After attending my first DevLearn last year, I was very excited to participate in DevLearn 2012. I signed up for the DevLearn Junto which I have to admit I was a bit nervous to attend. Many of the names I was seeing are people I really look up to in this industry. The week started out great with a very cool keynote from Jon Landau. Watching the behind the scenes footage from Avatar made me think how cool it would be to be able to use the cameras they had on the actors faces for elearning. Imagine realistic avatars that could be put into safety situations or more readily convey emotion to the student. I have to imagine we are not far away from this being a realistic situation. I spent most of the week in the “backstage” area of the Junto. I have to say for me personally, this was a great experience. The opportunity to talk directly with people in unstructured conversations and listen in on other conversations was truly a great learning experience. A big thanks to Aaron Silvers and Megan Bowe for leading the Junto. All in all it was a great week and more than I could have expected. One thing that hit me during Dayna Steele’s closing keynote, she made the point to “Just Ask”. It hit home after the whirlwind week I had just gone through and the people I had met. A lot of the people that I had spent time with at the Junto or at dinners in the evenings are people that I look up to in this industry. People that, quite frankly, I would have been too nervous to talk to in normal situations. As conversations took place there were things that I asked some people to explain or take a step back so I could understand something. Anyone I asked this of seemed more than happy to to do that. I guess the point is, if you are new to the industry or just new to attending a conference (as I was at DevLearn 11) take the time to ask if you don’t understand. I regret not doing that enough at DevLearn 11 and am very happy to have the opportunities that I did at DevLearn 12. Use the social media outlets ask questions, chances are you are going to learn a lot in the process. Don’t be afraid to ask the questions, everyone I have met so far in this industry is more than happy to answer them for you.