It doesn't remotely feel like it's been a year already, and yet here we are... it's DevLearn time again!
I'll be doing my usual keynote live tweeting at @eGeeking, but if you're on-site at the conference and want to say hi, here are the easiest places to find me this week.
I'll be scampering all over in my Guild blue for most of this day, but I'll definitely be in the Hyperdrive competition audience from 3:30-6:30PM. If you're looking for inspiration, this is a handy event to attend.
Orientation and Docent Morning Buzz
New to the conference or are here on your own? I highly recommend coming out to the conference orientation session. We're going to share a bunch of tips for how to get the most out of your DevLearn experience and answer whatever questions you have about the conference.
VR Learning Lab
Aside from some breaks, I'll be spending most of Wednesday helping to run the VR Learning Lab in the Expo Hall. If you'd like to get hands on with VR experiences and discuss how this technology can be effectively used for learning, be sure to drop by and check out all the games and simulations we'll be demoing.
It's hard to say no to hanging out with other DevLearn attendees with drinks and appetizers.
Morning Buzz: Boosting Visual Design Skills
I'll be facilitating this casual discussion about tips, resources, and approaches for helping to build the visual design skills you need for your work. Whether you're an experienced designer or are struggling with the design tasks in your work, we'll be sure to share ideas you can use.
VR Learning Lab
Yes... I'll be back at the VR Learning Lab on Thursday. If you didn't get to check it out on Wednesday, or you didn't get to try out all the experiences we were demoing, be sure to come by today.
DemoFest has always been one of my favourite parts of DevLearn. If you've never been, it's basically like a science fair for digital learning projects. You can check out (and often try out) different learning projects, which is fantastic for getting inspiration. Even better, though, is you can actually talk to the people who made them and find out more about what their design and development process was.
Morning Buzz: How to Write a Winning Session Proposal
Speaking at conferences can be a great way to share your experiences with the L&D community. It's also a useful way to make attending conferences a bit easier on the pocketbook. But if you've never had a speaking proposal accepted (or even written a speaking proposal in the first place) it can be a bit daunting to know how to choose a topic and write a proposal that will make a conference program. In this Morning Buzz, those of us who do the eLearning Guild conference proposal reviews and decisions will share our recommendations for how to craft a proposal that stands out and answer your questions about the process.
Session: Simple Strategies for Solving L&D Visual Design Challenges
In our field it's quite common for people to be asked to take on tasks that involve visual design... regardless of whether or not they having any kind of background in that skill. And that can lead to people feeling frustrated with trying to tackle design themselves and projects that don't leverage visuals as effectively as they could - which is a shame because smartly designed visuals can do a lot to make what your create easier for people to understand, remember, and use. If this describes you, then don't worry: there's a lot you can do to make visual design easier. In this session I'll be sharing easy to learn strategies that can help everyone - regardless of their current design skills - solve some of the most common design issues in our field.
What's This Blog about?
This blog, like Clever Raptor, is all about the intersection of learning and design - and there's a LOT in that intersection. You'll find everything from practical design tips, technology reviews, presentation ideas, conference posts, thoughts about how learning connects to other fields, my own working out loud, and more.