Update on COVID-19

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We have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Learning Solutions Conference & Expo.

This is not a decision we take lightly. We greatly value this community, and thus have been closely monitoring the crisis for a number of weeks. Therefore, we want to be fully transparent as to why we have made this decision, what we plan to do for those impacted by this decision, and how we are planning to further support our larger community through this difficult time.

Why is the Conference Being Canceled?

For more than 20 years, the eLearning Guild has hosted events like Learning Solutions that bring people together to connect, share, and grow. While we have at times encountered environmental challenges that create hurdles in the path towards that goal, our team has always found a way to overcome them so that we continue to meet and exceed the expectations our community has for our events, and the commitment we have to you. Our intention has been to host the conference, but that goal has shifted in the last week.

It’s not just that COVID-19 has rapidly spread and is now a pandemic; it’s the growing call to “flatten the curve” and slow the rate of the virus’s spread so that healthcare systems around the globe can better support those affected. 

Our guiding principle at the eLearning Guild is “Together We Are Better”. It shapes every decision we make, including this one. In this context, we’re not just talking about the Guild Community; we’re talking about everyone on this planet, as a global community, working together to flatten the curve. If we all do our part, we can literally save lives.

For us at the eLearning Guild “doing our part” means making the difficult decision to cancel the event. We considered postponing to a future date, but given the uncertainty COVID-19 has created, have elected not to do so. We do look forward to hosting Learning Solutions 2021 next year, as scheduled.

What Happens Next?

We understand a change like this will leave our community with many questions. We are actively working on communications that will provide answers, and will post them to the event website Monday, March 16, updating them as needed in the days that follow. We will also send emails to all attendees on Monday with clear action plans around our next steps. 

We also understand that despite this crisis, learning does not stop. We are committed to supporting our community throughout this difficult period. We will be adding additional online events to our schedule starting with a series of events that feature some of the sessions we were looking forward to hosting at the Learning Solutions Conference. You will receive an invitation to attend those events free as someone that was registered for the conference. We look forward to sharing more details about that and additional online events we plan on hosting to continue support of our community.

Please feel free to reach out to me directly with any additional thoughts and concerns you may have. I thank you for your understanding, and for being a part of our community. 

We look forward to seeing you at future events, both online and in-person, in the future.

Sincerely,

David Kelly
Executive Director, The eLearning Guild
dkelly@elearningguild.com

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Cancelation of Learning Solutions Conference & Expo Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Why was Learning Solutions Conference & Expo canceled?

For more than 20 years, the eLearning Guild has hosted events like Learning Solutions that bring people together to connect, share, and grow. While we have at times encountered environmental challenges that create hurdles in the path towards that goal, our team has always found a way to overcome them so that we continue to meet and exceed the expectations our community has for our events, and the commitment we have to you. Our intention has been to host the conference, but that goal has shifted in recent weeks.

It’s not just that COVID-19 has rapidly spread and is now a pandemic; it’s the growing call to “flatten the curve” and slow the rate of the virus’s spread so that healthcare systems around the globe can better support those affected. 

Our guiding principle at the eLearning Guild is “Together We Are Better”. It shapes every decision we make, including this one. In this context, we’re not just talking about the Guild Community; we’re talking about everyone on this planet, as a global community, working together to flatten the curve. If we all do our part, we can literally save lives.

For us at the eLearning Guild “doing our part” means making the difficult decision to cancel the event. 

Will Learning 2020 Solutions Conference & Expo be rescheduled?

No. We considered postponing to a future date, but given the uncertainty COVID-19 has created, have elected not to do so. We look forward to hosting next year’s Learning Solutions Conference and Expo March 30 - April 2, 2021, as scheduled.

Will Learning Solutions Conference & Expo be held in a virtual format?

We are exploring opportunities to make much of the content that was going to be shared at the conference available virtually. Additional information will be shared over the coming weeks.

What are the options for my Learning Solutions Conference & Expo registration now that the event is canceled?

We have a number of options that attendees can choose from. Most of the people we have already had contact with have chosen to receive a credit for another event in the future, often driven by the challenges of getting financial approval to attend and wanting to avoid going through the entire process again. 

If you would like to apply your Learning Solutions 2020 Conference registration to a future event, you can choose from any of the following four options: 

  • DevLearn 2020 Conference & Expo, October 21 – 23, 2020, at the Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV

  • Learning 2020 Conference, November 15 – 18, 2020, at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, FL (Now produced by The eLearning Guild)

  • Learning Solutions 2021 Conference & Expo, March 30 – April 1, 2021, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, FL

  • Simply choose a credit for now, and select the specific event you would like to attend in the next 12 months at a later date.

We also recognize that everyone’s situation is unique, and you may want assistance on your choice. Please feel free to reach out to us at service@elearningguild.com or via phone at +1.707.566.8990.

I also registered for a pre-conference workshop or other co-located event; what options do I have for that registration now that the event is canceled?

The ability to transfer your conference registration to another event as described above also extends to any pre-conference workshop or co-located event registrations. 

How do I cancel my hotel reservation?

If you reserved your room at the Rosen Centre Hotel through the eLearning Guild’s room block, your room reservation will automatically be canceled. However, we recommend that everyone contact the hotel they made a reservation directly and cancel, just in case you booked outside of our block without realizing it.

How can I get reimbursed for travel expenses?

Unfortunately, The eLearning Guild cannot reimburse travel expenses. Please contact the airline, train service, etc. directly to inquire about reimbursement.

I’m an exhibitor and/or sponsor. What is the next step for me?

Exhibitors and sponsors will be contacted directly regarding their engagement with the event. If you have not been contacted or have additional questions, please contact Lenore Higgins at lhiggins@elearningguild.com.

I joined The eLearning Guild when registering for the Conference & Expo to take advantage of the member rate for registration. Is my membership still valid?

Yes. Your free membership with the Guild is still valid and we encourage you to take full advantage of your year-round member benefits.

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