Learning Technologies 2010 preview

Next Wednesday and Thursday, London’s Olympia 2 venue will play host to Learning Technologies 2010, the event dedicated to organisational learning and the technology used to support learning at work. Here’s what visitors can expect from the show.

Next week’s Learning Technologies event will be the biggest ever, with more than 130 exhibitors, 60 free seminars, and extensive networking opportunities for all learning and development professionals tasked with helping their organisation to thrive in today’s changing learning environment.

Learning Technologies 2010 & Learning and Skills 2010

Venue: Olympia 2, London
Date: 27- 28 January 2010
Opening hours: 10am to 5pm

  • Register for free entry to the exhibition and seminars at www.learningtechnologies.co.uk
  • For exhibition enquiries call 01730 817600
  • The delegate rate for the two-day Learning Technologies conference is £995 (+VAT). Booking discounts are available. Book your place by calling 01730 817601 or book online at www.learningtechnologies.co.uk

More than 4,000 delegates are expected over the course of the two-day event, which is now in its 11th year. The event is split between a free exhibition that showcases the leading technology used to support learning at work, and a paid-for conference featuring a range of speakers.

This year, Learning Technologies will for the first time be co-located with a new event, Learning and Skills – covering the entire spectrum of methods, products and services available for workplace learning and development.

Running alongside the exhibitions, the conference has more speakers and presentations than ever before. There is a huge array of sessions to choose from, including keynote addresses, cafe sessions, case studies and theory presentations, across four areas – learning technology, learning strategy, learning issues and learning together.

There are 120 free seminars, including case studies and best practice, across both conferences. There is no need to book in advance, although delegates are advised to arrive early to be sure of a seat. To review the seminars in technology-related topics such as collaborative learning, e-learning, gaming, informal learning, learning management, mobile learning and social learning.

Review seminars in learning and development topics such as talent and performance management, coaching and mentoring, leadership and management development and organisational learning strategy.

There will also be more than 200 exhibitors at Learning Technologies 2010 and Learning and Skills 2010, including all the leading companies currently shaping the way we learn and develop corporate skills.

Topics covered

Learning Technologies 2010 and Learning and Skills 2010 will play host to a wealth of suppliers and seminars covering:

  • Change, talent and performance management
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Collaborative learning and technology
  • Content authoring and design
  • Current best practice and case studies
  • E-learning strategy, technology and implementation
  • Gaming, simulations and virtual worlds
  • Informal and social learning
  • IT professional and user skills
  • Leadership, management and business skills development
  • Learning management infrastructure, methods and systems
  • Learning resources and training spaces
  • Mobile learning technologies
  • New technologies for learning
  • Organisational strategy and development
  • Virtual classroom technologies

Prestigious speakers

Learning Technologies 2010 will feature more than 50 expert speakers. Some of the leading thinkers and practitioners in workplace learning will offer practical guidance for your challenges today, as well as insights into the big picture of learning tomorrow.

Highlights for 2010 include keynote addresses from Lord Puttnam, Josh Bersin and professor Stephen Heppell, and speakers from Barclays Capital, Black and Decker, Boots UK, BT Group, Chubb Insurance, CMG, Fugro NV, Identity and Passport Service, Ministry of Justice, MoD, Sky, Thomson Reuters, and Xerox Europe.

Puttnam, chancellor of the Open University and award-winning film producer, will open the conference, discussing ‘Living in a digital world: meeting the crucial skills needs of the future’.

Puttnam will set out why the UK needs workplace learning more than ever if it is to remain competitive in an increasingly globalised age. He will examine the huge potential of digital technologies to help meet the crucial skills needs of the future, and the ways in which they are already transforming the nature of learning.

Conference chair Donald Taylor says: “Learning Technologies 2010 will reflect a fascinating 12-month period of change in learning. In a very short time, Web 2.0 and digital technologies now find themselves crucially affecting the future of learning, and we’re looking forward to David Puttnam opening the conference and setting the scene for two days of debate.”

Organisational learning expert Josh Bersin will open day two of the conference, speaking on the topic of: ‘Informal learning: new strategies and practices for greater business impact’.

Taylor adds: “Learning budgets are being challenged to deliver greater value through informal learning, so we’ve asked Josh Bersin to explore how informal learning can be used to deliver greater value in business and how learning organisations can set themselves along this path.”

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