Professional Learning Europe Announces Learning Expo

The topics range from workplace learning and talent management to social media in the on-boarding process as well as the successful use of simulation games and serious games.

Mannheim, Germany — June 9

The European congress Professional Learning Europe (PLE) from Sept. 20 to 22 will show how work-based learning is designed so working and learning are matched and coordinated. The congress, which is taking place at the same time as the HRM Expo in Cologne, is this year titled “Aligning HR and Learning.”

The topics range from workplace learning and talent management to social media in the on-boarding process as well as the successful use of simulation games and serious games. Moreover, basic conditions, such as legal issues relating to the use of e-learning and the use of social media in business, are also up for discussion.

Professional Learning Europe will address training managers and interested staff decision makers from all over Europe. In lectures and interactive workshops they are introduced to application scenarios and best practice examples from companies, and are able to discuss their experiences and issues with colleagues and experts from the field of research. In this context, technology-based learning and communication methods receive particular attention. The program is divided into three parallel three-day lecture tracks: the Workshop Track, the Global Challenges Track and the Best Practice Track.

The Netherlands is the partner country of Professional Learning 2011. Experts from the partner country are mainly included in the Global Challenges Track, the English-language program provided by the PLE. This track is designed for visitors from other European countries as well as participants from international companies. Here the focus lies on the innovative solutions related to the skills development of employees as well as the integration of learning into business processes and human resources development.

Specific examples from companies define the German-speaking Best Practice Track. The speakers represent the diversity of leading companies and industries, research and development institutions, and NGOs. Included are AUDI, Siemens, Dow Chemical, Ergo, HUK, METRO, Fresenius, Stihl, the Fraunhofer IAO, various universities, the ADAC and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ). Competent corporate representatives will present their approaches and solutions for knowledge work, training and learning within companies. Two sections and a keynote also deal with the question of how businesses can win, develop and retain talent.

The Workshop Track in German and English is designed for e-learning novices and the exchange of experiences amongst experts. The first day of the congress begins with a section on issues of employment law, copyright law, media law and liability law that may arise in connection with the use of e-learning and social media in companies.

In order to address visitors to the congress and the convention alike, the three keynote lectures of the congress will be held at the adjacent exhibition area of the HRM Expo. At 2 p.m. on each day, the keynote forum in Hall 3.2 will deal with the issue of e-learning and knowledge management. The first highlight is the opening of the PLE by Marnix Krop, ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, followed by the keynote lecture “Homo Zappiens: How Future Employees Change Learning at the Workplace” by the Dutch expert on learning systems professor Wim Veen from Delft University of Technology. The renowned professor H.C. Lutz von Rosenstiel will hold a groundbreaking keynote speech on the issue of “How Do I Keep Talent in the Company?” and professor Steve Wheeler from the University of Plymouth will continue the illustrious row of keynote speakers on the third day of the conference with the theme “Life Long Learning in a Digital Age: A Look into the Future.”

Source: Professional Learning Europe