Call for Presentations

Training is evolving. The learning experience of today will not be the same as it will be for learners just a few years from now. The upcoming conference, the week of May 7, 2018, is a perfect opportunity for you to make a direct contribution to important and exciting changes in how training gets done. No matter what industry you are in right now, the evolution in Training will likely touch you. Here is a chance to be part of it.

As you probably know, there have been a lot of challenges that impact Training since the last VISION conference in May, 2016. In the nuclear industry, the pressure to reduce costs across the board, largely to meet the “Nuclear Promise,” has brought about a serious review of the SAT process under the imperative to “do more with less” without sacrifice to training effectiveness or safety. New ideas for implementing SAT, ranging from a different “DIF” process to a fresh look at media and technology all have the potential to improve the efficiency in how training dollars and resources are used.

The need to do more with less is not a foreign concept to those in the other industries that will be represented at the VISION 2018 conference. We know that the Department of Energy sites, the ISOs and bulk electric clients experience the same pressure. They too are looking for ways to do things better, faster and with more efficient use of resources. And it is no different for our International colleagues, including those at VISION sites in the UK, France, China, UAE, Slovakia and South Africa who have interesting challenges and ideas of their own.

We’ve been paying close attention to what is beginning to happen across the represented industries and we see common trends in how training is evolving. We also noticed how one thing we all have in common is NOT evolving: the SAT process itself seems intact and necessary as ever. At FOCUS, we’ve been trying to influence the evolution in a positive way by adding functionality to the VISION software itself to support where we see things going, and where we think they need to go while further augmenting the process it all comes back to.

You can influence this evolution too, even if in a small but important way, by contributing your experience, ideas or solutions in the form of a presentation at the conference. To help you come up with an impactful topic, we formed a Steering Committee comprised of VISION user site representatives. With their help, we have assembled a collection of “themes” under the overall heading of “Doing More with Less.” For each theme, the group has identified ideas, or topics, that it believes would be of interest and useful to the conference attendees. Pick one, or suggest one of your own, and contribute a presentation. We really welcome and encourage your participation!

How to submit a presentation

Here’s how to be a presenter at the conference:
  1. 1. Review the table of themes and ideas on the following page. Use this table to spark ideas about what you can contribute, but do not limit your ideas to the ideas presented in the table. If you have something else in mind, go with that.
  2. 2. Form your topic in a quick paragraph; it can be brief just to describe what you have in mind.
  3. 3. E-mail your paragraph to Gary at
  4. 4. Gary will get back to you to discuss or clarify the idea. If it still seems like a fit….
  5. 5. Write an overview or abstract. These should be done by Friday, March 30 so we can put together the agenda.

Presentations are normally in PowerPoint (or similar presentation software).

If you are going to show your database, internet will be available. Be sure you will have permission to access your database from outside your firewall, or bring it with you. Presentations are about 30 minutes long. We may have to adjust this time, depending on how many presentations we end up with but you will know the time before you start creating.

Themes and Ideas for Topics


Ideas or topics we seek for presentations

Notes re. potential presentations

Moving to the “object” oriented approach to training/authoring in  VISION

·         What makes a “good” objective- what are learning objects?

FENOC has IT working on improving objectives at all three stations

·         Using the new Author’s tool box in VISION to develop learning objects;  new content templates and outcomes

Joint presentation Exelon/FOCUS

·         The cost/payoff for investing in transforming current objectives to “shareable/reusable learning objects


SAT/VISION data management and “mining”


·         Exam management (in Developer); exam analysis


·         Using scanners; Scantron/importing files from Scantron, use of external reporting, inputs from VLS. 

(Exelon; David Huff)  “Big data”

·         OBE/Biz Intelligence tools, etc.  Tracking student progress


New training techniques and technologies

·         Micro learning

Need ideas for presentations- not limited to VISION

·         Formats and design for effective CBT

·         On-demand training/performance support

·         Other


Standardizing, sharing, common materials

·         How sites are applying SAT- surprising disparity


·         Implementing the new SAT procedures


·         Procedure for standardizing SAT/VISION across projects

·         Integrating a best practice- e.g. best practice hierarchy structure for same job, etc.

·         Document Control- reviews, approvals, movement of material for content management at objective level

·         Pros and Cons of common tasks- dealing with DIF


·         Industry standard programs such as EPRI STE



·         VISION 9- how versioning and “Approvals” work

·         Using “Connect”, eg., with integrating VISION with SuccessFactors or other enterprise LMS’s

·         What’s next- improvements and changes (will seek feedback from participants)

·         9.2, 6.2 specifications

·         New module plans

·         Using Focus technical resources to your best advantage (eg, Schmidt, Gergens, Moredock, Erikat, Tillotson)

·         Tips and Tricks by Joe

Focus, all topics


Potential Topics for Breakouts

General Topic

Ideas; description

Presenter/facilitators in place or needed

Benchmarking- show and tell

Show SAT databases; compare and discuss differences among the attendees

Need sites to show/tell

Cross industry fertilization

Diverse organizations representing to each other what they are doing with SAT/VISION; discuss approach to SAT, use of VISION, outcomes, standards, etc. that may be novel and advantageous to a different industry user.  DOE sites, ISO/T&D and non-US nuclear sites.


Need representatives from Nuclear, ISOs, DOE and T/D

Cloud based SAT/VISION

Some groups have moved to a hosted “cloud” solution for the SAT/VISION system.  Share advantages, challenges and results of this solution.

EDF Energy?  Request ISO’s to describe


FOCUS can describe process

Content authoring in VISION

Discuss progress to date, include the issues in making the transition to learning objects and to developing content at the objective level


FOCUS can participate

Suggestions for changes or improvements to VISION


FOCUS to facilitate

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