practices, lesson learned, and yes-what not to do, when trying to build their learning platform audience. Participants will consider questions such as, “How do you market your learning platform?”; “How can you reach more people than what is ‘required’ by your organization?”; “What messages work best to attract additional users?”, and “Once you attract these users, what is the ‘hook’ for getting them to take the first step and create an account?” Participants will consider marketing their learning platform to both an internal and an external audience.


Clock1  Day 1: 11:45-12:15     Loudspeaker John Cropper and Juan Manuel Palacios     icon-companies LINGOs     trackProgress-icon Innovation and Leadership Development     door GV Global Impact

session Training of Trainers at field level (how can we make this work?/does this work?)

This round table will offer an overview of what we believe are the key success criteria of the ToT course that we run We will discuss successful ToTs and unsuccessful ones from the collective experience producing a list of key critical successes for running a great ToT.


Clock1  Day 1: 11:45-12:15     Loudspeaker Gretchen Villegas & DD Ganguly     icon-companies NCBA/iMerit     trackProgress-icon Field Learning and Capacity Building     door HM 2B

session Capacity building that blends impact with revenue generation

Program development solicitations are increasingly requesting more concrete interventions of exit strategies.  The exit strategies are essential to ensure that from the outset the program will build in the economics that will guarantee sustainability once donor support is no longer available.  In order to respond to this growing demand, the type of capacity building an organization is currently using may need to be slightly modified.  This session gives some examples of how an organization will be able to reach large percentages of vulnerable populations with new and innovative knowledge ensuring that the intervention will be sustained once the support is withdrawn. This is accomplished through building capacity in stakeholders through entrepreneurship and business principles and linking those trained to the larger target population.


Clock1  Day 1: 1:30-2:30     Loudspeaker David Kelly     icon-companies eLearning Guild     door GV Global Impact

keynote Social Media: Building a Learning Community

In this keynote session David Kelly will explore the power of community as it relates to learning. He will guide you in a review of your own personal learning network, and help you discover strategies for connecting with people all around the globe that can help you solve problems and grow as a professional. David will discuss the opportunities that communities of learning serve in an organizational context, and examine the strategies that organizations are using today to leverage social capital. You will leave this session enlightened and inspired to connect with others in your community that can help you improve your skills and expand the reach of your efforts.


Clock1  Day 1: 2:45-3:45     Loudspeaker Samantha Davis and John Cropper     icon-companies Save the Children UK/LINGOs     trackProgress-icon Learning Technologies     door HM 2A

basic2-256_presentation_teaching-512 Creating a pilot mentoring program

Sharing a collaboration mentoring pilot between a number of NGOs (to be confirmed) that aims:
To develop technical skills in humanitarian organisations
To create developmental dialogues between key humanitarian organisations
To share learning and experience between key humanitarian organisations


Clock1  Day 1: 2:45-3:45     Loudspeaker John Delano     icon-companies Saltbox     trackProgress-icon Innovation and Leadership Development     door GV Global Impact

basic2-256_presentation_teaching-512 3 Keys to Empowering Learning Leader Success (and the tools to go with it!)

As a result of a rapidly changing learning ecosystem driven by technology innovations, increased learner expectations, and leadership demands, learning organizations are challenged to deliver increased value based on a very specific set of needs within an organization ranging from just-in-case compliance training to on-demand performance support at the moment of need.

Creating a high performing learning organization to maximize L&D value requires executing the correct “business model” and having the proper framework to have tough consultative conversations (i.e. trade offs, budget) with executives.

This interactive session uses the Learning Model Canvas as a framework to explore the 3 Keys to Empowering Learning Leaders today: Know Your Business, Sell Your Business, Measure Your Business.

Learning leaders will be able to use the Learning Model Canvas to take a consultant’s approach to develop a focused learning strategy, identify current gaps with necessary resources, and take next steps to execute a high performance learning model.

Material can be downloaded at for use in session.


Clock1  Day 1: 2:45-3:45     Loudspeaker Ennie Chipembere     icon-companies Action Aid    trackProgress-icon Field Learning and Capacity Building     door HM 2B

basic2-256_presentation_teaching-512 5 years of Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) Capacity Development in ActionAid Federation – lessons from the framework and blended learning methods

This session will offer a replicable holistic framework for HRBA capacity building support that includes blended learning methods. Attendees will gain insights from our experience of using an organisational development approach to capacity building and institutionalising a programmatic area (HRBA) and enablers that existed/exist for this to happen. This will include a focus on human resource, organisational structures, culture and symbols, leadership and governance commitment, resource allocation, processes, rewards and systems put in place to support this organisational change.


Clock1  Day 1: 4:15-5:00     Loudspeaker Chris Proulx     icon-companies LINGOs     door GV Global Impact

keynote Beyond 2015: Collaborating to Build the Talent and Workforce the Sector Will Need

Collaboration is a word that sounds great—who doesn’t want to collaborate? LINGOs was founded on the idea that by leveraging the expertise and resources of many NGO L&D departments, each could deploy learning technology faster, more affordably, and with less mistakes than if they did it alone. Much of those same needs remain relevant today. Meanwhile, the challenges to our sector and to each of the actors within the development space have increased with respect to finding, retaining, and developing the talent for the next decade. Chris will present a snapshot of how we are doing individually and together at building the L&D departments we need, will outline a model for how we can adapt our collaboration model, and motivate each of us to contribute in their own way to ensuring that we are stronger and more effective together than we are alone.

Day 2 – 15 October 2015

Clock1  Day 2: 8:15-9:30     Loudspeaker Chris Proulx, Chris Pirie, Sheila Jagannathan, Nick Martin, Jennifer Hu     icon-companies LINGOs/Microsoft/The World Bank Institute/Tech Change/Philanthropy University     door GV Global Impact

keynote MOOCsforDev: Beyond the Hype to Best Practice

By now, most of us have heard of MOOCs, taken (or at least started) one or more, and maybe even deployed one or more to our learners. So, it’s time for a deeper dive into whether the hype is justified and whether the value of open, peer-learning environments are appropriate for our sector and the diverse contexts of our learners. Our panelists will explore the emerging body of best practice to manage large discussions, how to best stimulate social and peer interaction, how to balance peer review, automated grading, and project-based work, and whether this type of course is better for some content areas vs. others. We will also look closely at the differences between open MOOCs and closed courses for a specific organizations, sometimes called SPOCs. By the end, we will have a outlined the key take aways for anyone thinking of using open, social, and/or massive courses as part of their learning strategy in our sector.

Clock1  Day 2: 10:00-10:30     Loudspeaker Ross Coxon and Gus Curran     icon-companies LINGOs     trackProgress-icon Learning Technologies      door HM 2A

session Online Classrooms – can they really offer the same depth as face to face?

An overview of the kind of subjects and courses LINGOs delivers online and the feedback we have received. This roundtable will offer an in depth discussion an what others have done and their success and failures. To ultimately use our collective experience to develop a list of ideas and factors that will help anyone designing, delivering or reviewing online classroom improve their impact.

Clock1  Day 2: 10:00-10:30     Loudspeaker Paige Winn     icon-companies FHI360     trackProgress-icon Innovation and Leadership Development      door HM 2B

session Today’s Workplace Learning scene: Holistic Approaches to Professional Development

Many experts suggest that 10% of a person’s professional development is based on formal instruction. So how can the modern workplace enable the other 90%, and what does this mean for the traditional facilitator role? During this round table, we’ll discuss low-cost, high-impact approaches to foster learning outside of formal training. We’ll also talk about ways L+D can influence culture change to support informal learning.

Clock1  Day 2: 10:00-10:30     Loudspeaker Dave Kelly and Don McPhee     icon-companies eLearning Guild and Plan International     trackProgress-icon Field Learning and Capacity Building     door GV Global Impact

session Practical tips and tools for effective curation

As Forum participants, you will have gained greater understanding of Curation through the keynote presentation of David Kelly.

In this 30 minute roundtable session you will have the opportunity to gain some practical tips and useful tools for effective curation from David and from other participants.

Clock1  Day 2: 10:45-11:45     Loudspeaker Nick Martin     icon-companies Tech Change     trackProgress-icon Learning Technologies     door HM 2A

basic2-256_presentation_teaching-512 Mobile Learning for a  Global Audience on the Go

The mobile phone is rapidly bringing communication to the most remote areas of the world. NGOs, governments and companies alike are beginning to realize the potential of this ubiquitous tool to address a variety of global educational challenges. This 60-minute interactive session will explore successful examples of mobile devices used to facilitate teaching and learning: from homework guides, to literacy programs, to teacher resource tools, and more. It will also critically engage with issues of equity, privacy and access. Participants can expect a dynamic learning environment with a number of real-world case studies and hands-on activities.

Clock1  Day 2: 10:45-11:45     Loudspeaker Jacquelyn Hadley     icon-companies BridgeSpan     trackProgress-icon Innovation and Leadership Development     door GV Global Impact

basic2-256_presentation_teaching-512 Designing for Transformative Scale: Global Lessons in What Works

Too many organizations—even the successful ones—are only scratching the surface of the problems they are trying to solve. The very magnitude of the social problems we are facing requires innovative solutions suitable for massive deployment. If we are to move the needle on key issues in the next decade, one of the most important questions we must answer is how we can reach transformative scale. This session will introduce nine strategies that hold real promise for addressing a number of social problems at massive scale.  Four show ways for organizations to reach more people without commensurate growth in size, while the remaining five aim at “field building”, which marshals the efforts of a diverse set of like-minded organizations and people working towards a shared goal.

Clock1  Day 2: 10:45-11:45     Loudspeaker Mike Culligan and Amanda Fleetwood     icon-companies LINGOs/Genome Consulting     trackProgress-icon Field Learning and Capacity Building      door HM 2B

basic2-256_presentation_teaching-512 Local Capacity Building in the Context of Humanitarian Crisis in Syria:  Lessons, Tools, and Partnership Models

During this session you will be presented with a case study of capacity building in a crisis zone using sector-developed credential (PMD Pro), and online, classroom and blended learning adapted to an ever-changing situation. There will be an exploration of the development of partnerships between international eNGOs, local NGOs, global multi-national firms, and local service providers to support affordable, accessible, and appropriate capacity building. Discussions will look at sustainable business models for ongoing local capacity in a broader context, identifying opportunities for application of the model to situations in other regions.

Clock1  Day 2: 12:45-2:00     Loudspeaker Chris Proulx and Ross Coxon     icon-companies LINGOs     trackProgress-icon Co-Creation and Collaboration     door GV Global Impact

Hands-on Workshop: How can we work together in 2016 to solve shared L&D and Capacity Building challenges?

What can we achieve together that we cannot achieve alone? This session is about identifying key topics and priorities that we’re all engaging with separately, and helping us all to succeed by tackling our goals as a community. Prioritizing these common goals in the session will allow us to make the best use of the incredible talent within the LINGOs Collaborative, as well as deliver the solutions your organization and the sector need.

Clock1  Day 2: 2:30-3:15     Loudspeaker Sam Bacharach     icon-companies Cornell     door GV Global Impact

keynote Mobilizing Organizations for Innovation, Collaboration, and Impact

Good ideas are never enough. You will leave the Global Learning Forum with your head full of ideas and projects that you can put into place when you get back to your office. You can imagine your organization catapulting to the next level in terms of its learning effectiveness. Yet, as Einstein once said, “Vision without execution is hallucination.” In the closing keynote, Sam Bacharach is going to supercharge your efforts to execute on the good ideas you will have leaving Little Rock. With an emphasis on the “micro” skills of mobilizing others around your ideas, and tactics for sustaining momentum over time to conquer political resistance and organizational inertia, Sam will talk about how you can take your leadership to the level, and why most people don’t do it. He will give you the tools you need to engage your leadership team in deploying a new learning strategy and motivate all of us to work more closely together to achieve greater impact.

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