Friday, May 23, 2008

The 2008 Innovations in Learning Conference At-a-Glance

The 2008 Innovations in Learning Conference At-a-Glance

The 2008 Brandon Hall Research Innovations in Learning Conference will take place September 24-26, 2008, at the Fairmont San Jose, in San Jose, California.

Here's an at-a-glance look at why the 2008 Innovations in Learning Conference will make you glad to be working in the training industry during such exciting times.


The conference program is now available for download:

Except for times when keynote speakers are presenting, nine concurrent tracks of breakout sessions will be under way. One track will be the Main Stage Events, accompanied by the following eight additional tracks:

Track 1 – Emerging Learning Technologies
Track 2 – Learning Games
Track 3 – Immersive Environments for Learning
Track 4 – Collaboration and Community
Track 5 – Mobile Learning
Track 6 – Designing Learning Experiences
Track 7 – Implementing Innovative Solutions
Track 8 – New Training Practices


Half- and full-day pre-conference workshops will occur on Wednesday, September 24. Topics include the following:

* The Use of Games to Recruit, Motivate, and Train Young Workers

* Designing and Delivering Online Learning for an Inter-generational Workforce

* Visualization for Learning: Approaches, Tools, and Applications to Improve Effectiveness

* Keeping Interactivity at the Center of Rapid Development

Increase your skills by signing up for a half- or full-day pre-conference workshop. Space is limited. Don't delay, register today.


LANCE DUBLIN — a recognized leader in applying strategic thinking and design to the worlds of training and learning, change management and communications, innovation, and organizational development.

LISA JOHNSON — an award-winning expert on women and the Connected Generation who uses stories, industry case studies, and humor to help brands deeply understand the buying power and behavior of this renegade group of consumers.

FAITH LEGENDRE — who, as training director, transformed from an organization with no formal training strategy to a company that has made learning central to its values. News flash: Faith LeGendre was this month named one of the Top Ten Young Trainers by Training Magazine!

PETER ORTON — who combines two decades of instructional design experience at Stanford University, Harvard Business School, and IBM — with ten years of Hollywood credits, including Story Editor for Steven Spielberg — to lead the creation of IBM’s important and lasting learning innovations.


Imagine a relaxing room with dim lighting and couches. Now imagine the same room filled with video games such as Wiis, XBoxes, and PS3s!

* Experience why kids have embraced video games.

* Challenge a colleague to a match.

* Get inspired to consider games as part of your learning strategy.


Right next door to the Games Cafe is the Immersive Learning Arcade. Experience the next generation of simulations, virtual worlds, and immersive environments.


The winners of the 2008 Excellence in Learning Awards will be announced at the conference on September 25. Award finalists will be showing and discussing their entries throughout the conference. You’ll be able to talk to them one-on-one and see what the judges rated as the best.


Some of the most important providers of innovative learning technologies and services will be on hand to display their offerings. New technology providers are being added each week. Find out what products might help take your learning initiatives to a new level.


Located about 45 minutes south of San Francisco, San Jose is the 11th largest city in the U.S. and home to the largest concentration of technology expertise in the world. More than 6,600 technology companies, including Adobe, Sun, Oracle, and many others, employ over a quarter of a million people, making it the epicenter of the technology world.

Check this out: The Tech, San Jose's museum of technology, is located right across the street from the conference.

Have a virtual tour in Second Life and see the real version in September.


The conference is taking place at the beautiful Fairmont San Jose in downtown San Jose, California.

Rooms are limited, so please reserve early. Please use this special code to get the special conference rate: GRILC1.

Free Internet: Sign up for the Fairmont President's Club and get free Internet access in your room.


Last year's event received top marks for enabling attendees to forge new relationships. This year's conference will be even better.

From the opening poolside cocktail reception, to discussions during workshops and sessions, to lunches and coffee breaks, and during the post-conference wine tasting and dinner at the Byington Vineyard & Winery, you'll make new contacts and create valuable new opportunities.


We're committed to making this event affordable for budgets big and small and are providing registration discounts up to $500. Until June 30, take advantage of the Early Bird discount.

Hope to see you there!

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