Learning technologies and mental toughness top the agenda at World of Learning Conference

Delegates at a World of Learning Conference
Delegates at a World of Learning Conference

Learning and development (L&D) experts from LinkedIn, Capital One and Manchester Metropolitan University are among the keynote speakers at this year’s World of Learning Conference.

Taking place on 29 and 30 September at Birmingham’s NEC, the conference will provide valuable insight into the key issues facing L&D, ranging from talent management, employee engagement, leadership development and coaching, to collaborative learning, e-learning development and delivering business growth.

Chaired by Robin Hoyle, author and learning designer, the conference will begin with an opening address by Karen Bowes, HR director at Capital One International, focusing on “creating a learning culture that drives business growth.”


The World of Learning Conference takes place on 29 and 30 September at Birmingham’s NEC.

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LinkedIn’s head of learning technologies Robert Todd, will wrap up the first day with an insight into the “latest developments in learning technologies”. Robert will explore technology-driven content, e-learning and the rise of short video learning content.

“The whole point of technology is to empower the workers,” he explains. “My session will therefore provide an opportunity to highlight how, if L&D is to ‘survive,’ it must transition from an enterprise-driven learning agenda to a talent-driven learning agenda.”

Mental toughness is the topic explored by Peter Clough, chair in applied psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University. In the opening keynote on the second day, Clough will explain how to cultivate mental toughness, a current buzzword in L&D.

“Success and mental toughness go hand in hand no matter what sector, nationality, gender or race – it’s a pattern that cuts across all demographics,” he says.

“Businesses are recognising this when considering the make-up of their organisation. They have to decide whether their organisation needs staff who are predominantly mentally tough or would a balance of both tough and sensitive types better suit requirements?”

Nigel Paine, former head of BBC’s training and development operation, has extensive experience in leadership and consultancy with public service broadcasters, SMEs, global industry players, government and education institutions. He will look to the future with his closing address – “The top 10 challenges the learning professional will face in the next 10 years”.

The conference also features speakers from international companies such as Coca-Cola, American Express and Santander sharing valuable advice to support L&D professionals in the current and future business environment.

The conference will sit alongside an exhibition that includes a range of interactive areas where visitors can receive hands-on, practical advice. These include the “technology test-drive” area, enabling visitors to try out the latest innovations.

The mindfulness zone will provide strategy on increasing employee productivity and engagement, while the experiential learning zone will deliver a series of interactive bite-sized skill sessions on key areas, including emotional intelligence.

For the latest news and updates about the World of Learning 2015, read the World of Learning blog, follow the exhibition on Twitter at #WOL15 and @Learn_EventsUK, and join the World of Learning Conference & Exhibition group on LinkedIn.

The World of Learning 2015 is held in association with the British Institute for Learning & Development and supported by Totara LMS.

To book your place on the conference visit www.learnevents.com or call 020 8394 5171.




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