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World of Learning 2011: results from delegate polls


This year's World of Learning conference sessions used in-session polling technology to poll delegates on topical issues in L&D. Here we share the results.

Here, TrainingZone provides delegate responses to questions asked in the conference sessions at World of Learning. Most sessions were attended by around 80 people.

According to delegates, key challenges for L&D include getting informal learning recognised by the business as a form of development, developing consultancy skills within L&D teams, developing mobile learning, creating a learning strategy, embracing new media and building internal influence around learning.

Session: How can L&D deliver with reduced time and budgets?

This panel discussion featured Philip Evans, head of e-learning at London Fire Brigade, Karen Valesco, chairman of BILD and Martin Baker, managing director at LMMatters. 

Session: Overcoming the barriers to change.

This panel discussion included Rachel Richardson, group head of HR at Sportingbet, Clare Kirk, group L&D manager at Sovereign Housing Group, John Baker, strategic L&D adviser at Capita Learning and Development, Tony Sheehan, learning services director at Ashridge and Debbie Carter, director of research at Training Journal.

Question: To lead and influence change in the organisation, L&D need to have the right skills in the team – a blend of the areas below. The area where the L&D team in my organisation need greatest development is?

Question: In my organisation L&D forecasting and strategy is paid attention to and built into the organisational strategy.

Question: My organisation shares change programmes and plans with employees.

Session: Effectively using mobile technology in learning.

This seminar included Tim Drewitt, e-learning specialist at Eversheds and Piers Lea, CEO at Line Communications Group.

Session: Transforming L&D through effective learning governance.

Keynote address delivered by Charles Jennings, managing director at Duntroon Associates.

Question: Are your learning leaders involved in your organisations’ overall strategy development and reviews?

Question: Does your organisation have a written learning strategy?

Question: Are your stakeholders involved in prioritising where you put your L&D efforts and resources?

Question: Do you have a standardised engagement approach to agree outcomes from learning activities with stakeholders?

Question: Do your learning leaders have oversight of which learning or training suppliers your organisation uses?

Question: Does your organisation have a Learning Governance Board, Council or Body? 

Question: If your organisation has a Learning Governance Body are the majority of members drawn from?

Session: Adapting to change and influencing success - five new conversations for L&D.

Conference closing address from Laura Overton, managing director at Towards Maturity.

Question: What themes of #WOL11 have resonated the most with you?

Question: How do we connect with our staff?

Question: When it comes to engaging staff with learning - who’s opinion is most influential?

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