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Learning Technologies 2012

Apr 05, 2018



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    Kate Graham is a Director of Ascot Communications and the eLearning Network. She can be reached via @kategraham23 on Twitter or

    [email protected] .

    Looking at learning differently: Learning Technologies 2012

    This years Learning Technologies and Learning and Skills was the largest in the event's 12 year

    history. Kate Graham, the shows official rapporteur, covered proceedings to bring us all the news

    from the conference and the exhibition.

    When Don Taylor asked if I wanted to be the official rapporteur for Learning

    Technologies 2012, I readily agreed. With a stellar line up of speakers, more

    exhibitors than ever before and a route through to the Learning Without

    Frontiers event next door, I knew this was going to be an unmissable event.

    Day one began with a real honour. I was privileged enough to meet withDr. Edward de Bonoprior to

    his opening address at the conference. Before researching Dr. de Bono, I had little idea he was

    responsible for so much of what we take for granted now. His concepts of lateral thinking, the sixhats are all ideas that have seeped into the zeitgeist. Dr. de Bono is down to earth, humorous and

    has real presence. You can see him in conversation with another conference speaker,Nigel Paine, in

    the video section of this group.

    Now, a Chief Ideas Officer. Who wouldnt want that job? Sadly its a somewhat imaginary role

    suggested by de Bono in his keynote. When he came out on stage and started drawing diagrams on

    an overhead projector, you could almost hear a pin drop as attendees wondered what he was doing

    with this low-tech approach at a technologies conference. But his pared down presentation

    techniques enabled us to focus on what he was saying and follow the logic of his lateral thinking

    discussion. Within moments, everyone was hooked.

    Dr. de Bono set the tone for what was a fascinating conference

    programme with his session Meeting the L&D challenge with

    smart, creative and innovative thinking. His influence was evident

    in several of the sessions across the two days, particularly in what

    was to become a key theme; that of challenging the status quo in

    learning and development and trying to do things differently.

    de Bono uses the term EBNE, which stands for Excellent But Not Enough. Whilst a lot of what we

    are now doing in L&D is indeed excellent as witnessed by some of the results driven case studies

    showcased during the event challenging the status quo and thinking differently can turn a merely

    satisfactory idea into something extraordinary. Provocation is essential so that we challenge

    ourselves to do things better. To do this, de Bono says organisations need to find time and space to

    think creatively and generate new ideas to improve their approach to learning. He also suggests that

    schools and universities introduce Professors of Thinking as its undoubtedly our most important

    human skill. Real food for thought which created a great buzz to the start of the event. You can read

    some thoughts from attendees of his keynote via the LT2012 group page.

    Personnel Today also interviewed Dr. de Bono listen and read a review of the first dayhere.
  • 8/2/2019 Learning Technologies 2012


    Kate Graham is a Director of Ascot Communications and the eLearning Network. She can be reached via @kategraham23 on Twitter or

    [email protected] .


    When asked by ChairmanDon Taylor, attendees agreed that aligning learning to the needs of the

    business is their biggest challenge.Laura OvertonandNic Laycockpicked up on this theme in their

    session on Business Aligned Learning. Overton used data fromTowards Maturityresearch to

    challenge current thinking about learning and performance. She highlighted that we need to think

    differently before we can actdifferently. Interestingly, attendees were challenged develop new ways

    of driving behaviour that will impact time to competency and business agility and take some real

    action when they got back to work. Its always great to be able to take action points away from an

    event so I hope those in this session will see what they can do now theyre back at their desks.

    Elsewhere,David Wilsonwas analysing the rise and fall of the corporate academyin the session on

    Learning Infrastructures. Most of the corporate training academies set up in the past sadly no

    longer exist, but a trend is emerging towards setting more of them up in the future. You can read a

    research paper on the topichere.


    At the same time,Donald ClarkandOke Eleazu were exploring Peer Learning. This was a great

    session. Clark explored the influence of peerto-peer networking and collaboration through non-

    workplace examples such as the Arab Spring in 2011. Meanwhile, Eleazu described how innovation is

    *actually* happening in organisations such as Prudential and Bupa every day. Its often we hear a lot

    about in theory but very little about in practice. Eleazu described how often employees in these

    organisations are innovating what they do but not sharing it with anyone else. So transferring

    knowledge across the workplace has become the focus. Hes worked withFusion Universal tosuccessfully facilitate peer-to-peer learning and supercharge other formal learning interventions.

    Read the thoughts ofTraining Journalon this sessionhere.

    Joanne Jacobscontinued the theme of collaboration was in her session, Connection, Interacting and

    Learning through Social Media. By now were all aware of the growing importance of social learning,

    but Joannes session explored one of the trends most important aspects how we identify and

    interact with key experts and influencers. Jacobs stressed that as humans we tend to make better

    judgements together rather than individually but to collaborate and interact through social

    networks we need to trust our contacts and their information. She put paid to the myth that sociallearning is in itself a panacea or makes things easier. Its actually a chal lenge to digest information

    that comes to us via social networks and to build useful sources in the first place. But what it does do

    is bring people together in a way that would not otherwise be possible. It enables us to question

    things and look at what were doing from a different perspective through the eyes of our

    networks. You can hear more from Joanne in the video section of this group.

    Integrating social networks and peer learning into the workplace remains a challenge for many

    organisations.Steve Wheelerstated that there are no realorganisational constraints to adopting

    these new learning technologies. What we have are individuals within organisations imposing

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