EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY

Learning Unlocked from OpenSesame showcases unique perspectives on learning and leading

businesswire | November 10, 2020

Learning Unlocked from OpenSesame showcases unique perspectives on learning and leading
Open to anyone and convenient for everyone, Learning Unlocked the first-ever public learning and development conference from elearning innovator OpenSesame connects attendees with authors, athletes and other thought leaders in an entirely digital and uniquely digestible format. Unlike other online conferences that take attendees away from their work for hours at a time with back-to-back sessions, Learning Unlocked brings inspiration to participants in a series of one-hour sessions broadcast live every Tuesday and Thursday over six weeks.

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