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Top line up for Learning Technologies 2004 Conference

At Learning Technologies, Europe's leading organisational learning conference for business, HR, IT and training managers, over thirty learning industry professionals have been lined up as speakers to explore the critical issues in running a learning organisation in 2004.

The Learning Technologies 2004 Conference, now in its fifth year, has assembled some of the learning industry's top professionals to provide delegates with an insight into the latest breaking developments, how to set learning direction and the practical implementation of learning programmes.

The conference is divided into two tracks, the first, chaired by Alan Bellinger and Laura Overton, will focus on learning's 'big picture'. Alan Bellinger commented: "Increasingly, training departments are positioning themselves with their management in terms of the value they are creating rather than the costs they are incurring. So we'll be looking at how, in 2004, training departments can get off the 'cost page' and on to the 'value page'. We'll consider how do define the skills that are needed for excellent organizational performance and show how to create a framework against which skills assessment and corporate readiness can be evaluated. And, as skills initiatives need to be directly aligned with business initiatives we'll being showing exactly how this is done."

Laura Overton added: "We'll be investigating how training organisations can extend the reach and business impact of learning and development. Delegates will receive guidelines on to how to run a training department as a commercial business; we'll demystify the government skills agenda, helping delegates identify how to obtain funding for their own initiatives and we'll explore the conflicts between the needs and motivation of individual learners and an organisation's goals and culture."

The second track covers organisational learning strategy and implementation, and includes analyses of using technology in learning, chaired by Vaughan Waller and Nige Howarth.

Commenting on the conference, Nige Howarth asked: "What constitutes a great learning programme and how do we develop and implement programmes that ensure success based on results? Delegates will explore the application of technology in learning and, rather than simply being romanced by the technology, we'll understand what exists and how to ensure instructional integrity is maintained when adopting new technologies. We'll provide guidelines for managing learning content and delegates will explore how to combine knowledge management into the learning process for optimum impact."

Vaughan Waller added: "Learning Technologies will investigate the maturity of e-learning and e-learning content, assessing the lessons that have been learnt and its role alongside other learning delivery methods. The Learning Technologies Conference continues to present the really important issues facing learning practitioners today."

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