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LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE 2017
THE event for learning leaders in Africa

5-7 SEPTEMBER 2017| 30+ SPEAKER SESSIONS | TWO POWERFUL DAYS| PRACTICAL WORKSHOPS

INFORMATION

Pre- conference workshop • 05 September 2017
Two-day conference | Exhibition • 06–07 September 2017
The Hyatt Regency l Rosebank | Johannesburg



HUGE DEMANDS ARE BEING PLACED ON LEARNING IN THE DIGITAL AGE. IS YOUR ORGANISATION BUILDING SKILL, KNOWLEDGE AND CAPABILITY FOR THE FUTURE?

As digital transforms the business landscape, successful organisations will be those who can move faster, adapt and grow quicker, and learn more rapidly. Learning leaders are under pressure to reskill (and up skill) people to meet the challenges of today. New workplace learning approaches are needed to underpin all the ways people learn in the modern workplace. This does not mean however, updating traditional practices, but rather adopting news ways to enable employee-led learning. For your L &D function this is not just about doing this differently, but rather looking at doing different things. Often wearing many different hats, learning leaders need to look at ways to improve their value as strategic innovators, talent decision makers and trusted advisors.

Leaders need to remain open minded, observe behaviour closely, be flexible and willing to experiment. This event will help you as a learning leader build an organisation that is able to meet the challenges of rapid change by ensuring that learning is an integral part of the business strategy.

REGISTER TO ATTEND THE CONFERENCE, WORKSHOPS OR BOTH!

LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT TEAM OF THE YEAR AWARD: NOMINATIONS OPEN! DON’T FORGET TO NOMINATE YOUR TEAM! PRIZES TO THE VALUE OF R200 000 +

This prestigious award will be presented to an outstanding Learning and Development Team who demonstrate consistently high levels of quality, who are innovative with their content and techniques and at the same time show the significant impact that their function has had on the organisation in terms of effectiveness and bottom line. The award is designed to recognise an organisation and its learning team members who strive to constantly improve the extent to which training and development/L & D meets business needs, establishes direction and contributes to the success of the organisation through improving the performance of employees.

NOMINATIONS are now OPEN! Contact Debbie@knowres.co.za

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

TWO DAY CONFERENCE 6-7 SEPTEMBER – here are just some topics to be featured

  The future of Learning and how it’s changing the learning leader’s job?
  Developing leaders' capability for uncertainty
  Applying design thinking to create learning that wins with today’s fast moving workforce
  The science of learning: how brain research is revolutionising the way we learn
  Unlocking your potential to drive a learning organisation – learning professionals must be learners themselves!
  Learning and development in tough times
  Preparing the youth for the new world of work
  Making learning analytics work: getting started and maturing your L & D data strategy
  Building a powerful learning brand – why it’s essential
  What training can learn from master athletes and coaches| Looking at how new adaptive technologies can ensure that every individual attains mastery and has a chance to succeed.
  The new face of the 2020 Corporate University: Connected, Continuous and Collaboration-Driven
  Building a culture of continuous learning, adaptability, growth and personal development
 

Designing a future-fit learning strategy

 

Learning’s crucial role In Diversity and Inclusion: Allowing organisations reach to their full potential

  Innovating at the speed of change - The learning leaders role in accelerating organisational development
  Gamification and game-based learning: creating engaging and stimulating work environments
  And more!
 

Bring your TEAM!  Gain tools, tips and gain real insight into taking learning in your organisation to the next level. Learn from other organisations!  Strategise as a team at the event.

For more information: contact Debbie Atwell | Debbie@knowres.co.za| +27 83 651 1664.


Conference Speakers

Speaker lineup to follow...

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Engage with some of the continents top learning leaders – find out about the exhibition or sponsorship opportunities for this event. Contact Keel Heubnerkeel@avenue.co.za | 021 556 7663


5 SEPTEMBER |WORKSHOPS | PRE-CONFERENCE LEARNING



These hands-on, practical and engaging workshops allow you to deep-dive into specific topics which will build skills and offer practical take away tools that can be immediately applied in your day-to-day work. Skills or concepts are taught, demonstrated or explored, and they are embedded with active participation and active learning. Interaction and participation are vital parts of these workshops. Even if you’re not attending the full conference, you can still register for a stand-alone workshop.

Choose between TWO workshops! Workshop 1: Design Thinking for Learning and Development or Workshop 2: Change Management the Agile way

Workshop 1 – Design Thinking for Learning and Development

Robert Bloom, Founding and Managing Partner, Design Thinkers Academy and Design Thinkers Group

Overview:

Design Thinking (DT) is a mind-set to develop and deliver innovative ideas, change and solutions to complex problems. At a high level, Design Thinking helps people better understand customers or users latent needs. In a Learning and Development context, Design Thinking has numerous applications. Learning and Development professionals can use Design Thinking to help them better understand and develop new innovative programs not only for but with their customers. Professionals need to learn quickly and adaptively on the job. The nature of learning has changed but is a continuous and adaptive process. How might Design Thinking be used to better understand your everyday professional learning needs and design adaptive learning programs that meet these needs?

This human-centric user approach sweeps in multiple perspectives to first understand needs and second to prototype creative ideas to test that work. The best way to learn it is to do it i.e. Learn by Doing.
Session One: Overview of Design thinking: Empathy-Inspiration-Ideation-Synthesis-Prototyping- Implementation

Embracing an innovation mind-set augmented with the relevant skill set. It is a dynamic mix of short instructional lectures, demonstrations and guided hands-on teamwork. You will learn the tools of this user-centered, prototype-driven process.

Session Two: The Strategic Opportunity

You will put the new tools into practice right away with a real-world learning innovation challenge entitled “XYZ”. During the workshop, the facilitator will guide participants to democratically distil it into a focal topic to work on.

Session Three: Empathy

Team members will interview and observe ‘users’ in the field to understand and empathise their pain-points and what delights them. In the simulated environment in this workshop, some participants will be given roles as ‘Customers’ or ‘Users’. Any DT session is empty without obtaining a “new” insight from the user’s perspective.

Session Four: Ideation and Prototype

After the empathy session, participants will re-group to ideate and prototype, test and retest to develop fresh, innovative solutions; to convert users’ pain-points into solutions. Applying the design thinking principles and practices you’ve learned is the top priority.



Summary and Conclusion of the day
  • An open discussion on the issues raised and lessons learned
  • How to make ‘Design Thinking’ work to your benefit

Key learning themes
  1. Explore how co-creation is a relevant theme to L&D professionals in terms of the experience they offer their learners
  2. Learning by doing
  3. How Design Thinking can be used to enhance current learning programs (what are learners pain points and how to solve for these?).
  4. Application of Design Thinking mind-sets and principles

Key learning outcomes
  • Understand how to apply the Design Thinking Framework
  • Understand Design Thinking principles and mind-sets
  • This workshop will help you identify a framework for real work projects

About Robert Bloom

Robert is the founder and managing Partner of Design Thinkers Group South Africa. He founded the Design Thinkers Academy in 2014. His role is to grow the Academy and services of Design Thinkers Group in South Africa and to ensure its relevance to the African market. Robert and has been facilitating Design Thinking programs since 2011. Robert had facilitated workshops with a number of listed companies on the JSE as well as in Dubai and Kuwait. He is passionate about helping individuals and teams break through old work paradigms into new work modalities centred around innovation and improving customer experiences to delight. Robert has travelled extensively, is fluent in French and has worked in numerous countries the world over. A couple of past positions to mention prior to founding Design Thinkers Group include GM at Open Africa, Strategy and Innovation Manager at XYZ Design and Management Consultant at the Hay Group. Robert has an MBA from the University of Cape Town.



Workshop 2: Change Management the Agile Way

Kerryn Kohl,Founder, The Coaching House (Co-Author, Accelerated Learning for Breakthrough Results, published by KR)
About the workshop:

As innovation and disruption continue to increase, more and more organisations are looking for ways to change faster in order to remain competitive. Many of those organisations are looking at Agile to do that, but tend to use out-dated change management approaches that are not equipped to manage fast-paced change. This 1-day workshop is designed to show you how to use Agile and Lean techniques to facilitate change.

Lean Change Management is a modern approach that takes ideas from Lean Start-up, Agile, Organisational Development, and Change Management in order to help you figure out the best approach to the change you’re faced with.

You’ll learn what Agile is, and how to apply Agile thinking to your change programs, as well as many good practices and light-weight planning and exploration tools for getting your change off the ground and headed in the right direction.


Why attend?
  • Understand how to apply Agile and Lean techniques to Change Management
  • Gain insight into how to use Agile techniques within your existing Change Management framework
  • Discover how to use light-weight planning and measurement tools such as Change Canvases, OKRs, Perspective Mapping and more.

About Kerryn Kohl

Kerryn is the founder of The Coaching House – Talent Cultivation, a niche consultancy focused on delivering quality learning, coaching and change management solutions. Kerryn has a passion for learning believing that it underlies any transformation or change that we wish to make. Kerryn holds a Master’s Degree in Adult and Community Education and an Honours degree in Psychology, all from the University of Johannesburg. Kerryn is a registered life and business coach with CoMensa. She consulted for the global management consulting firm, Accenture and brings more than 14 years of valuable experience as a talent and organisation performance professional. Kerryn leverages her knowledge and experience of Human Behaviour in order to quickly assess current challenges and design an efficient, flexible and sustainable solution. Kerryn has a broad range of experience across industries and her strengths lie in learning strategy development, change management, workforce transformation, organisational learning, organisational design, performance management and coaching. Kerryn is also the co-author of the book Accelerated Learning for Breakthrough Results.



REGISTRATION FEES
  Price (excl. VAT)
05-07 September 2017 (Two-day conference and Pre-conference workshop)
R12 600.00 
05 September only (workshop) R4 500.00 
06-07 September (two-day conference) R9 600.00

Please note:

  • Payment must be received prior to attendance
  • Registration fees include refreshments, lunch, parking, workshop and conference material
SETA grants and accreditation requirements

Many of our delegates enquire about the accreditation of our events. There is a misconception that organisations qualify for SETA grants only for accredited programmes. This is not correct. The payment of SETA grants is regulated by the Government Gazette, no. 9867, Vol. 570, 3 December 2012, no. 35940. These Regulations clearly state that the SETAs “must allocate a mandatory grant to a levy paying employer” that has submitted a WSP and ATR by the regulated date, has provided all the information required in the regulated template, and is up to date with skills levy payments. Furthermore, the template in the Regulations (Section C: Skills Development) allows employers to include ALL planned training in the report; not only accredited programmes.

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  • Register for 3 people and the 4th person attends free of charge!
  • Special discount for registered NPO’s, small businesses (30 or less employees) & full-time lecturers at universities – contact us for more information!

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For more information and to book your seat contact on Debbie Atwell +2783 651 1664 
debbie@knowres.co.za


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