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LoD Viewpoints June 2005

Report from the June 2005 LoD Meeting in Helsinki

On 8 June 2005, Tekes of Finland played host to the latest European meeting of LoD clients and associates. SRIC-BI organized this meeting with Culminatum and Finland's Centre for Expertise in Digital Media, Content Production and Learning Services. To reflect the location and the interests of our co-organizers, we focused the meeting on innovations in learning and learning technology in the Nordic region. Attendees included corporate learning-technology managers from industries including broadcasting and banking, technology vendors, consultants, researchers, and academics. Most attendees were from Nordic countries and many were active in European Commission–funded research projects.

Although they represent small economies, Nordic countries are often early adopters of new technologies, and indeed the Nordic region has played an important part in the European learning-technology market since the early days of the Learning-on-Demand program in 1998. Recent years have seen the tougher economic environment demand more pragmatic approaches to learning and learning technology and companies' greater desire to demonstrate the impact of learning on business results. Presenters from Nordic countries throughout the day described these demands and desires from a variety of perspectives.