8 Can’t-Miss Sessions at DevLearn 2017

September 24, 2017

Here are the can't-miss sessions for DevLearn 2017.

DevLearn 2017 is one of the biggest conferences of the year for learning and development (L&D) pros. In fact, it’s so big and there’s so much to do, it can be overwhelming.

Well, fear not. For the event – which runs from Wednesday, Oct. 25 to Friday, Oct. 27 at The Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas – has dozens of sessions that cover a variety of learning needs. But here are the eight sessions you absolutely, positively can’t miss (and, they don't overlap, so you can see all eight).

They are:

1. The Next Big Thing is Small: 20 pros/cons of Microlearning 

Time: Wednesday, Oct. 25; 10:45 a.m.

Presenter: Christine LeeseVicky Hale

Session info: Microlearning is everywhere. Your clients or L&D leaders may be pressuring you to use it everywhere. For everything. Oh, and by the way, for cheap. But when should it be used – and when should it not be used? Microlearning is a small and powerful tool, but it may not be the answer to every learning dilemma.

2. How to Create Content Strategy that Resonates with Modern Learner

Time: Wednesday, Oct. 25; 2:15 p.m.

Presenter: Stuart Grossman

Session info: Learning leaders need to rethink how they create, manage and deliver content if they are to meet the needs of the modern workforce. Learning organizations must find ways for their content to serve not only in courses, but the entire learning ecosystem.

3. What Managers Want

Time: Wednesday, Oct. 25; 3:15 p.m.

Presenter: Mark Prasatik, Mike Keating

Session info: Do your managers have the talent and learning information they need to make timely decisions? Is finding the right information at the right time a nightmare or a dream? Most talent and learning applications are either light on reporting capability or too complex for timely business reporting needs.

4. The Future of Learning: 6 Trends that Will Change Behavior 

Time: Thursday, Oct. 26; 10 a.m.

Presenter: Rose Benedicks

Session info: The holy grail of learning is undoubtedly behavior change. It’s said that learning can only be proved when behaviors are affected and one can see an evidenced change in practice. But how realistic is genuine behavior change in a learning program?

5. Creating Your Own Online Video Training

When: Thursday, Oct. 26; 11 a.m.

Presenters: Garrick ChowNick Brazzi

Session info: In recent years, the notion of leveraging video for streamlining learning has gained significant traction. For instance, in the flipped classroom approach, people watch short videos introducing them to the content before an in-person or virtual class experience, freeing up class time for them to apply the knowledge they’ve gained. However, successfully using this approach requires careful preparation and often demands that instructional designers, instructors, or facilitators master skills related to video production, involving a time commitment that can discourage these time-strapped L&D professionals from experimenting with this innovative technique.

6. Closing the Skills Gap: Transforming Talent Development with On-Demand Learning

Time: Thursday, Oct. 25; 2:15 p.m.

Presenter: Mordy Golding

Session info: Talent has now become the number-one priority for organizations. And rightfully so: professionals are making career decisions based on career development opportunities, or the lack thereof. In fact, in a recent LinkedIn survey, 94 percent of professionals said they’d be more likely to stay at an organization that invested in career development. With skills rapidly evolving, and the need to upskill the workforce at an all-time high, it’s never been a more exciting time to be working in corporate learning and development. And yet, more change is on the horizon.

7. The Learning Analytics Revolution: Are You Ready?

Time: Thursday, Oct. 26; 3 p.m.

Presenter: Glenn Bull

Session info: The corporate training industry is awakening to the need for significantly better reporting and improved accountability across all organizational divisions. The advanced data enabled by a new generation of training development tools will allow businesses to make smarter decisions and formulate competitive strategies based on highly credible and timely insights.

8. Getting Started With Learning Measurement

Time: Friday, Oct. 27; 8:30 a.m.

Presenter: Rose Benedicks

Session info: While marketing departments have become increasingly adept at measuring their contribution to financial performance, L&D departments have traditionally been slower at using measurement techniques to prove their worth. There are increasingly sophisticated ways to measure the business impact of learning, yet many L&D professionals are struggling to get started with measurement. What’s the value of measuring learning impact, and how do you rise to the challenge?

Going to DevLearn 2017? Be sure to check out LinkedIn Learning's booth at the event and say hello!