Metro DC Chapter ATD - Instructional Design CoP Back to Basics: Learning Theories in Practice

  • 27 Mar 2018
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • George Mason University Arlington Campus, Founders Hall, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA. (Room 207)
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As an instructional designer, you want to create courses that are effective and hit the mark, every time. Now here’s the challenge. Your learners are adults with previous knowledge and fixed ideas about what works for them, busy and stressed-out folks who hate wasting time. They want learning experiences that help them meet their needs and achieve their goals. Join us for a hands-on session that takes us back to the basics by reviewing the most fundamental learning theories instructional designers need to know and working in groups to design activities based on the principles of fundamental learning theories. 

Izabela Solosi is an instructional designer, trainer, and conflict resolution practitioner. She is currently the Training Program Manager at Northern Virginia Mediation Service where she manages a roster of over 30 trainers. In this capacity, she works with clients to provide a range of conflict management and performance improvement services such as training, mediation, facilitation, needs assessments, and coaching. Izabela focuses on designing and delivering training on alternative dispute resolution processes, communication skills, team performance, and conflict resolution skills. Past clients include local and federal government agencies and non-profit organizations. She is a recurring speaker at conferences such as the Federal Dispute Resolution Conference and the Training Officers Consortium Annual Meeting. Izabela is a certified Help Increase the Peace Program facilitator and a Total SDI trainer. She is also a co-leader for the Metro DC ATD Chapter Instructional Design Community of Practice. Izabela holds a BA in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and is currently pursuing an M.Ed. in Instructional Design and Technology, both from George Mason University. 

Dr. Robert Jordan has worked in the training and development field for over 20 years and is a co-director of the Metro DC ATD Chapter Instructional Design Community-of-Practice. He earned master’s degree in Instructional Systems Development from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a Ph.D. in Learning, Design, and Technology from Penn State University in 2013. He has authored and co-authored several articles and book chapters on learning-related topics. His professional interests include instructional design, learning environments and spaces, social learning, communities-of-practice, performance support, systems theory, learning curricula and training evaluation, among other topics.

Please note: Programs begin at 6:00 with informal networking and refreshments until around 6:20 when the evening's formal program begins. Programs end at 8:00. We provide light snacks and bottled water. Attendees are encouraged to bring light meals with them, such as sandwiches or salads. There are several establishments within a few blocks of the Founders Hall venue that offer such fare. There is also a limited service restaurant in the lobby of Founders Hall.

If you register and are no longer able to attend, please send an email to cop_instructional_design@dcatd.org.

Sponsor:  George Mason University Executive and Professional Education is focused on meeting the education and training needs of the business community with Certificate programs and professional certification preparation. Our broad range of professional development programs, including programs in Leadership, Project Management, Government Contracting, HR, and many others, serve the private sector, as well as local, state, and federal organizations. Quality, timely, and cost-effective programs can be accessed in open-enrollment public seminars, classroom based and online formats, and in-house contracted training.

Venue: George Mason University Arlington Campus, Founders Hall, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA. (Room 207)

Directions to Founders Hall:

From Washington, DC:

Cross over the Roosevelt Bridge; follow signs to the George Washington Parkway. Once on the parkway, exit at Spout Run (left exit). Cross over Route 29 (Lee Highway). Spout Run is now Kirkwood Road. Cross over Washington Boulevard. Founders Hall is on the right, at North Fairfax Drive.

From I-66 heading east:

Exit I-66 at Glebe Road/Fairfax Drive (exit 71). The exit ramp turns into Fairfax Drive. After traveling one mile on North Fairfax Drive, you will see the FDIC building on the left. Founders Hall is past the FDIC building.

*Note: All eastbound lanes of I-66 inside the Beltway are restricted to HOV-2 from 6:30 am to 9:00 am and all westbound lanes of I-66 inside the Beltway are restricted to HOV-2 from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm.

From I-66 heading west:

Exit I-66 at Glebe Road (exit 71). Turn left onto Washington Boulevard. Stay on Washington Boulevard until you pass the Giant Supermarket; then turn right onto Kirkwood Road. Founders Hall is on the right, at North Fairfax Drive.

*Note: All eastbound lanes of I-66 inside the Beltway are restricted to HOV-2 from 6:30 am to 9:00 am and all westbound lanes of I-66 inside the Beltway are restricted to HOV-2 from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm.

From I-395:

Exit I-395 at Glebe Road North. Continue on Glebe Road, passing Ballston Common Mall on the right. Cross over Wilson Boulevard, then turn right onto Fairfax Drive. After one mile you will see the FDIC building on the left. Founders Hall is past the FDIC building.

From Fairfax and Points West, via Route 50:

Go east on Route 50 (Arlington Blvd.). Exit at Glebe Road, and turn left on Glebe. Turn right on Fairfax Drive. The Arlington Campus is one mile down on North Fairfax Drive, past the FDIC building, on the left.

Please note: Paid visitor garage parking is available onsite at Founders Hall as is limited street parking outside the building.

By Metro:

Take the Orange Line to the Virginia Square/GMU station. The Arlington Campus is approximately 2 blocks Take the escalator to the street level, and turn to face Fairfax Drive. Across the street and to the right, you will see the FDIC building. Cross the street and continue past the FDIC building. Founders Hall is on the left.


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