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Huge announcement, everyone. Are you sitting down?


We’re so excited. We did something kind of crazy and went ahead and reserved a second booth on the expo floor. For ourselves, yes. I’ll explain, don’t worry.

But first, I wanted to share some DevLearn sessions that we really think you should check out.

We’re excited about all of our learning stage sessions all of DevLearn pretty much, but there are a few eLearning Rockstars Learning Stage sessions that I specifically want to highlight here.

Training That’s “Lit”: Engaging with Generation Z Learners

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM Wednesday, October 24

Why I’m excited about this one: I got a glimpse of the content we developed for Sigma Chi during a previous eLearning Brothers webinar and it looked amazing. Appealing to younger learners is always a hot topic in corporate training, so I think attendees will come away with a lot of good ideas from this session.

Getting Started with xAPI in Rapid Authoring Tools

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM Thursday, October 25

Why I’m excited about this one: One word—xAPI. This new tracking standard is really taking off and has the potential to transform eLearning. Now is the time to pick it up if you haven’t already.

Creating a Learning Strategy for Maximum Impact

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM Wednesday, October 24

Why I’m excited about this one: Marty Rosenheck, our Director of Talent & Development Consulting is presenting this session. Attending this one will give you a great introduction to TREK Learning Experience Manager, a new offering from eLearning Brothers. TREK makes it easy to manage, track, and measure informal and experiential learning.

If you want to learn more about TREK, or can’t make Marty’s Learning Stage session, stop by our new second booth (accepting booth nickname suggestions now), Booth 829 to talk to a friendly orange-shirted eLearning Rockstar.

(Here’s a secret… That iPad giveaway you may have heard about from us… Scheduling a demo at DevLearn for TREK will also enter you into the raffle for a chance to win an iPad. BUT DON’T TELL ANYONE ELSE. This is just between us, loyal blog readers.)

Marty is actually going to be ALL OVER DevLearn. First, he’s presenting a certificate workshop on Tuesday before DevLearn kicks off. Then, he’s presenting the eLearning Rockstars Learning Stage Session on Wednesday that I just mentioned. On Thursday, he’s doing a concurrent session. And finally, any time he’s not giving a session, he’ll be at Booth 829 talking to all of YOU about TREK Learning Experience Manager. He is going to be BUSY!


Let’s talk about Marty’s certificate workshop: Becoming a Learning Experience Designer

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM Tuesday, October 23

“Instructional design” is too limited now as it deals with “instruction,” which is only a small part of the learning process. It’s time to think differently about how to design learning programs that integrate formal, informal, and on-the-job learning. Learning experience design (LXD) is a method of facilitating skill development by providing learners with a systematic set of experiences supported by content, feedback mechanisms, and technology.

In this workshop, you’ll begin the process of transitioning from instructional designer to learning experience designer. You’ll see how to leverage technology, especially mobile and the Experience API (xAPI), to deliver, capture, and track learning experiences. You’ll see examples of LXD in action. You’ll get to practice applying the six-step learning experience design process to your own projects. You’ll leave with a set of research-based guidelines for designing, structuring, and sequencing experiences into optimized learning paths.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to design effective learning experiences
  • How to employ learning technology ecosystems to implement and track learning experiences
  • How to apply parent disciplines (like cognitive science, user experience design, information design, and design thinking) to learning design
  • How to create and sequence a systematic set of learning experiences that lead to improved job performance
  • How to encourage the organizational and cultural changes needed to make learning experience design work
  • How to use technology to measure the effectiveness of learning experiences

All participants will receive a certificate documenting their participation in pre-conference workshops from The eLearning Guild.


Make sure you check out this concurrent session: Practical Guidelines from Cognitive Science for Creating Awesome Learning

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Thursday, October 25

A lot is known about how people learn and develop skills. Cognitive science research on learning, behavior change, and development of expertise has provided a wealth of information. Unfortunately, much of that wisdom is locked in journal articles and dense books, so designers of learning experiences often rely on traditional methods that may or may not be supported by science.

This session will provide you with seven practical guidelines that have been distilled from the research for designing excellent learning experiences. For each guideline, you will find out how it was derived from the research and theory, see examples of how it has been implemented in the workplace, and discuss how it can be applied to improve your own designs. You’ll leave with solid takeaways that you can use to create truly awesome learning experiences that really get results.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Seven research-based guidelines for learning experience design
  • How these guidelines can be used to create learning activities that get results
  • How these guidelines apply to formal, on-the-job, and social learning experiences
  • Things to stop doing because they are NOT supported by the research


Here’s the lowdown on the second booth.

Basically, we thought to ourselves, “We’re bringing so much awesomeness to DevLearn, how could we contain it to one booth?” So, at Booth 528 we’ll be talking all about Customizable Courseware and our constantly-growing libraries of templates and assets like icons, stock photos, audio and video, and more. And at Booth 829 we’ll be diving deep into TREK Learning Experience Manager and all things learning experience design and custom development. Of course, we’ll still talk to you about whatever product offering you want, no matter which booth you come to. However, we know our booth can get pretty crowded at times, so this year we’re going to try to spread it out a little bit. This way, you’ll have more space and more time to talk to someone one-on-one about how you can become an eLearning Rockstar.

We can’t wait to see you at DevLearn!

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