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Five Upcoming eLearning Conferences: July to December 2018

By Cait Etherington
June 15, 2018

Staying on top of new developments in the eLearning and edtech fields can be a challenge. As new technologies create new opportunities, the field continues to evolve but whatever your connection to the industry, it is important to be aware of best practices and new developments.  Twice a year, eLearningInside News recommends just a few upcoming conferences exploring best practices in the eLearning and edtech fields. While some of these upcoming events focus exclusively on training, others are geared to educators working in the K-12 or higher education fields and some target individuals working on both sides of the online learning spectrum.

Five Upcoming eLearning Conferences

EdSurge FUSION Conference, October 2–4, San Francisco

FUSION by EdSurge is scheduled to take place in San Francisco in early October. EdSurge is best known as a new platform, but they also host occasional conferences, including FUSION. This year’s event will focus on a topic on everyone’s mind: personalized learning. As stated on the conference website: “Personalized learning is not just about the technology. At Fusion 2018 we will bridge the gap between theory and practice—focusing not just on technology but integrating what learning sciences, community development and social-emotional research can teach us about the holistic picture of personalized learning in schools and districts.” Keynotes will include Betsy Corcoran from Edsurge and representatives from Turnaround for Children and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

Online Learning Conference, October 7-8, Chicago

The Online Learning Conference will take place in Chicago from October 7-8. The conference is sponsored by Training magazine. As stated on the conference site, “The Online Learning Conference is the annual eLearning Conference for trainers and learning professionals. It also includes pre-conference Certificate Programs and three co-located events— GamiCon, The Allen Experience and Innovations in Training.” Among other key topics, the Online Learning Conference will include workshops and panels on eLearning, mobile Learning, social learning, virtual classroom, games and simulations, instructional design, and development techniques, platforms and tools.

DevLearn 2018, October 24-26, Las Vegas

DevLearn Conference & Expo is considered a leading event in the learning technologies field. It’s a place where industry thought leaders come together to share strategies with colleagues, explore best practices, and discover new and innovative edtech concepts and platforms. Notably, this year’s DevLearn will offer visitors something rarely experienced at a tech conference: four women keynote speakers. The eclectic line up with include cartoonist Lynda Barry, AI researcher Ayanna Howard, organizational development expert Jessica Kriegal, and storyteller Julie Synder.

Edtech Teacher Summit, Boston, November 5-8

If you’re a teacher in the tech field, don’t miss the Edtech Teacher Summit in Boston this November. The summit is described as “a unique learning experience that brings together tested and practical edtech strategies for the classroom, as well as thought leaders to explore what is next in education and edtech. From iPads & Chromebooks to Project Based Learning, Gamification, Virtual Reality and Coding, the EdTechTeacher Boston Summit is the ideal event to learn, connect and share.” The event actually consists of three separate but connected events: edtechNOW, edtechNEXT and edTHOUGHT. Each event focuses on addressing a specific aspects of education and edtech.

NY EdTech Week 2018, Dates TBA, New York City

While the dates have not yet been released, you’re advised to carve out time in December for the NY Edtech Week. Hosted by the Started Accelerator, based at NYU, NY EdTech brings together entrepreneurs, researchers, educators, and venture capitalists. It’s a major meeting point for edtech entrepreneurs in New York City but also attracts talent from around the globe. While this year’s NY Edtech Week dates have yet to be announced, check their website for details about the 2018 event, which will likely take place again in mid December.