Friday 7 February 2020
Inside Learning Technologies e-Magazine Page 3
Learning and Development suffers from this. I see it when I set the programme for Learning Technologies each year. Certainly, many sessions focus on the new. Whether it’s our ever-popular look at the latest in learning technology, our market overviews, or sessions on particular technologies and methodologies, the Learning Technologies conference inevitably takes a good look at the latest happenings in our field. But what about those perennial sessions? The ones on how to show the value of your learning technology, about how to implement it well, about how the mind works? Why do these come back year after year? There are two reasons for these recurring sessions, both equally valid. First, each year at Learning Technologies, we have many people who are new in the profession. They deserve to learn about these topics and be exposed to the latest thinking about them.
But sessions are not attended only by new joiners to L&D. They are perennial issues because they are knotty, difficult problems, unsusceptible to simple solutions. They deserve to be tackled, and chewed over, again and again. If we ignore them, we are doing our delegates no favours. And if it seems like the same as last year, a closer look reveals the truth: each year we develop our thinking and come up with slightly better solutions. Perhaps L&D is a little less Groundhog Day, and bit more the Mission Impossible franchise – overcoming insuperable odds with each release, only to have to overcome the impossible all over again, next time around.