Sharing What Works

March 22 – 24, 2017 Orlando, FL

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LS201 (Re-)Creating an Immersive Leadership Readiness Program

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Wednesday, March 22

Instructional Design


The term “bench strength” is frequently used in relation to leadership, so it isn’t surprising that many organizations are keen to create development programs for their future leaders. However, many of these programs fail to adequately prepare employees for the demands of assuming a leadership role.

In this session, you will learn about Spectrum Health University’s experience in redesigning its leadership readiness program, Futures. You will learn about the difficult conversations and internal debates around how to develop immersive and engaging content, as well as how to select the right program participants. You will also learn how to utilize various skill sets across all team members throughout the design and development process. The session will explore various program ideas ranging from rotational experiences to immersive simulations and individual personalization via assessments, debriefs, and competency-based development plans.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to utilize all members of your team (not just instructional designers) in program development
  • Why selecting the right participants leads to better learning experiences
  • How to create “rotational” experiences in highly condensed time frames
  • How to create "formal informality" to strengthen participant relationships

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

Technology discussed in this session:
Social collaborative platforms, online survey tools, and online assessments.

Tim VanderLaan


Spectrum Health

Tim VanderLaan, a manager of the Spectrum Health University, has a passion for developing leaders and making processes more efficient, programs more engaging, and participants more connected. Over the past eight years he has developed structured leadership programs, administered learning management systems, created eLearning, deployed social collaborative platforms, and helped launch a corporate university.

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