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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Many organizations struggle with outdated training methods that are no longer effective across multiple generations of learners.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?

This workshop will show you how to convert your organization into a modern learning and development culture.

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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.

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  • Don’t continue to run outdated learning programs that render ineffective results.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.
  • Registration, Light Breakfast, and Tech Setup
  • Morning Session (with breaks)
    Morning Session (with breaks)

    Experience what it is like to be a modern learner, learn about the Modern Learning Design Process, and get familiar with steps 1 through 3 in the morning session.
    • Modern Learning Warm-up (activities)
    • Experience Modern Learning

    The Modern Learning Design Process
    Step 1: Connect With the Business (includes activity)

    Step 2: Know Your Learners (includes activity)

    Step 3: Modernize Existing Programs (includes activity)
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Session (with breaks)
    Add step 4, Learning Clusters, to your modern learning toolkit; practice the Modern Learning Design Process by applying steps 1 through 4 to a case study; and bring the process to life on a program from your own work.
    • Step 4: Expand Into Learning Clusters
    • Case Study Exercise: Applying Tools Through Step 4

    Draft Your Modern Training Program Poster
  • Wrap-Up : Day 2 Expectations
  • Arrive / Light Breakfast / Tech Setup
  • Morning Session (with breaks)
    Complete learning about the Modern Learning Design Process by adding step 5, and finish creating your presentation about your new modern Learning Cluster!
    • Warm-Up Activity
    • Step 5: Measure Success (includes activity)
    • Finalize Your Modern Training Program Poster

  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Session (with breaks)
    Afternoon Session (with breaks)

    Present your poster to your classmates and get feedback. Finally, learn how to overcome challenges in implementing your modern learning cluster back at work.
    • Poster Presentations and Feedback (small group activity)
    • Consolidate Learning
    • Modernizing L&D: Explore Implications, Barriers, Solutions

  • Day 2 Wrap-Up
    Walk away with a newly modernized program, tools to help you repeat the process at work, and a new approach for how to think about designing modern learning.
Previous Attendee
"Designing for the Modern Learner 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
"This program was very well-developed and delivered. Every element was explained, demonstrated, practiced, and discussed, which is rare, and had such intentional impact. Probably the best workshop/learning event I've ever attended."
Previous Attendee
"Very well-thought-out program. Hands-on, interactive, plenty of examples. Great info to bring home."
Previous Attendee
"Very interactive and made more valuable by table discussions."
Previous Attendee
"Both Crystal and Lisa demonstrated polished and experienced facilitation skills. It was a pleasure learning the content and being a student of their styles."
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
"I loved seeing how the same process/templates can be applied to an array of topics. It really is a universal process that builds upon itself and can be easily reproduced."


AMA Conference Center Atlanta

1170 Peachtree Street N.W. #300

Atlanta, GA 30309

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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.