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.
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 Management and Strategy Track
On time. Within budget. What they need (even if that changes!). These are moving targets, and yet you’re expected to deliver all three. The software development industry is embracing agile methods to address these issues, and there is much that the eLearning development world can learn from it. Agile provides a framework for adapting to change as it happens and working with the client to deliver content that learners need most.Read More
Learner-driven, adaptive, engaging, future-proof, innovative, and business-aligned—you need to deliver all this and more! Constructing a strategy to match, though, is tough, pushing L&D to redefine its role in the business. However, by applying a performance lens to learning, you can engage everyone from the board to new starters, construct a holistic strategy, and put learning at the heart of the workflow.Read More
Each project, whether agile or ADDIE, micro or massive, has components that must align in order to have a successful outcome. The first two to three weeks of a project set the stage for communication, vision, expectations, content preparation, and rapport. A misfire in the beginning can lead to extended time frames, disappointment, and lost profit.Read More
Stage Program E
“Curation” has reached buzzword status. But while everyone’s talking about it, not everyone is really sure how to do it. What does curation actually mean, and why is it important to your organization? While it’s important to know that curation has the potential to transform your approach to learning, you also need to understand the details of what it takes to make it work.Read More
Training and development in enterprises continues to change, and some of the field’s more recent challenges involve volume. It’s difficult to keep up with the increasing demand for ad hoc knowledge sharing and training requests. Also, there’s a growing need for training that is specific to more niche audiences (such as regional content) and that central teams struggle to support. However, there’s a solution to both these issues that’s starting to take off: user-generated learning content. But what are the pros and cons to this solution, and how can you ensure that it will bring value to your company?Read More
Have you ever been asked, “How do you know they’re learning?” It’s always unnerving when the higher-ups start questioning the validity of a training program that you built. How would you like to be armed with solid hard and soft data metrics that prove the effectiveness of learning and performance beyond the shadow of a doubt? Deeper learning analytics like this have always been a challenge—until now.Read More
The Internet is a terrific knowledge repository. The sheer size of the content stored on the web is unimaginable. Within organizational intranets, the amount of content that is available is also impressive, but is it good content? Is it the right content for the right purpose? Is it up to date? Is it understandable? The more you have to ask these questions about online content, the less efficient your search for the right information will be. Even more of a concern is that you might be more likely to find bad content, act on it (believing it is correct), and suffer the consequences.Read More
Content that’s unclear. Links that don’t work. Buttons that aren’t aligned. These things can distract from your eLearning course. You want to make sure your course is good, but if you aren’t careful, you could spend more time in review cycles than it took you to design and build it in the first place. How do you strike a balance between thorough review and your time and cost constraints?Read More
Training professionals work hard to help train employees and produce meaningful behavior change within organizations. But modern cognitive science shows that, in spite of their efforts, people forget most of what they learn. Research indicates startling facts about retention: Within only an hour, people forget 50 percent of what they just learned. A week later, that number jumps to an astonishing 90 percent.Read More
Do you have a subject matter expert (SME) who makes everything more difficult than it needs to be? How about the SME who just doesn’t seem to grasp the work you’re doing together? Or the SME whose idea of dates and deadlines is not at all aligned with the project needs? It isn’t their fault. SMEs are a vital part of the process, and of whether or not the project is a success. However, they don’t always understand that fact because, of course, they already have a “day job.” It is your job to build the plan, communicate it well, and stay on top of the details so they don’t have to.Read More
Large-scale system transformation initiatives are challenging at the best of times. But when you factor in a rollout that involves restructuring, growing existing operations, and establishing new franchise owners to enable strategic expansion and remarkable customer service as part of the initiative, they become substantially more complex. In 2013, Coca-Cola faced this very issue in North America when it needed to replace outdated systems with a common enterprise solution. With an accelerated plan to transition more than 60,000 users to a new operating solution, this initiative required innovative approaches to train and support users rapidly and efficiently.Read More
It used to be that people only worried about testing online training lessons on Internet Explorer and Netscape. Those days are long gone. Today, there are myriad testing challenges due to the vast number of hardware devices and display environments that learners are using. Developing and testing lessons to ensure that they will work for everyone is an incredible challenge. This session explores a variety of quality assurance test strategies that are currently being used in software engineering corporations to test their products, and shows how you can carry over those strategies into the world of eLearning and mLearning.Read More
Learning and performance ecosystems represent a new way of thinking about L&D. Many agree with this approach in concept. But where are the examples? This session showcases a real-life learning and performance ecosystem solution.Read More
Dairy Queen, like many organizations, experiences challenges in knowledge retention following formal training. Dairy Queen needed a strategy that would equip learners with tools and resources to help boost learning retention of role-specific knowledge and skills throughout all learning stages. What Dairy Queen required was a rapid development process to create role-based learning tools to remedy these challenges and address real-time training needs of thousands of Dairy Queen franchisee employees.Read More
Learning professionals often are not presented with the ideal infrastructure to make sure they get the right learning to the right people in the right format and, most importantly, at the right time. Companies are also moving at lightning speed, which means the need to navigate not only existing, but evolving, learning infrastructures is critical for the success of your programs and your people.Read More
Stage Program E
Online and social learning reduces the cost of training, expands the ability to reach a larger audience for your content, and increases the speed at which learning experiences can be accessed and offered. Because of these growing complexities, though, it’s increasingly important to ensure that you’re looking at both how these ever-increasing types of content interconnect and how your learning architecture scales with the business needs of your organization.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More
Stage Program E
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.Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More
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.Read More
It’s not uncommon to focus on trying to find the perfect project management tools for a project. With all the exciting options out there, it’s easy to be tempted. However, research shows that the most important component of project management isn’t the tools you use but is, instead, your mental game. Do you choose collaboration over control? Sponsor communication over hiding, purpose over tasks, or trust over politics? Do your stakeholders believe you can do it? Learn how to get your mental game right to drive project success.Read More
People never want for information at home. When they have a problem, they search the Internet or post a question on social media. When they go to work, everything changes. Vital knowledge remains hidden in a variety of silos. Organizations are unable to leverage the same knowledge-sharing behaviors that drive resources like YouTube and Wikipedia. Employees are then left to fend for themselves—often with negative results.Read More
As communications and technologies continue to change, there is increased pressure on corporate workers to keep up with these changes, learn on the job, improve time to competency, and increase productivity. In addition, demographics are changing. Older workers are retiring, resulting in a loss of valuable internal corporate knowledge, while organizations must continually hire new, less experienced workers to replace them. There is a need to capture and share the knowledge that helps new workers improve performance and continue to learn over time. Using social media at work can be a compelling solution to this dilemma, offering informal learning solutions on a just-in-time basis.Read More