"My job is to help organisations think about
the future in an uncertain world."
- Mr Peter Schwartz
Senior Vice President, Global Government Relations and Strategic Planning
"Fixing the 'skills problem' isn't a simple matter of fixing training. We've also got to improve the way people's skills are used at work. This means we've got to look at how training and work need to change if we are to increase productivity and social opportunity."
- Professor Leesa Wheelahan
Associate Professor, LH Martin Institute
University of Melbourne
"It is not always clear what different stakeholders mean when they refer to 'learning' and 'work' – in fact, they often conjure up different images to different people. The aim of my research is to provide a more nuanced account of these meanings and how they might be better understood."
- Professor Alan Felstead
Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University
Visiting Professor at the Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economics and Societies (LLAKES)
Institute of Education
"Despite governments and companies investing billions in workplace learning there is a growing concern that those efforts have limited effect on work performance. My research suggests that a key reason for this critical problem is that our current understandings of competence provide a misleading base for learning efforts."
- Professor Jörgen Sandberg
Professor of Management and Organization
UQ Business School, The University of Queensland
"Much of post-school education focuses on initial preparation for occupations and working lives. Yet, beyond this initial preparation is the ongoing learning needed across working life as occupations transform, work requirements change and new technologies and ways of working and workplace goals constantly arise. Hence, CET is essential and deserves greater prominence."
- Professor Stephen Billett
Professor of Adult and Vocational Education
School of Education and Professional Studies
Griffith University (Mount Gravatt campus)
"Jobs for the Future believes everyone deserves the opportunity to gain the skills needed to compete in today's global economy. Acceleration strategies, such as integrating foundational learning with occupational training, are critical toward ensuring learners can earn a credential and become self-supporting."
- Dr Barbara Endel
Jobs for the Future
"In the global economy, as companies strive to improve their performance, there is little awareness of the cultural values embedded in the best practice solutions offered by reputable service providers. This lack of awareness is both expensive and counter-productive. Consequently, there is an urgent need to be interculturally intelligent."
- Mr Bernard Lee
Founder, Director and Principal Consultant,
GATES Global Pte Ltd
Director, Trainer, Creative Developer and Expert Storyteller
Digital Storytelling Asia Pte Ltd
"Practice, that is, what professionals' 'do', provides a richer construct through which to enhance professional learning. Practice is understood as a holistic conception of what professionals do in particular contexts, and a theoretical construct that provides a method of framing ways in which we can investigate the world."
- Dr Gayle Morris
Director of Academic Programmes Centre for the Enhancement of
Teaching and Learning
The University of Hong Kong
"Many adults need help with literacy learning. This is extremely challenging for the tertiary education sector and workplace situated learning organisations. Our study found that e-learning opens up greater interaction between adults' study, work, home and community environments, simply because the learning environment can be extended into those places."
- Dr Jo Fletcher
Senior lecturer in literacy education
College of Education
University of Canterbury
"Learning technologies could create the ideal bridging between learning and work, but they have been seriously under-exploited. Teachers are best placed to innovate with technology. No-one else should be asked to do it for them. So we work with them to build the design tools they need for innovating and sharing their best ideas."
- Professor Diana Laurillard
Chair of Learning and Digital Technologies
London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education
"CET professionals have a key role in personalizing e-learning to fit their learners' needs, which can also fit with workplace needs. One workplace is the home, so there can be cross generational impacts too. Our future scenarios illustrate trends towards diversification in work and training environments gone 'glocal'."
- Professor Niki Davis
Professor of e-Learning and Director of the College of Education e-Learning Lab
University of Canterbury
Future-proof Your Training Design And Delivery
Global economic challenges like globalisation and technological developments are impacting workforce development efforts, adult learning and skills training. Find out how the Adult Learning Symposium 2012 offers you a strategic platform to:
- gain insights into the latest research in learning and training,
- develop your own best-practices in workplace learning, and
- check out the latest learning tools and technology, as well as emerging new training approaches.
Be excited by the work and thoughts of this year's international and local experts in their respective fields.
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Mr Peter Schwartz
Prof Stephen Billett
Prof Alan Felstead
Prof Diana Laurillard
Prof Jörgen Sandberg
Prof Leesa Wheelahan