AITD 2013 National Conference Report

With over 400 delegates in attendance at the Melbourne Convention Centre, the 2013 AITD National Conference was a great chance for Learning & Development professionals from the Asia-Pacific region to come together and share valuable insights and hear from a terrific line-up of guest speakers.  While the conference quickly came and went, the Kineo Pacific team were ripe with some astute reflections from the two-day event.

Key Themes

Below are some of the key themes that the Kineo team picked up from the conference through conversations at the Kineo booth and some of the concurrent workshops members the team attended:

  • Leverage Social Media to Make a Difference - 21st century tools like Twitter and Facebook are not a waste of time. Learners are changing faster than technology and they’re choosing what, when and how they’ll learn, including on social networks. L&D professionals need to familiarise themselves with social media and begin fostering learning communities online. Using Twitter can mean crowdsourcing answers to learner questions and facilitating peer groups with trainee ambassadors, executing technology to create solutions to real life problems.

  • Evaluate How Well Training is Used – The role of the L&D department is to increase slope of change and adaption. There needs to be a push towards evaluating how well training is being used rather than evaluation the training itself. Remember: training is never the only component that causes failure and these issues need to be identified immediately to promote effective changes.

  • Multi-device elearning is a Must – Organizations are hungry for multi-device elearning solutions that are cost effective and will allow their users to easily participate in their training at home, on the tram or wherever and whenever they deem fit.

Breakout Sessions

Multi-Device elearning: One Responsive Version to Rule Them All

Kineo Pacific’s elearning Solutions Manager Souraya Khoury led the breakout session on Day 1 of AITD about the new challenges that L&D departments face. More users are using their smartphones and tablets to access learning modules, which mean there is a greater need to make sure the elearning is accessible on these devices. Souraya talked about what can be achieved with HTML5 and how responsive elearning design can assist in achieving greater levels of accessibility across multiple devices.

Breakout Session: Emerging Learning Technologies: An Open Source Approach

Ira Felinski, Kineo Pacific’s Learning Technologies Consultant debunked the myths of open source technologies to bring light to the advantages of implementing an open source learning management system. Engaged delegates learned about the difference between Moodle and Totara LMS, and how open source innovation, like Open Badges, will affect us in the future.

Kineo are delighted to once again sponsor the AITD National Conference and look forward to doing it all over again next year in 2014!


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