ELC Online Agenda at-a-glance

September 8th live sessions:

Italicized sessions only available to Premium Pass holders.

How to Build a Leadership ‘TV Network’ to Compliment Learning:

Speakers: Emma King, Vice President of Learning and Event Strategy, INXPO
Emma Meyer, Executive Producer, INXPO

In the Netflix age, easily accessible, well-organized video is always ON and available for our consumption, anytime, virtually any place. Real-time, “live” video communication enables leaders to connect with employees around the world in a powerful, effective and highly interactive way that engages employees better than written or video-only communications. Why not funnel your own organization’s content to follow this tested and true formula? In this session learn the keys to organizing and creating a ‘TV Network’ centered around video messages from key Leaders within your organization.

By learning how to group, promote and structure true ‘TV’ style content you will be able to better leverage your corporate communication & learning initiatives. Engage your audience by centralizing multiple learning programs & communication initiatives so that people can tune into topics relevant to them, consumable at their own pace – and learn how to keep your audience coming back for more. This session will provide you with the necessary information to effectively introduce techniques to engage employees, increase innovation, drive change and business results.

  • Understand the importance of video communication as part of your organization’s internal learning strategy
  • Learn from powerful real life success stories at leading healthcare and insurance companies
  • Implement a powerful workforce communication program using a step-by-step plan
  • Track and understand measurable results from using a webcast platform. Video isn’t going anywhere; learn how to harness the power!

Smarter Brains for a Smarter Organization

Speaker: Margie Meacham, Chief Freedom Officer, Learningtogo

In order to build a smarter organization you need to start with smarter brains. The pace of change today demands that your team become nimble, ready to respond to new threats and capitalize on new opportunities with utmost speed and mental agility. However, the human brain evolved over centuries to keep us alive, so it is still responding to our current work environment as though we are hunting for food – and trying to avoid being hunted – on a daily basis. Within this framework we can train the brain to learn new skills, process information in new ways and develop a mindset that is open to new possibilities. We have only recently begun to understand the inner workings of the brain, thanks to neuroscience. Sadly, most of what is written on the subject is either too theoretical to be practical or so over-hyped as to be meaningless.

In this workshop, you will learn how to leverage the survival imperative to boost employee engagement, enhance performance and accelerate learning by speaking to the brain in its own language. You will come away with specific actions you can take right away to make your organization “smarter” – in ways that will get you ready for the challenges ahead. The tools and templates provided in the workshop will give you a head start to mapping out the transformation of your team into a smarter, continuously learning organization, one brain at a time. In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Evaluate the current mindset within your organization and list key areas of development to sustain future growth and performance.
  • Identify at least two ways to change your current method of delivering training to make it more “brain aware” and effective.
  • Create a road map towards the new reality of a smarter organization using a series of tools and templates provided in the workshop.
Who Should Attend: Everyone attending this conference will benefit from this workshop. If you are a trainer, instructor, facilitator, presenter, coach or mentor, leaders, managers or C-level executive, you should attend this workshop.

CEO Power Panel: Learning in the Second Digital Decade

Speakers: Joe DiDonato, Editor at Large, Elearning! Media Group and Dean Pichee, President, BizLibrary

Join Joe and this panel of learning technology executives. Hear their views on how learning is driving employee engagement and organizational performance. Discover how the Second Digital Decade will transform your learning programs, enterprise systems and content.

In this session, you will learn:
  • The C-suite perspective on learning.
  • What’s coming in the Second Digital Decade.
  • And, how to future proof your learning and enterprise ecosystems.
Who Should Attend: Educators, human resource, talent and training professionals, IT and anyone interested in the future of learning.

Just Do It: VR for Learning

Speaker: Ritchie Djamhur

Like most things creative, you can start organically. Today, Virtual Reality technology suites can be purchased for under $2000. And VR viewers are $10 to $300 depending upon brand. So, it’s time to Just Do: VR for Learning. VR is a different medium; part video, part audio, part magic. Preparing the layout, lighting, presenters and learning elements for a VR production is a very different undertaking to a standard video production. In this breakout session, Ritchie will share his best practices and work samples. He will discuss ways to eliminate obvious distractions in a VR environment; strategies for lighting subjects and teaching implements; and how you might use movement, lighting and presenter physical/verbal cues to retain learner focus. Invest 50 minutes with Ritchie and jumpstart your learning curve in VR.

NASA Epic Challenge: Utilizing Phenomenon-Based Learning and X API in Organizational Framework

Speakers: Charles Camarda, Astronaut, SR. Advisor for Engineering Development, NASA & Janne Hietala, Chief Commercial Officer, Arcusys

When combining the latest technology with the right pedagogical model, learners/students are engaged, motivated and develop their problem solving skills. The speakers will present the NASA Epic Challenge project and the ICED methodology used by NASA. They will reveal the pedagogics of the Phenomenon-Based Learning and the great results that it has enabled.

The session is a combination of world known, recognised Finnish educational knowledge and American engineering development and science pioneering. These new methods and the ideology can be utilized both in private and public sector organizations. The learning results can only now be followed up and measured easily. This will help organizations to make their learning and development processes more effective.

Who Should Attend:
Managers, trainers and educators from large organizations in both public and private sectors

Chaos, Siloes and Superheroes - Building The Ultimate Learning Community with Design Thinking and Gamification

Speaker: Darren Louie, SAP

SAP is the 3rd largest software company in the world with over 300,000 customers in 190 countries. In 2014, the company faced rapidly changing markets, increasing customer demands and intensifying competition from smaller and more agile cloud software companies. As a result, they embarked on a difficult journey to redesign its core platform and applications and reinvent itself as a cloud company.

Soon began a turbulent cycle of innovation that would produce in an impressive suite of new products and solutions but at the same time create an unprecedented enterprise learning challenge across the company. The conditions for learning and development were particularly constrained in the professional services organization where SAP consultants typically face long working hours, travel to the customer sites and aggressive utilization targets. To make matters worse, when consultants did have time to learn, they have to navigate through a myriad of often outdated or irrelevant internal intranet pages, document repositories and community sites all managed by different groups within the company.

In the beginning of 2014, a small grass roots initiative was launched to create a harmonized communities of practice around SAP’s new database and application platform – SAP HANA. The goal was to provide a holistic community site to meet all of the information needs for not only consultants, but also developers, support engineers and presales specialist. In 15 months of operation, an ROI study found that this community contributed approximately $10,000,000 in revenue for SAP.

In this presentation, attendees will learn:
  • Design thinking techniques to architect a comprehensive and intuitive community taxonomy and layout to align and meet the learning needs of multiple constituents.
  • Gamification principles to design a “Superhero themed” rewards and recognition program to inspire and incentivize members of the community to contribute and share their knowledge with each other.
  • Simple, scalable and cost effective ways to organize and deliver high value training
  • Using his experiences at SAP as a case study, Darren Louie will explore the challenges a large software company undertakes to transform its workforce in a highly pressurized environment, and share a best practices methodology to design a communities of practice that promotes organization learning and inspires collaboration through a culture of goodwill.
Who should attend:
L&D Professionals, Managers

Keynote: Stretch: How to Future-Proof Yourself for Tomorrow’s Workplace

Speaker: Karie Willyerd, Author & Workplace Futurist, SAP

In an extensive study conducted by researchers at Oxford University, 47 percent of U.S. jobs were classified high risk for replacement with computerization or automation, and another 19 percent at medium risk. Whether software or hardware robots, computerization is going to affect jobs dramatically in the next decade—perhaps more than any decade in history. Increasingly, it’s on you to manage your own career to be prepared for tomorrow. It’s time to discover Stretch: How to Future-Proof Yourself for Tomorrow’s Workplace, and extend your sell-by-date. In this keynote, you will learn how to take stock of your professional development and plan your next move. You will be challenged to leave your comfort zone and expand your career options as far as they will go. Karie will reveal five practices to ensure you are constantly learning and growing to extend your skills sell-by-date.

Generation Y? Designing Learning to Engage Your Workforce

Speaker: James E. Guilkey, Ph.D., S4 NetQuest

Today’s working environment is changing rapidly (technology, information overload, ever-changing skill sets, etc.). But most organizations are still using traditional training methods which are not only ineffective and not engaging, but don’t begin to meet the expectations of Generation ‘Y’ – the “Millennials”. Generation ‘Y’ is entering the workforce at an ever-increasing pace and their expectations of learning are much different than past generations. Organizations need to start designing, developing, and delivering training on a whole new level if they want to have an impact on the workforce.

This presentation will examine the profile of today’s new workforce and discuss how training must change to meet their needs and expectations. Examples of traditional training programs transformations, technology-based gaming and simulations geared towards Generation ‘Y, virtual classroom, and others will be presented along with the measurable results from actual case studies. If you are concerned about how the new workforce will affect your organization, this is the perfect presentation. If you are not concerned, you should be.

In this session, you will learn:
  • Profiles to better understand the characteristics of the Gen ‘Y’ workforce.
  • To understand the impact of Gen ‘Y’ on the workforce.
  • To recognize how training must be designed developed, and delivered differently to meet the needs of Gen ‘Y’.
Who Should Attend:
Anyone who is involved in training or anyone who understands the need for better a trained workforce

Virtual Learning Genius Bar:

Speakers: Emma King, Vice President of Learning and Event Strategy, INXPO
Emma Meyer, Executive Producer, INXPO
Speaker: Emma King, Vice President of Learning
Mary Beth Micucci, Director of Digital Events, HIMSS

It is common place for your staff to communicate using video to their friends & family members using SKYPE, Facetime etc. but asking trainers, speakers or subject matter experts to switch on their cameras when delivering training programs, can be a tall order!

In this Panel, winner of the Learning Champion Award, Emma King (VP of Learning and Event Strategy, INXPO) & Emma Meyer (Executive Producer, INXPO) along with Mary Beth Micucci (Director of Digital Events, HIMSS () will answer questions relating to developing learning programs and deliver advice and techniques that will encourage more engaging learning including video participation for leadership communication, virtual classroom and online learning delivery. Both INXPO and HIMSS were Learning! 100 winners at the ELC 2016, so bring your challenges and they will bring answers!

Important Dates

Event Starts
September 8, 2016 7:00 am PT
Event Ends
September 8, 2016 2:00 pm PT
On-Demand Ends
December 8, 2016 5:00 pm PT


Karie Willyerd,
Author & Workplace Futurist, SAP
Joe DiDonato,
Editor at Large, Elearning! Media Group
Emma King,
Vice President of Learning Strategy, INXPO, Inc.
Margie Meacham,
Chief Freedom Officer, Learningtogo
Ritchie Djamhur,
Head of Learning & Culture, Bing Lee Retailers, and host of Ritchie’s Room YouTube Channel
Mary Beth Micucci
Director, Digital Events HIMSS
Darren Louie
James E. Guilkey, Ph.D.
S4 NetQuest
Charles Camarda
Astronaut, SR. Advisor for Engineering Development, NASA
Janne Hietala
Chief Commercial Officer, Arcusys
Dean Pichee
President, BizLibrary
Chris Bond
President, Bluewater Learning