World of Learning Conference & Exhibition (WoL)*

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The World of Learning Conference & Exhibition (WoL or WOLCE) in Birmingham, formerly the World Open Learning Conference and Exhibition (WOLCE) and the World Open Learning for Business Conference and Exhibition (WOLCE or WOLCE for Business), organized by the Venture Marketing Group, is a two-day event that brings together leading experts, brands and professionals from the L&D community under one-roof. It is an unrivalled opportunity for L&D professionals to learn, discover, interact, and network.

Since 2022 the conference is supplemented by the World of Learning Summit which was held online for the first time in 2020 instead of the conference and cancelled for 2021. The World of Learning Summit is a two-day Conference & Exhibition event that brings together leading experts, brands and professionals from the L&D community under one-roof.

In general the conference is held in October in Birmingham, the summit at the beginning of the year in London.

From 2000 to 2004 the conference was already once supplemented by e-Learning Solutions, formerly the e-learning exhibition & conference (e-Learning) held in spring in London and Manchester.

From 2000 to 2011 the conference was held in conjunction with the World of Learning Awards, formerly the WOLCE (Open) Learning Awards.

Conference History:

WoL Summit 2025, 4-5 February 2025, London, United Kingdom

    Conference program TBD

31st WoL 2024, 8-9 October 2024, Birmingham, United Kingdom

    Conference & Exhibition Program TBD

    Plenary Sessions:
    Empowering and gaining the buy-in of managers to support workplace-based learning
    Building tomorrow’s workforce – overcoming the skills challenge
    The L&D Exchange – Aligning L&D with business needs
    Creating an inclusive learning culture
    Successful, performance-driven organisations
    The future of work – learning trends and their impact
    Opportunities and challenges for 2025 and beyond

    Breakout Sessions:
    Empowering Social Learning Communities to drive organisational performance
    How leaders can thrive in a constantly changing work environment
    Measuring learning impact – proving value
    Using neuroscience to design and deliver successful learning
    AI & Learning: How to avoid wasting money
    Delivering effective behaviour change
    Learning with AI in the flow of work
    Creating an ecosystem of learning to support change
    How to build a coaching culture in a busy world
    Impactful learning campaigns – marketing for L&D
    How to use AI to scale interventions and measure skills adoption
    Growth mindset for leaders
    Innovative strategies for onboarding and retention
    A skills-based approach to workforce planning
    Integrating learning and employee experience into the business talent plan

    Exhibition Seminars:

WoL Summit 2024, 30-31 January 2024, London, United Kingdom

    Plenary Sessions:
    The importance of purpose at work
    Unleashing the potential of AI: The future of workplace learning (opening session)
    Mastering L&D skill adaptation in the age of AI & intelligent machines (opening session)
    The L&D Exchange – Continuous learning: Embedding learning into your company culture (roundtable discussions)
    Supporting, developing and retaining hybrid teams
    Banish the Sunday night blues – driving purpose
    The curious advantage
    Ensuring you get value! Practical steps to take tomorrow

    Breakout Sessions:
    The skilled-based organisation
    Assessing the impact & value of learning
    Implementing an agile learning strategy
    Leadership in the modern world: merging empathy, authenticity, and performance
    A practical look at learning in the flow of work
    Navigating the spectrum in a neurodiverse world
    Mastering the talent development and retention cycle
    Delivering effective change transformation
    L&D skills for the digital world
    Integrating AI into your learning strategy today
    Truly personalised learning journeys
    The evolution of reverse mentoring

    Exhibition Seminars:

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

    Plenary Sessions:
    Strategies for effective L&D marketing
    Balancing artificial intelligence and human ingenuity in Learning & Development (opening session)
    The L&D Exchange – Addressing the skills challenge (roundtable discussions)
    L&D’s role in recruitment, retention and re-skilling
    Learning in the age of AI; unleashing results driven, outcome focussed learning strategies (opening session)
    The optimal learning culture (roundtable discussions)
    You are not a robot! (closing keynote)

    Breakout Sessions:
    The “burning platform” to develop change management skills, knowledge & competencies
    Maximise the impact of coaching
    How to make audiences care
    Delivering learning to a hybrid/multisite organisation
    Pivoting to a human-centred design approach
    Measurement – the diversity delusion
    The role of neuroscience in learning and change
    From interruption to integration: delivering L&D in moments of need
    Learning to drive: a structured yet agile approach to personalised learning
    Evidence informed strategies for working smarter not harder
    Developing future leaders
    How to get more from your L&D budget

    Exhibition Seminars:

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

WoL Summit 2023, 28 February 2023, London, United Kingdom

    CONFERENCE Talks:

    Keynotes:
    L&D delivering a performance driven, innovative and creative organisation

    Panels:
    What does the economic, political and social uncertainty mean for the skills agenda? How do we tackle the talent crisis?

    EXHIBITION Seminars:
    n.a.

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

    CONFERENCE Talks:

    Plenary:
    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

    Breakouts:
    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

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

(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 will switch to a summit format. 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

    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

    Special events:
    Learning Design Live Conference (sponsored by the eLearning Network)
    Live Demo Zone (New!)

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

(in association with the Institute of Training and Occupational Learning)

    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

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

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

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

(in association with the British Institute for Learning and Development)

    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)

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

24th WoL 2016, 19-20 October 2016, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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

23rd WoL 2015, 29-30 September 2015, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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

22nd WoL 2014, 30 September – 1 October 2014, Birmingham, United Kingdom

    Fringe seminars

21st WoL 2013, 1-2 October 2013, Birmingham, United Kingdom

(in association with the British Institute for Learning and Development and the Institute of Leadership and Management)

    Fringe seminars (NEW)

20th WoL 2012, 2-3 October 2012, Birmingham, United Kingdom

(in association with the British Institute for Learning and Development and the Learning and Skills Improvement Service)

    Conference Executive Sessions: (Platinum delegates only)
    Strategic leadership development
    Sustaining a learner-centric environment
    How to maximise your effectiveness as an L&D professional
    Inspiring innovation through learning solutions

    Conference Seminars:
    Utilising coaching as a management technique to deliver business objectives
    Brain focused?
    Harnessing open source resource
    How people really learn at work – the 70:20:10 model in action
    How to provide a compelling business case to secure your L&D budget
    Learning and talent in the Cloud
    A different approach to developing leaders of the future
    Building engaging elearning content for people who don’t like training
    Mobile learning or mobile performance?
    Utilising learning in delivering effective business change
    
Delivering blended learning results
    Technology not just to cut costs, but to add value
    Integrating apprenticeship schemes effectively into your organisation’s learning strategy
    Collaborate and innovate to succeed in L&D

    Conference Presentations:
    How will L&D have to adapt to the changing workforce? (opening address)
    Learning innovation with tomorrow’s technology tools (keynote)
    How Hilton Worldwide developed into a ‘Learning Organisation’ to drive performance and profitability (keynote)
    PechaKucha – on your marks, get set, go!

    Conference Panels:
    Reduce cost, increase performance, support growth. How can L&D deliver? Hear first-hand from leading practitioners in different industries. (Lunchtime Panel Session)

    Exhibition Workshops:
    NEW! Technology Test Drive
    The Leaders in Learning Zone
    Assima elearning Workshops
    Professional Skills Workshops
    Experiential Learning Zone
    Internatonal Zone
    Modern Life Skills Zone
    The Trainer Base
    Business and Networking Lounge

    Exhibition Seminars: (free)
    I just don’t get it: using virtual worlds in a learning context
    10 tips for better e-learning
    Technology beyond the LMS
    Learning through comedy and improvisation
    Exciting and engaging your employees in order to delight your customers – an O2 case study
    Getting the best from online coaching
    Using an experiential learning simulation to model and rehearse change
    A new approach to distance learning
    Cross Cultural Collaboration
    Recession? Make the ROI case and take control!
    Discover the key to delivering successful e-learning
    How to become a hero in the quest for organisational change
    How the public sector is bringing the training into the 21st century
    14:15-14:45
    Accrediting and quality assuring employer training programmes to deliver improved business performance
    The ‘Hollywood’ approach to compliance training

    Exhibition: LSIS Learning & Skills Theatre (New for 2012)
    Program n.a.

19th WoL 2011, 27-28 September 2011, Birmingham, United Kingdom

    Special events:
    World of Learning Awards
    Future of Learning Forum

18th WoL 2010, 28-29 September 2010, Birmingham, United Kingdom

    Special events:
    Future of Learning Forum

17th WoL 2009, 30 September – 1 October 2009, Birmingham, United Kingdom

    Special events:
    World of Learning Awards
    Future of Learning Forum

16th WoL 2008, 19-20 November 2008, Birmingham, United Kingdom

(in association with Daily Mail)

    Special events:
    World of Learning Awards
    Future of Learning Forum

15th WoL 2007, 14-15 November 2007, Birmingham, United Kingdom

(in association with Daily Mail)

    Free Seminars and Workshops Programme

    Special events:
    World of Learning Awards
    Future of Learning Forum

14th WoL 2006, 14 & 15 November 2006, Birmingham, United Kingdom

(in association with Daily Mail)

    Special events:
    World of Learning Awards
    Future of Learning Forum
    Live Software Simulation Challenge – Learning in Action (NEW FOR 2006)
    Finding the Balance Forum

13th WoL 2005, 15-16 November 2005, Birmingham, United Kingdom

(in association with Daily Mail)

    Special events:
    World of Learning Awards
    Future of Learning Forum

12th WoL 2004, 17-18 November 2004, Birmingham, United Kingdom

(in association with the British Association for Open Learning)

    Conference Tracks:
    Promoting Learning
    Implementing Learning
    Innovation in Learning *NEW to 2004*
    Management Development

    Exhibition:
    FREE workshops & product demonstrations

    Special events:
    World of Learning Awards
    Training Solutions!

    Associated Conferences:
    Learning Solutions 2004, 25-26 May 2004, London, UK
    (announced as: e-earning exhibition & conference, 4-5 June 2003)

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

(in association with the British Association for Open Learning)

    Conference Tracks:
    Blended Learning
    Open and Distance Learning
    e-Learning
    Face-to-face Learning

    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

    World of Learning Awards
    Training Solutions! (New)

    Associated Conferences:
    e-learning exhibition & conference 2003, 18-19 March 2003, Manchester, UK
    e-learning exhibition & conference 2003, 4-5 June 2003, London, UK

10th WOLCE 2002, 2-3 Oct 2002, Birmingham, United Kingdom

    Note: Full name changes from “World Open Learning Conference and Exhibition” to “World of Learning Conference & Exhibition”

    Conference Tracks:
    Blended Learning – New for 2002
    Open and distance learning
    E-learning
    Face to face learning – New for 2002

    Special events:
    WOLCE Learining Awards

    Associated Conferences:
    e-learning Manchester 2002, 23-24 April 2002, Manchester, UK
    e-learning London 2002, 28-29 May 2002, London, UK

9th WOLCE 2001, 10-11 October 2001, Birmingham, United Kingdom

(in association with the British Association for Open Learning and the Forum for Technology in Training)

    Special events:
    8th WOLCE Open Learning Awards

    Associated Conferences:
    e-learning Manchester 2001, 24-25 April 2001, Manchester, UK
    e-learning London 2001, 6-7 June 2001, London, UK

8th WOLCE 2000, 4-5 October 2000, Birmingham, United Kingdom

(in association with the British Association for Open Learning and the Forum for Technology in Training)

    Note: Full name changes from “World Open Learning for Business Conference and Exhibition” to “World Open Learning Conference and Exhibition”

    Conference Tracks:
    Online learning
    Effective implementation of open learning
    Challenges for training and development

    Exhibition:
    Interest Group Meetings
    Industry debates

    Special events:
    WOLCE Open Learning Awards

    Associated Conferences:
    1st e-learning conference & exhibition 2000, 7-8 June 2000, London, UK

7th WOLCE 1999, 6-7 October 1999, Birmingham, United Kingdom

    Conference Tracks:
    Learning On Line
    Key Challenges and Trends in Organisational Learning
    Effective Implementation and Utilisation

    Exhibition:
    Interest Group Meetings
    Industry debates

6th WOLCE 1998, 29-30 September 1998, Birmingham, United Kingdom

(in association with the British Association for Open Learning)

    Conference program n.a.

5th WOLCE 1997, 23-24 September 1997, Birmingham, United Kingdom

    Conference program n.a.

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