Excited to be at the ASTD 2012 International Conference and Expo in Denver wearing my hat as ASTDI Board Member for International Relations and representing BluePrint’s goal to always be aware of new industry blueprints.
The conference opened in Denver on Sunday, 6 and despite what we hear about job unemployment in the States there’s a buzz and optimism in the corridors here. The conference alone has an increase of 22% attendance with visitor numbers expected to be between 8000-10000, Quite a difference from our last attendance in 2010 when numbers were only around 3500.
This year there are 290 educational sessions highlighted listed under one of the eight content tracks of;
- Career Development
- Designing and Facilitating Learning
- Global Human Resource Development
- Human Capital
- Leadership Development
- Learning Technologies
- Measurement, Evaluation, ROI
Sessions I attended on the first day included ‘Building E-Learning that People Will Want to Use’ which focused on how to separate good programs from junk.
Learned how the World Bank used Virtual Learning for effective global collaboration, and how Brazil’s market leader in environmental solutions, Essencis, used social learning to engage and empower their younger generations of employees.
Last but not least was a session on ‘New Blended Learning Model in Action’. All very stimulating.