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How do you get your boss to send you to the Canadian eLearning Conference?

Attending conferences and workshops is an important part of keeping in touch with other people in your field, learning new tips and tricks, recharging your creative batteries and keeping yourself current with advances in technology. If you don’t attend conferences regularly, you can get “stale”, like day-old bread.  However, it’s not always easy to get the funding support you need to attend conferences – after all, most of us live on a very tight budget!

So, if you’ve got challenges when it comes to budget, how do you convince your boss that you need to attend the Canadian eLearning Conference this year? Most blogs and posts on this subject agree that you need to market yourself.  That means being direct with your boss about why you should go, outlining benefits for your organization. It’s best to prepare your argument before even approaching your boss for his/her support.  Here are some tips and tricks that will help you prepare for that conversation.

  1. When approaching your boss, be direct. Don’t ask “What if I attended the Canadian eLearning Conference?”. Ask “I’d like to attend the Canadian eLearning Conference in July. Will you approve me to attend on company time and will the organization pay for it?”
  2. Prepare a list of benefits for your organization if you attend the conference. See below for some ideas about why you should attend the Canadian eLearning Conference 2018.
  3. Know how much you’re asking for. Calculate how much it will cost to send you to the conference and have this information ready to share during your discussion. Include the conference cost, transportation, accommodation and any other incidentals. Also think about how you can decrease these costs – can you stay with a friend in the city? Take the train in each day as opposed to staying in a hotel? Would you be willing to split the cost with your employer?
  4. Have a contingency plan if your boss says no. If he/she is worried about you missing key meetings or deadlines, have a work plan prepared that will help you meet deadlines and contribute to meetings in advance of attending the conference. Can you attend the meeting using Skype? Could you prepare a briefing paper in advance?
  5. Outline how you will share the information you’ve learned with your team members and co-workers. Show your boss that attending the conference can be a learning opportunity for your colleagues as well.
  6. Be strategic. Relate how attending the conference will help you respond to and deal with specific issues in your organization. You’ll be able to connect with other people in similar organizations who have similar challenges.
  7. Be enthusiastic!

Do a Google search if you’re having trouble coming up with ideas. You are not the first person who had to approach their boss for support for attending a conference and you definitely won’t be the last.  Check out posts like Feeding Your Inner Geek – Top Tips for Getting to Conferences for some ideas about how to get there and what to do once you’ve returned from the conference.

Once you’ve done all your homework take some time to review the  Canadian eLearning Conference website. Check out our concurrent sessions, our keynote speakers, our Show and Share past winners and our pre-conference sessions.  There will be some serious learning going on at this year’s Canadian eLearning Conference!

What exactly are the benefits of attending the Canadian eLearning Conference?

  • It’s a great conference, not so big that you can get lost among the delegates, but big enough to attract people from across North America. This means that you’ll get a chance to meet a lot of people, some of whom you may know from blogs, learning communities and social media.
  • You’ll make lots of connections with people who are experienced in their field. This will help you in your role as an e-learning developer and improve your ability to create better eLearning.
  • You’ll participate in workshops, discussions and the “show and share” portions of the conference and come away with some great ideas for your own work.
  • You can focus on topics that will benefit you at work, whether it’s incorporating more video in your eLearning to learning a new piece of software.
  • It’s in Toronto – easily accessible by train, plane and even public transit, which makes it a very reasonably priced destination.
  • It’s a deal, especially if you book as an earlybird attendee.
  • It will give you an opportunity to potentially showcase your own work if you participate in our Show and Share session. You can get feedback on what you’ve worked on!
  • A short work trip away from the office will re-energize you and give you the tools to work better and smarter when you return to work.
  • You can share what you’ve learned with others in your organization and can outline to your boss just how you can make that happen.

Approaching your organization for support to attend the Canadian eLearning Conference is about marketing yourself and being prepared. You will come away with a wealth of new ideas, new contacts and new skills.  What are you waiting for?

 

We’ve Changed Our Name

Find out why we felt it was important to change now

What’s in a name?

For the Canadian eLearning conference planning team, there is a lot in our name!  You may have heard that we’re changing our name from the eACH Conference to the Canadian eLearning Conference.  Why?  While we’re still bringing you the same great conference, we felt it was important to address that technology, design, and passion for learning crosses industry and professional boundaries.

While many of the conference planning team currently work in healthcare, several of us have worked in other industries, and we understand just how much we can learn from each other!  After all, good learning means opening yourself up to new opportunities and new ways of thinking.  Over the history of the conference, we’ve had opportunities to learn from various industry professionals and we have welcomed many participants who are passionate about learning to our conference.  Now it’s time for a re-boot!

Last year, Ken Murray (Administrative Director) encouraged us to “cross-pollinate” as he opened and welcomed us to the 2017 conference.  So in the spirit of cross-pollination, and in following Ken’s lead, we are asking you to help us make that leap.

We encourage you to join us this July 12 & 13 in Toronto at the Canadian eLearning Conference to help us celebrate the fact that learning should be and is diverse and inclusive. 

We look forward to seeing you there.
Canadian eLearning Conference Committee

Registration will open, Agenda and Workshops will be posted in the next 2 weeks.

Agenda Now Posted: Join us in Toronto this summer at the eACH Conference – eLearning Symposium

In This Issue….

  • Wrap up the fiscal year with our Early Bird Pricing
  • Full Conference Agenda and Workshops Now Posted

Join us this summer in Toronto – June 15 & 16, 2017

Full Agenda for Workshops and Conference (link)

Thursday, June 15, 2017   08:00 – 16:30 

Friday, June 16, 2017   08:00 – 16:30 

  • Keynote speaker – Julie Dirksen
  • Various Concurrent Sessions to choose from
  • Show and Share demonstrations

This Year’s Keynote – Julie Dirksen

“Talk to the Elephant: Design for Behavior Change”

Frequently, learning design is about showing people how to do the right things, but actually getting them to change their behavior can be another story. It’s particularly challenging to get people to change those intractable habits and behaviors that everyone struggles to avoid, despite the wealth of available information about better choices.

This session will explore how to design with behavior change in mind. We will examine behavior change from a number of different angles, using techniques from the fields of neuroscience, behavioral economics, behavioral psychology, persuasive technology, user experience, and even game design.

Julie Dirksen is an independent consultant and instructional designer who has more than 20 years’ experience creating highly interactive e-Learning experiences for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to innovative technology startups to major grant-funded research initiatives. She is the author of the book Design For How People Learn. She’s happiest whenever she gets to learn something new and you can find her online at www.usablelearning.com.

Draw for Free Workshop Registration
Conference Referrals:

Refer 2 people to the eACH conference and you are entered into a draw for a free pre-conference workshop registration.  When your friends register they select YES I heard about the eACH conference from a friend, and then type in your name.
**Referees must already be registered for a pre-conference workshop to be eligible for the draw.

Registration is Open
Click here to register.

Early Bird Pricing Ends May 31st

  • eACH Conference ONLY on Friday June 16th $185.00
  • Pre-Conference Workshop ONLY on Thursday June 15th $225.00
  • Pre-Conference Workshop June 15th  & eACH Conference June 16th $385.00

Pricing After May 31st

  • eACH Conference ONLY on Friday June 16th $200.00
  • Pre-Conference Workshop ONLY on Thursday June 15th $275.00
  • Pre-Conference Workshop June 15th & eACH Conference June 16th $425.00

Follow Us:

Follow us on Twitter using the hashtag #eACHConf or visit our webpage at http://eachconference.ca/.

Website: www.eachconference.ca
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eachconference
Linkedin Group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3958747

We look forward to connecting with you before and during this year’s conference.

Sincerely,
eACH Committee

Share Your Work at the eACH Conference, Registration Now Open

(Feb 21) In This Issue….
 

  • Call for Show and Share presenters
  • Get in on Registration Early Bird pricing

Our annual 2-day conference plays a vital part in the continued growth of eACH. Day 1 is comprised of half or full day skills workshops. Day 2 hosts the concurrent sessions, vendor expo and the popular Show-and-Share event.

Our ultimate goal is to reach out to all eLearning designers and administrators so that we can learn and collaborate together.

Join us this June 15th & 16th

Call for Show and Share Presenters

Show off your latest courses, micro-modules, videos and apps to your fellow eACH attendees. Your submission should be an innovative solution to a common eLearning challenge. Share why the eLearning project was needed in your organization and how you met that need through either instructional design, tools, technologies, or processes.

Registration is Open

Early Bird Pricing Ends MAY 1, 2017

Agenda and Workshops offered will be released mid-March.

  • EARLY BIRDeACH Conference ONLY Friday June 16th  $185
  • EARLY BIRD Workshop ONLY – Thursday June 15th $225
  • EARLY BIRD eACH Conference + Workshop  $385 

After May 1, 2017

  • eACH Conference ONLY Friday June 16th $200
  • Workshop ONLY – Thursday June 15th $275
  • eACH Conference + Workshop #1 TBD $425

Stay up to date on all that’s happening at eACH:
To get the latest updates, follow us on Twitter using the hashtag #eACHConf or visit our webpage at http://eachconference.ca/.

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We look forward to connecting with you before and during this year’s conference.

Sincerely,
eACH Conference Committee

Proposals Now Being Accepted


In This Issue….

eACH Conference is an event focused on the sharing of knowledge, experience, and innovation in education technology througout a wide variety of industries and affiliations.

Our annual 2-day conference plays a vital part in the continued growth and development of the eACH community. Day 1 is comprised of skills workshops. Day 2 hosts concurrent sessions, a vendor expo and the popular Show-and-Share event.

Our ultimate goal is to reach out to all eLearning designers, developers, and administrators so that we can learn and collaborate together.

Join us June 15 & 16, 2017
Toronto, Ontario

Peter Gigan Centre for Research and Learning

Call for Speaking Proposals Now Open
We’d love to learn from you.  Do you have a project which you are really proud?  Do you have a project that failed, but is full of learning opportunites.  Do you have tips and tricks others might not know about? We want to hear your story and learn from your experience.

Call for Presenter’s for more information and to send in your submissions click here.

CLOSING DATE: FEB. 3, 2017

Pre-conference Workshops Survey
After the overwhelming positive feedback from last year’s workshops, we are pleased to offer again in 2017.  We are looking for your input into the types of workshops and topics you’d like to attend at this year’s event.

Please take a moment to complete this quick 3 minute survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/eACHWorkshop2017

Last year’s workshops included:

  • An Introduction to Storyline
  • Better Than Bullet Points
  • Building a Strong Foundation
  • Digital Storytelling: Making Educational Videos That Speak to the Learner

We’re Excited for This Year’s Keynote – Julie DirksenJulie Dirksen

Julie Dirksen is an independent consultant and instructional designer who has more than 20 years’ experience creating highly interactive e-Learning experiences for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to innovative technology startups to major grant-funded research initiatives. Her focus has been on utilizing the disciplines of educational psychology, neuroscience, change management and persuasive technology to promote and support the improvement of peoples’ lives through sustainable long-term learning and behavioral change. She holds an M.S. degree in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University and has also been an adjunct faculty member at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.  She is the author of the book Design For How People Learn. She’s happiest whenever she gets to learn something new and you can find her online at www.usablelearning.com.
Registration Open Soon – Stay tuned

Follow Us:

To get the latest updates, follow us on:

Website: www.eachconference.ca
Twitter: www.twitter.com/eACHConf hashtag #eACHConf
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eachconference/
Linkedin Group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3958747

We look forward to connecting with you before and during this year’s conference.

Sincerely,
eACH (eLearning Alliance of Canadian Hospitals)