Learning & Development Conferences for 2018

The new year is nigh—a great time to assess our learning and see where we can make progress. At Limestone Learning we believe that keeping up with the latest training developments is the best way to do our job—helping our clients educate their employees.

Every month we publish a list of free L&D webinars offering instruction across a wide range of topics, and we like to point out other resources such as white papers, research articles, industry tweets, and online certification courses—all great ways to access educational material and stay current. But it’s also worth looking at larger events offered throughout North America and elsewhere. They provide the opportunity to meet industry experts in person and learn firsthand about the latest research and trends. They’re also a great networking opportunity for learning professionals to build synergy with their peers.

We’re all very busy and sometimes don’t find out what conferences are being offered until it’s too late. To help you seize these opportunities before they go by, we’ve compiled a list of links to a number of popular L&D conferences being offered this coming year. We hope they inspire you to make 2018 your best year yet!

January 24–26, 2018
ATD 2018 TechKnowledge Conference, San Jose, California

The conference showcases the latest trends occurring at the intersection of technology and learning, and empowers talent development professionals to adopt these trends in their work. Attendees can choose from more than 125 education sessions, including hands-on learning and the TK Disrupt Room.

January 30–February 1, 2018
Elliott Masie’s Curation & Learning LAB, Saratoga Springs, New York

Elliott Masie hosts a small group of learning colleagues in a 2 ½ day intensive exploration and lab experience at the 10,000 square foot MASIE Learning LAB deeply exploring, experimenting, assessing and deploying a range of curation strategies. It sells out fast!

January 31–February 1, 2018
Learning Technologies 2018 Conference and Expo, London, England

Learning Technologies is Europe's leading showcase of organizational learning and the technology used to support learning at work. With more than 150 free L&D seminars, over 200 exhibitors, two exhibition halls packed with the latest learning technologies, innovation and best practice and the industry's leading L&D conference, it provided a unique and exciting environment for all those involved in workplace learning.

January 31–February 2, 2018
HMC Excellence Conference 2018, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Brandon Hall’s Human Capital Management (HMC) Excellence conference offers leading practices from award-winning organizations, workshop sessions, pre-conference events, industry expert panels, industry-leading research and materials, and keynote speakers. The conference focuses on Learning and Development, Talent Management/Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition/Workforce Management and Technology.

February 11–14, 2018
ITC eLearning Conference, Tucson, Arizona
Exchange your great ideas with colleagues from across the country and around the world. One of the friendliest and most comprehensive annual distance learning conferences for eLearning practitioners, eLearning 2018 will offer pre-conference workshops, keynote speakers, exhibitors, round table discussions and a multitude of concurrent sessions.

February 12–14, 2018
Training Magazine’s 41st Annual 2018 Game Changer Conference & Expo, Atlanta, Georgia

The official definition of “game changer” is an event, idea, or procedure that effects a significant shift in the current manner of doing or thinking about something. Training certainly is a game changer. New co-located events, thought-provoking keynoters, a new high-level leadership track, and more will be available at the conference. 

March 22–23, 2018
ATD’s Core 4 Conference 2018 – Foundations of Talent Development, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
TD’s Core 4 Conference focuses on the most crucial, practical, and fundamental topics needed to effectively develop learners. The two day event features sessions from our best and most popular speakers on the most essential topics for all L&D professionals: instructional design, training delivery, measurement & evaluation and learning technologies. 

March 25–29, 2018
Adobe Learning Summit, Las Vegas, Nevada
An effective place for Adobe experts, industry luminaries, and customers to encourage and experience their research talent and best practices areas for the future growth of eLearning authoring.  The Adobe annual show will provide a comprehensive overview of the discussions on recent advances, current problems, and prospective development of the eLearning technologies.

March 26–28, 2018
CLO Symposium 2018, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The symposium examines the forces driving corporate educators to adapt the learning experience and explore the most effective ways to remain relevant in this rapidly changing environment.

March 27–29, 2018
Learning Solutions 2018 Conference & Expo, Orlando, Florida

Learning Solutions Conference & Expo provides real solutions to the L&D challenges encountered today. They are expanding the program to deepen attendees’ understanding of learning technologies across the globe with more than 100 engaging session that will help to create more collaborative and effective learning experiences.

April 23–24, 2018
ICGBLSG 2018 20th Annual International Confernce on Game-Based Learning and Serious Games, Boston, Massachusetts

The conference aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Game-Based Learning and Serious Games. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Game-Based Learning and Serious Games.

April 24–27, 2018
CONNECT 2018, Canada’s Learning & Technology Conference, location TBD

CONNECT 2018 is Canada’s National conference that connects educators with technology for 21st century teaching and learning. 

April 30–May 2, 2018
ISPI 2018 Annual Conference: Meaningful Work By Design, Seattle, Washington

The conference theme is Meaningful Work by Design, focusing on the application of design thinking to performance improvement, and how to create and sustain meaning at work. It is a way of expanding our thinking about the practice of performance improvement and achieving extraordinary results for the people, departments, and organizations we work with. We invite you to share your knowledge, insight, research, and practices to broaden our perspective, to expand our knowledge, and to think in new ways!

May 6–9, 2018
ATD 2018 International Conference & Exposition, San Diego, California

The ATD 2018 International Conference & Exposition provides the knowledge, strategies, and solutions needed to effectively attract, develop, and retain top talent. Gain insights into the latest trends, best practices, and new solutions for designing, delivering, implementing, and measuring learning programs. 

June 11–14, 2018
Learning DevCamp 2018, Salt Lake City, Utah
Learning DevCamp is an event dedicated to teaching, discussing, and collaborating about how to create learning solutions from content to tools to platforms, understanding that today’s design and development revolves around instructor-led, online delivery, mobile and performance support tools. 

June 26–28, 2018
2018 Realities360 Conference, San Jose, California
Realities360 Conference is the newest event dedicated to exploring the opportunities presented by virtual reality, augmented reality, and other alternate reality technologies. Learning and performance professionals will have hands-on opportunities to encounter these technologies and engage in discussions that put those experiences into the context of learning and performance.  

August 7–9, 2018
Distance Teaching & Learning Conference, Madison, Wisconsin
DT&L is the premiere national conference for online and distance educators. Advance the field of online education on current and emerging topics like learning design, teaching practices and strategies, personalized vs. adaptive learning, eLearning program evaluation and competency-based education and training. 

October 24–26, 2018
DevLearn 2018 Conference & Expo, Las Vegas, Nevada

North America’s leading event focused on learning technologies. The place to meet with industry thought leaders, share strategies with colleagues, discover best practices, and learn about the hottest topics and most innovative new ideas for learning. 

November 4–7, 2018
Elliott Masie’s Learning 2018, Orlando, Florida
The 28th annual conference features over 200 scheduled sessions, labs, exchanges, discussions, activities, “LearningTown Connections” and keynote speakers. Collaborate, learn, benchmark, innovate and explore.

November 2018 (dates not announced yet)
I4PL 2018, Toronto, Ontario
Canada’s annual conference and trade show for performance and learning.

If you know of a valuable L&D event happening in 2018, drop us a line!