Nextmonth’s Wolce conference reflects the need to showcase every training mediaunder one roof. Sue Weekes reportsTheorganisers of Wolce decided there was quite a lot in a name this year. VentureMarketing Group (VMG) took the decision to change the ‘Open Learning’ in theevent’s name to ‘Of Learning’ after careful discussion with the trainingindustry and industry experts as well as delegates and visitors to previousevents over the past 10 years.About80 per cent of all senior training professionals advocate the use of blendedsolutions now. And while it remains true that e-learning – the medium thatfacilitates so much open learning nowadays – is one of the industry’s fastestgrowing sectors, VMG felt there was a need to showcase all training media underone roof, which was fully-backed after consultation with practitioners. Theupshot of it all should mean a more meaningful event for both visitor andexhibitor. Theevent takes place 2-3 October at the NEC in Birmingham, with the Gala dinnerand awards, presented by Will Carling. Exhibitors include this year’s mainsponsor learndirect, Ascot Systems, BAOL, Bytes technology, ebc, Hyperwave,Question Mark Computing, Skill Boosters, Smart Technologies, XOR and many more.Theconference runs concurrently across the two days and, unlike the exhibition,maintains some lines of demarcation being broken down into four themeddevelopment tracks: e-learning, blended learning, best practice in open anddistance learning and face-to-face learning. The opening address will be madeby Dave Jedrziewski, director of leadership and management development at DellComputer Corporation USA, which is currently undergoing the change from amanagement organisation to a leadership one. He will be covering the organisationalchanges that are required to initiate and deliver successful trainingprogrammes. “Currentlyat Dell, we are moving to a leadership-based training and developmentorganisation to attain our training results in the right way,” explainsJedrziewski. “By instituting the ethos that ‘one manages things and oneleads people’, we are changing the focus of our training and development to onewhich allies itself to our business needs and uses whatever delivery meansnecessary to gain results. “Wehave, however, taken the ego out of the training field by allowing employees tohave an increased sense of ownership over their training as long as it fitswith their clearly-developed career mapping.”Withthe training receiver still firmly in mind, the keynote address on the secondday of the event by Mark Frank, principal of IBM Learning Services, will beassessing the penetration of new training technologies and whether employeeswelcome such technological changes. As the man accountable for the quality and productionof courses for IBM’s training throughout the world, he will also be providingsome indicators for the future of corporate training and how companies can maketraining changes with the minimum of organisational disruption.Throughoutthe conference there will be plenty of real-life examples and experiencesrelayed via a number of case studies from such companies as BT, Goldman Sachs,Royal Bank of Scotland and Debenhams. For those who are currently trying todecide if the much talked about blended approach is for them, the sessioncalled Mastering the Blended Approach should provide some valuable insight onday one. Speakers include Rob Field, training and development specialist fromAvis, who will be able to talk about his experience of putting together ablended solution, along with Jayne Edwards, technology training manager atHalifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS). “Around 15 per cent of our learning iscompleted online but this is only one medium by which we deliver our training;others include CD-Rom and video, and there is always a place for face-to-faceas part of a blended solution,” comments Edwards.Sowhether the future of your training is face-to-face, online or most likely, abit of both, Wolce, in its 10th anniversary year, should have something foryou. Whatto see…AscotSystems B90 – Launching the innovative integration of the NetTutor virtualclassroom with Pathlore’s Learning Management System. This facilitates instantonline monitoring and assistance, creating a true virtual training centreenvironment. n Bytes Technology H10 – Visit Dr David in the learning surgery.The IT services specialists won’t promise to cure all ills but says it will beoffering advice on training strategy.BourneTraining E50 – The custom-built learning specialist will be showcasing itsnewly-developed solution that helps organisations create bespoke e-learningin-house using their own content and mainstream development tools.E2trainC90 – Latest products on show will be the Kallidus Learning ManagementSystem and authoring system. The latter allows an organisation’s own staff toproduce interactive learning content for the web or CD-Rom without the need forprogramming skills. HyperwaveP70 – Still not convinced that combining e-learning and knowledgemanagement is possible? Hyperwave sees it as a business imperative – find outwhy. ImpaticaG40 – Make time to see Impactica for Powerpoint, a clever piece oftechnology that lets you open and view Powerpoint files regardless of whetheryou have the Microsoft application or not.LearndirectB20 – Main sponsor of the show and now the largest e-learning project inEurope. Here you can find out what learndirect corporate has to offer to thebusiness world.UnlimitedE120 – View some of Ireland’s largest e-learning provider’s blendedsolutions which combine vendor-authorised content with Unlimited’s developedcurricula delivered through classroom training, CD-Rom and interactivee-learning.Essentialinformation–Wolce is at the Birmingham NEC on 2 and 3 October. The exhibition, which isfree, is open from 10am to 5pm on the Wednesday and 10am to 4pm on Thursday.–Although entry to the exhibition is free, conferences are paid-for with theexception of the opening and keynote addresses and two free master classes. –Pre-register at www.wolce.com and to receive your conference programme, contactthe visitor hotline on 020 8394 5171.–Getting there: Byrail: Birmingham International station (the NEC’s own station) which has directservices to and from London Euston, Liverpool and Manchester. A connectingservice is available from Birmingham New Street..Byroad: The NEC is clearly sign-posted from the M1, M5, M6, M40 and M42.Byair: Birmingham International Airport Training solutions on showOn 1 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.