is over for another year. I think I skipped a year so this is my first since 08. And I really enjoyed it for a number of reasons:
Great and enthusiastic people willing to talk and share
Some very good sessions, some unexpected
Catching up with friends and colleagues
General professional way it was organised: felt firmly under control
But what did I learn?
- Firstly that the learning and development community is vibrant and will to accept change.
- Secondly that the recession has generated a lot of innovation
- Thirdly Social networking is really taking hold
- Fourthly that virtual worlds still need a lot of work to justify the effort and that effort might not best be put into Second Life
- Words like rapid, in time and small scale are really indicative of a whole range of initiatives
- Money is still a big issue but much social learning has been sold on the back of economy drives but that does not invalidate the result on the contrary…
- “Civil society cannot be reduced to a digital free for all” Puttnam
- We need some stats related to the UK market not just the US.
- Deep specialists are required all over organisations and their expertised networked and made accesible
- LMS = eLearning platform 2001 – 2003; Enterprise learning platform 2004 – 2007; Learning Portal 2008 -2010 (Josh Bersin)
- Learning culture has a direct impact on organisational performance (Josh B)
- At IBM you can look up the person you want to emulate and see what they are reading! (Josh B again)
- “You hired them, why don’t you trust them’ Mark Oehlert
It was also the conference where Twitter came of age. There were some wonderful snippets flowiing past. I hope we can capture them for posterity.