The Learning Technologies Exhibition, Olympia 2012

Last week I was down at Olympia yet again, this time visiting what is claimed to be “Europe’s leading showcase of technology supported workplace learning” –  the Learning Technologies exhibition.

Aimed primarily at the corporate training market, language learning was much in evidence with the usual suspects such as EF and Rosetta Stone exhibiting. A slick stand showcased speexx, the latest corporate language training offering from Germany’s Digital Publishing group. Speexx offers the kind of holistic solution that companies – and increasingly universities – are looking for; content, an LMS and real teachers, all neatly packaged together as a complete solution, and beautifully marketed.

It’s a show that’s definitely worth a visit if you intend to do anything at all in the business / corporate sector. Learning Technologies happens again in 2013 on January 29-30 at Olympia 2, London.

Next year it will combine the Learning and Skills exhibition and the  Learning Without Frontiers 13: Future of Learning show. The organisers promise that this will offer “the biggest show in the entire learning sector… also the best attended and fastest growing”. I wouldn’t argue with the latter, and they had over 5,000 visitors and 230 visitors this year.

A nice freebie for all interested parties is Inside Learning Technologies and Skills magazine, which is available free electronically. It’s a tad heavy on the ads., but offers some interesting industry insights and useful articles – worth a read over a coffee.

Byron