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Nov 13, 2012

Graduate students in the Learning Technologies Master of Science (LTMS) program continue to get a hands-on education in the LTMS 609: Synchronous Facilitation course this fall and you’re invited to join them for a series of free webinars that they are producing. 

The Synchronous Facilitation course focuses on preparing students to facilitate, synchronous online learning and collaboration sessions.  These sessions often take place in a virtual classroom or webinar environment.  The students are learning how to design and produce a session and also use the technology.  Adobe Connect is the primary virtual classroom tool used in the graduate class.

One project requirement for the students is to produce a webinar for a professional speaker, and the public is invited to attend.  Andy Petroski, Director of Learning Technologies at Harrisburg University, coordinates the LTMS program. 

“After presenting webinars earlier in the semester, students will now produce the webinar of a professional speaker.  This gives the students a chance to work with a professional in the field as well as practice and learn in a live, public environment with an authentic audience,” says Petroski.  “This is an opportunity for them to get field experience while in the classroom.  It will be a great learning experience for them and one that will build confidence in their knowledge and ability to produce webinars for subject matter experts.”

Attend one or all of the student-produced webinars by registering below where dates, times, webinar descriptions and short presenter bios are also available. The Synchronous Facilitation course is part of the Instructional Design concentration in the LTMS program at Harrisburg University.

Performance Management
Tuesday, November 13
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Summary:  Performance Management is more than just an annual performance review. It's a year-long exercise in leading, managing, coaching, and mentoring steps that lead to success. In this one-hour presentation you'll learn the highlights of activities you could immediately put into use in the workplace.

About the presenter: Rick Kerner has been a Corporate Trainer and Human Resources Recruiter with Victaulic since 1995. Victaulic is the world leader of mechanical piping solutions. Rick holds a Bachelor's Degree in Radio and Television Broadcasting, and a minor in Behavioral Psychology. He has developed a 64-hour Leadership College training program which is taught over a three-month period to managers and supervisors. He is a member of the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) National, the ASTD Eastern PA Chapter, and is the Northeast National Advisor for Chapters. In 2012, he earned his Certificate in Internet Recruiting (AIRS CIR).

LTMS Grad Student Producer: Selena Boyer
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Improving Instruction With KlickerZ
Thursday, November 15
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Summary: Classroom response systems (CRS) have been utilized in education for a number of years, but are relatively new to the career and technical education community. Now CRS can be used to help increase CTE students’ technical competence. Find out how the Philadelphia school system worked with NOCTI and Training Masters to establish an interactive system to assure that students are competent and prepared for certification exams! The session will include a demonstration of this innovative collaboration.

About the presenter: Paul Rutledge of Business Development Training Masters Inc. (makers of KlickerZ) is responsible for business development with Training Masters, Inc. He has held various sales and marketing roles for over 20 years. He began his career in electronic component sales and marketing culminating as a global product manager for products supporting many of the technology industry leaders including Intel, Compaq, Dell and Cisco. His background as an innovator is highlighted by his being listed in two patent awards with one having a global filing. Paul expanded his ability into developing programs for software technology related products and services supporting the education market. Paul graduated from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. ).

LTMS Grad Student Producer: Dennis Wilson
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Language: The Rules We Speak By
Tuesday, November 20
6:45 PM - 8:15 PM

Summary:  In this presentation, Dr. Bob Keefer explains some of the rules by which our language is governed, rules we follow without even realizing we're doing it.  Join this interactive program to learn why some words will never exist in the English language!

About the presenter: Bob Keefer PhD is a social psychologist who has been teaching at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, MD for over 25 years.  He is currently Chair of the Psychology Department.  A life-long Pennsylvanian, he spends much of his free time each spring as an umpire for youth baseball. Married to his college sweetheart and living in Gettysburg, Bob keeps in close touch with his two grown daughters east and west of the Mississippi.

LTMS Grad Student Producer: Nancy Konopka
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Exploring the DiSC Model of Behavior and Facilitation Tools
Tuesday, November 27
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Summary:  If you have decided that DiSC is appropriate for your organization you will next want to explore some of the facilitation tools available to you and experience a bit of the classroom exercises.  In this webinar you will:

•             Gain a basic understanding of the DiSC model of behavior
•             Experience an exercise called “Quick DiSC” which can be used in a variety of classroom contexts
•             Learn how to explain the DiSC model to your participants with an experiential exercise
•             Apply the JOHARI window to applications of the DiSC model
•             Learn how the DiSC Graph evolved into a Dot on the Circumplex map

Small Group Interaction during the webinar will help you personalize this experience.  A number of individual pre-webinar activities will be required in order to fully participate in this session.

About the presenters:  Rick Stamm is the Founder and a Senior Consultant at The TEAM Approach. His belief is a simple one - teamwork is the key to service excellence, innovation, and increased productivity in any kind of business. Rick has trained and certified thousands of internal and external consultants and managers in the DiSC model of behavior to support and encourage stronger relationships in the workplace. He has worked closely with Inscape Publishing in shaping the development of new DiSC tools and programs.

Susan Stamm is the President of The TEAM Approach, a team development firm dedicated to helping individuals and organizations develop enduring relationships that sustain teams, organizations, and customer relationships, even in the most difficult of circumstances.  She believes that relationships are more important than any other strategy an organization can employ to accomplish these objectives. As the host of the monthly "Bookends" author interview series, each month she invites the thought leaders of our day to share insights about leadership, employee engagement, productivity and more.

LTMS Grad Student Producer: Scott Bostjancic
This is a closed event.  Public registration for this event is not available.

Innovative Learning Solutions to Accomplish Agency Goals
Wednesday, November 28
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Summary: Join this webinar to learn how public service agencies can take advantage of new approaches to learning.  Now is the time to take a new look at the role of learning in your organization. Innovative learning solutions are effective in reaching internal and external stakeholders and getting them to adopt change. For many organizations, this is at the center of many key initiatives. In this webinar, we will talk about evolving your approach to learning in order to efficiently engage targeted stakeholders and help them improve performance and change behaviors. After participating in the webinar, you will be able to: Identify learning trends Evaluate learning technologies Choose the right learning mix to accomplish your goals Confidently approach new opportunities.

About the presenter: Luke Kempski directs the JPL team to help leading organizations evolve their marketing, communications and training. Luke started with JPL in 1989 as the company's first video writer/producer. In the mid-90s, he led JPL's expansion into interactive media, including e-learning, multimedia, web development and webcasting. He became company President in 2004, and helped foster the company's growth as a strategic, integrated communications provider.

LTMS Grad Student Producer: Justin Venters
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The LTMS program is an innovative, applied learning technologies program that provides students with immediate career benefits while preparing them for projected industry needs. The LTMS program is a part-time or full-time 36 semester hour program that provides students with leading edge approaches and skills to help them apply existing and emerging learning technologies in a variety of learning environments.

More information on the Learning Technologies Master of Science Program is found at Or contact Andy Petroski at

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