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Virtual Reality in the Enterprise: What Works and What Doesn’t

In mainstream corporate learning, there is a lack of use cases for (and general knowledge of) applying virtual reality technology to help enhance learning outcomes. What works? What does not work? What have companies learned to date? How can you use VR most effectively in the enterprise? And why is VR, unlike the eLearning model, “community-based” and not vendor-driven?

In this session, you will examine real-life use cases to learn what other companies are using VR for in corporate learning, what mistakes they have made, and what successes they have found. You will gain an understanding of VR immersive learning for both individuals and groups (“multi-play”). You will see multi-play learning that involves learners in different countries in the same scenario at the same time, and you’ll examine problem-solving performance challenges. You will also learn the differences between manufacturers’ headsets to aid your understanding of the types of VR experiences you can produce.

Speaker: Marco Faccini is the chief commercial officer and CLO at Immerse Learning. Marco helped create a start-up called Creative Learning Media in 2001, which subsequently became known as MindLeaders. The company supported 17 million learners worldwide and was sold to Skillsoft in 2012. He co-invented the el-box in 2003—the world’s first mobile learning platform.

In 2012, Marco was invited to become a fellow of the Learning Performance Institute. He has consulted for companies such as Microsoft and spoken at many events. Since 2015, he has been working in the VR learning space, creating applications for learning-based outcomes.

The Learning Analytics Revolution: Are You Ready?

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.

This session will examine the powerful effects of more sophisticated learning, designed for deep data analysis, and how to implement such a solution in your organization. You will learn from a complete end-to-end case study of a highly engaging and effective learner experience that includes virtual reality, and that simultaneously drives deep data analysis for business insights. You will explore the process, roles, and skill sets required at each stage, and you’ll gain tools to help you develop your own overarching strategies and communicate with stakeholders.

Speaker:  Glenn Bull is the founder and CEO of Skilitics, which is the creator of an enterprise training development platform designed for integrated learning measurement. The Skilitics platform is fast gaining attention globally for its disruptive and innovative approach to training design and measurement.

Glenn is the visionary behind this cloud-based solution and spearheads the company’s global strategy. He is also the editor of TheNewID.com training comic, contributed to by many of the industry’s key thought leaders.

Digital Transformation

Heide will present current trends on Digital Transformation and how it is disrupting current business models.

Heide will also educate on what Brain Science is and discuss how in order to design the best learning experiences we need to understand and respect the neuroscience of learning.

Speaker:  Heide Abelli is Senior Vice President of Skillsoft’s training and development content and is also responsible for its Leadership & Business Skills content portfolios. She joined Skillsoft last year and is responsible for driving innovation across those content areas.

Heide has extensive experience in the publishing, media and educational technology & corporate training sectors. Prior to joining Skillsoft, she spent almost a decade working at Harvard Business Publishing, where she developed award-winning e-learning products in the leadership and business skills content areas, including interactive simulations, video-based courses, case studies and interactive learning solutions. Prior to that, she held several roles at the global publishing and media giant, Bertelsmann.

Heide is passionate about leveraging technology to improve the practice of management. She is also a thought leader in the areas of training and development and management and leadership. She has been quoted in numerous publications including CLO Magazine, HR Drive, Business Insider, INC., Deal Crunch and Learning Solutions, to name a few. She is also a frequent participant in panel discussions and presenter at leading industry conferences. Because Heide has also held leadership roles in product development, innovation and product management at Fortune 100 companies, she truly has her finger on the pulse of what organizations need to train and develop today’s workforce, especially in an era of digital transformation.

Better eLearning: Agile, LLAMA, and Lean

On Time. In Budget. What They Need (even if that changes!). That's what you can expect as you implement LLAMA or any of the Agile project management approaches. The software development industry is embracing Agile to address these issues and there is much that the elearning development world can learn from them. Agile provides a framework for adapting to change as it happens, and working to deliver the content most-needed.

Participants in this session will learn about the Agile project management methods we've adapted and how our project teams actually use them on the job. We'll talk about the tools & supplies you need, how to choose a project to pilot, and how we train our team. Learn how Agile techniques improve centralizing information, keeping a project on track, tracking hours and resources more easily, and defining clear and measureable job tasks.

Speaker:  Megan Torrance is the CEO and founder of TorranceLearning, which helps organizations connect learning strategy to design, development, data, and ultimately performance. She has over 25 years of experience in learning design, deployment, and consulting. TorranceLearning projects have won IELA and Brandon Hall (2012, 2014, 2016) awards, the 2014 xAPI Hyperdrive contest at DevLearn, and back-to-back eLearning Guild DemoFest Best in Show awards (2016, 2017). Megan is the author of The Quick Guide to LLAMA, Agile and LLAMA for ISD Project Management, and Making Sense of xAPI. She is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in communication and an MBA.

How to Ensure Your Training Solutions are Enterprise Ready

The incredible pace of business today, combined with the accelerated speed of new technologies can create a dizzying need to upgrade and enhance systems in every aspect of global enterprise. It is ironic that training support technologies are often the last systems to become genuinely enterprise-ready. Join Adobe’s Dr. Allen Partridge for this insightful overview of the fundamental requirements needed to ensure that your learning technology and programs are compatible with twenty-first century business needs.

Attendees will learn the critical aspects of enterprise readiness, including:

  • Enterprise Integration: Connectivity & Extensibility
  • Enterprise Security: Security & Reliability
  • Enterprise Scale: Data access, speed, performance & reporting power, Reporting & Visualizing Multi-source Data
  • Enterprise Discoverability: Search capacity, performance, modernization & speed
  • Enterprise Brand Compliance
  • Enterprise Goals: Business Alignment

Speaker:  Dr. Allen Partridge is an eLearning Evangelist for Adobe Systems.  Allen is a learning addict with a rebellious spirit and a passion for evidence-based reasoning. Dr. Partridge served on the Doctoral faculties of The University of Georgia & Indiana University of Pennsylvania before joining Adobe in 2007.

As Adobe's Head of eLearning Evangelism, he provides guidance by relating customer experiences & challenges to the amazing product and engineering teams that create Captivate, Presenter Video Express (PVX) and Adobe's extraordinary new Learning Management System, Adobe Captivate Prime.

Dr. Partridge is well recognized for his videos and presentations to audiences around the world. He has published a host of articles and a handful of books on topics ranging from Critical Thinking for Business Training to 3D Online Game Development.

How  can frontier technologies be applied to enterprise training?

 In this session, you will gain a better understanding of frontier technologies like blockchain, electronic procedures, gamification and mixed reality enabled wearables .  You will also see how those trends can be applied to training curriculums.

Speaker:  Oliver Diaz is a serial entrepreneur and 20-year veteran of delivering frontier technology and marketing strategy to Fortune 50 clients. He is the former founder and CEO of Fuel.Tech, a leading provider of custom tech solutions to the energy industry and 2013 Inc 500’s 5th fastest growing company in Houston. During that time, he consulted and lead development for over 300 major energy and high-tech brands in the use of virtual reality, augmented reality, IIoT and blockchain. After a successful exit, he founded of GNOSYS, a mobilized e-procedure platform that integrates cognitive services to propel safer and more efficient work environments. His latest endeavor is launching CYNCH, a blockchain-based startup that acts as smart contract IDE, trustless process orchestration platform and “blockchain-of-custody” auditing tool for enterprise clients.


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