Mark your calendars now for DevLearn 2016. Join us November 16 – 18, 2016, back at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV!

DevLearn 2015 Concurrent Sessions

DevLearn 2015 offers you the largest, most comprehensive, most cutting-edge learning technologies program in the world. The program includes more than 125 concurrent sessions covering all the critical topics that will help you develop new skills and expertise in the management, design, and development of technology-based learning.

Look for B.Y.O.L.® Sessions!

Bring Your Own Laptop® (B.Y.O.L.®) takes learning to the next level. In these sessions you will bring your mobile device or laptop, with the software being discussed installed, and have the unique opportunity to learn hands-on, following along with an instructor step-by-step.

Sessions on Wednesday, September 30, 2015

7:30 AM Wed, September 30

 

Kick-start your day—and your networking—with Morning Buzz, the popular early-bird discussions held each morning of the conference. This is your chance to grab a cup of coffee and meet other conference attendees in a relaxed, casual environment, so you can share your best practices, insights, and tips while learning from one another’s experiences.

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7:30 AM Wed, September 30

 

Kick-start your day—and your networking—with Morning Buzz, the popular early-bird discussions held each morning of the conference. This is your chance to grab a cup of coffee and meet other conference attendees in a relaxed, casual environment, so you can share your best practices, insights, and tips while learning from one another’s experiences.

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7:30 AM Wed, September 30

 

Kick-start your day—and your networking—with Morning Buzz, the popular early-bird discussions held each morning of the conference. This is your chance to grab a cup of coffee and meet other conference attendees in a relaxed, casual environment, so you can share your best practices, insights, and tips while learning from one another’s experiences.

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7:30 AM Wed, September 30

 

Kick-start your day—and your networking—with Morning Buzz, the popular early-bird discussions held each morning of the conference. This is your chance to grab a cup of coffee and meet other conference attendees in a relaxed, casual environment, so you can share your best practices, insights, and tips while learning from one another’s experiences.

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7:30 AM Wed, September 30

 

Kick-start your day—and your networking—with Morning Buzz, the popular early-bird discussions held each morning of the conference. This is your chance to grab a cup of coffee and meet other conference attendees in a relaxed, casual environment, so you can share your best practices, insights, and tips while learning from one another’s experiences.

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7:30 AM Wed, September 30

 

Kick-start your day—and your networking—with Morning Buzz, the popular early-bird discussions held each morning of the conference. This is your chance to grab a cup of coffee and meet other conference attendees in a relaxed, casual environment, so you can share your best practices, insights, and tips while learning from one another’s experiences.

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7:30 AM Wed, September 30

 

Kick-start your day—and your networking—with Morning Buzz, the popular early-bird discussions held each morning of the conference. This is your chance to grab a cup of coffee and meet other conference attendees in a relaxed, casual environment, so you can share your best practices, insights, and tips while learning from one another’s experiences.

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7:30 AM Wed, September 30

 

Kick-start your day—and your networking—with Morning Buzz, the popular early-bird discussions held each morning of the conference. This is your chance to grab a cup of coffee and meet other conference attendees in a relaxed, casual environment, so you can share your best practices, insights, and tips while learning from one another’s experiences.

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7:30 AM Wed, September 30

 

Kick-start your day—and your networking—with Morning Buzz, the popular early-bird discussions held each morning of the conference. This is your chance to grab a cup of coffee and meet other conference attendees in a relaxed, casual environment, so you can share your best practices, insights, and tips while learning from one another’s experiences.

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7:30 AM Wed, September 30

 

Kick-start your day—and your networking—with Morning Buzz, the popular early-bird discussions held each morning of the conference. This is your chance to grab a cup of coffee and meet other conference attendees in a relaxed, casual environment, so you can share your best practices, insights, and tips while learning from one another’s experiences.

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7:30 AM Wed, September 30

 

Kick-start your day—and your networking—with Morning Buzz, the popular early-bird discussions held each morning of the conference. This is your chance to grab a cup of coffee and meet other conference attendees in a relaxed, casual environment, so you can share your best practices, insights, and tips while learning from one another’s experiences.

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7:30 AM Wed, September 30

 

Kick-start your day—and your networking—with Morning Buzz, the popular early-bird discussions held each morning of the conference. This is your chance to grab a cup of coffee and meet other conference attendees in a relaxed, casual environment, so you can share your best practices, insights, and tips while learning from one another’s experiences.

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7:30 AM Wed, September 30

 

Kick-start your day—and your networking—with Morning Buzz, the popular early-bird discussions held each morning of the conference. This is your chance to grab a cup of coffee and meet other conference attendees in a relaxed, casual environment, so you can share your best practices, insights, and tips while learning from one another’s experiences.

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7:30 AM Wed, September 30

 

Kick-start your day—and your networking—with Morning Buzz, the popular early-bird discussions held each morning of the conference. This is your chance to grab a cup of coffee and meet other conference attendees in a relaxed, casual environment, so you can share your best practices, insights, and tips while learning from one another’s experiences.

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10:00 AM Wed, September 30

 

According to Deloitte University Press, 74 percent of business leaders view a shortage of skills as a major impediment to executing their business strategies; however, only 28 percent believe that their organizations are ready to meet this workforce capability challenge. In this session, learn how Caterpillar, a Bersin by Deloitte “High-Impact Learning Organization,” is successfully closing the skills gap through a learning ecosystem that creates bite-sized learning tailored to individual learning needs; delivers relevant learning content anywhere, anytime, and on any device; uses analytics to measure the impact of learning on performance; and personalizes learning paths for the most effective approach to closing organizational skill gaps

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10:00 AM Wed, September 30

 

When people log in, their IQs go up 25 points. When reports are run, company sales increase 200 percent. New hires instantly become employee of the year. Managers get promoted merely by reviewing their team’s performance. It is . . . the most interesting LMS in the world. With our proven methodology for current review, future recommendations, and a detailed roadmap for both business and system changes, Bluewater can help your LMS become the most interesting LMS in the world. Come learn, interact, and have fun with us at the Training Technologies Stage Wednesday at 10:00 AM to learn more.

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10:00 AM Wed, September 30

 

Using free templates for your eLearning projects can be a huge time-saver, but sometimes it’s hard to see past a template’s subject matter or its graphics. Learn tips and techniques for quickly customizing free templates using Storyline.

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10:00 AM Wed, September 30

 

Whether you are creating a new project, developing an app, or launching a new course or web app, join us to learn about the latest strategies in brainstorming and prototyping. During this session we will highlight specific tools, techniques, and workflows to help you kick off any project the right way. Learn how to communicate a concept beginning with low-fidelity prototypes, gather user feedback, and translate into high-fidelity prototypes before you start development. So bring your pens, crayons, markers, and paper to get your ideas out of your head and make them a reality!

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10:00 AM Wed, September 30

 

Research shows that today’s learner craves video, but what does that mean, and how should video fold into a curriculum? Can high-impact visual messaging be used to shorten, or even replace, traditional eLearning delivery methods?

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10:45 AM Wed, September 30

Track: Tools

Learning professionals often create and deliver learning without huge budgets for tools, but it is impossible to be effective instructional designers, training managers, or learning developers without knowing the tools of those trades. Fortunately, many of the best tools for creating and delivering online learning are free or very inexpensive!

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10:45 AM Wed, September 30

Track: Strategy

The way we learn is changing. In his Predictions for 2015 report, Josh Bersin states we are in an era where corporate learning is going through as much change as we witnessed when eLearning hit the scene. Corporate learning strategies have always treated learning as an event. That’s not how we learn best. We learn continuously, on the job. We learn by making mistakes and solving problems. Your learners are asking you to shift away from formal training to more focused, ad hoc learning. How do you evolve your learning strategy to adapt to this shift?

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10:45 AM Wed, September 30

Track: Instructional Design

Many eLearning developers neglect to use a soundtrack in eLearning programs. Music is used in film and television to set the mood, convey emotions, and provide transition cues yet many avoid using music in eLearning because of a perceived cost, lack of musical skills, possible copyright issues, or simply no recording space. Fortunately there are many tools and sources available for us to quickly build music tracks that can connect emotionally and enhance the learning.

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10:45 AM Wed, September 30

Track: Social

Social learning allows organizations to realize the benefits that eLearning promised 20 years ago. Social is flexible, cost efficient, and allows experts in an organization to directly connect with learners. Employees are already using social tools already with zero training required. How can training professionals leverage tools their employees already know how to use?

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10:45 AM Wed, September 30

Track: Emerging Tech

The world of technology and information is changing rapidly. As emerging delivery and engagement technologies, including MOOCs, immersions, games, and badges, are disrupting expectations of relevant meaningful learning and development, new waves of learning technology innovation—wearable technologies and the Internet of Things – are promising to shake things up even more. Will you be ready to step up? In this session we’ll examine the current and emerging learning technology markets to anticipate the skills and capabilities required for success as eLearning professionals.

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10:45 AM Wed, September 30

Track: Strategy

Training focuses on learning and performance improvement, but we typically only access the knowledge aspect of performance. What about emotion? To truly improve performance, training in context is essential and that includes training employees to leverage their knowledge and control their emotions.

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10:45 AM Wed, September 30

Track: Performance Support

Embedded performance support (EPS), while it has been described as a discipline, also serves a critical role as a component part of a holistic learning and performance solution. All too often however, performance support is viewed as a training add-on targeted to post-training applications. When this happens, we don’t fully realize the significant benefits of agile development, nor are sustainable performance results achieved by our end-users.

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10:45 AM Wed, September 30

Track: Mobile

Design is not only about aesthetics. It’s about intersections, and especially those intersections that connect to human emotions. Mobile learning-game designers must consider both the learning and gaming contexts as they develop solutions. Striking the right balance is a blend of art and science. So how do successful learning games get this right? Understanding the fundamentals of game design and learning design can help you lay the foundation, but it doesn’t get you to mastery. You have to look at the patterns.

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10:45 AM Wed, September 30

Track: Emerging Tech

If you visit a Fortune 500 website today, what you see is not created by handcrafting a webpage. Amazon and Netflix recommendations, too, are not completed by someone watching your particular behavior and cobbling together those for you; instead, it’s a set of rules and tagged content. It’s quite likely that when you visit a site, it may be different than when others visit the same site. This isn’t magic, but it’s also not just your everyday content creation process—it’s a content strategy fueled by content systems. And these changes in traditional marketing have big implications for eLearning.

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10:45 AM Wed, September 30

Track: Data and Measurement

The Experience API (xAPI) has been in production for more than a year now, and it is becoming more important for training and development teams to learn the ABCs of this important new set of technologies and approaches to tracking and reporting.

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10:45 AM Wed, September 30

Track: Games and Gamification

Gamification and games-based learning is a viable, effective strategy for learning and yet there is resistance when it comes to executive buy-in. We hear, “Gamification is too expensive!” “It’s too flashy!” “We don’t want our employees playing games on the job!” Turning the tide of perception takes a combination of highlighting programs in which gamification has been incredibly effective, understanding the science behind why gamification works so well for learners, and targeting those specific projects for which gamification is a perfect fit.

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10:45 AM Wed, September 30

Track: Instructional Design

“Don’t limit yourself” is terrible advice, yet getting into a creative rhythm is not always easy. When the pressure is mounting, often we can find ourselves blocked in our effort to present a new and fresh idea for the project we’re working on. How can you stay in the flow and find the next great idea for your work?

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10:45 AM Wed, September 30

Track: Management

Nearly 48 percent of employees believe they are ready right now for a career change according to a survey by global talent-mobility consulting firm Lee Hecht Harrison. The hiring market is getting tighter as the economy improves. To attract and keep the technical talent required for your organization is a strategic project, and it will not be successful if you treat it like a “hope and a prayer.” Your competitors are trying right now to steal your top technical staff. To retain and grow your valuable technical talent requires three key accountabilities: hire the right person, onboard and grow the person, and manage him or her through career and succession plans.

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10:45 AM Wed, September 30

Track: Instructional Design

In early 2014 Jane Bozarth’s husband was diagnosed with a large tumor perched atop his brain stem like a golf ball on a tee. The story of his surgery and recovery became the most popular piece she’s ever published, “Performance Matters,” which appeared in The eLearning Guild’s Learning Solutions Magazine. Join Jane and Jeannette Campos as they explore the story, its associated observations, and issues learned throughout that are relevant to L&D.

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10:45 AM Wed, September 30

Track: Development

While Articulate Storyline is a wonderful development tool, many times developers end up with only content that resembles a (very pretty) slideshow, rather than enriched content with meaningful experiences that result in impactful learning.

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10:45 AM Wed, September 30

Track: Media

Trends suggest that learners want to drive their own learning and have access to a variety of bite-sized materials in various media to learn what they want, when they want it. It’s not just the Millennials, and it is not because people have no attention span. It is because everything moves so quickly and we have become accustomed to making our own path ... quickly. Yet, corporate learning organizations are having trouble shifting fast enough.

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10:45 AM Wed, September 30

Track: Emerging Tech

The promise of open digital badges extends beyond their potential to recognize informal learning and professional development. Open badges also provide data that can be mined and analyzed to benefit learners, educators, and learning organizations, both locally and globally across the ecosystem. What does the current universe of badges look like? What practical data can be conveyed through badges? How can usable data be extracted from digital badges that can be used by learners and institutions of learning?

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10:45 AM Wed, September 30

Track: Emerging Tech

The world of work and the workplace is changing rapidly, and your internal business strategy needs to include motivational elements such as gamification, badging, and incentives to support workplace engagement and interest.

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11:00 AM Wed, September 30

 

Many video producers remain unaware of how to produce high-quality, dynamic videos inexpensively, and grapple with the issue of how to create compelling online material. Learn simple techniques that can be used to create top-notch videos that have made the massive open online course (MOOC) Learning How to Learn, offered by the University of California, San Diego, on Coursera, one of the top MOOCs in the world, with well over half a million learners in the first six months.

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11:00 AM Wed, September 30

 

Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, are a hot topic in learning technology. They are successfully implemented by higher education institutions, but organizations providing valuable training and development can leverage the model as well. Explore the building of a MOOC through lecture and small group activities. This combination reinforces the components of the MOOC model and demonstrates how it can be implemented as both an education and a marketing tool. You will leave with the practical knowledge to convince leadership to invest in building a MOOC for the reasons learned.

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11:00 AM Wed, September 30

 

Learning management systems have evolved into large and complex platforms capable of supporting large institutions with thousands of students. But what about small to midsize organizations with tens to hundreds of students and more modest training needs? Learn through a case study example how WordPress meets basic requirements for online course management functionality, is fast and easy to set up, and keeps costs less than $500.

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11:00 AM Wed, September 30

 

There are so many tools out there, which can be intimidating and overwhelming. Come take a look at the major tools on the market and see how they fit together to make up the ultimate eLearning toolbox. Learn how these tools can work together to maximize development and make the process more efficient.

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11:00 AM Wed, September 30

 

Are you up-to-date in understanding the latest scientific research on learning and brain science? In this session, learn to separate fact from fiction! Avoid the myths that hurt learning and harm our learners. Build your knowledge. Win the most valuable prize: Proven research-based wisdom for eLearning design.

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12:15 PM Wed, September 30

 

The development of workplace skills happens primarily beyond the traditional eLearning course, through on-the-job experience and coaching by managers. Mobile technologies like the Experience API have made it practical to implement on-the-job learning. You’ll see how a 70:20:10 learning path was deployed on employees’ smartphones to increase speed to proficiency. Using the TREK Learning Experience Manager platform, they accessed video modeling and performance support at the moment of need. They used their phones’ sensors (camera, audio, video, and GPS) to capture evidence of work and submit it to coaches for feedback. You’ll see how to design and implement scalable apprenticeship.

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12:15 PM Wed, September 30

 

Discover how a modern, multigenerational organization can empower their employees to develop themselves anytime, anywhere, and on any device. Learn how other global organizations have enabled their entire workforce to have the power to learn new business skills and techniques at the click of a button. We will use case studies showcasing how seamless technological integration with your current learning offering reaps the highest learner engagement and financial return on investment.

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12:15 PM Wed, September 30

 

During this workshop we will lead you through the techniques Forio has developed to build online simulations for use in the classroom. We will show you how you can leverage Forio Simulate, a web-based development environment, to create simulations using drag-and-drop design tools. No programming skills are required.

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12:15 PM Wed, September 30

 

The idea of connecting with learners via familiar, non-training environments like websites, direct links, and devices is pretty exciting, but often seen as expensive, difficult to implement, and hard to track. With the availability of the cloud for authoring and hosting, this is set to change. Whether you’re interested in new and exciting ways of deploying eLearning, want to connect better with learners, or understand of how to take advantage of personal and mobile devices for learning, this seminar is for you.

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12:15 PM Wed, September 30

 

You create training and development content to bring about behavioral change in your learners. But if they don’t remember your message when it’s needed, there will be no change. In our one-to-many world, video is your best tool for retention. But who has the time or budget to elevate all content to video yet? We’ll be discussing when and where to leverage video in your content mix to boost retention of your message. We’ll also introduce Scribology, the science behind creating video that will engage the brain and ensure your message will be retained for change.

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1:15 PM Wed, September 30

 

Social technology is ubiquitous in everyday life. Meanwhile, many organizations remain hindered in their attempts to leverage social tools to improve the employee experience in the workplace. L&D teams often try to lead the charge under the guise of “social learning,” but are often unable to achieve meaningful levels of user engagement. In this session, you will explore the cultural foundation of the evolving social workplace using practical examples. While you will discuss specific technologies, the main focus will be on the employee and organizational behaviors necessary to facilitate meaningful, relevant continued collaboration and knowledge sharing.

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1:15 PM Wed, September 30

 

Examine the challenges inherent in designing and delivering a flipped classroom approach and how the continuing medical education product teams at the American Academy of Family Physicians have struggled with them. Learn from case studies of the three flipped classroom designs, and learn why it is important to overcome the challenges and the strategies exist to do so.

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1:15 PM Wed, September 30

 

Some eLearning developers have it easy. Food, wine, travel, sports? These are interesting topics and lend themselves to creating stimulating learning experiences. What about when a topic is not so stimulating? Learn how to spice up your learning using four key tools: Adobe Photoshop, Captivate, Premiere, and After Effects. Using case studies from previous learning projects, see how incorporating these tools into the development workflow transformed the learning experience into a multimedia adventure.

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1:15 PM Wed, September 30

 

Moving from classroom to online delivery can be a time-consuming and confusing process. Learn ways to leverage technology to streamline the process and improve the end product. Learn how to use current content and transform it into an eLearning product, how to select the appropriate methodologies for replacing face-to-face activities, and how to select from the different tools available today.

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1:15 PM Wed, September 30

 

Learning professionals are experts in learning, but are we as adept in analysis and evaluation? These are the pillars of effective design and calculation of ROI, but often we are rushed to design and development before critical analyses can be completed. When “A” and “E” are left out of the instructional design process, we can end up delivering the wrong solution and be unable to calculate ROI through appropriate evaluation. This session will focus on how to conduct an in-depth organizational analysis to determine the root cause of the problem you are trying to solve. 

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1:15 PM Wed, September 30

Track: Mobile

The training industry is going through a shift from eLearning to mLearning to take advantage of the capabilities of mobile technology. Many organizations are in need of transforming their training content and materials for learning on different devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptop computers. The challenge is doing this cost effectively, rapidly, and with flexible solutions.

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1:15 PM Wed, September 30

Track: Media

Simulations are an important component of training in many healthcare verticals. Mannequins, simulation labs, and computer-based simulations are well-established parts of many healthcare professionals’ education. They are however also expensive and difficult to deliver online. What’s needed is a solution that combines the low-cost, distributed model of eLearning with the power of simulation.

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1:15 PM Wed, September 30

Track: Instructional Design

Learner engagement can be elusive. It is difficult to grab and hold a learner’s attention with so many smartphone distractions at their desk or at their fingertips. But engagement is possible through specific techniques that command attention and engage the learner.

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1:15 PM Wed, September 30

Track: Social

Can the challenge of conducting annual onboarding for 700 volunteer leaders be met in a cost effective and engaging way? Leaders are located across time zones, supported by different technology platforms, and do not have common availability for a centrally-located training meeting. However, networking and sharing ideas are key learning requirements of the group. In addition, budgetary constraints mean that only half the population can be trained per year, leaving the other half with very little support from national headquarters. This uneven approach has led to inconsistent results in terms of membership retention, chapter programming, and volunteer engagement.

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1:15 PM Wed, September 30

Track: Development

Authoring tools natively lack sophistication of handling variables. Rapid authorware developers feel limited, and many fear tackling more advanced functionality such as JavaScript.

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1:15 PM Wed, September 30

Track: Performance Support

Adding performance support to the learning ecosystem of an organization provides the opportunity to enhance the performance of workers in a powerful way. To take the best advantage of this new paradigm, the instructional design process and the content of online learning need to change.

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1:15 PM Wed, September 30

Track: Strategy

Given the choice, many learners will choose mobile abstracts over books, YouTube DIY over lecture, single-point lessons over ILT, and JIT mobile reinforcement over day-long training. This is a very real challenge most T&D departments are facing. While they all have legacy training courses that are traditionally a day longer or more, learners today do not enjoy or benefit by these long-form training methodologies.

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1:15 PM Wed, September 30

Track: Management

Accelerated change, moving technologies, globally diverse audiences, increasing demand. We’ve been talking about these and other pressures that senior L&D leaders face for decades. The trouble is that the pressures are not going away. Today’s L&D leaders must align learning to needs, move quickly to improve performance, and add value. They are increasingly looking to technology to help.

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1:15 PM Wed, September 30

Track: Data and Measurement

Free tools like Google Analytics can reveal important characteristics about online learner behavior, and help instructors and course developers make confident design and technology decisions. With a thoughtful analytics implementation derived from course learning goals, instructors can better understand what aspects of their course were successful and communicate this story to their businesses and institutions.

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1:15 PM Wed, September 30

Track: Instructional Design

Instructional designers and eLearning developers are not typically trained in how to design a visual experience for their learners, yet a cluttered presentation of information interferes with learner cognition and retention. Often, the effort to transform unappealing, text-heavy content can seem overwhelming, but there are simple approaches that you can master to create a visually appealing experience.

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1:15 PM Wed, September 30

Track: Instructional Design

As trainers, we work hard to create great training. As a result, we are disappointed when our employees fail to learn or don’t transfer learning back to their workplace. We may be tempted to blame our students, but the truth is that we often fail because we don’t understand the mind of the learner. As a result, we build training modules that are not consistent with the brain’s natural means of acquisition. Teaching should be more effective, and it can be more effective once we understand how the learner’s mind operates.

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1:15 PM Wed, September 30

Track: Instructional Design

Writing is an underdiscussed aspect of instructional design. In fact, many people get into the field without realizing that writing is a significant part of a learning designer’s job. It is difficult to do it well. Learning designers may be required to write in at least ten different forms that involve unique styles. Yet there is no single source of instruction for writing in all of these styles.

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1:15 PM Wed, September 30

Track: Strategy

While universities continue to explore the new possibilities of massive open online courses (MOOCs) in establishing global brand, learning research, and innovation, corporate training has begun a deeper look into using MOOCs for their own purposes. How would a landscape of higher ed–produced MOOCs being used by corporate training benefit both types of organizations?

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1:15 PM Wed, September 30

Track: Emerging Tech

Back by popular demand, Hyperdrive returns to DevLearn this fall. This year’s Hyperdrive competition focuses on innovation, showcasing projects that are using technology and solutions to create new and exciting opportunities for learning and performance support.

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1:15 PM Wed, September 30

Track: Tools

Are you a Storyline 2 user? Maybe you were self-taught or used Storyline 1 and are now using Storyline 2? Storyline 2 offers expanded capabilities that are often underutilized, which if applied can create more engaging learning experiences. 

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1:15 PM Wed, September 30

Track: Games and Gamification

The power of games for learning is well documented, yet the thought of undertaking the design and development building of a game seems overwhelming due to the perceived cost and hours to learn how to do it. The time and the energy just seem too large of a barrier.

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1:15 PM Wed, September 30

Track: Management

Learning professionals commonly build online content, using both off-the-shelf and custom tools. These tools may create web content, be destination sites, or be content repositories of some sort, like an LMS or CMS. What do you know about the security vulnerabilities of these tools? One of the core principles of security is that you can never be 100 percent guaranteed safe from attackers. However, if you know and understand the potential vulnerabilities of your toolset, you can work proactively to reduce the risk that your work becomes the vector for a breach.

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1:15 PM Wed, September 30

Track: Emerging Tech

High-impact organizations invest in people. While some skills are prerequisites to employment, others can be acquired on the job, preparing people for more complex tasks, even future leadership roles. That is the promise and possibility of building a progressive credentialing system using competency-based digital badges as “curricular building blocks.”

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2:15 PM Wed, September 30

 

If you’ve ever felt that you just couldn’t make PowerPoint do all the things you wanted in an eLearning or mLearning lesson, you won’t want to miss this session. iSpring 8 has some new POWER features that can push your PowerPoint-based eLearning to new levels—and all with the ease of use that goes along with PowerPoint. On top of working with PowerPoint triggers and every animation and transition, there’s a new screen recording tool, new enhanced audio/video editor for narrations, a new video lecture player for slides and talking head, new conversion options for MP4 and YouTube, and more.

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2:15 PM Wed, September 30

 

With mobile devices becoming the go-to medium for learning content consumption, the potential for innovative instructional design has never been greater. But how do learning professionals optimize outcomes for on-the-go audiences—without overstretching development budgets or requiring specialized programming skills? In this session, learn strategies for preparing effective mobile learning nuggets and see how the developers at obsidian.black have made creation of responsive HTML5 output easier than ever.

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2:15 PM Wed, September 30

 

Join us for this in-depth look at what tools, design, and technologies we should be using in learning today, and what’s just around the corner. We’ll dissect the latest technologies and what’s headed our way, and how it will affect your development and engagement with your audience. What can we learn from the new tools appearing in the consumer and corporate environments, and how can we take advantage of them to help our users learn? This fun session will give you dozens of ideas and reboot your brain for fresh perspectives on how to enhance your learning today.

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2:15 PM Wed, September 30

 

Over the past decade, technology has drastically altered the way we do business. However, the tools and strategies that most organizations use to train employees on these technologies have remained the same. These outdated toolsets can cause frustration for learners, and many are time intensive, require significant maintenance, and have little impact on workplace performance. Join us as we examine the gap between training and performance and the cloud-based application cloning and authoring platforms that the Home Depot, Coca-Cola, SunTrust, Cargill, and other Fortune 500 companies are utilizing to drive measurable cost savings and performance improvements from their system training initiatives.

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2:15 PM Wed, September 30

 

iLearning PLUS supports some of the largest and most sophisticated for-profit learning organizations in the world. Learn how these organizations have maximized their training revenue securely while reducing their administrative overhead through our iLearning PLUS LMS eCommerce capabilities. This session will provide valuable insights into how different training sales business models are supported in delivering millions of dollars of revenue through iLearning PLUS’s secure, feature-rich, and powerful integrated eCommerce functionality.

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3:00 PM Wed, September 30

Track: Strategy

In 2013, SunTrust Bank began a multi-year journey to consolidate its key mortgage underwriting business applications that would enable strategic growth and improved customer service. This new way of doing business required a pioneering approach to capability building and systems training for end-user adoption of their business application.

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3:00 PM Wed, September 30

Track: Games and Gamification

If you’re in the world of eLearning, it goes without saying that you’ve probably heard the term gamification thrown around quite a bit. But what does it mean for your eLearning projects? Is it as simple as leaderboards and badges? Fundamentally, gamification is about applying game elements and gaming techniques to otherwise static content, with the intention of making that content a little more fun, engaging, and impactful. These days, designing game elements and applying gaming techniques to eLearning content doesn’t have to require a lengthy design and development timeline, nor the use of complex programming tools.

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3:00 PM Wed, September 30

Track: Instructional Design

It’s critical that learners come away with new knowledge and information from eLearning lessons, but frequently they don’t. Learners sometimes find the material or presentation so foreign that even high-quality information just doesn’t stay with them. Integrating mutually shared pop culture and historical experiences into eLearning is one approach to making lessons both entertaining and lasting while creating engaging eLearning courses.

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3:00 PM Wed, September 30

Track: Instructional Design

There’s been a large amount of research in recent years exploring the value music has on the brain and learning. We’ve all experienced it in some way in our lives, be it from listening to music while learning or studying, learning something from a catchy song, or by learning to play an instrument.

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3:00 PM Wed, September 30

Track: Instructional Design

Chances are you didn’t dream of becoming of an eLearning designer when you grew up, did you? Most of the instructional designers in the eLearning business arrived here by accident. So now that you’re here and doing this work, how can you become a more intentional practitioner?

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3:00 PM Wed, September 30

Track: Emerging Tech

Three significant challenges L&D practitioners experience are in the ability to add context to their mobile learning and performance support, time and resources to experience the possibilities of new technologies, and having the ability to see real-world applications. 

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3:00 PM Wed, September 30

Track: Social

We all know we may have some bad habits: biting nails, tapping our feet, regularly eating junk food. But did you know you can also work to create productive habits—habits that can improve your performance and build your knowledge? Those who have built diverse social networks are not only building more powerful relationships, they’re opening doors to new opportunities and staying ahead of the curve in their practice, and they seem to do it almost unconsciously … like a habit.

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3:00 PM Wed, September 30

Track: Development

Most eLearning projects get off the ground with great intentions. Somewhere along the development path deadlines may be missed, SME demands increase, and the resulting project gets rushed and lacks consistent design. Having a style guide to refer to not only aids in the development cycle, but also assists in ensuring nothing is forgotten or missed. While documenting all of details of a project may seem tedious and nonsensical, having the ability to revisit a project months later and know everything is documented is priceless.

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3:00 PM Wed, September 30

Track: Strategy

Rapid development tools, readily available templates, mobile delivery, social media. These advancements have opened up the eLearning industry to more than just learning professionals with deep skills in both instructional design and programming. An instructor with PowerPoint skills can now quickly and cheaply develop eLearning. Although technology has improved, has instructional design followed suit, or has it been undermined by conformity and complacency?

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3:00 PM Wed, September 30

Track: Instructional Design

Learning and development professionals are under pressure to produce real results. Many times the traditional methods of instructional design and content development are not getting the job done. We have to think differently on how to design, develop, and leverage technology to create learning experiences that actually impact performance and get the results that matter.

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3:00 PM Wed, September 30

Track: Instructional Design

Games are a hot topic in the learning industry right now. At the same time, few people truly understand the differences between games and gamification or their applications to learning. Learning professionals interested in gaming need to understand how games work and how technology can be used to bring games to life.

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3:00 PM Wed, September 30

Track: Media

Micro-learning has gotten huge over the last several years. Micro-learning, particularly video, offers huge benefits, including that it fits into available time slots in busy schedules and that it’s inherently mobile. From the organizational perspective, it can also be much faster to market, more focused, easier to maintain, and more scalable than its macro counterparts. The challenge, however, is for organizations to take advantage of this format. How can it be produced quickly and affordably, and how can it scale to engage the whole organization?

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3:00 PM Wed, September 30

Track: Development

Micro-learning video is the creation of video-based content under one minute in length that is primarily consumed on mobile devices. The rise of user-generated micro-content has required the use of rapid storyboarding and predefined video content structures. As the length of the video decreases so does the optimal format of the video.

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3:00 PM Wed, September 30

Track: Virtual Classroom

Why is it so hard to engage participants in your virtual sessions? Are you not sure of the best tools or techniques to use? Engagement isn’t easy, as delivering in a virtual environment is different than in a live classroom setting. It takes practice and know-how. So what is the key to stop learners from multitasking and really get involved in the session? If you can’t answer this question, there’s a chance you aren’t effectively engaging your learners.

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3:00 PM Wed, September 30

Track: Media

Building a native HTML5 mobile game could take very complex code to build, especially if you want to add elements like flex and responsive layouts, natural motion that interacts with user actions and the device’s accelerometer, accept user input, and more.

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3:00 PM Wed, September 30

Track: Instructional Design

Developing an online course can be an overwhelming process. Oftentimes it can be difficult to know where to start and what resources are available. In addition to timelines, tools, and scope, you need to be able to manage the flow of information and the critical relationships with other designers, developers, and subject matter experts (SMEs).

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3:00 PM Wed, September 30

Track: Emerging Tech

The world of digital online credentials is changing, and IBM is a leading voice in the IT industry. In this session, using real program data and results and the IBM Open Badge Program as a case study, you will learn how to design a nano-credential program that quickly generates significant results. See how IBM merges credentials and recognition with social media, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. The session explores Mozilla Open Badges, which are quickly emerging as an industry standard to recognize achievements and nurture and progress talent.

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3:15 PM Wed, September 30

 

Great bar service requires exceptional product knowledge, customer service, and principles for responsible use of alcohol. Hear a case study showcasing Brightwave’s work with a global drinks company, which uses innovative development techniques, including interactive film, gaming, and first-person role-play. Learn how to develop fast-paced game-based interactive film, including flow, decision points, branching, and game theory; how to write, plan, shoot, and edit interactive film for maximum impact; and how interactive video content can be developed in a responsive framework for desktop and mobile.

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3:15 PM Wed, September 30

 

EY’s audit practice is almost 70,000 people strong with the additional challenge of having huge diversity in geography, cultural, and learning preferences. Learn about EY’s experience and challenges with designing, developing, and deploying simulations across a diverse network. Also learn about the background of the Audit Academy at EY, including its design, development, and governance processes.

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3:15 PM Wed, September 30

 

Today’s media is always in motion. Incorporating elements of animation can be an effective method for boosting the production value of an eLearning module and hooking the audience’s attention. Come hear the case study of an internal training group that researched and incorporated the use of animation in eLearning materials that had traditionally been static page-turners. Learn specific instances of how animation can be an effective eLearning component and the tools available to produce quality animation, some of which may already be installed on your computer.

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3:15 PM Wed, September 30

 

The 70:20:10 model makes sense to most training and learning professionals. But the way to endorse informal learning is somewhat vague. Training professionals seek to apply business-driven solutions and evaluate their impact, thus meeting the main goals of their organizations. So how can they recognize and apply informal learning and stay in control all at the same time? Learn methods for applying formal and informal knowledge as a performance support solution. Learn the process of combining formal and informal knowledge in a performance support solution that enables real-time learning and instant competency.

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3:15 PM Wed, September 30

 

An LMS rollout is a daunting and potentially risky ordeal, and more than ever eLearning needs to be mobile, global, and social ready. Learn best practices from a recent global rollout so your organization can be well prepared. Explore lessons learned around LMS implementation, data migration, branding, and custom eLearning development. Explore the user-centered design approach to delight your users, as well as how to enable your eLearning content to be mobile, global, and social ready.

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5:25 PM Wed, September 30

 

At Inkling, we believe content is the last great blind spot in business intelligence. Every team should be empowered with the knowledge of exactly how their content is working—who’s reading it, how they’re accessing it, what they find engaging and helpful, and what they don’t. These analytics enable businesses to make more informed decisions about the content they create. Is your content ready for the mobile workforce? Find out by taking our Content IQ Quiz. Does your training put your employees on the path to success through engagement and accessibility? Find out by talking to an Inkling representative.

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