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  • 12 Aug 2015 1:06 PM | Jeff Zoller
    As learning professionals, we have a responsibility to learn about the new tools and technologies that are coming out that can help us and our organizations. We need to be life-long learners.

    New tools and technologies that have emerged over the last few years have changed the way we interact and work with each other. Without actually using them yourself, many new digital tools are very difficult “get”. Whether it is blogs, Twitter, social media, PLNs or any of the seemingly endless technologies that pop up on our radar, the best way to learn about them is to simply dive in and give them a try.

    In this program you will be introduced to a range tools and technologies that can help you in your personal and professional development. The aim is for you to spend a little time each week learning and expanding your skills. You can easily complete the activities, usually in 15-20 minutes a week and we’ve even built in some periodic ‘catch up’ time to deal with any unexpected obstacles.

    Regardless of whether you are a trainer, instructional designer, e-learning developer, learning manager, consultant or anything else for that matter we are confident you will come away from this experience with new ideas that will help you work smarter.

    Based on the popular and very successful “23 Things” project (The original program this one is based on was designed by Helene Blowers, Community Manager for WorldShare Applications at OCLC, and is loosely based upon Stephen Abram’s article, 43 Things I (or You) might want to do this year (Information Outlook Feb 2006) and the web site 43 Things.), Learn Camp is a is a self-directed program. Each week, we’ll talk about one or more of the items from our program and encourage you to try it out and reflect on it.

    To get started, head over to Read the "About" section, sign up for reminders and information, and get started on this week's task. (or start at the beginning w/ Week #1 -

    A big 'Thank you' to Mike Taylor (@tmiket) for all his time and effort in developing this experience!

  • 07 Aug 2015 12:55 AM | Jeff Zoller
    I wanted to share a less-known membership option with you. In addition to our professional member status ($50/1 year or $125/3 year), we also offer a bundled membership option. Bundled memberships are for businesses or groups that would like to offer memberships to several employees. For a bundled membership, one person signs up for a bundle membership that reflects the number of persons (5, 6, 7, etc.), pays the invoice, and then, as the bundle administrator, enters the other employees into the bundle. Although the price per individual is a little more than our professional member, the regular monthly events are free. (This cuts down on expense reports!)

     If you are interested in this option, I invite you to visit the COATD's Membership page -

  • 28 Jul 2015 10:54 PM | Jeff Zoller

    For more information and registration information, check out the training session in the events section. ->

  • 28 Jul 2015 10:48 PM | Jeff Zoller

    If you missed the emails, it is not too late to join the CPLP Study group. The first session was this past Saturday, but will meet again in September, November, and January.

    The Certified Professional in Learning and Performance™ (CPLP™) offered by the ATD Certification Institute (CI) offers workplace learning and performance (WLP) professionals an opportunity to enhance credibility and prove value in an increasingly competitive marketplace.  It is a broad-based certification and addresses ten areas of expertise as defined by the ATD Competency Model.   If you would like to learn more about the CPLP program, you can learn more at the ATD website at  or

    Description of the program

    The purpose of these study sessions is to prepare you to pass the CPLP exam. In addition, we strive to help you expand your knowledge of the ten areas of expertise as defined by the ATD Competency Model.

    The agenda for each two-hour session includes:

    First hour:

    Focused review of CPLP resources (AST, study/lesson plans, and other ways to  help you prepare for the CPLP exam)

    Focused review of 2 CPLP “areas of expertise” (AOE) during each quarterly meeting

    Second hour: 

    Create and update your individualized study plan and progress check-in

    What’s in it for you? Top Five Reasons to become CPLP Certified:
    1. Build and validate your skills
    2. Increase your earning potential
    3. Differentiate yourself in a competitive job market
    4. Broaden your career opportunities
    5. Join an elite professional community

    Your role in accelerating your career 

    When and Where:

    Quarterly meeting @ Panera, 300 West Lane Avenue , Columbus, OH

    • Saturday, Sept 19   9AM-11AM (Community room not available from 11-11:30)
    • Saturday, Nov 14   9-11AM
    • Saturday, Jan 16    9-11AM

    You are NOT required to attend all meetings. Attend as you are able, but please register for each session you intend to attend. (This will help us w/ planning and set up reminder notices.)

    About Paul Nedeau, your study group leader

    Paul Nedeau obtained the CPLP in 2006 as part of the initial “pioneer” group of certified professionals. He has participated in scoring and developmental sessions with the ATD Certification Institute. His career passions are accelerating organizations and people by applying best practices and proven methods to grow profits and empower potential.  He has a 20-year track record of success in retail, healthcare , and the financial workplaces, and has a held a variety of positions from field trainer to instructional designer to training director. He is currently Learning Program Manager with Hussmann Corporation. 

    Central Ohio Association for Talent Development provides you the opportunity to network with peers, build your knowledge of and skills in new industry topics, and even help find your dream job. 

    If you haven’t considered the CPLP certification, now might be the time. I encourage you to join us and maximize the many benefits of your COATD membership.

  • 27 Jun 2015 8:36 PM | Jeff Zoller

    The ATD West Virginia Chapter is extending an invitation to all surrounding chapters to participate in its upcoming Training Certificate program, presented by ATD National.

    This certification event, scheduled to take place in Charleston, West Virginia, from July 22-24, 2015, will allow participants to gain a complete understanding of the entire training function and learn the latest techniques for delivering powerful training. Specifically, attendees will analyze the four Ps of training, including Purpose and Assessment, Planning and Preparation, Presentation and Facilitation, and Performance and Evaluation. New trainers will gain a strong foundation in critical training skills, and seasoned trainers will be introduced to new approaches for delivering effective training.

    Upon successfully completing this program, attendees will earn 2.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), which may also be eligible for up to 21 CPLP recertification points.

    The cost is $1,395 for ATD National Members and $1,750 for Non-ATD National Members. Please note that a portion of the revenue from each attendee’s registration will go back to the local chapter in which the member participates.

    For more information or to register, visit, click on the By Location link under Find a Program, and click on West Virginia. Additional questions may be directed to ATD West Virginia Chapter President Terry Mayhew at 304-412-3343.

  • 14 Jun 2015 11:20 PM | Jeff Zoller

    The officers of the Central Ohio Chapter of the Association of Talent Development are pleased to announce that Melissa Barth Kelly is our new VP of Membership. Kelly is an Organizational Development Specialist with the Columbus Metropolitan Library and served on the Membership team. Please join us in welcoming her in her new role.

  • 08 Apr 2015 10:40 PM | Jeff Zoller

    Blog Assessment

    by Barbara Carder, M.S., Franklin University

    Do you write a blog? Read blogs? Many education professionals do. Let’s review how we can do a quick self-assessment of our blog posts.  

    Blogs can be a great tool to provide information, encourage discussion, or market a product. A blog post is typically no more than 1,000 words and includes a bio of the writer at the end of the post. Prior to submitting your blog post, ask yourself the following five important questions to ensure an engaging blog post: 1

    1. Is my blog title short enough to catch attention but long enough to accurately describe its contents?

    2. Does the first paragraph contain a “hook” to encourage the reader to continue reading?

    3. Have I written the blog in a conversational tone, in short paragraphs, and free of confusing jargon?

    4. Have I included a graphic that relates to the content of the blog and that is properly attributed?

    5. Does my blog invite discussion and/or a call to action?

    1 Questions were adapted from Blog Posting Checklist by Lucy Snyder, Franklin University

    So, start your engines: Begin blogging! For more information about successful blogging, check out the links below:

    Enhance Your Industry Knowledge with Franklin University (platinum sponsor of Central Ohio ATD)

    Franklin University’s International Institute for Innovative Instruction (i4) publishes a blog, and our bloggers strive to answer YES to all five questions above. Read the i4 blog

    Are you interested advancing in the instructional design field? If so, review the education options provided by Franklin University:

    Bio: Barbara Carder, M.S. is a content editor in the International Institute for Innovative Instruction (i4) at Franklin University. She completed her master’s program at Franklin as well as the Graduate Certificate for Instructional Design. Carder has been a member of the Central Ohio chapter of ATD for many years, and enjoys networking with other education professionals.

  • 22 Mar 2015 9:47 PM | Jeff Zoller
    Central Ohio ATD was just recognized by ATD for meeting the Chapter Affiliation Requirements (CARE) for 2014! This means we met the 18 required CARE elements and is recognized for 100% achievement of CARE in 2014. We were also recognized because almost 50% of our local chapter members are also national members!

    We are looking forward to another successful year in 2015 and hope to see you soon!

  • 22 Feb 2015 10:16 PM | Jeff Zoller

    To bring our fees more inline with costs, we've eliminated the $25 set up fee for new members.

    No time like the present to join COATD!

  • 16 Feb 2015 7:50 PM | Jeff Zoller

    The Learning Executives Network is designed for learning leadership in Central Ohio to have connection and engagement with the chapter. Co-hosted by Amy Franko and Andy Aichele.

    Please email Amy ( or Andy ( if you are interested in participating, or in nominating the chief learning officer/executive in your organization.


For more information about our chapter, or to volunteer,
please  email or contact any of our Central Ohio ATD Board Officers.

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