Brexit impact tackled at Big Sponge Hangout

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Written by Mary Isokariari on 8 July 2016 in News
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An international panel of L&D experts will be considering how Brexit may affect the global industry, as part of a new online learning technologies event.  

The Hangout includes a live question and answers session each day, plus a series of video presentations.Credit: Wikimedia Commons
 
The discussion forms part of the opening session of The Big Sponge Hangout (July 18-21), hosted by award-winning elearning company, Sponge UK.
 
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The Launch Hangout from 13.00–13.30 (BST) on Monday, July 18 features David Kelly, Senior Vice President and Executive Director at the Elearning Guild, Donald H. Taylor, Chairman of the Learning & Performance Institute. 
 
Other attendees include: The e Learning & Skills Group, Nicola Appel, International Community Manager at Articulate and Con Sotidis, Learning and Performance Consultant at LearnKotch Consulting.
 
The panel, representing the UK, Europe, America and Asia-Pacific, will examine the global differences in the elearning industry and share their thoughts on what Britain’s referendum decision to leave the EU could mean for corporate Learning and Development.
 
Louise Pasterfield, Managing Director, Sponge UK said: “We have 24 of the biggest names in learning from across the world taking part in The Big Sponge Hangout, so we’ll be taking the opportunity to get their insight on Brexit and its implications for our industry.
 
"The whole event is a chance to get to the heart of the latest thinking on learning technologies. You’ll see lots of examples of best practice and get some great ideas on how to use them to boost your own workplace programmes.”
 
A recent poll by Sponge UK asked 386 respondents about the impact of Brexit. When asked if they would change their spending plans in L&D over the next 12 months, 52 per cent said no and 42 per cent said yes.
 
Sessions including transformation through innovation with Royal Mail, challenging assumptions on serious games with Professor Karl M. Kapp, how to engage employees in a new business strategy with United Biscuits, global online induction with Specsavers and what social means for L&D with experts, Julian Stodd and Jo Cook.
 
Cook says: "This is a great opportunity for L&D professionals to dip in and out of subjects that make sense to their continuous development and perhaps broaden their horizons.
 
"I'm pleased to be speaking among some great, experienced professionals speaking on a range of exciting subjects and hope that this event supports the industry in moving forwards."
 
In the mean time, you can see the Sponge hangout speakers Donald H Taylor and Con Sotidis on the the TJ webinar recordings.
 
 

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