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308 Tools for Hybrid Work: Transform Instructional Design Using Design Thinking

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM PT
Wednesday, October 26

Tracks: Instructional Design

A 2022 HCM Outlook Study shows that at least two-thirds of organizations are challenged with redefining their culture and work environments. This means reimagining their employee and leadership development and also improving employee recruitment and reward. Learning is shifting from tactical to strategic in order to support organizational success while adapting to the current and future landscape. The whole organization needs to think differently, act differently, and become human-centric. Success requires leaders to rise from the comfort of “how we’ve always done it,” apply new tools for engagement that enable L&D upskilling initiatives to focus on disparately located learners, demonstrate how each contributor is valued, and increase their engagement and feeling of belonging—all while transforming their skills to optimize business performance.  

In this session, we will discuss the current and future landscape of instructional design as it relates to hybrid work environments. LXD adaptation today requires creativity, innovation, and practicality. Proven instructional design methods combined with design thinking tools will allow attendees to visualize the current state of their L&D, utilize new tools to build learner-focused journeys, and continuously adapt to transform their organizations.

In this session, you will learn:

  • To visualize the current and potential future L&D landscape in a hybrid work environment
  • How to utilize current instructional design methods combined with design thinking tools to drive transformation
  • To build human-centric, learner-focused journeys to upskill/reskill people and the organization
  • Tools to use right away to start your organization’s transformation towards performance, growth, and success in a hybrid work environment

Christina Barss

Lead Transformation Consultant

Allen Interactions

Dr. Christina Barss is an experienced industry subject matter expert (SME) in improvement sciences and organizational culture change. Her unique blend of practical, academic, and art perspectives creates custom operational and employee engagement solutions that transform the bottom line. Dr. Barss’ 12 years in healthcare were filled leading strategic enterprise-level initiatives to improve patient safety, quality, service, and innovation, as well as teaching and coaching executives. From C-suite to frontline, she connects seamlessly and guides others in building trust bridges. Her continuous improvement science foundation began in the manufacturing industry. She presents nationally and internationally on design thinking, change management, organizational culture, corporate learning, executive education, and succession planning.

Ethan Edwards

Chief Instructional Strategist

Allen Interactions

Ethan Edwards draws on more than 30 years of industry experience as an eLearning instructional designer and developer. He is responsible for the delivery of the internal and external training and communications that reflect Allen Interactions’ unique perspective on designing and developing meaningful and memorable eLearning programs. Ethan teaches multiple courses for Guild Academy, and is the primary instructor for ATD’s eLearning Instructional Design Certificate Program. In addition, he is an internationally recognized speaker on instructional design and eLearning.