Guest speakers MoL Day 2018

Workshop: Future of Work: HR Innovation@EY by Antony Shields

The expectations and dynamics of the workforce are changing. This means thinking differently about the talent entering the workforce and developing the mindset, processes and technology that will enable success. This session explores how EY is delivering our Digital Talent agenda – which focuses on driving our cloud at core strategy supported by innovations including Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and VR/AR. More specifically, three themes will be discussed: (1) Explore EY’s Future of Work proposition, (2) Review the value of Digital Talent technologies and (3) Discuss the real world outcomes/challenges for Future of Work.




Antony Shields is Global Director of HR Systems at EY. Based in London, Antony is leading the transformation of EY’s talent technology, rapidly delivering our ‘cloud at core’ SAP SuccessFactors roadmap, driving our Digital Talent, Artificial Intelligence and RPA initiatives and ensuring a step change in employee experience for our 250,000 EY people world-wide.

Prior to joining EY, Antony was a Director with PwC UK and leader of the Cloud HR Technology proposition, managing consulting teams delivering solutions for a broad range of global clients.

Antony has over 16 years human resource, technology and transformation consulting experience gained in leadership roles in Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America and is a frequent speaker at HR Tech industry conferences and events.


Workshop: About the added value of MOOCs & SPOCs for social learning by Jos Maassen

Presentation Jos Maassen_MoL Day 2018

Many organisations, educational institutions and governments are convinced about the added value of MOOCs and SPOCs for learning, but what do they offer exactly? Through the discussion of various examples of existing MOOCs and SPOCs, Jos will zoom into the design and development of these learning environments. In addition, the rol of the e-moderator is crucial within MOOCs and SPOCs, but what does it mean to be an e-moderator? And what are advantages of content curation and user generated content within MOOCs and SPOCs? Those and other questions will be discussed during an interactive workshop full of examples and best-practices.

Drs. Jos Maassen is owner and learning innovator of MOOCFactory ( As a serial entrepreneur he is fascinated by EdTech in general and the many values of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). He distinguishes xMOOcs and cMOOCs. From MOOCFactory he facilitates educational institutions, organizations and government institutions in the design and development of MOOCs, but also of SPOCs (Small Private Online Courses). Since his studies in educational science, he has been occupied with the crucial role of the e-moderator. Facilitating social learning is crucial in this. In the period prior to MOOCFactory he worked in various L&D functions in the field of instructional design, sales and management. His ambition is to create Next Gen ECO Learning systems.


Workshop: In search of Learning?
Research examples of employing wearables to trace learning in the workplace by Piet Van den Bossche

Presentation Piet Van den Bossche_MoL Day 2018

Facing the rapid changes in the world of work and society, continuous workplace learning is vital for organizational innovation and performance and for individuals to stay employable. In this respect, research on workplace learning has demonstrated the value of social learning, referring to those situations in which two or more people engage in interactions through which learning is taken place. To support this social learning at the workplace, nowadays, organizations install teamwork, foster communities, and aim to leverage networks. However, capturing and identifying these learning opportunities remains elusive, also for researchers.

In this respect, wearable sensors have opened a new world of possibilities to grasp this learning in an innovative and pioneering way. In this workshop we want to share ongoing research efforts that apply tools such as the sociometric badge. This badge can be worn during the working day to detect the emergence of social interactions and registers both speech pattern and non-verbal features of each conversation. Another example is the ongoing measurement of psychophysiological responses. This kind of research aims to open the black box of social learning in the workplace. They provide important groundwork for future applications. The measurement tools in combination with the analytics developed in these research projects, can give rise to an integrated system that can capture learning processes in real time, and provide feedback.

However, this type of research, in which employees are continuously monitored during their daily work brings up ethical questions and might evoke feelings of “Big brother”. As technology is progressing fast, questions need to be asked. This workshop wants to deal both with the opportunities and the perils.






Piet Van den Bossche is Professor ‘Learning in Organisations’ at the University of Antwerp (Faculty of Social Sciences) and Associate Professor at Maastricht University (School of Business & Economics). His research activities are centered around issues of learning and cognition in teams and collaborative environments, both in educational and organizational contexts. Both the individual and the team-level are respectively taken as unit of analysis. Currently, he teaches courses in the areas of collective and workplace learning and is involved in the M.Sc. Programme “Management of Learning” and in the M.Sc. Programme “Training and Education Sciences”. He acts as vice-chair of the department Training and Education Sciences. Also, he is elected member of the executive committee of the European Association of Research on Learning & Instruction (EARLI). He was founding Chief editor of the book series ‘Advances in Business Education and Training’ and Associate editor of ‘Educational Research Review’. Next to his research and education, he consults higher education institutions and organizations, both nationally and internationally.


The Learning Hub and learning analytics: A case-study by Simeon De Smet

Presentation Simeon de Smet_MoL Day 2018

This workshop will revolve around gaining an understanding of how learning analytics can be used to provide insight, track, and ultimately influence user behavior.

Based on real-world examples the workshop will touch upon some fundamentals of learning analytics, such as understanding the data, some basic manipulations, and what conclusions can be drawn from analyses of these data.









Simeon De Smet is a Business Consultant Learning Solutions for The Learning Hub. As a Learning Solutions expert he is passionate about on- and offline learning solutions. Currently, Simeon is working on an assignment at SWIFT to enhance, support, and develop the Learning Management System. SWIFT’s Learning Management System provides online training to over 25000 users, across 6000 customer organizations, in over 200 countries, in 8 languages, and this number keeps growing.

One of Simeon’s focuses is understanding user behavior through LMS data (return-rates, learning consumption metrics). This data is used as a basis for creating a strategy towards improving platform usage. The data that describes the desired behaviors are then used as the basis to set and track actionable and meaningful KPI’s.