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 on Thursday, November 17, 2016

7:30 AM Thu, November 17

 
Kick-start your day with Morning Buzz, the ever-popular “Early Bird” discussions. 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. Read More

7:30 AM Thu, November 17

 
Kick-start your day with Morning Buzz, the ever-popular “Early Bird” discussions. 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. Read More

7:30 AM Thu, November 17

 
Kick-start your day with Morning Buzz, the ever-popular “Early Bird” discussions. 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. Read More

7:30 AM Thu, November 17

 
Kick-start your day with Morning Buzz, the ever-popular “Early Bird” discussions. 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. Read More

7:30 AM Thu, November 17

 
Kick-start your day with Morning Buzz, the ever-popular “Early Bird” discussions. 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. Read More

7:30 AM Thu, November 17

 
Kick-start your day with Morning Buzz, the ever-popular “Early Bird” discussions. 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. Read More

7:30 AM Thu, November 17

 
Kick-start your day with Morning Buzz, the ever-popular “Early Bird” discussions. 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. Read More

7:30 AM Thu, November 17

 
Kick-start your day with Morning Buzz, the ever-popular “Early Bird” discussions. 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. Read More

7:30 AM Thu, November 17

 
Kick-start your day with Morning Buzz, the ever-popular “Early Bird” discussions. 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. Read More

7:30 AM Thu, November 17

 
Kick-start your day with Morning Buzz, the ever-popular “Early Bird” discussions. 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. Read More

7:30 AM Thu, November 17

 
Kick-start your day with Morning Buzz, the ever-popular “Early Bird” discussions. 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. Read More

7:30 AM Thu, November 17

 
Kick-start your day with Morning Buzz, the ever-popular “Early Bird” discussions. 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. Read More

7:30 AM Thu, November 17

 
Kick-start your day with Morning Buzz, the ever-popular “Early Bird” discussions. 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. Read More

10:00 AM Thu, November 17

Track: Management and Strategy

Today’s companies and professionals need to build the skills that deliver exceptional results and fulfilling careers. The expertise management process combines benchmark-based competency assessments, personalized development plans, and collaborative progress management to deliver professional development that meets the needs of employers while supporting professionals as they build rewarding careers. We will also explore how to deliver this full-cycle process through always-on, easily available cloud solutions that eliminate the need for costly organization-wide implementations of packaged software.

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10:00 AM Thu, November 17

Track: Emerging Tech

Is it possible to use virtual reality and augmented reality for your organization’s training on a budget? This session will showcase some amazing virtual- and augmented-reality training examples, bust some common myths about the hot new platforms taking the consumer technology world by storm, and explain how you can integrate them into your training in a practical, powerful, and cost-effective manner.

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10:00 AM Thu, November 17

Track: Management and Strategy

Your workforce and clients are mobile—is your content? VitalSource Technologies will present a session on the development and execution of successful strategies for the digital distribution of content. The expertise behind this presentation is culled from more than 20 years of experience working with hundreds of content publishers, corporations, and educational institutions, and providing content to over 10 million users. As one of the first digital content companies in the marketplace, VitalSource continues to build on its success and lead the market in technology that evolves with its clients’ changing needs.

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10:00 AM Thu, November 17

Track: Tools

Your goal is to provide learners with a terrific learning experience on whatever device they might be using. But spending countless hours tweaking content for various screens when there’s a fast-approaching deadline doesn’t seem like a great solution. Come spend time with Articulate and learn about how it’s helping to make mobile course development simple.

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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!

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10:45 AM Thu, November 17

Track: Video & Media

While linear video is a preferred method for learning, technologically speaking it has not advanced much over the past few decades. Now, linear video has started to incorporate interactive annotations, which have greatly improved users’ learning experience. Adding interactive annotations becomes easier each year.

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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.

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10:45 AM Thu, November 17

Track: Video & Media

NorthShore is taking proactive measures to combat the rising number of violent trends in health care settings. The company developed online training that teaches employees how to 1) identify the beginning stages of workplace violence, 2) understand how best to respond and prevent it from escalating, and 3) know when to get help.

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10:45 AM Thu, November 17

Track: Data and Measurement

Much has been made about the astounding dropout rates for massive open online courses (MOOCs): typically 85 percent or more. While it may be misleading to apply the traditional metrics of higher education to MOOCs, there are ways to dramatically improve the numbers.

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10:45 AM Thu, November 17

Track: Emerging Tech

How will the connected learning landscape shift when cognitive technology takes over? Connected print technologies, extreme wearables, and device-to-device, machine-to-machine communication will transform the way a learner interacts with content, changing everything about the ecosystem of learning.

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10:45 AM Thu, November 17

Track: Mobile

Mobile is the new way of learning. Learners want it, and companies want to provide it. But app development can be expensive, especially if you are starting from a mostly print or standard eLearning model. Finding a way to give learners and organizations the mobile learning they want without breaking the bank is a must in today’s training market, especially for companies with populations of mobile learners (e.g., sales).

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10:45 AM Thu, November 17

Track: Mobile

There is an increasing appetite for knowledge in high-competition business environments. At the same time, when knowledge and information are growing at a fast pace, it is difficult for employees to retain and recall everything that they know or need to know to perform. With a large part of the workforce always on the move, L&D teams face the challenge of reaching them effectively to deliver performance support solutions.

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10:45 AM Thu, November 17

Track: Development

It has been said that Flash is dead, yet there exists an army of Flash content in the world of eLearning today. Seemingly alive and well, these Flash zombies must be eliminated in order to answer the increasing demand for mobile-compatible content. Is there a way to save any of the good work that was done—or is a double tap to the timeline the only way?

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10:45 AM Thu, November 17

Track: Emerging Tech

There are many situations where learners can benefit from being able to instantly request assistance from an expert through voice or even video chat. That kind of in-the-moment performance support can save time and help people get back to the task at hand quickly, armed with the knowledge they need to do it right. But how do you provide that kind of support directly in your web or mobile applications? In the past this could be done, but only with the assistance of extra plugins that were tricky to use. Thankfully, there’s now an easier way for developers to include this functionality: Web Real-time Communications (WebRTC).

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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.

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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.

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10:45 AM Thu, November 17

Track: Tools

You are always striving to ensure the learner is learning in the best possible way, aren’t you? Sometimes technology introduces a new way of interacting that really takes learning to a new level. Explore some of these technologies and their possibilities for learning.

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10:45 AM Thu, November 17

Track: Management and Strategy

Learning and development professionals strive to help people get better at what they do every day. But acquiring knowledge isn’t enough to improve performance. In order to do better work tomorrow than they did today, people need to change their behaviors. That’s when learning becomes effective and gets results. However, behavior change is hard. It takes time, energy, and commitment. The only way to keep people engaged in the project of real transformation is to give them an experience they love.

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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?

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10:45 AM Thu, November 17

Track: Tools

Selecting the right virtual classroom platform can be challenging! There are so many programs available, each with its own sets of tools and features. And each platform offers a unique angle on virtual training classes. With all those differences, it’s hard to know which platform is right for your organization.

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10:45 AM Thu, November 17

Track: Games and Gamification

“Gamification,” “learning games,” and “serious games”: These are trendy buzzwords in L&D right now, but how can you actually create these experiences yourself if you’re not a game designer? Designing your first learning game can be a daunting task, and it’s quite common to think you don’t have the skill set or tools needed. But in many cases, you actually do have a tool for creating games, and it’s one you likely know well: Articulate Storyline. That’s right: With a few tips and tricks, you can actually create rich and engaging learning games using Storyline.

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11:00 AM Thu, November 17

Track: Data and Measurement

Finding a learning management system (LMS) that best fits your company’s design, business goals, and budget can be a daunting task. While choosing the right LMS can help your organization define, deliver, and manage training to drive ongoing success, the countless options when it comes to product selection can make determining which LMS best fits your company’s needs overwhelmingly difficult. Before making a decision, it’s important to find out what exactly you should consider when evaluating your options.

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11:00 AM Thu, November 17

Track: Management and Strategy

Given that the role of the eLearning professional has a wide range of possible responsibilities, hiring a person who has the exact set of skills and experience to meet the specific needs of your organization can be daunting. How can you ensure you find individuals who have the expertise needed to function successfully on your team and really hit the ground running?

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11:00 AM Thu, November 17

Track: Games and Gamification

The task of incorporating gaming into an organization’s learning solutions can seem overwhelming. The lack of understanding as to what gamification and gaming are confuses the issue, and many of the off-the-shelf vendor solutions offer only rudimentary gamification techniques. No wonder organizations tend to discount gamification and associate these techniques with “playing Jeopardy” and not meaningful learning.

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11:00 AM Thu, November 17

Track: Data and Measurement

Years of momentum have resulted in a collection of use cases for teams seeking to leverage the xAPI to better track, measure, and manage their learning efforts. The time is now; the xAPI can improve the ways you create and deliver content and classes, track interactions, communicate, and measure performance. Armed with knowledge and the proverbial Swiss Army Knife of xAPI functions, begin to “slice, saw, tweeze and pick” your way through training obstacles.

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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?

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12:15 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Emerging Tech

Learning management systems were initially built for supporting instructor-led training (ILT). As the needs of 21st-century learners evolve, companies are rapidly transitioning away from ILT toward next-generation learning experiences, and many LMSs are not keeping up. Learn how some of the largest and most innovative companies in the world are using the latest technology (e.g., video platforms, learning paths, self-paced labs, etc.) to provide an outstanding blended learning experience—without an LMS.

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12:15 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Management and Strategy

Over the past 15 years, organizations have accumulated massive amounts of digital content in the form of common document types, such as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint formats. Unfortunately, a significant percentage of this content is sitting on servers, undiscoverable, and in some cases irrelevant due to outdated branding, the inclusion of discontinued product and services descriptions, or the exclusion of current and critical information. This session will examine how to breathe life back into your organization’s digital content with a strategic digital transformation, and how to make it more relevant and impactful than ever by implementing a learning transformation strategy.

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12:15 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Video & Media

Text and voice communications are the cheapest, fastest, easiest way to communicate, but they are also the least effective. With over 100 billion emails sent each day and climbing, your message is lucky to break through the noise. If you do get noticed, your text and voice often fail to keep audience attention or boost learning retention. If you want your message to be seen, understood, remembered, and acted on, you need to make it visual. This session will share the science behind visual communication, and attendees will leave with a clear methodology to apply immediately.

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12:15 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Management and Strategy

Company changes are hard for most employees, and they can be especially hard for managers caught in the awkward position of having to communicate and enact changes they didn’t initiate. Yet the success of company change is critically tied to managers’ ability to lead their teams through it. Learn about the common challenges facing both managers and the HR and L&D leaders who support them, as well as solutions and lessons learned from people who’ve been there before. You’ll leave with practical ideas to help equip managers to survive, thrive, and lead effectively in tumultuous times. Audience participation is encouraged!

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12:15 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Mobile

Training the modern team can be a challenge. With users engaging with learning over many platforms, developers are often forced to create multiple versions of the same course, creating content to work across multiple devices. This can cause great difficulty. In this session, gomo managing director Mike Alcock will show you how to create beautiful, engaging courses that work perfectly on any device, on any screen size, and in any orientation. Bring your QR code readers to experience this on your own device.

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1:15 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Management and Strategy

eLearning is a diverse and far-reaching field. While eLearning developers work in a variety of environments, few have examined self-employment, and by extension entrepreneurship, as a viable career option. Fear of failure, lack of information on how to start a business, and, perhaps most striking, lack of understanding of the huge opportunity for eLearning developers has led to few eLearning developers taking advantage of opportunities that exist.

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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.

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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.

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1:15 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Mobile

Realistically, there are multiple ways a mobile performance support app can be built, all with their own benefits and drawbacks. Depending on a developer’s skill level, there are several options such as building a custom app, using your company’s or client’s existing infrastructure, or building a website and packaging it into an app.

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1:15 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Data and Measurement

If you’re looking for your first LMS (or starting fresh by leaving an old one behind), the number of choices you have can be overwhelming. But there’s one option you may not have thought of that can be a surprisingly good nontraditional solution, particularly if you’re working with bundling open or microlearning courses: using WordPress.

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1:15 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Mobile

Formal online learning doesn’t work like it used to. Attention spans are decreasing, and mobile access is more critical than ever. So how do you create mobile learning without hiring experts or spending a fortune? And how do you get part-time employees to care about making shakes and smoothies?

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1:15 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Video & Media

In a world of short attention spans and the need to “break through the clutter,” how can you ensure your learning videos leave your audience remembering your message? Maybe it’s time to look outside L&D for inspiration and toward a field that already does this well: advertising. If advertisements can influence people to purchase items they don’t need, are there ways to use this field’s secrets to influence learners (and do this without their feeling manipulated)?

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1:15 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Emerging Tech

In just a short span of time, a succession of technological advances have impacted L&D, from VHS tapes through to eLearning and mobile—and they’ve landed with mixed success. All have had an impact; none have been transformative. But that’s about to change as distributed technology and AI start to intersect with learning. The success of these technologies, though, depends on industry professionals. Are you ready?

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1:15 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Management and Strategy

Are you meeting all Five Moments of Learning Need? You already teach the moments of “new” and “more.” But what are you doing to support the moment of “apply,” when your learners become performers and have to use the knowledge you taught them? What about the moment of “solve,” when things are broken and need to be fixed? Or the moment of “change,” when they have to unlearn old habits?

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1:15 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Data and Measurement

When a new specification such as the xAPI comes out, it is important to understand the basics. And one of the most critical basics of the xAPI is the concept of statements: the way most xAPI data is communicated. Before getting started with an xAPI implementation, you’ll want to have a strong understanding of what statements are and how you can form them yourself.

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1:15 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Data and Measurement

Big data and learning analytics are top of mind for many organizations throughout the training industry. However, while there is a lot of of information about what you can do with data, there is much less about what you should do. Since data can include deeply personal or sensitive information, training organizations cannot consider using this information without first thinking about the ethics of what they are intending to do with that data and the privacy of individual learners.

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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.

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1:15 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Development

Online videos are extremely popular these days, particularly for quickly learning new skills and just-in-time content. While short videos can be an effective way to learn soft skills and system processes, many instructional designers and developers believe they have neither the tools nor the skills to create these training videos themselves. But they’re wrong, because most people have a surprisingly useful animation tool already: PowerPoint.

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1:15 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Games and Gamification

It’s harder and harder to catch the attention of learners, especially field sales representatives. It is also difficult to encourage them to practice important skills like sales techniques and how to speak with customers in different situations. While they need to practice these critical skills to succeed in their roles, they don’t always take the time to do so. What could engage this audience?

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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.

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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?

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1:15 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Tools

Design starts on paper—or at least it used to. Early apps were clunky, and those that had great promise fell short because of a stylus that did not feel the same as a pencil. With the advances in touch-sensitive screens and stylus technology, designing or sketching on an app is like having a library of sketchbooks. The current problem is no longer technology, but rather choosing the right app. When choosing which app to use, it takes time and practice to become proficient enough to determine whether it is the right app for your application and workflow.

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1:15 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Emerging Tech

Are you designing training for people who need to experience situations firsthand, but struggle with how to do that effectively and efficiently? Is your workforce widely distributed, so in-person training is just too expensive? What if you could bring a situation to your audience anywhere and any time you needed to with a solution that was both immersive and cost-effective? While this sounds like a training option from the future, it’s actually something you can launch right now using Google Cardboard and 360 degrees of virtual reality.

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1:15 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Video & Media

Intellectual property law affects every stage of the development and delivery process. Unfortunately, it’s daunting—and, even worse, often deadly boring. As a result, your decision making about what media resources you can actually use might be rooted in ignorance, fear, or frustration, none of which contributes to your project goals. As a result, it’s not uncommon to struggle with how to use free media to enhance your projects while also avoiding accidentally infringing on someone else’s work or exposing yourself to unpleasant legal action.

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1:15 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Tools

Photoshop is the de facto standard for image creation and manipulation, and over the years, more and more features have been added to this tool. Some of these features are real time-savers and also have the ability to make your images stand out. However, if you haven’t taken courses on Photoshop, or haven’t taken any recently, chances are you may be underusing these helpful new additions to the tool.

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1:15 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Emerging Tech

Using technology to help make  learning “stick” is something L&D is always pursuing. Augmented reality (AR) is one of the newer entries into this category, in large part because of how well it can support learning in the moment. However, AR can often seem overwhelming, time-consuming, and difficult to use in everyday learning development, and these assumptions could cause you to overlook the potential this technology holds for your audience.

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2:15 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Tools

When imagination, knowledge, and collaboration intersect, something special happens. In this session, learn how to harness your organization’s internal expertise and creativity to develop a culture of open knowledge sharing. See Versal in action and master techniques to bring instructional content to life. This session will demonstrate scenarios to expand the use of eLearning, including daily learning modules that engage a broad workforce, peer-driven training that empowers employees, and mobile field training. Learn how to leverage your best content, keep it fresh and interesting, and ensure retention. Walk away with actionable steps to make your eLearning interactive, collaborative, reusable, changeable, sharable, and embeddable.

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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.

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2:15 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Video & Media

It’s no secret that some videos are way more successful than others at supporting learning objectives. But what makes some videos work and others fall flat? This session will highlight four types of video that lend themselves well to learning, and it will equip you with criteria to help you decide which type of video to employ for your project. You’ll look at real examples, discuss what makes them impactful, and get tips to help you craft them with confidence.

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2:15 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Video & Media

Get a comprehensive introduction to video compression and delivery standards for optimizing content delivery to mobile and desktop devices. This session will provide an overview with everything you need to know about editing, preparing, and delivering the highest-quality video and audio to your audience. Learn about the latest standards and how you can take advantage of free to inexpensive tools to deliver amazing content , and find out about hardware, software, and mobile apps to upgrade your studio.

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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. 

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3:00 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Games and Gamification

Poor leadership is a significant drain on organizations, with some estimates claiming it costs the US economy billion of dollars a year. That’s why leadership development remains a top priority for many companies. But while organizations want to invest in this training, in many cases the training they offer doesn’t fully meet the needs of the leaders taking it. So where should you look for inspiration on how to make your leadership development more effective? Games!

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3:00 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Video & Media

Video production and delivery have evolved quickly over the past few years. Unfortunately, pre-2010-era video knowledge often dominates how people consider using video for learning, including their understanding of video files and codecs, streaming specifications and file sizes, video production techniques and styles, and even the role of video in training media. Moreover, these misconceptions actually keep teams from launching the video production processes they’d love to be working on.

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3:00 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Video & Media

In a world of fragmented content consumption and constant distraction, how do you not only grab your audience’s attention but also get them to care about your content? One way is to create an emotional connection by putting them in the driver’s seat of the experience. Giving your audience choice both attracts their attention and creates emotional investment, allowing the message you share to go deeper and actually change behavior.

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3:00 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Data and Measurement

You know that taking online courses isn’t the only way to learn. You want to invent new learning formats and experiences that better meet your audience’s needs. However, in many cases you need to include tracking, and the types of learning trackable by traditional learning management systems are limited. The Experience API (xAPI) specification is flexible enough to track a wide range of learning experiences, but it’s a new technology, and barriers to adoption still exist. How do you bridge this gap?

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3:00 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Emerging Tech

How do you develop a generation of learners who may have spent more time with video games than in school? How do you leverage the explosion of screens and devices to change behavior among all learners? How do you use the recent growth in affordable virtual reality devices to bring immersion, engagement, and presence to new levels? This is the reality in which you design training. So how do you use these media experiences as inspiration for where L&D should go in the future?

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3:00 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Management and Strategy

When a new director of diversity and inclusion reviewed the courses offered at Johns Hopkins Medicine International, the eLearning development team was surprised to find out just how much work its content needed in order to be current and inclusive. Staff had thought they were practicing diversity and inclusion at a high level, but this review showed that they were way off the mark. Both this review and feedback from newer members of the team helped the eLearning development team realize the nuances to incorporating diversity and challenged them to do better.

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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.

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3:00 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Mobile

Implementing an effective mobile user experience is challenging. How do you deliver useful information at the time of need without being disruptive to the employee’s workflow? How do you integrate the content effectively within the context of the user’s task at hand? How do you leverage the available technology to reach the target audience? How can you create a mobile app that is “sticky”?

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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.

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3:00 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Emerging Tech

You’re excited about the promise of an xAPI-enabled world, but you currently have a learning management system and a host of SCORM-based courses that you can’t just get rid of. Early on, it can be difficult to see how you can stay flexible and manage this transition over time. But what if you could get the most out of both an LMS and an LRS (learning record store) at the same time that you move to your next-generation learning and performance infrastructure?

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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.

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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.

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3:00 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Tools

Selecting authoring tools wisely is important! Choosing the right tools will set you up for success, and choosing the wrong tools can lead to disastrous results. Knowing your project’s requirements and the capabilities of the tools help ensure you select the best tools to get the job done. 

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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?

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3:00 PM Thu, November 17

Track: Tools

To some, variables may be an unknown function in Articulate Storyline. Many haven’t had the opportunity to use variables or have been confused by them and what they are capable of adding to the learning experience. Whatever the reason for pleading ignorance, this session has it covered!

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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?

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