November 2018

Presentation Links

From Sue Mehrkens – Download the PowerPoint

This meeting will not be available online; it will be in-person only.

Monday, November 12, 2018

6:00 – 6:30 pm: Networking
6:30 – 8:00 pm: Business Meeting / Program

McNeely Hall, Room 106
2115 Summit Avenue, St. Paul

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Is Instructional Design Important?

With the increased sophistication of eLearning development tools like Articulate Storyline and Captivate, some people might think that true instructional design is an added expense. Setting the tools aside, most SMEs can convert their content to PowerPoint slides and call it “training.”
Our panelists will share a variety of scenarios which we will discuss in small groups. You may walk away with some clear examples to justify the need for professional IDs on your team. It’ll be an evening to inspire, learn and network.

You will:

  • Discuss a variety of scenarios to determine the importance of instructional design.
  • Explore “When Training is Needed” flowchart.
  • Review potential risks of excluding instructional design for training-related needs within your organization.


Heidi Fuller is currently the Corporate Senior Training Specialist for Elior North America. As one of the key members on the company’s learning & development leadership team, she oversees training, instructional design, curriculum development, and e-learning for over 17,000 employees across a broad portfolio of food management products and services nationwide. Heidi’s diverse career background spans various roles in instructional design, developmental coaching, learning & development, public speaking, and training. Her specialties include: adult learning theory, instructional video creation, and learning management systems. Heidi Fuller holds a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Psychology.

Anne Groetsch is currently employed for Wells Fargo as an Instructional Design Consultant. She primarily designs and develops eLearning for Risk and Compliance. Before Wells Fargo, Anne has worked as an Instructional Designer designing and developing training in numerous companies/industries in the Twin Cities and St. Cloud areas. Her industry experience includes the following: retail, legal publishing, business software development, eLearning vendor consultant, direct sales, manufacturing, health care, internet marketing and the financial industry.

Anne is a member of DLF, ISPI, MnISPI, PACT, the eLearning Guild, and Toastmasters. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and Mass Communication and a Master of Science degree in Training and Human Resource Development with an emphasis in Instructional Design from
St. Cloud State University.

Sue Mehrkens is currently a Contract Tech Writer/Senior Instructional Designer at Medtronic. Her corporate experience includes the following employers/clients: Accenture, Boston Scientific, Ecolab, Honeywell and UHC. In addition to working with four state agencies, she has worked at Capella University, Hennepin Technical College and taught Grades 6-12 at a local public school.

Sue is an active member of DLF, MnISPI, ISPI, PACT and ATD. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Education and obtained a Training and Development Certificate from the University of Minnesota.

Laura Nedved is a Learning and Development Consultant with over 20 years of experience. She is PMP certified through the Project Management Institute, and CPLP certified through the Association for Talent Development. Nedved is a member of PACT (Professional Association for Computer Training) and served on the Board of UXPA MN for 3 years. Her work has had national and international impact and spans: eLearning, virtual instructor-led certification, coaching, mobile learning solutions, and performance improvement tools.

Nate Thompson is currently a Global Process Safety/SHE Training Program Manager at Ecolab where he plans, develops and deploys chemical operations and safety training to global plant sites.

Nate has an M.S. in Training and Development from the University of Wisconsin and specializes in Technical Software/End User training programs.