Making Conferences More Affordable

Affordable Conferences

Pick conferences that are affordable, to begin with. For example, choosing the Adobe eLearning Conference in Washington DC or the Adobe Learning Summit in Vegas are good choices because these conferences are entirely complimentary. In addition to the complimentary registration, Adobe will provide you with a great breakfast and lunch while attending the conference. These are two meals you won’t have to buy that you might have to at other conferences.

Accommodations

The conference is usually at a larger hotel that has conference facilities. These are not usually inexpensive places to stay. Do your research as to where you can stay nearby that will make it more affordable. If you are staying an extra day, try to find a hotel that includes a complimentary breakfast so you can save a few dollars as well. Consider the parking situation if you’re driving. With the price of parking in a downtown hotel, it might be worth leaving your car at the inexpensive hotel and catching an Uber instead. If there are other nearby, consider sharing a ride with them also.

Flights

You don’t have to fly first class to get to your conferences. I fly economy and while I have my prefered airlines, I’m not afraid to look at other carriers to see if I can save some money here and there. Use services like Expedia or Priceline where you can compare rates across many airlines to find the lowest price possible. Also, consider alternative times to fly. Sometimes I’ll choose an earlier or later flight just because it might save me a few bucks, but consider the money you might spend waiting in an airport for a later flight. If you save $30 but have to buy a meal while you wait, it might not be worth it.

Food

Obviously, you will have to buy some meals while you are attending a conference. do some research ahead of time and find out what restaurants are nearby your hotel or the conference facilities. It’s great to try new restaurants and perhaps treat yourself from time to time, but there is nothing wrong with grabbing a sandwich at a sub shop or picking up some cheap eats at a local taco shop. I’ve also picked up a prepackaged sandwich and a bottle of iced tea at a nearby pharmacy. Nothing too terribly wrong with an egg McMuffin either.

Apps & Memberships

Here is one you may not have thought of. There are sometimes apps for the city or the hotel chain that can save you a few dollars. For example, Marriott offers free Wi-Fi to guests who are members of their loyalty program. At what the hotels can sometimes charge for in-room Wi-Fi this can really be worth it. Another App you can get on your phone or tablet that could come in handy for Las Vegas is the myVegas series of apps. This app allows you to play Vegas-style slot machines without spending any real money. You can actually accumulate points that can be traded in for complimentary nights in the hotel and discounts off restaurants and other activities. Please just be careful of the in-app purchases.

Volunteer

And the last thing I want to mention is that you can volunteer yourself to participate in the conference. Prior to the first Adobe eLearning Conference in Washington DC, I reached out and volunteered as a speaker. They accepted my request to help out and have invited me to the live events a total of seven times. As a speaker and frequent participant of the Adobe eLearning Community, they cover many of my expenses to these conferences. I’m not saying that everyone can do this but if you are an influencer in the Adobe eLearning Community, it’s worth looking into and seeing if they want your help for the next conference.

So there are just a few ideas that you can implement to save a few dollars if you’re footing the bill yourself. I’d love to hear other suggestions that you might have. Please put your comments below and perhaps we can keep this thread going for some ideas for Vegas in the fall. Looking forward to seeing all of you in Washington and Vegas.

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Adobe Captivate Specialist

Give your eLearning career the edge it deserves.

Power up your professional profile and stand out with the industry-leading Adobe Captivate Specialist recognition. Learn from the best in the business how you can unlock the potential of Adobe Captivate to create brilliant eLearning courses. Successfully complete the online assessment, get endorsed as a Specialist, and earn a certificate and badge for use in your professional and social networks.

About the Program

The Adobe Captivate Specialist is a full-day certificate classroom program, delivered by top Adobe Captivate experts. You will be enrolled into the course as soon as you register and will receive course instructions and prep materials two weeks prior to the on-site program date. One the day of Certification, you will join other members in the classroom training. Following the training you will complete an online assessment – upon successful completion, you will receive your Adobe Captivate Specialist certificate.

Who Should Attend

The Adobe Captivate Specialist certificate program is ideal for instructional designers, training professionals, L&D professionals, and eLearning consultants that have basic to intermediate proficiency in instructional design and eLearning course-creation workflows. Seats are limited. For more details, please contact grp-captivatespecialist@adobe.com

The Takeaway

By the end of this program, participants will have mastered all the major workflows in the latest release of Adobe Captivate – ranging from creating storyboards, to designing static and responsive courses, building custom animations, using advanced actions and eLearning assets, and more.
The agenda will cover the following topics in detail:
  • Introduction to Adobe Captivate (2019 release)
  • Touring the Adobe Captivate interface
  • Building storyboards using Adobe Captivate Draft
  • Creating static and responsive courses in Adobe Captivate
  • Using themes and eLearning assets
  • Inserting interactive and non-interactive objects
  • Building custom animations and interactions
  • Using advanced actions and variables
  • Recording and editing simulations and video demos
  • Using Adobe Captivate with other applications, such as Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Adding assessments and quizzes
  • Enabling Learning Management System (LMS) compliance and accessibility
  • Previewing and publishing the courses to an LMS

Requirements

  • All participants are required to bring their own laptop computers with Adobe Captivate (2019 release) pre-installed (if you do not already have the 2019 release you can download a free trial within 30 days of the program). Those without the 2019 release will NOT be able to complete or pass the assessment.
  • The demo files and assets will be emailed to you two weeks prior to the classroom session. These must be completed and reviewed before the on-site classroom session.
  • Please bring power adaptors for your computers; access to power for charging will be provided.

Pricing & Payment

The standard price for the full-day program is $499 USD. Payment is required for admittance into the program. If payment is not received, your entry will not be permitted. This program is non-refundable. Under no circumstances will refunds be issued. The price covers the registration fee, food and beverages for the day, and the certificate and badge if the assessment is successfully passed.
*Federal Employees, if you would like to register for this event and cannot submit payment online.

For more details, please contact grp-captivatespecialist@adobe.com

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Adobe eLearning Conference & Captivate Specialist Training

I’m not just a speaker at the upcoming Adobe eLearning Conference in Washington DC on March 13th, 2019, but I’m also an attendee. For those who are unsure if this event is worth your time or the effort to convince your boss, consider the following.

During the previous years events, I met a bunch of people like myself who design eLearning for their living. It’s really great sharing similar experiences with one another, and knowing we are not alone in the challenges we face. More importantly, though, I got to hear other ideas and solutions as to how to solve elearning challenges. As a freelancer, I just don’t get that in my home office. My two office companions are great for other reasons but they don’t offer any suggestions for improving my eLearning designs.

Each Adobe live event offers a glimpse of what eLearning at Adobe will look like in the future. I first learned about virtual reality, fluid box responsive design, and interactive video at past Adobe live events and I’m looking forward to learning about new features this spring.

As I said up front, I’m also an attendee. When I’m not speaking or sitting in on the general sessions, I will be attending my fellow speaker’s sessions. Thanks to them, the effort I put into preparing material to speak about is returned to me tenfold. The creative solutions I’ve learned from my fellow speakers has allowed me to offer a wider range of eLearning solutions to my clients. I’m very thankful for the knowledge my fellow speakers have given me.

A new feature of the last few Adobe live events has been the Adobe Captivate Specialist training. The Adobe Captivate specialist training is a separate registration and requires a fee of $499. A short time before the conference you will get you access to pre-session training material. The pre-session training material is over seven hours of tutorials from Dr. Pooja Jaisingh. If you don’t know Pooja, she is the leading expert in Adobe Captivate and works as a Senior Evangelist for Adobe eLearning.

On the day of the Specialist training, you will register and be assigned to one of several classes. Breakfast is included and then you will begin your Captivate training until it’s time to break for lunch (also included). Later in the afternoon once all the training is concluded you will begin your assessment. You’ll know right away if you are successful and then you’re free to break until the conference the next day, where you will also get your certificate and a digital badge that you can add to your LinkedIn profile that is verifiable by potential employers.

Probably the most important aspect of this conference is the value. The conference itself is completely free, and if you elect to get your Adobe Captivate Specialist designation it’s only going to cost you or your organization the $499. Breakfast and lunch are included for the conference. Sure you have to pay for your transportation and accommodation but that would be true of any conference you decide to attend in 2019. Most eLearning conferences without any certifications are a thousand or more dollars just to register. If you use Adobe Captivate, are switching to Adobe Captivate, or are considering Adobe Captivate this is the conference for you.

I hope to see you in Washington DC on either March 12th, March 13th, or on both days.

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4 reasons why you need to be at the Adobe Learning Summit 2017

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Having the opportunity to attend my first conference not too long ago had a huge impact on my outlook towards community based learning. We’ll be following up with more posts specifically around what to expect at ALS 2017, session tracks, speakers,sneak peeks on new tech.

For now, we’ll give you 4 reasons why you should attend ALS 2017 in October at The Mirage in Las Vegas.

 

“They have webinars”, “You would be losing a lot of time”, “It’s an expensive investment”,”There are conferences for learning?”

If you’re already hearing these comments on bringing up the subject of conferences you may already be heading into a spiral to and fro of perceptive reasoning and you may walk away with an extended lunch break and not an airline ticket and a full event pass.

 

I wanted to share my experience on why conferences are and will always be important for the workforce that make things tick around the brick and mortar.

 

The first time I heard about a conference natural human tendency set in “It’s probably an educational way to get some time off in an exotic location”, could not be farther from the truth. When I walked into the main hall where everyone had their stages set up and you could see the software’s on display projecting their prowess, the scent of innovation and the drive to solve real problems was addictive and I was hooked.

 

Meet the one in the video : All influencers and community professionals contribute heavily to our ecosystem through videos and online writings, they conceptualize and create and offer their expertise through these and the chance to meet them in person is invaluable, you get to know how and more importantly why they did it. There is nothing more invaluable meeting someone in person, social media keeps you connected over distances, reading and viewing online still does not fill the gap as much as having a sit down and exchanging ideas that work.

 

Your network is your networth: Meet, mingle, dinner, coffee. The way to someone’s heart could very well be through their stomach J. The opportunity to strengthen existing relationships and form new ones present themselves at these conferences, at a track or a session you could run into your next client or meet a customer who you could listen to and understand what they need and are aspiring. Customers forge loyalty with brands that are represented with full force in flesh and blood, they relate and most barriers and layers of are broken in that moment.

 

DIOG-Doing it on ground: The expo floor is like a hangar for awesome products, something that makes a process faster, saves cost or just looks infinitely better. Visual interest is followed by the urge to DIY, having an expert demonstrate and applying your idea real time is an experience you would only appreciate at the conference. Yes you can experience them on their websites and read all about them, this is different, you can solve business problems that you forsee upcoming and think through other roadbloacks, 2 heads are always better than one (the power of community and inclusion).

 

Inspiration comes from everywhere: That chair and table at work has invisible chains which have magnets which bring you back to the same cubicle like clockwork, a fresh outlook and perspective can churn your thought process and an innovation and educational enabled conference can do just that.

 

It’s one of the most powerful learning environments being in the same room with like minded people who are out there with you trying to better themselves, learning new techniques and strengthening hard wired practices.

 

It’s about investing in yourself, calling out that I am still learning, not only for myself, my company but for everyone who would meet me professionally and personally. Learning something new which assists in accomplishing a task or solving a problem is like a breath of fresh air and leads to change for the better.

 

If you’re the boss reading this, have faith in the ability of your team, believe that this is an invaluable investment towards their growth an accelerator for their motivation and an opportunity for them to bring back ideas and methods which have been vetted or would have been discovered with them at the helm!

 

The 10th Annual Adobe Learning Summit is on the horizon, the bold future of learning and its related technologies have arrived for us to explore and utilise. Smart is Now, Smart is You.

 

Looking forward to meeting all of you at the conference.Please do share your own thoughts and experiences from past conferences and what you look forward to this year.

Thanks for your time

Bhim

“Think lightly of yourself, and deeply of the world-Myamoto Mushashi”

 

Adobe eLearning RoadshowIThe Complete eLearning Journey | Sydney

The Complete eLearning Journey | Sydney
Tuesday 28 March 2017, 03:00 AM – 05:00 AM
Register: Register
Wouldn’t it be great if you could take charge of your eLearning environment right from storyboarding your ideas to generating responsive eLearning courses to being able to effectively deploy and track your learners’ performance?   

With Adobe eLearning solutions, you can: 

1) Give expression to your ideas using Adobe Captivate Draft, the storyboarding app for iPads. 

2) Enrich the storyboards and turn them into responsive eLearning with Adobe Captivate 9. 

3) Deploy, deliver, track and manage your eLearning using Adobe Captivate Prime, the all-new self-service LMS from Adobe.  

4) Deliver your global training live with the world’s leading virtual classroom technology, Adobe Connect.

Join Dr. Allen Partridge in an informative session on how to best use these industry-leading Adobe eLearning solutions to stay ahead and be in control of your eLearning environment. 

Register now as seating is limited. This is a very special eLearning event that should not be missed.  Allen has flown in from the USA to share his insights on global elearning trends.

This meetup is ideal for

- Chief Learning Officers and Directors of Learning
- Corporate Learners in Government and Corporate organisations
- Teacher development including K-12 and Higher Education
- Instructional and Educational Designers
- Human Resource Management
- Learning professionals

Time

0830 – 1030hrs | Australia

Location

Adobe Systems

Tower 2, Level 27 Darling Park

201 Sussex Street, Sydney

New South Wales 2000

Adobe Roadshow IThe Complete eLearning Journey | Melbourne

The Complete eLearning Journey | Melbourne
Friday 31 March 2017, 03:00 AM – 05:00 AM
Wouldn’t it be great if you could take charge of your eLearning environment right from storyboarding your ideas to generating responsive eLearning courses to being able to effectively deploy and track your learners’ performance?   

With Adobe eLearning solutions, you can: 

1) Give expression to your ideas using Adobe Captivate Draft, the storyboarding app for iPads. 

2) Enrich the storyboards and turn them into responsive eLearning with Adobe Captivate 9. 

3) Deploy, deliver, track and manage your eLearning using Adobe Captivate Prime, the all-new self-service LMS from Adobe.  

4) Deliver your global training live with the world’s leading virtual classroom technology, Adobe Connect.

Join Dr. Allen Partridge in an informative session on how to best use these industry-leading Adobe eLearning solutions to stay ahead and be in control of your eLearning environment. 

Register now as seating is limited. This is a very special eLearning event that should not be missed.  Allen has flown in from the USA to share his insights on global elearning trends.

This event is ideal for

- Chief Learning Officers and Directors of Learning
- Corporate Learners in Government and Corporate organisations
- Teacher development including K-12 and Higher Education
- Instructional and Educational Designers
- Human Resource Management
- Learning professionals

Time

0830 – 1030hrs | Australia

Location

The Westin Melbourne
205 Collins Street
Executive Room II

I Think This Applies to the Adobe eLearning Conference in Washington D.C. As Well

I just read this great article by Adam Moran on Why Humans Should Attend Conferences – Like Adobe Summit 2017 and I think it applies to the Adobe eLearning Conference as well. If you are trying to convince your manager why they should fly you to Washington in April and book you into a fancy hotel you might be able to pull some key points from this article:

https://blogs.adobe.com/digitalmarketing/digital-marketing/humans-attend-conferences-like-adobe-summit-2017/

Now if you’re successful, make sure you register for the conference. You don’t want someone else taking your seat:

http://carahevents.carahsoft.com/event/register/21705-web

Showcasing different approaches to building a #CMALT portfolio #ALTC

As part of the 2015 Winter ALTC Conference I am chairing a session on CMALT portfolios, and the creative ways to design and publish them.

This session will showcase three portfolios from recently accredited Certified Members, Elizabeth Charles (Birkbeck), David Watson (Hong Kong Polytechnic University) and Daniel Villalba Algas (Sheffield University). Facilitated by David Hopkins (Warwick Business School) we will focus on exploring different approaches to building CMALT portfolios and discuss how different job roles can be reflected.

In preparation for this event we’d appreciate your stories, experience, or progress on your journey to CMALT (on-going, completed, passed, failed, given up, etc.) by dropping a pin on our Padlet notice board.

If you have the time please join us online for the webinar Showcasing different approaches to building a CMALT portfolio – Wednesday December 9th, 2015, at 9:30AM.

Image source: ALT (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

I’m going to … #altc

As part of the 2015 ALTC conference a few PDFs were provided, in a flipped classroom approach, for us to advertise our thoughts, expectations, or hopes for our time at the conference. I decided to draw mine, here it is. What’s yours?

ALTC 2015 Sketchnote

Image source: David Hopkins (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)