The World of Learning Exhibition will once again host an educational seminar programme for visitors. All the sessions are free to attend, simply arrive at the seminar theatre ten minutes before the session is due to start to secure your seat.
Information about the 2019 seminars will be released soon. In the meantime, feel free to have a look at last year’s programme below.
Tuesday 16 October 2018
10:45 – 11:15
How to deliver real-life impact from online learning: the 6 pillars of people-centered elearning
Much elearning in the corporate marketplace doesn’t deliver ROI. Why? Because it’s not measured, it’s not personalised and it’s not easily available for all. But the benefits of getting it right can be huge. Join this seminar to discover the 6 simple things that underpin online learning that has a real-life impact, elearning that works. Using research from 4 million learners, interviews with industry leaders and case study examples, this seminar will explore strategies that will help you transform the way your team thinks about and produces better online learning experiences.
Simon Greany, Chief Learning Officer, Elucidat
11:15 – 11:45
Creating profound and positive change through learner-centric learning
Are you looking to reinvent what it means to learn within your organisation? Then learning within your organisation needs to resonate with your people, your culture, and be consistent and engaging. But how do you approach this? You need learning that will equip people within your organisation to go back into the workplace and implement it. Learner-centric learning, when done well, can improve engagement with your people and cut attrition while increasing performance. Is your learning creating profound and positive change? If not, then come and listen to an award-winning organisation on how they have transformed learning.
Matt McIntyre, Head of Learning, OnTrack International
11:30 – 12:00
Emotional agility and the learning paradox
This presentation will explore the concept of emotional agility and the importance of recognising our emotional states. Understanding these basic human qualities and how they affect our behaviour, is key to developing our skills and resilience. Once we have this understanding, we can position ourselves for the challenges of a VUCA world and the impact of exponential growth. The way we manage our emotional characteristics determines how we improve our performance, and the way we learn becomes critical to whether, as organisations, we can survive.
Liaquat Lal, Principal Consultant, ASK Europe
12:00 – 12:30
Taking the leap into blended learning – migrating from traditional to digital
Contrary to what you may believe, many organisations are still yet to take their first tentative step into the world of digital learning. Although the benefits of blended learning are understood, often the barriers are cultural, logistical, getting stuck in the ‘analysis paralysis’ phase or simply not being able to demonstrate the value to leadership. Join this session to explore some of the typical challenges faced by organisations who are yet to take the digital step. Look at ways to overcome these challenges and how to put in place a roadmap that provides measurable value to all your stakeholders and allows you to achieve your vision of 21st-century learning.
Steve Finch, Ambassador, Thinqi
12:15 – 12:45
Educating Otto – learning design for chatbots
Chatting to your computer is not the definition of crazy, it’s the new user experience. But will we end up talking like machines, or will they become more like us? Join Learning Designer, Matt Watt’s and Head of Production Lindsey Coode as they take a practical look at the skill of conversational UX, writing great scripts for chatbots. Using our early experience with writing for Otto, our smart learning assistant, we show what we’ve learned, how its developed and how good learning design can create something which is both tool and teacher.
Matt Watts, Learning Designer, Learning Pool
12:45 – 13.15
Mind the gap: the challenge of first line manager training
Looking at a live case study of first line manager development – we’ve found this is often the gap in the organisations offering. We will look at where first position managers struggle and where key support is needed, reflecting on the experiences of our participants. Who do managers think they need to be? What do their leaders expect them to be? What are the consequences of not investing in first line manager development?
Chris Scott, Director, Acceler8 Training
13:00 – 13:30
Training for the future – the responsibility of the individual or organisation?
The UK is currently in the throes of a skills shortage, and with Brexit, automation, changing careers and changing legislation, the situation isn’t expected to improve quickly. With the lifespan of skills now estimated at just two and a half years, whose responsibility is it to ensure employees have the skills required for the future? Should businesses be looking ahead, identifying potential skills gaps and proactively upskilling/reskilling their current workforce through training? Or, as businesses needs and requirements change, will organisations simply look outside of their organisation, recruiting individuals who already have the skills necessary for the future?
Nick Washington-Jones, Managing Director, TACK UK
13:30 – 14:00
Burnout – how to avoid it
In the fast-paced world that we are now living in, stress-related illness and burnout are rife. It is becoming increasingly important to understand how to pace ourselves so that we can cope better with pressure and volatility. During this presentation, resilience specialist and best selling author, Liggy Webb will explore ways to avoid burnout. You will learn about essential and pragmatic approaches that will provide you with the knowledge and tools to support mental health and overall wellbeing in the workplace. You will also receive a little book of Burnout – How to avoid it and look after yourself, plus access to an online well-supported library.
Liggy Webb, Founder, The Learning Architect
13:40 – 14:10
Enabling your workforce for remote learning
Remote working, agile working, home working; whatever you call it, it’s an increasing part of working life. Learn how to enable your people to thrive in this new environment. In this interactive session we will explore:
- How being a remote team member requires a different mindset and focus
- How to enable teams to deal with three significant issues of remote working
- The potential of feeling isolated and the question of support
- Maintaining presence when you’re not visible
- Recreating the lost element of social learning
This session will be highly engaging and interactive, using live attendee feedback via social media feeds.
Bob Bannister, Lead Consultant, iManage
14:15 – 14:45
Technology with purpose – using virtual sims to embed learning
Using innovative technology Virtual College and C-Live are helping organisations put learning into practice. Whether that’s performance reviews, coaching, leadership and management skills or tough conversations, the users of the virtual scenario tool have a safe virtual environment to practice their skills. C-Live presents users with avatars that are controlled by highly trained simulations specialists to present users with a range of realistic, real time scenarios. They’ll be showcasing the technology that clients from the hospitality, education and public sector are using to improve the application and retention of formal training.
Matthew Dickinson, Learning Solutions Consultant, Virtual College
14:15 – 14:45
Self-awareness: the first step to leadership learning
Recent Institute of Leadership & Management research revealed that:
- 50% of leaders allow their mood to dictate the climate of the workplace
- 40% show favouritism in the workplace
- 26% don’t seek to build trust with colleagues
These are behaviours all leaders want to avoid but while our first response might be ‘not us’, the research evidence and our own experience, suggests otherwise. Join this interactive session, consider the important components of self-awareness, assess your own level of self-awareness against the Institutes standard and receive a personalised report containing useful leadership learning.
Kate Cooper, Head of Research, Policy & Standards, The Institute of Leadership & Management
14:50 – 15:20
Authentic leadership – so much more than just being yourself
Being yourself’ requires very little effort – it doesn’t need much preparation. But authenticity is something quite different – something you have to work for. It’s active, a choice – it means being committed to learning about yourself and making changes to the way you think and behave, based on what you find. This seminar will look at what Authentic Leadership means. It starts with the self, but then makes a case for asking others for feedback, and how to use this to become an Authentic Leader.
Jo Keeler, Managing Partner, Belbin
15:00 – 15:30
Raising awareness of mental health in your workplace
Mental health problems cost the UK employer over 30 billion pounds a year in lost recruitment and staff absence, and around 1 in 4 of us will suffer with a mental health condition at some point in our working lives. Espirita, in conjunction with Nimble Elearning, are working with Mental Health First Aid England to deliver their First Aid courses and associated training.
They use different channels to reach different audiences. This flexibility enables them to deliver training to a broader audience, maintain engagement and achieve our goal of raising awareness of this important topic. Join them to understand the importance of mental health awareness in your workplace and the many options to train your company colleagues.
Dan Lane, Training Manager, Espirita Workforce Solutions
15:30 – 16:00
How to use video to inspire leadership and engage your learners
There is a real upturn in the use of video, microlearning and storytelling and we are finally starting to see a cross-over with how we learn both in and out of work. But why is video so popular? And more importantly, why does it help learning ‘stick’?
Martin Baker, CEO and Founder, Clear Lessons
15:45 – 16:15
Positive change for a thriving workforce
This session will discuss positive psychology in the workplace and the right behaviours and attitudes to recruit, train, attract and develop talent.
Laura Savage & Rachel Clift, Directors, PeoplePlus
Wednesday 17 October 2018
10:45 – 11:15
Augmented memory: tips for reducing the forgetting curve
It is proven that we forget 90% of what we learn within 7 days if we don’t use reinforcement techniques. What does that mean for L&D budgets? This session will provide tips and tricks on how to augment your memory using technology available today as well as techniques from the past. It will discuss how L&D can support employees to retain more of what they learn, through simple strategies and consequently help meet organisational goals and success. The talk will call on test cases from our NHS Customers.
Shona Fletcher, Chief Executive Officer, Enterprise Study
11:15 – 11:45
Digital learning transformation – why move from traditional training methods to digital learning
Many organisations in the UK are unsure of how to tackle one of the top issues facing businesses today: employee engagement and retention. Only 30% of UK employees are actively engaged at work, and engaged staff are 87% less likely to leave their job. Smart organisations are moving away from traditional training methods and embracing digital learning systems because they can foster a happier and more engaged workforce.
Ben Myhill, UK Regional Manager, Instructure
11:30 – 12:00
Don’t tick the box
Old paradigms in learning and development are struggling to keep up with millennial organisations and their audiences. So how can you think different and deliver impact? We’ll explore creative approaches to learning design, like nudge theory, campaigning and the power of moments, to show how these have worked for organisations like Channel 4 and Co-op. We’ll provide simple, practical ideas and tips that you can put into practice, whichever technologies you’re using. And the good news is maybe you don’t even need the box… or the tick.
Owen Rose, Partner, Acteon
12:00 – 12:30
Performance consultancy unplugged
L&D can save money by understanding the role of performance consultancy and making sure they don’t make the common mistake of confusing it with learning consultancy. Performance consultancy acts as a filter to stop the common practice of L&D working on learning programmes that are unlikely to solve the original business problem. Learn how to make sure that L&D is working on (and spending money on) the right stuff, not just whatever someone asks for. To sum it up; do less, save money, and get better results!
Paul Matthews, Chief Executive Officer, People Alchemy
12:15 – 12:45
E-learning engagement: a practical strategy
Learner engagement is one of the most common eLearning challenges. Many businesses struggle with low engagement. This negatively impacts their training and in turn the return on investment. If your organisation is delivering training or you’re considering implementing eLearning, this session will guide you through the key issues faced by learner engagement. You’ll also learn practical methods to overcome engagement challenges so you can deliver successful training for your business.
This session will provide you with actionable insights so that your business can understand and overcome engagement challenges in your eLearning. You’ll discover how you can employ simple steps within your organisation, such as increased communication and improved content, to boost your learner engagement. You’ll also learn about powerful features that you should be using in your learning management system. From gamification and surveys to social learning and analytics, you’ll learn how to effectively implement these features to better motivate your learners.
Phily Hayes, Outbound Sales Manager, LearnUpon
12:40 – 13:10
Adding VR/AR to your mix? Advice, get it right
In this seminar, we’ll deliver highly practical advice and tips on how to best introduce VR/AR as part of a blended learning mix to maximise its value. Sharing the lessons we have learnt from working with clients, we’ll explore examples of where VR/AR has been introduced, why it was chosen, how it was added to the mix and which decision were made along the way. We’ll also look at the impact its introduction has had on learning success… or not.
Robin Scott, Managing Director, Make Real
13:00 – 13:30
A revolution in employee development: personal best
Passe-Partout has seen spectacular results from their programme Personal Best – which brings senior leadership quality learning to the front line and back office. Alex will share how her combination of neuroscience-based content and agile coaching has helped turn around culture and performance in organisations ranging from pharma manufacturers to local authorities and universities.
Alexandra Taskin, Director, Passe-Partout
13:20 – 14:05
Keynote: I Can
Richard McCann, CEO, The iCan Academy
13:45 – 14:15
How to drive a coaching culture
Coaching is on the tip of everyone’s tongue and is about to have its day as more and more people are recognising the value of coaching. The presentation will focus on:
- What is a coaching culture
- How to create a growth mindset across your business
- How to provide coaching to everyone in your organisation (not just senior leaders)
- How to make coaching and feedback a part of everyday life
- How innovation is changing the coaching landscape
Jo Wright, Editor, Coaching Culture Magazine
14:15 – 14:45
Developing leadership for transformational change
Many organisations are grappling with the need for transformational change in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) world. They are trying to change their whole fabric and culture – strategies, business processes, structures etc. The capacity and capability of leadership teams is central to success; this requires a shift in leadership across the entire business. These teams need development through time, learning together as they work through change challenges. Systemic team coaching is a way to challenge and develop leadership teams to maximise their impact in working with each other and their stakeholders to generate transformation in the business.
Christopher Smith, Director, GP Strategies
14:30 – 15:00
Career planning and tapping into each employees potential
We will look at the career and its evolution, focusing on the changes that have happened in the recent past. We’ll consider what the implications are of this for the employee and for the organisation. L&D professionals will then help people to perform at their very best – learning being just a part of making that happen. Opportunity is also key in getting people to perform and it is the role of the Learning and Development profession to develop people, helping them to progress and realise their potential.
We will then discuss:
- The changing nature of careers
- Using competency frameworks as an aid to empowering employees
- Looking at other indicators such as personality and predictive analytics.
- The role of L&D in career development
Dr. Mark Melia, Head of Product Strategy, Enovation
15:00 – 15:30
Why innovators and changemakers use games to break down silos, drive engagement and build trust
Find out how to use games to address some of the most pressing issues facing organisations. We will introduce a new international publication ‘Gamification for Business’ (Kogan Page 2018) and provide examples of how different game approaches have been used by authors to solve organisational challenges. Our approach emphasises the need for careful selection of structures and techniques to arouse interest and build stakeholder commitment. Games can facilitate new learning, challenge existing practices and mindsets. A blend of theory, relevance and practical applications allow for the easy transfer of ideas into everyday practices.
Christine Elgood, Director, Elgood
15:15 – 15:45
Harnessing the power of narrative to create immersive learning
Avengers: Infinity War is more than 2 hours long, yet it made more than $2 billion in ticket sales within its first 2 weeks. Aren’t attention spans supposed to be getting shorter? What’s the secret to holding someone’s attention for longer than a few minutes or seconds? In this hands-on seminar, Luke Merrick talks about how you can use the power of narrative to capture and hold worker’s attention. Attendees will get to see a range of examples and will be able to participate in the solving a learning problem with stories.
Luke Merrick, Head of Learning, Bolt Learning
The organisers reserve the right to alter the seminar programme or speakers in exceptional circumstances.