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The 6th Annual Blended Learning & Development Conference 2017

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor Wellington
08 March 2017 - 09 March 2017

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Approaches to learning must evolve to align with the developments of learning needs within organisations and institutions. Blended Learning offers countless avenues and combinations to explore and keep on top of contemporary workforce requirements and needs.

In order to achieve organisational and professional outcomes, Learning and Development specialists need to stay informed about the latest technological and blended advances.

Building upon previous years’ success, this conference will provide delegates with innovative and fresh strategies for formulating and implementing advanced learning frameworks. It will also impart knowledge on how to incorporate and effectively utilize the most recent and user-friendly technology.

This interactive, intensive event will provide delegates with the opportunity to listen, network and share insight with leaders and experts from across the Private and Public Sectors; with the ultimate objective being to enhance learning and drive employee performance to the next level.
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• Identify the changing needs of a developing workforce
• Formulating effective blended learning models
• Practical strategies for successful programme execution
• Utilising the latest technologies
Hide Section - Who will attend
Directors, Heads of, Managers, Academics, Consultants and Professionals working in:

- Learning and Development
- eLearning / Social Learning
-Training Facilitators
- Technology Assisted Learning Professionals
- Organisational Development
- Human Resources / People
- Learning Centres
- Learning Management System Administrators
- Instructional Designers
- Curriculum Development Professionals



07 March 2017


09:00 - 16:30


Masterclass

Back to Basics: Preparing for a Successful Blend

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” 
― Benjamin Franklin
As with many aspects of life, an innovative and effective blended learning programme requires an initial thorough planning and research phase. Selecting a measured and programmatic approach to designing such learning experiences is crucial to the agenda’s ultimate success. 
Identifying relevant and useful areas for training development within your organisation is a critical feature of this process. These acknowledged capacities also need to be clearly valued and supported by the trainer and organisation as whole.
Blended learning experiences are often more effective when they are participative, not just interactive. So that the process of cognition and collaboration are both enhanced. Therefore, good preparation and decision- making is essential not only for efficient use of your time in the construction and maintenance of your resources, but also for the creation of quality learning experiences for your trainees.
This interactive workshop will extensively cover and offer guidance for efficient execution of the invaluable planning stages that are indispensable for any effective blended learning experience. 

Initial considerations
-    To develop a new course or re-vamp an existing one?
-    What is the broader context for your course? /What influences need to be taken into account?
-    Identifying the typical cohort of trainees

Analysing your learners’ needs
-    Effective ways to research areas for development
-    Understanding the psychology of behaviour and importance of design
-    What outcomes do your learners need?

Recognising the learning and organisational outcomes
-    Identifying personal and organisational goals
-    Course schedule planning
-    Effective time management 

Resources planning 
-    Utilizing current resources
-    Investing in necessary technology
-    Working within tight budgets
Helen Reid - Owner
The Learning Hub


08 March 2017


09:00 - 09:50


Case Study

Who's got game? - Becoming a blended learning pioneer

Social learning and collaboration platforms are fast becoming a popular blended learning preference across the education sector. Matt is the initiator of the Maker Movement in Australian schools. He is the inventor of a global games-based learning project, which promotes a non-hierarchical, virtual learning environment in an international classroom. In Matt’s experience, instigating transformational programmes begins with agile design thinking and an awareness of emerging technologies. Matt will share his expertise and discuss:
- Generating interest and applying design thinking
- Original blends of interactive learning styles
- Empowering learners through emerging technologies
Matt Richards - Senior Advisor Learning Innovation
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

09:50 - 10:40


Case Study

“Bedding-in a blended learning culture”

The Army Schools pedagogy follows the 1985 The Army Training System, a holistic systems approach to training, very similar to the civilian ADDIE model. The Blended Learning ‘battle-lab’ is now in its second year at the Army schools. The case study will look at specific Army schools and highlight the lessons learnt thus far – in an attempt to answer some posed questions:
• Has technology helped in the effectiveness and efficiency of the learning environment from both a learner and facilitator?
• Can the Army Schools provide a richer learning experience/environment for the soldiers of tomorrow?
• What key information requirements might a soldier require for learning in an electronic environment?
Major Nick Ang - Executive Officer, Land Operations Training Centre
New Zealand Army

09:50 - 10:40


Case Study

“Bedding-in a blended learning culture” within The Army Schools

The Army Schools pedagogy follows the 1985 The Army Training System, a holistic systems approach to training, very similar to the civilian ADDIE model. The Blended Learning ‘battle-lab’ is now in its second year at the Army schools. The case study will look at specific Army schools and highlight the lessons learnt thus far – in an attempt to answer some posed questions:
- Has technology helped in the effectiveness and efficiency of the learning environment from both a learner and facilitator?
- Can the Army Schools provide a richer learning experience/environment for the soldiers of tomorrow?
- What key information requirements might a soldier require for learning in an electronic environment?
Major Shaun O'Connor - Plans Officer, Training and Doctrine Command
New Zealand Army

10:55 - 11:45


Case Study

Maximising quality learning in a distracted world

Learning and development professionals face the pressure to create learning programs that improve retention and cater for the time-strapped learner. Embedding innovative learning strategies into your blended learning strategy in order to align business goals with capability development is fundamental to success. Utilising the 70:20:10 formula, Fonterra have successfully revamped and adapted it to the learning needs of their workforce. Cathy will discuss:
- Adapting blended learning solutions to suit your workforce
- Structuring learning programs for busy and distracted leaders and learners
- Anticipating and minimizing challenges when implementing new blended learning solutions
Cathy Gamlen - General Manager, Learning and Development
Fonterra

11:45 - 12:35


Case Study

Quality assurance and internationalisation: Building a framework

Internationalisation is driving significant change to the purpose, goals, functions and delivery of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the Asian - Pacific region including the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) and New Zealand (NZ). A critical concern for countries and institutions embracing internationalisation, either as providers or consumers, is to assure the quality of the programmes and/or courses delivered meet both local and international standards. John will share his expertise and discuss:
- Concepts of quality and quality assurance
- Collaboration and ‘The Model Programme’
- Building and implementing a quality assurance framework
Dr John Clayton - Director Emerging Technologies Centre
Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi

13:35 - 14:25


Panel

Anticipating and overcoming Blended Learning challenges

Encompassing a wide range of training methods into the learning landscape comes with a unique set of challenges. Taking into account factors such as organisational infrastructures and resources during the initial design process can help to minimise problems further down the line. However, even thorough preparation cannot predict unforeseen obstacles cropping up. Offering their expertise, this panel will share strategies and solutions for anticipating and minimising challenges when designing and implementing Blended Learning. Discuss:
- Anticipating and minimising technical, organisational and instructional challenges
- Methods for strategic problem solving
- Adapting design and implementation to facilitate change
Susan Shoemark - Senior Learning Designer and eLearning Developer
Downer
Mike Sturmey - Team Manager Product Management
Careerforce
Andrew Graves - Head of Capability
Fisher and Paykel Healthcare
Sharon Beech - Capability Business Manager
Bank of New Zealand
Penny Austin - Team Manager Training and Professional Development
Christchurch City Council

14:25 - 15:15


Case Study

Efficient blended learning in a technical environment

With over 9 years of experience creating world-class training solutions for Transpower, Darshan is responsible for leading the design and implementation of training for technically complex content, systems and procedural content within tight time frames and defined budgets. He will share his experience of supporting an operational environment and discuss:
- Seamless time management
- Managing team performance and achieving favourable outcomes
- Cost effective learning solutions
Darshan Shetty - Team Leader - Technical Training
Transpower

15:30 - 16:20


Case Study

Blended on a budget

Many multi- location organisations have conflicting priorities in common: the need for advanced staff training across multiple sites versus the requirement to spend within the budget. So how do you reach a compromise and ensure constant staff training but with cost efficiency? Brenda is an expert in this area and will draw from her experience to explore:
- Guaranteeing a consistent message and approach
- Holding training material in a cost effective solution
- Overcoming training challenges for multi-location organisations
Brenda Flanagan - Senior Learning & Development Contractor
Brenda Flanagan


09 March 2017


09:00 - 10:00


Case Study

The iQualify revolution

Open Polytechnic specialise in Open, Distance, and Flexible Learning, and have been doing so since they were established after the Second World War. Their Chief Technology Officer recently pioneered a revolutionary platform for learning called iQualify. It enables courseware designers to create compelling online interactive content with tools designed with usability in mind. Its success has prompted big plans to develop the model onto an international platform that can be used and tailored to any organisation’s needs. Shanan will discuss the reasons behind its success and share:
- Identifying areas for blended learning development
- Designing an adaptable platform
- Measuring effectiveness and responsive design
Shanan Holm - Chief Technology Officer, Executive Director Education Technology
Open Polytechnic

10:00 - 11:00


Case Study

The changing landscape of organisational learning

By encompassing a wide variety of technologies and learning methods in varying combinations, blended learning is, by design, an ever-evolving approach. Its limitless combinations and avenues provide plenty of room for exploration and iteration. Emma is responsible for the global organisational learning and development portfolio at Orion Health.  Part of her remit is to develop and deploy learning strategies that connect the dots between knowledge, capability and the company strategy. Emma will share some insights into the aspiration and direction of Orion Health’s global L&D Strategy:
- The journey from creation to curation
- Leveraging social and peer-to-peer learning
- Application of emerging trends in learning technology
Emma Kirkman - Global Organisational Development Manager
Orion Health

11:15 - 12:15


Case Study

Virtual interactive learning solutions

For a global telecommunications company, the need for an easily accessible learning portal is ever prominent. One of the most effective training solutions has arisen in the form of an online gateway, which provides access to all teaching content and relevant material. Its calendar of learning webinars and face-to-face sessions ensures efficient time management and allows progress to be easily measured. Angela will discuss how a virtual learning environment has taken trainee development to the next level:
- The impact of the portal on employee performance
- Monitoring results and return on investment
- Identifying room for development and programming advancements
Angela Forde - Lead Learning and Development Consultant
Vodafone

12:15 - 13:15


Case Study

Evolving from traditional to blended learning competency development

Working for the largest health board in New Zealand, Susan must cater for more than 10,000 learners. Blended learning is now a predominant feature of their organisational training, which has reached new levels of effectiveness despite technological restrictions. One of the most important aspects of her role within the Learning Technologies team is to ensure that the blended learning programmes are achieving their desired outcomes. She will share:
- Methods to measure and assess competency
- Identifying alternative delivery mechanisms
- Future developments for blended learning
Susan Turcich - Learning Technologies Team Leader
Waitemata District Health Board

14:15 - 15:15


Expert Commentary

A new dimension of blended learning: The impact of artificial intelligence on L&D

Artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR), and virtual reality (VR) are three exponential technologies that will have dramatic impacts on L&D. Glenn will explore the current and near-term capabilities in AI, AR and VR and how they will effect how we teach. He will discuss:
- The exponential pace of technology change and its effect on L&D content remaining "current"
- Lifespan of contemporary L&D methods and tools 
- Adapting teaching strategies 
 
Glenn Andert - Exponential Organisations Architect and Head Of Incubation
Creative HQ

15:30 - 16:30


Roundtable

Where to next? What has been learnt and what to take back to the office?

This session will give delegates the opportunity to recap on all of the strategies that have been discussed over the two days. Highlighting the practical techniques suggested and exploring methodologies for implementing these learning technologies in real life. As well as providing an opportunity to discuss and share ideas, exchange knowledge and professional advice with industry peers and experts.
Chris Warburton - Performance and Leadership Coach
Culture of Performance


10 March 2017


Chris Warburton
Performance and Leadership Coach
Culture of Performance
Andrew Graves
Head of Capability
Fisher and Paykel Healthcare
Darshan Shetty
Team Leader - Technical Training
Transpower
Emma Kirkman
Global Organisational Development Manager
Orion Health
Major Nick Ang
Executive Officer, Land Operations Training Centre
New Zealand Army
Brenda Flanagan
Senior Learning & Development Contractor
Brenda Flanagan
Penny Austin
Team Manager Training and Professional Development
Christchurch City Council
Cathy Gamlen
General Manager, Learning and Development
Fonterra
Shanan Holm
Chief Technology Officer, Executive Director Education Technology
Open Polytechnic
Sharon Beech
Capability Business Manager
Bank of New Zealand
Angela Forde
Lead Learning and Development Consultant
Vodafone
Helen Reid
Owner
The Learning Hub
Matt Richards
Senior Advisor Learning Innovation
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Dr John Clayton
Director Emerging Technologies Centre
Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi
Major Shaun O'Connor
Plans Officer, Training and Doctrine Command
New Zealand Army
Susan Turcich
Learning Technologies Team Leader
Waitemata District Health Board
Susan Shoemark
Senior Learning Designer and eLearning Developer
Downer
Glenn Andert
Exponential Organisations Architect and Head Of Incubation
Creative HQ
Mike Sturmey
Team Manager Product Management
Careerforce
James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor Wellington
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147 The Terrace Wellington New Zealand

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