News from Learning Technologies

Learning Technologies celebrated its Tenth birthday this week. Held at Olympia 2, this year saw record number of delegates for the conference and exhbition. Each day was really busy with the seminar sessions being really well attended on both days. Walking around the event and talking to other people it was clear that there is a renewed interest in e-learning and learning technologies.

There was a healthy interest in game based and simulation learning. Second Life was well represented alongside bespoke game based learning tools. I attended the final session on Friday which looked at how Imperial College London had developed a virtual hospital in Second Life. The session opened up by looking at how games based learning offered an immersive experience for learners. It went on to show how Second Life has been used in an experimental and diagnostic manner.

Adobe had more of their cool badges (which they also had at Bett). I managed to catch a demo of the e-learning suite which included a showcase of the new features within Captivate 4.

The Royal Navy held a seminar on their mobile learning project which uses PlayStation Portable Devices to deliver learning content. I’d first seen this project at Bett so it was very interesting to see how the project had been developed. The use of the PSP to engage with ‘generation y’ had proved a huge success with recruits and had delivered results the the Navy.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be working through all of the documents and bits of paper that I collected and we’ll add a few more thoughts!

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