e-Learning DevCon 2005 Accepting Registrations

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Rapid Intake, Inc, the e-learning development company that organizes and hosts the annual e-Learning Developers Conference (e-Learning DevCon), has announced that it has begun accepting registrations for the August 15-17, 2005 event

Rapid Intake, Inc, the e-learning development company that organizes and hosts the annual e-Learning Developers Conference (e-Learning DevCon), has announced that it has begun accepting registrations for the August 15-17, 2005 event.

While there are many other e-learning industry conferences, e-Learning DevCon focuses exclusively on e-learning development tools, techniques, and training targeted at e-learning developers.

“I am really excited about the sessions we already have lined up,” says Steven Hancock, conference co-organizer. “I think the sessions we’ve chosen will really resonate with e-learning developers. Being e-learning developers ourselves, we just look at the list of sessions we’ve currently got planned and it makes us want to attend—so we think our colleagues in the industry will feel the same.”

The e-Learning Developers Conference was held for the first time in August, 2004. Rapid Intake plans to take the conference to a new level in 2005.

“We’ve added lots of upgrades for 2005,” says Garin Hess, conference co-organizer. “For example, we’ve more than doubled the number of hands-on workshop topics held before and after the conference. This add-on training is a big attraction for attendees because they can leverage the travel costs to a greater benefit. We’re also offering more sessions during the conference itself, and some of the sessions will be in a hands-on lab.”

Rapid Intake takes a unique approach to organizing e-Learning DevCon. Instead of being held at an expensive hotel, the conference is held on a university campus in Forest Grove, Oregon (near Portland, Oregon), where attendees eat in the cafeteria and have the option of staying in the campus dorm rooms or nearby hotels.

“When we have attended other conferences, we’ve often felt we didn’t really get a lot of bang for the buck,” says Hancock. “At most events, when you count the expensive registration fees, lodging, and food costs, you can easily spend a couple of thousand dollars or more. Consequently, it is usually managers, not developers, who get to attend those conferences. At e-Learning DevCon you can get a pass to the conference, lodging, and all of your food for less than the registration fee charged by most other conferences.”

For e-Learning DevCon 2005, standard conference registration fees are $749, including meals. However, Rapid Intake plans to make the conference even more affordable for those who register early.

“We’ve decided that we want to reward people who will sign up early—it makes our job as organizers so much easier,” says Hess. “We also want to encourage people to itemize eLearning DevCon in their 2005 budget. So anyone who registers by January 15, 2005 will get $150 off the registration fee.”

The university setting, value approach, and the focus on development and developers has apparently been a success with those who have attended in the past. One participant who attended in August 2004 put it this way, “This was the best conference I've attended out of 10 conferences I've attended in the last four years, a great conference." Another stated, “I really enjoyed the 'learning' format of the conference. I've gotten much more information in the first couple of days than I've gotten in the last 2 'conferences' I've attended."

More information about the conference and registration can be obtained at http://www.elearndevcon.com.

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