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Sue Weekes previews what’s happening at e-learning London later this month

UK-based companies are at the forefront of the e-learning revolution,
spearheading innovations here and internationally. And this is very much
reflected by the first-time involvement of the CBI at this year’s e-learning
London, on 28-29 May.

Prior to the event, the CBI director general Digby Jones is presenting an
industry excellence award to the UK company that has shown the greatest
innovation and leadership in adopting e-learning strategies for organisational
development.

But this year’s event isn’t just about prizes and plaudits, it’s about
seeing e-learning in action and demonstrating the tangible business and
personal benefits it can bring. Organised by Venture Marketing and with
e-learning custom content provider EBC as main sponsor, e-learning London aims
to do this via a packed conference and seminar programme and concurrent
exhibition, featuring more than 90 leading e-learning companies.

As usual, the focus at the conference will be on user case studies to show
how e-learning is being applied, featuring a host of blue chip companies and
major organisations including British Airways, Cap Gemini Ernst and Young,
Morgan Stanley, Nokia, Vodafone and the Scottish Executive.

The programme is split into four learning streams (planning, content,
implementation and, e-learning in the financial sector). With IT legacy systems
still a problem for many organisations when it comes to implementing and
integrating an e-learning system, there is also a free seminar programme
dedicated to this aimed at the IT professional as well as trainers.

Return on investment is a subject close to the heart of anyone considering
implementing an e-learning programme and the two-day conference is being opened
by Nick Van Dam, chief learning officer and partner at Deloitte Consulting in
the US and author of best-selling book Change Compass, which looks at change
and performance. He will be suggesting a blueprint for designing an
enterprise-wide learning strategy and then looking at how the results of implementation
can be measured against ROI criteria.

Fellow American Reinhard Ziegler, managing partner of e-learning &
knowledge management at Accenture USA, will be delivering the keynote speech on
day two. He will talk about the evolution of e-learning, present a vision of
the future and address any obstacles that might impede progress.

With research by learning solutions provider Wide Learning revealing that
one in three City workers have not received compliance training as required by
the Financial Services Authority, the new financial sector stream will likely
be the source of hot debate.

Dr Stephen Rusnak, head of e-learning delivery at emergeSmart, will be
chairing a session dedicated to overcoming compliance issues through e-learning
and Michael McKee, director, wholesale and regulation at the British Banker’s
Association, and Dawn Griffiths, European e-learning manager at Marsh, will
discuss online learning as an e-assessment tool and look at how it could
minimise the impact of N2.

Learning management systems, always a subject for debate, will be examined
with specific reference to the financial sector with Training Magazine’s editor
Stephanie Sparrow presiding. David Chin, executive director, group education at
UBS AG, and Stephen Molyneux, director of the Delta Institute at the University
of Wolverhampton, will thrash out the key issues.

Key exhibitors will include AdVal (featured in our case study this month, on
page 22), blueU, Digital Think, Oracle, LearnDirect, Knowledge Solutions,
Hewlett Packard, Skillsoft, TATA Interactive and XOR. The latter has just
completed its most recent consortia project for the British Council’s new
Learning Centre in India. And for the first time IBM will be exhibiting.

Walking around exhibition halls isn’t most people’s idea of a good time, but
if you’re looking for a shortcut to find out exactly what online learning could
do for you, e-learning London offers it under one roof – and looks like
supplying some lively debate to enlighten and entertain you along the way. Entry
to the exhibition is free, as are selected seminars, including the opening
keynote speech, but you need to book places on the paid-for seminars.

Visit www.e-learningevent.com
for more information. To receive the full programme and booking form, call 020
8394 5131.

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