Compass is devoted to implementing new technologies and the best training practices to ensure that our tutors experience the finest training and ongoing development. Far from taking a cookie-cutter approach, we have always organized our training sessions around the strengths of the individual tutor. We’ve recently leveraged our years of student performance data to create a new kind of score report that is unlike anything in test prep.
We believe in staying on the forefront of technology and the best training practices, whether that training applies to tutors or to their students. To that end, several of our team members recently attended the DevLearn conference—the annual event hosted by the eLearning Guild.
Our Director of Instruction, Arisa Kim, attended panels about how microlearning opportunities can catalyze learning boosts to work against the forgetting we all experience when we learn something new.
Megan Drennan, Compass’ Quality Assurance Analyst, learned about rapid-authoring and open-source platforms that our own team of developers can build off of to develop programs to enhance student learning.
I attended numerous panels on xAPI, a data gathering standard that is far more flexible than previous iterations and allows an incredibly granular view of learner performance, as well as panels on development in eLearning design.
We talked with instructional designers and programmers. We wandered a vast ballroom filled with a science-fair-style gathering of trainers displaying their most recent eLearning efforts. We tried out some VR. We took a picture with a tiger made of flowers.
After three days of panels and keynotes, vendors and experts, all three of us came away from the conference inspired and with a renewed commitment to designing online elements that will enhance our trainers’ and students’ learning.