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Introduction:

Employee skill can be built by a number of ways such as on-the-job and off-the-job training, workshops, on-campus and off-campus courses, compliance training, induction, coaching, mentoring and sponsored outside study. The last of these is the least expensive and most effective method of getting your employees’ learning and development under way, otherwise known as conferences.

It is the organization’s responsibility to ensure the employee is equipped with the necessary knowledge and skill to meet its strategic and operational goals. Conferences go a long way in shaping the employee skill set in the mould that the organization requires, thus they help maximizing the potential of human capital. Experts from across the globe impart knowledge that will help stay up-to-the-minute on the current trends in their field of expertise. L&D is gaining traction and more and more organizations now need their HR to keep abreast of the all latest developments in this ever-growing area of learning and development. No better way to carry this out than sponsoring your HR for top conferences around the globe. So let’s look at the top eighteen conferences to look forward to in 2017.

Of a whole plethora of reasons to invest in learning and development conferences, here are a few of the most prominent ones:

  • Learn how the best enterprises train their employees and help them develop into invaluable assets
  • Improves work culture
  • Enhances talent management and succession planning
  • Expedites employee learning and therefore he/she shows more interest
  • Helps develop employee’s career

 

1.    ATD TechKnowledge®

Where: Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV (USA)
When: January 11-13, 2017

Highlights

  • Estimated turnout of 1500 learning professionals
  • The power of ATD at its very best, brings you in touch with the technically astute learning professions who have a wealth of experience that you get to network with.
2.    iLearning Forum Paris, France

Where: Paris, France
When: January 24 – January 25, 2017

Highlights

  • The most important European reference n°1 event in France
  • Gathering of 5000 e-learning professionals, training, human resources and talent management worldwide from more than 40 countries 100 exhibitors as a place of exchange between the worlds of training, education and digital, converging towards an ever more innovative practical learning
3.Training 2017 Conference & Expo

Where: San Diego, California, USA
When: January 30 – February 1, 2017

Highlights

  • Best value for money in skill building content
    Industry’s leading train-the-trainer event
    Covers every aspect of online and instructor-led training
4.    INTED 2017-11th International Technology, Education and Development Conference

Where: Valencia, Spain
When: March 6-8, 2017

Highlights

11th annual International Technology, Education and Development Conference,
One of the largest international education conferences for lecturers, researchers, technologists and professionals from the educational sector.
Brings together more than 700 experts from 80 countries, each year.

5.    Adobe eLearning Summit 

Where: Washington D.C
When: 19-23 Mar 2017

Highlights

Primarily meant for leading lights of the eLearning industry, Adobe experts and consumers
Promotes researchers and best practices to be followed in the industry to help take eLearning authoring to new heights
Broad and exhaustive discussions on latest developments, current pain points and potential advancements in the foreseeable future of eLearning technologies.

6.    HR Tech World

Where: London, UK
When: 21-22 March, 2017

Highlights

Attendees range from CEOs to prominent figures in HR of leaders and leaders-to-be, alongside top investors and media
Estimated turnout: 10000+ attendees
Discussions on where technology is guiding the future of work
Helps you navigate the changes and possibilities interwoven with HR and technology

7.    National HR Summit

Where: Sydney, Australia
When: 29-30 March 2017

Highlights

Estimated turnout: 1000+ delegates
Main agenda: Top People Management issues the industry faces today
Unparalleled chance to liaise with fellow HR folks in two days of knowledge sharing

8.    CLO Symposium

Where: Florida, USA
When: April 24-26, 2017

Highlights

Focuses on learning as a function of action and value
Delves into the power and unharnessed potential of learning that boosts business performance

9.    ATD 2017 International Conference & Exposition

Where: Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV (USA)
When: May 21-24, 2017

Highlights

Estimated turnout of 10,500+attendees
No larger conference in this field, offering a whole array of choices of professional development.
Exclusive access to ATD 2017 Bookstore.
Learn and interact directly with experts of global repute.
Liaise with employees of organizations such as Apple, Amazon, Mobil, LEGO, Exxon Lockheed Martin, among many more.

10.  HCIL Annual Symposium

Where: University of Maryland, College Park, USA
When: May 27, 2017

Highlights

HCIL’s 34th Annual Symposium
Brings to light the cutting-edge research being conducted in the Human-Computer Interaction Lab
Provides an understanding of how the needs and dreams of people can be reflected in our future technologies

11.  Hr Tech World

Where : San Francisco
When : June 14-16 2017

Highlights

In 2017, the appetite for the Greatest HR Shows on Earth will scale to 3 locations – London, San Francisco and Amsterdam.
Great line up of speakers and industry leaders
Apprixmately 4000-7000 people expected.

12.  Bank Trainers Conference 2017

Where: San Diego, CA, USA
When: June 13-15, 2017

Highlights

Nation’s Fastest Growing and Exclusive Conference and Expo for Bank and Credit Union Trainers!
Brings together trainers, from all over the country, for a three-day event each year.
Estimated number of audience is 200

13.  SHRM17

Where: NEW ORLEANS, USA
When: June 18-21, 2017

Highlights

Meet the experts
Acquire new skills and stay up-to-the-minute
Get recertified
Interact and share ideas with new merchants and suppliers
Liaise with fellow HR folks from across the globe

14.  Focus On Learning 2017 Conference & Expo

Where: San Diego, CA, USA
When: June 20 – 22, 2017

Highlights

North America’s only conference dedicated to trending hot topics that are changing the future of learning
Targets the technologies that are transforming our approaches to training.

15.  2017 Realities 360 Conference

Where: San Jose, CA, USA
When:  July 26 – 28, 2017

Highlights:

The Enhanced Realities Conference dedicated to exploring the opportunities presented by virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality technologies.
Learning and performance professionals get hands-on opportunities to encounter these technologies and engage in discussions that put those experiences into the context of learning and performance.

16.  CLO SYMPOSIUM+PLUS

Where: Florida, USA
When: October 2-3, 2017

Highlights

Focuses on the theme of innovation and the currency of innovation which is talent
Emphasis is on talent management
The aim is to further the use of learning and development and encourage its use in other spheres of talent management: performance management, succession planning, workplace culture, among others.

17.  HR Technology Conference & Expo

Where: Las Vegas, USA
When: 10-13 October 2017

Highlights

Focused agenda to discuss the benefits to be derived from technological advancement in eLearning by businesses, not the nitty-gritty of technology.
Explores the current trends: The Cloud, SaaS, mobile, social, video, analytics, Big Data, MOOCs and gamification.
The world’s largest Expo of HR technology products and services

18.  DevLearn 2017 Conference & Expo

Where: Las Vegas, Nevada (USA)
When: October 25 – 27, 2017

Highlights

North America’s leading event focused on learning technologies.
An excellent chance to build and polish your knowledge and skills if you are responsible for or engaged in the use of learning technologies in your organization
A comprehensive discussion covering the latest and the most critical topics and problems the industry is fraught with.
Tools, ideas, best practices and strategies for all professionals

19. Adobe Learning Summit 2017

Where: Las Vegas Oct 24, 2017
When: October 24, 2017

Highlights

Marquee event for Adobe attended by 500 plus elearning professionals, industry leaders and who is who in the elearning field.
Great tracks and sessions if you want to understand Adobe Learning platform and authoring solutions

20.  Learning 2017 

Where: Orlando, Florida (USA)
When: October 25 – 27, 2017

Highlights

Each spring, the entire eLearning community gathers to learn about latest eLearning technologies
Caters to learning professionals involved in the development, design, manage mentor distribution of technology-based training
Proven learning solutions that teach you how to combine the new and cutting-edge with the traditional strategies and tools

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Advantages Of Developing Your Online Training In-House

Taking care of your online training development in-house is typically more cost effective as you won’t have to pay for the experience or expertise of an eLearning vendor. However, you will need to build a Learning & Development team who can create every aspect of your online training program from start to finish. This may include an Instructional Designer, Graphic Designer, Subject Matter Expert, and IT support staff. You’ll also need to leave room in your eLearning budget for tools, such as eLearning authoring tools, sound and video editing software, and Learning Management Systems. Fortunately, once you have all of these resources on-hand you can develop a broad range of online training courses, modules, and online activities for your corporate learners.

Developing Online Training in-house is ideal for organizations which have expertise to create training materials, including storyboards, activities, text-based content, images, and multimedia components within the organization. Self-creation and management is a good option for companies who already have talented, skill, and knowledgeable eLearning professionals in their employee pool. More specifically, some of the top advantages are:

  1. Data safety. Ensures that your data stays safe and secure, especially when sensitive information is involved. You won’t have to worry about your data falling into the wrong hands, as it will all be stored in your local server.
  2. Control over training – Developing and deploying your online training in-house offers you complete creative and execution control over your training. From the color scheme to the layout, you have direct input in every aspect of your online training course design. You can ensure every piece of content will align with your brand imaging. They are already familiar with your company message and the tone you are trying to convey.
  3. Improve employee skill sets. Your corporate eLearning developers will have the opportunity to put all of their knowledge to use and build their skills throughout the process. When it’s time to create the next online training course they will be even more experience and knowledgeable than before.
  4. Greater flexibility and Ease of Maintenance. If you want to make a significant change to the layout of your online training course or add an extra online activity halfway through the eLearning design process, you can simply notify your Learning & Development team. This would be much more difficult if you went through a vendor, and it would come at an extra cost.
  5. Faster turnaround times. More control, experience, and subject matters expertise allow internal employees to meet tighter deadlines. Instead of allocating three months to develop your online training outside, a dedicated internal employee may be able to take care of in one.

Advantages of Using A Vendor For Online Training Development

Opting for vendor-led online training development typically means higher costs, but you also have an experienced and qualified Learning & Development team at your disposal without having to add them to your payroll. However, you need to choose the right eLearning vendor in order to get the most from your investment. Check their references and request an estimate for the deliverable. Ask about their past eLearning projects, experience level, skills, and which team members they have on board. You may even want to conduct a brief interview to get a feel for their professionalism and personality. Prepare a list of questions that you want to ask in advance and request to see their eLearning portfolio.

Outsourcing your eLearning project to a vendor is ideal for organizations which need help developing materials and analyzing their current online training program. You should already have a clear idea of what you hope to achieve, your online training goals, and performance gaps that you need to fill. In fact, you may want to create a roadmap for the vendor to follow, just to be sure that everyone in on the same page. The top advantages of outsourcing your online training development to an external vendor are:

  1. Access to a diverse talent pool. Vendors typically have diverse group of eLearning professionals at their disposal, from graphic designers to experienced writers. This means that you have access to their talent pool once you contract them for your corporate eLearning project. Instead of having to hire full-time online training specialists, you can simply enlist the aid of a vendor.
  2. No surprise expenses. eLearning vendors usually give you an estimate and detailed pricing sheet beforehand. As such, you won’t have to worry about any unexpected fees down the line. If you develop your online training in-house there is bound to be at least one or two hurdles that incur extra costs.
  3. Ideal for smaller projects. Smaller eLearning projects have lesser complexity and it is easy for someone outside to complete those projects without hassles.
  4. Innovation. The extra manpower, experience, larger development eLearning development teams, additional eLearning authoring tools, and a broader range of skills allows vendors to create content which is difficult for someone sitting inside an organization.
  5.  Selective sourcing: Organizations always have the option to use vendor for small non-strategic work and keeping core development with themselves. This ensures that organizations are able to expand their scope of work and roll out more training content than they would otherwise do.

So, which choice is best for your online training needs? Both in-house and vendor-led eLearning offer their own unique benefits, and choosing the right strategy depends on your eLearning budget, staff experience, development timeline, and organizational objectives. Hopefully this article has given you some food for thought and brought you one step closer to making your final decision.