2016 LearningCafe Award for Outstanding Contribution to Australian L&D – Bob Spence

LearningCafe announces one of its very first Award for “Outstanding Contribution to Australian L&D” to celebrate the accomplishments of learning leaders and applaud their incredible contribution to the L&D community.

On behalf of the panel we are greatly pleased to announce this year’s awardee ‘Bob Spence’ for his outstanding contribution to Australian L&D.

Bob Spence has played a key role in establishing a strong foundation for the use of e-Learning and taking a performance  improvement approach at organisations such as CBA, St George Bank and PWC. ASTD recognised this success by awarding St George Bank the BEST Award in 2005 which is given to organisations which are truly outstanding learning organizations.

Bob’s advocacy for using learning for performance support has influenced the design and deployment of learning and knowledge management systems. By keeping the learner in focus, Bob has helped e-Learning embed in a way that helps employees learn and seek assistance to perform their jobs better.

“I would also argue that his contribution to the eLearning field in Australia was significant.  The CBA program of work that he administered, for in excess of 10 years, was recognised as best practice for many years and was included in the Florida State University Instructional Design text book for a lot of those years.  He was one of the Grandfathers of corporate eLearning in Australia and developed from scratch one of the first windows based LMS systems that proved to be best practice as evidenced by reviews by both the Australian and Singapore military!!”  – Rob Wilkins

“Over a number of years, Bob has willingly shared his expertise across the L & D Community and continues to maintain a lifelong interest in driving value from L & D investment.  He is a worthy recipient of the inaugural award which recognises his significant contribution to building the L & D profession.” – Peter Hall

The award will be given to Bob at the LearningCafe Sydney UnConference on the 25th Feb,2016.

Award Selection Panel

Peter Hall - Learning CafeRob Wilkins Learning Cafe UnConference LeadPierre De Villiers Learning CafeNicola AtkinsonJeevan Joshi Learning Cafe