My Session at the Great Ideas Conference 2013

This year’s Great Ideas Conference will be held March 10-12, 2013 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO.  I am especially excited for this tenth anniversary, because I will be co-presenting “Next Generation Learning: GAME ON! The Power of Online Games and Why Associations are Playing Along” with Bill Schankel, Senior Director of Marketing of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers.  This conference has always been one of my favorites, as not only do I get to present on a topic that intrigues me, but furthermore, I can connect with peers and hear the “Great Ideas” of others.

Highlights of the conference this year include “Two Fascinating and Brilliant General Sessions”.  Sally Hogshead will be presenting at the Opening Session.  She is a New York Times best-selling author and NBC’s Today Show Commentator, and will be discussing how to develop a fascinating brand.  The Closing Session will be led by Simon Bailey, a thought leader and author who will help you transition from average to brilliant.  The Great Ideas Conference also holds education sessions that range from Creativity Stations and Photo Sessions, to Mobile Playgrounds and Micro-Skills Sessions.

Bill Schankel and I have decided to tackle the topic of online games, and the power that they hold in the association realm.  Games seem to have an unmatched ability to create and unite a community.  Associations can capitalize on this trend by using online games to help recruit new members and spark the next generation’s interest in their profession.  We hope that this session helps others learn from our organization’s successful venture into this area, and furthermore helps clarify what contributing factors one should consider when developing and deploying a game-based learning initiative at his/her own organization.

Managing eLearning is written by the Blog team at Web Courseworks which includes Jon Aleckson and Jillian Bichanich.  Ideas and concepts are originated and final copy reviewed by Jon Aleckson.