It’s hard to believe the DevLearn Conference & Expo is only a few short weeks away. There are countless reasons to attend DevLearn – many being shared in the “What I Love About DevLearn” blog series. For this post I’ve decided to share my top 10 reasons to attend DevLearn this fall:
#10: Outstanding Pre-Conference Workshops
For many members of the Guild Community, the DevLearn experience begins before the conference by attending one of the many pre-conference certificate programs taking place one the two days before the conference begins. Each certificate program takes a deep dive into a specific topic, providing participants with an opportunity to build skills and form relationships with other attendees. With over 20 great pre-conference certificate programs available this year, you’re sure to find something of interest to jump start your DevLearn experience.
#9: The Adobe Learning Summit
If you use Adobe tools like Captivate, Creative Cloud and more, you should consider adding the Adobe Learning Summit to your DevLearn experience. It’s a full-day event dedicated to exploring the various Adobe Tools that can be used for elearning. It’s also one of the first places to learn more about Adobe’s brand new LMS which is being released very soon. If you use Adobe tools, this is a great event to attend.
#8: The MGM Grand and Las Vegas
This year DevLearn moves to the MGM Grand, one of the biggest resorts on the Las Vegas strip. Featuring 4 pools, 3 whirlpools, a lazy river, numerous entertainment and dining options, and shows like Cirque du Soleil’s KA and David Copperfield, it’s got everything you need. While you’re in Las Vagas for DevLearn, be sure to enjoy being in the heart of the Las Vegas strip.
#7: The Docent Programs
The eLearning Guild wants to make sure every attendee has a great conference experience, so we have two Docent Programs available to newcomers to the conference. Our main Docent Program is for professionals that are attending their first DevLearn or are looking for more of a “guided tour” of the conference. We have a number of industry experts that will serve as guides to those participating in the Docent Program, helping them get more out of the conference through guided experiences and exclusive programming opportunities.
We’ll also be hosting a Docent Program for newcomers to our industry via our new Student Docent Program. This program is part of the eLearning Guild’s new College Partnership Program, and provides students with discounted registration and a student-tailored guided experience to the conference.
#6: Innovation in Practice
DevLearn is the leading conference for technological innovations in learning. You’ll see innovation in practice throughout your time at the conference. We have numerous case study sessions exploring new and exciting learning programs. You’ll have the opportunity to see innovative projects in action and speak to those that designed and developed them at DemoFest. You’ll have the innovator in you inspired by our keynote lineup, including our featured keynote Adam Savage from Mythbusters. And you’ll see the latest innovations in learning technologies showcased in the largest learning technologies expo in North America.
#5: Over 175 Learning Sessions
The eLearning Guild exists because we believe Together We Are Better. Our conferences ultimately exist as a forum through which those who know can help those that want to know. That driving force is present in well-over 175 unique learning sessions being conducted by members of the Guild Community. If you want to hear stories of how organizations are using technology to redefine what learning and performance support look like – you want to be at DevLearn.
#4: The Largest Learning Technologies Expo in North America
DevLearn hosts the largest expo in North America dedicated to learning technologies. If you are interested in finding out what new technologies are available and how they might be able to help your organization reach it’s goals, you definitely want to take some time to explore the DevLearn Expo.
At DemoFest, members of the Guild Community share their learning and performance support projects in a science fair-like environment. This year we’ll have over 80 different projects on display. You’ll have the opportunity to talk with the designers and developers of each project, and learn why they made the decisions they did, what barriers they encountered, and how they overcame them.
DemoFest is consistently a highlight of the DevLearn experience and something that keeps attendees coming back year-after-year.
#2: Adam Savage Headlining a Great Keynote Lineup
DevLearn is known for having great keynote sessions, and this year is no exception. It’s highlighted by our featured keynote speaker, Adam Savage, co-host of the Emmy Award-winning series Mythbusters. Adam will be exploring the importance of curiosity and discovery in learning.
We’ll also be featuring David Pogue exploring how how technology is disputing how we see learning, Connie Yoweell exploring the power of badges in education, and Natalie Panek discussing the importance of removing boundaries in our learning.
#1: The Guild Community
When I ask people why they come back to DevLearn each year, I hear about the great sessions, the outstanding keynotes, the amazing value of DemoFest, and more. The one thing that consistently emerges as the top reason people attend DevLearn is the community that is present at the event. DevLearn is a community-driven event, and the connections made at this conference stay with people throughout the year. Joe Ganci described the DevLearn community when he wrote in a TWIST post “the caliber and friendliness of the attendees and speakers is unmatched”. I’d have to agree. DevLearn has always been the most important conference for me to attend every year, because the people I wanted to connect and learn from were there every year.
That’s my top ten list, and I could go on. Is there anything I missed that you would add to your DevLearn Top Ten List? If so, add it to the comments.