Category: DevLearn


Looking back on Devlearn 2014

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I attended the DevLearn conference last week. As usual it was a very interesting conference with great keynotes and sessions. I had the privilege of presenting two sessions.   A concurrent session on: Trends leading to the end of the LMS, and I hosted a morning buzz discussion on WYSIWYG versus WYSIWYM.  A white paper based on the trend session is available to download.

I attended a lot of sessions and wrote quite a few posts. In this post I will give an overview of all the posts I wrote so you can decide which one you may want to read in its entirety.  Click on the title of any post to see the complete posting.

Morning buzz session on knowledge management

This session was an interesting discussion about knowledge management. A key outcome identified that an organization can’t manage knowledge but can facilitate it. To manage and facilitate knowledge successfully, an organization needs to use taxonomies (meta data) curation, and one central tool.

Keynote: Niel de Grasse Tyson: Science literacy and the future of work
The opening Keynote: Devlearn’s theme is exploring the new learning universe. Neill deGrasse Tyson is a scientist and he gave a great keynote. His message is quite simple: we need people who can solve problems and innovate. Our educational system (he was speaking mostly about the USA) is not focused on this at all. It is not about gaining knowledge but about learning how to think and solve problems. I created a small mind map with some of his quotes.

Session: Learning and performance ecosystems

This was a presentation given by Marc Rosenberg and Steve Foreman on ecosystems. It gave a good overview of the components and it served as a prelude to a Guild whitepaper due in November.

Session: Trends leading to the end of the LMS
This was my own session which was well attended and I enjoyed giving. I discussed eLearning trends I see that will rock our world. The disappearance of the LMS will not be the only consequence. It will include the way we create content, the content itself, the way we deliver it, the way we organize it — all this will change rapidly and fundamentally. This presentation is in the conference app for download, but it contains mostly images and a video. Easygenerator created a whitepaper with much more detailed information that you can download at

Keynote: Beau Lotto. How perception shapes the universe of the mind

DevLearn Day Two opening keynote.  Beau Lotto is a neuroscientist. He explained how the brain works and how assumptions will determine what we see or hear. Conclusion: Based on how the brain works the only way to really learn is through play!

Session: Craig Weiss: top 10 authoring tools of 2014
This was Craig’s overview of the authoring landscape, trends and his top10 picks. Unfortunately Easygenerator did not make his top 10 this year, but you can check us out yourself. Despite not being on the top 10, it was still a great and informative session. He does know the landscape well.

Session, Lisa Minogue: What organizations can learn from the MOOC experience
The speaker presented lessons learned from MOOCs that can be applied to corporate learning. One of the most interesting ideas is to reuse MOOCS content and wrap your corporate context around them.

Session: The impact of wearable technology on performance support
This session covered two hot topics: Wearable devices and performance support. David gave lots of examples with the warning that this is happening today, and to make sure you’re aware of it. It will come fast and will change our world, so start preparing. David has a page with all the details and more.

Morning buzz: WYSIWYG is dead
This was the session I hosted WYSIWYG versus WYSIWYM. In a WYSIWYG environment, as an author you work in an application that will show you the content in exactly the same way as the learner will see it. Instructional designers like this because it gives you control. You can determine exactly where something will be. But with the rise of mobile devices the responsive publications came. Now, publication software determines, based on the device and screen size, where to place content on the screen, so it will fit that screen. The question is what will we need in the future.

 Session. Transform users into contributors

This was a great presentation about filling the gap between the real world and our instructional design world. It talked about enabling users to create content instead of doing it all yourself. It was a thought provoking and inspiring session.

DevLearn evaluation

This is my ‘wrap up’ post. My conclusion is not positive. I see a growing gap between the audience (instructional designers and managers) and the presenters, and an even greater gap between the audience and the real business world.

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Webinar: What’s New with Easygenerator’s e-Learning software ? #DevLearn follow up.

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The new Web version of easygenerator’s e-learning software was successfully launched and announced at the DevLearn conference in Las Vegas last week. There was great interest in both the new Web edition and the existing Windows editions of the product. As a follow-up to DevLearn, we are offering a free webinar in which we will explore both versions. This event will be perfect for those who are evaluating easygenerator as an e-learning development solution. 

And we have a special introduction offer for our e-learning software:
Easygenarator also announced new prices at DevLearn. $39 per author per month for the plus edition. Attendees of this webinar will be eligible for a discount, a 12 month subscription to easygenerator for the price of 11 months.

Just click a link and register.

Dates and Times (Eastern):

November 5th at 11:00am Register
November 7th at 4:00pm Register
November 12th at 11:00am Register
November 14th at 4:00pm Register

About the Presenter
Kasper Spiro, CEO of easygenerator, has over 25 years of experience in the field of learning and user performance support. His learning experience ranges from teaching, authoring textbooks, designing and creating e-Learning, knowledge management and user performance support. Kasper’s foundational approach blends together didactical learning principles with output management, agile development, and new learning metaphors to meet business needs.

About the Host

Dan Richards is Vice President of Professional Services with Interactive Advantage Corporation (IAC), a provider of training, consulting and course development services centered on e-learning and a long time easygenerator partner in the United States. Mr. Richards is an e-learning industry thought leader who regularly speaks and instructs on the subject of technology-based learning and process architecture.