Mobile Games Video
Mobile Games Video
Mobile Games Video
Mobile Games Video

FocusOn Learning Sessions

You’ll be able to learn from industry leaders and peers sharing case studies, examples, and best practices that will help you harness the opportunities presented by mobile, game, and video technologies. You’ll find sessions targeting management & strategy, design, and development.

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Specialized Focuses

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

Bring Your Own Laptop® sessions ensure that you receive in-depth, hands-on training and enable you to follow along with the instructor step-by-step.

Advanced sessions take you further into the areas of your interest. Explore a level up and deepen your knowledge in the latest L&D technology and approaches.

Deconstructing Games sessions allow attendees to play or observe a game, then discuss how the mechanics can be applied in a learning context.

If you’re new to using mobile, games, or video for learning, our Foundations programs offer you a set of carefully selected sessions that progress through the key topics you need to understand before launching your own efforts in these areas.

All Sessions

10:00 AM Tue, June 20

Track: Design

Focus: Mobile

Designing great user experiences for your learners is critical to their success in engaging with or using your content, tools, and apps. This session will break down what’s important in designing great experiences and provide you with resources to get started, from mobile to desktop and beyond. The discussion will cover design strategies, what works and what doesn’t, and how to plan and prototype, with several great examples. You’ll get more than 10 resources and inspiration to take your experiences to the next level.

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10:00 AM Tue, June 20

Track: Development

Focus: Mobile

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. Articulate is here to help! Come find out how mobile eLearning development just got easy with the hot new apps in Articulate 360.

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10:45 AM Tue, June 20

Track: Development

Focus: Mobile

Your goal is to provide learners with a terrific learning experience. Increasingly, those learning experiences are occurring on multiple devices—smartphones, tablets, laptops, you name it! How can you deliver that terrific multi-device experience when you don’t know how to code and you don’t have time to spend endlessly tweaking and adjusting your courses to suit every screen size for every device?

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10:45 AM Tue, June 20

Track: Development

Focus: Mobile

Anyone who has been in the eLearning business over the past 10 years and who works with mobile technology has run into this major issue: Flash. Many legacy programs were either authored using Adobe Flash or an authoring tool with SWF output, and many of today’s mobile devices are unable to support them.

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10:45 AM Tue, June 20

Track: Design

Focus: Mobile

Designing eLearning can be challenging enough, but designing eLearning for mobile platforms presents its own set of obstacles. In order to move your projects into the ever-growing mobile world, you need to know how responsive design differs from traditional eLearning design.

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10:45 AM Tue, June 20

Track: Management and Strategy

Focus: Mobile

Your company may have implemented a mobile BYOD solution, but that doesn’t mean you can automatically use those devices for mobile learning. In order to implement mobile learning on a large scale, you’re going to need to partner with your IT department.

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10:45 AM Tue, June 20

Track: Development

Focus: Mobile

Do you need a simple mobile-first or responsive performance support solution? Today’s mobile workers often don’t need training; what they need is quick access to a knowledge base to find an answer. But the organizations putting these resources in place need something more than page views to measure their effectiveness.

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10:45 AM Tue, June 20

Track: Development

Focus: Video

Today’s L&D professionals are tasked to create more video without breaking the budget. There’s also increasing pressure to ensure that these videos are effective at supporting learning and performance goals. What are some of the metrics used to track instructional video, and how do you make sense of those numbers?

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10:45 AM Tue, June 20

Track: Management and Strategy

Focus: Video

Producing videos can be a complex endeavor for learning professionals attempting to bring their courses to life. By incorporating appropriate project management principles, instructional designers can create a smooth process for video production and avoid having to reshoot critical footage they need for a course.

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10:45 AM Tue, June 20

Track: Design

Focus: Video

Video has traditionally been difficult, time-consuming, and expensive, but it doesn’t need to be. Today, eLearning professionals can produce live-action and animated videos easily, quickly, and on a budget. But which do you choose, live-action or animated? It can be challenging to determine which option will best tell your story and engage your learners while also making the most sense given your budget and time constraints.

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10:45 AM Tue, June 20

Track: Development

Focus: Video

Training comes most commonly in the form of a webinar or in-person presentation with a slide deck. You get a lot of information, presentation of complex topics, and a two-way communication street where questions from the audience can be addressed as they come up. These are all good things. But sometimes you don’t want to know how to build a watch—you just need to know what time it is.

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10:45 AM Tue, June 20

Track: Design

Focus: Games

Deconstructing Games is a new series of hands-on sessions where you’ll have the opportunity to play a game and then discuss how the mechanics in play can be applied in your own learning context.

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10:45 AM Tue, June 20

Track: Design

Focus: Games

Smartphones are everywhere, and one of the most common uses for these phones is to play games. Their smaller screens require more skill to create a strong learning experience, game experience, and user experience.

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10:45 AM Tue, June 20

Track: Management and Strategy

Focus: Games

It’s not unusual to find gamification elements in software applications across nearly every industry, but only a fraction of these platforms prove to have significant impact on performance. While individual gamification elements may increase engagement and enhance performance, they often are not designed with the user in mind, and there are not enough analytics integrated into the process to assess effectiveness.

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10:45 AM Tue, June 20

Track: Development

Focus: Video

The use of online video to support performance is a hot topic these days. But when is it a viable solution? How can it improve performance? And, most importantly, how can you build a solution that uses it effectively?

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10:45 AM Tue, June 20

Track: Design

Focus: Video

Technology has made it possible to offer scalable, experiential, and collaborative learning across the globe, while instructional videos can serve as a key delivery mechanism for content from instructor to students. Nevertheless, instructional videos often are too long, too dense, and offer little room for learners to interact with the content.

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11:00 AM Tue, June 20

Track: Management and Strategy

Focus: Mobile

Mobile devices are ubiquitous and now an essential tool in everyone’s pocket or purse. But are these devices truly helpful, or are they more of a hindrance to how people connect, communicate, and collaborate with peers, teams, and organizations?

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11:00 AM Tue, June 20

Track: Management and Strategy

Focus: Mobile

The mobile learning landscape is continually growing and shifting. As intimidating as those changes may be, organizations must be prepared to formulate and execute strategies to harness this growing technology. An understanding of the various devices, the appropriate content, the impact of mobile on traditional training and development, and how to make a business case for mobile in your organization are of key importance in navigating today’s mobile learning landscape.

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12:00 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Development

Focus: Video

This session will use practical case studies to explore the wide range of user engagement models in learning apps. The discussion will include one-to-one matching and tutoring, multi-party classrooms, student working sessions, broadcasts on social media, and dynamic social-learning environments that go beyond the classroom. You will learn about the design and performance characteristics of different live video models, the pros and cons of PaaS cloud platforms vs. build-it-yourself development approaches, and how to think about video in the context of end-to-end student experiences.

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12:00 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Management and Strategy

Focus: Mobile

Today’s learners want short, focused, and bite-sized chunks of content in easy-to-consume learning modules. While microlearning is not a new concept, it is better understood and implemented these days. Join this session for a closer look at microlearning and why it should be part of your eLearning strategy. The discussion will unpack what microlearning really means and what to look for in a microlearning platform. You’ll also learn why mobile plays such an important part in microlearning—and some dos and don’ts of mobile deployment. Discover the challenges facing today’s learners, and find out how microlearning can overcome them.

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1:00 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Management and Strategy

Focus: Mobile

There’s no doubt that augmented reality (AR) is a very popular technology right now. Most of the applications making headlines are focused on entertainment, such as games, video and movies, and other “time wasters.” What are organizations to make of the potential of AR for business in the face of growing consumer use and interest?

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1:00 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Design

Focus: Video

The pairing of 360-degree video and virtual reality has hit the mainstream, with numerous companies launching new tools to view and even create this content on a constant basis. Yet it’s difficult to fully understand the possibilities of this technology without clear examples of how to use 360-degree video for education and training purposes, what tools are available to develop this content, and how to test whether it’s actually effective at sharing content.

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1:00 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Design

Focus: Video

From Gutenberg to Google, the old model of training that was disconnected from real-world practical experience has been: Read and remember. However, with the hardest skills, which training method is almost universally recognized as effectively impacting learning and retention of workplace skills? Hints: _____ makes perfect.  _____ is the best teacher.

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1:00 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Development

Focus: Games

The use of games in eLearning is growing. However, most eLearning designers struggle to know where to start with games. Building an interactive game can be difficult without skills and practice in coding software.

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1:00 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Development

Focus: Video

Traditional video is an important and engaging component of training programs and curriculum development. However, traditional video only allows learners to see the linear path of video projects. What if you could give learners the ability to fully immerse themselves into the videos they’re watching? With 360-degree video, you do just that.

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1:00 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Design

Focus: Video

Have you heard the saying “If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth a million”? Video content can explain very complex concepts, but usually lacks good navigation or interactivity. eLearning, on the other hand, delivers a great user experience, but often comes up short at conveying meaning with just words and pictures. Combining eLearning with video can give you the best of both worlds.

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1:00 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Design

Focus: Video

Your company keeps growing, but your training department doesn’t. You feel like your current course development methods are making it harder to keep up with compressing development timelines, and yet you’re being asked to create more courses, different courses, smaller courses, and courses that are easier to access. Sales doesn’t like logging in to the LMS every time they need to take some training. And you’re getting tired...

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1:00 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Development

Focus: Video

The common approach, when introducing live video into virtual learning applications, is to create an online lecture room where participants watch and can be seen by the lecturer and can easily join the conversation. But this is just the tip of the iceberg! eLearning teams must build on the dramatically changed expectations of new generations brought up in a social revolution that has put live video communication in the hands of over three billion people around the world.

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1:00 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Management and Strategy

Focus: Games,  Mobile,  Video

Workplace learning is a two-way relationship between a company’s desire to stay competitive and employees’ need for information to engage job functions. With the struggle for competitive advantage expected to only accelerate, it pays dividends to create a flexible and technology-enabled learning ecosystem that can foster the future generations in the workforce.

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1:00 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Development

Focus: Video

When videos, presentations, and slide shows start to look ho-hum and just aren’t holding your learners’ attention anymore, it’s time to step it up. Say goodbye to boring bullets and static graphics, and give your audience something to keep them watching.

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1:00 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Management and Strategy

Focus: Games

Games and gamification are new ideas to many organizations. Executives may perceive games for learning as child’s play, or may struggle to understand how they’re different from the scenario-based learning you already have. Furthermore, some see gamification as an artificial reward system that will have no long-term benefits.

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1:00 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Design

Focus: Games

Deconstructing Games is a new series of hands-on sessions where you’ll have the opportunity to play a game and then discuss how the mechanics in play can be applied in your own learning context.

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2:00 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Management and Strategy

Focus: Games,  Mobile

How do you implement virtual reality–based training in an organization without breaking the bank? This session will provide a practical guide to implementing virtual reality, mixed reality, and game-based training solutions, and will bust some common myths about hot new technologies like VR and AR. The session will demonstrate impactful, interactive, gamified learning simulations from around the world and show you how to integrate these tools into your training in a cost-effective, practical, and powerful manner.

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2:00 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Design

Focus: Games

Eight seconds: the time you have to grab an employee’s attention. Five minutes: the time you can keep it. Both down by 50 percent in 10 years. What’s causing this societal attention problem? Every day, hundreds of emails, chats, texts, notifications, calls, and meetings compete for your employees’ attention and divert their focus. What tool can you use to grab and keep their attention? Training games. Games complement and improve the effectiveness of traditional training. Come learn more, play the Jump Game, and see data in action. High score at the game session wins a $250 gift certificate!

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2:30 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Design

Focus: Games

After years of existing mostly in the world of science fiction, virtual reality is finally ready for its close-up. With VR normalizing itself within the consumer culture, the interest in using these technologies for learning and performance is growing. But where can curious learning professionals go to learn more about the power and potential of VR? The answer is simple: gaming.

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2:30 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Development

Focus: Video

Poor-quality explainer videos can distract your learners and prevent them from getting the message. Many L&D professionals operate on a tight budget and do not have a lot of video editing experience. How do you create professional-level videos that can be delivered on any platform or eLearning tool?

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2:30 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Development

Focus: Mobile

Building mobile interactions for learning is challenging. Adobe Captivate 2017 offers two approaches to mobile development: breakpoints and fluid boxes. When building interactions, you need to put some thought into how to place the objects on the screen. Knowing the rules of how to work with breakpoints and fluid boxes will give you a big head start and help you avoid a lot of mistakes.

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2:30 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Management and Strategy

Focus: Mobile

Many organizations are eager to utilize mobile learning to meet the needs of an increasingly mobile workforce who may not have access to desktops yet all have mobile devices. However, stringent corporate policy concerning mobile phones often makes this tricky. The more organizations understand the dynamics of legal, corporate, and security-based issues, the more equipped they will be to make a compelling business case for mobile learning.

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2:30 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Development

Focus: Mobile

Verifying that a new hire is ready for operational responsibilities is a continual challenge, but in the technical support world where “first time fix” is such a crucial measure of customer satisfaction and efficiency, it is vital. Theory tests only go so far; the adoption of mobile devices by this technician community presented an opportunity to gather data in the field to validate understanding and correct application.

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2:30 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Management and Strategy

Focus: Mobile

Induction and onboarding has become one of the key business challenges of the moment. How do you successfully recruit and induct staff to become high-performing and fully integrated, at a speed that matches the speed of change in business? The answer may rest in the power of the mobile devices that are already in everyone’s hands.

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2:30 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Development

Focus: Video

Proper lighting in your video makes a world of difference in how your viewers perceive your product. But good lighting can be a challenging aspect of video production. Have you found yourself asking the following questions: “How do I know which lights to get? How do I determine the correct lighting placement? How many lights should I use? Should I buy or rent them?”

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2:30 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Development

Focus: Video

Everybody has experienced video training—the good, the bad, and the ugly. But by taking a "real-life" approach to video content, you can up retention and create a unique training experience that goes beyond just training on ideal situations. 

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2:30 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Design

Focus: Mobile

There are many opinions, myths, and facts that surround what mobile technology can or cannot do to influence, educate, and enable users. The problem is that many adult-learning professionals do not understand mobile technology and often end up developing a curriculum that fails to take advantage of mobile’s strengths or even ends up highlighting weaknesses.

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2:30 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Design

Focus: Video

At one point or another, you’ve probably been forced to endure some kind of training that made you want to pull your hair out. You click through the slides as fast as you can, or you stare blankly at the lecturer reading bullet points from each slide. What if you could transform those mandated training programs into something engaging and entertaining instead?

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2:30 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Design

Focus: Video

Video is a great medium for learning content; however, designing and developing great videos can be challenging and labor-intensive. Additionally, gaining stakeholder buy-in on a curriculum based on microlearning, like videos, can be a challenge.

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3:00 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Management and Strategy

Focus: Video

Encouraging experts to create useful content for others in the workplace is a practical and effective way to extend knowledge in an organization. Video is rapidly becoming the medium for sharing demonstrations, quick tips, and longer-form overviews. But how do you fit user-generated videos into your overall learning strategy? What are the best ways to launch and support them as well as measure their use overall?

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3:00 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Design

Focus: Video

Thanks to the increase in easy-to-use tools and software, everyone now has access to cost-effective tools to create animations and video. Unfortunately, just because content is shared as a video doesn’t magically make it great, and these simple tools can also create a flood of ineffective and boring video content. If you’re not careful, weak content can kill the implementation of video in your organization and cause your audience to dread yet another bad video.

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4:00 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Development

Focus: Video

What separates amateur video from professionally shot and edited video presentations? Many in eLearning would be quick to blame small budgets and lack of equipment for less-than-professional video. However, the real problem is that many who shoot, composite, or produce video for learning aren’t visually literate. In other words, they don’t know the basics of visual design and how to apply it to the video medium.

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4:00 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Design

Focus: Mobile

Most instructional designers have experience creating storyboards prior to developing eLearning solutions. The storyboarding process enables the designer to work through a concept and test various ways of structuring content. Storyboards are also used to communicate design concepts to eLearning developers when working in teams to build training solutions.

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4:00 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Development

Focus: Video

360-degree video is a new and engaging medium. Allowing the user to explore a 360-degree space allows for a deeper immersion and broader sense of involvement. However, it does have inherent differences from traditional video—mainly, the story is no longer in the control of the creator, but of the viewer.

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4:00 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Development

Focus: Mobile,  Video

You have a phone and tablet, and you use them for four or five tools and applications, but there is so much more you can do with them. Mobile devices present fantastic opportunities to create and modify photos, videos, and graphics. You are only limited by your own imagination.

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4:00 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Development

Focus: Games

You want to make sure your learners are engaged, and you have an idea for a learning game that will help you achieve that goal. You know that it needs to be focused on the content and the learner’s needs and not something you’re going to throw in just for fun. You’re excited to build this, and you think you will be able to repurpose it for other lessons, learners, and content. Suddenly, you hit a wall because you haven’t acquired the higher-order skills in Captivate yet. What, exactly, do you need to know?

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4:00 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Management and Strategy

Focus: Games,  Mobile,  Video

Mobile, games, and video are all meaningful endeavors offering unique value propositions, but how do they fit together? Each can be linked, but has unique properties as well. How do you make sense of the opportunities?

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4:00 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Design

Focus: Mobile

A team working with major electronics in public areas—installing slot machines in casinos—needed to follow several safety processes. After a year or longer of monthly safety emails and talks at all-hands meetings, the company took its safety program for field service technicians to SMS bimonthly delivery. What happened next?

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4:00 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Development

Focus: Mobile

Not responding well to responsive course design? Frustrated with the nuances of responsive course development with rapid authoring tools? Tired of trying to get your courses to look great on desktop, mobile, and tablet devices? Need a way to deliver information awareness training that doesn’t require LMS tracking? As responsive course design becomes more prevalent, you must continue to come up with innovative ways to deliver memorable learning experiences.

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4:00 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Design

Focus: Games

Gamification is about using game elements to drive motivation and engagement. Although gamification is most effective when used to drive intrinsic motivation, it is frequently abused as an extrinsic reward system, which hinders learning. Studies have shown that learners seek more rewards in demotivating environments and that players lose interest in an activity after receiving extrinsic rewards. How do you combat bad game design and find the right balance to maintain motivation?

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4:00 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Design

Focus: Games,  Mobile,  Video

A government office was going through a major reorganization; there was confusion and concern about the future organization. Each division had been working with minimal contact with other divisions, which resulted in a culture of lack of trust and personal connection with other employees. The problem was intensified because employees worked in various geographic locations and time zones. Learning leaders needed to help the employees understand the new organization and purpose.

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4:00 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Design

Focus: Games

Consultants face challenging career transitions while working in fast-paced environments with high performance standards. Learning that supports such transitions requires simulation of the complex mix of skills and trade-offs that consultants face on the ground, yet traditional digital simulations often fail to incorporate that complexity.

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4:00 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Design

Focus: Games

New for FocusOn this year! This is a popular session being offered twice. It's also available as session 606.

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4:00 PM Tue, June 20

Track: Design

Focus: Games

Deconstructing Games is a new series of hands-on sessions where you’ll have the opportunity to play a game and then discuss how the mechanics in play can be applied in your own learning context.

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10:00 AM Wed, June 21

Track: Development

Focus: Mobile,  Video

Time is money, and so are happy clients! Come spend some time with the Articulate team and learn how you can speed up your workflow, help your budget, and increase your productivity with the tools in Articulate 360.

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10:00 AM Wed, June 21

Track: Development

Focus: Mobile,  Video

This session provides a comprehensive introduction to video compression and how to optimize content for delivery to mobile and desktop. It’s an overview of everything you need to know about preparing and delivering the highest-quality video and audio to your audience. The discussion will cover techniques and interactivity, as well as the latest standards. Learn how to take advantage of open-source, free compression tools and the latest applications for getting the smallest file sizes and the highest quality. You’ll also learn how you can create your own in-house studio for under $1,500.

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10:45 AM Wed, June 21

Track: Design

Focus: Games

Chances are that your favorite characters are your favorites because of what they taught you. How can you ensure that characters in your games are effective in supporting learning?

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10:45 AM Wed, June 21

Track: Design

Focus: Mobile

You love the idea of using mobile, but you’re not sure how to get started, how to test a concept, or how to improve the design to be on the same level that mobile users are used to with their latest apps.

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10:45 AM Wed, June 21

Track: Design

Focus: Mobile,  Video

Most people interact with social media via their smartphone on a continual basis throughout the day. Smartphones and social media are integrated into daily life. Interactive and social learning can maximize learning opportunities by engaging in actions that people are already accustomed to.

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10:45 AM Wed, June 21

Track: Management and Strategy

Focus: Mobile

The digital world is entering your learners’ world in a big way. Augmented reality is reshaping the way they interact with systems and websites, entertainment, and of course, education, and this change is ultimately coming to your organization!

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10:45 AM Wed, June 21

Track: Development

Focus: Mobile

With the ADL’s release of cmi5 in June 2016 as the xAPI profile for LMS/content communication, a wave of early-adopter authoring tools have embraced the specification. Other authoring tools have been slower to adopt cmi5, opting to rely on xAPI-enabled SCORM modules to extend tracking beyond the limited data points of SCORM.

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10:45 AM Wed, June 21

Track: Management and Strategy

Focus: Mobile

The innovative use of mobile learning products in education has significantly increased in recent years. Mobile applications are meant to be engaging and reach beyond the walls of a classroom. Instructors and educators can use these mobile apps to increase student learning. However, the value of integrating them into the overall training is unclear. Are there added values if the organization invests in mobile apps?

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10:45 AM Wed, June 21

Track: Development

Focus: Video

New for FocusOn this year! This is a popular session being offered twice. It's also available as session 1012.

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10:45 AM Wed, June 21

Track: Development

Focus: Video

According to the Pew Research Center, 92 percent of adults ages 18 – 29 reported watching videos on a video-sharing site. This is becoming a norm for learning and obtaining new knowledge. Live-action videos with SMEs are not always possible because of the costs and time associated with this practice. If you think advanced animation that is engaging, entertaining, and fun seems out of reach for most eLearning professionals, think again!

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10:45 AM Wed, June 21

Track: Development

Focus: Mobile

mLearning developers spend a lot of time developing courses. Often, the programming is needlessly repetitive, which makes the work inefficient and increases costs. In other cases, the programming leads to undesirable trade-offs because engaging interactions can be difficult and time-consuming to develop. An investigation of how to reduce repetitiveness and improve engagement might lead one to think this problem could be easily resolved through tools or templates. However, it’s not that simple.

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10:45 AM Wed, June 21

Track: Design

Focus: Video

The industry is saying that video is the way to go for online learning—great. But before you get started, it is important to think strategically about why and how video will create the most value in your course. This session will explore the best questions to ask before you incorporate (or don’t incorporate) video into your courses.

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10:45 AM Wed, June 21

Track: Design

Focus: Video

Performance support videos are everywhere. From YouTube to the workplace, you can learn pretty much anything by watching a step-by-step video. Some of these videos are good; others, not so much. So how can you be sure that the video you are producing for your client or organization is high-quality—and effective?

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10:45 AM Wed, June 21

Track: Design

Focus: Games

Deconstructing Games is a new series of hands-on sessions where you’ll have the opportunity to play a game and then discuss how the mechanics in play can be applied in your own learning context.

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11:00 AM Wed, June 21

Track: Design

Focus: Video

Should you turn on your webcam during virtual training classes? Or does the webcam detract from the learner experience? What about using pre-recorded training videos in your virtual platform—how do you ensure they actually work and provide value to the learning outcomes?

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11:00 AM Wed, June 21

Track: Design

Focus: Video

Many organizations try to address their learning needs with intranet content, eLearning courses, and reminder emails, but these efforts often fail to get the desired results. Busy employees just don’t have lots of time for learning content, particularly when it feels like a content dump. So how do you cover what employees and managers need to know and do without writing even more text? Short multimedia presentations and videos are one of the best ways to simply and quickly convey concepts and context, influence behavior, and, best yet, reduce text overkill.

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12:00 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Design

Focus: Mobile

How do you know your content is ready for a global audience? Will you be able to translate it? What kind of issues will you run into? This session explores the design and technical challenges of getting your content properly internationalized and ready for consumers worldwide.

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12:00 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Management and Strategy

Focus: Mobile

New hires feel excitement, uncertainty, enthusiasm, and discomfort. It can be a roller coaster ride! Line manager engagement has a significantly beneficial impact on new hires’ learning curve and sense of belonging; however, managers are often stretched with multiple responsibilities, and new starters’ needs are relegated. This session will outline a project that utilized mobile device features to shift the new-hire experience from one of passive consumption to active participation while simultaneously making the managers’ role more time-efficient and impactful. The solution delivered better performance, earlier, while reducing attrition.

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1:00 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Management and Strategy

Focus: Mobile

Smartphones are well regarded as the “go-to gadget” for knowledge workers in the modern workplace, and learners increasingly rely on them to interact with learning communities and access developmental resources. But what technologies lie beyond the smartphone that can accelerate learning and engage your audience?

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1:00 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Design

Focus: Video

So, your boss wants you to produce a video for a training project. Great! Well, aside from the fact that you’ve never worked on video production and don’t even know where to begin. If you’re in a situation where you’ve been tasked with creating video content, but have never actually been involved with formal video production before, there can be a lot of pressure to create something polished despite your lack of experience. But amateur videos can be surprisingly easy to create with a few tips and tricks to get you started.

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1:00 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Design

Focus: Mobile

Chatbots are becoming more and more commonplace for consumers to help automate simple tasks and make life easier. But what about using chatbots to facilitate learning?

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1:00 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Development

Focus: Mobile,  Video

Interactive videos increasingly are seen as one of the most effective ways to demonstrate a desired behavior while maximizing learner retention. However, the high cost of external video production combined with expensive interactive video authoring tools often means that this solution is out of reach for many organizations—but it doesn’t have to be.

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1:00 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Development

Focus: Video

Microlearning is a way of teaching and delivering content to learners in small, very specific bursts. Microlearning videos can teach people how to use different systems within an organization effectively and efficiently—including systems for travel, finances, document management, procurement, and more.

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1:00 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Design

Focus: Video

HBO has an app. So do other major TV channels like Comedy Central and ESPN. With major media brands like these distributing content via television-based apps, and an increasing number of people cutting the cable cord, television-based app development is a rapidly growing segment of media. Learning media and content isn’t far behind; in fact, it’s already happening. However, most developers have little understanding of the television app ecosystem and how L&D can benefit.

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1:00 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Development

Focus: Video

Many professionals developing eLearning content focus on SCORM or static content. Video is often thought of as an expensive and difficult modality, and is outsourced to agencies and external production houses. It’s so helpful for teaching others to use software, yet there is a fear of getting started with video and committing valuable time and resources to its creation. Constant changes in software interfaces add to these concerns.

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1:00 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Development

Focus: Video

Have you seen videos where a green screen or blue screen wasn’t used properly? There’s a thin green line around the edge of the actor or a green hue on their clothes, which makes the video less authentic and usable. Filming someone on a green screen can be a challenging aspect of video production.

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1:00 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Design

Focus: Games

New for FocusOn this year! This is a popular session being offered twice. It's also available as session 409.

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1:00 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Management and Strategy

Focus: Games

You got the message about the value of games in helping people learn—and you buy in! Perhaps you’ve even built some games or selected a gamified learning platform. Having a good game or a well-designed gamified initiative is only half of the equation you need for success. The other half is a comprehensive, well-thought-out implementation strategy. Without it, your likelihood of deriving business value or learning results is low.

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1:00 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Development

Focus: Games

Everyone plays games, so why not use that interest to help them improve their performance? This session will address how instructional designers and learning professionals can develop a gamification culture in their organization. By describing and experiencing the difference between gamification and gaming, you will learn how to incorporate gaming techniques into traditional eLearning designs.

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1:00 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Design

Focus: Video

Visual directions provide the framework upon which producers, editors, and animators base their content production, and many IDs introduced to today’s expanding eLearning departments lack familiarity with and experience in writing targeted visual directions for video scripts. This can result in increased costs in the form of ongoing revisions and can undermine the quality of the final product.

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1:00 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Design

Focus: Games

Deconstructing Games is a new series of hands-on sessions where you’ll have the opportunity to play a game and then discuss how the mechanics in play can be applied in your own learning context.

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2:00 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Design

Focus: Games

Come see, hear, and do as you explore three levels of interactive learning experiences. This session will share three different use cases with increasing levels of interactivity for learners. You’ll hear about an eLearning course designed to improve a highly technical skill in learners; an interactive gaming experience that allows learners to record themselves and get involved; and a virtual reality experience that allows learners to interact with products directly. You will learn about approach, technology, and user experience, and you’ll gain tangible ideas and action items for creating your own interactive experience.

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2:00 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Design

Focus: Games

By making the transformation from the ordinary world of uninspiring online learning to the special world of deeply immersive and compelling online learning elements, you can create games that learners will engage with willingly, repeatedly, and excitedly. Embrace the call to adventure in this session, and return to your job with elixir!

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2:30 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Development

Focus: Video

Organizations often spend a lot of time and money to create awesome videos for learning, but don’t track how effective the videos are. How do you know if your videos are effective? Are learners watching the videos? For how long? Having this kind of data would help you create better and more effective videos, so how do you track these types of measurements?

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2:30 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Management and Strategy

Focus: Mobile

The mobile learning landscape is continually growing and shifting. As intimidating as those changes may be, organizations must be prepared to formulate and execute strategies to harness this growing technology. An understanding of the various devices, the appropriate content, the impact of mobile on traditional training and development, and how to make a business case for mobile in your organization are of key importance in navigating today’s mobile learning landscape.

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704 All About Audio

Concurrent Session

Ty Marbut

2:30 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Development

Focus: Video

Audio is easily neglected in online multimedia, especially for learners viewing on mobile devices with relatively substandard audio playback hardware (tiny speakers or earbuds). In fact, audio has not undergone the same rapid stylistic change that video has in the YouTube era—viewers still expect rich, clean, and well-balanced audio. Poor audio is always the first signal of an amateurish production.

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2:30 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Design

Focus: Mobile

As instructional designers skilled in eLearning design begin offering mobile experiences to learners, the ways in which they approach instructional design and development need to change. What works for a full-screen desktop experience doesn’t work on a mobile phone. So how can you shift your thinking to consider things like screen experience and what that means to learners? And once you’ve considered new design concerns and approaches, what development platforms should you consider to make your mobile design come to life?

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2:30 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Design

Focus: Mobile

Each year, PG&E Academy was spending nearly $1 million on printing costs to support required instructor-led training programs. Large binders of student materials had to be manually updated, and often would never be referenced again after training. PG&E Academy was driving to web-based training (WBT) and blended solutions that could leverage mobile devices; however, the organization needed to cover the costs of student tablets for use back on the job.

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2:30 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Development

Focus: Video

Shooting video according to the script is one thing, but what about when the content is the conversation, or an interview with live Q&A? What about when there is no power to call “Cut!” and start again? No fixing it in post? No webinar agenda? How can you best leverage live interactions without compromising the recorded asset?

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2:30 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Design

Focus: Mobile

Sales reps struggle to have quick and easy access to their product and services portfolio at the point of sale. Marketing, sales management, and L&D struggle to provide sales reps with the most up-to-date, consistent, and synthesized product messaging in an ongoing way. They also struggle to understand the impact their training is having on their sales reps.

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2:30 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Design

Focus: Games

Deconstructing Games is a new series of hands-on sessions where you’ll have the opportunity to play a game and then discuss how the mechanics in play can be applied in your own learning context.

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2:30 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Development

Focus: Games

In the beginning, gamification was shiny and new and full of promise. But its reputation quickly tarnished when people misused it as a quick fix to create learner engagement. There was too much focus on extrinsic rewards and on elements like points, badges, and leaderboards (PBLs) in ways devoid of meaning to the learner. But gamification is alive and well for those who dug deeper.

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2:30 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Development

Focus: Games

Many training professionals are reluctant to start developing game-based learning. They may mistakenly believe their success depends on being able to code as a programmer, being proficient in developing animations or virtual worlds, being able to illustrate as a state-of-the-art graphic designer, or being an expert videographer. By devaluing the effectiveness of low-cost, low-tech solutions, they lose the opportunity to convince key stakeholders to fund more ambitious projects.

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2:30 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Design

Focus: Games

Feeling like you can’t get past gamification? Tired of matching, memory, or Jeopardy-style games? Everyone hits creative road blocks. Maybe you see a great example of a learning game online, but feel held back creatively by learning objectives. How do you create a serious game while ensuring you meet your learning objectives?

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2:30 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Management and Strategy

Focus: Mobile

New for FocusOn this year! This is a popular session being offered twice. It's also available as session 904.

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4:00 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Design

Focus: Video

You would like to design and develop animated videos, but you’re not sure how to get started or apply the tools you have to create new content. You may have a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud but may not be sure how to get started with Adobe After Effects.

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4:00 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Development

Focus: Mobile

Building learning for mobile devices is not the same as building an eLearning module. At its most basic level, it requires tools and features with specific options that support mobile development. But it also requires you to take a different approach to how you should design your content. Great mobile content takes into account the needs of your mobile learners as well as the unique features that mobile learning can provide to them.

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4:00 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Management and Strategy

Focus: Mobile

Years of momentum have resulted in numerous use cases for teams seeking to leverage xAPI to better track, measure, and manage their mobile learning efforts. It’s clear that xAPI can improve the ways you create and deliver mobile content, track interactions, and measure performance. Armed with knowledge and the proverbial “Swiss Army knife” of xAPI functions, you can begin to “slice, saw, tweeze, and pick” your way through mobile training challenges.

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4:00 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Management and Strategy

Focus: Mobile,  Video

Professional development generally means taking time away from your work to go and learn a concept, then return to your team, who may have a “What are you going to make us do now?” attitude. Take a moment to think “what if.” What if professional development were delivered where and when it was important to you? What if you did not have to leave your team to participate in behavior-based professional development? What if your professional development created greater cohesion within your team? What if your professional development were focused directly on issues and content that were meaningful to you and your team?

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4:00 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Design

Focus: Video

Everyone has seen truly terrible training videos at some point—everything from awkward educational films that put you to sleep in school to unintentionally hilarious training videos that have you laughing more than learning. It’s abundantly clear that just because content has been put into video form doesn’t mean it’s something people want to watch. But while these training video failures may not be fantastic at what they were designed to do, there’s a surprising amount that we can learn from their mistakes.

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4:00 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Design

Focus: Video

Today, anyone with a smartphone has video capabilities—just look at the number and variety of videos posted on YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter. In addition to phones, you now have drone capabilities and cameras that you can attach to yourself and your pets or embed in your doorbell. The possibilities are seemingly endless. So how do you take advantage of these options for training?

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4:00 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Development

Focus: Video

The da Vinci Surgical System was an important medical innovation, but not necessarily one that was quick for hospital staff to learn to use. With such a complex product, hospital OR staff needed not only training on how to transport the system, set it up, and use it during surgery, but also follow-up support to help them master interacting with it in the hospital operating room. This support needed to be quick, so staff could quickly access the information necessary to work effectively with the system, and it needed to be available at any time and on any device. The solution was to blend video and performance support, creating a video portal staff could access at their exact time of need.

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4:00 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Design

Focus: Games

Many people in the eLearning realm are attempting to use gamification and serious games to spark employee engagement and drive learning retention. And while the intent is to make the best serious games that will enhance the learning objectives and help people retain content, unfortunately, they don’t always go as planned. Common issues with these unsuccessful serious games and gamified learning experiences include little to no planning, tough-to-pinpoint metrics, little to no implementation strategy, and insufficient or nonexistent post-deployment support. So what can you do to ensure your game-based project actually works?

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4:00 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Management and Strategy

Focus: Games

Gamification is not just a trend. It works—when done well. Unfortunately, many organizations get caught up in the “let’s gamify everything” hype and fail to properly align game mechanics to meaningful objectives. L&D professionals continue to face stakeholder and employee objections when attempting to introduce game-based concepts. They also run into conflicting priorities when multiple game ideas are implemented without a holistic vision for employee engagement.

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4:00 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Design

Focus: Games

Deconstructing Games is a new series of hands-on sessions where you’ll have the opportunity to play a game and then discuss how the mechanics in play can be applied in your own learning context.

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4:00 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Management and Strategy

Focus: Games

As technology continues to evolve, it creates new opportunities to let people play, explore, and learn from games that include video, animation, and biometric data, and from one another. How can these new technologies support immersive learning and enable you to re-create “real” experiences in learning games?

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4:00 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Management and Strategy

Focus: Mobile

Suggesting a mobile learning program can still raise some eyebrows in even the most progressive organizations. Concerns about security, cost, device type, and use are just a few of the barriers that can stall your efforts.

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4:00 PM Wed, June 21

Track: Management and Strategy

Focus: Games,  Mobile

Virtual reality has exploded over the last year, extending to conversations in the mobile, gaming, and video landscape. There’s a rapidly rising interest in how to use this new technology for learning and performance. With “VR” now one of the hottest buzzwords, how much is hype and how much is substance?

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8:30 AM Thu, June 22

Track: Design

Focus: Video

It seems video has been around forever. Video was a primary source of training for the military during World War II. Most classrooms used reel-to-reel players for video-based learning, a format that soon evolved into VHS/TV carts that easily rolled in and out of the room. In the early part of this century, video began to migrate online, but it’s only in recent years that the world of video has truly transformed itself and continues to do so rapidly. What lies ahead in the evolution of this powerful medium?

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8:30 AM Thu, June 22

Track: Design

Focus: Mobile

Developing mobile learning solutions can become complicated if you’re not careful. One wrong turn can leave you mired in extra work you didn’t anticipate. Sometimes this happens due to design decisions. In other cases, the problem stems from choosing the wrong tool, failing to set up templates properly, or any number of other issues. Thankfully, one of the best ways to figure out how to reduce or even avoid your development complexity is simple: Look at successes and snags from previous projects.

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8:30 AM Thu, June 22

Track: Development

Focus: Mobile,  Video

What’s the best camera for a shoot? The definitive answer is, “The one you have with you.” The ubiquity of the mobile camera means that when you’re in the presence of great instructional content, it can become video in seconds. In addition, viewers are developing a special respect for authentic-looking video—footage that looks raw, real, and genuine. This is why many training videographers have moved to iPhones as their main production equipment, even on high-production-value shoots. So how can you benefit from this stylistic trend?

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8:30 AM Thu, June 22

Track: Design

Focus: Mobile

Mobile and performance support seem like a perfect team. A just-in-time performance support system can improve efficiency, reduce errors, lessen the need for upfront training, and even improve morale; and mobile devices have tremendous potential to help workers solve problems on the go. That said, designing a mobile performance support solution requires a different mindset and approach than designing traditional training. So how can you best use this pairing to improve performance?

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8:30 AM Thu, June 22

Track: Management and Strategy

Focus: Mobile

New for FocusOn this year! This is a popular session being offered twice. It's also available as session 714.

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8:30 AM Thu, June 22

Track: Management and Strategy

Focus: Games,  Mobile

Mobile, video, gamification; these three trending industry technologies can increase learner engagement and drive business results (while hopefully adding some fun to the workday). Despite the sustained attention these technologies have received from learning leaders across organizations, many are still struggling to apply best practices when implementing them, or are finding subpar outcomes. A solution? Embrace outside-the-box thinking!

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8:30 AM Thu, June 22

Track: Design

Focus: Games

Instructional designers and writers are increasingly turning to branching scenarios as a way to embrace experiential learning and move beyond page-turners. But authoring an effective scenario is challenging, as the branches can become overwhelming. Moreover, if you don’t apply good game-design principles, the scenarios can turn out to be as flat, boring, and ineffective as a series of multiple-choice questions.

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8:30 AM Thu, June 22

Track: Design

Focus: Games

When a pet is undergoing anesthesia, the veterinary nurses who monitor that process are put in a high-stakes environment where the patient, not training, needs to be the focus. One organization wanted a way to bridge the gap between what veterinary nurses understood about the theories behind anesthesia monitoring, and effective real-world application of those principles. To solve this dilemma, the team needed to find a scalable solution to provide a lower-stakes environment, allowing nurses to practice the important patient assessment and remediation techniques they needed before they began actual anesthetic monitoring on the job.

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8:30 AM Thu, June 22

Track: Design

Focus: Games

Over the last decade, there has been industrywide emphasis on developing learning objects with embedded gamification elements. However, taking the concept of gamification past the singular learning objects to the more global, overall learner experience is more of a rarity.

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8:30 AM Thu, June 22

Track: Design

Focus: Games

We know that simulations are a fantastic way to allow people to practice skills in a realistic but safe environment that gives them the opportunity to learn from mistakes. However, actually sitting down and creating a simulation that feels real to your audience is definitely harder than it sounds. So learn from the industry that’s been successfully simulating real and imagined situations for years: video games! Video games aren’t just a fun diversion, there’s also a lot in common between how they’re created and the way a strong simulation should be designed.

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8:30 AM Thu, June 22

Track: Design

Focus: Games

Deconstructing Games is a new series of hands-on sessions where you’ll have the opportunity to play a game and then discuss how the mechanics in play can be applied in your own learning context.

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10:00 AM Thu, June 22

Track: Design

Focus: Mobile

The role of the learning developer is expanding in scope and responsibility. Today’s learning professionals need to understand how to use mobile devices to deliver useful content at the time of need. They have to consider the complete user experience, including user context, device capabilities, mobile interface design, and audience personas. And they have to understand how all of these variables translate into a memorable experience for their audience.

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10:00 AM Thu, June 22

Track: Design

Focus: Mobile

As companies support using more devices to access training content, the balance between standardizing the training experience and supporting learning on the go becomes more challenging. There are distinct differences when accessing content on a computer versus a tablet or smartphone, including screen size, ways to interact with the content, and sometimes even people’s expectations of the experience. Is one experience better than the other? And is it possible to support both well?

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10:00 AM Thu, June 22

Track: Management and Strategy

Focus: Video

Video is trending in L&D for good reasons. When video-based learning projects go right, they can resonate well with their audience and make a huge impact. However, when they go wrong, they can go very, very wrong. Why? Because there’s a substantial amount of financial, legal, branding, security, and relationship risk introduced when incorporating video into your learning strategy. So how can you safely create a more video-centric culture? And what processes and protocols need to be in place before you move forward?

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10:00 AM Thu, June 22

Track: Design

Focus: Mobile

Increasingly more participants in live online virtual training classes are joining by mobile device—which means they connect via the platform app instead of using the full desktop program. While this gives people substantially more flexibility in where and when they can access virtual training, it has a big drawback as well. Most virtual training designs assume that all tools and features will be available for learning activities, but most virtual classroom apps only have limited features. Given this challenge, it can be tricky to know how best to design virtual training content that’s engaging but that every member of your audience can fully experience.

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10:00 AM Thu, June 22

Track: Design

Focus: Video

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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10:00 AM Thu, June 22

Track: Development

Focus: Mobile,  Video

With an ever-increasing number of people spending more time watching online video than they do watching TV, it’s no surprise that the demand for video content is higher than ever. As you might expect, this trend is also leading to a higher expectation for video communication and training in the workplace. Fortunately, as it continues to grow in popularity, video is also becoming easier and more cost-effective for anyone to produce as long as they have the right tools to help.

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10:00 AM Thu, June 22

Track: Management and Strategy

Focus: Video

Videos in learning isn't new, but the video medium is seeing rapid expansion in use, from microlearning to interactivity. Before you can move forward, you need buy-in, and that can be challenging. Barriers to approval can range from bandwidth and hosting to skill sets and equipment costs.

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10:00 AM Thu, June 22

Track: Design

Focus: Video

Learning videos can range from astoundingly effective to painfully bad. And while most people can at least create content that avoids the latter category, it’s not always easy to know what makes the difference between video content that truly resonates with your audience and content that is fine but forgettable. Thankfully, one of the best solutions is to take a closer look at examples that work well.

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10:00 AM Thu, June 22

Track: Design

Focus: Games

Deconstructing Games is a new series of hands-on sessions where you’ll have the opportunity to play a game and then discuss how the mechanics in play can be applied in your own learning context.

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10:00 AM Thu, June 22

Track: Design

Focus: Games

Deconstructing Games is a new series of hands-on sessions where you’ll have the opportunity to play a game and then discuss how the mechanics in play can be applied in your own learning context.

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10:00 AM Thu, June 22

Track: Development

Focus: Video

New for FocusOn this year! This is a popular session being offered twice. It's also available as session 506.

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