e-Learning DevCon 2006 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 begun accepting registrations for the August 7-9, 2006 event.

Rapid Intake, Inc, the e-learning development company that organizes and hosts the annual e-Learning Developers Conference (e-Learning DevCon), has begun accepting registrations for the August 7-9, 2006 event.

While there are many other e-learning industry conferences, e-Learning DevCon offers a “total value” approach unique to the industry. The conference focuses on the needs of e-learning developers, offering an in-depth look at the most relevant development tools, techniques, and training methods available today. Wanting to keep their outlook fresh and more precisely satisfy the needs of its attendees, organizers welcome suggestions for presentation topics on their website well before the conference begins.

“I am really excited about the sessions we already have lined up,” says Steven Hancock, conference co-organizer. “Being e-learning developers ourselves, we have a feel for what the current needs and trends are in the industry. With the diversity of presenters and topics at the conference, we always come away excited to apply what we’ve learned. There is so much in talent and knowledge among our colleagues -- to be in a place where it all comes together, well, it’s just exhilarating.”

It appears that other DevCon attendees agree with Hancock. Training Media Review found in an independent survey of attendees, “The conference received very high marks on all the questions we asked participants. Several themes emerged from responses to both the closed and open-ended questions. The conference delivers on its claims to enhance e-learning development skills, keeps the focus on building knowledge and skills, not pushing commercial agendas, provides excellent networking opportunities for participants, and provides great value for the cost.”

The first e-Learning Developers Conference was held in August of 2004. While some changes are on tap, some of the most popular features will remain the same.

“We so appreciate our attendees. We really value their input and suggestions. We want to know what we’re doing right and what we could do differently to add even more value to the conference,” says Garin Hess, conference co-organizer. “As a result, we’re keeping many of the popular options we’ve offered in the past and are implementing upgrades our attendees have suggested for the 2006 conference.” Some of those include a variety of hands-on workshop topics held before and after the conference, hands-on lab sessions and discussion roundtables for both large company and independent developers.

Rapid Intake is continuing its unique approach to organizing e-Learning DevCon by holding the conference on a college campus but with an exciting twist this year. Former conferences have been held in the Northwest. This year’s conference will be held in a more central location, the site that boasts the Olympic Village, home to the 2002 Winter Olympians. Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the campus is beautiful and isolated enough to allow concentrated learning while still being easily accessible to nearby city life. Attendees are offered award-winning food at the campus cafeteria and have the option of staying in air-conditioned dorm rooms or nearby hotels, one of which is located on the campus itself.

“We’ve always been very value conscious -- wanting to present a conference filled with more meat and less fluff for a reasonable price. Even though this year will see many upgrades on the venue side of the conference, the registration fee has increased only slightly,” says Hancock. “Even with all the changes, you can still be admitted to e-Learning DevCon, have lodging, and all of your food for significantly less than the registration fee charged by most other conferences.”

For e-Learning DevCon 2006, standard conference registration fees are $775, including meals. However, Rapid Intake offers discounts for early registrants, up to $175 for those registering before January 31st. The hope, organizers say, is that it will encourage people to itemize eLearning DevCon into their 2006 budget.

Organizers anticipate that taking the same approach to the conference this year, as year’s previous will resonate with DevCon 2006 attendees. One past participant put it this way, “Just want to say thanks, it was great! We were so energized by the conference, we can't wait to start trying some of the new things we learned…. DevCon was by far the best conference I've ever attended for learning practical applications that can be put into use right away. I came away with the 'how-to' and not just theory.”

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

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