You Want it, When? Lessons Learned from Short-notice Learning Projects


Mark Sheppard

Mark Sheppard is a seasoned L&D practitioner, speaker, and recovering blogger who believes in the power of innovation and challenging expectations. He is also a shameless educational technology geek and a social-learning evangelist with extensive private and public sector L&D experience varying from military to healthcare. Mark holds a Certificate in Adult Training and Development from OISE, a Certificate in Human Resources Management from Seneca College, and a Masters Degree in Learning & Technology from Royal Roads University.

Session Description:

Success stories are great, but it’s the projects that don’t go quite as planned are the ones we hear about all-too-infrequently, but they are the ones we should be hearing more about. Let’s face it, we’ve all been there before; someone “needs some learning done” and they need it yesterday. It’s almost never pretty, and we all swear we will never let it happen to us again. Right? This is one of those stories. While working on assignment for the Royal Canadian Air Force, Mark had one of these short-notice projects thrust at him, and the story of the frustrations, surprise wins, and unintended consequences is worth the re-telling.

In this session you will learn:

  • the unintended outcomes of short-notice projects
  • how to determine “what’s possible”
  • mitigation strategies and valid counter-arguments
  • unexpected wins that result from projects like these

Audience Level:

Novice, Intermediate, Advanced