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The Past, Present, and Future of Online Learning & Development

The Past, Present, and Future of Online Learning & Development

Online learning has come a long way in the last few year, OR HAS IT? That is one of the questions we want to explore at this next Institute for Learning Professionals (ILP) in Melbourne on 21 Sept.

It wasn’t all that long ago that an online course was little more than some downloadable pdf files, with maybe a video of a trainer or lecturer doing a ‘talking head’ presentation in front of a camera.

Back then for online learning to be done really professionally it cost a lot of time and money. Then along came simple recording software such as Camtasia, and a host of other easy to use systems – Apple led the way.

The problem wasn’t just the quality of the content, it was the way it could be streamed or distributed. Today we see MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) brilliantly produced by major universities and distributed free by organisations like FutureLearn, for a great association, like the IACCM (International Association for Contract & Commercial Management). And yet, reports are saying that the non-completion rate of even some of the best Harvard designed and delivered online courses is as high as 97%.

This is despite many organisations embracing more Online and Blended training in favour of workshops with expert facilitators. So what is going wrong? Where has online come from, what drove its development, and why does it seem to go in and out of favour? What is happening today with online and blended programs, what is working and what isn’t, and why?

What about the future, what is needed to get completion rates up, who is truly embracing online learning, and how will it be delivered in the future – does augmented and virtual reality have a role to play?

This is a not to be missed ILP event for everyone in the L&D profession. Whether you are in the Design, Delivery, or Organisational area of the L&D process, you need to understand the impact of online learning. So if you are in a large organisation, a small enterprise, or a supplier of L&D services you will want to be at this event.

This event will be hosted and facilitated by Bill Jarrard ILPF CLP, Co-founder and Director of Mindwerx International, who has been designing and delivering fully online and blended learning for more than ten years, and Bill will be joined by three other L&D professionals, including:

Con Sotidis, Solutions Consultant, Kineo (Asia Pacific). Con has got senior leadership experience and an extensive background in the design, development and implementation of strategic learning and development frameworks.

Natalie Wieland, Founder and Director of CPD Interaction and VidVersity. Natalie has a passion for effective learning, and through CPD Interactive has delivered online learning to thousands in the legal field. Now as a founder of start-up VidVerity she is making the creation of professional online learning something almost everyone can do.

Darren Brookes, Founder and Director of Torrington eLearning Services. Darren has twenty years’ experience as an educator. He holds post graduate qualifications in teaching and computer assisted learning. Darren is interested in effecting online communities of practice that build social relationships for learning that are both sustainable and scalable.

Joel de Ross, Founder and Head of Product Development at Metavents. Joel’s passion and the current focus is on the use of Virtual Reality to take learning to a new level. Joel is at the forefront of Virtual Reality education and training within the event industry. His platform Metavents will be piloted with students studying event management at institutes across Victoria.

And we are hoping to have a number of other thought leaders in the room for this event, so you absolutely must be there. Particularly if you are an in-house corporate L&D professional looking to maximize the ROI on your training budget.


Your Investment:

ILP Members $20*,
Non-Members $25**
*On arrival at this event members receive $15 cash back, or can select a book worth $25-$30

**On arrival non-members receive $20 cash back, or can select a book worth $25-$30

No cash back if you fail to attend, and all after cost funds are donated to the ILP’s sponsored social enterprise B1G1 – Business For Good.

Purchase tickets today at this link


21 August (5:30 pm to 7:30 pm)


Dimension5, Level 1, 10 Dorcas Street South Melbourne