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Learning Technologies 2018: the breakdown

For the fifth year running we attended Europe’s leading learning technology event, and what an event it was!

Once again, the team headed down to London to join learning professionals from across the globe to learn and discover everything from exciting VR demonstrations to progressive course development tools.

As always it was interesting to see what the future holds for L&D. With video learning still popular and growing with the rise of smartphones. Robotics also seemed to be a hot topic of the event, with chatbots and artificial intelligence (AI) taking the forefront. It definitely seems to be an exciting time in the learning world!

This year Wil Proctor, Course Content Advisor for our partner 4E Digital Learning, and Senior Learning and Impact Strategist at Freeformers; explored what the learning professional of the future looks like. The session sponsored by both ourselves and 4E Digital Learning began with everyone discussing their job role and the path they took to get to their chosen career. It offered a great insight in to the current learning workforce, providing the basis to delve further in to the future leaning professional.

The session was very interactive and even involved some live research – Wil asked attendees to answer the question ‘What three words do you think describe the learning professional of the future?’. While everyone jumped on their phone a mind cloud started to display on the screen with some interesting results as can be seen below. Innovative, Agile, Creative and Adaptive stood out as the most popular answers. In such a changing environment with increasing demand, expectations and requirements it was no surprise that these answers appeared. Flexibility and forward thinking seemed to be an overwhelming theme of many learning companies.

Do you agree? What do you think the learning professional of the future looks like, we’d really like to know.

We were joined on the stand for the third year running by the talented Luisa Calvo. Luisa creates amazing digital caricatures, as always, the queue was massive. We also ran a competition to win a personalised caricature created by Luisa in her studio, the lucky winner was Sam Freeth – we’ll make sure we share the finished result!

Finally, we would like to congratulate and thank Ian Smout and the Closer Still Media team for another amazing event. We say this every year, but it really was the best show yet!

Next year’s event is set to bigger and better than ever in a new venue at Excel, London. There are a number of new areas to immerse yourself in the learning world, with The LT Experience! See you all at #LT19uk