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.

All Learning Stage Sessions

10:00 AM Wed, March 22

Track: Mobile

Are you looking for amazing ways to create content using your mobile device? In this session, you will learn how to use your phone or tablet to brainstorm, create audio- and video-based recordings, and animate, using several mind-blowing apps. You’ll leave the session feeling inspired, and you’ll have practical information to apply to one or more apps when you get back to your device. 

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11:00 AM Wed, March 22

Track: Video

Retention and engagement are two drivers you focus on when trying to design effective learning experiences. That said, it can be difficult to find solutions that manage to retain your audience’s interest, present the content you need them to know, test their knowledge, and adjust materials based on the results. But a blending of technologies is emerging that uses the pairing of attention-grabbing media with more adaptive approaches to achieve all these goals and more: interactive video.

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11:00 AM Wed, March 22

Track: Media

Augmented reality has been around for decades, but it has recently resurfaced and become a hot topic. Every day you are bombarded with new solutions utilizing this idea. However, many of them just multiply the simplistic and common way of thinking. People used to associate AR with mobiles and glasses. Is this field really so limited? Let’s redefine augmented reality to find new ways of designing innovative and disruptive learning solutions.

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11:00 AM Wed, March 22

Track: Instructional Design

Sales training can often seem like the toughest nut to crack. You plan, design, learn new tools, hire consultants, and still you haven’t moved the needle. The sales team is the lifeblood of the company, generating revenue every day. The demand is high and the pressure strong. Those who are charged with training them face an equal challenge: improve productivity, accelerate deals, and enable individual and team success. How can you accomplish it, especially if you are a team of one?

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12:00 PM Wed, March 22

Track: Tools

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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12:00 PM Wed, March 22

Track: Games and Gamification

Eight seconds: That’s the time you have to grab an employee’s attention. Five minutes: That’s how long you can hold it. Both are down by 50 percent in 10 years. Twenty-one: That’s the number of times people shift attention between smartphone, tablet, and laptop. What’s causing this attention deficit problem? Every day hundreds of emails, chats, texts, notifications, calls, and meetings compete for your employees’ attention. 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 and play the Jump Game. High score at the session wins a $250 gift certificate.

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12:00 PM Wed, March 22

Track: Instructional Design

Whether you are creating a new project, developing an app, or launching a new platform, come learn about the latest strategies in brainstorming, prototyping, and designing your experiences. This session will highlight tools, techniques, and workflows to help you kick off any project the right way. Learn how to communicate a concept, beginning with low-fidelity prototypes; gather user feedback; and translate into high-fidelity prototypes before you start development. Get pumped and ready to get ideas out of your head and make them reality!

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1:00 PM Wed, March 22

Track: Management and Strategy

Managing eLearning projects so that they meet requirements and finish on time and on budget can be tricky! Project scope might be a moving target, development never-ending, and reviews subjective at best. Sure, there’s a body of project management knowledge out there, but how do you determine just how much project management you need?

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1:00 PM Wed, March 22

Track: Data and Measurement

Education providers know that taking online courses isn’t the only way to learn. They want to invent new learning formats and experiences that better meet their members’ needs. However, the types of learning opportunities trackable by traditional learning management systems (LMSs) is limited. The Experience API (xAPI) specification is flexible enough to track a wide range of experiences, but it’s a new technology, and barriers to adoption still exist.

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1:00 PM Wed, March 22

Track: Tools

Do you have a large number of similar courses to develop in a short amount of time? Is it painful for you to build one-off custom courses for material that just changes slightly? Would you like to build an efficient course development template so that all of your courses have the same look and feel, can be rapidly produced, and still can be customized? JavaScript with Storyline is the answer!

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2:00 PM Wed, March 22

Track: Mobile

When new hires start, they usually feel excited but overwhelmed by the volume of learning required to become job-ready. An easily accessible line manager has a significant positive impact on the learning curve; however, managers are often very stretched themselves with tactical responsibilities, which can result in the needs of new recruits being relegated. In this session, you will learn proven techniques on structuring an effective mobile program that fully supports your new hires. This includes blended learning activities, tracking progress via powerful reporting capabilities, and connecting new hires to a focused network of subject matter experts who can provide virtual check-ins and feedback.

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2:00 PM Wed, March 22

Track: Games and Gamification

Are you using a PowerPoint-based eLearning tool only using half of its capabilities? Do you wish that you could add gamification to your eLearning and/or classroom content, but you’re not a scripting or programming wizard? This session will explore several easy ways that PowerPoint-based eLearning tools can help you achieve gamification for your learning content without any typing of scripting/programming code. If you would like to learn some easy PowerPoint and QuizMaker tricks to achieve gamification, and you don’t have programming or scripting expertise, this session is for you!

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3:00 PM Wed, March 22

Track: Mobile

When creating mobile learning, serious issues exist with the level of interactivity, adaptive screen layouts for multiple modalities, the time and resources needed to create the solutions, and the lack of a highly efficient method to update content that does not take significant time or a programmer.

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3:00 PM Wed, March 22

Track: Tools

Many people in L&D work with technology that does their coding for them, enabling them to create something exciting without really understanding the code behind it. But if you don’t know how something works, then you can’t possibly control it, mold it, or make it better. The thing decides how it works, and you must simply abide. That’s why, even if you have no intention of making coding your full-time job, it can still be handy to have a basic understanding of how it works and when just a small amount of coding can make what you create even better.

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3:00 PM Wed, March 22

Track: Instructional Design

When your organization is located all across North America, it’s no surprise that it can be a challenge to deliver in-person sales training events. Sylvan Learning needed to find a different approach, and the best option was a blended one. But while blended learning made strategic sense, the team still needed to find a way to use this approach to engage learners while still providing the same level of interactivity as an instructor-led event.

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4:00 PM Wed, March 22

Track: Management and Strategy

You’ve seen it happen: Your eLearning project was making great progress when it hit the snag of the weedy review process. Stakeholders contributed feedback that needed to be addressed but that set the project back substantially. If only you had known sooner! While this is a common problem, there are steps you can take to ensure both that your stakeholders are heard from and that your projects move forward on schedule.

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4:00 PM Wed, March 22

Track: Media

In L&D, keeping people engaged and interested in the content you’re sharing with them is one of your primary goals. But in order to ensure what you’re designing feels fresh and current, it’s important to look for inspiration not just within the L&D industry, but in other industries that have similar goals. And one of the most innovative sources you can look to is web design. Like in L&D, web designers need to catch and keep the attention of a busy and easily distracted audience, and the design trends that have sprung up in this industry can help you find new ways to reach the people you’re creating content for.

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4:00 PM Wed, March 22

Track: Instructional Design

Instructional design focuses on only a small portion of the learning process—instruction. Much learning also happens through experience, supported by social feedback, content, and some formal instruction (70:20:10 sums it up). This broader approach that looks at the entire learning process goes by a different name: learning experience design (LXD). And while instructional design isn’t dead as a concept, it is finding itself being subsumed by LXD, allowing for a deeper perspective on how designers can provide the experiences that people need to develop job skills.

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5:15 PM Wed, March 22

Track: Instructional Design

Have you always wanted to play Family Feud but are a bit camera shy? Now is your opportunity! Join this session during the expo reception, where we’ll be looking for audience participation to field two “family” teams. Topics may include best practices, emerging trends and technologies, and common pain points. A game of Family Feud wouldn’t be complete without each member of the winning “family” going home with a prize! Each member of the winning team will walk away with a Bose Wireless Speaker. Let’s play the Feud!

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10:00 AM Thu, March 23

Track: Data and Measurement

Analysts and L&D experts agree that there is a massive shift happening in the world of learning technology. Data suggests that the LMS category is in the late stage of eLearning’s product lifecycle, but what’s next? Analysts like Ambient Insight, Brandon Hall, and Bersin by Deloitte are in agreement that the market can expect to see rapid migration to “more efficient knowledge and learning transfer products.” Join this session to learn five key reasons why the LMS is failing L&D organizations; the role that the LMS can still play in a modern learning ecosystem; and when to consider a full replacement of the LMS vs. selecting add-on technologies to help modernize. You’ll also hear about examples of organizations that have successfully made the shift.

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10:00 AM Thu, March 23

Track: Tools

Your goal is to provide learners with a terrific learning experience on whatever device they might be using. But spending countless hours tweaking content for various screens when there’s a fast-approaching deadline doesn’t seem like a great solution. Help is on the way! In this session you’ll find out how mobile eLearning development just got easy with the hot new apps in Articulate 360.

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10:00 AM Thu, March 23

Track: Tools

Let’s face it: we all need a little help sometimes. Whether you’re a manager, an instructional designer, a developer, a programmer, or some combination—no matter what your role is, sooner or later you need to choose an authoring tool to develop eLearning content. But how to decide? In this topic, we’ll discuss various criteria and decision points to help you figure out which authoring tool is the best fit for you. At the end of the presentation, attendees will be provided with their own essential checklist to help them choose.

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11:00 AM Thu, March 23

Track: Instructional Design

How do you take a traditional learning experience like new hire training and radically reimagine it for today’s learner? More importantly, why should you want to change your approach? There’s a growing consensus in the L&D industry that new employees learn more on the job than they do through formal learning events. Nonetheless, L&D is in a unique position to shape the experience of new employees from day one, which presents a prime opportunity to create a lasting impact as they begin their new roles.

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11:00 AM Thu, March 23

Track: Media

Great design and intriguing media can do a lot to add clarity and interest to your content. Unfortunately, these things aren’t the easiest to include when you don’t have a design background or the budget to hire someone who does. But does this challenging situation mean that professional-looking design and media is completely out of reach? No. It just means you need to find inexpensive options to help you out.

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11:00 AM Thu, March 23

Track: Video

2-D video is an important and engaging component of training programs and curricula around the world, but learners see only the linear path the video projects. What if you created a more immersive world for your learners, and gave them control of what to focus on and explore, by allowing them to see everything around them?

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12:00 PM Thu, March 23

Track: Performance Support

In this session, you will learn how to create and deliver formal and informal learning content with a single holistic solution. Come see a demonstration of the product that Brandon Hall rated the Gold Winner in the performance support category. You will also hear how companies are consolidating their content development, management, and delivery systems to a single, easy-to-manage global solution to address a wide range of learning and performance support needs.

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12:00 PM Thu, March 23

Track: Media

Is it possible to use virtual reality and augmented reality for your organization’s training on a budget? In this session, you’ll explore some amazing virtual and augmented reality training examples, bust some common myths about the hot new platform taking the consumer technology world by storm, and learn how you can integrate virtual and augmented realities into your training in a practical, powerful, and cost-effective manner.

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12:00 PM Thu, March 23

Track: Instructional Design

This session is a regulatory training case study focusing on a competency course that works on any device, tablet, or PC and provides xAPI analytics and competency data. This approach allows for third-party hosted training to be distributed through content providers by integrating to LMSs using SCORM, AICC, or APIs provided by the LMS or other systems. Along with diagrams of the same approach with multiple Riptide Elements clients, the session will focus on the case study as an innovative solution for food safety team members who manufacture and supply FDA-regulated products around the world.

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1:00 PM Thu, March 23

Track: Media

For years Flash was the dominant tool for creating slick, professional-looking animations. But with Flash now on its way out and HTML5 becoming the new standard, what should you be using to create your custom animation projects? Have you heard about Adobe Animate? This tool is Adobe’s replacement for Flash Professional; it will allow you to create the same kinds of detailed animations, but now with new features as well as an output that’s compatible with the technology and devices your audience is using to view your content.

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1:00 PM Thu, March 23

Track: Instructional Design

The ability to plan and execute successful events, promotions, and incentives is a key skill for any sales professional. But, what if your salespeople are dispersed? How can they get the support they need when they need it? How do they know if they’re making the right decisions? And, most importantly, how can an organization ensure that these sales events are worth the investment in the first place?

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1:00 PM Thu, March 23

Track: Management and Strategy

Our training team faced a serious challenge when we inherited a nation-wide network of manufacturing sites with no formal on-boarding programs. The current training most people were doing was overwhelming, with new employees expected to go through over 200 procedural documents, dozens of PowerPoints presentations, and site-determined on-the-job training. No surprise, this chaotic approach led to low moral, high turnover, and numerous production errors. We knew we needed to rethink this on-boarding, but how?

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2:00 PM Thu, March 23

Track: Tools

Take an in-depth look at the tools, designs, and technologies you should focus on in learning today, and at what’s just around the corner. This session will dissect technologies that will enhance learning and show you how to integrate them into your solutions. What can you learn from the buzz and new tools appearing in the consumer and corporate environments, and how can you take advantage of them to help your users learn? This fun session will give you dozens of ideas and reboot your brain for fresh perspectives on how to enhance your learning today.

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2:00 PM Thu, March 23

Track: Virtual Classroom

As more corporations adopt virtual training, the challenge of how to keep participants actively engaged and learning continues to grow. Technology drives these virtual sessions and can inhibit or advance learning based on the tools offered, the instructors’ knowledge of the technology, and their desire to offer more than a lecture-based program. Until recently, technology allowed only a one-dimensional approach to virtual training; now, technology has expanded virtual learning capabilities beyond what can be accomplished in traditional classroom settings. Explore the possibilities of conducting virtual learning sessions that are activity-based and focused on the learning environment.

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2:00 PM Thu, March 23

Track: Games and Gamification

Microlearning is a very potent tool to drive knowledge retention and behavioral change. This session will show you how to take advantage of what research says about gamification and microlearning, how to apply it to the employee journey, and how to correlate learning with performance measurement and learning paths.

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