As we head into summer, come play with us in some virtual learning environments to try out immersive leadership development strategies, such as virtual role plays, Second Life, and Virtual Reality. You’ll view examples of leadership development programs developed in these environments, and you’ll participate in two simulations to practice skills in communicating up the chain and de-escalating conflict. And just to make sure we’re warmed up and ready to play, we’ll practice a little laughing yoga to get things started. Join us to explore exciting possibilities for developing leaders in virtual learning environments.
Our simulation guide for this event is Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Clayton whose educational and professional speciality is in the application of leadership in virtual environments. Clayton serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Leadership at Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, supporting the continuing development of mid-level officer leadership for the US Air Force. In this role, he develops immersive learning environments that focus on military and business leadership development using virtual, augmented, and mixed reality environments.
Lieutenant Colonel Clayton is a 1999 graduate of Purdue University and earned his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps. As an Academic Instructor and Academic Affairs Officer for Air University, Squadron Officer College (SOC), he served as an instructor, course director, program manager, and academic advisor with more than 5,000 hours of classroom instruction time. Clayton holds a Masters in Adult Education and Training from the University of Phoenix and is certified as a Master Level Instructor and Distance Learning Instructor. Clayton also holds a Doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis on Higher Education from Grand Canyon University. Prior to his current assignment, Lieutenant Colonel Clayton was a student at the Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.
Our laughing yoga instructor for this event is Catherine Zaranis. In addition to teaching laughing yoga, Catherine Zaranis is an award winning Entrepreneur, Educator and Public Servant. In 2012, she founded Perform-Link, LLC. Perform-Link™ has been helping organizations with change management, instructional design, and advisory services on a range of learning and organizational effectiveness challenges. Catherine has led the re-design of instructional content for over 350+ courses for public and private sector clients, government, non-for-profits and higher education. She teaches EDUC 689 Connecting ISD and HPI (soon to be Learning and Performance Technology) at UMBC. Catherine has served as President of the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), Potomac Chapter, where she was privileged to receive a Chapter of Excellence Award. The chapter has won consecutive Chapter of Excellence Awards since Catherine’s tour as President (2010-2011). She is passionate about developing happy and healthy leaders through mindfulness practices. Her Motto: “Role Model Excellence by Example.”
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