Learning Professional’s Conferences 2014-2015

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Learning Professional’s Conferences 2014-2015

Last year I created a document highlighting some of the different conferences that would be going on throughout 2014-2015.  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 2014-2015. Please feel free to comment if there are any conferences that I have not mentioned in the list below.


SALT (Society of Applied Learning Technology) Conference

Washington Interactive Learning Technologies Conference

Hyatt Regency Reston Hotel

Reston, Virginia

August 13-15, 2014



Performance Support Symposium 2014

September 8 & 9, 2014 | Boston, MA



Elliott Masie’s Learning 2014

October 26-29, 2014 Orlando, FL


DevLearn 2014 Conference & Expo

October 29 – 31, 2014 | Las Vegas, NV


20th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning

Driving Innovation with Online Learning

October 29-31, 2014

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



ASTD 2014 TechKnowledge® Conference & Exposition

January 14-16, 2015

Caesars Palace

3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109


MARCH 2015

Ecosystem 2014: The Learning Infrastructure & Strategies Conference

March 25 – 27, 2015, back at the Hilton in Orlando, FL!


MAY 2015

ATD 2015 International Conference & Exposition

May 17-20, 2015

Orlando, FL, USA


– Melissa.

Free Online Courses for Learning Professionals

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Coursera is a company that offers MOOCs (massive open online courses) by universities and organizations.  The courses can be signed up for and attended online.  Many of the courses give participants a certificate for completion of a course. Learning professionals will benefit from Coursera because they often post courses related to education, eLearning, blended learning, virtual learning, and other topics.

On November 4th Coursera will be offering a course on E-learning and Digital Cultures.  The course will be taught by professors from the University of Edinburgh.  The course is a 5 week course. You can sign up for the course via this link: https://www.coursera.org/course/edc

Coursera is offering a course on Gamification by Kevin Werbach from The University of Pennsylvania.  The course on gamification starts January 27th, and runs for 10 weeks.  You can sign up for the course via this link: https://www.coursera.org/course/gamification

– Melissa.

3 Ways to Mirror your iPad and iPhone onto your Desktop

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There are a few programs out on the web that allow developers to screen share or create training by showing something on the iPad or iPhone.


iTools is a free software that is installed on your Mac or PC.  Your device will be tethered to your Mac or PC, and then it will be able to mirror on your screen.



Reflector is an app that costs $12.99. Reflector uses Airplay to connect with your Mac or PC.  Your iPad or iPhone must be on the same wireless subnet connection as your PC.



Elgato is a device that costs around $179 and free software.  Elgato is able to do much more than mirroring iPads and iPhones, which is why the cost of the device is high.


– Melissa.

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


September 2013

Title:  Performance Support Symposium 2013

September 9 & 10, 2013

Boston, MA


October 2013

Title: DevLearn 2013,

October 23 – 25, 2013

Las Vegas, NV


November 2013

Title:  Elliot Masie’s Learning 2013

Nov 3-6

Orlando, FL


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


January 2014

Title:  ASTD 2014 TechKnowledge® Conference & Exposition

January 22 – 24, 2014

Las Vegas, Nevada


March 2014

Title:  Knowledge Advisors Analytics Symposium

March 3 – 5, 2014

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


Title:  Learning Solutions 2014

March 19 – 21

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



May 2014

Title:  ASTD 2014 International Conference and Exposition

May 4-7, 2014

Washington, DC


June 2014

Title:  mLearnCon

June 24 – 26, 2014,

The Sheraton, San Diego, CA


– 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.

Join the “Instructional Design & eLearning Professionals of Greater Philadelphia” LinkedIn Group

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Join the “Instructional Design & eLearning Professionals of Greater Philadelphia” LinkedIn Group. Search “Instructional Design & eLearning Professionals of Greater Philadelphia” on LinkedIn to find the group and join.

The Instructional Design & eLearning Professionals of Greater Philadelphia Group is for professionals in the learning industry who want to share best practices, information, and network online, as well as face to face.

– Melissa.

Why understanding technology is important for instructional designers

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Normally when you meet someone the first question they ask you is, “What do you do?”; proceeding with various other questions like, “What did you go to school for?”   I am often looked at with utter bewilderment (even from professionals in the learning industry), when I reply, “My degree is in Instructional Technology.”

When it comes to the learning industry,  the term “Instructional Design” is a no-brainer.  So,  you might ask, “What is the deal with Instructional Technology?”  Instructional Design is a key part of Instructional Technology; without Instructional Design, Instructional Technology would not exist.

In the program I graduated from, students are taught instructional design processes, theories, and models. Instructional Design is woven into every class; in fact students follow ID processes, and develop eLearning for real clients.  Technology is merely a deliverable method, and I happen to have been shown some great ways to use technology to create and deliver learning using Instructional Design.

Technology is here to stay, and it is only getting bigger.  In my Wideo project, I outlined a few reasons why it is important instructional designers understand technology.

Check out my Wideo project here: http://www.wideo.co/view/208161370965184831

Why is understanding technology important for instructional designers?
Designing for Technology:  Nowadays learning is not just in the classroom. Learning is on the move; learners are mobile.  The same deliverables that were built for PCs do not always translate well to tablets and phones.

Time and Cost: Understanding how much work it takes to go into a project will better help you negotiate costs and plan accurate timelines.

Evolution of Technology: Technology is evolving at a fast pace.  There is more software being developed, and updated for creating training deliverables.  With a diversity of software to create learning, there is the opportunity to design innovative ways to teach learning objectives.

Speaking the language: Even if you are not developing a deliverable like eLearning, chances are you are probably working with a developer. Understanding and speaking the language used by the developer will cause less confusion and error in the long run.

– Melissa.