About the ASTD Conference & Exposition
The ASTD Conference & Exposition is the training and development industry’s largest event of the year. Held each spring, this year in Dallas, they expect 8,000 attendees from over 70 countries. Additionally, the Exposition will host over 400 companies showing the latest and greatest developments in training theory and technology.
I had the chance to visit the Expo on Monday (May 20). While this event was not an oil and gas training event per se, we are always trying to stay on top of the latest tools that can help our programs with engagement and retention.
There were hundreds of great companies and products in the room, but here are five of my favorites.
This latest product from Allen Interactions was really awesome. It is a cloud-based authoring tool that makes animations possible for us non-programming mortals. It is easy to see where this tool could fit into the arsenal of any training company looking to increase interaction and engagement with their learners.
Not only was their product cool, but their reps were great – the kind of guys that listen to your needs and offer help, or are even able to say “Hey you should really go check out these other guys…”
Thanks for the help Paul!
Retention and reinforcement are challenges common to the training providers regardless of the specific industry or subject matter. In particular for oil and gas training, we often have long lag times in between the training event and when the operator will be back on the job site actually using the new methodologies. MindMarker‘s reinforcement solution which drips content to trainees over time via any device seemed clean and user-friendly while also providing key analytics on the users.
Here’s the only video I could find for them. It isn’t in English, but you’ll get the idea.
All I can say about the Newline Interactive Whiteboard is WOW! The engineers among our training SME’s would love this thing. A limitless whiteboard space that can save brainstorm sessions? We’re in. It’s ability to capture audio that is already synched with the presentation really works for replaying lectures later. Additonally, the integration with Powerpoint for either presenting or collaborative editing looked amazing. We’ll definitely be looking into how this tool can supplement our virtual classroom capabilities, among other things.
Adobe Captivate 6
It’s hard to beat the consistency and quality of the Adobe suite of tools, and Captivate 6 seems to be no different. The latest upgrade is all about integrating HTML 5 for mobile and Flash capabilities with no more effort for the content creator than checking the appropriate boxes then hitting “Publish”. Interactive training elements, great design, and easy delivery. Check, check, check…
Finally, I have to give an Honorable Mention to Regina over at RAC Houston for winning the “Give-Away My Kids Are Gonna Love” Award. RAC offers conference space right in the center of Houston’s energy corridor. For an oil and gas training company like ours, that is sure to come in handy at some point.
Have a great day everyone…
About EKT Interactive
EKT Interactive, Inc is a leading provider of online training courses for the oil & gas industry. Our web-based e-learning program, accessible at your convenience, saves time away from the job and travel costs. Online learning modules are developed by field-experienced oil and gas instruction experts using proven web learning applications that closely match classroom effectiveness.
Read more about EKT Interactive’s oil and gas training.