Few industry events are scheduled during the holiday season of late December and early January. But at this point, things are again kicking into high gear, so I thought it would be a good time to link back to my earlier posting from October 2008, titled "15 Tips for Making the Most of Learning Industry Conferences." For more good tips, see also the recent ASTD blog posting "How to Make the Most Out of the Expo."
I'd also like to draw attention to three major L&D industry events that Element K will be participating in during coming weeks.
Learning Technologies 2010
The Learning Technologies conference will be held at Olympia 2, London, from January 27-28, 2010. Now in its 11th year, it is billed as "Europe's leading showcase of technology supported workplace learning." It will have some 130 exhibitors, 60 free educational sessions, and some 3,000 visitors. It has a content-packed accompanying magazine -- definitely worth a look.
Element K will be in the exposition hall at booth 17, and we'd love for you to stop by! We'll have several demo sessions, with topics such as:
- How to Reduce Your Learning Management Costs With a Hosted LM
- vLabs: How to Deliver Real Experience within a Virtual Environment
- Beyond the Hocus Pocus: A Practical Approach To Building Blended Learning and a Learning Culture
For descriptions of these sessions, and to sign up for any of them, please visit our sign-up form page.
In addition, Andrew Tempest, Element K's Director of Learning Products Management, will be giving a presentation at Learning Technologies on the topic of "Challenges and Opportunities in Developing New Training Programs."
Be sure to visit our new website to meet our team and get valuable resources including whitepapers and case studies.
ASTD TechKnowledge 2010
This year's ASTD TechKnowledge Conference and Expo is being held in Las Vegas from January 27-29. This year's event once again features an outstanding lineup of speakers, as well as other features such as creation stations, tech intensives, and learning labs.
I will be attending this event, and will be speaking on Wednesday, January 27 from 1:30 - 2:45 p.m. on the topic of "Overcoming Obstacles and Objections to Using Web 2.0 in Organizations." In this session, I will be covering numerous "obstacles and objections" to the use of social learning tools in organizations, and provide valuable insights and tips on how to overcome these so you can move forward with the latest tools and approaches in your blended learning programs. In addition, I will be leading one of the Closing Session group discussions on the topic of Social Learning.
The annual event from Training magazine, this year's Training 2010 Conference and Expo, is being held in San Diego from February 1-3. Like the two events already mentioned, Training 2010 promises an outstanding learning experience due to its exceptional lineup of speakers and topics.
I will be also attending this event, and again will be presenting on the topic "Overcoming Obstacles and Objections to Using Web 2.0 in Organizations." (on Monday, Feb. 1 from 8-9 a.m.) In addition, I'll be presenting a brief Twitter Overview for L&D professionals later that day between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. in the technology demo area.
Hopefully you are able to attend one or more of these outstanding industry events!