Workshop Session | Thursday, June 28 | 11:55 – 12:40 p.m.
Track: Learning Technologies

In this session, you will learn how we helped our employees overcome their concerns and learn about their new organization. We created a fun solution to help overcome the anxiety of change, based on what people already experience: an “on-demand” TV series. Season one consisted of nine episodes featuring an unedited video interview with each future division director, who shared information about themselves and their division. To encourage viewership (and increase ratings), we incorporated several gamification techniques. Come to this session to learn how we did it with magic wands, hidden clues and “Emmy Awards.”

What will you learn?

  • How to use gamification techniques to engage learners during change initiatives.
  • Realize that you can use simple video in learning, even if you have limited video experience and equipment.
  • Identify how to create an environment to produce engaging video interviews.
  • How to write engaging video interview questions.


Debra (Debbie) Farmer, Distance Learning and Instructional Design Consultant, NOAA
Debbie Farmer serves as NOAA’s distance learning and instructional design consultant. She currently focuses on HR-related topics, including supervisor training and performance management. She has many years of training experience, which include needs analysis, design and development, classroom and webinar delivery, and evaluation. Debbie has an undergraduate degree in education from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in counseling and guidance from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Sara Pranio, Chief of Performance Culture and Learning Center of Expertise, NOAA
Sara Pranio is the NOAA Office of Human Capital Services (OHCS) branch chief, performance culture and learning branch, where she is working to develop continuous learning and a performance-focused culture organization-wide. Her team delivers a wide array of training and other developmental opportunities to senior leaders, supervisors and employees to ensure that NOAA meets its important mission. Sara has extensive experience in the areas of performance management, learning and development, and change management. Sara has a master’s degree in business administration from The George Washington University, in Washington D.C.