Training Resources For Modern Trainers In 2018 And Beyond: 70+ And Counting

70+ Training Resources For Modern Trainers In 2018 And Beyond

To stay at the top of your game as a modern trainer, you need the most up-to-date industry knowledge — but vetting good training resources can be a full-time job in itself. That’s why we’ve pulled together a comprehensive list of industry-shaping thought leaders, can’t-miss conferences, and must-read publications.

From associations and online training courses to podcasts and apps, we’ve collected the top resources for educating training professionals below. You’re sure to find something to help you do your job even better.

Professional Groups


  1. Association for Talent Development (ATD)
    The world’s largest training development association, with local chapters, conferences, and research.
  2. Learning & Performance Institute
    Α UK-based organization dedicated to professional development of learning professionals.
  3. American Management Association
    Management training seminars, courses, and programs for individuals and companies alike.
  4. ISA - The Association of Learning Providers
    The network for training industry thought leaders.
  5. Human Capital Institute
    A global organization for talent management, with an emphasis on HR, acquisition, and L&D.
  6. The International E-Learning Association
    An international organization dedicated to advancing learning technology in academia and the workplace.
  7. Academy of Human Resource Development
    A global organization focused on research.


  1. ATD International Conference & Expo
    ATD’s main conference, featuring speakers, professional development, and the chance to explore new technologies.
  2. Core4 Conference
    An ATD conference focusing on the foundational aspects of learning and talent development: Instructional Design, training delivery, measurement, evaluation, and learning technologies.
  3. Training Conference & Expo
    Hosted by Training magazine for over 40 years, covering all aspects of online and Instructor-Led Training.
  4. Online Learning Conference
    Also by Training magazine, with an emphasis on online learning.
  5. Learning and Leadership Development Conference
    The annual conference put on by the Human Capital Institute.
  6. ICELW, The International Conference on E-Learning in the Workplace
    Put on by the International E-Learning Association.
  7. AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas
    The academic conference put on by the Academy of Human Resource Development.



  1. Learning Solutions Magazine
    A publication of The eLearning Guild since 2002.
  2. TD Magazine
    The monthly magazine put out by ATD — available to members or by subscription.
  3. Training Industry Magazine
    An online publication providing information and insight to training industry professionals.
  4. Training Journal
    An online publication featuring insight from industry experts.
  5. Training
    Bi-monthly magazine and weekly newsletter, providing professional development writing for over 50 years.
  6. IELA Journals
    A trio of academic journals put out by the International E-Learning Association on corporate learning, advancing technology, and interactive mobile.
  7. CLO
    A multimedia magazine aimed at learning executives.


  1. Learning Environments by Design
    An exploration of today’s workplace learning, by Catherine Lombardozzi.
  2. Michael Allen’s Guide to eLearning
    A 2016 update of the 2003 original guide, by Michael Allen.
  3. Design For How People Learn (Voices That Matter)
    The science of designing a great learning experience, by Julie Dirksen.
  4. 157 Tips on Improving eLearning Design
    Published by The eLearning Guild, by Kat Gore (eBook).
  5. Neuroscience for Learning and Development: How to Apply Neuroscience and Psychology for Improved Learning and Training
    Explores the science behind training delivery and learner motivation, by Stella Collins.

Blogs And Forums

  1. eLearning Industry
    At eLearning Industry you will find the best collection of eLearning articles, eLearning concepts, and eLearning resources.
  2. Training Zone
    UK-based publication covering trends, opinions, and news round-ups.
  3. The Rapid E-Learning Blog
    Practical, real-world tips for eLearning success.
  4. Mimeo Blog
    Insight for thought leaders, L&D professionals, and marketers.
  5. Shannon Tipton at Learning Rebels
    Offers an engaging blend of personal experience and industry expertise.
  6. Connie Malamed at eLearning Coach
    Great information for trainers and designers alike.
  7. TJ Forum
    An active forum run by Training Journal.
  8. TWIST
    The official blog of The eLearning Guild.
  9. Learnpatch
    Informative blog and insightful #chat2lrn Twitter chat held weekly.
  10. Learning in the Modern Workplace
    Jane Hart on modernizing workplace learning.
  11. Harold Jarche
    Over a decade of insight related to learning in the workplace.
  12. E-Learning 24/7 Blog
    Craig Weiss’ blog on the truth and realities of eLearning.
  13. Cathy Moore
    A blog to help you "design lively training for working adults".
  14. L&D Forum
    A place for positive industry interaction for learning professionals.
  15.  SchoolKeep
    A blog giving key insights into customer, employee, and partner training.


  1. Dear People Ops
    Dear People Ops helps to demystify human resources in the startup world - one blog post at a time. This newsletter is a must follow for anyone in HR, people operations, or any sort of training role.
  2. SchoolKeep
    A monthly newsletter giving key insights into customer, employee, and partner training.
  3. eLearning Feeds
    News and information curated from the top eLearning blogs in the industry.
  4. eLearning Weekly
    A weekly newsletter with articles, press releases, and jobs handpicked by eLearning Industry founder Christopher Pappas.
  5. eLearning Learning
    Corporate eLearning insights delivered right to your inbox.

Research, Guides, And eBooks

  1. eLearning Industry
    An ultimate list of the best eBooks for eLearning concepts to download! Browse eLearning Industry's library and choose between 100+ unique titles.
  2. The Beginner's Guide to Creating an Online Training Program
    Whether you’re a seasoned training manager or new to the space, this article will equip you with everything you need to create a successful training program.
  3. Talented Learning
    Independent research and consulting firm devoted to helping organizations choose modern LMS solutions for their unique business needs – primarily for extended enterprise learning. Founded by the analyst, John Leh.
  4. ATD Research
    Trends, surveys, and reports to help inform decisions and improve performance.
  5. ATD Buyer’s Guide
    A comprehensive directory of Learning and Development providers.
  6. CEB Learning & Development Leadership Council
    Focused research on learning, human resources, coaching, and business.
  7. Bersin by Deloitte
    Factbooks, frameworks, studies, and more on the topics of human resources and Learning and Development.
  8. The Complete LMS Buying Guide For SMBs
    It can seem hard to know where to start when it comes to selecting the right LMS for your business. With over 500 LMSs on the market, all with different feature sets and value propositions, it’s never been more important to do your homework before buying software.
  9. Scalable Workforce Onboarding For Fast-Growing Brands
    How onboarding can help you ramp new hires faster, more efficiently, and more cost-effective than ever before.
  10. On-Demand Companies Are Changing the Way We Train
    Training for the provider side of the on-demand economy is opening up a new frontier in eLearning, and companies like Airbnb, Uber, and Lyft are the pioneers.
  11. eLearning Glossary
    A glossary of eLearning related terms to make sure you know everything you need to related to training, eLearning, and more.

Multimedia Training Resources

Online Courses And Webinars

  1. Training Live+Online
    Online and in-person training and certification for corporate trainers, from Training magazine.
  2. LPI Certification
    A collection of courses for learning professionals.
    Regular webinars on current topics, with past webinars archived for up to a year.
  4. eLearning Industry
    A great collection of all the latest eLearning webinars to attend or to watch on demand.
  5. CLO Magazine’s webinar library
    A great resource for current and past webinars — including video and PowerPoint decks from past CLO Symposium+Plus events.
  6. Certified Professional in Training Management
    Certification through Training Industry, with virtual and in-person training events.
  7. Scenario Design with Cathy Moore
    In-depth and hands-on training offered regularly.
  8. Brandon Hall Group
    A collection of webinars highlighting research and trends in the learning industry.
  9. Kickstart your on-demand training program
    Supercharge operations and growth with a step-by-step framework for launching online training.

Podcasts And Video

  1. The Pulse
    Though aimed at higher ed, Rod Murray’s monthly technology podcast from Inside Higher Ed offers a look at the latest in eLearning technology.
  2. Learning Now TV
    Live-streamed internet TV, with over 200 episodes available online.
  3. Nine-to-Thrive HR
    Interviews with industry experts on trends and the future of talent development, from the Human Capital Institute.
  4. CIPD Podcast
    Expert interviews and commentary from UK organization Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
  5. Dear Instructional Designer
    Thoughts and interviews by Kristin Anthony about the Instructional Design journey.
  6. The eLearning Coach
    A design-centered podcast for learning professionals from Connie Malamed.
  7. The eLearning Guys
    Tools, tips, and hacks for the learning process from hosts David Charney and Nejc Žorga Dulmin.
  8. Trends & Issues
    Hosts Abbie Brown and Tim Green discuss what’s happening in Instructional Design, educational technology, and learning sciences.
  9. VivaeLearning
    A list of 1500+ Free Video Tutorials for eLearning Professionals.


  1. Trainer’s Toolkit App
    More than 50 classroom and virtual training exercises from top experts. Create PDF in your applications with the Pdfcrowd HTML to PDF API PDFCROWD.
  2. for Business
    On-the-go business learning from Subject Matter Experts vetted by The Economist Group.
  3. SkillPill
    A library of more than 1000 bite-sized multimedia learning objects.
  4. Udemy for Business
    On-the-go business learning from Udemy.
  5. LinkedIn Learning
    Professional development courses taught by industry experts.


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