By Cait Etherington April 27, 2017
While many professional conferences target researchers and others trainers or educators, from its inception, the International Conference on E-learning in the Workplace (ICELW) has sought to bring together researchers, consultants, trainers and instructional designers. It has also long sought to offer a space for eLearning experts across sectors and national boundaries to come into dialogue with the intent of sharing best practices.
The International Conference on E-learning in the Workplace’s ninth annual conference will take place at Columbia University from June 14 to 16. Sponsors include the New York Metro Chapter of the Association of Talent Development and the Columbia University Teachers College. Over the course of the three-day conference, attendees will have ample opportunity to explore best practices in eLearning and discover how new technologies are currently transforming workplace eLearning initiatives nationwide and beyond.
ICELW Conference Chair, David Guralnick, explains, “In our previous conferences–and we expect the same again this year–we’ve had a wonderful mix of researchers, corporate trainers and directors, e-learning consultants, and many more. We also look to have a variety of session formats, with lots of demonstrations of successful e-learning approaches, our new debate format, and a fair amount of overall discussion.” However, Guralnick doesn’t see ICELW as simply about work. “We always look to make ICELW a very enjoyable event for everyone,” he explains, “And have been happy to see that the social events are popular and that people form friendships and professional connections through the events as well as through the sessions themselves.”
The opening keynote will be delivered by Dr. Alicia Sanchez. Based at the Defense Acquisition University, Sanchez has built over 50 games for the DAU curriculum over the past nine years. Previously, she worked as a researcher at the Naval Air Warfare Center and served as faculty at the Institute of Simulation and Training. In 2012, she founded Czarina Games, which is a company dedicated to the development, research, and implementation of training and development focused games. Her keynote, “Games for Today, Tomorrow, and the Day after That,” will explore the use of games in eLearning, paying specific attention to how experiential games help students to practice and apply skills and knowledge gained in courses.
David H. Taylor, the chairman of the Learning and Performance Institute, will deliver the other keynote at this year’s International Conference on E-learning in the Workplace. With a background in training and software development, Taylor is a recognized expert on technology-supported learning and training and development. He also edits Inside Learning Technologies Magazine. Taylor will deliver a keynote on how our fast-changing world continues to impact learning and development both in higher education and the workplace. Among other topics, Taylor will explore the growing impact of artificial intelligence on eLearning.
Beyond the keynotes, other highlights of this year’s conference include parallel sessions with talks by scholars and trainers from across the United States and from Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Austria, Australia, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland and Taiwan. Topics include panels focuses on new and emerging technologies (including augmented reality, 3D imagining and holographs); panels targeting workers in specific industries (e.g., pharmaceuticals and nursing); and panels on more surprising topics (e.g., a team of Brazilian researchers will present a paper titled, “A Pedagogical Architecture for Designing Digital Musical Instruments”). Whether one is a researcher, trainer or designer, the conference program will be of interest.
If you are interested in attending, registration details can be found on the ICELW conference site (notably, the conference offers a special discounted rate for full-time students). However, if you can’t attend, don’t worry. Not surprisingly, the ICELW carefully records and archives all of its conference proceedings (past proceedings can be accessed on its website), and this year, eLearning Inside News will also be there reporting on conference highlights and interviewing some of the most innovative researchers and trainers working in the eLearning field today.