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The 10th Learning Technologies Conference and Exhibition defied all fears of being hit by the downturn, to be the biggest and best attended show ever. There was a tangible buzz about the event, with one insider commenting that the only negative comment to hit her ears was about the coffee, writes Claire Savage.

Bloggers are buzzing from this year's Learning Technologies event. For Donald H Taylor, conference chairman, the highlights were Tony Buzan and George Siemens' key note addresses. Writing on the has the official Learning Technologies blog, Donald says the biggest highlight was the opportunity to network with other conference delegates, and he promises a more interactive event in 2010. On the righthand side of this blog, scroll down to find the blogs of some of the speakers at this year's event, including George Siemens, Seb Schmoller and Jay Cross.

Another speaker at the conference, elearning expert Clive Shepherd, has posted his initial thoughts on this year's show, which he calls 'by far the busiest and buzziest event yet'. He puts the buzz down to elearning coming of age and a renewed interest in 'counter-recessionary' learning technology, as businesses look to make budget cuts and speed up training delivery.

Clive wants to see the show stirred up a little next year – with some younger speakers and a greater variety of viewpoints taking centre stage.

Last, but by no means least, TrainingZone member Karyn Romeis has posted her 10 learning points from the conference on her blog. Among some thought-provoking points from the conference, Karyn offers some self-depreciating gems, including the revelation that she is a Sarah Palin look-alike, and her first words to her hero George Siemens were: "You're a lot smaller than you seem online."

Karyn Offers a great tip for anyone wanting to find more Learning Technologies discussions and blogs. Simply do a search on the tag #LT09UK and cherry pick the returns that interest you. Karyn comments: "One characteristic of learning in this era is learner empowerment. That #tag empowers you to hunt down learning about learning to your heart's content."

And, if a picture really does paint a thousand words, check out Jay Cross' Flickr stream of photos from the event - where you can check out Karyn Romeis' resemblance to Sarah Palin for yourself.

You can read Bob Little's conference review on site here:

And how was Learning Technologies for you? Tell us about your conference highlights on our blog The watercooler.


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