Learning • Technology • Design: New and Better Ways to Engage Learners and Create Lasting Impact

BY Celisa Steele

ltd-logo-final-text-outlinesAt Tagoras, we have some great things on tap for 2016, and the biggest of our new activities is Learning • Technology • Design (LTD), which will take place May 18 and 19, 2016, in Arlington, VA.

The event is all about helping trade and professional associations more effectively leverage new technologies and approaches to learning to engage learners and create lasting impact.

We created LTD because we know organizations in the business of lifelong learning have different needs than their corporate and academic counterparts that can mandate training or entice participants with the promise of a degree.

Technology and design are integral not just to creating great learning experiences but also to marketing and selling those learning experiences and staying connected to learners across their careers. And it’s the recognition of the combined and essential role that learning, technology, and design play in successful learning businesses that gave rise to the event (and gave it its name).

Jeff and I understand first-hand the importance of mastering technology and design in the market for lifelong learning because we’re in the learning business ourselves—we deliver sponsored Webinars, sell online courses, manage an online community, and host face-to-face events. So we’re fully aware of the challenges and opportunities the prospective LTD attendees face.

Reva Brennan

“Remaining relevant in the professional education environment is a challenge for any organization, but when you add the constant change in technology, it is a mystery that requires learning and sharing with like professionals. Tagoras is a great resource in guiding and leading organizations in this arena, and I am excited to learn more at LTD. It will provide the opportunity to address two major topics that are greatly impacting our organizations and members—learning and technology.”


Reva Brennan, chief operating officer of the South Carolina Association of CPAs


The expectations of adult learners have shifted—while competition for their attention has grown—and we feel it’s past time for a technology-focused event specifically for organizations in the lifelong learning business. Learning • Technology • Design is that event.

The LTD program will offer a blend of short, focused content presentations, active learning opportunities, high-value peer networking, and access to a range of technology providers that serve the market for lifelong learning. Attendees will also engage in case studies and explore actionable approaches to technology-enabled and technology-enhanced learning.

To help shape the experience, we’ve assembled a great group of experienced association, learning, and technology professionals to serve as advisors:

  • Tadu Yimam, Director of Online Learning, National Association of College and University Business Officers
  • Stephanie Owen, Education Manager, National Wood Flooring Association
  • Raffaele Vitelli, Director of Professional and Workforce Development, National Association of Social Workers
  • Diane Rhodes-Michaely, Senior Representative, Education Programs & Strategies, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
  • Wes Trochlil, President, Effective Database Management
  • Maggie McGary, Communications & PR Manager, Society of Fire Protection Engineers

If finding new and better ways to engage learners and create lasting impact through the effective use of technology is of interest to you, we hope to see you in Arlington on May 18 and 19 at Learning • Technology • Design. You can learn more about the event on the LTD Web site at http://ltd.leadinglearning.com. (Register by April 15 to save.)

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