The DevLearn eLearning Rockstar Stage Reveal

We have our very own Learning Stage at DevLearn this year! Dreams do come true, kids. Don’t worry, we won’t be subjecting you to middle school clarinet recitals, embarrassing talent shows, or bad karaoke (hopefully not, anyway). We know that with great power comes great responsibility. That’s why we carefully selected some of the industry’s best thought leaders and game changers to present TWO DAYS of rockstar sessions for you.

Being an eLearning Rockstar is more than just having flashy design with a whiz-bang quiz at the end. It’s about having a 360° understanding of the principles, ideas, and practicalities for successful eLearning. Stop by the eLearning Rockstar stage—conveniently located near the eLearning Brothers booth—to learn new techniques, see new tools, and become an eLearning Rockstar.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at what we have on the schedule!

WEDNESDAY SESSIONS

 

Train Your Brain with Games!

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM | Wednesday, October 25

Stephen Baer, The Game Agency

Most companies agree that people are their most important asset. In properly developing those human assets, companies seek long-term success through increased productivity, improved longevity, and other benefits. Then why are so many companies not realizing the best return from their training investment? The answer: poor retention of training materials.

During this session, You will learn how complementing your training materials with games will boost employee engagement and yield significantly increased retention. Games deliver lots of actionable data to measure effectiveness, both individually and through group learning, showing gaps and areas to optimize for a continuous cycle of improvement.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How playing games can improve problem-solving skills and learning abilities
  • How playing games can boost the formation of new memories
  • How games stimulate mental cognition and produce positive brain changes
  • How playing immersive, exploratory games are a workout for the brain and can drive home on-the-job skills

Audience:

Novice to advanced designers, developers, project managers, managers, directors, and senior leaders.

Technology discussed in this session:

A variety of web-based multi-player games showcased on mobile/tablets/kiosks.

About your presenter:

stephen baerStephen Baer, managing partner at The Game Agency (TGA), creates digital solutions that acquire and activate audiences. Stephen and TGA have developed award-winning game-based solutions that have been used to onboard new employees for sales and product training, security, compliance, processes, customer service, and many other training topics. His primary responsibility has been to oversee the creative execution of campaign rollouts. Stephen helps companies design and deploy smart, scalable communication strategies to acquire and retain audiences while creating and optimizing interactive training content. Stephen leaves lasting impressions and produces proven results across earned, owned, paid, and shared media.

 

Rockin’ Responsive Design Strategies

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM | Wednesday, October 25

John Blackmon, Trivantis

For many years, instructional designers have been creating eLearning content in a format that is suitable for a single size screen. With the advent of a mobile workforce and a BYOD office environment, this no longer fills the needs of users today.

In this session, you will learn how to take that existing content and allow it to be effectively used across multiple devices, as well as the best ways to create new content in a responsive format.

In this session, you will learn:

  • To create responsive eLearning content
  • To modify existing static content to make it responsive
  • The different methods of responsive design
  • How using templates can increase your effectiveness

Audience:

Novice to advanced designers, developers, and project managers.

Technology discussed in this session:

Responsive design, phones, tablets, and laptops.

About your presenter:

john blackmonJohn Blackmon, the chief technology officer of Trivantis, is responsible for all aspects of development and strategy for the company’s eLearning products. John has worked in a variety of industries, including Electronic Data Systems, IBM, and General Motors. At IBM, John received a patent for software design for his work in developing operating systems. At General Motors, he designed a number of automatic identification systems using various technologies for plant floor applications. John was also co-founder and lead engineer at BocaSoft, a software utility creation company. John holds a BS degree in electrical engineering from Florida Institute of Technology.

 

Why xAPI? or Why Should I Care About xAPI?

12:15 PM – 1:00 PM | Wednesday, October 25

Michael Hruska, Problem Solutions

Learning ecosystems are where people and resources are organized to assist learners along their continuum of development and on into the world of performance.

This session will explore the business value behind learning ecosystems. You will examine how the Experience API enables new technologies for a next-generation learning and performance architecture that you can build and evolve to unlock business value and competitive advantages for your organization. You will explore the technology shifts, business drivers, use cases, and examples of business outcomes of learning ecosystem solutions.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Why learning ecosystems are a strategic advantage
  • How the Experience API (xAPI) is an enabler
  • About key business drivers for a learning ecosystem
  • About key use cases for learning ecosystems and value
  • About the business impact of use cases in multiple domains
  • About the keys to defining, building, and validating a pilot

Audience:

Novice to advanced project managers, managers, directors, and senior leaders (VP, CLO, executive, etc.).

Technology discussed in this session:

Experience API (xAPI), games, simulations, and HTML5.

About your presenter:

mike hruskaMichael Hruska, the president and CEO of Problem Solutions, is a technologist with experience spanning across standards, emerging technologies, learning, and science. Problem Solutions provides technology, business model, and innovation solutions to Fortune 500 companies, the government, and startups. Michael’s team has been driving the efforts at the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative on the Experience API (xAPI); he researches, strategizes, designs, and makes xAPI solutions and products. Michael is also a former researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). His experience spans the continuum between advanced research on adaptive learning ecosystems and solution/product design.

 

The 7 Secrets to Being a Rockstar Vendor

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM | Wednesday, October 25

Bill West, eLearning Brothers

Frank Glover, Pacific Gas & Electric

What’s it take to be a Rockstar Vendor? In this session, you’ll learn the seven core attributes that produce a successful outsourcing relationship. Then take these attributes to identify and work with vendors that will help you build training that is both meaningful and measureable inside of your organization.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to identify the right vendor for your needs
  • How to write effective RFPs
  • How to ensure a successful relationship
  • How to avoid costly relationship mistakes

Audience:

Novice to advanced project managers, managers, directors, and senior leaders (VP, CLO, executive, etc.).

Bill West will be signing copies of his book at the eLearning Brothers booth right after this presentation. Stop by! We’ll have free copies of Bill’s book for the first few visitors, and you can also purchase one in the book store.

About your presenters:

bill westBill West is the executive director of custom services at eLearning Brothers. Bill has been in the EdTech and information systems industries for 30 years, amassing accolades and awards. Bill authored an acclaimed book on managing training outsourcing and has worked with companies such as IBM, Accenture, E&Y, Xerox, and others.

frank gloverFrank Glover is a senior learning strategist for Pacific Gas & Electric, one of the nation’s largest utilities. Frank, a passionate leader in developing and deploying adaptive learning strategies within a corporate environment and K-12 environment, has over two decades of experience in the field of learning.

 

 

Infuse Awesomeness into Your Soft Skills and Sales Training with Customizable Courseware

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM | Wednesday, October 25

Chris Willis, eLearning Brothers

Want to stamp out generic, boring soft skills or sales training? Come see how easy it can be to roll out a fully customized and engaging curriculum using Customizable Courseware.

You’ll get talking points on how learning helps tackle turnover problems and reduce organizational risk. You’ll also receive tips for customizing off-the-shelf courses and using them in a blended learning program. If you use Captivate, Lectora, or Storyline, or blend eLearning with instructor-led training, join this session to learn how the new Customizable Courseware for soft skills and sales will help you infuse awesomeness into your training curriculum.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to increase retention and reduce risk with soft skills or sales training
  • How you can roll out a year’s worth of customized soft skills training in a few short weeks—or less
  • How to create blended learning using customizable instructor-led and eLearning courses
  • How to personalize Customizable Courseware for maximum impact

Audience:

Novice to intermediate designers, developers, directors, and senior leaders (VP, CLO, executive, etc.).

Technology discussed in this session:

eLearning Brothers Customizable Courseware, Adobe Captivate, Trivantis Lectora Publisher, and Articulate Storyline.

About your presenter:

chris willisChris Willis is a senior product manager of Customizable Courseware for eLearning Brothers. Previously, she founded and led Media 1, an award- winning eLearning firm. For over 20 years, Chris performed a hands-on role designing and leading development of learning solutions for global enterprise businesses across a wide range of vertical industries. Chris has earned recognition for her personal leadership, the way she conducts business, and the work she produces. She is a conference presenter and author, published in Michael Allen’s e-Learning Annual and David D’Souza’s This Time, It’s Personnel: Humane Resourced 2.

 

How to Build a Real Game in Storyline 3

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM | Wednesday, October 25

Bill Milstid, eLearning Brothers

Have you ever wanted to build a fully fledged game in Articulate Storyline? Gaming is all the rage in eLearning, but without a sizable budget or external vendors, options are limited. Game elements in authoring tools are usually reduced to themed quizzes, with little actual gaming involved.

However, it is possible to get some pretty deep gameplay from off-the-shelf tools. In this session, you’ll look at the process and challenges of creating and customizing games in Storyline 3, and you’ll find out how eLearning Brothers simplified that process with a new offering.

In this session, you will learn:

  • About the production process for creating custom games in Storyline 3
  • How to review issues and challenges associated with custom game development in Storyline 3
  • About further customization of eLearning Brothers’ off-the-shelf games
  • How to examine key design elements to move your Storyline 3 gaming elements to the next level

Audience:

Novice to advanced designers and developers.

Technology discussed in this session:

Articulate Storyline 3 and gamification.

About your presenter:

bill milstidBill Milstid is a senior designer and developer for eLearning Brothers. He has worked in the eLearning industry for roughly a decade, with various roles in both instructional design and development. Bill began his career in 2000 as an art director for various clients and agencies; he transitioned to education in 2007, working as a teacher with Teach for America. Bill earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009, and immediately began to focus on developing highly visual and interactive eLearning programs.

 

THURSDAY SESSIONS

 

Microvideo Strategies for Rockstars

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM | Thursday, October 26

Josh Cavalier, Lodestone

Chunking, bite-size, and micro: These are all terms you’ve seen in training magazines and blogs, but what does it mean to shorten the length of training content—specifically video? This session will explore what it takes to successfully implement an end-to-end microvideo strategy.

During this session, you will learn strategies for planning, creating, and distributing microvideo content that will make you an L&D rockstar! Mobile devices have greatly increased the opportunity to consume short-form training videos, but there’s more to it than just making and distributing smaller videos. Using the latest neuroscience, you’ll explore how to effectively put together a microvideo strategy for your organization and create effective short-form videos that stick.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to apply learning methodologies to microvideo
  • About effective microvideo structures for engagement
  • How certain types of video increase cognitive load
  • About the importance of video analytics

Audience:

Novice designers, developers, project managers, managers, and directors.

Technology discussed in this session:

Video content management systems and video editing software.

About your presenter:

josh cavalierJosh Cavalier, the CEO and founder of Lodestone, has worked in the eLearning industry for more than 23 years. Focusing on the intersection of education and technology, Josh specializes in education media production, rapid eLearning tool implementation, and microvideo creation. He has appeared in People magazine describing his method of historical digital photography, and he holds a BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

 

State of the eLearning Industry: An Interview with Dr. Michael Allen

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM | Thursday, October 26

Michael Allen, Allen Interactions

Bill West, eLearning Brothers

eLearning Brothers Executive Director, Bill West, talks to the legendary Dr. Michael Allen about the insights he’s had since publishing his first Guide to e-Learning, and the simplifying concepts and procedures he’s included in his second edition.

The changing state of the e-learning industry offers new opportunities, but also poses new challenges. In your role, you may want to apply the latest technologies and techniques– gaming, social, adaptive learning, microlearning, and search engine technologies, among others—but find yourself consumed by merely keeping up with basic course development requirements.

In this session, Bill West and Dr. Michael Allen will talk about these changes and how the last edition of A Guide to eLearning uncovers the secrets to creating truly inspiring elearning and prepare you to adopt the existing new innovations. They will explore case studies of where they have been successful; and techniques you can use to safely and successfully apply them; and, moreover, how they will change your approach to instructional design.

This discussion includes a post talk book signing. The first ten people will receive a FREE copy of Dr. Allen’s latest book: A Guide to eLearning – second edition.

In this session, you will learn:

  • About the newest technologies and techniques
  • About successful case studies
  • About the keys to success
  • About the common points of failure

Audience:

Intermediate and advanced designers, developers, managers, directors, and senior leaders.

About your presenters:

Michael allenMichael Allen, the CEO of Allen Interactions, has had a long and lauded career in eLearning, from his work with IBM on their Coursewriter system to his direction of R&D for Control Data’s PLATO system to his development of Authorware. Michael has been recognized with the most prestigious career awards from ATD, The eLearning Guild, and many others. He holds a PhD in educational psychology from Ohio State University, is an adjunct associate professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School, and has authored eight books on effective eLearning.

bill westBill West is the executive director of custom services at eLearning Brothers. Bill has been in the EdTech and information systems industries for 30 years, amassing accolades and awards. Bill authored an acclaimed book on managing training outsourcing and has worked with companies such as IBM, Accenture, E&Y, Xerox, and others.

 

eLearning Innovation at PayPal

12:15 PM – 1:00 PM | Thursday, October 26

Misty Harding, eLearning Brothers

Stephen Dornsife, PayPal

How can you help learners feel connected during asynchronous experiences? How can you tailor a standard eLearning experience in a way that makes it feel personalized? How can orientation be standardized without losing its impact? Could you, in your wildest dreams, imagine your compliance eLearning courses being completed by word of mouth and recommendations alone?

This session will illustrate, with specific examples, the success that PayPal has been enjoying in each of these areas through creative design and innovative technology via award-winning products created in partnership with eLearning Brothers Custom.

In this session, you will learn:

  • About technologies that can help you inject social and personalized experiences into asynchronous learning
  • From examples of an online orientation series so popular it replaced the mainstream classroom experience
  • From an example of online compliance training so engaging that it’s being completed by word of mouth and recommendations alone
  • New ideas for how eLearning can jump off the page in your organization

Audience:

Novice to advanced designers, developers, managers, directors, and senior leaders (VP, CLO, executive, etc.).

Technology discussed in this session:

Articulate Storyline, Flash, and the MEAN stack (Mongo DB, Express, Angular JS, Node JS).

About your presenters:

misty hardingMisty Harding, a program and instructional design manager for eLearning Brothers, has been a workplace learning and performance professional for nearly 20 years, specializing in instructional design, eLearning, facilitation, and training management. She has built and led instructional design, eLearning, and corporate training teams for companies like eBay and Qualfon and has designed award-winning products and managed learning product relationships for many Fortune 500 companies.

Stephen Dornsife is a director of learning and development at PayPal. Responsible for PayPal’s global professional skills portfolio, Stephen’s main focus is helping employees reach where they want to be without losing sight of where they are. Stephen and his team offer a range of professional development solutions through multiple modalities to upskill employees, managers, and leaders in all regions of the globe. With a long history in the financial sector, Stephen has deep experience with instructional design, learning and development, and talent development.

 

Authoring Tools of the Future

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM | Thursday, October 26

Andrew Scivally, eLearning Brothers

Andrew Scivally hosts John Blackmon of Trivantis, Akshay Bharadwaj of Adobe, Michael Alcock of gomo, and others to discuss what the future of eLearning authoring will look like in the next decade. How far will we advance? What major pitfalls can we aim to avoid? And what’s it going to take to advance the industry?

In this session, you will learn:

  • Where the eLearning authoring industry is going
  • What the authoring tool developers feel is important
  • What is driving new features in authoring tools
  • What has the industry-builders excited about the future

Audience:

Novice to advanced designers, developers, project managers, managers, and directors.

Technology discussed in this session:

Rapid eLearning development tools.

About your host:

andrew scivallyAndrew Scivally is a co-founder of eLearning Brothers. He helps companies create engaging, interactive, and inspiring eLearning content. Prior to eLearning Brothers, he worked at JPMorganChase and Zions Bank, where he managed learning and development teams and built online learning content. Andrew holds a BA degree in communications from Southern Utah University and an MS degree in computer education from the University of North Texas.

 

Become an eLearning Rockstar: Less Time, Less Money, Less Headache

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM | Thursday, October 26

Jake Kuresa, eLearning Brothers

As an eLearning developer or instructional designer, you want your projects to be done faster and look better, all while you have less time and budget at your disposal. Using templates is a very attractive option, but you don’t want your course to look like something “off the shelf.”

In this session, you will learn how to use a template as a starting point and quickly transform it into something that is unique and intelligent, and totally rocks!

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to customize a template
  • How to take a project from start to finish
  • How to quickly find assets you are looking for
  • How to add flare and style to existing projects

Audience:

Novice to intermediate designers and developers.

Technology discussed in this session:

Rapid eLearning tools.

About your presenter:

jake kuresaJake Kuresa is a director of sales for eLearning Brothers. Upon joining the eLearning Brothers team, he quickly became an expert on the products and services offered. Jake excels at helping clients find solutions to their development and design issues while working with budget and time constraints.

 

Don’t these sessions sound amazing? If you only have time to check out one Learning Stage at DevLearn, make it the eLearning Rockstars stage. You can’t go wrong with a list of presenters like this. Come for the knowledge—then stop by the eLearning Brothers booth for a t-shirt!

Still curious about the stage? Watch our recent webinar. Several of our eLearning Rockstars stage presenters joined us to share quick sound bites on their stage topics. It’s a great way to narrow down your list of which stage sessions you want to attend.  

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