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Emerging technologies: what lies ahead for L&D?

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What's hot, what's new and what's coming in learning technologies: Steve Wheeler and Tony O’Driscoll to investigate at the upcoming Learning Technologies Conference on 1 and 2 February in London.

Steve Wheeler, above, and Tony O'Driscoll on emerging technologies at Learning Technologies 2017
Steve Wheeler, above, and Tony O'Driscoll on emerging technologies at Learning Technologies 2017 

“It wouldn't be the Learning Technologies conference without an overview of what lies ahead. The pace of change in our field is unpredictable. Sometimes it seems terribly slow, but right now it seems we are on the cusp of an enormous shift. Helping us understand and find our way through it are Steve Wheeler and Tony O’Driscoll, who will look not only at the new technologies, but also at their likely impact on L&D,” explained Learning Technologies Conference Chair, Donald H Taylor.

During the first part of the session Steve Wheeler, Associate Professor of Learning Technology, Plymouth University, will explain ’what's hot, what's new and what's coming’.

A new wave of technologies is set to transform how we work, live and learn. This is not business-as-usual, this is technology enabling new things to be done in new ways. The impact for organisational L&D is potentially transformative – providing us with new ways to help learn, and considerable threats to our current ways of working. The clearest examples of this shift: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the semantic web. Steve session covers:

  • The power of augmented and virtual reality  
  • Why wearables are for more than the gym
  • Ubiquitous and pervasive computing
  • Answer engines and personal assistants
  • The Internet of Things – so powerful yet so misunderstood

During the second part of the session, Tony O'Driscoll, Global Head, Strategic Learning Solutions, Duke Corporate Education, will discuss ‘putting new technologies to work - the challenge and the opportunity’.

Technology is opening up new possibilities in workplace learning, and challenging our role in it. The risk is that we use these technologies to do the old things, just in a slightly different form – which usually means reproducing a digital version of the school classroom. The alternative, says Tony O’Driscoll, is to recognise the real potential of these technologies, and fully exploit them, helping people not just learn more, but learn better, and become more capable, both for themselves and for the business. Tony’s session covers:

  • Where we’ve been and where we’re going
  • Technologically Driven Transformation in Learning
  • Overcoming Orthodoxy to avoid the Technology Routinization Trap
  • Envisioning 70-20-10 as an integrated developmental system
  • New rules for designing a deliberately developmental organization

Steve and Tony’s session on emerging technologies takes place on day one of the Learning Technologies Conference. The conference runs alongside the Learning Technologies Exhibition and forms the most important annual event for learning and development professionals in Europe. Learning Technologies Conference booking is open along with early bird rates.

About Steve Wheeler
Associate Professor of Learning Technology, Plymouth University

Steve chairs the Learning Futures group and leads the Computing team at the Plymouth Institute of Education. He chairs the EDEN Network of Academics and Professionals, which boasts a membership of over 2000 individuals and organisations. He researches into technology supported learning, with emphasis on the pedagogy underlying the use of social media. He has given keynotes in more than 35 countries, is author of more than 150 scholarly articles, and 5 books, with over 5000 academic citations.

About Tony O’Driscoll
Global Head, Strategic Learning Solutions, Duke Corporate Education

Tony O'Driscoll heads Strategic Leadership Solutions for Duke CE, where he leads global development of solutions focused on getting leaders ready for what's next.  Prior to joining Duke CE, Tony was a founding member of IBM Global Service's Strategy and Change consulting practice, he also served on the Faculty of Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and North Carolina State University's Poole College of Management. He is the author of Learning in 3D: Adding a New Dimension to Enterprise Learning and Collaboration (Wiley, 2010) and has spent the bulk of his professional and academic career at the nexus of Business, Innovation, Technology and Learning.