I attended DevLearn 2019 this past October, in Las Vegas. It was my second time attending the conference—but it was a completely different experience from 2018 in so many different ways. It was such a profoundly different experience; I needed plenty of time to process and reflect before I could share my takeaways with all of you.
In this post, I’ll share the highlights of my week at DevLearn and my key takeaways from the event.
Highlights From the Week
The week at DevLearn started with a fun video critique session conducted by Bianca Woods and Mark Britz, Tuesday evening. They showed us a curated YouTube playlist of training videos that the group discussed the good, bad, and ugly for each example. It was a fascinating exercise that allowed for diverse perspectives, experiences, and preferences for design to be shared—there were also plenty of opportunities for humor, which is always a plus.
I encourage you to check out their playlist with the link above and discuss the examples with your team. You might be surprised at the different perspectives that folks have—you may even find some ideas to apply in your work.
Highlights from the rest of the week included:
- The eLearning Guild’s first-ever AI keynote from Sophia the Robot—see the gallery for my selfie with Sophia!
- Andrew McGuire and Ryan Hicks shared their story for how they built buy-in for using xAPI outside of an LMS to benefit their entire organization.
- Derek Brezette shared the importance of using demos, defining problems, and their necessary solutions to pitch new ideas to stakeholders—and the importance of collaboration across teams.
- I had the privilege of seeing Cath Ellis’ Demofest winning project, The Fallout—you’ll want to check out her demo for those that missed the event.
The most important highlight from the week had the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and colleagues—and meet new ones! Here’s a photo gallery of just a few of them.
Critical Takeaways From DevLearn 2019
An important reason why I wait to reflect on DevLearn is to allow the excitement of big and new ideas to become tempered with the challenges that I’m facing in my day-to-day. This will enable me to balance the possibilities of the future with what is most urgent, today—with that in mind, here are my biggest takeaways from this year.
Why I Attend DevLearn
These are all just a taste of my experience and takeaways from the week—if you want to get the full benefit of the experience, you’ll need to attend yourself. Here are my reasons why I would recommend you go to DevLearn, next year or in the future:
If you didn’t attend this year, I hope you’ll have the opportunity for next year and that I’ll see you there. But if you did attend DevLearn, what were your key takeaways—share them in the comments below!