Conference Program

SVEA Final Conference "Next Generation Learning - How to Integrate Social Media in Vocational and Adult Training"

23 November 2011 - Brussels, Belgium

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Delicious, blogs and wikis are already common tools used socially to exchange knowledge and information throughout the online global community. But how can we integrate such tools in our training environments to offer a compelling training experience within the vocational and adult training field? And how can those instruments be used to improve the organisational development of a training institution?

Through the participation of international experts, researchers and stakeholders, the Next Generation Learning Conference provided some answers to these questions and presented a range of suggestions  to maximise the benefits resulting from the adoption of social media in the area of vocational education. 

The Next Generation Learning Conference involved about 65 participants from all over Europe and offered them a unique opportunity to discuss the benefits arising from the growing use of social media in vocational and adult training The conference was the final event of the EU-funded project SVEA and took place 23 November 2011 in Brussels, Belgium. 

Key note speakers Godelieve Van den Brande (European Commission), Gráinne Conole (University of Leicester, UK) and Helen Keegan (University of Salford, UK) presented their view on the „Future of Learning“. 

Two parallel workshops explored on the one hand what managers of vocational and adult training institutions have to change to optimise their organisational processes with the use of social media and on the other hand how trainers can overcome resistance and benefit from the integration of social media.

The conference was closed with an interactive fishbowl discussion allowing all participants to discuss whether social media are a new hype or a revolution that will shape the way we learn.

View the conference programme or read the full conference report!  More information on the speakers and the presentations are also available.



The Next Generation Learning Conference was a pre-conference event of the Media & Learning 2011 Conference.