Yesterday I travelled to London, enjoyed a day at Learning Technologies 2015 and found lots of inspiration.
As a training specialist I find continuous professional development (CPD) vital as part of my own development. I also need to practice what I preach as I encourage all my learners to take their CPD seriously.
I've been wanting to get to this conference for the past couple of years, so this year I made sure I had it booked in my diary early and I registered as a visitor. Ahead of the conference I was able to get a real flavour for what to expect as I followed @LTuk15 on Twitter to get updates and tweets on the upcoming seminars and exhibitors.
I went with a view to watching seminars and listening to the experts, whilst gaining a good insight into 'what's current' with technology in education and training. I knew there would be a few exhibitors I'd like to speak to and see what they had to offer.
The whole day was great, I saw some really good seminars on everything from introducing e-learning to best practice in webinars. I also took in some top tips on making presentation slides (PowerPoint) more engaging and how some e-learning and LMS products work.
I took lots away with me from the conference, as well as loads of information flyers. The key points to come out were simple - it's not about the technology you use, it's about what you do with it. This basically means you need to really understand the technology tools and system you use, before letting it loose on your learners. It's about:-
Using it to engage with your learners
So basically it's like face to face classroom training, you ensure you plan your session, you practice delivering your presentation, run through your slides and engage your group. All the things I teach people during the Education and Training courses I run.
Technology is a great tool, don't be afraid to use it with your learners, it will open up endless possibilities for you.
My own training is being given a technology boost, with 2015 being focused on blended and e-learning, so attending Learning Technologies 2015 was perfect timing. If you can go next year, I'd highly recommend it.