2015 LERN Annual Conference


The big LERN Conference heads to New Orleans Dec. 2 (pre-conference day) – 5. It’s the most exciting week of the year in lifelong learning!

Perennial favorite presenter Fred Bayley will be presenting a session this year on Building New Courses. In it, you’ll discover new advanced techniques for creating successful new courses and find out the 10 right questions to ask when surveying current customers and building upon successful courses.

Here are five tips from Fred on building new courses:

-You can “flip” an old tired course and make it a new course with a new design.

-You always start building a new course by determining your target audiences.

-It takes as much time & resources to build a successful course as one that fails. Knowing the few key steps increases your success rate.

-If you hear a new course idea from three different customers pursue it.Fred-Bailey

-Old courses need to be retired. Too many times we try to salvage old courses when our time is best spent creating a new highly successful course.

Want to see more from Fred? Check out his video tip sheet “Why you shouldn’t underprice your classes”

Check out the digital brochure below for more information on this pre-conference session and all the sessions at this year’s LERN Conference – or simply click here to register!


Interested in earning your Certified Program Planner (CPP) at this year’s conference? Click here for details.

Interested in earning graduate credit by attending this year’s conference? Click here for details.

Downloadable Brochure: Download Brochure

Presenter Biographies

This Year’s SuperStars

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Opening Keynoter: Tony Rubleski, author of “Mind Capture”
Keynoter: Diana Laurillard, London, “Learning in the 21st Century”
Jared Campbell, Melbourne, Florida, “Motivating Digital Natives”
Laura Wetherald, Columbia, Maryland, “Effective Staff Evaluation”

Location Information

The newly renovated Sheraton New Orleans Hotel overlooks the French Quarter and is just steps from the famous streetcars which run up Canal Street and to the Garden District. The regular guest room rates are $189 single or double, while the club level is $219 single or double, excluding taxes and fees. LERN has once again secured rooms on the Club level for a very small premium. They quickly sold out in 2011 and we expect that the demand will be high again. The complimentary amenities on this level include continental breakfast, Wi-Fi in the lounge, bottled water, and evening hors d’ oeuvres.

The hotel provides the following complimentary services in the lobby: Wi-Fi service, as well as five computers and printers (first 5 pages are free).

To make reservations, call (888) 627-7033 or visit SheratonNewOrleans.com.

Reservations must be made by 5 p.m. (CT) Tuesday, Nov. 10, but it is very likely that the room block, especially the Club Level, will sell out well in advance of this date. A portion of the room rate is used to offset conference expenses.

Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

500 Canal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

Phone: (504) 525-2500




Discounted round-trip airport transportation is available for $35 per person, or $20 per person, one way.

Reservations must be made through this external site at least 24-hours prior to your flight time.

To change a reservation made online, please call (866) 596-2699.

Registration Information

There Are 5 Easy Ways To Register

Register online

Register by Email:

Send your registration information to info@lern.org.

 Register by FAX:

Complete the registration form and fax it, toll-free, 24 hours a day, to (888) 234-8633.

Register by Phone:

Have your registration form ready and call Tammy at (800) 678-5376. The phones are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CT) Monday-Friday.

Register by Mail:

Complete the registration form and mail it to:registration form

LERN Conference Registration

PO Box 9

River Falls, Wisconsin 54022 U.S.A


LERN International Awards

Get the recognition your program deserves – recognition only available to LERN members – by submitting your nominations for the 2016 LERN International Awards.

Your program could be one of those recognized for innovation in programming, excellence in catalog or brochure design, a marketing effort, or exemplary management practice, or a noteworthy contribution to your community.

Click here for guidelines and registration information.

See winners from the 2014 LERN Annual Conference



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