World of Learning Conference & Exhibition (WoL)*

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The World of Learning Conference & Exhibition (WoL or WOLCE), formerly the World Open Learning (for Business) Conference and Exhibition (WOLCE), organized by the Venture Marketing Group, is an event looking at the essentials of learning, development, training and coaching. It presents Learning & Development (L&D) professionals with an opportunity to share experiences and learn from others how to best overcome the hurdles and ensure you are delivering the solutions the business needs to stay ahead.

Conference History:

30th WoL 2023, 10-11 October 2023, Birmingham, United Kingdom

    Conference Program TBD

29th WoL 2022, 11-12 October 2022, Birmingham, United Kingdom


    Agile learning teams that drive results
    The future of learning at work
    The latest trends in learning technology
    L&D at the core of business innovation and effectiveness
    Creating the optimal learning culture to drive performance
    Is L&D a critical business function? It’s time to seize the moment
    A new era for L&D

    Effective immersive learning experiences
    How L&D can be a driving force for diversity and inclusion
    A change journey: Building change capability
    Using learning for talent attraction and retention
    Leadership development: Crisis to performance management
    How to deliver learner engagement through self-directed learning
    Understanding data to support the role of L&D
    E-assessment; making easy work of measuring effectiveness
    What makes virtual classrooms effective
    How can L&D navigate & mitigate the global skills shortage?
    Enabling learning in the flow of work
    Building a culture of wellbeing

    EXHIBITION Seminars:

    Creating effective learning journeys and development plans with Bridge
    How to overcome content chaos
    The essential metrics that every L&D professional needs to measure
    A true world of learning: How to create engaging multi-language courses with Gomo
    Unmasking Imposter Syndrome
    Building games for learning
    Skilling: Transform L&D by leveraging the combined power of an LXP and an LMS
    Fringe Seminar: Smarter ways for cultivating learning in workplace communities
    How self-awareness can crack the ED&I agenda
    Off the record: How to win with off-the-shelf content
    Welcome to the future: Leadership development delivered in an infinite meta world
    Showcasing how the latest Ai-learning technologies drive engagement, drive performance, and retain talents
    Developing a robust remote learning solution at low to no cost
    Learning… not to forget
    Learning in teams – the vital role of the manager
    Are you ready for change? Assessing your organisational change maturity
    Learning in the flow with video
    Four core disciplines of a high performing individual
    How one financial service’s firm dramatically improved business results through gamified simulation training
    New Learning for the New Leader: Using simulation training to master coaching
    How an elite motorsport approach is unlocking performance in business
    Timeless design principles for a fast changing world
    Let’s Talk About Sex – Digital learning as a promotional tool – Brook Learn case study
    Creating a successful learning programme for equity, diversity, and inclusion
    How to optimise learner retention and engagement using online learning tools
    The outcome that outweighs all others
    Fringe seminar: Role-based training and competency growth for the people-side of change
    The learning organisation of the future
    How social learning changed organisational culture
    Drive critical skills transformations with Skillsoft career journeys
    Disrupting an industry with immersive technology
    How to use data to learn more about your people
    Unlocking The Expertise Of Any Employee Through Collaborative Content Creation
    The future of instructor led training
    Leading in the hybrid world: creating a paradigm shift
    Learning in the flow of work: How to incorporate training into the work day and improve employee performance
    Transforming Learning Across Your Organization with Degreed
    Reskilling and upskilling your employees with a non-linear approach to career progression
    Writing for accessibility: What I’ve learned from my colleagues with a learning disability
    Fringe Seminar: Lifelong Learning – Live, learn and grow
    Learning programmes for behaviour change
    A Masterclass in Decentralised L&D
    5 Top Tips for Building High Performing Teams
    L&D trends from the apps your staff already use in their personal lives
    Getting it right first time – the importance of implementation planning
    The role of online training in creating an inclusive workplace
    How managing performance is one of the kindest things you can do

(CANCELLED) 29th WoL Summit 2021, TBD 2021, Birmingham, United Kingdom

    Note: The conference will switch to a summit format again. The conference and exhibition was originally scheduled for 5-6 October 2021

28th WoL Summit 2020, December 9-10, 2020, Birmingham, United Kingdom Virtual venue

    Note: The conference and exhibition was originally scheduled for October 13-14, 2020

    Exhibition Workshops: (Experiential Learning Zone)
    I’m (not) okay, you ok?; Eat, Sleep, Move – Fuel for wellbeing; Remote doesn’t have to mean disconnected; Controlling COVID; The Compassionate Leader; Play is not a four-letter word; I am as diverse as the next person

    Exhibition Seminars:
    How to create great eLearning; Brave new world: How are companies using immersive learning experiences to create empathy; New skills for L&D: How to curate brilliant user-generated video from SMEs and employees; Using coaching approaches to drive learning; The renaissance of learning in a remote workforce; The intangibles – How learning technology can find hidden talents; Evidence-informed learning: Reboot your thinking; Virtual learning with video: 7 proven ways; Making virtual teams work – 10 key principles; Make it matter – creating learning experiences that promote behaviour change; The benefits of mentoring
    On-demand sessions: How to adapt your learning to the new; Embedding Learning in a post-COVID world; How a group coaching tool is changing workplace behaviours; How to address the disconnect between learning strategy and practice; Role of Coaching in a Modern Workplace; How to Max Out the Online Environment; Successful Smart Working

    Exhibition Topic-led Chat Rooms:
    Resilience in the workforce; A culture of inclusivity; Beyond boxes and wires – robust OD in a disrupted world; Learning engagement in a dispersed workforce; Resilience in the workforce; Managing rapid change

    Conference Keynotes:
    Interview with John Amaechi OBE, founder and chief executive, APS; Dancing on ice: The art and science of the pandemic pirouette; 5 shifts – the game changers for L&D; Informal Learning in Organisations

    Conference Presentations:
    Embracing mistakes as a powerful means of learning; Onboarding in times of social distancing; Principles for professional virtual classrooms; Developing staff resilience during long-term and sustained disruption; Developing a culture of inclusivity – a 21st century imperative; Reduce the costs, increase the results; Lessons from COVID – some things to keep, some things to leave; Learning labs: simulate not teach; Learning levers: people, technology and when you don’t need it; Behaviour change needs a workflow solution, not a learning solution; The paradigm shift of L&D in this new world; Managing rapid and constant change

27th WoL 2019, October 15-16, 2019, Birmingham, United Kingdom

    Special events: Learning Design Live (sponsored by the eLearning Network (eLN)); Live Demo Zone (New!); Free seminars @ Exhibition

    Fringe seminars (free): How to create a learning environment where individuals can perform their best; Business as unusual: redesigning learning to deliver higher value; The art of demonstrating return on investment with L&D

    Exhibition seminars (free): Shedding the light on the black box of networking communication; How emotion impacts performance and business results; Let them learn and show your staff they are valued; Select the right LMS: 10 factors for your business to consider; Using quizzes and gameshows to engage and educate; 4 examples using games and immersive technologies to set people up for success; Supercharge your leadership and management using money you have already spent!; The 3 pillars of human resilience; The changing role of L&D: what do modern practitioners need to be?; How to change a learning culture; Leading remote workers in the digital era; How elearning has improved our culture and revolutionised the way we train; The Learning Imperative; Better by design: transforming culture through learning; Gender balance: but not as we know it!; Empowering inclusive leaders for a diverse world; Negotiating in the digital age; How to give everyone in your organisation the capability to coach; The fourth sneaky elephant; Avoid death by data – how to make people analytics work for you; Creating magical content for human beings; Why personal development is the power behind creating sustainable and diverse talent pipelines; Shift happens – accelerating organisational change through people; Demystifying and designing digital learning transformation; Implementing an inclusive mobile learning strategy at Vanquis Bank; Murder in the boardroom: why the positive impact of team building shouldn’t be underestimated

26th WoL 2018, October 16-17, 2018, Birmingham, United Kingdom

    Pre-conference Video Sessions (premium): Delivering learning at the speed of business: Enabling a more responsive L&D team; What L&D can learn from the way brands understand and connect with consumers; Creating a great customer experience for learning; Measures to show business impact and that L&D is adding value

    Special events: Learning Design Live (sponsored by the eLearning Network (eLN))

    Seminars: Fringe seminars (free); Apprenticeship seminars (free)

25th WoL 2017, October 17-18, 2017, Birmingham, United Kingdom

    Pre-conference Video Sessions (premium): Developing an organisational strategy led by people capability; How to get the best out of your people; Becoming a purpose driven organisation; Conference round-up exploring themes, insights and highlights from the event; How to build learning transfer into your interventions

    Seminars: Fringe seminars (free); Apprenticeship seminars (free)

11th WOLCE 2003, 18-19 November 2003, Birmingham, United Kingdom

    Free seminars: Towards a unified e-learning strategy: the government vision; Training for Health & Safety; Choosing the right training provider; The US Navy’s revolution in training: blowing up the system to get on with the future; How is the role of the trainer developing?
    Chargeable seminars: Creating a learning culture; Identifying training and development needs in your organisation; Effective management and leadership development; Evaluating effectiveness to prove the business case; Instilling motivation in the learner; The role of entertainment and interactivity in learning; Gaining board commitment and budget; Prioritising learning in your organisation; Getting your new starters up to speed; Creating an effective blend to address learner & company needs

    Co-located: Training Solutions! (New); World of Learning Awards

Note: Name full name changes to “World of Learning Conference & Exhibition”

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