Cascadia Receives SOS Award

Cascadia Receives SOS Award

The Cascadia Chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), formerly ASTD, was recognized for its submission to the ATD “Sharing Our Success” (SOS) program. The national SOS program identifies best practices among local ATD chapters and uses them as models for other chapters.

Jeffrey Gehris, Chair of ATD’s Chapter Recognition Committee said, "This recognition honors the Cascadia's best practice that demonstrates its commitment to managing a successful organization as well as advancing the talent development profession at the local level. We are excited to honor the chapter with ATD's SOS recognition."

This particular award was given to Cascadia for their partnership with UMU. UMU is an innovative way to interact, author content, and faciitate learning all in one place. It is ideal for microlearning, mobile learning, blended learning and instructor-led training. UMU provides the chapter with its platform for audience-response and microlearning.

ATD-Cascadia is now able to have just-in-time evaluations and on-the-spot polling capability for a variety of functions, including the conference, monthly programs and member meetings. We no longer need to prepare surveys, send out emails, collect the responses, etc. It's all done online and in the moment.

By using UMU software, anyone with a mobile device at our events can participate in providing feedback, Q&A sessions, issue polling, crowdsourced tags, and more. Participants log on to the UMU platform, questions are asked, data is gathered and can be displayed immediately or downloaded later. No equipment to buy or maintain! Just-in-time polling lets participants see data immediately and continue to respond, especially in a Q&A format with a speaker. These activities build immediate buzz and excitement and contribute to to the sense of participating. It's also a cutting edge technology being modeled that participants can learn to use in their own workplace.

The chapter also worked with UMU to create documentation and job aids that will assist other chapters in using this technology.