What Learning • Technology • Design is, who should participate, and why we started the event

Learning • Technology • Design™ (LTD) is a virtual conference designed specifically for professionals in the business of continuing education and professional development. The goal of the event is to help attendees find new and better ways to engage learners and create lasting impact through the effective use of technology.

LTD 2017 was held live March 1-3 as an entirely online virtual conference, and recordings of all sessions were available through May 31.

The three-day event was devoted to educational sessions covering topics key to the success of a learning business, like effective marketing, good design, and platform integration. The educational sessions delivered on March 1 and 2 emphasize case studies and actionable approaches to technology-enabled and technology-enhanced learning.

Organizations offering learning products and services are an integral part of the landscape, so the third day (March 3) was reserved for virtual exhibits and demonstrations, allowing LTD participants to learn more about platform and product options.

Read about the program to learn more about the topics addressed by LTD 2017. And let us know if you’d like to be notified when registration opens for LTD 2018.

“Remaining relevant in the professional education environment is a challenge for any organization, but when you add the constant change in technology, it is a mystery that requires learning and sharing with like professionals. Tagoras is a great resource in guiding and leading organizations in this arena, and I’m excited to learn more at Learning • Technology • Design. It will provide the opportunity to address two major topics that are greatly impacting our organizations and members—learning and technology.”

Reva Brennan, Chief Operating Officer, South Carolina Association of CPAs
Reva Brennan
Because learning is social, we know it matters who participates in Learning • Technology • Design and who has shaped the event.

Who Should Participate

Learning • Technology • Design is for anyone who works in the business of lifelong learning, continuing education, and professional development and who wants to find better ways to engage learners and create lasting impact through the effective use of technology. The content is most suited for individuals at an intermediate to advanced level of knowledge when it comes to the use of technology to enable and enhance learning. While we do not necessarily discourage beginners from purchasing access to the recordings, we did not cover basic terminology (e.g., learning content management system or SCORM) or concepts (e.g., hybrid events or blended learning) during the sessions.


We hand-selected the people who led sessions at Learning • Technology • Design 2017. We chose them for their expertise in particular topics as well as their awareness of the importance of facilitation to engage participants in meaningful interaction to create true learning. To acknowledge both the expertise and the facilitation skills of these people, we call them speaker-facilitators.

Read about about the speaker-facilitators.

We decided to hold Learning • Technology • Design because we saw a gap.

There are many good conferences that focus on the role of technology in learning education, but nearly all are aimed at corporations or academic institutions. While some events aimed at the association sector provide content related to learning and technology, the selection is usually quite limited and not the primary focus of these events.

Learning • Technology • Design was born of the recognition that organizations in the business of lifelong learning have different needs than their corporate and academic counterparts. Moreover, given that we are living in the midst of a massive, technology-fueled shift in the learning landscape, it is past time for a technology-focused event for organizations in the lifelong learning business. Learning • Technology • Design is that event.

In 2016, Learning • Technology • Design was held as a two-day, face-to-face event. In 2017, it was held as a three-day virtual conference—offered entirely online—expanding the event’s reach and hewing even closer to the goal of exploring the effective use of technology for learning. Sign up to be notified when registration opens for LTD 2018.

Read what past participants have to say about the value of Learning • Technology • Design.

“Tagoras has been instrumental in assisting our organization find a new learning management system. We continue to use their services and attend their meetings as we look to enhance our online education to meet the growing needs of our membership.”

Lisa Cohen, Director of Professional Development, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
Lisa Cohen

And we're uniquely qualified to fill the gap.

Jeff Cobb and Celisa Steele

Tagoras is uniquely qualified to convene Learning • Technology • Design:

  • We’ve built, implemented, and used a wide range of learning technologies.
    Tagoras co-founders Celisa Steele and Jeff Cobb personally designed and oversaw the development of Isoph Blue, the first learning management system (LMS) designed specifically to integrate with membership management systems and support the sale and tracking of continuing education products.
  • We’ve worked in the education business for more than two decades.
    We started as teachers, then turned founders of a learning platform and course development company that we successfully grew and sold, and now work with organizations in the learning business.
  • We conduct original research and publish.
    We publish some of the only research and reports available on topics specific to the effective use of technology by organizations in the business of continuing education and professional development. Our publications include Association Learning + Technology, Association Virtual Events, Association Learning Management Systems, and Leading the Learning Revolution.
  • We’re in the learning business ourselves.
    We understand the challenges and opportunities intimately. We deliver sponsored Webinars, sell online courses, manage an online community of practice, and host a variety of face-to-face events. We leverage technology to support and enhance all these activities.

In short, we have the experience and expertise to ensure an event like Learning • Technology • Design will be as compelling and useful as possible for participants.

If you aren’t already familiar with us (or even if you are), you can find out more about who we are, the wide range of organizations we have served, and the background of our principals, Jeff Cobb and Celisa Steele, on the Tagoras Web site.