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The 8th Edition of Tata Interactive Learning Forum saw International Speakers and Industry Experts discuss Learning and Performance in a Flat World

MUMBAI, India, October 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

The exclusive, annual Tata Interactive Learning Forum (TLF)-US held at Chateau Elan, Greater Atlanta, Georgia saw acclaimed international speakers and industry experts discussing and sharing experiences in Remodeling the L&D Space in a Flat World.

TLF 2011, by Tata Interactive Systems (the world's leading developer of learning solutions), was held in Sept at Chateau Elan, Greater Atlanta, Georgia.

The TLF is a global symposium where leaders and decision makers from the learning and training space come together to share their ideas, innovations, and insights. This unique platform provides learning leaders the opportunity to share their experiences in corporate learning, network with like-minded peers and examine case studies of key learning initiatives at other organizations.

The 8th Edition of TLF concluded in US earlier this month. The event featured separate tracks for corporate and education segments of the learning industry. The Education track was themed The Digitized Classroom and the Corporate track was themed Remodeling the L&D Space in a Flat world.

The Education track witnessed eminent speakers and industry experts like Dr. Alan D Carswell, Chair-Cybersecurity & Information Assurance-University of Maryland and University College (UMUC), Stephen Laster, CIO from Harvard Business School, Susan Kryczka, COO-Educators Serving Educators, George Claffey, CIO-Charter Oak State College, John J Greene III, Asst Dean-Excelsior College, Dr. Leonard Bess from Fashion Institute of Technology and Don Marinelli, Executive Director-Carnegie Mellon University.

The Corporate track saw experts like Bob Bennett, CLO-FedEx, John Constantine, Executive Director-Merck Polytechnic Institute, Korinne Collins, VP-Training- CIBC Retail Markets, Laura Quevedo VP-HR-Diageo, Michiel Versteeg, Director, Safety & Environment compliance-Holland America Line and Seabourn Cruises, Derek Cunard Dean- America Heart University, Sean Dineen, VP-Talent development- Luxottica, Dave Johnson Learning Executive- Bank of America, and Elliot Rosenberg Director, Learning Services AT&T.

Elliott Masie, Founder of The Masie Center was the keynote speaker and chaired a panel discussion.

Some key sessions (Education Track):

        - The session on Centralized Development and Strategies, where
          Dr. Alan D Carswell discussed the case of the online masters program on
          cyber security developed for UMUC by Tata Interactive Systems (TIS). He
          emphasized on meticulous planning before the project start which largely
          contributed to the project success.
        - Stephen Laster's session on Developing your Institution's Online
          Strategy focused on creating an online strategy for schools and colleges
          from start.
        - George Claffey's session on Selecting the Right Learning
          Management System gave a perspective on how future learning will be
          consumed amidst the plethora of delivery options like mobiles, tablets
          and desktops.
        - Dr. Leonard Bess spoke on Simulation use in the Classroom where
          he took a dull application training course, which students of the
          fashion design found disengaging and turned it into a simulation
          developed by TIS. This highly engaging and contextually relevant program
          was an instant hit with students; it also earned the highest student
          ratings in FIT.

Some key session highlights (Corporate track):

        - The session by Elliott Masie on Remodeling the L&D Space in
          a Flat World focused on the learning needs of the multi-generational
          workforce with a shift in learning expectations. The session also
          dwelled on issues of shorter, flexible, affordable, intense, aligned,
          tracked, current and global learning.
        - In the session on Pushing the Frontiers of Learning &
          Development Sean Dineen shared how his L&D organization at Luxottica
          introduced solutions that were cutting edge in the industry.
        - Laura Quevedo's session on Creating the Conditions for
          Extraordinary Experiences at Work for Global Employees and Great
          Performance brought in the perspective of learning as a tool for HR
          leaders that would enable them to create extraordinary experiences at
          workplace which in turn would lead to great performances.

The forum saw Participation from organization/institutes like Abbott Labs, Time Warner Cable, Citibank, GE Aviation, Metlife, The World Bank, Alcon Laboratories, Western Georgia Technical College, California State University, Georgetown University, Hampton University, Education Management Corporation to name a few.

The 8th Edition of TLF- US was a huge success with nearly 100 heads of HR, CLOs and University heads gathering for this 3 day event. The forum has evolved a lot over the past 8 years but it has never lost sight of its purpose to bring leaders and decision makers in the L&D space to interact, innovate and inspire, says Tij Nerurkar, Chief Operating Officer, Tata Interactive Systems.

"We have received an overwhelming response for our latest TLF in US. With its success amplifying year on year we hope to bring this platform to many more geographies in the coming years," says Rajesh Jumani, EVP & Chief Marketing Officer, TATA Interactive Systems,

(c) 2011 Tata Interactive Systems

Notes for editors

To subscribe to TIS news:

Tata Interactive Systems (TIS) is the world's leading developer of learning solutions. TIS' learning solutions are designed to enable organizational initiatives across industry verticals including Education; Government and Defense; Telecommunications and ICT; Pharmaceuticals and Health Care; Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance; Airlines, Transportation, Logistics, and Hospitality; Consumer Package Goods; and Manufacturing, Energy, and Construction.

With a team of over 600 multi-disciplinary specialists, TIS creates 3000+ hours of learning content across 220+ concurrent projects every year. TIS' solutions have proven their effectiveness at more than 60 Fortune 500 companies, leading educational institutions, and government departments.

TIS is the only learning solutions organization in the world to be assessed at Level 5 in both the SEI-CMM and P-CMM frameworks. Its solutions have won prestigious awards including Brandon Hall, APEX, BETT, and BIMA.

Areas of Business

TIS caters to three segments - Corporate, Education, and Government. It offers clients learning solutions that include:

        - Educational Multimedia & Blended Learning
        - Web-based Training & Courseware
        - Simulations
        - Software Solutions
        - Game-based Learning
        - Mobile-based Learning

The scope of TIS' learning solutions encompasses on-boarding, sales training, process training, product training, curriculum design, assessments, soft skills training, and technical training.


TIS has development centers in Germany, Switzerland, and India. Its sales and marketing operations span the US, Canada, the UK, mainland Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, and India.

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        Further information from:
        Rajesh R. Jumani
        EVP &Chief Marketing Officer
        Tata Interactive Systems
        [email protected]

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