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Tool and Resource Potluck: Sharing member knowledge

  • May 09, 2017
  • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Northwoods, 1301 Atwood Avenue, Johnston, RI 02919
  • 22


  • This is for Bay Colonies Chapter Members who register in advance.
  • Members of other local ATD Chapters (other than Bay Colonies) are welcome to join us for the member rate. Please contact a board member or communications@atdbaycolonies.org for the registration code.
  • This is for individuals who are not ATD Chapter Members who register in advance.
  • This rate is for full-time students who register in advance of the session.

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Let’s learn from each other! Join us to learn some new tools and how-to’s! In this session, you’ll hear from several chapter members as they share tools, resources and how-to’s for enhancing training. The session will be structured with short fast-paced presentations focused on things you can obtain and/or do using without significant expense or training. Our potluck will feature:

App of the Week
Tom Thibodeau, Assistant Provost, New England Institute of Technology
Learn how New England Tech is providing quick, 2 to 5 minute videos, every week, to our faculty and staff to promote the idea of using technology to improve a variety of in-class issues like student engagement, discussion and assessment.

Can You Really Measure Learning?
Trudy Mandeville, CEO, TCP Learning
For the last decade, instructional technology promised a lot without being able to deliver. But has Experience xAPI (TinCan, xAPI) changed that? It has and this is an opportunity to share some of the exciting opportunities as well as challenges.

Developing Better Tests: Best Practices & Resources
Jonathan Seeley, Instructional Designer, Fidelity Investments
Come away with a resource to develop tests that are an "opportunity for respondents", as opposed to an experience to be avoided (Westgaard). You’ll also be introduced to a job aid containing best practices for developing test questions. General best practices as well as tips and examples for specific question types will be included.

Practical Steps to Get Started with Animations for Training
Pia Proal, President, Real Cool Productions
How do you decide that your content is suitable for animation and then what's next.



Jonathan Seeley, M.Ed., CPLP®, is an Instructional Designer with Fidelity Investments, a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing  and other financial products and services to more than 26 million individuals, institutions and financial intermediaries. In his current role, Mr. Seeley works on projects involving e-learning, assessment, and technical writing.

Mr. Seeley joined Fidelity in 2014. Before joining, he was an Instructional Designer III with Money Management International from 2005-2014.  Mr. Seeley earned his bachelor of arts degree from Gordon College, summa cum laude, in 1994; and an M.Ed. from Boston College in 1998. He also earned the Association for Talent Development's Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) credential in 2010, and completed recertification cycles in 2013 and 2016.

Tom Thibodeau, Assistant Provost, New England Institute of Technology and the Director of the Faculty Resource Center. My responsibilities include faculty development, the use of academic computing resources, classroom A/V resources, online resources (especially Canvas) and a variety of administrative tasks. I started at New England Tech 27 years ago as an adjunct faculty member and progressed to an associate professor in video production. Along the way, I helped create and chaired a new Multimedia and Internet Communications program and worked as the college’s first educational technologist. I also have twenty years of experience in the video production industry as a videographer and online editor.

Last year, I co-authored a book called UDL in the Cloud, published by CAST Publishing on the integration of Universal Design of Learning in an online environment. I live in Seekonk, MA. When I have some free time, I love to create stained glass panels for my home.

Pia Proal, President, Real Cool Productions, an accomplished sales and marketing executive with over 25 years experience leading diverse organizations in the software publishing, gaming and digital media production industries. Pia has an extensive background in understanding clients’ needs and partnering to deliver projects that meet their business objectives. With a deep understanding of the industry, she provides insight and knowledge, helping organizations understand the opportunities that digital communications can offer.

Pia also has experience in building successful sales organizations by focusing on training and mentoring. She has developed and delivered a number of training programs, some of which include: communication techniques for inside and telesales organizations, sales skills for a field sales organization, on-boarding for new hires, etc.

As the driving force behind Real Cool Productions, she is responsible for all sales and marketing efforts and works throughout the country and in Europe to identify partners and opportunities to foster continued growth. Pia is responsible for the operational and financial aspects of running Real Cool Productions with a busy staff of 12 post production specialists and several hundred clients.


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