501 Beyond the LMS: Implementing a Digital-Era Learning Ecosystem

8:15 AM - 9:30 AM Thursday, May 17

On the footsteps of the dot-com craze, the first web-based learning management system (LMS), OLAT, debuted in 1999 as a free, open-source platform to support adult learning. In the almost 20 years since, the LMS has continued to serve as the primary point of record for learning completion and compliance. However, as digital technologies evolve, our businesses and learning organizations must also transform how they design and deliver learning solutions to support the workforce in the rapidly changing world of work.

In this session, you’ll explore how to expand your learning technology ecosystem to meet your learners where they are now and where they will be as the digital transformation continues to unfold. The modern worker’s needs are shifting, and new capabilities in digital literacy, collaboration, leadership, and critical thinking are required for them to drive business value. It’s time to re-think your learning tech stack and harness new technology in the pursuit of optimal workplace performance.

Brandon Carson

Vice President, Learning and Leadership


Brandon Carson is the vice president of learning and leadership at Walmart, and is responsible for talent development strategies in support of the overall US business strategy. Prior to joining Walmart, Brandon led the learning and development team for Delta Air Lines’ global airport operations. He has also held global learning leadership roles with Home Depot, Microsoft, and Apple. In 2020, he founded L&D Cares, a nonprofit dedicated to providing coaching, mentoring, and support to help talent professionals thrive and flourish in their career. Brandon has authored two books, Learning in the Age of Immediacy and L&D's Playbook for the Digital Age, both published by ATD Press. He holds a MEd in educational technology, a BA in business, and certification in advanced analysis.

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