Top 6 Things We are Looking Forward to at ATDTK

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ATD’s 2019 TechKnowledge Conference is less than a month away and Float could not be more excited. From February 6-8, in West Palm Beach, Florida, there will be 125+ sessions, over 15,000 attendees and 70+ exhibitors  — including Float. We are also excited to be a part of ATD’s TechKnowledge 20th anniversary.

ATDTK is focused on the future of learning, and this year there is a tremendous focus on augmented and virtual reality, artificial intelligence and microlearning. In our recent blog, Looking Forward: Four 2019 Trends for eLearning, we mentioned the increased usage of machine learning and bots, and sessions about those topics will be happening at ATDTK. So, without further ado, here are the top 6 things we are looking forward to at ATDTK:

 

AI Sessions

It’s no secret we believe Artificial Intelligence is the new wave of the future. Some benefits of AI include reduced costs and boosted efficiency within the workplace. Here are three sessions Float is excited about.

W305- Fascination and Fear: AI at the Frontier of Digital Learning

(Wednesday, February 6  |  3:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Room: 2D)

Chief Scientist and Vice President for DDI’s Center for Analytics & Behavioral Research, Evan Sinar, will speak to attendees on the blending of both human and artificial intelligence (AI) into a single learning experience. You will be given a demonstration of how AI can help develop skills for interviewing and create a personalized virtual environment for learning.

W23EXD- How Artificial Intelligence Produces Personalized Learning at Scale

(Wednesday, February 6  |  1:00 PM – 1:30 PM | Room: Demo Area 3, EXPO)

Lee Collier, the Senior Account Executive at doceboⓇ, will aim to uncover the various ways learning-specific artificial intelligence produces immersive learning experiences. You will also learn how AI is being used in the learning technology world to help L&D teams.

W312HOL- Maker Lab–Let’s Build an Alexa Skill for Learning

(Wednesday, February 6  |  3:00 PM – 5:15 PM | Room: 1JK)

In Amazon’s Technical Instructional Designer Almira Roland’s session, you will learn how to develop an Alexa skill with no coding skills required. Discover the core concepts of voice user interface (VUI) terminology, brainstorm learning experience use cases for a VUI, and develop an Alexa VUI skill prototype of your own.

 

VR and AR Sessions

Augmented and virtual reality, used in entertainment, is a new form of learning. It has been growing in popularity and is even being used for safety-related training and many other innovative examples. Let’s look at several sessions that will be held on these topics:

W22EXD- The Science of Presence: Improving Emotional Intelligence Through Immersive VR

(Wednesday, February 6  | 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM | Room: Demo Area 2, EXPO)

Mursion’s Marketing Team, Specialist Anna Strasshofer, and VP, Christina Yu, will be providing VR training. Mursion will look at research in learning science, AI, and psychology to find the best technology and human interaction.

TH208- Virtual Reality: How to Begin and Gain Support in Your Organization

(Thursday, February 7  | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Room: 1F)

In this session, by Qatar VP of Talent Development, Brendan Noonan, and Senior Manager, Innovation and Digital Learning, Himanshu Joshi, you will learn how to introduce and sell virtual reality (VR) training to your organization.

FR109HOL- Getting Started with Augmented Reality

(Friday, February 8  | 8:30 AM – 10:45 PM | Room: 2C)

In Rockwell Collins’ Multimedia Learning Specialist, Destery Hildenbrand’s session, you will discover how easy it is to get started using augmented reality (AR) in learning development. Get your hands dirty creating an AR experience, and test other examples of AR projects.

 

Bots

Chatbots use simple conversations to engage learners whenever and wherever they are (i.e., instant messaging with friends and colleagues). Chatbots are useful in sending content reminders, issuing challenges to apply the training they are undergoing into actions, providing on-demand performance support, and assessing the progress (or lack of progress) of the learner. Here are three sessions we are looking forward to:

W408- Maximize Learner Retention with a Smart Chat Bot in Your Next eLearning Project

(Wednesday, February 6  |  4:15 PM – 5:15 PM | Room: Ballroom B)

President of eLearningJoe, LLC, Joseph Ganci, and CFO of Learningtogo.info, Margie Meacham,  focus on the integration of chatbots in daily tasks. Learn how these intelligent chatbots can adapt to the needs of learners, share tips, suggestions, and answer the questions.

W110HOL- Let’s Make a Chat Bot for Learning and Development

(Wednesday, February 6  |  10:15 AM – 12:30 PM | Room: 2F)

Alexander Salas, the Digital Learning Designer for Dell Technologies, we teach you how chatbots are used in customer service to answer questions. Learn the skills and knowledge needed to build your own Q&A chatbot without any programming knowledge.

 

Machine Learning

Machine Learning withdraws meaningful insights from raw data to quickly solve difficult and data-rich business problems. mLearning uses complex algorithms to acquire knowledge that will help it find valuable solutions to problems encountered by an organization. mLearning has many benefits, including predictive maintenance, image recognition, and more! Here is an exciting Machine Learning session to go to at ATDTK:

TH11010HOL- Hands-On Machine Learning: Lost in a Random Forest with Pandas!

(Thursday, February 7  |  10:15 AM – 12:30 PM | Room: 2F)

Zsolt Olah, the Learning Consultant for Kineo, will be informing his audience about how Machine Learning, a subset of artificial intelligence, is changing how we work, live, and get things done. You’ll walk step-by-step through writing your first lines of code in Python and learn to analyze data and predict future housing prices.

In this Session, You Will:

  • Explore mLearning by building your first model.
  • Discover the power behind ready-to-use libraries to support your mLearning models.

 

Microlearning

Microlearning is a form of learning which focuses on small, bite-sized amounts of information. It breaks down what could be hours of information into a short and memorable experience for the user. Let’s look at two sessions we are most excited about:

W44EXD- Applying Gamification and Adaptive Microlearning in Business: Tales from the Trenches

(Wednesday, February 6  |  2:20 PM – 2:50 PM | Room: Demo Area 4, EXPO)

Join Erika Moreee, AVP of training and development at Synchrony, a consumer financial services company, as she shares her experience in applying gamification and the use of microlearning in the field.

TH202- Effective Microlearning: A Showcase of Examples and 10 Tips for How You Can Do It Too!

(Thursday, February 7  |  11:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Room: Ballroom A)

Director of Instructional Design for Bull City Learning, Inc, and Owner/Lead Instructional Strategist for Torgerson Consulting, Carla Torgerson, will give 10 recommendations for designing effective microlearning resources. You will learn best practices for creating your own microlearning resources and how to incorporate microlearning within your organization.

 

Keynote With Dean Kamen

Float is beyond excited for one of the keynote speakers, Dean Kamen. Kamen is an American inventor, the originator of the Segway, a pump to administer the precise dose of medication to patients, the HomeChoice portable dialysis machine, and more.

We are looking forward to learning from a man who constantly seems to make the impossible possible. In Dean’s session, you will hear about his endless ideas and his jaw-dropping innovations using new and emerging technologies.

Kamen is a figure who has done so much to better our world through his inventions, specifically in the healthcare industry. You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to see him speak.

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So now that you have seen several of the sessions we are excited about, you’re probably wondering what to you can expect from Float. Good news! We are delighted to announce that our Managing Director, Chad Udell will be speaking on a very exciting panel.

DISRUPT 4- Embrace the Emerging: Creating and L&D Strategy for Advanced Tech

(Thursday, February 07 | 10:15 AM – 11:00 AM | Room: 1C)

Float’s own Chad Udell, alongside Jennifer Murphy, CEO, and founder of Quantum Improvements Consulting, will be discussing AI, AR, VR, chatbots, predictive analytics, and more tech trends. This session will study the realities and challenges of adopting new technology, and give a forum to test and assess what will work for your business.

So what sessions are you looking forward to the most? Will you be attending the 20th ATD TechKnowledge Conference? If you have any questions, or you would like to drop by and say hello, you can find Float at Booth 802.

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