Back by popular demand! “Disrupt” your day by attending alternative programming in 211AB. Sessions in the Disrupt Room are not your typical session—you will have a chance to participate, work in small groups, share your own stories, or get hands-on with some cool tech. This year’s Disrupt sessions include “AR and VR in Action,” “Fail Jam,” “UX Feedback,” and more! You will have a chance to interact and be a part of each session. See the full the schedule of events and descriptions and take advantage of some unique offerings.

Wednesday, January 24

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Fail Jam

One of our most popular Disrupt sessions returns! Come share your biggest “fail” related to technology and learning, what you learned from it, and how it influenced your next projects. This session gives you the opportunity to learn from other attendees and share your own acquired wisdom. This session shows that sometimes the best payoff comes from a failed attempt. Becca Wilson

3:00-3:45 p.m.
I Wish I Knew

Whether you’re a classroom or virtual trainer, an instructional designer, an e-learning designer, a program manager, or a tech specialist, chances are you didn’t always plan on being in the talent development field. So many of us come from other fields, bringing unique skills and backgrounds with us. In this new Disrupt session, you’ll have a chance to hear about the lessons others have learned since entering the talent development field. You’ll also have the opportunity to share what you wished you knew when you were first starting out. Tim Slade

4:15-5:00 p.m.
UX Feedback

What does a good user experience (UX) look like? How do you design it? In a world of increasingly high expectations for anything digital, your learning doesn't stand a chance if it doesn't support good UX. In this session, you’ll learn a framework for evaluating user experiences. After a quick primer, you'll break into small groups and practice critiquing good and bad learning experiences. Walk away with the language and the know-how to evaluate and improve your own learning designs. Becca Wilson and Julie Dirksen

Thursday, January 25


11:30 a.m. - 12 :15 p.m.
AR and VR in Action

Augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR) continue to become more mainstream and accessible. These exciting technologies are opening up new opportunities for immersive training and performance support. In this session, you will explore use cases and ideas for using AR and VR in your organization. Disrupt your day and see some actual learning and performance support solutions in action. The best part? You will have an opportunity to get your hands on the technology and experience augmented and virtual reality for yourself! Chad Udell and Vinay Narayan

2:15 - 3:00 p.m.
xAPI Showcase

You’ve no doubt heard of the Experience API (or xAPI, formerly known as Tin Can). But, you might be asking yourself how you can leverage xAPI’s unique capabilities for your learning solutions. In this session, you’ll see real-world examples of solutions that utilize xAPI. You will have the opportunity to discuss your ideas for using xAPI with people who are actively working with it. Megan Torrance  

3:30 - 4:15 p.m.
AI and Chatbots

Artificial intelligence (AI) has the ability to drastically change the way we work. It also gives us the ability to support employees on the job and provide just-in-time information like we never have before! In this session, you’ll learn about artificial intelligence and how it can be used inside organizations. You’ll also see a few examples of support using AI and chatbots and have a chance to get hands-on with some of the technology. Chad Udell and Travis Waugh

Friday, January 26

9:45-10:30 a.m.
How Do I Become a Disruptor?

TechKnowledge is a great place to explore the now and next of workplace learning technology. But what are the best ways to bring these ideas back to your organization? What actions can you take to enable meaningful change within your team, especially if you aren't the primary decision maker back home? How can you become a disruptor? Discover how to become an agent of change in this session. JD Dillon