The dust has well and truly settled on another fantastic Learning Technologies Expo & Conference. And despite the doors closing two weeks ago, we’re still on an LT high here at Omniplex. We truly believe it was the best show to date. I have left London truly believing the future of learning is now.
Across the two days the Omniplex and Cursim teams hosted three seminars, alongside an abundance of presentations on our stand. In case you missed it, here’s a summary of our time at Learning Technologies 2020:
The global perspective of digital learning
On day one of LT2020, our CEO, Matthew Lloyd, took the stage of theatre 9 to discuss the globalisation of our wonderful industry. Here at Omniplex, we have a uniquely global insight into the world of learning technologies and development, with divisions in the UK, USA and China. In his session, Matthew shared his insights into the socio-political, cultural, technological, geographical and aesthetical differences in digital learning across the globe. More notably, he discussed how these differences are not just a challenge, but a huge benefit to organisations, if harnessed correctly to increase the reach and impact of corporate learning.
The crowd certainly valued Matthew’s insights into the global nature of digital learning, with one attendee commenting to me that “they never considered the difference between eLearning from one country and culture to the next”.
Perk, not work: A new era of digital learning
Day two rolls around, and exhibitiors are giving eachother the well known ‘I’m tired too’ look. But not Jasmine Kundra. Bouncing down the ailse greeting and introducing herself to attendees of her talk – it’s safe to say her enthusiasm showed. There was nobody better to speak about the new era of digital learning, and how it can truly be the most exciting part of any business than Jasmine.
Jasmine encouraged Learning Technologies delegates to draw insights from the world around them, from movies to social media apps. As a society, the concept of ‘binging’ is common, most notably from ‘binge-watching’ TV series. Jasmine encouraged the audience to model these apps, TV series and websites to create learning experiences that make your learners want to ‘binge-learn’.
The neuroscience of instructional design
At lunch time of day two, you don’t expect to see a crowd forming around a theatre hall in the Excel (you’d definitely expect to see it at the café though!). But this year, we broke the trend. Kashish’s seminar, The neuroscience of instructional design, had standing room only with delegates ready to learn.
Kashish shared her passion of understanding the mechanics of the brain and human behaviour, by applying her knowledge of neuroscience to learning design – focusing on three key areas: attention, emotion and memory. Summarising her presentation, Kashish shared her list of ‘Things we can change right now’ including:
- Making sure all information is displayed in small, easily digestible chunks.
- Including summaries at various stages throughout your content, to provide short mental breaks, while reinforcing the sense of progress.
- Distributing information in a way that is repeated and referenced frequently to increase retention.
So, if you didn’t get a chance to see us at Learning Technologies, I hope you now feel ‘in the know’. But unfortunately I can’t give you one of our super tastey smoothies through a blog – maybe next year?