What Not to Miss at this Year’s World of Learning
Towards Maturity are proud to support the World of Learning Show that takes place on 19-20 October 2016 at the NEC, Birmingham. In this guide, we feature what caught our attention as we took a look through the broad range of sessions on offer.
World of Learning 2016 features opportunities to discover the latest in L&D. With over 100 exhibitors, the Technology Test Drive, Learning Design Live, live workshops, one-to-one consultations and free seminars, the World of Learning conference is a place where expert speakers share industry knowledge and strategies, along with tactics for making tangible business impact.
The Opening Keynote
Matthew Syed will be opening the first day of the conference with a focus on how motivated learners drive a culture of high performance and optimal business results.
In his keynote, Driving Learner Motivation – the Positive Business Effects, Matthew will examine how to create a culture of performance excellence through continuous learning and growth. He’ll demonstrate how a positive learning culture which reduces or eliminates the fear of failure by confronting and learning from it can dramatically increase learner motivation and the willingness to try new things. These motivated learners are better able to drive performance excellence and so deliver maximum results for business – something we passionately pursue at Towards Maturity!
Matthew will share compelling examples from healthcare, aviation, business, sport and the criminal justice system to highlight how to drive learner motivation through a growth culture and the difference that that can have on performance and growth – both at an individual level and at an organisational level.
Towards Maturity at World of Learning
This year, we’re getting involved in the show more than ever. Laura Overton will be considering whether we’re ready for the future of learning in a keynote for the free Fringe programme on the 19th at 10:30am, Seminar Theatre 1.
Genny Dixon and Laura Overton will be looking at learner-determined learning in the main conference on Day 2 at 11.10 am (session B2) – this will be a full hour of interactive workshop material so do not miss this!
What else caught our eye
This year there is plenty for L&D professionals to take in at WOL in October. Here is our list of what not to miss:
1. Lots of free stuff!
The Learning Design Live programme is a conference within a conference, sponsored by our friends the eLearning Network and is packed full of our favourite contributors: Clive Shepherd, Barry Sampson, John Curran, Rob Hubbard, Andrew Downes and more.
Learning Design Live is specifically for anyone involved in learning tech design. You will be able to get in-depth advice and share ideas with other design specialists.
- Gamification – the latest techniques
- Rapid design and development
- Brain friendly e-Learning
- How xAPI can help
- Clive Shepherd, The More Than Blended Learning Company
- Dr. Maureen Murphy, Aurion Learning
- John Curran, Designed for Learning & Chair of eLearning Network
Make sure you check out the full Learning Design Live programme, but spaces are limited, so book your place soon!
The free fringe and seminar programme also promises lots of new ideas:
- Getting started with VR: myths, realities and practicalities with Tim Drewitt, Product Innovator, Kallidus – Day 1, 11:15 – 11:45, Free Seminar Theatre 1
- Creating blended learning campaigns for impact with Matt Borg, Managing Partner, Acteon – Day 1, 13:30 – 14:00, Free Seminar Theatre 1 (Check out HC-One and Channel 4 case studies for a taster!)
- Panel discussion: Industry knowledge vs Institutional knowledge
Day 2, 13:20 – 14:05, Fringe session F6
2. Fresh insights from top thinkers
In addition to our own Marnie Threapleton, the main conference agenda is also packed with insights from some top independent experts and practitioners:
- Boost management, drive business performance
Michelle Parry-Slater, Learning & Development Director, KAIROS
09:10 – 10:05, P1 (Platinum only)
- Learning that drives innovation and innovation that drives learning
Stephan Thoma, Former Global L&D Director, Google
Callum Petrie, HR Director, Philips Lighting UKI & Nordic
16:00 – 16:45, A8
- How does L&D become agents of business change?
Sukhvinder Pabial, Head of OD, One Housing
09:10 – 10:10, P3 (Platinum only)
- Learner determined learning
Marnie Threapleton, Head of Advisory Services, Towards Maturity
Brid Nunn and Sarah Gregory-Anderson, Marks & Spencer
11:10 – 12:00, B2
- How to keep learners engaged throughout a blended learning programme
Louise Scott-Worrall, Director, KPMG UK
Piers Lea, Chief Strategy Officer, LEO
11:30 – 12:15, B4
- What is your L&D brand and how do you drive real value to the business?
Paul Morgan, Head of Learning & Development, Telefonica
14:15 – 14:55, B5
- Hooking the learner with gamification
Mark Reilly, Head of Corporate Training, McDonald’s UK
14:20 – 15:00, B6
- Closing Keynote: Integrating learning into work: make it happen
Charles Jennings, Director, Duntroon Consultants & Co-Founder, 70:20:10 Institute
15:10 – 15:40, B8
3. Great networking!
Make WOL the place to catch up and connect – there are plenty of opportunities for informal learning and benchmarking.
The World of Learning conference sits alongside the exhibition, which includes a range of interactive areas where visitors can receive hands-on, practical advice. These include the Technology Test Drive area, enabling visitors to test the latest innovations. The Mindfulness Zone provides strategy on increasing employee productivity and engagement, while the Experiential Learning Zone delivers a series of interactive bite-sized skill sessions. New for 2016 is the Apprenticeship Zone, where visitors will find all the necessary information about the Apprenticeship Levy, to be implemented in April 2017.
We are always happy to meet in person – DM us on twitter or contact us and set a time! @lauraoverton @marniethreap @towardsmaturity.
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!
In 2018, 93% of learning practitioners wanted to increase employee engagement with learning, but only 27% were successful. With less than a third meeting this goal, it is important to explore how an exemplar organisation turned their learning strategy on its head to achieve just that. Read more about how Mitchells & Butlers teamed up with Kineo to become Gold award winners at Learning Technologies Awards 2018.
With only 21% of learning professionals successfully harmonising learning across their organisation, it is clear that whatever methods we are using at present to take learning to scale are largely failing.
We have reached a pivotal point in the development of the L&D industry, where we need to make some hard decisions and critical changes if we are to remain effective. The actions we are taking at present, are often ineffective as they rarely create any lasting business impact. Right now, we are failing to show the value we possess to business leaders and lacking credibility with learners. So our approach to learning needs to adapt along with the times as we embrace the new year!
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The point of learning in the workplace is to ultimately establish and develop skills within learners that help organisations to adapt and thrive. Saying that, with only 15% of L&D professionals reporting to have noticed positive changes in staff behaviour, it is clear that the extent to which learning is having an impact on subsequent actions is insufficient.1 The very nature of the L&D role is to instill new knowledge and behaviours into learners which they can apply in order to do their jobs more efficient and effectively. But at present this is lacking. So how do we ensure the behaviour of our learners change and learning is applied in practice?
Since launching our latest market insight, culture has been the most topical and provoked the more curiosity, yet, only 1 in 5 organisations manage to create a high performing learning culture today, and out of those that do, only 2 in 3 are successful in maintaining it. Although it seems only a few are able to sustain this level of success, it is definitely worth the effort, as learning cultures can result in 9x higher impact on engagement and performance.
Every day your employees face dozens of clients, managers, reports and projects competing for their attention. With 55% of workers saying they lack time to learn, it is clear heading into 2019 that we need to apply some fresh forward-thinking to recapture the attention of the learners and revive their passion for learning.