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Preview of World of Learning Conference 2019

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World of Learning 2019 takes place on 15 & 16 October at the NEC, Birmingham. Four of the conference’s speakers – Tom Cheesewright, Jonathan Kettleborough, Paul Matthews and Krystyna Gadd - and its chair, Robin Hoyle, share their thoughts on L&D and key points from their sessions with event organiser, Andrew Gee.

World of Learning Conference preview

Four of the World of Learning’s Conference speakers and its charismatic chair share their thoughts on the challenges and priorities for L&D in 2019, and provide insights into their presentations at the upcoming event this autumn.

Tom Cheesewright, Applied Futurist, will open the renowned conference with his keynote presentation: ‘L&D 2030 - Surviving a high frequency change environment.’

Tom helps people and organisations around the world to see the future more clearly, share their vision, and respond with innovation. In his presentation, Tom will explain how learning is critical to adaptability, and how the learning cultures and structures we put in place can diminish the fear of change.

Jonathan KettleboroughSenior Lecturer of Information Systems Strategy at Manchester Metropolitan University, will take his audience step by step through examples of how data analytics can be used well, and not so well, in his presentation ‘How data analytics can inform learning design and deliver success.’

Krystyna Gadd, Founder of How to Accelerate Learning, has more than 30 years’ experience in the field of learning and development and is a leading authority on accelerated learning.

In her presentation, ‘5 Secrets of Accelerated Learning’, Krystyna will challenge her audience to avoid the temptation of leaping straight into “solution mode” and will explain why it’s so critical to do analysis first and evaluation after delivery of any learning initiative.

A lively panel session on day one of the conference will see four panellists debate: ‘Evaluation – the Holy Grail or an unnecessary distraction for the L&D professional?’

Contributing to that debate will be Paul Matthews, Chief Executive Officer of People Alchemy, and he looks forward to explaining how measurement can be taken beyond the immediacy of the classroom.

Robin Hoyle, learning strategist and author, will be chairing to conference for the fifth consecutive year and comments:

“People who come to this conference are able to go back and do things instantly with the things that they’ve picked up from the people who are just like them, who are facing exactly the same challenges, the same lack of resources, the same difficulties that they face and yet they are able to do marvellous things within their organisation.

“So that’s what this is about: go and do something differently because you’ve been inspired by people who’ve managed to solve the pieces of this jigsaw, put them together and make a picture which nobody imagined.”

About World of Learning

World of Learning takes place on 15 & 16 October at the NEC, Birmingham.

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