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Learning Solutions 2004

Business Design Centre, Islington, London
25-26 May 2004.

The Learning Solutions 2004 exhibition and conference covers everything from instructor-led training and coaching and mentoring, to the latest technological innovations in e-learning.

The event starts with a free opening address delivered by Gunnar Brückner, CEO, Coaching Platform and former Chief Learning Offficer, United Nations Development Programme and will look at what informal learning is and how organisations can benefit from harnessing its potential. On day two, Professor John Stephenson, Head of the International Centre for Learner Managed Learning at Middlesex University, will present the free keynote address, tackling the subject of improving the learner's experience.

The event also concludes each day with free addresses. On 25 May, Professor Bob Fryer, Chief Executive of NHSU - the corporate university of the NHS, dedicated to encouraging lifelong learning in the health and social care sector - addresses the question "Is learning for everyone achievable?". On day two Keith Duckitt of the Learning & Skills Council's (LSC) national office closes the event with a consideration of how organisations can gain funding from the LSC.

Conference Preview

Industry leaders and high profile case studies will be taking centre stage at the Learning Solutions Exhibition and Conference.

Focusing on the practicalities of implementing integrated solutions and highlighting the latest successful innovations in people development, as well as potential pitfalls, the conference programme covers a wealth of crucial learning issues including:

  • Proving the business case to justify training expenditure
  • Ensuring learners are motivated and supported
  • Employing flexible learning
  • Inspiring learners through engaging content
  • Integrating e-learning as part of a blended approach
  • Enhancing company performance through management and leadership training
  • Is learning for everyone achievable?

Among the host of leading edge companies presenting case studies are Diageo, Siemens, Sun Microsystems, Channel 4, BAE Systems, Hewlett-Package, Next Directory, National Care Standards Commission, Oxfam and the British Red Cross.

Alison Church, Senior Conference Producer at Learning Solutions said, "The conference programme has been put together following extensive research and consultation. It addresses the most pressing topics in the industry today and the combination of the expertise of industry leaders and practical case studies will ensure that delegates leave armed with ideas and solutions for their specific circumstances."

Click here for more information about the conference at the Training Solutions 2004 website. You'll find a conference programme in .pdf format half-way down the page.

Exhibition News

Here's a summary of what some of the exhibitors will be showcasing at Learning Solutions 2004.

Aon Consulting (stand C100) will be launching the online human capital management system "Cornerstone", cited by as "by far one of the strongest products on the market".

Cornerstone provides a fully-integrated approach to learning management, combining: e-learning; content management; instructor-led training - delivered through classrooms or webcasts; knowledge management; talent management;
performance management and development planning.

Ashridge (stand D80) have just published a research report titled "E-Learning: the Findings and the Future". Aimed at both suppliers and consumers of e-learning, it includes 16 case studies from organisations such as the BBC, Volvo, Xerox and The British Council.

Also recently published is the latest in a series of Learning Guides. The Leadership Learning Guide has three sections, with a Learning Journal to be completed as you work through the sections: "Introduction", "The Changing Context of Leadership" and "Leadership, Up Close and Personal". Written by one of Ashridge's leadership experts, Liz Carroll, this guide has been nine months in the making. The publication of this latest guide means the total number of titles available via subscription on Ashridge's Virtual Learning Resource Centre is now 54.

You can find out more about these and other Ashridge initiatives at stand D80.

Atlantic Link will be launching two new products at Learning Solutions 2004: ICMS - Atlantic Link's Intelligent Content Management System (for e-Learning) with integrated LMS - and 'Contact Point' - an 'NCFE accredited foundation certificate in call centre techniques' e-learning programme.

Contact Point is designed to provide a complete grounding in the skills needed to succeed in a modern call centre environment. The modules covered by the package comprise: legislation in the workplace; workstation familiarisation, IT applications; call centre workshop and customer enquiries; telephone skills and personal development

All the content and supporting evidence required for the course is printable. This provides call centres with a structured and manageable course that allows all learners to attain a Nationally Recognised NVQ Certificate in Call Centre Techniques.

Datmedia (stand A50) are launching datpresenter - a tool for building and managing online interactive content. The application is a browser-based viewer for video, synchronized PowerPoint slides and additional rich media supporting e-commerce and bespoke interfaces. The system can deliver live presentations with an internet chat room. Content library management is included with sections, categories and supporting documentation such as PDF files.

Media Logic (stand D150) will be launching a new interactive system - iSeeCommunications - to the e-learning market. iSeeCommunications allows live audio and visual tutorials over the Internet to enhance classroom interaction and aid long distance learning.

Media Logic provides the technology to the training company / educational establishment so that designated ‘tutors’ and lecturers can manage and control training sessions and workshops, displaying PowerPoint presentations, web content and other educational material as desired.

iSeeCommunications lets delegates see and hear their tutor live on their PC while sending instant text messages to them from their screen or simply talking to them over the phone. No additional technology needs to be installed, all the delegates require is an internet connection and a telephone.

metame is presenting a workshop at Learning Solutions 2004 - a brief exploration of the Enneagram personality types, showing for each, their predominate perceptions, preoccupations, values and approaches to life.

They will consider how they interrelate in different but understandable, and to some extent foreseeable ways. Also, you will get the opportunity to carry out a test, to get you started on identifying your personality type.

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