Metro DC Chapter ATD Instructional Design CoP: Action Learning to the Rescue – Assistance with Learning Evaluation and Other L&D Projects

  • 30 Jul 2019
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • George Mason University Arlington Campus, Van Metre Hall (formerly Founders Hall), 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA. (Room 207)
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At our July Instructional Design CoP meeting, we will explore the use of Action Learning as a process for thinking through challenges relating to your training evaluation and other challenges. Action Learning is transformational team problem solving tool. Leveraging the power of great questions, Action Learning strives to establish the root causes of challenges and then rapidly develop breakthrough solutions. Teams learn about the presented challenge by posing questions and taking action. It is a simple process with only two ground rules (1) statements can only be made in questions and (2) the Action Learning “coach” intervenes to help the team learn. In addition to problem solving, Action Learning facilitates the development of individual leadership skills and competencies.

For July's meeting, we will briefly cover the basics of Action Learning and then demonstrate the power of Action Learning. We are looking for a participant to present a challenge focusing on a challenge he or she is facing with evaluating organizational learning or another related L&D topic.

Join us to learn about Action Learning and get assistance with the challenges you face.

Presenter:  Robert Jordan, PhD

Dr. Robert Jordan is a co-director of the ATD Metro DC Chapter Instructional Design Community of Practice and has worked in the learning and development field in the federal government for 25 years. He is also a certified as an Action Learning coach by the World Institute of Action Learning. Robert holds a master’s degree in Instructional Systems Development from UMBC and a Ph.D. in Learning, Design, and Technology from Penn State. Robert’s professional interests include instructional design, learning environments and spaces, non-formal learning, Communities of Practice, systems theory and learning 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, wraps or salads. There are Event Description: several limited service eating establishments within a few blocks of Founders Hall that offer such fare. 

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

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

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. ATD Members enjoy 10 % discount on Mason EPE Open Enrollment Offerings* *(Exceptions to course discounts: Paralegal, Certified Financial Planner, ed2go online training, and others as indicated by GMU Executive and Professional Education.) To obtain the member only ATD Discount Code, contact the Metro DC ATD Office at admin@dcatd.org before you register for Mason Executive and Professional Education courses. 

Directions to Van Metre 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. Van Metre 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. Van Metre 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. Van Metre 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. Van Metre 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 Van Metre Hall as is limited street parking outside the building. We do not provide validation for attendees who park in the visitor garage.

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. Van Metre Hall is on the left.


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