New Ways to Engage Learners Outside the Classroom

The stand-alone conference is one way to engage learners outside of the classroom and gather like-minded people for networking and knowledge sharing. This is a the more 'traditional' or 'standard' type of event, where a company holds sessions on their topic of choice and invites subject experts to give talks and seminars on them. Think HBaseCon from Cloudera, MuleSoft Connect from MuleSoft, and Couchbase Connect from Couchbase.

A conference-within-a-conference is a relatively new thing, where a company takes advantage of the gathering of attendees to host a related conference on a related topic. ServiceRocket is doing that this year at Gainsight's Pulse Customer Success Conference this year, hosting the Business of Customer Education. Fast Company does it with their Fast Company Grill at SXSW.

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