Metro DC Chapter Instructional Design CoP: 2020 Trends in the Instructional Design and Training Industry

  • 25 Feb 2020
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • George Mason University Arlington Campus, Van Metre Hall, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA
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The new board of the ID CoP, Boshra Zawawi, Charlotte McKenzie, and Corlis Webb, would like to invite you to a Panel Discussion on 2020 trends in the ID and training industry. We have a list of seven leading experts and practitioners in the ID field who will lead the discussion. They will share their perspectives on current trends and new learning technologies in the ID and training industries based on their research and professional experience. This event provides an outstanding opportunity to ask these leading experts questions, contribute your own insights, and network with the ID and training community.

But that’s not all! The Panel Discussion is also a Potluck Event to share and enjoy a variety of dishes. Please bring your favorite dish to contribute to the festivities!

Please join us for an evening of insightful discussion, fellowship, reflections, and food. You’re sure to leave with a list of must explore learning technologies and must learn skills.

Our Panelists:

Angela Low is a Senior Workforce Development professional at the Department of Homeland, Office of Inspector General in Washington D.C. She has 14 years experience in mission support activities with the Department of State and Department of Defense domestically and abroad. She holds a B.A in Government and International Politics from George Mason University, a B.S In Instructional Design and Technology from Texas A & M University and is a PhD in Education Candidate at George Mason University.

Deadra Welcome, author, founder, and CEO of Concerning Learning LLC, has had a life-long passion for learning. She attended Howard University, earned her CPLP Certification from the ATD, followed by her Kirkpatrick Bronze Level Evaluation Certification from Kirkpatrick Partners. Deadra received the Certified Professional in Training Management designation from the Training Industry. Most recently, in 2018 Deadra earned the title of Certified MBTI Practitioner from the Myers-Briggs Foundation. She has been an avid contributor to both the National and Local Washington DC Chapter of ATD for many years.

Eliza Blanchard, APTD, is the Learning & Development content manager at the ATD, where she creates and curates content and develops new products and services for ATD’s audience. Prior to joining ATD, Eliza worked at the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, where she designed and delivered trainings on diversity, inclusion, and identity through the lens of religion.

Joseph C. DiPietro serves as the Training and Education Program Manager at the United States Sentencing Commission in Washington, D.C. Joe is a former public-school teacher, instructional designer, and university professor with a passion for all things educational technology-related. He has over 16 years of experience in managing the planning, delivery, support, and evaluation of online, blended, and face-to-face learning experiences in federal, private sector, postsecondary, and public education environments. Dr. DiPietro is an expert in assessing and promoting the quality of online and blended/hybrid offerings; in maximizing comprehensibility of technology-mediated course structures; and in ensuring alignment between learning objectives and various federal/national accreditation standards.

Nada Dabbagh is Professor and Director of the Division of Learning Technologies in theCollege of Education and Human Development at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.She has a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Design from The Pennsylvania State University and aMaster’s of Science in Math Methodology and Operations Research from Columbia University. She teaches graduate courses in instructional design, e-learning pedagogy, and cognition and technology in the Instructional Design and Technology and the LearningTechnologies Design Research programs. Dr. Dabbagh’s research focuses on the pedagogical ecology of technology mediated learning environments with the goal of understanding the social and cognitive consequences of learning systems design. Dr. Dabbagh has an extensive publication record which includes five books, a handbook, and over 100 research papers and book chapters. For more information about Dr. Dabbagh’s academic profile visit

Tameka J. Harris is an experienced Broadcast Producer-turned-Instructional Systems Designer, currently working on corporate compliance and ethics training solutions within the health care insurance industry. She enthusiastically transforms passive “black and white” content into active prismatic experiences for learners everywhere! Formally trained in Instructional Strategy, Curriculum Design & Development, TV/Video/Audio Productions, Broadcast & Communications, Tameka is passionate about blending media and entertainment with corporate performance education. She has two M.S. degrees in Instructional Design & Technology and in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University.

Please note: The event begins at 6:00 with informal networking and enjoyment of the shared food until 6:30 when the evening's formal panel discussion begins. The formal panel discussion will end at 8:00 pm. Then, in the last half hour, we will have another round of informal networking and food sharing. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish/food to share for the potluck event.

If you register and are no longer able to attend, please send an email to

Venue: George Mason University Arlington Campus, Van Metre Hall, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA

George Mason University Executive and Professional Education is focused on meeting the education and training needs of the business community with Certificate programs and professional certification preparation. Our broad range of professional development programs, including programs in Leadership, Project Management, Government Contracting, HR, and many others, serve the private sector, as well as local, state, and federal organizations. Quality, timely, and cost-effective programs can be accessed in open-enrollment public seminars, classroom based and online formats, and in-house contracted training. ATD Members enjoy 10 % discount on Mason EPE Open Enrollment Offerings* *(Exceptions to course discounts: Paralegal, Certified Financial Planner, ed2go online training, and others as indicated by GMU Executive and Professional Education.) To obtain the member only ATD Discount Code, contact the Metro DC ATD Office at before you register for Mason Executive and Professional Education courses. 

Directions to Van Metre Hall:

From Washington, DC:

Cross over the Roosevelt Bridge; follow signs to the George Washington Parkway. Once on the parkway, exit at Spout Run (left exit). Cross over Route 29 (Lee Highway). Spout Run is now Kirkwood Road. Cross over Washington Boulevard. Van Metre is on the right, at North Fairfax Drive.

From I-66 heading east:
Exit I-66 at Glebe Road/Fairfax Drive (exit 71). The exit ramp turns into Fairfax Drive. After traveling one mile on North Fairfax Drive, you will see the FDIC building on the left. Van Metre is past the FDIC building.

*Note: All eastbound lanes of I-66 inside the Beltway are restricted to HOV-2 from 6:30 am to 9:00 am and all westbound lanes of I-66 inside the Beltway are restricted to HOV-2 from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm.

From I-66 heading west:
Exit I-66 at Glebe Road (exit 71). Turn left onto Washington Boulevard. Stay on Washington Boulevard until you pass the Giant Supermarket; then turn right onto Kirkwood Road. Van Metre is on the right, at North Fairfax Drive.

*Note: All eastbound lanes of I-66 inside the Beltway are restricted to HOV-2 from 6:30 am to 9:00 am and all westbound lanes of I-66 inside the Beltway are restricted to HOV-2 from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm.

From I-395:
Exit I-395 at Glebe Road North. Continue on Glebe Road, passing Ballston Common Mall on the right. Cross over Wilson Boulevard, and then turn right onto Fairfax Drive. After one mile you will see the FDIC building on the left. Van Metre Hall is past the FDIC building.

From Fairfax and Points West, via Route 50:
Go east on Route 50 (Arlington Blvd.). Exit at Glebe Road, and turn left on Glebe. Turn right on Fairfax Drive. Van Metre is one mile down on North Fairfax Drive, past the FDIC building, on the left.

Please note: Paid visitor garage parking is available onsite at Van Metre Hall as is limited street parking outside the building. We do not provide validation for attendees who park in the visitor garage.

By Metro:
Take the Orange Line to the Virginia Square/GMU station. The Arlington Campus is approximately 2 blocks Take the escalator to the street level, and turn to face Fairfax Drive. Across the street and to the right, you will see the FDIC building. Cross the street and continue past the FDIC building. Van Metre Hall is on the left.