DevLearn is an annual eLearning Guild conference that gathers professionals in the online learning (eLearning) industry from around the world to discuss best practices, technologies, opportunities and emerging trends in conventional, online and social learning. The 2012 DevLearn conference was held again this year at the Aria Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada from October 31 through November 2, 2012.
On this page, I'll curate highlights for the sessions I attended. If you have questions, let me know via the comments below. (P.S. You can find last year's DevLearn 2011 highlights here.)
- DevLearn Day 1 Opening Keynote – Jon Landau Speaking With eLearning Professionals? - I thought John's keynote was one of the more visionarily themed keynotes this week. While not as dynamic as Brian Brushwood, I thought John's angle on creating "without regard for what's technologically possible" was pretty inspired for the passion it implies for your trade.
- DevLearn Day 2 Closing Keynote – Bian Brushwood How to Scam Your Way to Success - I still smile when I think about Brian's keynote. Not entirely relevant to eLearning. A little sleazy, perhaps. But, entirely entertaining. And, I might add, a bit inspiring for his stories about how he got crappy books to rate in the top 10 in the Apple iTunes bookstore by using crowdsourced activities -- including co-writing a 50 Shades of Gray knock-off. Hillarious!
- DevLearn Day 2 Opening Keynote – Alison Levine – Leadership Lessons From the Edge - I'll admit this keynote didn't necessarily strike new ground for me in stuff we all see and hear in those little posters and motivational quotes our friends share everyday on Facebook (though I should say my friend Janet disagrees with me, so what do I know), but it was interesting to hear her experiences on journey up Mt. Everest.
- Part 1: The Tin Can API – Why Should eLearning Professionals Care? [with audio] The Tin Can API was all the buzz this year. In this first part of the series, I interview one of the Tin Can API consortium developers about what the heck Tin Can is all about.
- Part 2: The Tin Can API – A Learning Management System Vendor’s Perspective In this second part of the interview series, I interview one of the LMS vendors and ask them how they're using Tin Can in their LMS feature set for customers.
- Part 3: The Tin Can API – The Compelling And Practical Use Cases You’ve Been Waiting To Hear In this third part of the interview series, I interview one of the exhibitors about practical use cases for the Tin Can API in eLearning and instructional design.
- David Kelly's Curated Resources From the #DevLearn 2012 Backchannel
A compilation of tweets, blog posts and related references from DevLearn and DevLearn attendees.
(11/5/12 update - next up... Audio session of the panel discussion for Tin Can API.)