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Learning and Talent Professionals Report Successful ATD Conference

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The Association for Talent Development hosted more than 10,000 attendees at the premier event in Denver, Colorado.

Taking place May 22-25, 2016, the Association for Talent Development (ATD) brought in 10,200 attendees from 83 countries. More than 400 speakers presented at more than 300 sessions, creating a robust learning experience both on and off the show floor. Emerging developments in virtual reality, microlearning and mobile training solutions were emphasized during the four-day event. Speakers presented on various topics such as what to expect when incorporating gamification into your sales learning programs, the importance of keeping with company culture when implementing learning programs and building successful teams.

Companies continue to strive to attach numbers such as ROIs on their learning and development programs to track progress for themselves and their investors. Other popular topics were training the Millennial workforce, interactive learning and learning at an individual’s own pace.

The 2016 edition of ATD was anchored by three general sessions featuring bestselling author Simon Sinek, Brené Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, and Jeremy Gutsche, the CEO of Trend Hunter, a company that is the leading showcase for innovation and The Next Big Thing. These dynamic speakers will share their perspectives on leadership that inspires, courage, and the power of innovation and creativity.

Virtual Reality is next on the horizon for many learners and learning management system companies exhibiting at ATD -are integrating it into their platforms. Manzalab, known for their serious games and for working with companies such as General Electric, developed a budget-friendly virtual reality application. Learning management company Litmos, is working to develop middle-end virtual reality tools and incorporate them into employee learning, compliance and multi-channel initiatives.  SilVR thread was demonstrating their high-end, Hollywood-designed virtual reality lessons at ATD. Learners were immersed in skiing and operating lessons. Virtual reality helps learning because it immerses the learner and activates emotions in the brain, helping students remember what they learn.

Next year, the event will take place May 21-24 at the Georgia World Conference Center in Atlanta. 

—Learn More: atdconference.org

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