January 15, 2016

The Learning Technologies 2016 sessions you won’t want to miss out on

The Learning Technologies 2016 conference is almost upon us. On February 3rd and 4th, the great and good of the world of workplace learning will gather together to discuss organisational learning, the technology that is currently being used to support learning at work and the technology that should be used now and in the future to support learning at work.

Now in its 16th year, the conference, running in conjunction with the Learning & Skills conference, is a very important event in the European L&D calendar.

Organised by the Learning and Skills Group, there will be over 70 speakers and facilitators. There will be keynote addresses, theory presentations, google hangouts, collaborative and networking opportunities and more. There will be 150 free L&D seminars, and 250 exhibitors packed into two exhibition halls.

As is to be expected, there will be a heavy concentration on the new technologies in the learning space. However, there are a range of topics, including sessions on the way that we learn and the future role of instructional design. There will also be the chance to hear about best practice and learn from the successes and failures experienced by L&D in large organisations.

Let’s give an idea of what some of those sessions will be focusing on, starting with two sessions being hosted by us at DPG.

Mike Collins, head of learning solutions at DPG, will be running the session ‘Creating a Community of Practice with the 5P Framework’. A firm believer in the power of collaborative technologies to unlock the potential in organisations, Collins will be talking about how social technologies and communities of practice are key enablers to support workplace learning and improve organisational performance. The session will provide a framework that delegates can then use to apply in their own organisation. The 5P framework expounded by Collins relates to the following elements of community development: purpose, people, product, platform and pied piper.

The other DPG session at the conference will be run by Ady Howes, DPG’s digital learning specialist, and the title is ‘Making sense of the senses in a digital learning world’. A big fan and proponent of blended learning, Howes thinks digital is important for both online and offline learning.

Digital has to be a key part of any modern day successful learning strategy and when done well, it offers many benefits – knowledge sharing, the discovery of new ideas, increased engagement and reduced costs, to name a few. However, as Howes will talk about, it can be hard for L&D to know which skills need developing. And very importantly, Howes will look at how learners engage with digital content –a key consideration for any L&D team and something that so many organisations are not getting right.

There are a whole host of other sessions, such as David Kelly, VP & executive director at The eLearning Guild, on ‘A look ahead: the now and next of learning and technology’ and workplace learning expert Nigel Paine’s ‘Where leadership development is failing, and what to do about it’. Also, Dave Buglass, head of capability and development at Tesco Bank is running the session ‘Forget the L&D hype – what about the learner?’ and Bob Mosher, chief learning evangelist at APPLY Synergies, the session ‘From instruction to performance: meeting all five moments of learning need.

To find out more, visit the conference page at www.learningtechnologies.co.uk