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Learning Management Systems: The Pains and Pluses

  • October 13, 2015
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Bethel University, 5885 Ridgeway Center Pkwy #100, Memphis (near Poplar and I-240)


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On October 13th, Jennifer Snyder, Manager of Corporate Learning and Development, at MicroPort Orthopedics in Memphis will share her extensive experience with Learning Management Systems (LMSs): The Pains and Pluses.

The current and future wave for most of us with extensive training for our employees and customers is an LMS or software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting and delivery of training programs (e.g., e-learning, facilitator led, blended, etc.). In this interactive meeting, Snyder will guide participants through the tunnels of LMSs and help you see an LMS in a whole new way.


Jennifer Snyder“I can train dogs; I can train horses; but people learn.” This has been Jennifer Snyder’s mantra since she moved into her role as Manager, Learning & Development for MicroPort Orthopedics in Arlington, TN in 2013. With over a decade in the learning industry, Jennifer’s passion for learning is fueled by seeing the passion ignited in others.

A Memphis transplant since 1996, she cut her teeth in learning at a training company in Memphis. The professional development opportunities there, including support for her master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction, sparked the flame. She is fascinated with the shift in learning because of new technologies. Most recently, she presented “Scavenging for Engagement: Mobile Uses in Learning” at the 4th Annual Life Science Engagement and Innovations in Learning Technologies Conference in March 2015.

Her focus for 2015 was to build a sound learning strategy for her company – a 60-year-old company that hadn’t had a corporate learning department before her arrival. “I have a clean slate to build a learning program from the ground up,” Jennifer said.

In 2013, she implemented an LMS for a medical device manufacturer, then implemented it again within four months, when MicroPort Scientific purchased a branch of the company. She recalls, “It was a lot to do in a very short amount of time, but I learned some valuable lessons along the way.” Jennifer even wrote a blog post about her experience, “9 Lessons Learned from Standing Up an LMS (Twice).”

She named MicroPort’s Learning Management System “MPwrU” or “Empower You.” “The whole reason our department is there is to empower the employees to improve their skills, their careers, and ultimately their lives.” She said if she can improve the life of just one employee, she knows she has then made a difference.

Jennifer blogs about learning occasionally at her site, equusnyder.com. She is always seeking feedback and would like to connect with other Memphis learning professionals on LinkedIn.

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