UK learning and development – embracing unconferences


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Next month sees two unconferences take place in the UK for L&D professionals. The first is to be held in Glasgow on 3 October and will be followed by a second unconference in London on 31 October.

The fact there are two in the same month would suggest that more L&D professionals are keen to both investigate the format and explore less formal ways of sharing knowledge and learning from peers.

Both events have been created out of the network of L&D professionals. From a small group, this network has grown in size to produce unconferences as well as the weekly #ldinsight Twitter chat which takes place at 8am UK time every Friday.

Two of the organisers of L&D Connect events, David Goddin and Julie Drybrough, gave a short talk at the recent Learning Live conference held in London. In that they explained the roots of the network, how it works and more about unconferences and the Twitter chat. We videoed the talk (apologies for poor sound quality).

And to get a flavour of what goes on at the unconference, here is a piece from the first L&D Connect Unconference held in Scotland in February.

And here are some pictures from the event . . .

Follow Martin’s board LDCU Scotland – some pictures from the day on Pinterest.

Finally, at the inaugral L&D Connect Unconference in April 2012 we asked delegates to share their takeaway from the event. This is what they said . . .


To buy tickets for the Glasgow unconference, click here.

To buy tickets for the London unconference, click here.


[Disclosure: we have helped set up and run some of these events. We love them and will be at the Glasgow event next week.]


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