702 Preparing for the Future of Learning

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Friday, October 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 learn 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 learn how and when to use social and informal learning tools to assist in learning and knowledge transfer. Finally, you will explore 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

Intermediate and advanced designers, project managers, and managers.

Technology discussed in this session:
MOOCs, crowd sourcing, TED, and EDex.

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.

Ryan Gunhold

Senior Consultant


Ryan Gunhold is a business capability manager at DLI with over 10 years’ success managing programs, organizational development, and engagement campaigns for global, multi-language audiences in a wide range of business and industry settings. He designs, develops, and executes effective models, programs, and presentations tailored to business needs and environments. Ryan’s work drives results in customer satisfaction, ROI outcomes, and overall growth to improve the bottom line.

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