e-Learning DevCon 2005 Receives Four Star Rating from Training Media Review

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Rapid Intake, Inc, (http://www.rapidintake.com) the e-learning development company that organizes and hosts e-Learning DevCon (http://www.elearndevcon.com), the annual e-learning developers conference, has announced that the conference received a four star rating from the independent reviewing organization Training Media Review (TMR, http://www.tmreview.com). A four star rating is the highest possible rating awarded by TMR.

“We are thrilled to have a third-party organization confirm what we’ve been hearing from participants all along—that eLearning DevCon is not only a quality conference, but a great value,” says Garin Hess, one of eLearning DevCon 2005’s organizers.

In its executive summary of the review, TMR states:

“Rapid Intake's DevCon event appears to be a high-value training experience for the appropriate audience of e-learning developers. The vendor is serious about its three principles for the conference: no fluff, no high prices, and a focus on development, and participants respond positively to them. Their responses are consistent to both the closed and open-ended questions we asked.”

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 Steven Hancock, one of e-Learning DevCon’s organizers. “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 April 30, 2005 will get $100 off the registration fee.”

Hess continues, “With that discount, you can get a whole conference package that includes the registration fee, all meals, and lodging for less than $800. We think that makes it affordable enough for anyone to attend that wants to further their e-learning development knowledge and skills.”

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."

Still another attendee echoed these previous statements saying, “Since this conference is presented by and geared for e-learning developers, nearly every seminar had some relevance. Fortunately seminars were repeated and were well-scheduled so that I was able to attend all of the seminars that were most important to me. The presenters were very knowledgeable. The conference provided a great opportunity to network and share experiences and best practices with others who do what I do. The best part was that I was able to bring back actual knowledge on how to accomplish the new things I learned, rather than just theory.”

Obtain more information about the TMR four-star review at

http://www.rapidintake.com/ri_press_wbttips_current.htm#news3

More information about the conference and registration can be obtained at

http://www.elearndevcon.com.

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