Once again, hundreds of L&D professionals and the industry’s leading suppliers gathered at Olympia for this year’s Learning Technologies Summer Forum (LTSF). This exciting follow-up event to February’s Learning Technologies conference and exhibition offers a great opportunity for fellow learning professionals to network, share best practice and keep their fingers on the pulse of what’s hot in the industry.

And this year was no exception. Virtual reality proved to be one of the most talked about topics at the Forum, with many of the visitors we spoke to now keener than ever to incorporate new and innovative learning technologies into their L&D programme to motivate, engage and inspire their learners.

Kallidus Product Innovator, and our resident VR expert, Tim Drewitt, certainly inspired attendees and set tongues wagging with his seminar, ‘Getting started with VR: myths, realities and practicalities’, by proving that VR is now more accessible than ever to most organisations and is no longer part of some distant future in workplace learning.

Tim highlighted some of the findings from our latest survey, which has captured the views of L&D professionals and what they really think of virtual reality. We’re still collecting responses, so for your chance to win a set of smartphone-compatible headsets for your L&D team, take part in our anonymous VR survey now and join the conversation!

If you missed Tim’s presentation and would like to see a summary of our VR survey findings so far, including whether today’s L&D professionals feel VR is the next big thing, is just hype, or has real potential, you can download his presentation slides here

After gaining five mentions on the exit poll at Learning Technologies 2016 in February, including #1 for memorable collateral and #2 for our giveaway (fresh fruit smoothies), Kallidus had a lot to live up to! However, after choosing to showcase VR at the Kallidus stand, our ‘VR in a box’ Google Cardboard headsets and new ‘Pocket Guide to VR’ proved to be a big hit alongside our live demos of the London Underground virtual reality tour – a 360° VR experience created in partnership with Transport for London.

If you didn’t manage to experience the TfL virtual reality tour at the Kallidus stand, you can still access the demo on the Kallidus website. All you need is a smartphone, a head-mounted display (HMD) headset and an internet connection. Try it now!

What were your highlights from the show? And what do you predict will be the top tech trends at Learning Technologies 2017 in February? As ever, we’d love to know your thoughts.

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