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  • August 08, 2016 11:24 AM | Anonymous

    Brent Hoard, a doctoral candidate (Instructional Design & Technology) at Old Dominion University, and Dr. Jill Stefaniak ( request your participation in a research study that will examine the relationships between specific production and development skills, and the instructional design workflow that you utilize in real ­world projects.

    Participation in the study will entail participation in a speak-­aloud session conducted over Skype between the participant and this study's investigators, along with an intake data questionnaire. It is estimated that participating in the study will take approximately 30 ­minutes. 

    To indicate your interest in participating, please address an email to Brent Hoard ( and please include approximate days and times when you might be able to schedule the speak­aloud session. Alternatively, you may also use the following form to indicate your interest in participation rather than respond via email.

  • July 09, 2016 10:04 AM | Anonymous

    Chicago ISPI (International Society for Performance Improvement), the leading Chicago area association dedicated to improving workplace productivity and competence, is seeking a part-time seasoned marketing communications consultant.  The candidate must have experience using a variety of marketing communication tactics that will help Chicago ISPI increase community awareness of our brand, expand our membership base and keep our members informed about activities and programs. 

    Primary job responsibilities include: 

    • Writing website copy and maintaining the website*;
    • Drafting and editing our newsletter;
    • Writing marketing collateral and; 
    • Proofreading marketing materials for our target audiences. 

    Candidates must have social media experience--especially LinkedIn and FaceBook.  Experience with special event management is a plus.   

    The individual will be required to work a minimum of 8-10 hours remotely per month and must have a personal computer with Wi-Fi access and Microsoft Office Suite. Compensation is at a rate of $35-$50 per hour -- commensurate with experience.  

    If you are interested in the position, please submit a resume, cover letter and at least three writing samples to Kevin Einbinder ( by 5:00 p.m. on August 1, 2016.  

  • May 11, 2016 11:23 AM | Anonymous

    If you are not currently a member of our Chapter's parent organization, ISPI, now is the time to join.  ISPI has recently announced new membership levels with the Basic membership offered at no charge.

    For more information check out ISPI's Membership and Fees information.

  • May 11, 2016 11:19 AM | Anonymous

    Dear ISPI Members and Chapter Members, 

    Michael J. Sandel, the political philosopher, once wrote: “We drifted from having a market economy to being a market society. Everything seems to be governed by price tags and the question: What do I get for my buck?” But when Adam Smith wrote about markets, he was well aware that markets serve specific purposes in specific areas of society. And he was well aware that a framework of values governs markets. In fact, he wrote more about values than about markets in his books. These values are not part of the market. They cannot be traded, and they do not have a price tag. 

    How does this relate to our Society? We often hear discussions that grow out of the question: What do members get for their buck? Of course members should get value for the fees they pay. Still, structuring the discussion around this question alone corrupts the true purpose of a society and devalues it to a simple economic transaction. We firmly believe that this is a wrong approach. 

    We think our Society is about providing “rooms” for members’ needs and for keeping ISPI vibrant. It is about rooms for personal development, rooms for discussions that open new horizons, rooms for networking and finding support for our ideas, and rooms for experimentation and innovation. In the end, our Society offers opportunities that go far beyond the direct return for each dollar of one’s membership fee. 

    This line of thinking makes the individual membership fee a donation to support, in part, a purpose that the member values. Of course, we trust that at some point others will receive indirect benefits from this fee as well. And, the benefits could be multidimensional with many of those dimensions not having a price tag. 
    Members invest in the idea of shared professional development that cannot be predicted in every detail, and that cannot be standardized completely. This shared growth requires “rooms” for open development. And, members should be the ones who shape the rooms. 

    That our Society should be member-driven is an essential tenet we both believe in. Some examples: The Conference Committee should develop and innovate the conference. Different think tanks should collect new approaches and ensure that our methodology continues to expand. Networks should offer fast and easy access to colleagues who are interested in pursuing similar ideas. A comprehensive knowledge base that members can tailor to their individual needs should be a source for quick personal development. There might be hundreds of ideas out there that would make our Society a vibrant and innovative forum that is THE place to go to for professionals in the field.

    We started on this path with our new strategy. We continue to build this concept into ISPI step-by-step. The early results are already visible. At the annual conference, you experienced the FutureLAB as a “room” for learning about future developments and as a room to contribute and discuss your ideas. At the opening event, you experienced a new way to integrate newbies into our community. You experienced the results of our first community work project—a pilot program to lay a foundation for more such projects in the future. Such ISPI and community partnerships will offer developmental opportunities for members who otherwise would not be able to access and gain experience working on big projects. 

    This is all  just the beginning and opens exciting opportunities for volunteers to contribute and shape the new face of our Society. We will support this. The first step is to broaden the base for such a movement. That needs a membership campaign that only can be successful with your help. We are in the process of setting it up. Additional information will come very soon.  
    We want to support a movement driven by members that will take our Society to a whole new level. We invite you: Become part of this movement. Become an innovator and a driver of change. Start new initiatives by gathering people who believe in the same ideas. Start shaping the face of our Society and building our future. 

    Klaus Wittkuhn
    2015 - 2016


    Scott Casad
    President Elect
    2016 - 2017


  • April 09, 2016 9:25 AM | Anonymous

    The election for the 2016 Board Members is complete.  The following slate of candidates were elected unanimously to serve for the 2016 year:

    • President - Cindy Pinkstaff Miller
    • Vice-President - Jim Davis
    • Treasurer - Ann Battenfield
    • Secretary - Wendy Buehlman
    • Director - Kevin Rillo
    • Director - Elizabeth Osika

    The Board will also be interviewing for additional Director positions from those nominated.  

  • February 15, 2016 9:28 AM | Anonymous

    The North Community would like to survey their participants.

    If you are participating in the North Community or would like to, please take 30 seconds to complete the survey linked here ->

  • January 22, 2016 1:40 PM | Anonymous
    ISPI is offering a discounted rate of $695 for CPT certification to Chapter Members.

    This savings of $300 represents great value for those looking to accelerate their career through the criteria, knowledge, and best practices that the CPT represents.

    In order to qualify for the discounted rate of $695 a Chapter Member must be listed on their Chapter Roster (and paid any required dues for the year) and be a Society Member.

    This offer is valid through April 12, 2016

  • January 16, 2016 8:19 AM | Anonymous

    My name is Abdulaziz (Aziz) Alshgeri and I am PhD candidate at Wayne State University. I am currently conducting a research study to explore how needs assessment is applied as a precursor to change initiative and to what extent leaders utilize it in change management processes.

    I am currently seeking professionals to participate in this study. If you are: 

    • In a leadership position (CEO, CFO, VP levels, etc.)
    • Anyone who is involved in recommending and/or implementing organizational change strategies (manager, consultant, change agent, etc.)
    • Business owner 

    Please share your experiences and practices by clicking or copying and pasting this link in your browser bar to take the survey:

    The survey should take no longer than 15 minutes. Please kindly complete the survey before February 29, 2016

    As an appreciation for your time, once you complete the survey, you will have an option to enter a random drawing to win one of four prizes, which include a ($200, $150, $100, or $50) VISA gift cards. Your information will be confidential and will not be used to track your specific responses.  Please share this research invitation to whom you think may be appropriate for this study.

    The faculty advisor for this project is Dr. Ingrid Guerra Lopez and can be reached via email: If you have any questions regarding this study, please contact me at or

    Please share your experiences and practices by clicking or copying and pasting this link in your browser bar to take the survey:

    Thank you for your time and consideration,

    Aziz Alshgeri​

  • January 13, 2016 9:05 AM | Anonymous

    Mark your calendar! The ninth annual Chicago eLearning & Technology Showcase will beTuesday, August 16 at Northern Illinois University (NIU), in Naperville, Illinois. The west suburban conference center is easily accessible just off Interstate 88.

    Registration will open in May. In the meantime, we're looking for volunteers to help shape this popular, daylong conference. 

    Volunteers Needed!

    We're beginning to plan this year's Showcase and need additional volunteers. If you're available and interested in working on the event, review the wide range of volunteer opportunities and then complete the volunteer interest form. In thanks for your contribution, you will be invited to attend the Showcase at a reduced rate.

    Feel free to contact with any questions.  

    We look forward to hearing from you!

    Chicago eLearning & Technology Showcase Planning Team
    office:  +1 773.340.CETS (2387)

  • November 09, 2015 3:56 PM | Anonymous

    Download the Brochure; click here

    The Performance Improvement Conference 2016

    April 10-12, Loews Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

    Keynote Featuring Aaron Hurst, Author of The Purpose Economy 

    Hear from the Masters!

    ·          Dale Brethower

    ·          Harold Stolovitch

    ·          Allison Rossett

    ·          Ryan Watkins

    ·          ISPI Community Service Project: Roger Addison, Carol Panza

    Check Out the Current and Expanding List of Exciting Speakers!

    ·          Roger Addison

    ·          Carl Binder

    ·          Tim Gillum

    ·          Judy Hale

    ·          Glenn Hughes

    ·          Roger Kaufman

    ·          Ingrid Guerra-Lopez

    ·          Gilles Morin

    ·          Kery Mortenson

    ·          Patti Philips

    ·          Sivasailam Thiagarajan

    ·          Klaus Wittkuhn

    ·          Martin Zink

    Plus, Exciting Pre-Conference Offerings!
    April 8-10, 2016

    ·          3 Day: Principles and Practices of Performance Improvement Institute with Miki Lane

    ·          3 Day: Performance Improvement Advanced Institute with Roger Addison and Klaus Wittkuhn

    ·          2 Day: Adding Value as a Performance Improvement Professional with Harold Stolovitch

    ·          2 Day: Certification Workshop: Preparing for the CPT with Judy Hale

    ·          1 Day: Performance Improvement Consulting: Ideas, Models, Tools, and Practice with Roger Chevalier

    REGISTER By December 18 FOR A $250 DISCOUNT!


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