E-learning has become an integral part of our everyday life in one form or another: it is part of corporate trainings, of school and college life, it is a way to learn new things in an interesting way. Therefore, the professionals in the industry are constantly looking for new approaches and developing new methods to help the learner achieve its ultimate goal. One way to get inspiration or to share your knowledge are the e-learning events organized every year throughout the USA.

If you are an e-learning designer, dealing with corporate training, providing e-learning localization services or you are simply curious about the latest developments in the industry, the events below will be of great interest to you. 

Top E-Learning Events You Shouldn’t Miss

There are numerous e-learning events organized in the USA this year, some of which have already been held, while for others the details are still expected. However, there are a few special ones, which are a must if you want to keep up with the leaders in the industry: 

  • Elliott Masie’s Events 

When it comes to e-learning events, those organized by Elliot Masie are definitely a must. At the end of the day he is the educational technology expert credited with coining the phrase ‘E-Learning’ to describe online learning. Elliott Masie mainly deals with organizations and corporate learning and he was awarded the number 1 position on eLearning Industry’s movers and shakers list in 2017. There are at least two events hosted by him in 2018, that you should visit: 

  1. Curation & Learning LAB, January 30 – February 1, The Masie Center, New York 

Elliot Masie will be the host and curator of a lab experience that will bring a small group of learning colleagues together to learn more about curation in learning. The event is already sold out but there is a waitlist in case anyone drops out at the last minute.

2. Elliott Masie‘s Learning 2018, November 4 – 8, Disney’s Coronado Springs Convention Center, Orlando 

So far, no details are published about the conference, except date, location and registration fee, however, judging by the success of the 2017 conference, this year’s should be a success too. Last year Michelle Obama was the keynote speaker, which makes us wait impatiently about what the 2018 event will surprise us with. No doubt there will be a lot of motivational and inspirational content to influence all the participants. 

  • ATD International Conference & Expo 2018, May 6 – 9, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego 

The moto of this year’s conference “Help others reach their full potential by reaching yours.” The conference promises to teach you how to train and retain your top talent. It is oriented towards the constantly changing business environment and what skills, knowledge and strategies you need in order to succeed. Be prepared to learn from the best as one of the keynote speakers is President Barack Obama. 

  • DevLearn 2018, October 24 – 26, The Mirage Hotel & CasinoLas Vegas 

DevLearn Conference & Expo organized by the E-learning Guild is no doubt the leading event in the USA focused on the development of learning and the usage of new technologies. This is the place to find inspiration about introducing the latest innovations in the industry. There are still no details about the actual program but you can have an idea by reading about the 2017 event. By all means, this is a conference that should be marked in your calendar. Early registration options are available now. 

E-Learning Conferences Dedicated to New Technologies

It is true that all events in the sphere of learning and e-learning particularly are dedicated to the new methods, approaches and technologies emerging in the industry. There are some conferences, though, that are specialized in particular aspects of these new technologies, such as augmented reality, new forms of games and gamification and the like. If you are tech savvy, then you will be interested in attending some of the events listed below: 

  • ATD TechKnowledge, January 24 – 26, San Jose 

If you want to learn about the latest technology developments and trends in the industry of e-learning, this is the event for you. Those, who want to enhance their knowledge have the opportunity to attend the preconference learning program as well. You can receive a Certificate for your attendance proving that you have acquired a new skill. Keynote speakers at the conference are Kevin Carroll, founder of Kevin Carroll Katalyst LLC and the author of three books: Rules of the Red Rubber Ball, What’s Your Red Rubber Ball?!, and The Red Rubber Ball at Work; John Medina, developmental molecular biologist, a researcher, a professor, and the author of 10 books; and Danielle Feinberg, Pixar Director of photography for lighting. 

  • USciences eLearning 3.0 Conference, March 7, University of the Sciences, Philadelphia  

If you are interested in meeting colleagues who are working with innovative teaching and learning technologies and learn from their experience, then this conference is for you. It is a one-day event that presents the new developments and emerging technologies and how they facilitate the e-learning 3.0 environment.  there will be practical advices for the three most popular forms of learning: face-to-face, blended learning and completely web-based learning. The price is quite attractive and there is even a discount for early registration, so don’t waste any more time and register today. 

  • Realities360, June 26 – 28, Fairmont San Jose, San Jose 

If you want to “Immerse Yourself in Learning,” as the title of the conference reads, then this is the place to visit this summer. The event is focused on augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and simulations, since they play an ever-growing role in the field of e-learning. It is oriented mainly towards developers and designers but anyone in the industry with interest in technologies is welcomed to attend. You can avail of the early registration discounts available on the site.  

 Virtual E-Learning Summits Throughout the Year

Last but not least, there are several events that are held online and are perfect for those professionals who are unable to travel to a different location. Here are three options that are worth checking: 

  • LTD 2018 – An Extended Virtual Conference, February 2018  

Learning • Technology • Design™ (LTD) is an extended virtual conference designed specifically for professionals in the business of continuing education and professional development. It will continue throughout the entire month of February and will give the attendees the opportunity to acquire new skills and learn new tricks and techniques focused on engaging learners through technology. This is the third edition of the conference and will include various workshops on topics such as design, marketing, business strategy, learner engagement. All the sessions are held by practitioners who have significant experience on the themes covered.  

  • eLearning Guild Summits 

The eLearning Guild organizes a series of online summits dedicated to different topics that interest the industry. By attending them you will get in-depth knowledge of a particular e-learning method or technique that you can use in your course development. You can choose from: 

  1. Microlearning Summit, February 21 – 22
  2. Digital Learning Summit, May 16 – 17
  3. Data & Analytics Summit, August 22 – 23
  4. Compliance Training Summit, November 14 – 15

The good thing is that you can either participate in the events live or watch them later. 

  • Enterprise Learning! Conference Online  

We are still expecting information of the 2018 edition of the online conference but judging by the 2017 topics and success, it would be an event worth participating in. Keep an eye on their site for the upcoming event and enjoy the fruitful information from the last year. 

There is no doubt that learning and e-learning are important part of our life and development. Hence there are many events organized by the leading guilds and organizations in the industry. The aim is to improve the service provided so that it is beneficial and amusing both for the end user and the content creator. Therefore, it is highly recommended to participate at least in a couple of the conferences or workshops listed above. It will give you ideas and power to continue doing a great job and contributing to the further development of e-learning.  

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