One thing you can be sure of with the Virtual Learning Show – you will hear from the world’s top speakers on live online learning facilitation and design. Each of the presenters are experts at facilitating interactive webinars – no boring lectures here! Listed below are the speakers that you will be hearing from.
Cindy Huggett is the author of Virtual Training Basics (ASTD Press, 2010), and co-author of two ASTD Press Infolines, “Simple, Effective Online Learning” and “Designing for the Virtual Classroom”.
She has taught hundreds of synchronous online classes for a variety of audiences. Her favorite passion is to help trainers deliver effective online classes. She assists clients on their conversion to virtual training through her consulting practice.
Karen Hyder has been teaching trainer-training programmes for virtual classes and coaching online presenters since 1999. She has produced hundreds of online sessions, including The eLearning Guild’s Online Forums, Thought Leader Webinars, and Best of… Webinars. Karen uses the trainer competencies of CompTIA’s Certified Technical Trainer (CTT+) to help technical trainers and subject-matter experts prepare for online sessions, master online presentation skills, and engage learners throughout sessions.
She frequently speaks at industry events on using virtual classroom tools to support learning. Karen co-authored The eLearning Guild’s Handbook on Synchronous eLearning, and authored ‘Up and Running with WebEx Training Center‘ for the Lynda.com library of online courses. You can find out more about Karen at her website (www.karenhyder.com) and follow her on twitter (@karenhyder)
Colin Steed has over 35 years’ experience in learning and development and is chief executive of the Learning & Performance Institute. He is an acknowledged expert in learning and development and over the past 10 years has been a leading voice in the development of live online learning. He has developed the world-renowned certification programme for live online learning facilitators ‘Certified Online Learning Facilitator (COLF)’ and published a best selling book on the subject ‘Facilitating Live Online Learning‘.
Colin is the organiser and chairman of the Virtual Learning Show. You can follow Colin on twitter (@colinsteed)
Julie Dirksen is an independent consultant and instructional designer who has more than 15 years’ experience creating highly interactive e-Learning experiences for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to innovative technology startups to major grant-funded research initiatives. Her focus has been on utilizing the disciplines of educational psychology, neuroscience, change management and persuasive technology to promote and support the improvement of peoples’ lives through sustainable long-term learning and behavioral change.
She’s recently published a book called Design For How People Learn (http://www.designforhowpeoplelearn.com), in which she gets ridiculously excited about everything from learning applications of behavioral economics to the way glucose is regulated in the brain. She’s happiest whenever she gets to learn something new and you can find her online at www.usablelearning.com. You can follow Julie on Twitter (@usablelearning)
Phil Green is a training and performance consultant, with a strong interest in online learning and communication. Director and co-founder of Optimum Learning and of Onlignment, he has spent many years working within some of Europe’s major organisations as a learning, development and performance consultant and analyst.
Through instructing, tutoring and coaching he has helped develop and inspire generations of analysts, trainers and instructional designers. He is a tutor and co-designer of The Certificate in Blended Learning of the CIPD, for whom he has also managed online tutoring for a number of Advanced Certificate courses.
Phil is often seen and heard at conferences as speaker and track chair. He led the design of criteria for annual eLearning Awards and has been published widely both in electronic form and in print. He is a Past Chairman and honorary Life Member of the E-Learning Network, and a long-standing member of the Institute of Directors. You can follow Phil on Twitter (@philipgreen)
Matt Turner has over ten years’ experience in L&D spanning coaching c-suite executives in business critical skills, to designing and implementing graduate training programmes for companies including Unilever, HSBC, Manpower Group and Carillion.
Matt set up LiveTime Learning with Brightwave in 2010, pioneering a subscription-based live online training service and winning E-Learning Age’s Gold Award for the ‘Best Use of Synchronous E-learning’ in 2011.
He has developed over 120 courses on a wide variety of business and communications subjects and delivered over 800 sessions online. He works with clients such as British Council, Hitachi, KPMG, RBS and LBG and his knowledge in the virtual classroom field has been recognized by invitations to speak at numerous prestigious learning and development conferences. You can follow Matt on Twitter (@LiveTimeLearn)
Claire Line is Learning Technologies Manager at global law firm Hogan Lovells with over 20 years’ experience in IT training. She started as an IT trainer at Goldman Sachs. During her 12 years there, she progressed to the role of Vice President in charge of global IT Training for Investment Banking. Claire joined Hogan Lovells in 2003 as Global IT Training Manager, tasked with raising the profile of technology training, enhancing accessibility to training for international offices and building links with other areas of training. In 2005, Claire also took over the management of the legal training operations team with the aim of promoting the use of technology to provide accessibility to legal learning online. She later took on the role of Learning Technologies Manager and, as part of that role, has carried out extensive research into virtual classroom and online learning technologies. Since 2004, she has introduced a number of learning technologies for IT training and legal learning, including virtual classroom, web conferencing and video production. Claire has spoken at a number of conferences about lessons learned from selecting and implementing different learning technologies. She was on the board of the eLearning Network for a number of years and Vice Chair for two. She is a Fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute. You can follow Claire on Twitter (@claireline)
Elaine Giles is an acclaimed and experienced IT trainer, creative designer, technology consultant and podcaster. She specialises in slide design, visual communications and has extensive expertise in virtual training including webinar creation and delivery.
She’s a highly-regarded commentator on Apple issues, is in constant demand as a guest on a number of Apple-related podcasts and co-hosts and produces MacBites. Elaine holds a Law degree from The University of London, a number of prestigious Microsoft technical qualifications and is a Fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute (formerly the Institute of IT Training).
Her passions are using technology to solve real-world practical business-related problems and teaching others to make effective use of the technology at their disposal. Elaine’s blog is at ElaineGiles.co.uk. Connect with her via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+
Craig Taylor has worked with an L&D environment for 20 years within the British Army, Rail, Nuclear and Financial Service Industries as well as an elearning vendor. Having honed his facilitation skills delivering face to face learning events, he now concentrates his efforts in raising the profile of current and emerging technologies and how they can be used to enhance and enrich the learners experience whilst adding demonstrable benefit to the business.
Craig works as the Learning Technologies Manager for Bupa International where he has recently undertaking a Global Learner Survey to get to the root of his learners expectations whilst concurrently taking a hatchet to his organisations statutory training. He is also the owner of TayloringIt, a small startup consultancy specialising in helping individuals and organisations ‘get to grips’ with learning technologies. You can follow Craig on Twitter (@craigtaylor74)
Bianca Woods is an instructional designer with BMO Financial Group, where she designs in-class courses, eLearning, videos, and other media for enterprise-wide leadership training.
With degrees in both art education and education media design and technology, Bianca focuses on creating practical learning experiences that take advantage of the clarity and immersiveness that technology and good design can offer.
She has years of experience in education, including designing ethics and legal compliance training for BMO Financial Group, creating interprofessional collaboration content for Training Pirates, and working as a classroom teacher. You can follow Bianca on Twitter (@eGeeking)
Koreen Olbrish is senior product manager for lyndaCampus at lynda.com where she is passionate about helping people learn more effectively. Koreen advocates new ways of using technology for organizational learning, with an emphasis on performance improvement and behavioral change. She has strong ties to education, having received her MS in curriculum and instruction from Penn State University.
She helped start Freire Charter School in 1999, and founded Tandem Learning in 2008 to demonstrate the untapped potential of immersive learning design. An internationally recognized speaker and organizational consultant, Koreen has taught graduate courses at Harrisburg University, writes the blog Learning in Tandem, and authored the upcoming book Immersive Learning. You can follow Koreen on Twitter (@koreenolbrish)
Barbara Thompson is a Learning & Performance Consultant within the Online & Informal Learning team at BP. She is responsible for the design and development of learning resources with a shift in focus from liner programmes to web apps, animations, performance support and portals enabling people to develop, share and connect. What underpins her design philosophy is audience centricity – listening to the authentic voice of the customer. Since transferring to the online team in 2009, Barbara has worked on a number of global solutions spanning curriculum areas such as Leadership Development, Diversity & Inclusion, Safety, Ethics & Compliance, Change Leadership and Risk Management.
Barbara cites the variety of organisations, from start-up businesses to household names such as Nationwide Building Society, O2 Telefonica, Computer Sciences Corporation, TMP Worldwide as key to her creativity since they provided her with different perspectives, challenges and cultures. Barbara has a strong desire to ensure that the L&D industry is firmly positioned as a strategic enabler. You can follow Barbara on Twitter (@CaribThompson)
Ryan Tracey is an e-learning manager in the Australian financial services industry, an Advisory Board Member for eLearn Magazine, and a Review Panellist for the Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT).
His work focuses on adult learning in the workplace, and he maintains a particular interest in blended delivery, informal learning and social media. Ryan has worked in corporate e-learning for over a decade, following several years in the higher education market. He holds a master’s degree in Learning Sciences and Technology from the University of Sydney, blogs as the E-Learning Provocateur and can be found on Twitter (@ryantracey).