With a refreshed website, updated social profiles and a new logo, Chair Gemma Wells introduces The Learning Network and explains why there’s more to it than just a name change…
L&D has evolved faster than ever in the past few years, and it’s no spoiler to say that eLearning has become part of the blended learning picture. The remit of today’s L&D professional has also grown beyond elearning to include comms, marketing, design, events, personalisation insights and much more. We wanted our name to reflect this diversity, especially as our Board members represent a more diverse skillset and network, with professional experience in data, marketing and film production to highlight just a few.
With a need for the eLN to provide more for its members, in line with the current L&D trends outlined in our longitudinal research study, we knew we had to evolve beyond “just elearning”.
Our new identity has been designed to satisfy all the existing expectations of what our original mark stands for, while also moving the brand forward to acknowledge the diversity, growth and future of the learning industry. It also ensures we continue to deliver the high value our members expect.
One of the biggest benefits we offer our members is being part of our generous and spirited community to learn, share and help each other. With the new changes this remains front and centre – we want to enable our members to make more connections, build their profiles and grow their professional network.
Our mentoring scheme helps our members grow, with access to a pool of mentors across a variety of sectors and the chance to a be a mentor should they choose. Our events and webinars keep members connected to the latest trends, industry experts and other community members who specialise in a range of topics including technical skills, showing ROI and career development. Our longitudinal research study, in partnership with PeopleStar’s Jane Daly, also provides insights on where we are as an industry.
We will continue to be part of the Learning Technologies Awards year on year, providing independent and expert judging, as well as hosting our Learning Technologies Awards Winners Showcase event. We’ll keep sharing knowledge and best practice with our community to support them in everything they do, and the Board will create regular opportunities to check in with members to ensure services are meeting the community’s needs.
Our website has had a real makeover as you’ll have spotted from reading this blogpost! We encourage visitors to peruse the site and let us know of any minor errors they may spot. We also urge members to check out our exclusive membership directory where they can review their individual profile, update their status/share posts and connect with others in the community.