Providing thought leadership

Now in its 12th year, iKnow is an international conference held in Graz, Austria and focusing on knowledge management and knowledge computing. One of the unique features of iKnow is that it brings together a community of both industry and academia.

Several very interesting keynotes were given during the conference; David Mallon, VP of Research at Bersin & Associates, discussed “The Business Value of a High-Impact Learning Culture”. The take home message very much seemed to be that the capture and sharing of tacit knowledge in an organisation and encouraging learners to reflect on their learning experiences are key to high performance learning.

Another interesting keynote was given by Erik Duval, Professor in the HCI research unit at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven on “Learning Dashboards”.

The research tracks at the conference included Professional Learning, Knowledge Discovery and Knowledge Organisation. The presentation which I gave was on personalised activity-based eLearning research that is currently being carried out at our research partner at Trinity College Dublin. The presentation discussed the results from the recent user trialling of a novel system designed to support a personalised approach to activity based eLearning.

Wordle visualisation of the paper abstracts from iKnow 2012

Wordle visualisation of the paper abstracts from iKnow 2012