In August 2009 we hosted a conference on The Future of Learning in partnership with Mt Eliza Executive Education, Melbourne, and the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business Executive Education Unit. Our concept was to bring together executive education clients and researchers and practitioners from a range of related fields to discuss topical issues around the future of learning, in relation to the demands and needs of executive education.
The conference was a real hit. It involved workshops, presentations, and some great keynote speeches on topics including: Virtual/Audio Action Learning, Curiosity as an Enabler of Learning, the Effects of Ego Depletion on Learning & Performance, the Use of Implant and Electrode Technology to create Biological Brains for Robots – aka the Cyborg Experiments… and so on…Details of all of these sessions are available on the conference webpages. Plus, we’re publishing a book in a few months time with chapters developed from the best conference papers.
Now, on to the future: It was our intention for this conference to be the first of a series, with each partner institution taking turns to host a subsequent conference, adding their own particular flavour to the content and form. At the moment we’re talking to our partners in Cape Town and Melbourne about who will be hosting the next conference. It’s still to be finalised, but early 2011 is looking like a hot prospect – both literally and figuratively, so watch out for further updates!!