503 Dreaming of Electric Sheep: The Future of Learning

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Thursday, November 17

Emerging Tech


In just a short span of time, a succession of technological advances have impacted L&D, from VHS tapes through to eLearning and mobile—and they’ve landed with mixed success. All have had an impact; none have been transformative. But that’s about to change as distributed technology and AI start to intersect with learning. The success of these technologies, though, depends on industry professionals. Are you ready?

In this participative session, you’ll explore the future of learning. You’ll experience a future-facing session where you’ll look not just at what is on your doorstep, but at the things you’ll need to put in place to shape tomorrow. This session will consider not specific technologies, but rather categories of technology and the ways they’ll transform learning, including the impacts of wearables on performance, AI on communication, and collaborative platforms on knowledge itself.

In this session, you will learn:

  • About the true disruptions around the corner for the field of organizational learning
  • How wearable tech and AI will fully contextualize and geolocate learning
  • How these technologies will fully democratize and liberate learning
  • About the risks for those organizations that don’t start to explore

Novice and intermediate designers, developers, managers, directors, and senior leaders (VP, CLO, executive, etc.).

Technology discussed in this session:
Wearables (from Glass to Oculus, watches to phones) and AI platforms (specifically a research project out of SRI, as well as bots focused on storytelling and captioning activities).

Julian Stodd

Author and Founder

Sea Salt Learning

Julian Stodd is an author and founder of Sea Salt Learning, a global learning consultancy helping organizations adapt and thrive in the social age. Much of his consultancy work is around the need for social leadership, the design of scaffolded social learning, planning for organizational change, and the impacts of social collaborative technology. Julian comes from an academic background in communication theory, psychology and neurophysiology, learning design, educational psychology, museum education, and philosophy. He is a proud global mentor with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, and a Trustee of Drake Music, a charity that works to break down disabling barriers to music through education and research. He was awarded the Learning Performance Institute’s Colin Corder Award for Services to Learning in 2016. He has written 10 books, including The Social Leadership Handbook, Exploring the World of Social Learning, and A Mindset for Mobile Learning.

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