Adobe Conference (East) 2018

May 8, 2018
Lita is an e-learning and tech enthusiast, sci-fi geek, bibliophile, wife, and mom of 6, with degrees in Elementary and Gifted Education. Lita has been a teacher, math trainer, curriculum vendor, school administrator , as well as an educational/online school consultant, and has been deeply involved in online learning since 1998, long before it was fashionable. In 2007, she discovered she had a talent and a passion for curriculum development and instructional design along with operations and systems support/training and has enjoyed developing her skills in those areas for the past decade.  She loves all things e-learning, and enjoys exploring and learning about new applications and tools.
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Adobe Conference (East) 2018

Lita is an e-learning and tech enthusiast, sci-fi geek, bibliophile, wife, and mom of 6, with degrees in Elementary and Gifted Education. Lita has been a teacher, math trainer, curriculum vendor, school administrator , as well as an educational/online school consultant, and has been deeply involved in online learning since 1998, long before it was fashionable. In 2007, she discovered she had a talent and a passion for curriculum development and instructional design along with operations and systems support/training and has enjoyed developing her skills in those areas for the past decade.  She loves all things e-learning, and enjoys exploring and learning about new applications and tools.
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May 8, 2018

This was my 3rd year attending the Adobe eLearning Conference in Washington DC sponsored by Carahsoft and as always, Adobe didn’t fail to deliver.  In addition to participating in the Specialist Certification session prior to the conference, I attended sessions by industry leaders like Phil Cowcill, Mark Lassoff, Damian Bruyndonckx, and James Kingsley.

The conference has grown significantly since the first year, but they still manage to provide great session choices, surprisingly good breakfast and lunch, and fun sneak peeks into what they are working on for future products and releases.

It was the first conference I’ve been to since diving more deeply into Captivate and Adobe products that I didn’t feel like a complete novice, and while I missed going to the “getting started” type sessions by Dr. Poojah Jaisingh, Ray Jimenez, and Paul Wilson, who I have followed and learned so much from over the past few years, I did enjoy getting to visit with them during breaks, and was able to still keep learning from a new group of experts.

There are always  new and exciting things to learn and take away from these conferences, and I eagerly look forward to the next one knowing that even though the names are familiar, the topics and content will be fresh and cutting edge.

Thanks again to Adobe for a great conference and I can’t wait for the next one!

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2018-05-08 19:10:43
2018-05-08 19:10:43

Thanks for posting this. I struggled with the decision to attend or to skip and hold out for bigger conferences. Its sound like the Adobe conference, although small was very informative. I'm curious to know your thoughts on the Captivate Specialist session?

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2018-05-08 19:47:52
2018-05-08 19:47:52
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I know there was some controversy around the certification and for someone who has been around a while and is an experienced user, I can understand their concerns, however, as someone with less experience, it was a lot of material to get through and really helped solidify my understanding of how to use the tool in a way that none of the other sessions had prior to completing the homework/live workshop. There was an element of "marketing" to it, with lots of opportunity to know what to focus on to pass, however, if you came in as a novice, didn't do the homework, and didn't follow along during the live session, I feel like it would have been difficult to pass the test. I would love to see some metrics on prior experience vs. pass rate as well as overall pass rates for the test, but I'm kind of weird like that. :-) Not sure if this is what you were looking for or not, I'm happy to answer specific questions if you have some.

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2018-05-08 19:53:11
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This is great feedback. As someone that is well grounded in Captivate I struggled with paying $500 for a CP session just to get a sorta "stamp of approval". However I commend you for evening attempting to conquer a Captivate in a Day workshop.

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2018-05-08 19:55:02
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Well, I'd been through several courses and workshops prior including an all day one last year in Vegas with Poojah, so I wasn't completely new to it, much was review. I really can't imagine being truly new and making it through that content without being overwhelmed!

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