Preparing for the 2012 #DevLearn Backchannel

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

The annual DevLearn Conference, hosted by The eLearning Guild, continues to be the premier conference and expo in North America for those dedicated to embracing technologies for training & development. The DevLearn Conference showcases a variety of case studies and best practices you can immediately put to work in your organization, as well as a great number of sessions covering coming trends that will impact our work in the years to come. This year, DevLearn returns to the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada from October 31 to November 2.

If you have visited my blog in the past, you may have noticed that I follow conferences online, and often 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 eLearning Guild in the past, I will be curating the resources shared via the DevLearn Backchannel.

As someone that often thinks of ways to better leverage the backchannel concept as part of a learning and performance strategy, working with The Guild on another event 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 DevLearn Conference backchannel from afar prepare to participate, and to get more value out of the conference. My first post in this series layed 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. All of the posts will appear in my curated resources of the DevLearn Backchannel, which is already posted and being updated.

If there are ideas you would like to share on how the value of the DevLearn 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 #DevLearn hashtag to share your idea with the backchannel community at large.

Click here to access the archive of backchannel resource posts