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Top 10 eLearning Conferences For Chief Learning Officers in 2015


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Every year the eLearning conference scene opens and closes with a bang. ATD Tech Knowledge starts the year off right in January, and DevLearn closes the year with grandeur. Sometimes it is hard to know which eLearning conferences you should attend. Here is a list of eLearning Conferences for the savvy Chief Learning Officers (CLO) to attend or send eLearning developers and instructional designers to.

eLearning Conferences For Chief Learning Officers in 2015 

The list is presented with the top eLearning conferences first. By the end of my article, you will be able to see the list broken down by date and geography. I’ve also included the authoring tools conferences - Captivate, Lectora, and Storyline which are fantastic for getting a very in-depth knowledge of the tools and capabilities.

DevLearn

1. DevLearn 

a. Summary - The best eLearning conference hands-down.
b. Highlight - You will find the best training, all of the important vendors, and a really great format in Las Vegas, NV.  Offers one and two day pre-conference certificate programs.
c. Organizer - eLearning Guild
d. Date - September 30 - October 2, 2015
e. Location - Las Vegas, NV
f. Venue - MGM Grand
g. Website - http://www.elearningguild.com/DevLearn/content/3640/devlearn-2015-conference--expo--home/
h. Price - $1,695 — Standard Rate for Guild Associates and non-members

ATD Tech Knowledge

2. ATD Tech Knowledge

a. Summary - Learn about the newest technologies and how to apply them successfully. This is the best ATD conference for eLearning (yes even better than ATD ICE. Much Better.) Don’t miss this one.
b. Highlights - Conference included creation stations, TK chats, and learning labs.
c. Organizer - ATD
d. Date - January 14 - 16, 2015
e. Location - Las Vegas, NV
f. Venue - Caesars Palace
g. Website - http://www.tkconference.org
h. Price - Starting at $1,550 (See website for discounts)

mLearnCon

3. mLearnCon 

a. Summary - The most comprehensive mobile learning conference. mLearning is becoming a vital part in any successful business and you’ll be able to find out why here.
b. Highlights - Tightly focused on mobile eLearning and effective strategies for learning on the go. Offers one day pre-conference programs.
c. Organizer - eLearning Guild
d. Date - June 10 - 12, 2015
e. Location - Austin, TX
f. Venue - JW Marriott Austin
g. Website - http://www.elearningguild.com/mLearnCon/content/3400/
h. Price - $1,695 — Standard Rate for Guild Associates and non-members

Learning Technologies (London)

4. Learning Technologies (London)

a. Summary - With the large variety of workshops and networking opportunities, this conference is a must-attend. This is the Dev Learn of Europe. A great conference that draws people from Great Britain, France, Germany, etc...
b. Highlights - Over 500 delegates, 70 leading speakers, and endless networking opportunities
c. Organizer - Closer Still
d. Date - January 28 - 29, 2015
e. Location - London, England
f. Venue - Olympia Central
g. Website - http://www.learningtechnologies.co.uk/
h. Price - The standard delegate rate for the Learning Technologies 2015 Conference is £1099.00 + VAT, (~$1,730 USD)

Learning Dev Camp

5. Learning Dev Camp

a. Summary - This is a smaller conference hosted in the summer time in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Utah. The reason this conference is on the list is that it is the most hands on comprehensive training eLearning Developers can get. Everyone walks away with practical skills to help speed up production, increase efficiency and create a higher quality online learning experience.
b. Highlights - Experience hands-on classes and learn the practical field knowledge and skills for eLearning, mLearning, and online instruction
c. Organizer - Learning DevCamp
d. Date - June 22 - 25, 2015
e. Location - Salt Lake City, UT
f. Venue - University of Utah
g. Website - http://learningdevcamp.com
h. Price - Starting at $999

Training Conference

Training Conference 2

6. Training Conference

a. Summary - This conference offers training and development for everyone from training directors to managers to developers. The organizers of the Training conference are really making strides in the technology and online learning arena.
b. Highlights - The Training Top 125 is the highlight of every effective CLO’s year. This is the crème de la crème of award ceremonies for the Training and Human Capital Management CLO’s
c. Organizer - Training Magazine
d. Date - February 9 - 11, 2015
e. Location - Atlanta, Georgia
f. Venue - Georgia World Congress Center
g. Website - http://www.trainingconference.com/2015/index.cfm
h. Price - Starting at $1,495
CLO Symposium 15

7. CLO Symposium 15

a. Summary - This is the God-Father of all conferences for CLOs. It has become more and more progressive in how it is approaching digital and online learning. There is one conference in the Spring and one in the Fall. Both are included below.
b. Highlights - Includes a “Breakfast With the Champions” and offers a “CLO Learning Elite GALA”
c. Organizer - Chief Learning Officer Magazine
d. Date - April 13 - 15, 2015 (Also Oct 11-14)
e. Location - Miami, FL (Cedar Creek, Texas)
f. Venue - Trump National Doral (Hyatt Lost Pines Resort & Spa)
g. Website - http://spring15-sym.clomedia.com/ (http://www.clomedia.com/events/126-fall-2015-clo-symposium)
h. Price - $1895 (before Jan. 9) or $2195 (after Jan. 9)

Chief Learning Officer Exchange

8. Chief Learning Officer Exchange

a. Summary - This is a very unique kind of conference. It matches CLOs with a specific need to vendors that can service that need. Every CLO should have one of these on the calendar. This one happens to be our favorite. It is business speed dating with a very high level of buyer and vendor. One of the best ways to get technology needs fulfilled for your company.
b. Highlights -
c. Organizer - IQPC (International Quality and Productivity Center)
d. Date - April 26 - 28, 2015
e. Location - Tampa, FL
f. Venue - IQPC Exchange Venue
g. Website - http://www.chieflearningofficerexchange.com
h. Price - Request an invitation and pricing on the website

 

Learning Solutions

9. Learning Solutions

a. Summary - This conference offers proven strategies, practices, and solutions through teaching about new technologies, and new ways to design your content. This is the Dev Learn (#1 spot above) of the East Coast.
b. Highlights - One-day pre-conference certificate programs are offered starting on March 23
c. Organizer - eLearning Guild
d. Date - March 25 - 27, 2015
e. Location - Orlando, FL
f. Venue - Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
g. Website - http://www.learningsolutionsmag.com/lscon/content/3600/learning-solutions-2015-conference--expo--home/
h. Price - $1,695 — Standard Rate for Guild Associates and non-members

CSTD (Canadian Society of Training and Development)

10. CSTD (Canadian Society of Training and Development)

a. Summary - This is THE big learning conference up north. There is no better conference in Canada for finding out about training, eLearning, and Human Capital.
b. Highlights - The largest Canadian gathering of its kind, the CSTD Conference offers a compelling program of research, case studies, and thought-provoking keynotes sessions
c. Organizer - CSTD
d. Date - November 18-20, 2015
e. Location - Toronto, ON
f. Venue - Metro Toronto Convention Centre
g. Website - http://www.cvent.com/events/2015-conference-and-trade-show/event-summary-82d0593c521a4bae88fb40f297be9fca.aspx
h. Price - Starting at $1049-$1469 (Canadian)

 

If you are tool specific (Adobe Captivate, Lectora, or Storyline) you will want to attend one of these fantastic conferences:

Adobe Learning Summit
11. Adobe Learning Summit 2015

a. Summary - Join learning industry luminaries, eLearning and mLearning experts, peers, and Adobe product teams on an exciting journey at the Adobe Learning Summit 2015. Learn how to stay ahead in today’s rapidly evolving learning scenario. There is something for everyone, including sessions on innovation, thought leadership, tool tips and tricks, and even hands-on sessions for those who love to roll up their sleeves. The Adobe Learning Summit is co-located with DevLearn and requires a separate registration fee.
b. Highlights - 2-for-1 conference package with DevLearn
c. Organizer - Adobe
d. Date - Monday, September 28, 2015
e. Location - MGM Grand, Las Vegas
f. Venue - MGM Grand, 3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109
g. Website - http://www.elearningguild.com/DevLearn/content/3896/devlearn-2015-conference--expo--adobe-learning-summit/
h. Price - Starting at $1,695

Lectora User Conference (LUC2015)

2. Lectora User Conference (LUC2015)

a. Summary - This is a fantastic conference that is put on every year by Trivantis for the support and learning of Lectora users. The keynote speakers are fabulous and the sessions really get you into the full capabilities of how powerful Lectora is for eLearning.
b. Highlights - There is a two day Pre Conference Workshop and a Post Conference Workshop as well.
c. Organizer - Trivantis (Maker of Lectora)
d. Date - April 29 - 30, 2015
e. Location - Nashville, Tennessee
f. Venue - Music City Center
g. Website - http://lectora.com/conference/luc-2015
h. Price - $795 Early Bird, $895 after March 31st

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Storyline Conference (Not Available)

3. Storyline Conference (Not Available)

Summary - Although Articulate doesn't have a separate conference for Storyline users they do have some great resources on their website and through social media. You can also find some great training through Lodestone and IconLogic.
Social - Tom Kuhlmann, Storyline Evangelist
Training - Lodestone, IconLogic
Website - https://www.articulate.com/products/storyline-why.php

List of 2015 eLearning Conferences For Chief Learning Officers in Chronological Order

I look forward to seeing you at the shows!

Curtis J. Morley
President eLearning Brothers

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