Archive for April, 2009

Public Sector Learning Conference Agenda

April 28, 2009

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Fresh Ideas for Tomorrow’s people

Date    Wednesday 20th May
Place   Hilton London Kensington Hotel
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What’s it all about?
Learning Pool’s first ever annual conference will benefit smart organisations who want to find out how to use new media to create efficiencies and service improvements.

Having a well trained and motivated workforce is the key for the future. This interactive, fun and unstuffy conference featuring speakers, interactive showcases and masterclasses exploring new media, will generate practical ideas to help make this happen.

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Who should come?
Anyone who wants to know how to use new media simply and effectively to create efficiencies and service improvements.  So that’s public sector IT and L&D people.

Key Note speaker
Ben Page, MD of IPSoS MORI named ‘one of the 50 most influential people in local government’ by LGC will be talking about the social networking phenomenon and how it has evolved from being the domain of techno geeks to the fabric of society in just a few years.

Other speakers include:
 •   Charles Jennings on how to develop a robust technology-enabled learning & development strategy
•    Donald Clark on why social-networking will shape the 21st Century and where the opportunity is
•    Major Roy Evans on how he has developed and delivered mobile e-learning activities for active frontline personnel
•    Henry Stewart will be providing top advice on ‘How to turn learners on’ and keep them engaged

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What else is happening?
Conference delegates can choose to attend one of 4 master classes on:
• Writing for Electronic Media
• What’s the point of Equality & Diversity?
• Taking control of your email
• How to develop your e-learning strategy

There will also be a series of showcases run by public sector organisations on:
• Using e-learning to communicate policy
• Training lots of colleagues quickly on Government Connect
• Delivering social care e-learning
• Collaborative partnership working by Essex HR Partnership

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Sounds good
We think so and we hope you do too.  For more information and to book places click here or call 0207 101 9383.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Janet

Learning Pool conference – Ben Page on Social Networking

April 26, 2009

ben-pageBen Page, MD of Ipsos MORI and one of the 50 most influential people in local government according to the Local Government Chronicle,  will be speaking at the Public Sector Learning Conference on Wednesday 20th May.

Ben’s keynote speech will critique today’s social networking phenomenon and how it has evolved from being the domain of techno geeks to the fabric of society in just a few years.

The interactive Public Sector Learning Conference – Fresh ideas for tomorrow’s people, is taking place at the Hilton London Kensington, 20th May and will benefit smart organisations who want to find out how to use new media to create efficiencies and service improvements.

Other key speakers include:

• Charles Jennings, former Head of Learning for Thomson Reuters, who will discuss how to develop a robust technology- enabled learning & development strategy

• Donald Clark, board member of UFI LearnDirect, who will be outlining why he feels sharing, self-publishing, search and social-networking will shape the 21st Century and how, in the middle of the current financial difficulties, lies opportunity

• Major Roy Evans, British Army, who will be speaking on how he has developed and delivered mobile e-learning activities for active frontline personnel

• Henry Stewart, Happy Computers, who will be providing top advice on ‘How to turn learners on’ and keep them engaged.

Conference delegates can choose to attend one of 4 master classes on:
• Writing for Electronic Media
• What’s the point of Equality & Diversity?
• Taking control of your email
• How to develop your e-learning strategy

There will also be a series of showcases run by public sector organisations on:
• Using e-learning to communicate policy
• Training lots of colleagues quickly on Government Connect
• Delivering social care e-learning
• Collaborative partnership working by Essex HR Partnership.

For more information and to book places click here or call 0207 101 9383.

Learning Pool conference – Donald Clark’s Weapons of Mass Collaboration

April 24, 2009

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 E-learning has rarely, if ever, been called a weapon of mass collaboration but if the cap fits wear it.  

Donald Clark, board member of UFI LearnDirect and blogger extraordinaire, cites Audit Commission statistics that show that local authority spending on training per annum is over £500m and two thirds of this spend is duplicated. 

Shocking statistics in today’s environment of efficiency savings and frugality. 

It seems the opportunity for collaboration is massive.

Donald is speaking at the Public Sector Learning Conference on 20th May where he will build on what he sees is the big opportunity and quick win for public sector organisations.

Donald will be outlining why he feels sharing, self-publishing, search and social-networking will shape the 21st Century and how, in the middle of the current financial difficulties, lies opportunity.

Other speakers at Public Sector Learning – Fresh ideas for tomorrow’s people include:
 
Ben Page, MD, Ipos MORI
Major Roy Evans, British Army
Charles Jennings, Duntroon Associates
Henry Stewart, Chief Executive, Happy Computers

For more information and to book places click here or call 0207 101 9383.

Learning Pool at Geek’n’Rolla – The Event that Rocked

April 22, 2009

long-queue1I was at an unconference yesterday.  It was called Geek‘n’Rolla Tech Crunch and, despite the intermittent whooping and air punching, it was a motivating, inspirational and frenetically busy event.

I call it an unconference, to use an achingly trendy term, because it was cool, unstuffy and informal.  There was a bit of swearing and not a lot of tie wearing.  The speakers signed off with their Twitter addresses as well as their website and email addresses. 

Oh, and there were quite a few cool trilby’s too, especially the neon pink one belonging to the gentleman sitting in front of me with the clashing yellow spectacles.

The speed conveyor belt of speakers, maximum air time of 15 minutes each, delivered up thought provoking and interesting showcases, as well as ideas and experiences of their times as start up businesses in the UK Technical Sector.

Highlights included Andy McLoughlin from Huddle who shared on ‘How to hire a team of peers’ (that’s ‘peers’ not ‘Pierce’ – there really was no need for the smug mug of Mr Morgan, thank you). 

Leisa Reichelt from Disambiguity gave some fab, short and punchy rules to abide by when trying to maximise website usability and William Reeve, one of the entrepreneurs behind the wildly successful LoveFilms.com, talked about his financial road to success.  We were all ears.

The funniest part of the day?  When the audience’s heckling of the panellists via the live Twitter feed beamed to the huge screen behind them threatened to take over as the floor show. 

Belated congratulations, by the way, to the delegate who used this part of the conference to Twitter about the fact that he’d just asked a beautiful woman techy person to marry him.  Not sure if this was during the lunch break, and whether she said yes, but there you go – it was that kind of day.

And the most cringe-worthy part of the day?  It had to be the orchestrated none-debate from the panel of otherwise successful women tech entrepreneurs.  The topic was ‘How can we get more women involved in tech start ups?’ but no sensible conclusions were reached.  A subject worthy of more structured and sensible debate at another time, certainly. 

My tuppence?  At least this was one gig where the queue for the girl’s toilets was shorter than the boy’s.

So well done to the effervescent Mike Butcher from Tech Crunch Europe, who did a superb job marshalling, chairing, cheer leading and generally buzzing the event along. 

Rock on.

Janet

It’s still good to talk

April 20, 2009

buzby1Do you remember a BT ad from the late ‘80’s where the dad answers the phone and immediately passes the caller, his daughter, to the mum to chat to?

Well, I was one of those daughters.

Whenever I called my parents my dad would answer and say, “Hang on, I’ll get your mum…” and would only spend a few seconds on the phone with me.

But I’ve noticed that now I’m a skype user via the laptop the tables have turned – and it’s dad who spends all the time on the ‘phone’ and not mum.

In fact he has become something of a skype stalker and relishes in ‘catching’ me when I happen to be on line for any other purpose. He seems to delight in giving me an entire run down of every goal scored in the Premier League each week.

Perhaps there’s something about the use of technology that makes it more ‘manly’ for the more traditional generation to call now? Or maybe my dad’s just a mischief maker.

Wendy

Should I share?

April 10, 2009

easter-egg1It’s that time of year again.  Yes it’s Easter, every chocolate lovers paradise where friends and family send you lots of hollow chocolate eggs, if you’re very lucky.

This time last Easter I was in quite a dilemma.  After buying lots of lovely chocolate eggs for my friends I then didn’t want to give with them away.

Grudgingly, and with my stomach rumbling, I eventually parted with the treats, hoping that one of my friends would give the gift back.  Sadly for me, the presents were well received by all.

All was not lost, however.

After sharing the eggs I received quite a surprise.  Within a few hours I was no longer eggless.

Because of my sharing, my friends had followed suit and I began receiving a wide variety of different types of eggs from milk to dark chocolate and even white (my favourite).

Why am I telling you this story?  Well, I was struck by the similarities with Learning Pool.  

Learning Pool is a community and, just like me sharing my eggs with my friends, Learning Pool members share courses with each other. 

By sharing, you just never know what you might receive in return.  What goes around, comes around.  And it’s generally all good.

This is the essence and beauty of being part of Learning Pool – everyone can work together and pool their resources to make efficiency savings in both time and money.  Whether it is repurposing other people’s courses or contacting other members for advice, the benefits are endless…

So this Easter why not share a course, enjoy all the benefits of Learning Pool and maybe enjoy an Easter egg or two?

I’m off to nibble mine now…

Andrew

Steal my daddy’s cue

April 9, 2009

rod-stewart… and make a living out of playing pool.

I met up with a friend and former colleague on Saturday.

Sat in the sunshine, had a few beers, caught up on the news, put the world to rights and got the full story on his amusing, but often obscure tweets.

So the conversation moved on to work and he asked if Learning Pool is the real name of the company I am working for.

Well, yes, but what an odd question.

He explained, “It’s just that you did all that stuff with http://www.learntocue.com and now it’s learning pool – just wondered if they were connected in any way , you know cue – pool – snooker?”

I’d never thought of that before.

Andy H

Social media made me a rock-star!

April 2, 2009

londoncallingclashI had another experience today of how social media really does work.

Everyone who knows me knows that I never leave the house without a reasonably polished PowerPoint presentation in case I might need one.  You just never know who you might meet on your daily travels. 

A few weeks ago I delivered a presentation to the NILGA conference here in Northern Ireland.  It was pretty well received and I decided to share it on the fantastic www.slideshare.net when I got home that evening.

I love Slide Share and I go there pretty regularly to see what’s been shared, although I confess that I normally use it for getting ideas rather than giving my own.

This time though I thought I’d share my work and I know a few people who were there have made use of it. 

I  thought no more about the presentation until the nice people at Slide Share emailed me this morning to tell me that it had been viewed a lot and someone had even made it one of their favourites!

I’ve also had a few people contact me today about the presentation and I’ve made some really interesting contacts as a result.

But the best thing is that the Slide Share team now refer to me as a rock star… another boyhood fantasy fulfilled, if slightly differently than they way I had expected (again)!

Incidentally my presentation was about using new media in the public sector and talked about what some of our very own Learning Pool customers are up, as well as the wonders of new technology.   Take a look, if you’re interested.

Using social media to improve public services

It got me thinking that we should start applauding our Learning Pool customers a bit more and awarding titles for those of you who do great things.  Anyone got any ideas? 

But I have to tell you, I’d be pretty reluctant to let anyone claim my title of being a rockstar!

Paul “the axe man” McElvaney