August 05, 2018  —  September 29, 2018


Distance Learning

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Interested in shifting your audience’s attention from their iphones to your presentation? This 8-week online class will teach you how to create a collaborative learning environment where attendees play an active role in the learning process. Collaborative learning environments encourage audiences to shift from simply listening to actively sharing their perceptions and experiences.

Several effective presentation techniques that produce interaction and participation will be demonstrated. Each week’s learning module features skills and strategies you will use to plan, create and complete your first collaborative learning presentation. Weekly online assignments, discussions and quizzes will help to hone your abilities. Weekly modules and assignments will be completed during the week and are anticipated to require about 1 hour of effort. By the end of the course, you will be prepared to establish collaborative learning environments for all of your technical or training presentations, whether in your boss’ office, the boardroom or the classroom.


Best Practices for Developing and Delivering Presentations

Module 1: Principles to Being Influential

  • Creating empathy, trust and credibility

Module 2: Five Rules for Creating World Changing Presentations

  • How to spread ideas and help people see what you’re saying

Module 3: The Science of Persuasion

  • The importance of consistency, consensus, compliments, cooperation and commitment

Module 4: Universal Intellectual Standards

  • Clarity, accuracy, precision, relevance, depth, breadth and logic

How to Create a Collaborative Learning Environment

Module 5: Collaborative Learning Environments

  • What is a collaborative learning environment?
  • Role of the instructor (facilitator, presenter)
  • Role of the student (learner, audience)

Module 6: Adult Learning Theory

  • Characteristics of an active learning environment
  • Participants’ goals, responsibilities and commitment
  • Experiential learning

Module 7: Modes of Learning

  • Concrete Experience
  • Reflective Observation
  • Abstract Observation
  • Active Experimentation

Module 8: Learning Style Types

  • Diverging
  • Assimilating
  • Converging
  • Accommodating


Walter C. Catlett

Mr. Catlett is a registered engineer responsible for technical training of precast concrete products across the United States. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA.  His training focus remains on educating engineers, contractors/installers and inspectors on proper installation practices that provide strategic opportunities for public agencies. He remains an active member of the Arkansas Transportation Research Advisory Council, Virginia LTAP Advisory Board and a facilitator for several Local Technical Assistance Programs.  Mr. Catlett retired from the military in January of 2018 after completing 30 years of combined service in the United States Marine Corps and U.S. Army Reserve.

Registration and Payment

The following registration fees cover the session, all course materials and meals:

Local Government: $100
State/Federal: $150.00
Private Industry: $250.00

Click here for UVA TTA's general registration information, cancellation policy, and refund policy. UVA TTA accepts the following credit cards: American Express, VISA, MasterCard, and Discover. Credit card information cannot be taken over the phone. Alternatively, after registering you can print out a voucher to send in with your payment. After you have completed the transaction you will receive an automatically generated email confirming registration and payment if applicable. Final confirmation and instructions will be sent out during the week prior to the class date.

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