DevLearn 2016 Concurrent Sessions

DevLearn 2016 offers you the largest, most comprehensive, most cutting-edge learning technologies program in the world. The event 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.

Specialized Focuses

In addition to the great tracks at DevLearn 2016 Conference & Expo, there are a number of specialized sessions curated to help you put your skills into practice immediately.

Receive hands-on training and follow along with the instructor step-by-step.

Explore new ways you can use tools and techniques to create unique solutions.

Learn from your peers as they share problems, solutions, and results.

Build your understanding of how virtual, augmented, and mixed realities can be used in L&D.

Focus on skills that will take your work to new heights.

To give a brief overview of their sessions, many speakers have provided sessions trailers which are located on the description pages of those sessions. To view a complete list of these trailers, please visit our YouTube playlist page.

Sessions in Instructional Design Track

10:00 AM Wed, November 16

Track: Instructional Design

Collaborative and social tools have transformed how people work together and perform their jobs. These tools and concepts, however, are not yet being used as they could or should be within the learning life cycle—so organizations continue to miss out on key opportunities to optimize the learning experience. This will become even more crucial as L&D moves beyond person-to-person to also encompass personalized interactions with cognitive-based platforms. This session will provide insight into identifying opportunities and implementing new approaches based on real-world examples. It will also provide an overview of an IBM cognitive-based solution that demonstrates the possibilities.

Read More

10:45 AM Wed, November 16

Track: Instructional Design

For instructional designers and facilitators, the challenge is to create learning materials that reach and affect audiences positively and do not elicit feelings of exclusion or discrimination. However, you’re human, and every human has hidden or unconscious biases that impact behaviors and thoughts. This can lead to unintentional missteps in design and delivery. As learning becomes more story-driven, you need to be sensitive to how you present characters, including race, gender, gender identity, and organizational roles.

Read More

10:45 AM Wed, November 16

Track: Instructional Design

While there are many practices and models grounded in research that people use to create eLearning, there are also a lot of common statements about the field that may or may not be based in fact. Do learners really remember 50 percent of what they hear? Does L&D need to treat generations differently? Do learning styles matter? While these ideas are widespread, are they actually true?

Read More

10:45 AM Wed, November 16

Track: Instructional Design

Learners, particularly online learners, often suffer from illusions of competence in learning, procrastinate, and fail at breaking down content into smaller chunks to build solid expertise. Each can lead to higher rates of frustration and, ultimately, reduce success.

Read More

12:15 PM Wed, November 16

Track: Instructional Design

Benefitfocus, a leading online benefits management platform, has created a user experience on par with great online shopping sites that employees and administrators love to use. So how do they carry that philosophy into their learning materials and intensive certification programs, especially when faced with rapid product changes, a diverse audience, and many access points across the globe? One step at a time. This interactive presentation will give you some great pointers on how to deliver learning beyond your LMS, letting you meet learners wherever they are. Learn how Benefitfocus has combined intelligent content and instructional design principles to achieve a fluid content process. Read More

1:15 PM Wed, November 16

Track: Instructional Design

IDs may be so caught up in content, business expectations, project management, and stakeholder politics that learner needs get overlooked. Today’s learners want personalized learning that resonates with them, solves their problems, and simplifies their jobs. You can’t do that if you don’t know them.

Read More

1:15 PM Wed, November 16

Track: Instructional Design

What happens when your current eLearning development tool and your LMS are not enough (and they often are not)? With myriad tools and platforms available, being married to one or only a few is not wise, nor does it provide you the flexibility to create dynamic learning opportunities.

Read More

1:15 PM Wed, November 16

Track: Instructional Design

PowerPoint is the basis for much of the training material you design and use, and yet it’s text-heavy, dull, and boring. That switches people off, and they don’t learn anything. It’s poorly used for in-person training, dreadful in webinars, and deathly when converted to eLearning. Quite simply, you can’t keep using PowerPoint like this. You can do better.

Read More

2:15 PM Wed, November 16

Track: Instructional Design

Learning content management system (LCMS) ROI is realized over time as both the number of people managing content and the amount of content grow. These are the benefits of single sourcing, multi-modal outputs, and maintenance of content. This is easier for a trained instructional designer to understand. This session covers expanding the LCMS-based approach to a larger group by providing a more visual page-based UI for quickly creating eLearning delivered by the LCMS. This allows all users to find and reuse existing media and content and publish eLearning quickly without becoming an expert in the concepts of object-oriented content development.

Read More

2:15 PM Wed, November 16

Track: Instructional Design

What exactly does performance support entail, and how does it differ from traditional eLearning? Delivery and tracking of performance support is a big differentiator, as you won’t have tests, and you need to get information to where the users are doing their work, rather than on a desktop. This session takes an in-depth look at what makes content performance support, and how you can not only utilize existing training materials but also use a single source to provide both traditional training and performance support. Learn how to track usage patterns of your content, even when it’s used as performance support.

Read More

3:00 PM Wed, November 16

Track: Instructional Design

Communities of practice (CoPs) have become a hot topic in the past few years. They are an excellent tool for developing skills, sharing tacit knowledge, and shoring up retention of high-performing staff. But they differ from teams and other types of groups in many ways. Understanding what CoPs are and how they work—rather than just looking at how to create and manage them—is critical to supporting their success.

Read More

3:00 PM Wed, November 16

Track: Instructional Design

Are you the trainer, instructional designer, coordinator, project manager, and business analyst for your organization, all in one? Are you constantly moving from one role to the next while feeling overwhelmed by endless training projects? As a one-person training team, it’s common to feel challenged by constant time management, project intake and prioritization, development, delivery, and analysis you have to do on a regular basis. How do you reclaim control from this chaos?

Read More

3:00 PM Wed, November 16

Track: Instructional Design

The corporate eLearning development world may not always seem creative from the outside, but successful eLearning teams use creativity in every project they design and develop. But how, specifically, can this skill contribute to successful eLearning? What kinds of creativity should be part of your eLearning workflow? What benefits does creativity provide to your development process? How can you explain to your stakeholders that increased creativity contributes to business-focused learning objectives?

Read More

3:00 PM Wed, November 16

Track: Instructional Design

Designers, developers, trainers, instructors, content experts, and others too often design and build instruction in ways that interfere with how adults learn. The result is less-than-optimal learning that can lead to a chain reaction of disengagement in learning materials and limited, if any, performance improvement.

Read More

3:15 PM Wed, November 16

Track: Instructional Design

CACI International, a federal contractor, delivers compliance training to 20,000 employees annually to meet federal, state, and company legal requirements. Until 2015, the course was little more than a glorified PowerPoint presentation and check-the-box activity, lacking employee engagement, ownership, and commitment. In late 2014, an L&D team set out to take the training from average (yawn) to awesome (right on)! This session walks attendees through that transformation.

Read More

10:00 AM Thu, November 17

Track: Instructional Design

Whether you are creating a new project, developing an app, or launching a new platform, join this session to learn about the latest strategies in brainstorming, prototyping, and designing your experiences. This session will highlight 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. Get pumped and ready to take ideas out of your head and make them a reality!

Read More

10:45 AM Thu, November 17

Track: Instructional Design

Creating effective learning experiences is not a job for a novice, although many novices are thrown into the role of instructional designer/developer. If beginners turn to the field’s expansive literature, which ranges from cookbook-style guides and blogs to scientific research, they are easily overwhelmed and typically turn to overly simplistic approaches. But even experienced professionals can come to feel they’re never able to do the job that should be done.

Read More

10:45 AM Thu, November 17

Track: Instructional Design

Animation is a powerful tool for creating engaging eLearning experiences. Sadly, many animations are used without purpose as just a design embellishment. When that happens, the animation distracts the learner from the content rather than helping to elevate it.

Read More

10:45 AM Thu, November 17

Track: Instructional Design

J.M. Barrie said, “We are all failures; at least, the best of us are.” When attending conferences, you often get the opportunity to see individuals sharing their best work. What isn’t visible is everything that fell apart in the process of achieving something great. These are great opportunities to learn from.

Read More

10:45 AM Thu, November 17

Track: Instructional Design

The opportunities to create transformative learning experiences have never been greater: There are more devices capable of delivering immersive media experiences to more people than ever before. Yet many learners are habituated to be wary of traditional, mandatory corporate learning programs. How should learning leaders understand this landscape, and how can they develop learning experiences that resonate with audiences?

Read More

11:00 AM Thu, November 17

Track: Instructional Design

Design thinking—a prototype-driven, human-centered innovation process—can aid in the creation of experiences for the “real world” in a variety of form factors. It can help you develop emotional connections with your intended audience while you imagine new solutions and create user-centered prototypes for hands-on, high-energy design challenges. Sound exciting?

Read More

1:15 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Instructional Design

Have you ever found yourself in front of a classroom of reluctant learners who, arms crossed, decline to participate? Have you ever carefully crafted eLearning, only to hear later that learners rig paper clips in the keyboard so the course will automatically advance while they peruse Car & Truck Trader? “But we’re different. You don’t get us,” they say. Reluctant learners present a huge barrier to achieving good training results.

Read More

1:15 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Instructional Design

During design and development, SMEs sometimes suggest ideas or practices that are antithetical to good instructional design. For example, a designer might have a stakeholder who believes it’s best to simply film a daylong stand-up training session and deliver it as one video. When this happens, it is helpful for the designer to be able to identify research findings to help the SME understand why learning should be designed differently.

Read More

1:15 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Instructional Design

A large amount of research in recent years has explored the value that music has for the brain and learning. Everyone has experienced it in some way, be it from listening to music while studying, learning something from a catchy song, or learning to play an instrument.

Read More

1:15 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Instructional Design

“Blended learning” was one of the hottest buzzwords back in the day. In its infancy it was, at best, a design construct that focused on combining the best elements of face-to-face with eLearning. At worst, though, it merely gave the learner the choice of attending class in person or online. This was a cutting-edge approach at one time, but the tools and media for learning have expanded far beyond this. To get the most out of blended learning, you need to shift your thinking and look at how you can use all of today’s tools in the blend.

Read More

1:15 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Instructional Design

As websites and apps get increasingly more sophisticated and personalized, people are coming to expect a similar experience from learning as well. Adaptive learning is one such technology that promises this experience, but many of the platforms that exist are expensive and currently geared primarily toward K-12 and higher education. How can L&D professionals in the corporate space find ways to provide their audience with this more tailored learning experience?

Read More

2:15 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Instructional Design

Millennials make up a quarter of the US population and will be a majority of the workforce in less than 10 years. Learning is a priority for Millennials, but how they learn differs greatly from previous generations, and new approaches are needed. This session will explore Millennial learning needs and discuss strategies that will engage them and keep them coming back for more.

Read More

2:15 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Instructional Design

Trends show that the volume of custom-developed compliance content and custom content in general is rising. Additionally, much of the content developed over the past 10 years is expiring and must be refreshed.  How should you approach this problem?  Explore the path to quicker, cheaper methods of managing the ever-changing complexities of compliance and custom-developed content. In this session you will learn three key areas of focus that will save you time and money. 

Read More

3:00 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Instructional Design

Admit it: You have a love/hate relationship with stock photography websites. Sure, you love how using stock images can inspire your creativity, but you also hate how hard it is to find ones that look genuine and aren’t exaggerated. eLearning developers rely heavily on stock-image-based designs for building workplace eLearning. And it’s not just a problem of finding stock images full of people with the right poses or expressions. The bigger challenge is that the images you find often just don’t feel authentic.

Read More

3:00 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Instructional Design

Using workplace stories to engage learners and enhance your content is a hot topic in learning and development. But when you’re getting started with storytelling as an instructional design technique, you’ll likely have a lot of questions about where to find effective stories for this purpose and how to make sure they not only entertain but also foster learning at the same time. You’ll also want to know how best to integrate storytelling techniques in the tools you already use.

Read More

3:00 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Instructional Design

When you’re developing strategies to engage your learners, you need to keep your audience and their anticipated learning environment top of mind. But with more and more people shifting when and how they want to access training content, it’s more important than ever to make sure your design strategies reflect this. Your success in reaching the modern learner will depend on understanding how these shifts should influence your technology selection, implementation strategy, and design approach.

Read More

3:00 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Instructional Design

Accessibility is about more than just doing the bare minimum for compliance. It’s about the difference you can make when you ensure everyone has equal access to what you’ve designed. While this intent is good, in the real world, actually making all your content accessible can seem like a daunting task. But it doesn’t have to be.

Read More

3:00 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Instructional Design

Critical thinking is an incredibly valuable skill in today’s workplace. In fact, the US Department of Labor proclaimed that it’s the raw material of workplace success. But while organizations value this skill, they don’t always systematically seek out and support it. Many employers actually say their employees struggle with critical thinking skills, and most want to provide more development opportunities in this area. How can the L&D field address this gap and help amp up people’s ability to think critically?

Read More

3:00 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Instructional Design

“Design thinking” is a common buzzword in both business and L&D these days. But while the term is talked about at length, the actual process for design thinking and the strategies associated with it are mentioned much less often. What makes design thinking so useful? What strategies do you need to keep in mind while using it? And most importantly, how exactly can you use it to create better courses and content?

Read More

8:30 AM Fri, November 18

Track: Instructional Design

Frequently, learning design is about showing people how to do the right things, but actually getting them to change their behavior can be another story. It’s particularly challenging to get people to change those intractable habits and behaviors that everyone struggles to avoid, despite the wealth of available information about better choices.

Read More

8:30 AM Fri, November 18

Track: Instructional Design

Employees at a global technology giant were enrolling in a popular performance improvement workshop at a rapid clip. The learning activities and exercises were interactive, hands-on, and practical. But wait lists were long, mostly because capacity was limited by the delivery format: two days of face-to-face instructor-led training. The challenge: to scale enrollments while reducing costs, without sacrificing learner engagement. The solution: a brain-friendly virtual learning environment and experience.

Read More

8:30 AM Fri, November 18

Track: Instructional Design

With the advent of so many new technologies, ensuring the learner has the best access to the right-size, right-format content, delivered at the right time, is challenging. Coupled with rapid development cycles, this means designers have less time to do thorough or extremely detailed needs analysis.

Read More

8:30 AM Fri, November 18

Track: Instructional Design

What is 508 compliance? What is WCAG 2.0? How can you make your courses compliant? What is the easiest way to create alternate text? How does a course that is taken by someone using JAWS even function? How can you make sure you’re thinking of your learner? These are some of the questions that demand answers for the Storyline user, as many instructional designers lack both the understanding of what 508 compliance really means and the competence to effectively develop compliant courses.

Read More

10:00 AM Fri, November 18

Track: Instructional Design

Have you ever watched a really engaging web-based conference session and wondered, “How’d they do that?” When slides or polls appear or videos pop up and play automatically, it’s not magic! There’s a person behind every action who must click, type, or drag to make things happen. And learning how to use these features when you run your own webinars is surprisingly easy.

Read More

10:00 AM Fri, November 18

Track: Instructional Design

eLearning has fallen behind other sectors in developing engaging, immersive experiences. While the world of advertising is continually exploring new ways to affect people’s habits and decisions, eLearning developers often focus purely on knowledge acquisition. This session will explore how the psychology of marketing can affect the efficacy of eLearning.

Read More

10:00 AM Fri, November 18

Track: Instructional Design

Some of the best training out there looks like it was developed by a single designer, regardless of how many people worked on it. But often when more than one learning professional is in the mix and there aren’t established design standards, even with the best of intentions the final product suffers from inconsistency and results in training that looks hodgepodge. The bigger the team, the worse that inconsistency can become. Consistency is key—and the solution resides in detailed style guides, design documents, and templates to make your work look polished and professional.

Read More

10:00 AM Fri, November 18

Track: Instructional Design

Simulations can provide learners with safe environments in which to learn how to use new skills through practice and failure. When done well, they give people the opportunity to get things wrong and learn from that experience in a way that has little to no risk involved. They can also be deeply immersive, replicating the actual experience of doing something in a realistic and engaging way. Because of this, they can be incredibly effective tools for learning. But how do you create simulations on your own, particularly if you’re on a tight budget?

Read More