Designing Significant Learning Events to REALLY Engage Your Learners

  • Thursday, March 22, 2018
  • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Buffalo Museum of Science


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Designing Significant Learning Events to REALLY engage your learners

(Why Adults Need Field Trips - Adding Experiences to the Learning Event to drive learning transfer)

Adults learn by doing. It is a fact. It would be great if we could learn to drive a car just by reading a manual or watching a video about it, wouldn’t it? But we all know, it doesn’t work that way. We have to actually DRIVE the car in order to transfer the learning from the classroom to the medium we will be using the learning.

So why do we continue to create training programs that cling to lecture or discussions? We need to think outside of the classroom, literally.

Join us on at the Buffalo Museum of Science for an Experience in Experiential Learning. Find out why those field trips we used to take as kids were SO important to the transfer of learning. (Hey! Adult need field trips too!)

*Light fare will be included for all attendees including a pasta bar, beef station, salad station and bottled water. 

Museum Admission

By registering for this event, you will receive a Buffalo Science Museum General Admissions pass to tour the museum after the program presentations.

Additionally, you may choose to tour the Buffalo Science Museum's Special Collections (this is not available to the general public) at an additional price (see ticket options).

Event Agenda

5:30-5:45 – Networking

5:45-6:30 – Special Collections/Museum Tour and Experiential Learning Exploration

6:30-6:45- Buffet Opens / Chapter Updates

6:45-7:15 – Marisa Wigglesworth

7:15-8:15 – Designing Significant Learning Events to REALLY Engage Your Learners

8:15-8:30 - Event Conclusion

About the Speakers

Marissa Wigglesworth is the President and CEO at Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences.

Kim Stahl is a Training Specialist and Banking Officer with the Customer Asset Management department at M&T Bank. She has served as a lead facilitator and content developer as well as a project lead for her team, currently serving as the training lead on a large-scale system replacement project.

Kim has been an active member of the ATD Buffalo Niagara chapter since 2009 and has served as the VP of Communications since March 2015.  She is currently working on her Masters of Adult Education at SUNY Buffalo State. Kim's claims to fame are as a Franklin Covey 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Foundations certified Facilitator, a 2002 Second City Conservatory graduate, and has performed locally with numerous community theatre groups as well as professionally with Actors Anonymous Theater Company.

Kim brings her passion for performance, learning, and facilitating to the members of the ATD Buffalo Niagara Chapter with her presentation on creating Significant Learning Events as inspired by the work of L. Dee Fink.

Erica Swiatek - Consultant & Escape Room Owner

Erica blends her expertise in the fields of innovation, learning and development and playfulness to create accelerated activities, courses and programs. These courses give individuals and teams the tools and skills that transform their meetings, problem solving skills and team.

She has several years of experience working with large call centers and health insurance companies. She has helped companies revamp systems, programs and processes to be more efficient and effective.  Her work in learning and development has also led to publishing an article on how playfulness impacts learning in the Big Questions of Creativity book.

Erica’s work in the field of play also includes owning an escape room called 3600 Escape.  An escape room is an adventure game where participants find clues, solve puzzles to escape the room or accomplish a task. She has also combined this experience with a debrief or preference indicator’s such as Myers-Briggs or FourSight.

Erica graduated from SUNY Buffalo State with a Master’s of Science in Creativity and Change Leadership. Her passion for the program led to becoming an adjunct faculty at the school where she teaches Creative Problem Solving classes at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Additional Information

Creating Significant Learning Events

What is Significant Learning?

Go on Field Trips

Why Adults Need Field Trips



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