Enterprise Learning! Conference & Expo 2012 Hosted Twenty-Nine Education Innovators and Thought Leaders

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Attendance Soars 25% with Growth Supported by New Partnerships with CalSAE, ASTD, iELA, and PIHRA


Attendance soared to 1274 attendees over the five days of workshops, lunch and learns, and keynote presentations

True to this year’s conference theme of “IMAGINE -INSPIRE - INNOVATE,” speakers from the David Allen Company, Hertz, Oracle/Taleo, SkillSoft, Aberdeen, CISCO, American Heart Association, ADL, Southern New Hampshire University, the Ken Blanchard Companies, FranklinCovey, Neiman Marcus, Scripps Health, Cricket Communications, and 15 other top organizations, shared their expertise in workshops and presentations at the Enterprise Learning! Conference & Expo on September 24th to 28th, 2012. Attendance soared to 1274 attendees over the five days of workshops, lunch and learns, and keynote presentations with the support of new partnerships with California Society of Association Executives, American Society of Training & Development Chapters, International E-learning Association, and Professionals in Human Resources Association.

“From Bina48 --the youngest speaker at two and a half years – to expert presentations on mobile learning, performance, leadership, strategy, and e-learning technologies, the conference received accolades from all attendees,” reports Joe DiDonato, ELCE Conference Chairman.

The conference was kicked off by David Allen, world-renowned author of ‘Getting Things Done’ fame. Allen is widely recognized as the world's leading authority on personal and organizational productivity, with Forbes' recognizing him as one of the top five executive coaches in the United States, and Leadership Magazine naming him one of the "Top 100 thought leaders" in the world. The closing keynote panel on innovation hosted senior learning executives from the American Hospital Association, CISCO@Learning, and Southern New Hampshire University’s Innovation Lab. The talk centered on collaboration technologies, innovative marketing, and how SNHU became #12 on Fast Company’s list “The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies.”

With spending on e-learning growing by 240% in 2012, attendees saw top e-learning vendors receive their “Best of Elearning!” awards at an awards luncheon ceremony. The winners are nominated and voted on by Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazine readers in 21 categories. 3,881 nominations were received, a 221% increase over 2011. 72 finalists were named, up from 58 products in 2011. The category winners are shown on the magazine’s home page: http://www.2Elearning.com as well as the company’s blog at http://blogs.2elearning.com.

“This $160 billion industry needed ELCE to provide a venue where buyers and sellers can convene to showcase the possibilities and the innovations from leading vendors in the Learning & Development sector,” reported Catherine Upton, Group Publisher/CEO, Elearning! Media Group.

About The Conference
“We thank our sponsors and speakers for supporting ELCE. The solid content was the result of an active ELCE Conference Advisory Board and over 400 power users who voiced their conference needs and preferences,“ added DiDonato

The Enterprise Learning! Conference & Expo hosted 50 sessions, 70+ speakers, and showcased 30 Best of Elearning! honorees. Attendees representing organizations that ranged from the Department of Defense to Sony Pictures were on hand to hear from executives who leveraged workplace technologies to drive enterprise performance. Topics ranged from how to buy the best technology, integrating learning and talent management into the corporate strategy, to managing culture change, and successfully introducing social learning networks and mobile learning.

The workshops were very popular with attendees as well. The two day ‘E-learning Fundamentals Workshop’ was a soup to nuts, hands on lab whereby attendees actually developed e-learning modules using Captivate. At the end of the two day workshop, attendees walked away with a completed module.

“Thanks again for the great class this week. I took a lot away on how to create an eLearning module. I feel pretty comfortable on what the process is and how to create a basic story board and module,’ --Russ Peters, Product Manager, DriveCam

“Please accept my thanks for the workshop - it was so valuable to me. Your class was worth the cross country trip. And, because of the two days of information and discussion about various products, I was better prepared to have discussions with vendor,” --Kathi Bellucci, Training Director, Modern Marketing Concepts

Equally as popular was the full day’ Lights, Camera, Action Video Workshop’ hosted by Ferrari Studios of San Diego. The team of 15 attendees scripted, filmed, edited their own “Best Practices of Video Production.” Both the training video and a “Behind the Scenes of the Making” will be broadcast at ELCE Virtual on November 8th, 2012. Learn more at: http://www.ELCEShow.com/Register.

“All the participants are convinced that we have created the first viral training video on the “do’s and don’ts” of video production,” reports DiDonato. Dressed up in ‘devil’ and ‘angel’ costumes, the team reported that they had a great time during the preliminary workshop and final filming, and shared best practices on everything from storyboarding to teleprompter operation, costumes, and lighting.

“I had the pleasure of meeting Bina. Who's Bina? Bina is a pretty realistic talking head that responds to your questions as an expert system. She is pretty advanced, based on a real human with a database that backs her up, all running through a laptop,” -- Joe Ganci, eLearning Joe

“This was a great conference. The attendees were very high level. I just went to a session with the chief learning officer from the US Navy. I will definitely be back next year,” --Pam Coca, Compress US

ELCE 2012 Partnership Drive Attendance
More than1000 executives attended ELCE 2012, up 25% over 2011. “No doubt our partnerships with Association Executives, Training, E-learning and Human Resources Organizations were all contributors,” reports Upton. ELCE was home of co-located CalSAE, ASTD, iELA, and PIHRA meetings and private sessions, meet and greets with high profile keynotes, and candid roundtable discussions with C-level executives.

“Thank you again for hosting our CalSAE group at the ELCE Conference last week. Members I spoke with afterward found the discussion very valuable and enlightening, and were very thankful for the opportunity to speak with Joe DiDonato, Elearning! Editor-at-large and their colleagues about the challenges of e-learning programs. I had some really good takeways myself, one of them being that your conference is a good fit with associations, which have a lot to gain by starting or improving their own e-learning programs,” --Mike Mitchell, CAE, President & CEO, Credit Management Association

In 2013, ELCE will continue the CalSAE and ASTD partnerships. The Enterprise Learning! Conference & Expo 2013 will also co-locate with the California HR Conference at the Anaheim Convention Center, August 26th to the 28th, 2013.

“We are thrilled to partner with PIHRA for ELCE 2013. Our goal is to create a community of many constituents to convene, share ideas, best practices and viewpoints. Together, we can bridge the information and solutions gap that HR and learning leaders face when delivering next generation education and engagement,” reports Catherine Upton, CEO and Group Publisher of Elearning! Media Group.

Don’t Miss Out, Attend ELCE Virtual 11.08.12
If you missed ELCE in September, you can still view many keynotes and popular breakout sessions at ELCE Virtual on November 8th, 2012. To find out more and register, go to: ELCE Virtual.

About Elearning! Media Group
Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazines, e-Magazines, E-newsletters, Alerts, Web sites and Summits are produced by B2B Media Company, LLC. Elearning! magazine is one in the family of 11 media products serving the $160 billion e-learning market. In combination, these brands reach up to 2 million executives, practitioners and professionals who plan, evaluate and deploy enterprise-wide learning solutions across their organizations each year. To learn more, visit: http://www.2elearning.com or http://www.gov.2elearning.com

Enterprise Learning! Events
In its fifth year, Enterprise Learning! Events bring onsite and online audiences together to learn, network and share. Mark your calendar for Enterprise Learning! Conference & Expo, the exclusive learning and workplace technology marketplace, August 26-28th, 2013, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA Enterprise Learning! Conference & Expo Virtual is slated for November 8th, 2012 . Learn more at: http://www.ELCEShow.com.

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