What’s On at the 2016 Learning Technologies Summer Forum

by | Jun 9, 2016 | 0 comments

With the Learning Technologies Summer Forum coming up next week at London Olympia on 14 June, we want to give you a heads-up on some of the best bits. Here’s what not to miss and where you can find great giveaways.

The Learning Technologies Summer Forum has a fantastic line up of conference speakers and exhibition sessions. It’s not too late to book a place, so make sure you don’t miss this event! Here are our recommendations for those looking to modernise their strategy and make an impact in 2016.

Make an Impact with Towards Maturity at LTSF16

With our free 2016 Benchmark currently open, we’re focusing on providing you with resources that can help you #MakeItHappen back at work. We’ll be on stand 27, where you can come and learn about the importance of benchmarking, what it can do for you and even get started at the show with help from our team. It’s free and confidential, so make sure you drop by.

We are also releasing a brand-new In-Focus report called Making an Impact: How L&D Leaders Can Demonstrate Value, sponsored by LEO. Laura Overton will be presenting key insights from this report and giving practical tips based on the activities of top performing L&D teams in this unmissable session:

Demonstrating Value: What To Do and What To Avoid

L&D’s attempts to ‘talk business’ often backfire. We want to demonstrate we can add significant value, but stumble at the first hurdle when business leaders just see us as adding significant cost.

Times are changing: L&D needs to build confidence and credibility, as we approach business leaders with bold solutions to challenging business problems. This workshop will show you how.

You will be bursting to tackle the boardroom with renewed energy after drawing on insights from a decade of research and literally hundreds of years of practical experience in the room. Specifically, we will look at what to do and what to avoid when:

  • Starting a new conversation with business leaders
  • Challenging assumptions
  • Securing commitment
  • Using evidence to pack a punch
  • Communicating success

15:00 – 16:00
Learning Impact – T2S3 (Conference delegates only)

Laura Overton, Managing Director, Towards Maturity


9 tips for getting your L&D strategy in tip top condition!

A modernised learning strategy will help you improve performance, be more agile, increase business buy-in and engage staff more effectively. This session explores how to get there, faster!

Join Laura Overton for this interactive session where we will look at practical ideas to get L&D fit for the future of learning, the old traditions we need to let go of and the new actions we need to take on board.

14:15 – 14:45
Theatre 2

Laura Overton, Managing Director, Towards Maturity

Ask our Ambassadors about why they support the TM Benchmark and the role of evidence in making it happen!

  • Acteon – 17
  • City & Guilds Kineo – 30
  • Corporate e-Learning Consortium – 23
  • Kallidus – 18
  • Learning Pool – 31
  • LEO – 20
  • Saba – 1
  • Sponge UK – 11

Join the conversation on Twitter with #LTSF16

If you really can’t be there on the day, or want to know what’s inspiring others at the show, make sure you follow the hashtag #LTSF16 on Twitter – there is always a flood of great tweets from the backchannel team and everyone else attending the show. Make sure you give Towards Maturity a shout out, we’re on stand 27!

Free seminars worth watching

Getting started with VR: myths, realities and practicalities
2016 has been dubbed the year of virtual reality, but should we believe the hype? Tim will introduce VR and explore how organisations from all sectors can get started with using VR to create immersive learning for hard and soft skill development.

11:15 – 11:45
Theatre 2

Tim Drewitt, Product Innovator, Kallidus


Implementing 70:20:10 for managers? A demo of Toolkit for Managers
Find out how our Toolkit for Managers can make your managers more effective by putting relevant resources at their fingertips – right at the point of need. In this demonstration we’ll show you how the Toolkit delivers flexible, inspirational performance support for your leaders and managers.

12:00 – 12:30
Theatre 1

Martin Baker, Managing Director, Corporate eLearning Consortium

“Born different.” Campaign-led diversity training from Channel 4
Channel 4 used inspirational campaign-led e-learning to help meet key diversity objectives. Attendees will discover how to: – Link learning to personal motivation – Find an authentic voice for learning – Choose the right format – Move beyond ‘one-hit’ with a campaign for change – Engage senior leaders to drive success.

12:00 – 12:30
Theatre 3

James Woodman, Partner, Acteon

Client spotlight: how to crack L&D challenges from engagement to evaluation, and retain employees
There’s a growing pressure on L&D teams to align with modern learners’ needs and deliver real value for their businesses. Faced with so many options, technologies and trends, where do you start? How do you keep on top of changing needs? And, importantly, how do you know if you’re getting the right results?

12:45 – 13:15
Theatre 1

Paul Westlake, Kineo

Realism without risk: using business simulations to boost performance
Business simulations allow learners to ‘play’ a role in a real-life situation and experience the consequences of different decisions and behaviours. This seminar will look at ways to exploit immersive environments by combining technology and game mechanics with the best of face-to-face training.

12:45 – 13:15
Theatre 2

Kate Nicholls, Head of Learning Innovation, Sponge UK

Get smart faster with Modern Learning
Saba’s customers use micro learning, powerful analytics, and other new approaches and techniques to make learning a two-way street for their employees. You’ll also see Saba’s latest video capabilities, including in-line streaming video of learning content!

13:30 – 14:00
Theatre 2

Ian Baxter, Vice President EMEA Marketing, Saba

‘Creating learning content that adapts; creating responsive e-learning is as easy as ABC’
Adapt is a transformative authoring tool that’s taking the e-learning world by storm. In this session we’ll show you how to create content in Adapt to give your learners a deep scrolling, explorative learning experience and explain how you can get started using this great technology.

14:15 – 14:45
Theatre 1

Paul McElvaney, CEO, Learning Pool

‘9 tips for getting your L&D strategy in tip top condition!’
A modernised learning strategy will help you improve performance, be more agile, increase business buy-in and engage staff more effectively. This session explores how to get there, faster!

We’ll look at practical ideas to get L&D fit for the future of learning, the old traditions we need to let go of and the new actions we need to take on board.

14:15 – 14:45
Theatre 2

Laura Overton, Managing Director, Towards Maturity

‘Measuring learning success in the new world of learning’
In this session, LEO’s Director of Strategic Design Andrew Joly will take a frank look at the world of impact measurement in learning and why it matters in today’s changing landscape.

14:15 – 14:45
Theatre 3

Andrew Joly, Director of Strategic Design, LEO

‘Spread the wealth: learning for change across diverse organisations’
In this practical, case study-led session, two experts from Brightwave Group share insight and experience from two outstanding recent projects, where innovative game-based learning technologies were used to push out beyond an internal corporate audience to raise knowledge levels in wider, multi-sector, public audiences.

15:00 – 15:30
Theatre 1

Colin Welch, Head of Production, Brightwave Group

There is still time to register for the event and also experience the conference, with many industry thought leaders bringing their insight and expertise to the table.

Make an Impact in 2016 with the Towards Maturity Benchmark

If you want to find out more about how to benchmark your learning strategy and #MakeItHappen, look out for one of our Proud to Support badges on our Ambassadors’ stands at the show. If you’d like to get in touch with us directly, contact us.

We look forward to seeing you at the Learning Technologies Summer Forum!

Benchmark Your L&D Strategy

At Towards Maturity, we have identified six workstreams that characterise successful, high performing organisations. From these workstreams, we have developed a common framework of effective practice.

Benchmarking against that framework helps L&D pinpoint the strengths and weaknesses of their own organisation, work out what needs to change and map out actions. In short, the Towards Maturity Benchmark is a structured framework that helps learning leaders under pressure identify the actions that will bring tangible results in the workplace. It helps you to work out how to get from A to B!

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