Somehow is already time for the annual Learning Technologies Summer Forum. Hopefully since the main event in February, we’ve all been putting into practice what we heard at Learning Technologies 2017, but the Summer Forum offers a unique opportunity to catch some sessions you might have missed and to hear new content from a number of different speakers.
The commitment to sharing the best of all the action from both the conference and this exhibition remains as strong as ever. The backchannel will encompass all four tracks of the conference and the buzz of the exhibition and free seminars.
How the backchannel works
Many reading this not only know how the backchannel works but help make it what it is with your participation and enthusiasm. But just in case you are tuning in for the first time, here’s everything you need to know about how it works. Each session at the conference has an individual hashtag that will be used in addition to the main #LTSF17 hashtag. So if you’re following using Hootsuite or a similar application, you can search on the specific sessions to keep your focus on a particular topic. Below is a list of these hashtags and which of our tweeters is covering those sessions. The idea is that you can use this to filter the stream of tweets and hone in on any areas of interest during the event. Note, the keynote won’t have an individual hashtag. For the full conference programme, click here.
The 7 people you need to know
Prior to the beginning of each session, I’ll tweet which of our social team will be covering it, so you can make sure you’re following the topics of most interest to you. The team for this year’s event is:
- Kate Graham – @kategraham23
- Kim Edwards – @KimSEdwards_
- Ollie Gardener – @olliegardener
- Joan Keevill – @Designs_JoanK
- Krystyna Gadd – @krystynagadd
- Patrick Mullarkey – @mentormullarkey
- Barbara Thompson – @CaribThompson
Keynote: Learning, your brain and the implications for effective L&D
Returning to the stage at Olympia, cognitive scientist Dr Itiel Dror kicks off this year’s Summer Forum with a talk that explores how we in L&D can move away from just building up people’s knowledge, to affecting their long-term behaviour. I love this nuance away from purely focusing on how the brain learns. Driving behaviour change and impacting performance is what L&D should be about so I can’t wait for this opening address. Please remember, there isn’t be an individual hashtag for this session, just tune in via #LTSF17.
Session 1: 11.15 – 12.15
#T1S1 – The now and the next of learning and technology, with David Kelly (Covered by Joan Keevill and Kim Edwards)
#T2S1 – Next gen learning platforms: What comes after the LMS? With David Perring (Covered by Patrick Mullarkey and Kate Graham)
#T4S1 – Facilitation imaginarium with Julie Dryborough (Covered by Ollie Gardener)
Lunchtime session: 12.20 – 13.20
#RT1 – Finding your personal keys to success, Towards Maturity
#RT2 – Making sense of the digital learning market, Fosway Group
#RT3 – Your personal brand, careers and skills in L&D, Blue Eskimo
Session 2: 13.30 – 14.30
#T2S2 – Mind shift: Moving people to a positive learning state with Stella Collins (Covered by Patrick Mullarkey)
#T4S2 – A model and method for practical social learning with James Tyer (Covered by Ollie Gardener and Barbara Thompson)
Session 3: 15.00 – 16.00
#T1S3 – Your learning technology implementation checklist with Donald H Taylor (Covered by Ollie Gardener)
#T2S3 – User experience, why it’s fundamental and how to make it work with Myles Runham (Covered by Kate Graham and Barbara Thompson)
#T4S3 – Making the most of your live online session with Jo Cook (Covered by Joan Keevill)
Closing address: Taking it forward – your next steps
Our conference Chair, Don Taylor, will wrap up the day’s proceedings and give us an important opportunity to reflect on what we’ve seen and heard during the event.
I’ll also be sharing a flavour of the exhibition throughout the day. On behalf of Don, Mark and the team, we look forward to seeing you in the stream next Tuesday and as always, let me know if you have any suggestions or feedback on how we can bring you the best in learning via the backchannel.