One of this year’s pearls in the field of education conferences and expos is the DevLearn event that took place last week on October 25 to October 27 in Las Vegas. The title of this years conference was “The Future Is Here” and the aim was to give us a glimpse into what innovations are coming next and how we can best prepare for them. An extra for all attendees was the co-located Adobe Learning Summit, which promised to leave you richer—in knowledge, insights, and networks.
Below you can find in a nutshell who the expo was for and why you should consider attending it next year.
Who Should Attend DevLearn?
DevLearn is for the entire professional community dealing with all sorts of learning, including e-learning. The profile of the keynote speakers and attendees varies and includes representatives of the industry such as:
- Chief Learning Officers
- Corporate Training and Development Executives
- Training Director and Managers
- Corporate University Managers
- Curriculum Designers, Managers, and Directors
- Project Managers
- eLearning Program Directors and Managers
- eLearning Product Managers
- Training and Learning Coordinators
- Learning Systems Analysts
- eLearning Developers
- eLearning Specialists
- Instructional Content Designers, etc.
Generally, the expo is for anyone who wants to learn more about the use of the different learning technologies and how to apply them in their organization for achieving a maximum effect.
Why Should You Attend DevLearn?
There are several reasons why you should attend the DevLearn conference and expo. Here are a few of the best ones:
1. You can choose between 200 learning sessions that will give insight on topics such as emerging technologies, instructional design, mobile tools, video & media, games & gamification, data & measurements and many more;
2. You can improve your practical skills in a number of specialized sessions;
3. You can listen to DevLearn key note speakers and learn from their experience. This year’s special lecturers were:
- Amy Webb, Futurist and Author, The Signals Are Talking, who talked about: Sci-Fi Meets Reality: The future, Today
- LeVar Burton, Actor, Director, Producer, who talked about: Technology and Storytelling: Making a Difference in the Digital Age
- Jane McGonigal, Game Designer and Author, SuperBetter and Reality Is Broken, who talked about: How to Think Like a Futurist
- Glen Keane, Animator & Disney Legend, who talked about: Embracing Technology-Based Creativity
4. You can meet a great number of key industry suppliers offering leading learning technologies, tools, products, and services. They will help you realize that the future is indeed here. Along with the leading names in the industry such as Adobe, Articulate, Elearning brothers, etc. You will also be able to find more about specific services such as translation and localization offered by ICD translation and others.
5. You will have fun meeting other conference attendees over a cup of coffee during the Morning Buzz, the popular early-bird discussions held each morning of the conference, and much more.
Since the DevLearn conference and expo claims that the future is here, let’s have a look how the future of e-learning looks like.
What Is the Future of E-Learning?
No doubt, e-learning has undergone a rapid development in the last few years thanks to the swift changes in technology. There are more resources available and it is much easier to access and use them online. The e-learning industry specialists are eager to share their experience and knowledge both on events such as DevLearn and the like and online using various channels such as specialized e-learning blogs. E-learning users, on the other hand, are also much more diverse and are looking for challenging and interactive online courses that can help them improve their foreign language skills, enhance their qualification or even add a new specialty.
It is safe to assume that the future of e-learning is bright and interesting and it is up to us to shape it. According to Albert Einstein: “Your imagination is a preview of coming attractions.” and therefore it is in the hands of e-learning experts to keep track of the new tendencies and incorporate them in the e-learning courses they offer. Five of the most interesting elements of e-learning that are already in use but will keep attracting learners in the feature as well are:
Gamification appeared in Google Trends for the first time in September 2010 and was defined as the “next big thing.” Now, gamification of e-learning modules is already a reality that will keep on having a strong role in the future development of courses. Its main advantage is that it stimulates immersive learning, while creating a great impact on the learners.
· Mobile Learning
Mobile learning, or mLearning, has seen rapid growth in the past 5 years and is expected to reach its maturity in 2018. The most significant advantage of mobile learning is the possibility to learn the e-learning course on any device – desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone. The next step awaited by the industry is for mLearning to become completely responsive. This means that the online course will adapt to the device used for its viewing. This option is expected to increase the overall share of mobile learning when it comes to acquiring new knowledge and skills both in formal and informal setting.
· Interactive Videos
Videos are important for the success of the e-learning course since they help explain complex ideas, deliver messages or present real-life scenarios. The possibility to make them interactive enhances the learning experiences and makes the learner an active participant in the instruction process rather than a passive observer. This type of interaction is expected to increase in the future and attract and retain more and more users.
Microlearning or “bite-size” learning, as it is often called, is currently gaining momentum. In our fast-paced daily routine we hardly have the possibility to devote 60 or more minutes to an e-learning module. So, short, multiple microlearning modules are preferred by the learners of today. You can improve your skills and knowledge while commuting, sitting in the traffic, or waiting for your kids to finish their sport activity, for example.
· Mobile Apps
In line with the above-said, mobile apps for learning offer appealing and engaging solutions to the learners. Their added value is the greatest flexibility they offer. The learner can access the courses even when there is no internet connection, which is a great plus. Another big advantage of mobile learning apps is that they can be used both for formal and informal instruction.
As an e-learning expert it is up to you to shape the future of online modules and courses by incorporating your expertise and knowledge. So, what does the future look like for you?