CE01 The LMS & Learning Platforms Forum
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Monday, October 22
St. Thomas B
The learning platforms landscape is rapidly advancing. Not only do we have enhancements to existing learning management systems (LMSs), but we have entirely new platforms emerging, like learning record stores (LRSs) and learning experience platforms (LXPs). While these advancements in technology will enable us to support learning and performance in new and exciting ways, they also present new and unique challenges.
The LMS and Learning Platforms Forum is the place for you to make sense of the evolving learning platform landscape and harness the potential of these new technologies. You will examine the unique advantages of the different platforms and explore the new roles, skills, and responsibilities that will be needed on your team. You will discover how to align your business and learning strategies with these technologies to maximize your capital investments. You will also look at the key reasons you need to examine data—impact, compliance, and continuous improvement—and how different technologies can deliver upon that need.
The LMS and Learning Platforms Forum will help you make sense of the rapidly advancing learning platforms landscape and arm you with the skills and knowledge you need to build an effective learning strategy for your organization.
Steve Foreman is the author of The LMS Guidebook and president of InfoMedia Designs, a provider of eLearning infrastructure consulting services and technology solutions to large companies, academic institutions, professional associations, government, and military. Steve works with forward-looking organizations to find new and effective ways to apply computer technology to support human performance. His work includes enterprise learning strategy, learning and performance ecosystem solutions, LMS selection and implementation, learning-technology architecture and integration, expert-knowledge harvesting, knowledge management, and innovative performance-centered solutions that blend working and learning.
Ben Betts is the CEO of HT2 Labs, where his work has helped to define the next generation of workplace learning platforms. Since completing his PhD researching the impact of gamification on adult social learning, Ben has gone on to author and contribute chapters for many books, to publish academic papers, and to present at conferences around the world, including TEDx. Today, Ben’s focus is exclusively on helping companies learn from their employees’ collective experiences, using all of the knowledge he has gained from 15 years in the business. His research focuses on self-directed learning in the workplace, social learning, gamification, and xAPI.
Senior Director of Technology
Haitham Gasim, the senior director of technology for Kineo US, leads the company's strategic technical direction and ensures that the technical team is driving innovations with new and emerging technologies in the eLearning world. He oversees development and implementation, client satisfaction, and the learning technologies development and client services teams. He has more than 18 years of experience as a technology professional and has participated in launching programs related to software and systems development, training, management development, eCommerce, learning and content management, and social media. Haitham holds a master's degree in computer science from Southern Illinois University.
National Park Service
David Barton, an instructional designer wth the National Parks Service (NPS), works with leaders, program managers, and partners at the NPS to develop effective learning and performance ecosystem solutions for employees. His portfolio includes internal performance consulting, instructional design, ecosystem architecture, facilitation, and distributed learning support. David is the VP of programs for the Charlotte, NC Chapter of the International Society for Performance Improvement, and he was named the Army Civilian Instructor of the Year in 2012. David holds graduate degrees in instructional technology and business administration and certifications in virtual facilitation and virtual event production.
Sr. Learning Consultant
Stan Jeffress is a senior learning consultant at Pokeshot. With more than 15 years’ experience in the learning and development field, Stan has worked in various roles such as LMS administrator, project manager, consultant, and instructor. He also used this experience to work as a freelancer before joining Pokeshot. Stan’s role includes assisting clients with social learning strategy development, managing SmarterPath integrations, providing sales support, and contributing to product innovation.
Learning Experience Designer
National Park Service
Cari Kreshak, a Learning Experience Designer with the National Park Service (NPS) creates and develops learning opportunities for NPS employees with an emphasis on Cultural Resources. As a trained archeologist, Cari brings to her job real life experience in the field of Cultural Resources. In the learning realm, Cari uses the Learning and Performance Ecosystem model along with the National Park Service’s new Common Learning Portal to provide innovative learning.
Totara Learning Solutions
Richard played an instrumental role in founding Totara Learning Solutions in 2010 and has led the company since start-up. Rapid change is forcing organizations of all sizes and sectors to reinvent how they do business at an unprecedented pace. Richard believes that to be successful, organizations need technology that is inherently open, flexible and designed to adapt to a fast-changing world. Prior to Totara, Richard was co-founder of Kineo Pacific and also led a large consortium project including 20 universities and colleges contributing to the dramatic rise of Moodle in his home country New Zealand and internationally.
VP Business Development
Allie Tscheulin is the VP of business development at Yet Analytics. She is passionate about demystifying the Experience API (xAPI), the open-source data specification, so professionals and organizations can get the most from their learning initiatives. Allie works with organizations to design, develop, and execute learning and performance analytics to better employees and learners alike.
Director of Learning Design
Ashley Reardon, the director of learning design for Kineo US, has been in learning design for almost 20 years. She oversees a team of learning designers and content writers as they guide clients in articulating their business needs, translating those into learning goals, and then designing and bringing to life the most effective and engaging learning solution. Ashley's passion has always been in using technology to create better, individual-led, learning-by-doing experiences, and over the years, Ashley has developed experience and expertise in everything from eLearning to instructor-led training to performance support and blended solutions. Ashley holds a BS in cognitive science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MA in learning sciences from Northwestern University.