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DevLearn 2018: The Social Roundup

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From fearless storytelling to living with robots, here’s what attendees have been talking about at this year’s conference.

A key theme coming out of DevLearn 2018 was the importance of enhancing learning with real, raw storytelling. People want to hear the truth, and the first keynote of the conference, delivered by Julie Snyder, co-creator and executive producer of wildly popular podcasts Serial nd S-Town, encouraged learning and development pros attending the conference in Las Vegas to share their stories in a genuine way to connect with others.

Snyder encouraged attendees to remove the fear from learning—not just when it comes to being unafraid to tell truths, but also being unafraid of failure; you never know what amazing ideas will come out of trial and error.

Attendees were certainly not afraid to talk about the tough questions facing the learning and development (L&D) field, like how can L&D pros prepare the employees for the future when they don’t even know what to expect themselves?

In the keynote she delivered to close out day one of DevLearn, Ayanna Howard, educator, researcher, and innovator in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence, offered one piece of sage, forward-looking advice to attendees: there are many great things that robots and automation can do, but we need to be cognizant and aware of how humans affect robots, and vice versa.

Finally, Howard’s keynote left attendees with two key questions. So, if L&D pros need to be aware of how robots and humans affect each other, what’s the best solution? How can we increase the human experience while taking advantage of everything that robots can do?

Finally, on a fun note, while day one of DevLearn raised interesting questions, one thing was quite clear: everyone loved their minifigs!


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