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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 5

10:45 AM Thu, March 23

Track: Management and Strategy

Convincing sales professionals to take the time for career development is an age-old challenge. They just want to sell! However, for them to be most effective at their job they need development—especially at the beginning of their careers. So how do you provide the in-depth sales development content that they need in a way they’ll actually engage with?                                

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10:45 AM Thu, March 23

Track: Instructional Design

eLearning and instructional professionals constantly crave new approaches to design, and they regularly grapple with how best to incorporate design thinking into their workflows. Many experienced designers find themselves struggling to enhance usability, influence perception, and make better design decisions. For the instructional designer, the ability to add techniques that “teach through design” can validate creative prowess and yield enhanced interactive and visual solutions in learning materials.

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10:45 AM Thu, March 23

Track: Tools

While instructional design and effective learning approaches are paramount in eLearning, aesthetics can’t be ignored either. That’s because the page layouts and overall design of your projects influence both your client’s feelings about the quality of your work and your audience’s confidence in the course. But most instructional designers and developers aren’t trained graphic designers, leaving them at a disadvantage when it comes to building professional, modern eLearning projects.

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10:45 AM Thu, March 23

Track: Games and Gamification

Many L&D professionals have found that the traditional approach to online courses doesn’t always generate consistent quality when it comes to learning outcomes. Because of this, it’s tempting to try new approaches to solve this dilemma, such as gamification and other strategies. But without a deeper understanding of how to apply these new approaches in a meaningful way, you could end up just using superficial applications of them and miss out on their ability to increase knowledge transfer.

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10:45 AM Thu, March 23

Track: Management and Strategy

Social and informal learning are happening in your organization. The degree to which they happen varies due to context, tools, and culture. Regardless, each is a significant factor in individual, and therefore organizational, performance—too much so to ignore. The 70:20:10 principle and framework approach addresses these issues, but making this vision a reality has been a difficult undertaking due to traditional views about learning.

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10:45 AM Thu, March 23

Track: Video

Video is rapidly becoming a much more common method of learning delivery than it was even a few years ago. But when you get started with video, it’s important to recognize that you can’t just use the exact same approaches you used in the past for creating eLearning or ILT—this medium has its own unique design rules. To use video as effectively as possible in L&D, you need to look at how this medium really works—from a neurological and a practical point of view—and how that affects the way you design content for it.

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10:45 AM Thu, March 23

Track: Media

Support for Flash continues to erode. Mobile browsers stopped playing Flash years ago, and reports suggest the end of full support for Flash in Google’s Chrome browser is imminent. More and more, it’s becoming obvious that Flash is not a long-term solution. But if you have Flash content in your online training materials, what can you do about it other than completely rebuild?

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10:45 AM Thu, March 23

Track: Virtual Classroom

Virtual classrooms are increasingly popular due to the ability for learners from any location to access education in real time with a teacher, and to participate in an environment that simulates a face-to-face classroom. However, a major area of concern has emerged: the tendency for learners to multitask, rather than remain attentive and focus on the content being delivered.

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10:45 AM Thu, March 23

Track: Management and Strategy

L&D personnel, from learning leaders to instructional designers to technology innovators, all face a common challenge: how to secure executive buy-in for the tools and resources necessary to create powerful learning experiences.

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10:45 AM Thu, March 23

Track: Tools

L&D practitioners have always struggled with extending the learning experience to help make workplace learning less of a one-time event and more of a long-term process. Social tools are one way to shift this approach, offering great opportunities for increasing our reach before, during, and after formal training. But sometimes when using social tools in the same ways we use them in our personal lives, we miss opportunities to leverage them differently to support extended learning and engagement with our audience. There's so much more that these tools have to offer than just asking people to join discussion groups!

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10:45 AM Thu, March 23

Track: Mobile

In today’s device-rich world, it’s absolutely essential to make your eLearning courses available on all devices, irrespective of their varying screen sizes, in the best possible manner. Creating responsive courses helps you achieve this goal.

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10:45 AM Thu, March 23

Track: Management and Strategy

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

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10:45 AM Thu, March 23

Track: Data and Measurement

When a new LMS administrator joined Whole Foods Market, she found herself in a decentralized organization right in the middle of scoping out a new LMS implementation. In only six months she would need to take this project from the early stages all the way to a systems launch. While not everyone may face this exact situation, if you’re considering implementing a new LMS, chances are you’ll experience many of the same pain points and challenges she had to face to make the launch happen.

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10:45 AM Thu, March 23

Track: Performance Support

Knowledge retention for traditional training events is often low. Don’t worry about it. Instead, invest where all learning and performance support really happens—the classroom (10 percent), from colleagues (20 percent), and on the job (70 percent). The magic happens when you can develop and maintain all content in one effort and use it everywhere; that includes at your fingertips—when, where, and how you need it. 

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10:45 AM Thu, March 23

Track: Performance Support

“If you taught them this, why don’t they do it?” Educational services staff at Saint Vincent Hospital got tired of hearing this question and started looking for a new learning paradigm for the institution. They found a solution in performance support. By blending learning opportunities and performance support for associates before a class, during a class, and on the job, organizations are able to significantly impact job performance.

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