The Learning Technologies Conference and Exhibition is always a pleasure to attend and this year was particularly special as the organisers, Closer Still, did so much to support Learn Appeal. They provided us with a stand, a seminar in the Expo area and we also had a mention from the Chair, Don Taylor, during his introduction to the Conference encouraging delegates to support Learn Appeal.
It was certainly a very busy couple of days! Lots of people came by to talk to us on the stand to find out more about the Learn Appeal Capsule and our pilot projects. Our seminar session was well attended and as well as telling people about the Capsule, we had big announcements to make!
Jonathan Satchell, founder of Learn Appeal and CEO of LTG Ltd, welcomed Matt Johnson, Managing Director of City and Guilds Kineo to the Board of Trustees of Learn Appeal. In his welcome, Jonathan said that he and the other Board Members were ‘delighted to have Matt on the Board representing C&GK as it clearly demonstrates the ethos behind Learn Appeal – its by working together that we can make a difference and support digitally disadvantaged communities.’ Matt then shared why he personally and C&GK as an organisation wanted to support Learn Appeal and, as a first step, he would be working with Lesley to identify suitable content C&GK could donate for the Capsules.
The second announcement was equally exciting! Learn Appeal has its first US based sponsor, Litmos. We really can now say that Learn Appeal is international! Brent Schlenker, the Chief Learning Strategist, at Litmos flew over from the US to join us at Learning Technologies. As well as donating funds to support to Learn Appeal, Litmos wanted to do more, so Brent knuckled down and helped out with ‘stand duty’, filmed an interview with Lesley Price and wrote a blog post about Learn Appeal . Thank you so much Brent and Litmos!
As if that wasn’t enough excitement for one day, Martin Belton and Tanya Randall of xtols helped us organise a Networking Event so that we could carry on the conversations started during the day into the evening. We had a full house! It was great to have so many supporters of Learn Appeal in the one place at the one time, the best bit being that it allowed us to say a very big thank you to everyone for their involvement.
There are so many to thank but special mentions have to go to Wes Atkinson, Daryl Hedley and the team at Appitierre for all the hard work they have put in to developing the Capsule. Huge thanks also to Virtual College, Spirax Sarco, Litmos, Towards Maturity and Learning Techologies for their very generous donations. Without these donations would not be able to start our pilot projects. Thanks to Chris Baker-Brian, of BBOXX, who gave us the advice we needed about energy requirements in areas where there is no mains electricity and David Hopkins who joined Learn Appeal as a Trustee in 2015, who has also written about the Learn Appeal Capsule. The final thank you goes to Professor Stephen Heppell.
Stephen is regarded as being a world expert in elearning and a year ago, he met Lesley and gave her a very long ‘wish list’. At BETT in January, he saw the Learn Appeal Capsule in action and this was his response.
What a year! Working together we really can make a difference!