Oh boy! This year at DevLearn, I am going to be BUSY! And that’s fantastic. DevLearn is one of my favourite conferences because from an industry-perspective, it’s incredibly relevant and on-the-pulse, and I get to network with so many of my favourite people (and meet new folks!). If you’re an Instructional Designer or E-Learning Developer and are looking for a fun, worthwhile, and practical conference to attend: DevLearn is it!
This year I’ll be doing a few things:
Delivering a Pre-Conference Certificate Workshop: Introduction to Instructional Design
This year over at Sprout E-Learning, I launched a course, Essentials of Instructional Design. This course has been getting fantastic reception, and is large, in-charge, and very comprehensive. The workshop I’m delivering at DevLearn will be a condensed version of Essentials of Instructional Design (we only have 8 hours!), and my hope is that it demystifies the field, generates interest in Instructional Design, and provides folks with some of the theoretical underpinnings of the field.
Right now there are nearly 50 participants registered for the workshop, which is exciting and terrifying, and I’m hoping a few more jump on the bandwagon – I want to meet you all and preach the gospel of Instructional Design! There will be a workbook, there will be 50 new friends for you to meet, and there will be some fun activities – go sign up now if you’re interested in any of those things!
This workshop will be delivered on Monday, October 22nd.
Facilitating a Morning Buzz on Building Your E-Learning Portfolio
On Wednesday, October 24th, I’ll be facilitating a morning buzz (7:30-8:15am) on Building Your E-Learning Portfolio, a topic that is near and dear to my heart. Morning Buzz’ are very casual conversations that are guided by a facilitator, so you just need to show up with your coffee, tea, water (whatever your liquid of choice is) and groggily engage in a discussion, ask questions, and wake up a bit.
Delivering a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Session on Using Variables in Articulate Storyline
On Thursday, October 25th, I’ll be delivering a BYOD session: Articulate Storyline 360 Let’s Get Variable! These sessions are hands on and are always a ton of fun. I’m always overly ambitious about what I can show folks in 1 hour, so it’s always fast and furious. I delivered this session 2 years ago at DevLearn and it was standing room only….so this year I’ll be bringing more thumb drives with files and some takeaway materials.
In this session, I’ll be showing you how to use variables to control navigation and create custom progress meters (I told you I’m ambitious).
Participating in DemoFest (Tentative)
I haven’t heard back just yet, but my hope is that I’ll be participating in DemoFest on Thursday, October 25th from 4-6pm. There’s a project I worked on earlier in the year that I was particularly proud of, so I’m hoping to show it off and see whether it engages others.
What Else Will I Get Up To?!
To be honest, Las Vegas is not my favourite place, but this year I’m hoping to hit up the Grand Canyon and a Las Vegas Golden Knights game among many dinners/coffees/drinks with new and old friends.