Truth in E-Learning Is Focus of ASTD TechKnowledge(R) Conference and Exposition

September 27, 2001

The American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) announces ASTD TechKnowledge® 2001 Conference and Exposition, which will be held in Charlotte, NC, October 9-12 at the Charlotte Convention Center. At this conference, co-sponsored by The Society for Applied Learning Technology (SALT), attendees will have the opportunity to discover the truth about how e-learning really works in organizations and what the future holds for this learning revolution. Real- world examples will provide insights into what’s working and where caution is recommended.

Attendees will have the opportunity to network with peers who understand the challenges they face. After the conference, attendees can stay engaged online in the ASTD TechKnowledge® community by providing opinions about topics and areas of emphasis for the 2002 Las Vegas conference and exposition. This is all part of an interactive learning experience that will continue when this community reconvenes for ASTD TechKnowledge® 2002 Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas, NV, February 4-7, 2002.

Pre-conference workshops are October 9, the exposition is October 10-11, and the conference sessions are October 10-12. The conference sessions are divided into six tracks, geared for different levels from those who are starting to explore e-learning to those that have had a successful track record with e-learning and want to learn more.

Representatives from over 85 organizations, such as Bank of America, Internal Revenue Service, National Guard Bureau, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and NYU Online, will present either 60 or 90 minute sessions, sharing their views of e-learning and how it has impacted their organizations. In total, more than 90 sessions will be offered to attendees.

Well-known virtual reality pioneer, Jaron Lanier, will focus on balancing technology with the human side during his opening keynote session on October 10. Emerging e-learning services and how they will evolve will be the topic of the October 12 closing keynote session by Diana Oblinger, known for her work in distance learning.

The Expo will showcase the latest e-learning technologies and services from a host of training suppliers. Attendees are also encouraged to experience the Creation Stations where they can learn how to create a Website, or create the perfect content and much more in the ten sessions offered.

About ASTD

ASTD is the world’s leading association of workplace learning and performance professionals, forming a world-class community of practice. ASTD’s 70,000 members come from more than 100 countries and 15,000 organizations. Started in 1944 as the American Society of Training Directors, ASTD is now a global force, widening the industry’s focus to connect learning and performance to measurable results, and is a sought-after voice on critical public policy issues.