What is the best name for a conference on learning? World of Learning certainly comes close. The 25th edition of the ‘WOL’ event, which I’ve covered in this edition of the learning notes, took place in Birmingham on 17 and 18 October.
The cool looking purple propeller plane (PPP) took me and 59 other passengers from Dusseldorf to Birmingham. It looked great, our little 'PPP', until we realised there was a chance we would meet Ophelia, the hurricane that was about to hit the UK. Suddenly, the 'PPP' didn’t look so attractive any more.
We did arrive in the UK, safely, and Ophelia had no plans shaking us up. The next day it wasn’t Ophelia who hit, but it were the speakers at World of Learning.
Enjoy this edition of the learning notes, dedicated to the speakers at WOL.
(1) Interview with Geoff Stead from Cambridge – Video
What’s it about?
Geoff worked in a L&D related job for a hardware company in Silicon Valley where he was challenged to experiment in a situation that he likes to call ‘abundant’. What can we learn from such a specific environment?
Why read it?
Geoff has an impressive track record and was engaged in different interesting roles in the L&D industry – he shares some of these experiences in the video.
Have you ever asked yourself what it would be like to work in circumstances that can be characterised as ‘abundant’? Resources and possibilities are limitless – how would that be?
Geoff gives clues on how to approach L&D work with a broad perspective – do you all call this L&D work? Who cares!
What’s it about? David has an impressive agenda ahead of him as a speaker at different international upcoming conferences. David gives us a sneak peek of what he will share in Kuala Lumpur, Mexico and Amsterdam – all before the end of the year. He’s also chairing the ATD EU summit in Amsterdam in December 2017.
Why read it?
David shares some ideas as a specialist when it comes to an effective way of working in the virtual world.
He talks about the importance of engaging the modern learner and how to do that.
Find out why he really likes ‘starting with Why?'
What’s it about? Robin did a great job in preparing the conference and hosting the participants as the official chair. He is the man with the best overview of the most interesting topics covered at the conference.
Why read / watch it?
Discover ‘the connection of the dots’ related to the conference as expressed by Robin Hoyle from his perspective as chair.
Find out the importance of ‘AND’, Google and Festivals related to learning.
What’s it about? I did some cherry picking from the sessions that I attended at the conference. The seven takeaways don’t intent to be a full report of the sessions. They are the key messages that inspired me most.
Why read it?
If you don’t like the video’s or have time to watch them – here is a quick overview that you can enjoy without needing headphones.
The various takeaways give you an impression of the program at WOL.
I think all seven messages contain a core idea that can be applied instantly.