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Getting Started in eLearning
eLearning is one of the hottest, fast-growing industries in the world today. There’s a lot to learn and no better place to learn it than The eLearning Guild. The Guild offers an extraordinarily deep well of information about eLearning, from tools and technologies to management and instructional design. We offer online Summits, conferences and expositions, Learning Solutions Magazine, Guild Research , webinars, eBooks and whitepapers, networking opportunities, and much more. This page is designed to give you some solid suggestions about where to start.
Accessing Guild Resources
Some of the resources below are freely available to everyone. Others, like Summits (which are two-day online conferences), are available for a fee or included in Guild content packages. The Guild offers free general membership and three additional paid content packages. See a comparison of the content packages here.
See full details on each of these plans:
DevLearn Conference & Expo is, by far, North America’s leading event focused on learning technologies. If you are responsible for or engaged in the use of learning technologies in your organization, then you need to be at DevLearn, where you’ll meet with industry thought leaders, share strategies with colleagues, discover best practices, and learn about the hottest topics and most innovative new ideas for our industry. Embark on a journey with peers and industry leaders from around the world, and explore the tools and techniques that are shaping the future of learning. DevLearn 2018 will be held October 24 – 26 at The Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. To get a feel for the program, visit the DevLearn 2017 website.
Just starting to dip your toes into the learning pool? Join your peers and industry experts at Learning Solutions 2018 Conference & Expo. You’ll discover how technology enables real, practical answers to the challenges you and your organization face and you’ll take a deep dive into every facet of instructional design. Learning Solutions 2018 will be held March 27 – 29 at the Rosen Centre in Orlando, FL.
Realities360 Conference is The eLearning Guild’s newest event dedicated to exploring the opportunities presented by virtual reality, augmented reality, and other alternate reality technologies. Learning and performance professionals will have hands-on opportunities to encounter these technologies and engage in discussions that put those experiences into the context of learning and performance. 2018 Realities360 will be held June 26 – 28 at the Fairmont San Jose in San Jose, CA. To get a feel for the program, visit the 2017 Realities360 website.
Guild Research and eBooks
The Guild’s “Getting Started in eLearning” series of research reports is a great place to start your learning:
- Technologies, Tools, and Media for eLearning
- Rapid eLearning
- Building the Business Case for eLearning
- and more
Also see our eBook, The eLearning Guild’s Handbook on Synchronous eLearning. Guild eBooks are freely available to everyone.
Learning Solutions Magazine
Learning Solutions Magazine offers many articles for beginners. See here for a full list of articles, tailored for beginners. In addition, here’s a short, hand-picked list to get you started:
- Check out Patti Shank's column, Beginning Instructional Authoring, and Jane Bozarth’s column, Nuts and Bolts
- Online Education Programs for Instructional Designers
- Understanding Today’s Learner, by Jane Hart
- Online Education for Instructional Designers: Picking the Right Program
- The Design Document: Your Blueprint for eLearning Standards and Consistency, by Monique Donahue
- Evaluating eLearning 2.0: Getting Our Heads Around the Complexity, by Will Thalheimer
- Developing Successful eLearning, by Denise Link
- Beginner’s Guide to Webinars (3 parts), by Roger Courville
- Good Beginnings, by Chris Stape
- From Classroom to Computer (2 parts), by Mary Carpenter
See a discussion of Online Education Programs for Instructional Designers in Learning Solutions Magazine
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