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  • 15 Feb 2019 1:36 PM | Chris Straley (Administrator)

    Calling all Central Ohio Association for Talent and Development (ATD) members! Complete our annual survey and receive an opportunity to attend an upcoming event at a discount. We want to hear from YOU!

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  • 15 Feb 2019 1:36 PM | Chris Straley (Administrator)

    Exciting announcement: Association for Talent Development (ATD) designated us as "Champions of Learning" due to our successful implementation of Employee Learning Week last December. Your participation is what makes us great! Congratulations to all Central Ohio Association for Talent and Development (ATD) members!

  • 04 Dec 2017 12:16 PM | Diane Collins (Administrator)

    Employee Learning Week is an awareness campaign highlighting the important connection between learning and achieving organizational results.

    Employee Learning Week is a great opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to workforce development. Showcase your talent development opportunities during the week and be recognized as an ATD "Champion of Learning”.

    Our chapter has secured a proclamation from Governor Kasich to recognize Employee Learning Week for all of the state of Ohio.


    When is it?

    Employee Learning Week typically takes place the first week of December. But, employee learning is a year round event!

    Where is it?

    Employee Learning Week events can happen anywhere! Hold events in your office or plan a special off-site program.

    Why participate?

    Training is more important now than ever before. The growing skills gap and increased need to compete in today's economy require organizations to develop a knowledgeable and highly skilled workforce.

    Who can participate?

    All organizations are encouraged to recognize Employee Learning Week by rededicating themselves to employee learning.

    How can you celebrate Employee Learning Week?

     ·         Encourage employees to attend a course or program that will enhance their skills.

     ·         Hold an education fair or “lunch and learn” during the week to remind employees about training opportunities.

     ·         Send an email to employees each day of the week with a new learning tip.

     ·         Involve the CEO and senior executives in recognizing the value learning brings to the organization.

  • 27 Nov 2017 11:45 AM | Diane Collins (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the elected 2018 Board of Directors!

    We are excited to announce our new board for 2018. We have a mix of existing board members who are continuing to serve and commit their time and resources as well as new board members who will be bringing new ideas and energy to our chapter.

    President: Irina Ceaparu

    Past President: Randy Egolf

    President Elect: Cara North

    VP Finance: Beth Mast

    VP Marketing & Communication: Diane Collins

    VP Membership: Terri LoGiudice

    VP Professional Development: Mary Schenck


    Join us in furthering our chapter

    The success of our chapter relies not only on the Board members but also on the Volunteers who generously donate their time, expertise and passion. If you would like to join the Board in guiding the advancement of the COATD chapter, via committee participation or other type of volunteerism, please contact us at


    Call for Speakers

    As we’re finalizing our programs for next year, we would like to invite you to be a speaker and share your knowledge with us.

    Please complete the attached form.

  • 29 Mar 2017 12:38 PM | Terri LoGiudice (Administrator)

    Here is a video from one of our speaker, Sam Rogers, for Learning Technology Day.  Registration ends April 11.

  • 14 Feb 2017 1:49 PM | Terri LoGiudice (Administrator)

    Congratulations to our own Michele Williams, Organizational Development Specialist with Alliance Data, on being selected as an up-and-coming "One To Watch" in the talent development field.

    ATD’s One to Watch program recognizes rising stars in the talent development profession. These young leaders are dedicated, forward-thinkers who are passionate about applying effective and creative solutions to challenges facing their organizations—and our industry.

    Michele will be featured as a young professional making considerable L&D impact in an upcoming issue of TD magazine.  

    Congratulations Michele, well deserved!

  • 27 Nov 2016 10:17 PM | Jeff Zoller

    Our CPLP Study group has been hard at work the last few months and we are pleased to share that Wanda Ganjehsani ( passed her test and earned her Certified Professional in Learning and PerformanceTM (CPLPTM) credential! Congratulations Wanda!

  • 20 Jul 2016 2:16 PM | Jeff Zoller

    Here's our short list of L&D bloggers in Central Ohio! (We asked and you answered!) Check them out! Engage and share!

    If you have others, let us know...  

  • 26 Jun 2016 8:48 PM | Jeff Zoller
    COATD is considering another CPLP Study group and are seeking those who would be interested in participating.

    More information on the CPLP Certification from the Association for Talent Development. - ;

    Top Five Reasons to Become CPLP Certified

    • Build and validate your skills.
    • Increase your earning potential.
    • Differentiate yourself in a competitive job market.
    • Broaden your career opportunities.
    • Join an elite professional community.

    Our facilitator will be Brian Connel. Brian is an AVP and Training Specialist with Huntington.

    If you are interested in participating in a CPLP Study group, please contact Brian at Based on the number of replies and everyone's availability, Brian will schedule group sessions.

    I hope you will consider this opportunity to further your professional development.

  • 28 Feb 2016 8:56 AM | Jeff Zoller

    “Instructional design is both science and art; it is systematic and elegant. And, most importantly, instructional design is messy!” I wrote those words a couple of years ago to introduce graduate students in the Instructional Design and Performance Technology (IDPT) program to the idea of iterative instructional design. It is the process of continually working through the entire design process to achieve meaningful, relevant instruction – but that can be messy work. And that’s because instructional design is rarely as straightforward or as pure as it might appear to be.

    I have been playing in this instructional design “sandbox” for close to 28 years, and I can tell you confidently – it’s still a very messy affair. For almost any design project, myriad ideas flit through my mind like bats refusing to roost.

    Seemingly inspired learning strategies turn out to be pedestrian, mundane; wonderful, engaging assignments flop, and activities intended to encourage learning succeed only in raising eyebrows. And that’s just during the analysis process!

    Messy instructional design is about the confluence of streams of creativity, uncertainty, experience, change, and ambiguity – the not-easy-to-define intangibles of instructional design that allow me to creatively bend – even break – the rules. It is not simply about applying learning theories or the latest instructional strategies and technologies (i.e., just knowing and applying the rules). Those are the things that keep me engaged and interested, or, as my wife would say, that keep me out of the pool hall.

    Now, let me be clear – messy instructional design does not connote unorganized, undisciplined, or haphazard work. On the contrary, engaging with the process and trusting it in all its systematic messiness requires organization, strategy, and planning. Without those, the entire enterprise, whether I’m developing a training seminar, designing a course, or creating a job aid, will quickly descend into chaos. And that benefits no one.

    Organization, strategy, and planning complement creativity, uncertainty, change, and ambiguity. And experience ties everything together. Out of the messiness, order begins to emerge. The bats find their roosts, the learning strategies become inspired, the assignments and activities take shape and become engaging.

    On another level, it is the messiness of instructional design that I want my graduate students to experience in the IDPT program – to dig down beneath the models, the procedures, and the analyses and get to the heart of the discipline – the intangibles that I mentioned earlier. I want to help my students make the transition from being an instructional design technician to being an instructional design craftsperson. In order for that to happen, they need to embrace the struggles, rejoice in the moments of discovery and clarity, work through the “iterative panic attacks” (as one student put it not long ago) and painful paradigm shifts that mark immersion into messy instructional design.

    My own journey to become an instructional design craftsperson began a long time ago, but I’ve not forgotten what brought me to this time and place: I discovered messy instructional design, embraced it, and learned to work within its malleable boundaries and wonderfully bendable rules. I think I’ll give it another few years and see how it works out.

    Originally published Dec. 17, 2015 for the i4 blog by the International Institute for Innovative Instruction [LINK TO:].

    Author bio: Dr. Wood has worked as an instructional designer for over 27 years. He is the Program Chair for the Master of Science in Instructional Design and Performance Technology (IDPT) program [LINK TO:] , as well as a full- time design faculty at the International Institute for Innovative Instruction, at Franklin University in Columbus, OH, where he has served for over 16 years.

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