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 online publication, 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:

Upcoming Events

Just starting to dip your toes into the learning pool? Join your peers and industry experts at Learning Solutions 2019 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 2019 will be held March 26 – 28 at the Rosen Centre in Orlando, FL. To get a feel for the program, visit the Learning Solutions 2018 website.

Realities360 forges a path unlike any other conference, exploring immersive technologies to create new and exciting learning experiences. 2019 Realities360 Conference & Expo focuses on the potential and practices of virtual and augmented realities for learning and performance. You’ll immerse yourself in these technologies and engage in conversations that enable you to put those experiences into the context of your work in training and development. 2019 Realities360 will be held June 25 – 27 at the Fairmont San Jose in San Jose, CA.

DevLearn Conference & Expo, the leading conference and expo focused on learning technologies, is where the entire industry gathers to share and learn about innovative thinking and emerging technologies, explore the possibilities they present, and define how they can drive innovation within our industry … our organizations … and our learning. It is the place where you can meet with industry thought leaders, share strategies with colleagues, discover best practices, and learn about the hottest topics and ideas for learning. Join the community of industry pioneers that is defining the future of training and performance! DevLearn 2019 Conference & Expo will be held October 23 – 25 at The Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.

Guild Research and eBooks

The Guild’s “Getting Started in eLearning” series of research reports is a great place to start your learning:

Also see our eBook, The eLearning Guild’s Handbook on Synchronous eLearning. Guild eBooks are freely available to everyone.

Learning Solutions online publication

Learning Solutions 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:

Degree Programs

See a discussion of Online Education Programs for Instructional Designers in Learning Solutions.

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