Professional Training Facts 06Peter Scott, Thursday 16 November 2006 | Annotate
Stuttgart, Germany (14-15/11/06) saw the second PTF conference focusing on supporting companies interested in innovations in professional learning. Yet again the Prolearn Network of Excellence helped draw together an international community committed to supporting the transfer of knowledge between practitioners and academics. The conference is coordinated by the Fraunhofer IAO in Stuttgart, Germany, under the auspices of the Prolearn Virtual Competence Centre. It has a "German-Only" parallel track running alongside the 2 "English-Language" tracks - to support SMEs and smaller German organizations. I cannot say what the German tracks were like, as my language skills are too limited, but can note that the English tracks held sessions on future trends for industry, on company performance improvement, on learning and management, and life-long learning. The theme was very strongly applied and commercially focused - aiming to get cutting edge Technology Enhanced Learning idea out of the labs and into real companies. This is not only a great idea, but is essential to this field... no activity of this sort can be sustained without the very active involvement of business and industry. In the session that I was leading, we focused on "Company Performance Improvement and leading edge training technology". Pretty applied as a perspective, eh? Three of the Four contributions were from companies who have connected effectively with research labs. The last one was (of course) me. Oliver Korn from Korion talked about simulation and modelling in professional elearning contexts. (And as you will see, if you have the latest FlashPlayer installed; that I took some time to capture a little from some presenters in FlashVlog! Many others will appear presently in the Prolearn VCC Expert Interviews Series). Lucia Pannese from Imaginary talked about the power of 'Serious Games' for learning.