710 Zombie Apocalypse Survival for L&D Professionals

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Friday, October 2

Instructional Design


Learning professionals today are under a great deal of pressure. It becomes easy to get formulaic and forget two important things: our learners’ needs and our own joy, growth, and fulfillment. How can we break out of the mold, stay connected with our audiences, and remain excited about our profession? And what are some techniques we can use to contribute to a learning culture, even if the rest of the organization isn’t quite there yet?

In this session, you will learn that the best way to survive (and thrive) as learning professionals is by planning for a zombie apocalypse! You will review great L&D lessons learned by Enzo Silva as a recurring background artist on The Walking Dead. You will look at zombie theory and how it came to life via real-world examples from successful (and some less successful) L&D initiatives at SAP. You will learn novel approaches to using humor while teaching serious lessons about being more creative, effective, and learner-centric.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to tap into your creativity by looking outside the world of L&D
  • To identify the right learning solution for the right situation
  • Techniques for adapting content to different modalities
  • What new approaches can make your team more collaborative and effective
  • What baking cookies has to do with zombies and L&D

Novice to advanced designers, developers, project managers, and managers.

Technology discussed in this session:

Enzo Silva

Learning Strategist


Enzo Silva, senior instructional designer for SAP, is an avid learner and instructor who worked in the language-learning field for many years in his home country of Brazil. Enzo is involved in learning mediated by social media, virtual worlds, and games. He currently resides in the greater Atlanta, Georgia area.

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