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712 Learning in the Cloud: What Do Learning Platforms Look Like in the Future?

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Friday, October 31


C├ęzanne 1 & 2

Technology is constantly evolving and changing the ways we live, work, and learn. The ways we approach learning are very different than they were even a decade ago. In order to keep our practices current, we must stay ahead of this technological evolution—and that starts with getting the most out of today’s technology.

In this session you will explore how to use systems you already have to provide on-the-job support for learning, examine the impact of cloud technologies on learning platforms, and discuss how learning platforms can integrate with other enterprise systems. You will examine the increasing role of social media as a means of enhancing informal and social learning and how to use today’s cutting-edge technologies to paint a picture of how technology will shape how we learn tomorrow.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How and when to use social and informal learning tools to assist in learning and knowledge transfer
  • The differences between cloud-based platforms and traditional internally hosted systems
  • How learning programs have evolved in tandem with technology
  • How to prepare yourself for continued technological evolution

Novice to advanced designers, developers, and managers with a basic knowledge of adult learning theory.

Technology discussed in this session:
Web-based and cloud-based products, Lync, SharePoint, Yammer, Internet sites, Blackboard, etc.

Darren Nerland

Sr. Learning Strategist


Darren Nerland is a senior learning strategist at Knowplicity, where he works on disruptive, innovative, and emergent digital learning technologies and methodologies. Darren aligns key leaders and stakeholders on the implementation of learning initiatives for the enterprise. He is an expert technologist with a demonstrable track record of bringing complex learning systems from requirements through design into scalable production. His experience includes working at the executive level to determine how training strategies and awareness can effect and sustain positive behavioral change. Darren is an accomplished and dynamic leader with strong global learning strategy and measurement experience.

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