VIRTUAL Learning Lab and Networking Event
WHAT IS A LEARNING LAB?
The ATD NYC Learning Lab is a safe space where talent professionals can experiment, practice and take risks. A place to try out new and innovative tools and techniques for helping people learn and grow. It is a no-judgement zone for learning and innovation.
This event is part of the programming for the ATD NYC Special Interest Groups.
Registration is now open for ATD NYC members. Non-member registration opens on April 15.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Virtual Learning Labs start with a half hour of 5-10 minute virtual icebreakers and team building activities which you can sign up to lead at the beginning of the session. The rest of the session consists of one or two main experiments. These experiments are short 15-30-minute stand-alone hands-on activities followed by feedback from the group.
LEAD AN ICEBREAKER
You can volunteer at the beginning of the session to lead a short 5-10 minute virtual icebreaker, energizer, or team building activity. session to do a 5-10 minute virtual experiment. Challenge yourself to try leading something virtually that you've always done in person. This is a safe space to try these things out!
SUBMITTING TO LEAD A LONGER ACTIVITY
You can also submit in advance to lead a longer, 15-30 minute learning experiment by completing this Google Form. Submissions that meet the criteria below will be accepted for the available slots on a first-come, first-served basis with ATD NYC members taking priority over non-members.
Learning Lab experiment criteria:
- Can be done in 30 minutes or less including Q&A
- Interactive and hands-on, involving participants
- Something you have not tried before (the purpose is to try new things, challenge yourself, and stretch outside of your comfort zone!)
- Adds value for you and the others attending.
WHAT'S IN IT FOR THOSE WHO LEAD/FACILITATE?
- A safe space to try out new techniques, models, and strategies for learning and developing others
- A testing ground that can simulate a client environment
- Real time feedback from a community of peers
what's in it for those who attend without leading?
- Exposure to what new learning techniques you’ve heard about look like in practice.
- An opportunity to learn from other talent professionals through hands-on experience.
- Network with other talent professionals in the context of a learning experience
EXAMPLES OF POTENTIAL LEARNING LAB EXPERIMENTS
Learning Lab experiments should be interactive and hands-on for participants. Don’t simply show the group something and ask for feedback. Your experiment must require one or more participants present to do something. For example:
The deadline for submitting to lead/facilitate a longer activity is Thursday, April 23, 2020.
Malcolm is intrigued by a new coaching model but is concerned it has potential dangers as well as benefits. He decides to try it out with a few people at the Learning Lab (with others acting as observers) to get feedback and some more insight on what he thinks of the model.
Ash wants to use virtual breakout rooms in a webinar session they’re designing but has never used this tool before and is afraid it won’t work as anticipated. Ash brings the virtual breakout activity to try out at the Learning Lab.
5:50-6:00 pm Tech setup/networking/Learning Lab “open mic” sign-up
6:00-6:30 pm 5-10 minute icebreakers
6:30-7:30 pm Main experiments
ATD NYC Members: $0
Virtual via Zoom!
ATD NYC Special Interest Groups
Gabrielle Bayme, Vice President, SIGs, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kate Gerasimova, Assistant Vice President, SIGs, email@example.com