Preparing for the mLearn Conference Backchannel #mLearnCon

Next week one of the best development opportunities for professionals in the Learning and Performance field will be upon us: The 2012 Mobile Learning Conference & Expo.

The annual mLearn Conference, hosted by The eLearning Guild, continues to be the premier mobile learning conference and expo in North America. The conference is focused on management strategy, technology alternatives, and design and development options for mLearning. The mLearn Conference showcases a variety of case studies and best practices you can immediately put to work in your organization. This year, mLearn takes place in San Jose, California on June 19-21.

If you have visited my blog in the past, you may have noticed that I often follow conferences online, and post curated lists of the many valuable resources that are shared via the conference backchannels. If you are not familiar with these posts, I recently posted an archive that collects them in a single location. You’ll find a link to that archive at the end of this post.

The eLearning Guild recognizes the value that the backchannel brings to it’s events. They see the added value it is able to generate not only for conference attendees, but for people that were unable to attend the conference in person, and for the field in general. As I have done for the DevLearn and Learning Solutions, I will be curating the resources shared via the mLearn Backchannel for the eLearning Guild.

As someone that often thinks of ways to better leverage the backchannel concept as part of a learning and performance strategy, this opportunity is tremendously exciting. At its core, the eLearning Guild’s support will enable me to do what I’m already doing, but with greater access and outreach. That in itself could be enough to add value, as it will result in more shared resources. We’re also looking at doing other things to enhance the backchannel.

There will be a series of posts over the next week designed to help both attendees and those monitoring the mLearn Conference backchannel from afar prepare to participate, and to get more value out of the conference. My next post will lay the groundwork by explaining exactly what a backchannel is. Subsequent posts will explore the conference guides, apps, and other resources that can enhance your experience.

If there are ideas you would like to share on how the value of the mLearn backchannel can be expanded this year, please do share them. Post a comment to this blog, send me a tweet to @LnDDave, send me an e-mail to, or just post to the #mLearnCon hashtag to share your idea with the backchannel community at large.

Click here to access the archive of backchannel resource posts

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