Sharing What Works

March 22 – 24, 2017 Orlando, FL

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eLearning Guild

The eLearning Guild is the oldest and most trusted source of information, networking, and community for eLearning professionals. As a member-driven organization, the Guild produces a countless number of resources all devoted to the idea that the people who know the most about making eLearning successful are the people who produce eLearning every day in corporate, government, and academic settings. Our goal is to create a place where eLearning professionals can share their knowledge, expertise, and ideas to build a better industry—and better learning experiences—for everyone.

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Conferences

The Guild produces several conferences, including DevLearn, Learning Solutions, and Realities360. Learn more.

Learning Solutions

eLearning industry’s oldest and most trusted source for information on eLearning. Learn more.

Online Conferences

Online conferences take an in-depth look at contentious topics in our industry. Learn more.

Guild Research 

Guild Research produces reports and resources to help you understand the depth of our field. Learn more.

Webinars

Connect directly with learning experts and discover ideas, tips, and techniques to help you improve your skills. Learn more.

Newsletters

Insider and Update newsletters are quick-reads designed to keep you updated on Guild news and important industry topics.

Guild For Good

This program celebrates those in our community who go above and beyond to create a better tomorrow for all. Learn more.

Job Board

Post your resume, find a great new job, or a great new employee using The eLearning Guild Job Board. Take a look at the Job Board.

Other Benefits

Annual Salary & Compensation Report, conference handouts, networking opportunities, and more.

Sessions in Block 4

4:00 PM Wed, March 22

Track: Instructional Design

By creating a learner profile, you will be better able to avoid building training that is ineffective, undesirable, and lacking relevance for your learners. By doing research up front about all aspects of your learners, you will be able to leverage those details to create impactful training that will capture their attention.

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4:00 PM Wed, March 22

Track: Management and Strategy

Since the 1970s, waterfall methodologies such as ADDIE have been accepted as the standard development approach for eLearning. Today, many organizations are required to keep up with rapidly changing content while also decreasing the time to deliver new courses. Traditional waterfall methodologies have become inefficient, and eLearning professionals have started looking to incorporate agile concepts into their processes to keep up with this new rate of change.

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4:00 PM Wed, March 22

Track: Media

You asked your voice-over artist for a natural, conversational recording, but what you got back is stiff and formal. You waste time going back and forth with voice-over talent about pronunciation or rewording. Too often, you need to re-record voice-over due to errors or confusion. You need a process to make your script writing more efficient and effective.

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4:00 PM Wed, March 22

Track: Games and Gamification

To support development of a graduate course on serious games at DePaul University, a yearlong study examined the questions to be addressed by this new mode of learning and assessments. Can you encourage people to experience failure in the spirit of learning? Can you build reflection and feedback loops into the learning process? Can you help people further develop their capacities for social interaction and collaborative problem-solving?

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4:00 PM Wed, March 22

Track: Data and Measurement

All groups within an organization need some way to demonstrate their value. However, unlike sales, L&D generally doesn’t have hard data to measure results. In the past, most learning departments have been limited to measuring only whether their users had accessed their programs—not the strongest metric of how their work contributed to the organization. But L&D isn’t the only group that faces these measurement challenges. Marketing also has similar barriers to finding data that shows its value, but some have found creative solutions to this issue. What can L&D learn from marketing when it comes to measurement?

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4:00 PM Wed, March 22

Track: Video

Having an educated team isn’t just a best practice; it’s a requirement. The more educated the team, the healthier the bottom line. The challenge lies in keeping teams informed and wanting to learn more about their roles in the industry. With dry content centered around policies and procedures, how do you create a story that engages a learner and makes an impact? By using animated videos that are relatable and fun!

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4:00 PM Wed, March 22

Track: Tools

Creating effective learning experiences is not a job for a novice, although many novices are thrown into the role of instructional designer or 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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4:00 PM Wed, March 22

Track: Virtual Classroom

With the business world changing at an ever-increasing pace, even L&D strategies that have served you well in the past may not be as effective in the present. At Aflac, one challenge was a traditional ILT approach to training that just wasn’t the right fit for the company anymore. The team knew that by aligning learning strategies and solutions to emerging technologies, they could not only make a bigger impact on the people taking their training, but also make an overwhelming impact on the company’s bottom line. And the change they made to do this was a shift to virtual.

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4:00 PM Wed, March 22

Track: Instructional Design

Organizations implement new software all the time, especially with the constantly changing technology landscape. A healthcare organization was tasked with training thousands of non-clinical associates, nurses, and physicians when it implemented a new electronic health record. The burning question was: How do you teach people new software in a way that sticks? How do you provide learners with authentic context to practice what they’ll actually do on the job?

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4:00 PM Wed, March 22

Track: Virtual Classroom

Webinar presenter shows up late? Someone’s dog won’t stop barking? Meeting room crashes? Audio problems? Virtual classroom issues like these can seem impossible to overcome when they’re happening live. The presenters of this session feel your pain and have been there too—and they’re happy to share what they’ve learned from experiencing these kinds of virtual classroom snags themselves.

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4:00 PM Wed, March 22

Track: Media

You’ve put hours and hours into analyzing content, spent days painstakingly storyboarding your product and drafting the scripts, carefully thought about the navigation choices—and yet you’re still met with “Great, but can you make it look nicer/better/modern/pretty?” when you show it to your client or stakeholders. What more can you do when you’ve utilized sound learning theory and development strategies, but you’re still expected to be a graphic designer on top of it all?

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4:00 PM Wed, March 22

Track: Management and Strategy

In recent years, learning has moved closer to the workplace. Classrooms have moved out of corporate learning centers and into training rooms co-located with offices. Providers are delivering online learning directly to the desktop more than ever before. The next challenge is to move learning directly into the workflow. To do this, you need to move beyond course delivery and into a broader, more comprehensive and strategic approach that focuses not just on learning, but on performance and productivity.

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4:00 PM Wed, March 22

Track: Management and Strategy

When one employee joined Purch, she was tasked with “mission impossible”: to build a learning organization from scratch for an extremely diverse workforce with limited manpower. After extensive analysis, she realized employees were learning much more from informal resources than conventional means. By transforming their mindsets and making smart investments in technology, Purch was able to create a learning organization that boosts engagement and contributes to a healthy learning culture.

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4:00 PM Wed, March 22

Track: Data and Measurement

You’re excited about the promise of an xAPI-enabled world, but you have a learning management system (LMS) and a host of SCORM-based courses that you need. You’ll need to make some strategic decisions, stay flexible, and manage the transition over time. What if you could get the most out of both an LMS and a learning record store (LRS) at the same time as you move to your next-generation learning and performance infrastructure?

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4:00 PM Wed, March 22

Track: Management and Strategy

Explore the results of a yearlong benchmarking study done with eight leading learning departments who have been implementing workflow learning for many years. If you’re struggling with the technologies, methodologies, change management, and approaches needed to grow your learning organization into an ecosystem that not only includes workflow learning, but places it front and center in your design, you’ll not want to miss this session.

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