Over 250 delegates and more than 30 speakers and facilitators gathered at Olympia for the first Learning and Skills Group Conference on 30th April 2008. We decided to join them to see what all the fuss was about.
The one-day conference programme consisted of a variety of session types from single speaker presentations to 'cafe' style sessions, and from hands-on practical workshops to special interest and industry groups - with delegates sharing their own experiences through the interactive sessions.
The aim of the Group is to create a supportive network of learning professionals and develop a programme of activities where they can share and learn from others experiences. As membership is only open to delegates of the Learning Technologies conference and selected others it is very much a group of industry practitioners with very few elearning vendors present. Thus the Group had a very different feel to the larger Learning Technologies conference which was immediately evident, even before you has your first coffee. We were nice and quiet and waited for people to come and chat with us...
The Group has already set up industry focused sub-groups such as large corporate enterprises, local and central government, banking, insurance and finance, military and emergency services.
The one day event was a great start. There was a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of time to explore issues and to identify issues for the future. The Group is already organising a series of free webinars for the year ahead and which currently include:
- practical tips on using wikis and blogs in elearning
- virtual worlds
- developing a learning strategy
The Group is also setting up a useful resource centre which includes videos of all the sessions from the Learning Technologies conference and free reports and white papers.
As a group sponsor, we'll be getting involved and helping people out within the group through free papers and guides. Membership of the Learning & Skills Group is free to delegates to the Learning Technologies annual conference and available to others by invitation. You can apply to join the Group here.