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.

All Learning Stage Sessions

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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10:00 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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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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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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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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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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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

 

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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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

 

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

 

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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3:15 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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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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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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10:00 AM Thu, October 1

 

Ask a group of eLearning developers about the hardest parts of their role, and odds are good that someone will bring up the topic of course reviewers (usually SMEs) and feedback. Managing the feedback process (and sometimes the reviewers!) can be a big challenge for many eLearning practitioners. In this session, I’ll provide tips and resources to help you get organized and communicate more proactively with reviewers.

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10:00 AM Thu, October 1

 

Join us for a look at what HTML5 is and how people use it today to deliver the next generation of learning content and applications via browsers, native apps, and hybrid apps. You’ll learn what you need to consider in designing content, along with technical guidelines. Get an introduction to five hot features in HTML5 that you can start using today, and prepare for developing with the new standards. You’ll discover the five challenges you need to know in order to make sure your first app or delivery is a success, and you’ll learn whether to launch a native app or web app.

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10:00 AM Thu, October 1

 

Do you know what it takes to make games successful in your organization? This session explores four case studies from organizations that used the Knowledge Guru game-based learning platform to successfully implement a serious game that drove business results. The commonalities from these “success stories” will be used to demonstrate seven actionable implementation tips that help make games more effective for learning.

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10:00 AM Thu, October 1

 

In this session, find out about Adapt Learning, a transformative open-source project, and get a look at the world’s largest catalogue of Adapt content that’s changing how learners consume content on a device of their choice. Learn how to use Adapt Builder to create content with interactive components and sophisticated theming and branding options. Build deep scrolling content that your learners will love to explore and navigate with ease. 

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10:00 AM Thu, October 1

 

This session will show how an LRS can cater to the L&D need to design learning solutions that better meet learner requirements by analyzing current user trends and business performance data. The bugs in a badly designed course, or the areas where learners have difficulty comprehending content, or a poorly designed assessment ultimately affects business performance and results. An LRS integrated with the LMS can be that “missing link” that can conclusively establish a relationship between learning and business performance and results.

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11:00 AM Thu, October 1

 

Agile is more than a project management method; it’s a culture. It’s all about communication, communication, getting results, and communication. Agile methodology solves many of the sticking points with the old waterfall-based approaches to projects. In this session you will take a dive deep into cases that show how agile changes an organization’s culture and how to bring that change about.

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11:00 AM Thu, October 1

 

You’re making an eLearning lesson. You need some voiceover, but you don’t have the budget to hire a voiceover artist. Your boss told you to record the lesson yourself. You know you have to do it. What do you do? In this session you will learn the 10 best things to ensure you can make a good recording—such things as basic editing techniques, how to make recordings with little equipment, and how to speak. By the end of the session you’ll know what it takes to record, and how to record your own voice professionally.

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11:00 AM Thu, October 1

 

jQuery Mobile is an HTML5-based user interface system designed to make responsive learning support apps that are accessible on all smartphone, tablet, and desktop devices. In this session you will explore jQuery Mobile and how it allows you to build custom mobile applications. These applications are perfect for just-in-time learning support material that not only takes advantage of modern web technology, but simplifies development for mobile without having to do heavy amounts of coding.

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11:00 AM Thu, October 1

 

“Blended learning” is the ubiquitous term for the use of a variety of instructional delivery media to achieve a particular outcome. But what guides the decisions about what to put in the blender? How do you know when to use the various mediums, approaches, and technologies? This session will provide you the techniques and tools to assist in matching content to the delivery tools. You will learn about the research on the factors that influence media selection for a blended learning design. This session will provide a criterion to help you make the best decision about your delivery methodology.

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11:00 AM Thu, October 1

 

We are experiencing a formidable change in human history, where technology moves from becoming a physical aid, even cognitive extension, to enhancing human performance. We are on the verge of something very big and very powerful, where machines trump man. In this session we will explore topics such as artificial general intelligence (AI) and the search for universal learning algorithms. You will see how through adaptive learning, online learning will deliver intelligent, responsive learning experience. You will learn how the inevitability of techniques used by the likes of Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Netflix are being used in online learning.

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12:15 PM Thu, October 1

 

With a unique combination of the 70:20:10 framework, InfoPro Learning has blended technology into formal, peer, and on-the-job training to create a learning model that has proven to maximize business performance for sales, customer support, onboarding, and several other key job functions. Join us as InfoPro Learning’s chief learning strategist walks you through this performance-driven learning approach so that you can walk away with the knowledge needed to create learning solutions that result in the largest return for your company. 

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12:15 PM Thu, October 1

 

Changing economic situations and ever-changing technology calls for skill sets that can create challenges for organizations in meeting their short- and long-term objectives. Organizations have two choices when faced with a skills gap: They can recruit new talent with the necessary specialized skills, or they can provide the necessary training to current employees at a much lower cost. This talk will provide examples of how to get the most from your learning systems and meet the ever-changing environment all organizations are facing today.

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12:15 PM Thu, October 1

 

The only way to scale experiential training online is through social learning. But most designers are going about “social” the wrong way. Bolting on social elements, like discussion forums and social media, won’t improve the pedagogy or learning experience. Social learning requires a feeling of social obligation that arises when learners are connected and beholden to each other. In this session, we’ll cover research by three Stanford professors and data from dozens of corporate training programs to discuss best practices for leveraging felt accountability to drive high engagement and positive learning outcomes.

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12:15 PM Thu, October 1

 

XanEdu’s Nimble Platform helps you breathe new life into your existing training and reference materials. This cloud-based platform allows you to assemble, manage, and distribute your training materials without having to re-author. XanEdu allows your learners the flexibility to consume training materials in mobile, web, and print—whichever they prefer. When your instructor-led training sessions are over, it's important to know that your content will be available when and where your learners need it most, and that you can measure their engagement to prove the ROI of your training investments. If your current materials are trapped in printed binders or if you’re just distributing PDFs, XanEdu’s Nimble Platform can unlock its potential and allows you to maintain control.

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12:15 PM Thu, October 1

 

The modern business world is becoming faster and more complex than ever before, and with the addition of a whole new generation into the workplace, our learning solutions need to change too.

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1:15 PM Thu, October 1

 

Everywhere we look people are leveraging mobile devices for learning. Even if your organization hasn’t already officially provided mLearning, employees are taking it upon themselves to use their mobile devices to gain information, share knowledge, and solve problems at a moment’s notice. In this session we will break the mobile learning strategy process into three phases: strategic visioning, strategic roadmap and plan, and pilot strategy. You’ll explore how organizations are leveraging mobile within their learning strategy, and you’ll learn how to gain stakeholder support to convert your vision statement into an actionable three- to five-year mobile learning strategy.

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1:15 PM Thu, October 1

 

Today’s students are expected to gain skills and abilities both in curricular and co-curricular areas. In formal curricula, students earn grades for their achievements. But how are students acknowledged for things like teamwork, creativity, leadership, and other 21st-century skills? This session is a case study in process. During this session, you’ll learn about Aurora Public Schools’ badge system, which will reach more than 42,100 students. You’ll look at the design of the system and the individual badges within it, and you’ll learn about the implementation considerations and challenges that have popped up along the way.

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1:15 PM Thu, October 1

 

Two of the most popular technologies used to engage learners today are video and mobile. Videos are becoming increasingly interactive—even on mobile devices—but developing these videos can be complex. Where does an organization start? In this session you will explore how organizations can apply interactive video on any modern device to create an impactful experience. You will see how one organization in particular is managing the challenges that only bleeding-edge technology can provide. You will also explore how video interactions can be tracked and correlated with performance data using xAPI to measure real business impact from training.

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1:15 PM Thu, October 1

 

When delivering training, it is important to align training content and assessment with the overall goals or objectives. But how do you ensure that the content delivered is aligned to the objectives and that assessment of the learner actually means that they’ve met the objectives? In this session you will learn practical, step-by-step strategies for creating a training blueprint, mapping and writing assessments, and evaluating the material to ensure it meets the needs of the training. You will also gain access to templates and resources that you can use immediately.

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1:15 PM Thu, October 1

 

With the growing use of the Experience API (xAPI), it’s easy to feel intimidated if you’re not a developer. While rapid development tools offer integration of the xAPI, a custom application would often be beneficial. In this session you’ll learn how non-developers can create their own Experience API projects. You’ll learn about readily available components that can be combined with some minor coding to build custom platforms. Finally, we’ll look at available HTML elements that come equipped with easily edited code to build solutions around content.

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2:15 PM Thu, October 1

 

You can craft the perfect training program, but if your learners don’t incorporate the new skills back on the job, what have you accomplished? Knowledge and skills have to be reinforced after training ends for your course material to have a lasting impact. Join Brian Brereton for this informative session on what training reinforcement is and why you should integrate it into your mobile learning strategy today.

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2:15 PM Thu, October 1

 

As the learning landscape continues to evolve, our audience and their preference for course consumption is also changing. Learners are no longer tied to their desktops and may choose to finish a course while commuting. Our learning needs to accommodate this flexibility. Many organizations are now considering how to develop and deliver eLearning across multiple platforms. Lectora’s Responsive Course Design solution allows you to develop your content once and deliver to your desktop, tablet, and smartphone audience in one package. In this session we will discuss the difference between mobile delivery and responsive design, and showcase Lectora’s approach.

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2:15 PM Thu, October 1

 

Create immersive multi-platform team-based experiences that accelerate skills acquisition and development. Forget boring, soul-destroying point-and-click checkbox exercises—it’s time to get real.

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2:15 PM Thu, October 1

 

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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2:15 PM Thu, October 1

 

In this session, Jericho Wu will introduce PaGamO, a scalable gaming application used in massive open online courses. PaGamO, which won the grand prize at the Wharton-QS Stars Awards 2014: Reimagine Education awards, enables students to build their knowledge in any discipline while playing with others. According to a survey given to learners after they play PaGamO, over 90 percent of participants said they felt confident about what they have achieved in the game.

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