Two weeks ago I completed what I’ve dubbed, ‘my UK tour’. Birmingham, Monday through to Wednesday for World of Learning. Then Wednesday night and Thursday in London for Digital Construction Week.
I met some wonderful people during an intensive three days of chatting and hobnobbing. I had some very interesting conversations.
But the fun isn’t over! This year, we’re capping off events season with the eLN Connect conference on the 20th November.
As well as having a space to demo our latest and greatest VR experiences, you’ll also have a chance to see the talk Robin and I gave at World of Learning, in case you missed it.
And if that wasn’t enough, I’ll also be on a panel, chaired by the very talented Helen Palmer – Head e-learning Advisor at Credit Suisse.
The discussion will revolve around the role that leaders have to play in developing a learning culture, so I jumped at the chance to be part of it.
Creating a real culture of learning is a wonderful thing.
Being in an environment where you feel truly supported and encouraged to take yourself outside of your comfort zone, experiment, innovate and try to be better is something to aspire to. Especially when, you know you’re going to fail along the way – maybe as many times as you succeed – but the support is there for you to do it safely and really not feel like you’ve failed at all. Instead you feel like you did something valuable; you feel like you learnt.
Sounds good doesn’t it? But I also have a deep suspicion about it. I worry it gets positioned as a magic bean solution – something that just happens. Like the 70 in 70:20:10, or like a learning ecosystem (remember when we used to talk about them?).
And, to be fair, if you ever experience a business that’s really achieved a learning culture it does feel like it’s just happened by magic. It’s so woven into the fabric of their ethos, it becomes hard to pinpoint the exact things they’re doing that make it work.
The good news is there are strategies you can adopt and measurements you can take to check it’s working.
Leonardo Royal Hotel London Tower Bridge, London
Standard ticket for eLN members – £110.00 (+VAT)
Standard ticket for eLN non-members – £140.00 (+ VAT)