World Conference on Online Learning: building learners for the future

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D2L is looking forward to the upcoming World Conference on Online Learning which takes place 3-7 November in Dublin. The event, which is one of the largest and most prestigous EdTech conferences, promises to bring together decision-makers, leaders and policy-makers to discuss progress and obstacles to effective online learning as well as the challenges that educators and learners face, and the means to overcome them. There will also be the chance to share experiences and best practices.

The conference theme of Transforming Lives and Societies shines a light on the potential online education has to contribute to a better future, to build the skills that are not only needed now but also in the years to come, and to promote and support accessibility, flexibility and lifelong learning.

Leaders and learners at a time of change

D2L’s CEO John Baker is a keynote speaker at the event and will explore the topic of Building Learners for the Future Through Digital Transformation on 6 November. Recognising that now is a time of rapid change – in the workplace, in learning, and in general for people and businesses the world over – John will examine how education has evolved and where the digital transformation we are now experiencing is likely to take learning in the future.

John will consider the educational landscape of yesteryear – arguably a time of optimism and stability – and the present day, where anxieties loom large but so does innovation. Looking ahead, John will propose a vision of learning to complement an age of opportunity and discovery.

Disruptive transformation

Recognising that what and how we learn evolves over time, John will also explore how organisations must effectively match training and learning opportunities to skills needs.

In an action lab workshop entitled Transformative Leadership in an Age of Disruptive Transformation, John will examine the intersection of work and learning at a time when the shelf life of skills is shortening and enterprises are under the constant pressure of change. How can education and training meet the challenge of providing the highly skilled and trained workforce that’s required?

Strong leaders play a central role. They can support and align business and employee ambitions by recognising skills needs and providing the most effective means for learning. Doing so engenders a culture of learning within organisations and establishes a process for identifying skills gaps and providing the means to plug them. Increasingly, to meet their objectives, businesses are having to re-focus employees’ technical skills as technology and automation reframes the way we work and build transferable ‘soft’ skills that endure as times and needs change.

The upcoming gathering of educators and industry stakeholders in Dublin provides an ideal opportunity to explore the achievements, challenges and potential of online learning. We hope you can join us at John’s plenary session and action lab on 6 November and that you’ll visit us at the D2L booth. If you’re looking to personalise and upgrade your learning experiences, why not book a meeting or drop by our booth #5 to chat with us?

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