Agenda

Overview

Tuesday, September 15

9:00 AM
Main Stage
Aaron Skonnard, Brandon Peay and Lindsey Kneuven - Pluralsight
11:00 AM
Live Breakouts
Sara Morgan Nettles, Simon Robinson, Sami Laiho, Josh Cummings
12:00 PM
Magic Show
1:00 PM
Live Breakouts
Jamie Champagne, Gary A. Bolles, Greg Shields and Eric Wright
1:45 PM
Live Breakouts
Jen Milner, Jon Friskics, Zoran Horvat, Lisa Liang, Dan Appleman
2:30 PM
On-demand Sessions Viewing Block

Wednesday, September 16

9:00 AM
Open Space
12:30 PM
Main Stage
Gary Eimerman, Meghan Manfre, Jim Christopher, Dan Anderegg, Hampton Paulk, Matthew Pizzi, James Aylward, and Shauniquea Eure
3:00 PM
Happy Hour with Pluralsight
Chelsea Nelson and Thomas Winkley
4:00 PM
On-demand Sessions Viewing Block

Thursday, September 17

8:00 AM
Democratize Breakfast Skills
Alex Walton
9:00 AM
Main Stage
Simon Allardice, Sarah Barker, Richard Seroter, Dana Durham, Tyler Hudak, Jennifer Pesek, and Craig Golightly
11:00 AM
Live Breakouts
Hendrik Swanepoel, Ned Bellavance, Sarah Barker, Alice Meredith, Aaron Rosenmund, and Jordan Morrow
12:00 PM
Escape Treasure Mountain—Virtual Escape Room
1:00 PM
Author Mixer
2:00 PM
Main Stage
Ashley Freter and John Whipple

Breakouts

Lightning Web Components: The Big Picture
Sara Morgan Nettles - On the surface, Lightning Web Components may seem like just another JavaScript framework—but it only works for Salesforce, and that is only partially true. It is not a JavaScript framework, but it will be intuitive to anyone who has used one. It is built for use with Salesforce data and security, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. In this talk, I will tell you a little bit about how Lightning Web Components came to be and then walk you through a short demo of how to create and expose one. I will finish it off by hopefully convincing you that learning more about them can be fun, and more than likely, profitable.
The Science of Sound and the Voice
Simon Robinson - As Pluralsight authors, we depend massively on our voice when teaching and recording courses. But, how much do you understand about how the voice works? This session is all about the science behind the voice. You’ll learn what sound waves are and how they travel; how they are broken up into different pitches; and how combining those pitches makes up the sound you perceive. I’ll also show you how your voice works to generate different types of sound and how to resonate that sound to create volume. (Did you know that making a vowel is a totally different process from making a consonant like “P” and that’s very different again from sounds like “S?”). I don’t assume any scientific knowledge. This is totally a “sound for beginners” session. Although there’s a lot to get through so the pace will be quite fast. This is not a practical-advice session, so don’t expect much in the way of tips to actually help your course making: It’s more of a “satisfy-your-inner-geek-type” of session. At the end of it, you should understand more about the science behind some of the advice Pluralsight gives concerning audio setup.
How to deliver a conference winning presentation!
Sami Laiho - Want to enjoy some time and learn how a Microsoft Ignite-winning session was actually put together? This is a one-time chance to get behind the scenes and find out what it takes to build a conference-winning session. Sami Laiho has won all the major TechEd and Ignite conferences and now he is willing to be the magician revealing his tricks to the audience. Whether you are a seasoned public speaker or an attendee who wants to better understand how these sessions are put together, you'll enjoy this session.
Getting Started with Live Coding
Josh Cummings - For those that eat, sleep, and breathe code every day, nothing could be more boring than watching a presenter show a PowerPoint presentation. If your audience is a coding audience, coding live while you are presenting concepts will grab their attention and get them excited to apply the principles you are teaching. In this talk, you'll see the process I follow and the tools that I use as a regular presenter on the Spring team that make it possible for me to live code during my presentations, all without praying to the coding gods!
Building Your Every Day Business Case
Jamie Champagne - You might be bustling through daily life, but do you know WHY you are doing what you are doing? The business case IS your big WHY. You give the WIIFM (what’s in it for me) answer to your audience and we need these daily! Yet, we find ourselves only pondering the deeper meaning of life when we have to pitch our next big business proposal or innovative Pluralsight course. Ever feel disappointed that your idea wasn’t picked? This simple technique is full of why YOU think you have a good idea, but let’s take it beyond that and talk about how to make business cases REALLY good! Let’s go through the power of a good position that gives the answers your decision makers didn’t even know they needed (but helps them see your point!). Let’s shift our focus, bring quality analysis (without being an ANALyst) and have a little fun considering how to really create a great business case! And best of all—these approaches, these perspectives—they’re going to positively impact your daily personal life. Why you chose what you do and how to even get your significant other to agree with you! These are all positive benefits (hint hint, higher ROI) to learning some great tips and tricks to presenting solid business cases!
Authors: Help Your Learners Become Problem-Solvers
Gary A. Bolles - As authors, we need to create the most inclusive content possible. But as more learning becomes unbundled, rather than focusing on traditional learning paths, we need to help learners build skills to solve problems. This session will help you reframe your teaching in the context of problem-solving, developing mindsets and skill sets that can be applied to a range of different problems and reaching a broad and inclusive audience.
15 Years and 100 Courses: Bring Your Camtasia Questions and AMA
Greg Shields - Camtasia is a simple little tool for video capture and editing. Or, is it? Camtasia can be as cranky as it is powerful, and many—if not most—Pluralsight authors use it. But, do you really know Camtasia? Greg Shields has been building courses with Camtasia since 2005, and in those years he’s learned a bit about this quietly powerful tool. In this entirely unstructured session, bring your Camtasia questions and ask away. You might just leave with one tiny trick that’ll save you dozens of hours for each course you produce.
Growing your Brand with Podcasting and Blogging
Eric Wright - Join Eric Wright, author and podcaster, to learn how to extend and grow your brand with the power of podcasting as a new medium. Great for newcomers to podcasting or those looking to get started so you won't make costly and wasteful mistakes.
Improving Teaching Quality
Jen Milner & Jon Friskics - The Author Training team has been experimenting with ways to help authors skill up on teaching. This includes focusing our teaching standards on what’s most impactful for learners and reviewing a lot of courses to see what we’re doing well and where we could do better. In this session, we’ll discuss the characteristics of quality content, what we’re doing well and what we could do better. You’ll walk away with approaches you can apply to your content right away.
An Asian American Woman's Journey in Combining Art, Education and Greater Social Good
Lisa Liang - From ILM, Pluralsight Author to University Lecturer, find out how the opportunity to work with Pluralsight has nurtured my great aspiration of combining art, education, and greater social good to bring greater awareness about world heritage in my work.
PLURALSIGHT IN 2030: AN EXERCISE IN FUTUROLOGY
Dan Appleman - As a public company, Pluralsight has to be very careful discussing future plans— especially a decade out. But we don’t. In this session we’ll evaluate the likely long-term consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and recession in terms of its impact on education and technology careers. Next we’ll look at how that may impact Pluralsight, and more important, how Pluralsight might adapt and leverage new opportunities – and what that might mean to authors. Finally we’ll imagine what 2030 might look like for Pluralsight.
How I reduced 90% of my time spent on video production
Hendrik Swanepoel - I would like to share the workflow that helped me to reduce the time I spend on video recording and editing by 90 percent—without sacrificing quality. Most authors experiment with workflows in order to bring down the time they have to spend on recording and editing their courses. I am no different. Ever since I started authoring for Pluralsight in 2014, I tried a variety of approaches. Some were, perhaps, a bit far-fetched and humorous in hindsight. I wanted to spend more time ensuring that my lessons hit the mark and that I covered everything the learner needs—in the correct order, in an engaging manner. But, I struggled to find sufficient time for this because a lot of my time went to recording and editing the material itself. I tried outsourcing it to freelance video editors, but the process was cumbersome due to the very technical nature of the content. The editors would not know which parts were mistakes I made during the recording process, and which parts I wanted to keep. On top of this, I wanted to be able to record my audio and video separately, giving me the opportunity to find the best words to convey the material at hand. In 2018, while working on my eighth course, I wrote some software to help me in my workflow. The basic idea is that it helps me to edit my course material while I record it. I use an app on my phone to stop, start and retry video and audio clips. It keeps the audio with the correct video. In the end, it produces clips that have no mistakes and can easily be touched up by anyone, even outsourced video editors with no understanding of the subject matter at hand. This has changed my relationship with the authoring process and allowed me to spend much more time on crafting the lesson format and thinking about how to best teach the topic at hand instead of spending time producing the actual video. My hope is that this approach will inspire and help other authors who also feel like they are spending too much time on the recording and editing part of their courses.
Doing a Daily Live-stream as Practice
Ned Bellavance - Since the beginning of April 2020, I have been doing a 10-minute daily livestream every weekday. During that time, I have learned a lot about streaming, planning content, and most importantly, speaking. Each day is a chance to flex my public speaking muscle and try to get better at delivering content in a clear and concise manner. Join me in this session to learn tips about improving your delivery, building a persona and cultivating an audience.
Step Up Your Game with Pluralsight Field Marketing Events
Sarah Barker, David Tucker, Alice Meredith, Aaron Rosenmund, and Jordan Morrow - Pluralsight hosts numerous events throughout the year, led by our Field Marketing team. Join your peers for a deep dive into how they successfully partnered with Pluralsight to support our field events and virtual/hybrid experiences. Pluralsight Author, Alice Meredith will share how she creates unbiased, inclusive presentation content. Pluralsight Author, Aaron Rosenmund will share best practices for developing content for executive thought leadership events. And Pluralsight Author, Jordan Morrow will breakdown his blueprint for capitalizing on Pluralsight events by socializing speaking engagements across LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and more!

On-Demand

WHAT VIEWERS CARE ABOUT: ANALYZING LEARNER FEEDBACK
Alex Walton - Pluralsight gathers thousands of viewer feedback comments. What can we learn from these? What do learners actually care about, in their own words? What do they hate? What makes them want to stop watching? How can you improve as a video course author?
So how can we make better coverage decisions?
Anna Mikhova - It’s a competitive landscape out there and technology is updated and released faster than ever. In this session, we will discuss what Pluralsight is doing to stay ahead of the curve and how we utilize data signals from the market, our author network and our customers to make better and more value-driven skill coverage decisions.
AUTHORING FULL TIME: FACT OR FICTION
Craig Golightly - As a new author attending my first Author Summit in 2017, I had a lot of ideas about what it was going to take to become a full-time author. It turns out most of those ideas were not accurate. Whether you're climbing the hill of your first course, wondering if or when you should quit your day job, or you just want to publish courses faster, join me for the tips and tricks I've learned since quitting my day job in August 2019 and focusing full-time on authoring.
HEURISTICS: A STORYTELLER’S SHORTCUT
D'Aaron Gonzalez - Our job as authors and production editors is to create a path of understanding for our learners. Whether we realize it or not, we are working with and against developed and natural learning habits. In this session, we’ll talk about what psychology teaches us about natural human tendencies and how they relate to effective storytelling and teaching. We’ll focus on two items: the anchoring heuristic and the availability heuristic. Understanding these models will give you insight to what information people retain and how you can target key concepts accordingly. Leaning into these natural tendencies when synthesizing information, humans find the quickest way to the answer to a question, as well as the solution to a problem. The anchoring heuristic is our tendency of latching onto the first piece of information we’re introduced to—what we hear, see, or feel right out of the gate will become the baseline that we refer to for everything that follows. The availability heuristic is the shortcut our mind uses to quickly access immediate examples that a person can depend on to make a decision or choice. However, that doesn’t exclusively make it the best solution, just the quickest. Awareness of these mental models will allow you to craft stories and create comparisons and analogies with a targeted purpose to help learners along their journey to proficiency.
The Secret to Great Innovation
Gerard K. Cohen - Throughout history, the biggest paradigm-shifting innovations have all had one thing in common. In this presentation, I will go over some of the most important technological advances in the past and discuss the most important, common theme. I will then look to the future to provide simple things everyone can do in their pursuit to create the next world-changing innovation.
Storytelling With Scenarios and Demos
Jen Milner & Jon Friskics - As humans, we learn from stories, and we do that in Pluralsight content with scenarios and demos. Telling a story in your content helps learners see how course topics relate to their work and move toward application. In this session, we’ll explore why stories are important, look at content that does this well and discuss how you can create effective demos in your content.
Designing Safe & Delightful Experiences for Authors in an Automated World
Jessica Frech Knowles - What is psychological safety and how do we implement it in the experiences we build for Pluralsight’s most important partners, our authors? Our expert authors shape the Pluralsight learner experience. It’s our job to create an environment where authors feel safe and represented enough to dedicate the time, expertise and mental load required in choosing Pluralsight as their number one platform for creating and sharing technical content.
Bringing Context and Non-Technical Skills to a Technical Audience
Jordan Morrow - When working with a technical audience, the non-technical side of things matters just as much, if not more. This session will bring to light how to teach context and non-technical skills, which tie directly into technical learning. Join Global Head of Data Literacy and Author, Jordan Morrow, as he brings to light these issues and how to empower your authorship.
WHAT DOES THE LEARNER'S END-TO-END EXPERIENCE LOOK LIKE?
Lauren Gray - This year, the Product Management Practices team mapped the entire end-to-end learner experience on Pluralsight. What does the learner experience look like from gaining access to the platform, engaging with different content and achieving a learning goal? We'll go over what an experience map is and why it's useful and get an understanding of the jobs-to-be-done for learners on Pluralsight. In addition, we'll cover the learnings, pain points and insights that could inform the future of Pluralsight.
1% Gains and The Art of Video Course Mastery
Ryan Magner - How do you become a video course author at Pluralsight that produces content consistently, at a level of quality that you envision, and that is suitable for the Pluralsight platform? Whether you are brand new to authoring or have many courses under your belt, there seems to be a constantly running list of things to learn, skills to grow, feedback to implement, and all within a limited production time period. In this talk, 1% Gains and The Art of Video Course Mastery, Ryan Magner, a lead production editor on the Video Content Production team, walks you through how you can leverage what the Video Content Production team knows from years of working with hundreds of authors on thousands of courses. Creating a video course is not a one-off experience, so you will learn how you can achieve small gains that add up over time through learner feedback and our internal review process that is designed for this exact approach to author growth.
The Science of Learning
Stacy Sohn - A lot of what we think about learning is wrong. Come learn the latest developments in learning science and how to apply them to your next course.
Uncharted Land in Authoring Tools: Create Your Own Toolset
Zoran Horvat - Video course authors are in constant need of specific tools that help record and edit audio and video and produce video content, diagrams, animations, and more. Unfortunately, many tools that are available fail to support specific needs. The tools are too general or they don't fit. In this talk, you will see several custom tools tailored for video course recording and editing tasks. These tools can help record video, design dynamic diagrams and edit and produce sound recordings. While the tools we will present in this talk are still in the early evaluation phase and not available to the general public, they have already proven to be of great help when applied. Courses produced with use of tools have a unified look and feel—and last but not least—authors who use them will save many long hours when working on a course.

Open Space

The Pluralsight partnership: An in-depth look at author opportunities and compensation
Conversation lead by: TJ Davis - Pluralsight’s mission to democratize tech skills isn’t possible without the authors who deliver the content that powers our platform. The company has more opportunities to create content for different audiences more than ever before—opportunities that come with competitive compensation and growth. Learn about the portfolio of opportunities available across the Skills platform during this interactive session. We’ll spend the first half reviewing our current and future compensation strategies tied to video, cloud labs, written guides, assessments and more. The discussion will shed light on how we incorporate author feedback into our compensation and the incentives available to authors who create and maintain our content. The second half of the session will be reserved for author Q&A.
Author fee (royalty) discussion
Conversation lead by: Craig Golightly - What do you think of the current model? Do you have ideas to change it? A major challenge is the exponential distribution of viewership based on topic. There are simply more front end developers than DBAs, yet a successful organization needs both. Is there a model that can still reward top viewed courses while distributing fees across the library in a more linear fashion versus exponential? Join me to find out.
The future of video course review
Conversation lead by: Jenirae Reynolds - The Video Content Production team has run a beta experiment on course review for the better part of 2020. In this experiment, authors are able to "opt out" of our standard review process. We're looking at next steps for course review and would love to have an open discussion with authors. We want to seek context and get feedback about your experience participating (or not participating) in this experiment.
Beyond Camtasia
Conversation lead by: Alex Walton - While Camtasia is a popular program for authoring video courses, it has its advantages and disadvantages. Join us for an open discussion about it, as well as other video and audio software.
Enhance your course's story through slides
Conversation lead by: Deborah Kurata - This Open Space discusses techniques for enhancing your courses by telling a great story that connects and amplifies the learning objectives and your message. Yes, even a technical course can tell a great story! We'll look at leveraging the slide template and using slides and diagrams to explain basic and complex concepts. We'll also examine how to use examples to solidify abstract concepts in technical, and especially non-technical content. Join the discussion.
Terraform
Conversation lead by: Michael Jenkins - I'd like to discuss ways we can standardize and use Terraform for lab creation. This discussion could also include the overall lab development experience and feedback from the user side. I know labs are fairly new so customer feedback might not be immediately or readily available, but a discussion from that perspective might be interesting.
What's next in Author Home?
Conversation Lead By: Matt Merrill - There are a lot of changes happening in the Pluralsight authoring experience. Change is good, but it can sometimes be confusing and frustrating as well. Our Product teams are dedicated to human centered design and want to make sure our author community is heard. We want to continue to be a partner with you, the author, through this journey. Join the Author Home product team in this open space where we can discuss what Author Home needs to be for author success. We will also be sharing a few upcoming enhancements, talking about the recent changes, but most importantly hearing from each other on where we can take it next.
Meet the Pluralsight full-time authors
Conversation lead by: Tim Warner - In this session, you can ask Tim and other Pluralsight staff authors anything you want to know: What we do for the company, how we help contract authors, how we design courses, and more.
How do Pluralsight authors experience hands-on content?
Conversation Leas by: Tica Stolpe - As a Pluralsight author, how do you experience hands-on content? What are your biggest challenges as an author with our platform? Take this opportunity to share your insights with the Interactive Content team. They're ready to hear your feedback about this content type.
Writing and promoting a book
Conversation lead by: Micheal L Perry - Get the inside story on the proposal, writing, review and editing process. Find out how to build an audience prior to publication and how to capitalize on it after it's out.
Discover the basics of Pluralsight's Affiliate Program
Conversation lead by: Ross Hayes - Earn additional income by sharing Pluralsight with your audience. Learn about the special benefits of being a Pluralsight author in the Affiliate Program.
Labs, compensation and content freshness
Conversation lead by: Tica Stolpe - Take an opportunity to gather feedback from our authors on our compensation strategy. Learn how to keep our content fresh when it comes to labs, especially with respect to cloud content which is constantly changing.
Author Opportunity-Pluralsight Workshops
Conversation Lead By: Jeannine Orr and Andy Newman - This session will introduce authors to our new product offering of Workshops. The intent will be to guide authors through what is a workshop, how to be involved, and the vetting process.
Diversity & Belonging
Conversation Lead By: Maggie Roque
Diversity and Belonging
Join Pluralsight's Senior Program Manager, Diversity & Belonging Maggie Roque, for a discussion regarding diversity and belonging at Pluralsight and how you can drive impact as a Pluralsight author. Add your voice to the discussion regarding inclusive language in our courses and content, adding diversity to our author community, video courses and content planned for an upcoming Skills Path on D&B and more.