Brexit impact tackled at Big Sponge Hangout

Posted on Jul 06, 2016


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NEWS: An international panel of L&D experts will be considering how Brexit may affect the global industry, as part of a new online learning technologies event.

The discussion forms part of the opening session of The Big Sponge Hangout (July 18-21, 2016), hosted by award-winning elearning company, Sponge.

The Launch Hangout from 13.00–13.30 (BST) on Monday, July 18 features David Kelly, Senior Vice President and Executive Director at the Elearning Guild, Donald H. Taylor, Chairman of the Learning & Performance Institute and the Learning & Skills Group, Nicola Appel, International Community Manager at Articulate and Con Sotidis, Learning and Performance Consultant at LearnKotch Consulting.

The panel, representing the UK, Europe, America and Asia-Pacific, will examine the global differences in the elearning industry and share their thoughts on what Britain’s referendum decision to leave the EU could mean for corporate Learning and Development.

Louise Pasterfield, Managing Director, Sponge said:Louise Pasterfield, Managing Director, Sponge

“We have 24 of the biggest names in learning from across the world taking part in The Big Sponge Hangout, so we’ll be taking the opportunity to get their insight on Brexit and its implications for our industry. The whole event is a chance to get to the heart of the latest thinking on learning technologies. You’ll see lots of examples of best practice and get some great ideas on how to use them to boost your own workplace programmes.”

A recent poll by Sponge asked 386 respondents about the impact of Brexit. When asked if they would change their spending plans in L&D over the next 12 months, 52% said no and 42% said yes.

The Big Sponge Hangout runs across three topics: innovate, inspire and integrate. The programme includes a live question and answers session each day, plus a series of video presentations.

Sessions including transformation through innovation with Royal Mail, challenging assumptions on serious games with Professor Karl M. Kapp, how to engage employees in a new business strategy with United Biscuits, global online induction with Specsavers and what social means for L&D with experts, Julian Stodd and Jo Cook.

Sponge is the current gold winner of Outstanding Learning Organisation of the Year and a previous gold winner of Elearning Development Company of the Year (Elearning Awards).

The company is an Ambassador for Towards Maturity, the independent research body that helps learning professionals to improve the impact of learning technologies at work.

Pasterfield added:

“The Big Sponge Hangout covers a lot of ground in just four days, taking in everything from games to induction, social learning to interactive video – and a lot more besides. We think the opportunities offered by learning technologies to help employees learn and improve their performance are exciting, and we’re hoping people will leave the event ready for action.”

For a full programme and free registration for The Big Sponge Hangout visit:

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