In January I posted about my upcoming webinars (now past), workshops, etc. As things open up again (yay, vaccines), some upcoming events will be happening live! And, of course, virtual. In fact, one starts next week! So I thought it time to update you on the things I’ll be doing. Then we’ll get back to my regular posts ;). So here’s an update on my events.
First, starting next week, is the Learning Development Conference, by the Learning Development Accelerator (caveat: I’m on their advisory board). Last year, it was an experiment. They did several things very well: it was focused on evidence-based approaches, it created timings that worked for a broad section of the world’s populace (e.g. live sessions were offered twice, once early once late), and it had asynchronous content as well as synchronous. It also had ways to maintain contact and discussions. As a result, it was a success, leading to the Accelerator and this second event.
It’s for six weeks, and first I’ve got an asynchronous course on learning science (a subset of the bigger one I do as a blended workshop for HR.com/Allen Academy). I’m also doing two live sessions (at different times) on some of the new results from cognitive science. I’m already dobbed in for one debate, and they’ll likely call on me for more. There are also a suite of the top names in evidence-based L&D appearing doing either or both of live or asynchronous content.
Second, at the end of August, I’ll be speaking at ATD’s International Conference and Exposition. This is a live event in Salt Lake City. (My first since the pandemic!) Of course I’m speaking on learning science; the topic of my book with them. There could even be a book-signing event! If you don’t know ATD’s ICE, it’s huge, both a blessing and curse. Lots of quality content (ok, mostly ;), almost too many people to find your friends, but lots of new friends to make, with broad coverage. Also, a big exposition (maybe smaller this year ;).
Third, I’ll be at the Learning Guild’s DevLearn again this year. This has always been one of the best conferences because the Guild runs good events (caveat: I’m their first Guild Master). They want it to grow, of course, but as yet it’s still be reasonably sized, and with quality content. For one, I’ll be speaking on learning science implications.
I’ll also be running a pre-conference workshop on Making Learning Meaningful. And this is, I suggest, truly of interest. I’ve been seeing more and more examples of well-designed content that’s still lacking in engagement, and this workshop is all about that. It’s an area I’ve been actively exploring and synthesizing into practical implications. Like in the series I did on the topic here, I cover how to hook initial interest, then maintain it through the experience. Also considered are the implications for the elements of learning, and a process to make it practical.
I recommend all three (or I wouldn’t be inclined to speak at them). So that’s the current update on my events. Hope to see you at one or another!