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Free Mini Webinars Now Available on SIOP.org!

The SIOP Professional Practice Committee is pleased to announce a new educational mini-webinar series designed to provide SIOP members with an additional mechanism to stay abreast of new and interesting topics germane to the practice of industrial-organizational psychology!

Recorded by members, for members, the goals of the series are to (a) support members in their efforts to study, apply, and teach the principles, findings, and methods of industrial-organizational psychology and (b) provide a forum for the exchange of research, insights, and information related to the science, practice, and teaching of industrial-organizational psychology.

“The webinar concept was conceived after the most recent Practitioner Needs Survey, in which practitioners were asked about potential development activities SIOP could sponsor,” explained Tracy Kantrowitz, chair of the Professional Practice Committee. “Practitioners responded very favorably to items such as ‘provide more online resources,’ ‘summarize the state of practice and science on specific practice topics (reports, summaries, books, meetings, videos),’ and ‘provide more continuing practice education resources.’ The webinar concept fit the bill in terms of providing online resources on timely topics to members they could conveniently access anytime, anywhere.”

The first webinar, recorded by Neta Moye, focuses on the emerging topic of learning agility and can be accessed on the SIOP webinar homepage here, also accessible through the “Resources” drop-down menu. The format uses engaging audio/video presentation with other visual technology. The entire webinar series will be housed on the SIOP webinar page and can be accessed by members at their convenience. Additional webinars will be available in the near future, so check back soon!

View the first presentation in the webinar series
here or view all of SIOP's free webinars on the webinar page.

The mini webinar series was originally conceived as a joint project with the SIOP Visibility Committee (chaired by Carl Persing), which has worked on other student-focused webinars in the past, and have a visibility component to them, Kantrowitz explained.

“Depending on the topic and content of the presentations, these webinars could also be used to demonstrate the value that I-O provides to businesspersons viewing the webinars,” she added.

Although the series is intended for practitioners who want quick, convenient information on a variety of I-O topics, anyone interested in the topic will find it useful, Kantrowitz added.

“Given the webinar series concept originated with the Practitioner Needs Survey, the webinars are designed with a practitioner focus,” she said. “But all members, including Student Affiliates, can certainly benefit. That is, topics are selected with clear educational and career development objectives that can directly benefit practitioners.”

For instance, webinars anticipated to be part of the first series include “Telling the Story in the C-suite: Creating a Focus That Executives Care About” and “Designing Executive-Level Selection Systems.”

SIOP’s previous webinars have first occurred live and then the recorded versions were placed on the webinar page. The new mini webinar series presentations are all prerecorded to allow members to access them conveniently at their leisure, Kantrowitz said.

“We saw this as better meeting members’ needs rather than scheduled, live webinars that may only be available to a portion of the membership given diversity in schedules and interests,” she added.

The format of the webinars is similar to others from SIOP, with video and audio of the speaker on one half of the computer screen and their PowerPoint slides displayed on the other half.

“As the speaker makes their presentation, they control the PowerPoint slides to advance at the appropriate time,” Kantrowitz added. “Thus the viewer would watch the presentation much like any live presentation.”