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Learning Solutions 2013: recap

This post was written by Ruth Haddon and first appeared on the Epic blog on 21st March 2013.

learning solutions recapLast week, the team from Epic’s New York office attended the eLearning Guild’s Learning Solutions Conference and Expo in Orlando, Florida.

While it was nice to see the sunshine after a New York winter, the conference was a success for other reasons too. With thousands of attendees and a clear focus on e-learning, our stand was busy and we had some productive conversations. It was a great showcase for our work and a good opportunity to discuss current trends in learning technologies.

The conference was split up into three separate streams or focus areas: Management, Design and Development. This structure allowed delegates to easily focus on particular areas, or mix and match as suited them. Each focus area included a featured speaker and a range of over 30 sessions.

In addition to this, the Expo contained three learning stages, each focused on Innovation, Technology and Mobile. Delegates could attend these shorter talks in between the main  conference sessions and while browsing the shop floor.

On Wednesday, I presented on the Mobile stage, and was pleased to see a fairly decent turnout – thank you to all of you who came. I spoke about the challenges of the multi-device world we live in, and how this might have an impact on what we as learning providers are doing. Whether we like it or not (and most of us do), learners are beginning to expect access to information and to training, in the format that suits them. So in response to this, I looked at some of the different approaches that have worked well for Epic in the past, and also walked through a framework which can help organisations starting their mobile journey arrive at a strategy that works for them. (Check out the slides from my presentation.)

In fact, multi-device learning was a theme that cropped up throughout the conference, and in a number of conversations we had with delegates. Many organisations seem to be pondering their strategy in terms of multi-device learning right now – there’s a lot to ponder on!

Later on in the conference, I presented our award winning multi-device course for the Resuscitation Council at SolutionsFest as an example of how multi-device courses can really add to an overall blend and provide learners with material that works best for them.

Tin Can API was also a big talking point at the conference – as it seems to be throughout the learning world just now. What was interesting was the wide range of understanding of Tin Can API from the people we spoke to. Many people were asking just what it was, while others were familiar with it and wanted to know how far Epic has progressed with putting some of Tin Can’s capabilities into action.

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Tin Can adopters like Epic were handing out information cards.

Hopefully we were able to provide visitors to the stand with the answers they were looking for – and many people walked away with a brightly coloured memory stick containing a number of materials about learning technologies, including our recent post: Tin Can for learning designers. If you didn’t manage to pick one up, not to worry – it can be downloaded, along with a lot of other resources, from our Knowledge base.

All in all, we had a really enjoyable conference. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to talk to us; we really appreciated your time and it was nice to meet you. Thanks also to the eLearning Guild for putting on a great conference and expo.

Our next big US event is the ASTD International Conference and Expo in Dallas, starting on 19th May. Maybe we’ll see you there!