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Attending the ASTD National Conference in DC

The ASTD ICE Conference from May 31- June 3rd in Washington DC will be the training and development event of the year. There is still time to register and receive both low-fare tickets and reasonable accommodations if you use Priceline and the subway system. Based on my personal poll of those attending the workshop on game and learning object design presented by myself and Joe Rheaume, I would estimate that attendance numbers are stronger on a percentage basis compared with the ASTD Technology Conference this past January. Yes, optimism in the spring air! A nice option on the conference website is the ability to develop your own personal schedule. Here are the people and events I found most interesting:

Pre-conference workshops of interest:

  • The Art of Engagement
  • Developing Interactive Learning Objects, Simulations, and Games
  • The Learning Technology Strategy Workshop

Certificate Programs:

General Sessions:

The sessions specific to the public sector specific should be pretty popular given that a significant amount of eLearning development work will be government-funded over the next three years:

  • The 411 on Grants: How to access government funding for your organization
  • A federal family portrait: Boomers passing the torch to Gen X/Y

If you plan to attend the ASTD conference or any of these events, feel free to make a comment here.

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