eLearning development

Learning Professionals Conferences by Date from 2013-2014

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Last year I created a document highlighting some of the different conferences that would be going on throughout 2012-2013.  I decided to update my list ,and make it public after I responded to an inquiry regarding upcoming conferences.  Included on the list are only a few of the upcoming conferences of 2013-2014.

August 2013

Title:  SALT (Society of Applied Learning Technology) Conference

Washington Interactive Learning Technologies Conference

Hyatt Regency Reston Hotel

Reston, Virginia

August 14-16, 2013

http://www.salt.org/dc/washingtonP.asp

September 2013

Title:  Performance Support Symposium 2013

September 9 & 10, 2013

Boston, MA

http://www.learningsolutionsmag.com/pss/content/2792/performance-support-2013—home/

October 2013

Title: DevLearn 2013,

October 23 – 25, 2013

Las Vegas, NV

http://www.elearningguild.com/DevLearn/content/2825/devlearn-2013-conference-and-expo—home/

November 2013

Title:  Elliot Masie’s Learning 2013

Nov 3-6

Orlando, FL

http://www.learning2013.com/

Title:  19th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning

Online Learning:  A Universe of Opportunities

November 20-22, 2013

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort – Lake Buena Vista, Florida

http://sloanconsortium.org/conference/2013/aln/welcome

January 2014

Title:  ASTD 2014 TechKnowledge® Conference & Exposition

January 22 – 24, 2014

Las Vegas, Nevada

http://www.tkconference.org/ 

March 2014

Title:  Knowledge Advisors Analytics Symposium

March 3 – 5, 2014

Intercontinental San Francisco 888 Howard St. San Francisco, CA 94103

http://knowledgeadvisors.com/knowledge-center/events/symposium/

Title:  Learning Solutions 2014

March 19 – 21

The Hilton in the Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, FL.

http://www.learningsolutionsmag.com/

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May 2014

Title:  ASTD 2014 International Conference and Exposition

May 4-7, 2014

Washington, DC

http://www.astd.org/Events/International-Conference-and-Exposition

June 2014

Title:  mLearnCon

June 24 – 26, 2014,

The Sheraton, San Diego, CA

http://www.elearningguild.com/content.cfm?selection=doc.24

– Melissa.

Learning how to use eLearning authoring software – a lesson taken from Kim Komando

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Learning how to use eLearning authoring software can seem like a relatively difficult task, especially if you consider yourself to be less than tech savvy.

A friend of mine sent me a video mashup called “Komputer Kindergarten.”   The mashup video is of Kim Komando way back when, introducing different computer concepts.   My friend stated that Komando’s portrayal is what he imagines my job to be like (of course I had to check the video out for myself).   Even after watching the Komputer Kindergarten video several times, I was still extremely amused.

The first thing that came to mind was that the video of Komando could definitely be used for a lesson in teaching technology or eLearning authoring software.  Komando’s line, “And nothing even blew up!” more than applies to learning eLearning authoring tools.  My advice when asked about how to learn new technology is to always experiment freely, because in fact, nothing is going to blow up.

Dive In

Once you have chosen the eLearning authoring software you are going to use, just dive right in!  Exploring software on my own has made me much more familiarized than if I had gone through a long tutorial first.  I like to test out and discover things on my own.  When jumping right into a program, you have to have a little patience for troubleshooting, and no reservations about just playing around.

Start Small

Starting small is always a good idea.  When I say small, I mean with an easy to use eLearning authoring software.  A good example would be to download a trial of Articulate Storyline and master it, and then download Articulate.  Articulate Storyline is much simpler to use than Articulate. Once you are familiar with one eLearning authoring software, you won’t have as much difficulty learning others.  In some cases you will only have one program to work with, but it’s still good to have basic skills in easy to use programs.

Play Copycat

Playing copycat is one of my favorite ways to learn new software, and it allows you to come up with your own way of doing things.  Take a look at some of your favorite eLearning, and try to copy some of the functionality and design.  You might not create an exact replica, but it’s a great way to learn, and to create something you always wished you could.

Make it Official

Learning eLearning authoring tools solely on your own can be tough.  At some point I usually throw my hands up.  Usually I cannot just figure out how to create a lot of advanced actions, so I turn to a tutorial site.  Classes and certificate courses are also a huge help.  Lynda.com has some tutorials on how to use certain eLearning software.

When it comes to learning eLearning authoring software, just dive right in.  I promise, “ nothing will even blow up!”

– Melissa.