I recently returned from the eLearning Guild's Learning Solutions Conference in Orlando. The conference is the largest of it's kind focusing on eLearning with over 1300 people attending. I always find it amusing, that despite being eLearning professionals, we still want to attend live physical conferences. I guess that proves the point about the importance of thinking about blended solutions when it comes to learning. I've attended several eLearning Guild conferences over the years, and this one was another excellent event.
I was especially impressed with the keynote speakers this year, John Medina, author of "Brain Rules", Nancy Duarte, who wrote "Resonate" and especially Mike Wesch, whose description of how social media is being used to influence change moved me to tears. No matter how great the session is that I'm attending, with 1300 attendees and so many sessions being held simultaneously, I always feel I'm missing out on something. Learning Solutions Magazine did a fine job of summarizing the conference, so I'm providing the link to the summary below.
David Kelly collected a comprehensive collection of resources on his blog. In case you don't think Twitter is a learning tool, he followed the backchannel of the conference via Twitter and wasn't physically present at the conference. David Kelly will be our featured presenter at the eLearning SIG meeting on April 20th, so if you are interested in how to use the backchannel for learning, please join us and hear his take on using Social Media for Learning.