The new year is not only here but in full swing. For the experts in the e-learning industry, it is high time to mark the USA events they are going to attend this year. Such industry-specific events should be a part of the calendar for anyone engaged in e-learning as they give a chance to boost your knowledge, get to know the latest trends and tendencies in the sector, and grow your professional network. 

Some of you may choose to participate as speakers or contributors, while others will attend the event and take with them all the benefits it offers. In addition to the big conferences, there are also several online workshops that are also worth making it onto your to-do list. 

Here are a few of the interesting events that you need to keep an eye on in 2019 and attend if you are able.  

5 Ways to Make Virtual Training as Effective as Face-to-Face  

We can start the year with a webinar that many practitioners in the field will find very useful. Put February 5th at 9:30 on your calendar and you can join MeetingOne and David Smith, Global Managing Director of DS Virtually for a very interesting webinar.  

You should be ready for an interactive experience with tons of useful information and more specifically learn the following tricks: 

  • Identify the 5 key areas to focus on optimizing your live online learning experiences 
  • Explore how the elements of design we use in face-to-face can be replicated online 
  • Implement the best practices that professionals use when designing and delivering effective live online learning 

Even if you are not able to attend, you can still register here and get an e-mail with the recording after the event.  

Training Conference and Expo 

Training Conference and Expo will be held for the 42nd year in 2019 and its motto is “Connection, collaboration, community, camaraderie.” The event will be held in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, from February 25th-27th. All who register for the three days will get a special bonus – a FREE $40 Disney Gift Card and will be able to book specially priced accommodation. 

The goal of the event is to train the trainers and it brings together training professionals from various industries providing them with an option to meet face-to-face, exchange ideas, and build on connections.  

Training Expo is suitable for a wide range of professionals in the field so make sure to book your place. If you register before February 15, you can get a special discount using the code announced on the conference site.  

Learning Solutions 

Learning Solutions aims to provide solutions to a great variety of situations and is a preferred event for a wide range of professionals. The event will be held in Orlando, Florida, from March 26th-28th, 2019. If you have an interest in e-learning design, development, and management, Learning Solutions Conference & Expo is the right place for you. 

You will be able to participate in fruitful discussions and in-depth workshops, as well as listen to keynote speakers such as: 

  • Design Thinking in Learning and Work, presented by Sarah Prevette, Founder & CEO, Future Design School 
  • Digital Storytelling Doesn’t Have to Be Boring, presented by Baratunde Thurston, Futurist comedian, writer, and activist 
  • Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery, presented by Sarah Lewis, Author, The Rise, and Assistant Professor, Harvard University 

Some of the topics that will be covered during the event include microlearning, AR/VR, the future of work, accessible design, instructional design, learning, and technology.  

ATD International Conference & Expo 

This year ATD gives you a special reason to attend – “Help others reach their full potential by reaching yours.” It is one of the leading conferences in the USA, which has more than 15,000 attendees each year. This year, the event will take place in Washington D.C. from May 19th-22nd, 2019.  

The focus of ATD 2019 International Conference & Exposition is how to recognize, attract, retain, and develop top talent. You can expect best practices and innovative solutions shared by experts in the field.  

Last year, the event reported a record in terms of attendance but this year may break it given that one of the keynote speakers is Oprah Winfrey in the star company of Seth Godin and Eric Whitacre.  

Realities360 Conference & Expo 

This year Realities360 will focus on the potential and practices of virtual and augmented realities for learning and performance. All Realities360 activities will take place at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, California from June 25th-27th, 2019.  

You will get to know the latest developments in the field and learn how to best implement them in your training strategy.  


DevLearn is the Event with a capital letter that all e-learning professionals mark on their calendar. This year, DevLearn Conference & Expo will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, from October 23rd-25th, 2019.  

This is the place to learn about innovation in e-learning, share your ideas with colleagues, discover the best practices, and meet professionals and like-minded e-learning enthusiasts. The full program is not yet announced and you still have a chance to register as a speaker. Simply visit the conference site and follow the instructions.  

Elliott Masie’s Learning 

It is not possible to miss Elliott Masie’s Learning conference since Masie is the man who bears the credit for coining the term e-learning. For its 29th year, the event will be held in Orlando, Florida from October 27th-30th, 2019. Save the dates on your calendar and expect more interesting information soon. 

As usual, you can expect tons of useful information and a great variety of activities to participate in. You can listen to keynote speakers, express your opinion in the discussions or join some of the sessions or labs included in the event.  

These are but a few of the existing conferences and webinars that are held in the USA and cover interesting topics related to e-learning. Make sure to attend as many as possible, if you want to stay tuned with the most exciting developments in the industry and learn from the ideas and experience of practitioners and game-changers.  


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