World of Learning 2015: getting to grips with the big people development challenges


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This year’s Conference will be tackling the big people development challenges currently facing organisations such as talent management, employee engagement, leadership development and coaching, collaborative learning and delivering business growth.

Taking place on 29 and 30 September at Birmingham’s NEC, speakers include L&D experts from LinkedIn, Capital One International and Manchester Metropolitan University.

The conference agenda reflects the current focus in L&D on the human facets of people development such as mental toughness. In his keynote, Peter Clough, Chair in Applied Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University, will explain how to cultivate mental toughness, a current buzzword in L&D. He comments:

“Success and mental toughness go hand in hand no matter what sector, nationality, gender or race – it’s a pattern that cuts across all demographics. Businesses are recognising this when considering the makeup of their organisation. They have to decide whether their organisation needs staff who are predominantly mentally tough or would a balance of both tough and sensitive types better suit requirements?”

A new name on the L&D conference circuit in the UK is LinkedIn’s Head of Learning Technologies, Robert Todd. He will provide insights into the latest learning technology trends. This will be particularly interesting now that LinkedIn is the owner of

Todd said of his talk: “The whole point of technology is to empower the workers. My session will therefore provide an opportunity to highlight how, if L&D is to “survive” it must transition from an enterprise driven learning agenda to a talent driven learning agenda.”

Running alongside the main conference is Learning Design Live, a free event designed for professionals working in learning tech design. It will provide in-depth advice on a variety of topics including design goals, diagnostic assessments, action mapping to gamifying content and overcoming the latest challenges in instructional design.

There is a also wide-ranging exhibition which includes a range of interactive areas where visitors can receive hands-on practical advice. These include the Technology Test Drive area where, visitors can sample the latest L&D software.  The Mindfulness Zone provides strategy on increasing employee productivity and engagement while the Experiential Learning Zone delivers a series of interactive bite-sized skill sessions on key areas including emotional intelligence.

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