My day out at #Employed14

Posted on May 15, 2014

I recently attended Employ:ed 14, here’s the official blurb from their Eventbrite page

EMPLOY:ED 2014 is the only summit globally this year looking exclusively at how education technology is revolutionising learning and recruitment options for employers.

Based at the Google Campus in London, this summit covers:

  • The Hottest Trends

  • The most innnovative solutions

  • The Latest Products

The Background:

Over the last three years, 15 million learners worldwide have taken up Massive Open Online Courses delivered by universities including Harvard, Stanford and MIT.

In schools across the world flipped classrooms have changed the way that educators and learners experience formal tuition.

Data has also transformed the ways in which individual learners can be supported with wholly adaptable platforms being developed with artificial intelligence and fully 360 technology solutions already being tested in the market.


This summit is an opportunity for employers to benefit from the experience of Educators who have switched to outcomes-focused ICT procurement decisions and learn from today’s education technology companies who are increasingly creating products underpinned by proven pedagogical practices.

Who Should Attend?

  • Human resources Directors

  • Talent Managers

  • Talent Acquisition

  • Resourcing Specialists

  • Digitial Marketing Managers

  • Learning and Development Specialists

EMPLOY:ED 2014 is themed around fun, learning and networking:

We’ve kept the formal sitting and listening bit to a minimum with some great speakers from education as well as employers feeding back their warts and all experiences of embracing technology. This is combined with three unconference areas which will be supplier free and include a chance for you to network around emerging themes.


At the beginning of the event a Google employee explained to us what ‘Campus London’ (apparently we shouldn’t call it Google Campus) was, what it does and doesn’t do and how it does it. I happened to be sat next to Laura Overton and leaned over to say that it appeared that Campus London and in particular Google had developed the almost perfect L&D model. Nothing Earth shatteringly new, innovative or difficult – the difference being they were actually doing it!

If you ever get the opportunity to visit Campus London, please take it and whilst you’re there get a Googler to explain how they help, support and develop the start-ups that use Campus London.

Regular readers will know that I’m not a fan of exhaustive, post event blogging but prefer to blog some ‘action points’ that I can go away and follow up on once I return to work.

Here are my ‘take aways’ from the session:

  • Mark up and circulate Towards Maturity’s ‘Lessons from MOOCs for Corporate Training’ report around the L&D and Compliance training teams
  • Read the various articles cited on page 25 of the above report
  • Review major MOOC platforms for any MOOCs that relate to Financial services/financial modelling/economics etc
  • Speak to HR in relation to how they use technology within their recruitment process and mention the asynchronous video interviews that were mentioned by Proversity LINK
  • Suggest that Towards Maturity table the idea of a ‘Fundamentals of Banking’ MOOC to the Financial Services benchmark group.

I’m not a huge fan of ‘live tweeting’ particularly when it’s a blow-by-blow account of what the speaker is saying, so I was pleased to see that there were no manic tweeters in the audience, which in my opinion,  made for a much more considered backchannel, some of which you can see in the Storify below.

All in all, a very worthwhile day from bumping into Boris Johnson and hearing him talk about MOOCs to hearing how Google are using Campus London to incubate UK talent to discovering more opportunities to further develop my practice and that of my employer.

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