This is where my outrageous headline goes

August 1, 2014

I know that online learning is not the same as reading a newspaper article or watching news online (or at least I hope not) but I have always been interested in the similarities of two of their associated professions  – instructional designer and journalist – especially how they are evolving; presenting meaningful content that elicits less passive and less controlled behaviors. When it comes right down to it, both instructional designers […]

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Stop flailing. You’ll draw too much attention. Start failing.

July 30, 2014

As every scuba diver knows, panic is your worst enemy: when it hits, your mind starts to thrash and you are likely to do something really stupid and self-destructive. – Daniel Dennett, Philosopher To a lesser extent, it’s like that feeling I get walking through a store full of crystal and china. I think suddenly I’ll start […]

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There is no one ‘right’ online platform to support learning

July 3, 2014

If you’re in the profession of learning & development you would no doubt select “TRUE” to the following statement if it was presented as a test question: We know that instruction, when spaced over time, produces substantial learning benefits (i.e., better retention) than instruction delivered at one-time. (follow that link to a great paper by Will Thalheimer – worth your time) That said, it seems […]

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Community Manager Appreciation Day

January 27, 2014

Started by Jeremiah Owyang in 2010, today is Community Manager Appreciation Day – a day to say thanks! I’ve been a “part-time” community manager for the past six months supporting the Bloomfire communities that supplement Guild Academy live online courses. I was reflecting on the role of community manager and ran across this slide presentation from The […]

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What do we actually do in isolation anymore?

December 30, 2013

A guest post on VB Business titled Coming 2014: a smarter, interconnected you identified four changes to keep an eye on next year. The last paragraph under the first  prediction says: …a new era of social experiences around activities that were previously done individually; those experiences will no longer be consumed in isolation, but in a […]

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Don’t be afraid to breach the evidence-free zone

October 30, 2013

I had the pleasure of attending a speech by Hillary Clinton a few weeks ago. One phrase she used was “evidence-free zone” and I couldn’t help but think about it in the context of the L&D industry. Here’s what Clinton said: “Increasingly, we have emphasized scorched earth over common ground. Many of our public debates […]

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Don’t look back (or down)

September 24, 2013

What’s your earliest memory of school? Mine is the school bus. Of course this “memory” might not be a true memory but me internalizing my mother’s story of her four-year old girl who was so small she had to board the bus knees first. She told it many times – mostly for encouragement or as […]

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Thoughts about the first eLearning Guild Academy offering and my sad life ; )

August 2, 2013

If I had known that Magic Mike was on HBO at 11 PM, I would have made plans to be there. But I actually had stumbled upon it quite by accident. “Cool. Magic Mike is just starting.” I actually said that. I was alone. The only thing more sad than saying that would be saying […]

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So how do you show that you can learn and adapt – and master – constant change?

May 15, 2013

My colleague, Bill Brandon, brought Brian Hall’s post 10 Technology Skills That Will No Longer Help You Get A Job to my attention when I was looking for feedback on what the most relevant and valuable professional development needs are of today’s training and learning technologies practitioners. Hall’s post ends with this: “To justify any salary, it’s […]

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Ten Lessons Over Ten Years

May 2, 2013

I was in San Francisco in 2003 at a conference that was held at the same time as The eLearning Guild’s “Annual Conference.” I remember sitting in a cable car that was loaded with the Guild’s conference attendees and wondered how I could bail on my conference and attend the Guild’s conference instead. The eLearning […]

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Is there value in defining mobile learning and classifying mobile devices?

February 14, 2013

While  writing our Mobile Learning Cookbook, I tweeted that… This simple statement served as a catalyst for debate of sorts that extended to Facebook and then back to Twitter. Andy Black jabbed at me a bit saying mobile learning has been around for a long time and that wearable integrated tech is the next wave.  […]

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Hello 2013

January 2, 2013

For me, 2012 will go down as a year I basically went dark publicly. While I wrote a lot for my work, I think I posted here just 5 times.  Good grief, three or four years ago I probably was posting 5 times in a week! As 2013  begins, it seems an ideal time to […]

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