Standard Sessions

Learning DevCamp 2017 standard sessions are 50 minutes of online learning development, instructional design, and tips and tricks that you can use when you get back to school or the office.

This is just a sampling of sessions as we are finalizing our schedule which may change without notice.


How Science Fiction Can Help Make Your eLearning Better!

Star Wars takes place a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Star Trek takes place a few centuries from now. Fun adventures, sure, but what do they have to do with eLearning? Other fun adventures include Galaxy Quest, Serenity, Ghostbusters and, yes, It’s a Wonderful Life. While watching them, don’t you think to yourself, “Hey, I could apply that idea to my eLearning?” Joe Ganci does! Epic, mind-blowing ideas like those in The Matrix, Inception, Minority Report, Blade Runner, and so many others. They propose alternate realities, parallel universes, transporter beams and time travel. They pose a lot of “what-if” questions and allow us to see the answers. What does science fiction have to do with the needs of your eLearning audience? After all, they have to learn a new business process, customer service approach, software application, or other “real-world” needs! Joe has loved creating eLearning for 34 years and he has loved science fiction even longer than that. Come learn how to create truly engaging eLearning by applying the best ideas of sci-fi to your eLearning designs and have fun while doing it. You will learn to: Find the best “what-if” ideas and determine if they can help you reach your learners, Engage learners with story lines that you can borrow from the best sci-fi, and Apply concepts from science fiction to your eLearning designs.

Learning to Speak Code: What You Need to Know to Work with Developers

With custom development, you can break out of the box and do more than what your standard eLearning tools can do. This requires a new skill, though: knowing how to direct web developers to create custom eLearning. What do you need to know to speak their language without having to learn to code yourself? This session will cover the basics of code terminology to empower you to manage and direct your developers and know what is possible and what is not possible. You will explore different types of code available for the different types of projects you may need to develop. You will learn what kinds of developers you need to hire and how to guide them to create awesome custom learning experiences.


Design on a Dime

Got no training budget? As learning professionals, our project budgets are shrinking. However, there are plenty of free or low cost tools out there if you know where to look to “design on a dime”.     This session will explore how to build engaging and professional-looking deliverables on a shoestring budget just by tapping into these easily accessible free or low-cost resources. From sites that offer free courses and free image libraries to mobile apps that can make your live or virtual events more interactive with free polling or quizzing. Need to collaborate more effectively, how about doing it for free? Interested in tips how you can produce quality training videos with your smartphone? Would you like to learn about a design technique that could save you 1/2 the development time by using a familiar tool you already have?    You will walk away from this session with an exciting, low-budget toolkit you can start implementing immediately!


Viva La Video! Best Practices for Creating eLearning Video Demos

Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline, and TechSmith Camtasia are arguably the top three eLearning development tools in the world. While the tools are very different, they have one main feature in common: each can create awesome videos of whatever you can do on your computer. You can record yourself going through a PowerPoint presentation or record a software demonstration. No matter the tool you elect to use, you can take some simple steps to ensure that you’re recording the best video possible.

During this presentation, you will learn about:


  • Creating Video Demos in Captivate, Storyline, and Camtasia
  • The value of rehearsals
  • Mouse position and tracking speed… Does it Matter
  • Dealing with Mistakes (They’re Inevitable) During Recording

Visual Problem Solving for Learning

You don’t have to be an artist to communicate using pictures. If you can draw simple shapes and lines, and want to start using pictures to illustrate your ideas, than this session is for you. You’ll learn how to use pictures to communicate ideas, organize information and define learning outcomes. Whether you are communicating with SME’s or building your next storyboard visual thinking can help.



Shoot Me Now: eLearning Video Gets Real

Few people really like to see or hear themselves on video. Most regard editing their own audio or video as a form of cruel and unusual punishment. Here’s your big chance to get over that. Together, this CampThink group will question our assumptions, confront our resistances, support each other, and walk away having learned how to produce our own video content that doesn’t hurt.



Developing Training for Hostile Audiences

Have you ever taken training only because you were forced to?  Do you deal with required or compliance training?  Even the best-looking training can miss the mark if the learner remains unwilling and unengaged. This session tackles the topic of developing training for “hostile” audiences–participants who are taking training because of a requirement rather than the desire to do so. Learn how to engage unwilling or uninterested learners and capture the attention of your audience through the use of unconventional design, interactivity, and humor.



Strategic Micro-Learning: Making Training Initiatives Keep Pace with Rapid Workflow

Are your training initiatives and strategy keeping up with the demands of work and the business? Many organizations are disrupting the way they deliver training – from being content-driven to a workflow-responsive mode. The strategy skips the costly and slow aspects of traditional training and elearning. In this session you will preview experiences shared on how to keep your training and learning efforts updated to respond to work demands.

  • Learn how companies are disrupting their training and learning functions
  • Gain insights on micro-sizing and inserting content in the workflow
  • Review why most learning and training fail in micro-learning and what to do about it
  • Examine challenges and opportunities for strategic Micro-Learning
  • Obtain insights rapid and instant approaches to design and delivery of content
  • Preview examples of Micro-Learning solutions

Need an LMS? Google it! (Using Google Analytics as a free LMS)”

In this session, I will show you how to leverage Google Analytics as a free LMS.   Google Analytics is normally used to track visitors on web sites. Out of the box it tracks each time a web page is loaded. It has a built-in option to easily add event tracking: “Someone clicked a link”. It also has robust reporting tools.  Plus you can see results live in real time as learners navigate your course.   eLearning courses are essentially web sites which means we can use Google Analytics to track user visits and events in them.   I will demonstrate how to set up your Google Analytics account and with just a few lines of JavaScript start tracking learners’ actions in your course. We will track slide views, question responses, and button clicks in Google Analytics.   I will be using a Captivate course in my example but the same technique applies to almost all tools.


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