The 2019 ATD International Conference & Expo is only a few days away. Each year, we like to plan out and prioritize the sessions we want to attend. But with 400+ sessions, how do you narrow down your list and identify the most relevant topics? Well, this article is a great place to start! Below, I’ve listed six sessions at #ATD2019 you’ll want to add to your agenda. This year, you can find topics on anything from gamification and emerging learning technologies, to leadership and employee engagement strategies.

BLP will also be exhibiting during expo hours in booth 2519. We hope to see you there!

1. Learning While Working: Structuring Your On-the-Job Training

Presented by: Paul Smith

Sunday, 5/19: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

A structured on-the-job training (SOJT) program can empower individual learners to own their professional development while also ensuring benefits for the employer. Experiential learning need not be haphazard; it can be strategic, targeted, and intentional. Speed up learning without sacrificing quality, improve satisfaction, and attract or retain talented employees.

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2. Learning in the Age of Immediacy: How the Digital Transformation Transforms Training

Presented by: Brandon Carson

Monday, 5/20: 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM

The rapid pace of digital transformation is altering the business landscape. To appropriately support this change, the modern learning organization must transform. This session highlights five technologies that are driving the digital transformation and bringing disruption to the business of learning. You will explore their impact on learning and how learning functions should respond.

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3. Become a More Emotionally Intelligent Leader: Awaken to Your Mindset

Presented by: Ryan Gottfredson

Monday, 5/20: 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

The most emotionally intelligent and effective leaders are self-aware. Come deepen your self-awareness as you awaken to an aspect about yourself that most rarely explore, but is a foundational driver of your thinking, learning, and behavior. This aspect is your mindset. In this session, you will have the opportunity to take a personal mindset assessment to determine your mindset and how it compares with thousands of others.

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4. Beyond Gamification: Think Like a Game Designer to Create Engaging, Meaningful Instruction

Presented by: Dr. Karl Kapp

Tuesday, 5/21: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Thinking like a game designer is a great way to craft instruction that engages learners on multiple levels. Explore the use of game elements to challenge learners, generate curiosity, and create immediate feedback. Learn how to balance the elements of story, action, and uncertainty to simulate thinking and engagement. In this session, you will experience firsthand how gamification motivates learners and increases retention.

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5. The Now and Next of Learning and Technology in 2019

Presented by: David Kelly

Tuesday, 5/21: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

In this session, you will explore the changing face of the technology landscape and how these changes are shaping the future of L&D. You will examine the common characteristics of these shifts so that you can recognize which emerging technologies have the potential to disrupt organizational learning, as opposed to those that are just hype. You will leave this session better prepared to stay ahead of the evolving technology curve.

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6. 360° of Separation—A New Angle on VR for Learning

Presented by: Nick Shelton

Wednesday, 5/22: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

In this session, BLP’s Learning Interaction Design Manager, Nick Shelton, demonstrates the power of 360-degree video and how it can be paired with new low-cost VR headsets to provide new possibilities for training. Nick will illustrate how the same 360-degree video can be leveraged in e-learning, as a standalone mobile experience, and in VR. You’ll walk away with an awareness of how to combine 360-degree video with VR and how new, all-in-one VR headsets open up new possibilities for learning professionals.

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If you prefer a more intimate learning environment, you may be interested in eXLearn – BLP’s second annual conference for workplace learning professionals here in Indianapolis, September 4-5th.