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LearnNow: Designing for the Modern Learner

Modernize Your Learning Programs

Many organizations struggle with outdated training methods that are no longer effective across multiple generations of learners. At the ATD LearnNow: Designing for the Modern Learner two-day workshop, learning and development (L&D) professionals will learn how to turn an existing training program into a modern learning program that will keep their companies and their own L&D organization relevant in today’s talent marketplace.

L&D organizations are caught between two different, changing worlds: the organization and the employees. The C-suite wants development programs that attract, develop, and retain employees in today’s competitive talent world. Meanwhile, modern learners, a diverse, multinational group, want to have information when they need it and how they want it. Is your L&D team ready to transform into a modern learning organization?

ATD’s LearnNow: Designing for the Modern Learner workshop will show you how to convert your organization into a modern learning and development culture.

  • Close skill gaps faster by enabling learning at the speed of the 24/7 digital workplace.
  • Engage modern learners by optimizing current learning methods, integrating learning solutions into the workplace, and applying a proprietary Learning Clusters design technique.
  • Modernize your L&D function, including a revamped L&D scorecard to reflect today’s realities.

Workshop facilitators Crystal Kadakia and Lisa M.D. Owens bring a wealth of real-world experience and a proprietary learning clusters design technique that will help you transform one of your existing training programs into a modern learning program guaranteed to excite your learners. They will guide you through the the four challenges for modern L&D, while demonstrating the difference between traditional and modern learning programs.

4 Challenges for Modern L&D

  1. The New Target Audience
    Because of changing demographics and the advent of digital learning methods, we have a new learner—a modern learner. Discover who these learners are and how to meet their needs.

  2. The Continuum of Old-School to Modern Methods
    Some old-school methods work; some don’t. Others just need a tweak to modernize them. Select learning methods along this continuum that can engage modern learners and help them learn the right stuff at the right time. Want to know how modern your learning methods are? Find out with a proprietary tool.

  3. An Agile, Customizable Learning Environment
    Learning happens in classes, in hallways, in meetings, at computer screens. But who has control of each of these learning spaces? Who is guiding learners to the right content? Explore how you can create an environment that puts L&D in the places where critical learning happens. The emerging concept of learning cluster overlays can help you identify and prioritize those key learning spaces that need the L&D touch to speed up learning and close skill gaps.

  4. The New Language and Measures of Modern L&D
    Modernization demands a new language and new measures of success. Learn to use the new lingo, explore the implications, and determine how you want to measure and describe your own L&D success stories.

During this workshop you'll apply a proprietary learning cluster overlays approach to:

  • Modernize a short course from your workplace.
  • Design a learning cluster to meet a specific need in your workplace.
  • Revamp your L&D measures, such as a scorecard or customer satisfaction rating.

Don’t continue to run outdated learning programs that render ineffective results. Transform your learning into modern learning to:

  • Attract and retain new talent.
  • Ensure that your company remains relevant.
  • Demonstrate value to your organization.

What do attendees have to say about the conference?

"The Designing for the Modern Learner conference was an exceptionally good investment. This was a great chance to step away and think about the big picture: how best to organize and deliver training that works for everyone in this age. With most conferences it’s good to leave with a few new hints; this one left me with ideas that could carry my organization through the next several years. Thank you Lisa and Crystal!"—Previous Attendee

"Very interactive and made more valuable by table discussions."—Previous Attendee

"Excellent program and facilitators."—Previous Attendee

"This is a very necessary topic and it was a pleasure."—Previous Attendee

"I have sat through many trainings in my career and I can honestly say Crystal and Lisa were two of the best facilitators I’ve ever experienced. I took away a ton of value."—Previous Attendee


Crystal Kadakia

Lisa MD Owens

Who Should Attend?

  • Learning and development professionals
  • HRD and organization development professionals
  • Managers
  • Trainers
  • Training designers
  • Senior leaders or executives who want to harness modern training for their organization’s success

When you attend, bring:

  • Wi-Fi-connected devices with chargers
  • An existing short training program that you would like to modernize

Please select one of the following dates

Dates & Locations

Austin, TX

Nov 14-15, 2017

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