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Specialist conference shines light on learning technology design

Birmingham, United KingdomLearning NewsWorld of Learning

The most comprehensive event for the L&D community, the World of Learning, will return to Birmingham’s NEC, on 16 & 17 October 2018. The two-day event boasts over 100 exhibitors, more than 50 free seminars and hosts an eclectic mix of interactive features.


Targeted specifically at those responsible for learning technology design, the Learning Design Live conference is co-located with the exhibition and delivers a programme of seven thought-provoking presentations across two days.

Sponsored by the eLearning Network (eLN) the conference is free to attend and provides a valuable learning opportunity for designers as they hear from specialists delivering best practice.

Matt Ash, Head of Learning at Media Zoo, opens Learning Design Live with what he promises will be an inspiring presentation: The future of Learning Design.

Matt comments: “Everyone assumes that new technology will be what shapes the future of learning, but it should actually be better learning design. Change is always happening in L&D. It's up to us to drive innovation by putting the audience at the heart of what we do. We need to keep our eyes open and constantly ask ourselves: what am I doing to push forward the industry?

“I’m looking forward to challenging some perceptions and exploring new ways of thinking about learning design. I’ll also be weaving in stories from icons of music who actively created change.”

Following on from Matt’s presentation, Mike Hayward, Chief Strategy Officer at Game Brain will educate and entertain his audience with dances from viral gaming sensation Fortnite in his presentation, Games engage learners. Senior Learning Designer at Sponge UK, Sam Yates, will then present Achieving real behaviour change through eLearning.

John Curran will close day one of the conference. Currently the Chief Learning Architect at Designed for Learning, John will enlighten his audience with his presentation: Absorb, Do, Connect – design learning interventions that work. John comments:

“It’s all too easy to seek out and be distracted by the latest shiny new tech in L&D as we strive to deliver effective learning programmes, but I’m going to challenge my audience to go back to basics. I’ll be getting them to focus on the foundations, the fundamental building blocks of good learning design.

“There’s value in the sheer simplicity of the absorb, do, connect model put forward by William Horton in his seminal book, e-Learning by Design. Its application allows us to deliver learning design which makes a real impact on learning outcomes and I look forward to exploring this during my interactive session at World of Learning.”

Day two of the comprehensive conference will start with a presentation by Egle Vinauskaite, Learning Designer at Skillbright Labs as she discusses Good learning design principles. Danny Seals, Head of Experience at Mindchimp and Saqib Mohammad, Learning Experience Designer at Three Mobile, will then reveal How to drive emotions in learning through experience.

The final presentation of the conference will come from Rosie Scott, Senior Learning Designer at Learning Pool, as she looks at Beyond the module: applying learning design to blended programmes.

Andrew Gee, Senior Project Manager at World of Learning comments: “Learning Design Live provides a fantastic opportunity to hear direct from some of the best designers the L&D industry has to offer and creates a platform to share ideas and advice with fellow design specialists.”

For the latest news and updates about Learning Design Live and the World of Learning Conference & Exhibition 2018, read the World of Learning Blog at, follow the exhibition on Twitter at #WOL18 and, and join the World of Learning Conference & Exhibition group on LinkedIn.

The World of Learning 2018 is held in association with the Institute of Training and Occupational Learning (iTOL)

For more information on all aspects of the event and to book free tickets, please visit