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ATD SWFL Monthly Newsletter

December 2015   
Message from the President

Christine DavlinAmazingly enough, here we are...the end of 2015! A time to reflect on 2015 and look forward to fresh ideas in the new year.

We celebrated our 25th year as a chapter in 2015, and were honored with "Chapter of the Month," quite impressive for a small chapter!

Things are changing; on the international level with ATD, and with our profession. We are doing our best to keep up with the needs of our members. The board is planning our 2016 Strategic Planning session on December 9th in the afternoon. If you are interested in attending, please contact me directly at We are looking for new ideas and thought leaders!

I would like to thank Melissa Rizzuto for arranging an awesome November meeting with a field trip to visit Florida SouthWestern State College (Lee Campus)! The session focused on several learning technologies utilized by FSW faculty and instructional designers to develop online and face-to-face courses and professional development programs from, The Division of Teaching Innovation, Faculty Development, and Online Learning at FSW.

Additionally, once again I would like to share my appreciation for a hard working board. There are many benefits to volunteering and giving back to our chapter, please contact any one of us if you are interested in joining or presenting at one of our chapter meetings!

Happy Holidays to you and your families - I look forward to seeing you in 2016!

Warm regards,

Christine Davlin
ATD Southwest Florida Chapter celebrating its 25th year!

November Field Trip to FSW by Kathy Choquette

Our November Monthly meeting was a field trip visit to Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW). The Division of Teaching Innovation, Faculty Development and Online Learning (TIFDOL) served as the facilitator and we should thank, Melissa Rizzuto for putting together an exceptional program.

Dr. Mary Myers, Dean, Teaching Innovation, Faculty Development and Online Learning started with a warm welcoming and described how the division serves as the facilitator and organizer for professional development and online learning. It was very exciting to hear how instructional designers and faculty develop online courses and professional programs.


We had the opportunity to hear from six department members as they discussed items like virtual training/attendance, learning authoring and presentation tools, mobile polling, screen recording, and audio & video tools. The department training room featured high tech equipment with screens and monitors all around as well as audio and video equipment. Each one of the presenters used the equipment for their presentation and had us also use some of the equipment to participate.

This was a learning experience. We saw the benefits of various learning technologies that may be new or ones to help you advance what you are currently doing.
I was so glad that I had attended. Thank you, FSW !!!

And, thank you to our paticipants who volunteered to record videos.




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