Scrolling through this year’s DevLearn session list, the evolution of our rapidly changing industry is evident. Three things became abundantly clear as we started to put this list of can’t miss sessions together:
- The learning ecosystem is here to stay, not a single session suggests an “LMS only” or “LMS first” approach. The learner experience has moved to priority #1!
- xAPI sessions have moved from “what you could do” to “let me show you what we’ve done.” If you’re going into DevLearn unconvinced, get ready to have doubts cleared and questions answered.
- People have done some super cool stuff this past year. There are so many awesome case study sessions that showcase the transformative power of data access and transparency in learning and development.
So for this year’s “xAPI Insider’s Guide to DevLearn,” we’ve taken a little bit different approach, more of a choose your own adventure. From the “101s” to the “how they did its,” you’ll find that we’ve mapped out the sessions in categories to consider when designing a data strategy that supports your learners today and prepares your organization for the technologies of tomorrow. Here we go!
- xAPI: An Introduction for Instructional Designers — If you’re just getting into xAPI, Megan Torrance’s 101 session is your #1 must-attend. You’ll walk out with definitions, examples, and the ideas you need to start designing your own data transformation.
- Getting Started with xAPI in Rapid Authoring Tools — Every xAPI convert has a moment when it all “clicked.” For many, it’s when they sent their first xAPI statement. Bill Milstid will get you started sending xAPI statements in Storyline, Captivate, and Lectora.
- Powering Next-Gen Learning with VR and xAPI — See how organizations are using CenarioVR to create xAPI-powered VR learning experiences and learn how to make your own with Trivantis CTO John Blackmon, Mel Milloway, and yours truly.
- Creating a Data-Driven L&D Team: An xAPI Case Study — Walk through an organization’s xAPI roadmap that helped them not only achieve early-wins on business objectives but helped them start building a modern, flexible, learner-centered ecosystem.
Learning Experience Design:
- How to Effectively Write an eLearning RFP — Get the inside scoop from Nick Floro on creating RFPs that will provide the right kinds of information to get you the right solution on a real timeline, helping start projects off on the right foot.
- Using Design Systems for Scalable, Accessible, Cohesive eLearning Experiences — Never run out of time again! Well almost. Learn how to develop design systems with Mel Milloway that save time through modular, reusable, shareable parts for custom solutions.
- What Is Learning Engineering? — As L&D grows more technical, so does the need for engineering problem-solving approaches. Connect with the IEEE Industry Consortium on Learning Engineering to learn what learning engineering is and what it presents for L&D.
- How Are We Measuring Learning? — Learn how JetBlue University makes data and measurement the cornerstone of crew member training, while tightly integrating business objectives with their design and development processes.
- Scaling Personalized Learning for 1 Million Users — That is a big project. That is awesome scale. That sounds like a can’t-miss session with a lot of lessons learned and a lot of strategies to be shared by the Amadeus learning leadership team.
- My xAPI Year: An Implementation Story — This is going to be a very powerful session. Becky Goldberg and Marc Casavant worked tirelessly to bring xAPI to life at Travellers and now we’re all going to get to learn from their from their success!
- Case Study: Workflow Learning at Sunrun — How do you make learning part of work? How do you make training day-to-day? Learn how the Sunrun’s instructional design team used a mobile-first solution to shift from traditional elearning to workflow learning.
VIP (Very Important Perspective) Sessions:
- Wonder Woman, Wakanda, and Work: Make Your eLearning Representative — Our work is about making an impact on individuals, so creating learning experiences that reflect the people we want to reach is critical. Take time to reflect on this.
- An Inbound Approach to Your LMS Launch — What’s one of the best ways to get some new perspective on your work? See what lessons you can learn from similar but different fields. Check this out for lessons for learning from marketing.
- The Hero’s Journey: Exploring Elements in Learning Games — No matter what your role is, if you work in L&D, you are a storyteller. Explore how the “Hero’s Journey” can be used in game design, and reflect on how the concept can make you a better storyteller.
- Learning Professionals as True Business Partners — As access to learning data increases, so does the ability to demonstrate L&D’s impact. Sonya Overstreet will share the steps needed to get learning at the leadership table to support business strategy.
Future of Learning Ecosystems:
- LMS, LRS, LXP, and More: Exploring the Learning Platforms Landscape — Dive into the complex world of choosing and combining learning platforms unique to your organization’s needs in this panel discussion moderated by David Kelly.
- The New Role Your Company Needs: Digital Adoption Manager — How do you make sure that new technologies actually get used? Most organizations don’t. This session brings to light what this new role means for learning ecosystem impact.
- Learning Ecosystem Success: 5 Plain and Simple Smart Hacks — We’re at the point where enough organizations have embraced the modular, modern learning ecosystem concept that there are best practices to get you there! Join this session to get tactical.
- Learning Technology’s Past, Present, and Future: A Guild Master Panel — Go for the crazy line up of 8 of the eLearning Guild’s Guild Masters, stay for a deep dive into the big picture of where our industry has come and the futurecast of where it’s going!
- Robotics, AI, and the Future of Learning and Work — Get ready for a trip to the future! Join Dr. Ayanna Howard to explore how today’s cutting-edge technologies will become part of the day-to-day in training, education, and learning.
And a few other things not to forget — if you want to take an even deeper dive into xAPI, consider attending xAPI Camp the day before DevLearn officially kicks off, go to DemoFest and see first-hand projects implemented by over 30 different teams, keep an eye on all the sessions happening at xAPI Central, and come to visit the Yet Analytics team at Booth #118 on the Expo Floor, at one of our sessions, or schedule a meeting to dive into your own learning analytics, data strategy, or xAPI goals. Can’t wait to see you there!