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 June 1, 2020, 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, 2018. 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, April 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.

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