The opening address on Tuesday morning was by Dr Anne Bartlett-Brag, Managing Director Asia Pacific of the Ripple Effect Group.
Her topic was: Learning and Development 2020: where is L&D heading in the future?
She explained to the audience how some workplace trainers may be replaced by artificial intelligence and robots, among other fascinating insights about where we are heading in the next five years.
Looking further out into the future, she revealed that a massive 44% or 5.1 million of current Australian jobs are at risk from digital disruption in 20 years. The top three being accountants, cashiers and administration workers.
We also heard from Rob Wilkins, Head of Learning and Development at Aussie Home Loans, who spoke about the importance of persuading the C-Suite and line managers of the benefits of a meaningful L&D culture.
He reminded the audience that education might cost money, but so too does ignorance.
Wilkins also spoke about how L&D practitioners must think like a business person, as opposed to an L&D person.
Additionally, Trudie Harriman, Head of HR – Commercial & Customer Relationships at Qantas, spoke about why achieving change management can be so hard.
This included engaging employees to the extent that they trust and embrace the process, rather than challenging the outcomes.
The L&D Masterclass concludes today with the final presentation by Kristen Hansen, Founder of EnHansen Performance, on Neuroscience in 2015: Brain, mind and workplace education.
The topics covered over the course of the program included:
- Strategies to gain management support and win budget for L&D initiatives
- The impact of technology on workplace learning and instructional design
- Learner engagement in a digital environment
- Micro learning: How and when to capture it
- Overcoming challenges in LMS implementation
- Implementing an international L&D strategy
- How to harness the benefits of social learning in the workplace
- Commercial acumen and financial management for L&D professionals
- Change management: Achieving objectives through effective strategy and planning
- L&D best practice: Delivering training to international, multi-site or remote workforce
- Building facilitation skills to engage difficult audiences
- Neuroscience in 2015: Brain, mind and workplace education
The L&D masterclass is coming to Singapore and Melbourne in 2016.
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The L&D Masterclass is currently underway at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel in Sydney.