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Moving systems

Learning Technologies, Europe's workplace

learning exhibition and conference, closing its

doors always feels like the end of the year for

learning and development.

The conference and exhibition - enjoying a

busy first year at a new home in Excel -

happened three months after the Learning

Technologies Awards, which with its sense of

anticipation and celebration always seems

like L&D's high summer.

Reflecting on these two key events the elearning sector appears as busy as ever with

new products and new ideas seeming to

come on stream in a never ending flow in a

bid to engage learners and help corporates

improve performance.

One of the biggest trends that has spilt out

onto the exhibition floor is the use of video. A

combination of increasingly accessible editing

software and video cameras in our pockets

has meant that this form of learning

communication has been widely

democratised. Of course like any learning tool

video is limited by the creativity of the

producer and shortcomings in content won't

be covered up by the fact we're watching and

listening.

While video gains wider employment,

perhaps the more uncertain and interesting

question lies over the future of learning

platforms. Learning management systems

(LMS) and learning content management

systems (LCMS) have long been derided as

unwieldy yet they remain an important

component for the way that corporates

manage the business of organising and

recording the learning activity. Can they be

reconstructed to fit the world of artificial

intelligence and big data?

Learning managers are under pressure from

company leadership to report learning's

impact on the organisation. This may be

uncomfortable but in the end the L&D

profession should welcome such force.

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