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2021 February Chapter Meeting: Applying Virtual Reality to Solve OJT Needs

  • 23 Feb 2021
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Online

Facilitated by: Doug Donovan and James Garrett
Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 5:30 PM until 7:30 PM Central Standard Time

Are you prepared to address the incoming pipeline of unskilled workers to your organization?    With the ever-increasing rate of change in technology and the workplace in general, along with the aging and retirement of millions of experienced workers, many organizations are refocusing efforts to formalize On-the-Job (OJT) training to better ensure the transfer of knowledge from seasoned employees to entry-level professionals.

TDIndustries was facing just such a challenge with their HVAC technicians.  These changing dynamics exposed the need to accelerate the development of new, entry-level professionals critical to the sustainment of the industry.  Join us on February 16 for an engaging conversation of how a construction industry company partnered with Interplay Learning to quickly develop new HVAC technicians through an innovative approach to on-the-job training using virtual reality.  Then, explore with your colleagues you could leverage a similar approach to transform OJT at your company.

Event objectives (three would be helpful):

  • Identify the common challenges for applying effective on-the-job training that rapidly transfers knowledge from seasoned professionals to entry-level workers.
  • Explore common options for addressing the skill gaps of entry level employees through OJT
  • Devise a strategy for leveraging virtual reality and/or online simulations to solve the need of effective OJT for distributed workforces


5:30 – 6:00 Welcome, Networking, and Introductions

6:00 – 6:45 Presentation from Doug Donovan and James Garrett

6:45 – 7:00 Wrap-Up


Doug Donovan: Doug is the dynamic leader behind Interplay Learning. He drives the company’s strategic vision, and enthusiastically inspires his team every day to think bigger. Founded in 2016, Interplay Learning is the leading global provider of online and virtual reality training for essential skilled trades. Based out of Austin, Texas, Interplay Learning develops and delivers scalable, highly effective digital learning simulations for the HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical, Solar and Facilities Maintenance workforce. Using a digital experiential learning platform, the company allows its customers to practice hands-on learning and train to be job-ready in weeks, not years. Before Interplay, Doug was involved in several startups, including Greener Dawn and SmashCast.

James Garrett: James Garrett manages training at TDIndustries (on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®” list for more than two decades). James has more than twenty years’ experience in L&D; working in clinal diagnostics, clinical drug trials and construction. He was an early proponent for the use of eLearning and learning management systems. James has trained globally and led teams of trainers, ID’s, technical writers and software developers. He has a passion for the use of agile methodologies and how good design can enhance the learning experience.

When: Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 5:30 PM  Central Standard Time

Cost: No fee

Registration: Registration is required. Click the registration button link below.

Where: Online


14070 Proton Rd. - Suite 100
Dallas, TX 75244

Email: info@tddallas.org

Phone: 972-233-9107 ex. 224

Fax: 972-490-4219

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