Your day to meet and mingle with the leading minds in learning tech

Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, London 15th November 2018

eLN CONNECT is your conference

Curation, xAPI, Artificial Intelligence – all exciting leading-edge themes in learning that will be high on the CONNECT 2018 agenda. But topping the bill this year are our delegates themselves.

Featuring thought-leaders, experts, authors and panel debates, CONNECT is also the only UK learning technology conference to feature personal networking sessions prominently as part of its programme.

Our delegates shape the agenda based on what they’ve told us they need to help them succeed as learning professionals. This is our guarantee: in just one day you’ll discover a new world of ideas, friends and associates to empower your learning.

Reserve your place

On our agenda this year you’ll find:

  • Brilliant keynotes: Donald Clark talks about how AI is changing the design and delivery of learning and Julie Dirksen shares the research and techniques behind designing for behaviour change
  • Real world solutions: case studies on success stories. How other practitioners are using learning tech today
  • Disruptors and innovators: learn about leading-edge technology and what it can do for your organisation
  • Fundamentals: get to grips with core principles of learning design and performance support in sessions led by the best of the best
  • eLearning’s Big Debate: top authorities from the world of digital learning debate and answer your questions
  • Networking time: the most important session. Make new friends with our experts, fellow delegates and others
  • Post event soiree! Relax with our community with drinks and nibbles, all on the eLN, as we reflect on the day

Reflections on eLN CONNECT 2017

Running order

  • 9.00 – 9.45 Registration
  • 9.45 Introduction to eLN CONNECT
  • 10.05 Keynote presentation
  • 10.45 Keynote presentation
  • 11.25 – 11.45 Break
  • 11.45 Expert presentations and panels with leading learning professionals
  • 12.30 - 13.15 Networking: Let’s do it!
  • 13.15 - 14:30 Lunch
  • 14.30 Stream presentations & Big Debate
  • 15.00 – 15.20 Break
  • 15.30 – 16.40 Stream presentations & Big Debate
  • 16.45 – 19.00 After event drinks and canapes
  • 19.00 CLOSE

Expert sessions, three streams of seminars and the Big Debate



Introduction to eLN CONNECT by Phil Reddall and Toby Harris


Keynote from Donald Clark: AI changes everything


Keynote from Julie Dirksen: Talk to the Elephant

Expert sessions


Adam Lancaster, Facebook, and Ben Gallacher, inrehearsal: Switching Off? The questions we need to ask to help us create and share better video content


Jon Turner and Victoria Thorn, EY, Kirk Davies, Learning technology trends: fads or forever?


Dedicated networking time

Real World (stream 1)


Helen Palmer, Credit Suisse: A year in the life of an eLearning Manager


Sophie Thornton, Virtual College: Digitising qualifications: A journey


Owen Rose, Acteon: Don't tick the box (featuring work with Conde Nast)

Disruptors (stream 2)


Lloyd Dean, EDF: Fostering a culture of innovation in learning


Meg Stevenson & Alexandra Hopkins, Knowledgepool: Demystifying transformation: A jargon-busting, research-based look at what L&D are really saying, and how to start actually making a difference


Rob MacAllister, Filtered: What we learned from 10,000 users

Fundamentals (stream 3)


Gerry Griffin, Skill Pill: 5 Smarts to Market Your Content


Martin Addison, Video Arts: Selling the big idea through micro video


Paul Matthews, People Alchemy: The Knowing-Doing gap, and what to do about it.

The Big Debate (stream 4)


Digital Transformation: what does it mean for L&D? sponsored by HT2 Labs


Instructional Design in 2020...will we still need it?


Developing skills for 2020 and beyond, sponsored by Blue Eskimo

Our keynotes

Donald Clark

AI changes everything in learning

AI will change the nature of work itself. It will therefore change:

  • What we learn
  • Why we learn
  • How we learn

Donald will share real examples across the learning journey - from engagement to assessment. He will also explore how this affects the design of online learning and the new skills required to deal with AI.

Donald will discuss all of these issues using real examples, with an emphasis on how the design of learning will change.

Donald is an EdTech Entrepreneur, CEO, Professor, Researcher, Blogger and Speaker. He was CEO and one of the original founders of Epic Group plc. As well as being the CEO of Wildfire Ltd., an AI-driven online learning company, he also invests in, and advises, EdTech companies. Describing himself as ‘free from the tyranny of employment’, he is a board member of Cogbooks, LearningPool and Deputy Chair of Brighton Dome & Arts Festival. He is also a Visiting Professor and involved in research into AI in learning. He has worked in schools, vocational, higher, corporate and adult learning, delivering real projects to real learners.

Julie Dirksen

Talk to the Elephant: Design for Behavior Change

As content delivery gets easier, learning design will become more about solving the harder problems. Learning design has historically been about showing people how to do the right things, but actually getting them to change their behavior can be another story. It’s particularly challenging to get people to change those intractable habits and behaviors that everyone struggles to avoid, despite the wealth of available information about better choices.

This session will explore how to design with behavior change in mind. You will examine behavior change from a number of different angles, using techniques from the fields of neuroscience, behavioral economics, behavioral psychology, persuasive technology and user experience.

Author of "Design For How People Learn", Julie is a world-renowned independent consultant and instructional designer with more than 15 years of experience creating highly interactive elearning experiences for clients from Fortune 500 companies and technology startups to grant-funded research initiatives.

Our expert speakers

Join learning leaders from multinational businesses in our expert-led workshops.

Lloyd Dean, EDF Energy

Future of Learning Podcast & Head of Digital and Innovative Learning

Helen Palmer, Credit Suisse

Head of eLearning Advisors, Digital Learning

Kirk Davies,

Digital Learning Manager

Victoria Thorn and Jon Turner, EY

Senior Global Learning and Development Program Manager and Global Learning Portfolio Manager

Getting there

The venue is:

Minories Suite, Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, 45 Prescot St, London E1 8GP

The Grange Hotel at Tower Bridge is a 5-star venue, situated close to the Tower of London and Tower Bridge in London’s historic centre. The event will take up the whole of the hotel’s Minories Suite which offers us ample exhibition space, close to the conference rooms. Coffee, lunch and the drinks reception will all be served in the same area to make for a relaxing and easy-to-network day.

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Reserve your place

Entry to the conference, exhibition and after show event is as follows:

eLN members: £105.00 (+ VAT)
Non-members: £135.00 (+VAT)

To secure your place at CONNECT 2018, click the ‘Book event’ button to go to our Eventbrite page.

Please note: The member discount is only for full eLearning Network members and Industry Partner named members. It should not be used to buy tickets for non-members. Bulk discounts are available for Industry Partners who purchase five tickets or more. Please contact to enquire about bulk discounts.

Book event

You can buy a discounted ticket for this event if you are a full eLN member.

It’s only £29 to join and you’ll also be able to attend any of our other workshops for free along with a range of other great benefits. Click here to sign-up.

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