Registration is now open for the 2008 Brandon Hall Research Innovations in Learning Conference.

This event will take place September 25 and 26, 2008 at the Fairmont San Jose, in San Jose, California; with a pre-conference day of workshops planned for Wednesday, Sept. 24.


This year’s sessions will focus on new trends in learning, including the following:

  • Podcasting
  • Social networking
  • Games and play
  • Blogs and wikis
  • New collaboration technologies
  • Video
  • Innovative hardware
  • Mobile learning


Topics for this year’s workshops include the following:

  • The Use of Games to Recruit, Motivate, and Train Young Workers
  • Design and Delivery of Online Learning for an Inter-generational Workforce
  • Visualization for Learning: Approaches, Tools, and Applications to Improve Effectiveness
  • Keeping Interactivity at the Center of Rapid Development

Space is limited. Don’t delay in signing up for a workshop.


Games have come a long way since the days of playing Pac-Man in the student lounge. Try out the latest titles and platforms in the games gymnasium.


The Innovations in Learning Conference is a highly social event, with receptions, music, and fun interspersed with intense periods of learning. From the opening poolside reception to the closing dinner at a nearby winery, the conference is set up to foster conversations and build new relationships.


The winners of the 2008 Excellence in Learning Awards will be announced at the conference on September 25. Award finalists will be showing and discussing their entries throughout the conference. You’ll be able to talk to them one-on-one and see what the judges rated as the best.

Find out more about the 2008 Brandon Hall Research Innovations in Learning Conference. Register here.

Rachel Cooke

Chief Operating Officer Rachel Cooke Rachel is responsible for business operations including overseeing client services, research events and project management. Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Rachel was the Chief Operating Officer Co-founder of AC Growth. Rachel has over 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, business development, and sales performance management. Prior to AC Growth, she held several senior management roles and was on the leadership team at Bersin & Associates, a pioneer analyst firm in e-learning and now industry leading HR and talent Research Company. In her Senior Director role, Rachel developed the strategy and led the commercial execution of the solution provider vertical, and grew the vertical into the company’s largest market segment. In her role as Director of Sales, Rachel developed and led a team of senior account executives focused on acquiring global strategic accounts. Rachel was solely responsible for developing key business relationships with over ninety companies including industry icons, such as: Adidas, Hewlett-Packard, Toyota, Oracle, Starbucks, Avnet, Boeing, Kaiser Permanente, Safeway Inc., Wells Fargo, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Clorox and Affiliated Computer Services. Rachel began her career in the banking, media and hospitality industries. In these industries, Rachel held several key senior management and executive sales positions. Rachel received a BA in social science and interdisciplinary studies with honors from Florida Atlantic University. Rachel continued her postgraduate education by completing a series of executive management education courses from American Management Association.