Imagine this: A breakout session with five opinionated Guild Research writers at the recent Learning Solutions Conference in Orlando, jam-packed with questions and laughter from both panelists and audience members. I’ll share a little of the fun from that session.

Each of us presented a few charts from a research report and then took questions from the audience. There was lots of friendly competition among panelists to see who got the most audience interest! Get this … Joe Ganci left early in a huff. (Oops, I’m making that up. He had a webinar to give. Or at least that’s what he said!)

To help you feel like you were there, I’ll share a few of the slides from the session and provide links to the reports so you can download the reports to read more.

I presented some salary trend data from the 2013 Global Salary and Compensation Report (Figure 1) showing that salaries have been flat worldwide over the past five years (except in Australia).

Figure 1: Salary trend in four countries from the 2013 Global Salary & Compensation Report

The 2013 eLearning Guild 2013 Salary and Compensation Report is free to all Guild members, including Associate members, and you can download it here. The data in this report represents survey responses from more than 4,700 eLearning Guild members and examines the trends in pay for eLearning professionals worldwide, including areas of variance such as years in eLearning, education, company size, and location.

Joe Ganci discussed data from the Rapid eLearning Authoring: Top Tools report and looked ahead to what we can expect to see change (Figure 2). You can download The 2011 Rapid eLearning Authoring: Top Tools report here. Be on the lookout for a new authoring tools survey coming from us so we can update this report! In the meantime, check out Joe’s recent article in Learning Solutions Magazine on choosing the right authoring tool.

Figure 2: Top rapid eLearning tools from the 2011 eLearning Guild survey and Joe’s notes about likely changes

Jane Bozarth started out by talking about organizations’ use of social media for learning by sector (Figure 3) from the Social Media for Learning report. She said that it’s important to be able to tell the difference between social learning and social media. She wrote a terrific article on this topic for Learning Solutions Magazine that’s a must read.

Figure 3: Organizations’ use of social media for learning by sector

Clark Quinn discussed mLearning plans by year (Figure 4) and added that he’s seen major growth in mobile learning already in 2013.

Figure 4: mLearning plans by year

I highly recommend Clark’s blog, Learnlets: It often helps me rethink what I think I know as a learning analyst.

I hope I’ve given you a sense of what it was like talking about research and learning with some of the smartest people I know. It was, in a word, awesome.