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|Title:||LearnPod Returns for its Fifth Successful Year|
|Author:||Doncaster College |
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Education and business professionals from across the length and breadth of the country attended LearnPod14 at Doncaster College on 16th July to discuss the latest trends and technologies to help improve employability.
LearnPod which first ran in 2010, is best described as an ‘unconference’. Meaning that delegates set the agenda at the start of the day and anyone is able to contribute to workshops. This allows learning practitioners, commercial providers, students and enthusiasts from all over the country to come together for a free and informal exchange of practice and ideas, around the theme of employability and how technology, social media and education can help increase this skill and characteristic in people.
A number of high profile and innovative leaders in the social media field attended and offered stimulating contributions, including the College’s own Web and Social Media Designer, Simon England, who delivered a session with Jisc Regional Support Centre’s Scott Hibberson, covering the challenges of social media and how to overcome them. Other contributors included John Popham who led a ‘walk-shop’ around Doncaster.
Susan Easton, the Head of Digital Learning at NIACE was one of the attendees and enjoyed her first ever LearnPod visit. She commented, ‘It was my first time at LearnPod and the unconference format was an excellent way to encourage creativity and inspire new ways of working. The opportunity to network with peers and share ideas in an informal way was invaluable. A fantastic event - I learned a lot!’
Doncaster College’s Web and Social Media Designer, Simon England said, ‘LearnPod has continued to open discussion and debate across a wide range of issues not just technology and internet-related, but education in general too. This year has proved to be just as popular with around half of the delegates as first-time attendees proving the relevance of the event today.’
Scott Hibberson of Jisc Regional Support Centre echoed this, commenting: ‘Once again, a thoroughly enjoyable day with plenty of ideas on how to make the most of technology to make a difference with learners. A big thank you to all the delegates not only for pitching ideas and getting stuck in on the day, but also for their infectious enthusiasm that made the event such a success. People are already asking about next year’s event!’
LearnPod14, which was free for all who attended, was supported by the Jisc Regional Support Centre, Doncaster College, and Moreopen.
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