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Corporate Competencies from Classroom to the Workplace – Are They Ready?

The Backstory As some of you may know, I started my career in learning as a technical communicator/trainer. Throughout the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to wear many hats, including: technical communications student, technical communicator, instructor, and hiring manager. So, when it came time to select a population to study, for my MEd, it seemed like a natural choice. Likewise,…

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Keeping the Conversation Going

There’s not a day that goes by where my assumptions and those of my team aren’t challenged as we work through designing learning and performance solutions for a global, multigenerational workforce in an enterprise faced with competing internal and external business priorities. As anyone who does any kind of design work knows, it’s not only easy, but actually quite pleasant…

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Why I’m Jealous of My Kids’ Math App

When school ended for my two kids at the end of June of this year, my husband and started investigating how we would keep their math skills from disappearing completely over the summer. Past summers we had experimented with the following approaches and failed miserably: mom and dad led study sessions – #FAIL tutor comes to house and gives them…

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Unlocking the Power of the Learning Advocate

The last few years I’ve been focused on what I’d call ‘transformational’ projects or mandates in the learning space.  <I do get that transformation is a bit of buzzword these days, but that’s really what’ I’ve been working on.> The level of complexity of the projects I take on seem to be increasing, which is what keeps things interesting and…

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Back to School Beginnings – Not Just For Kids

My kids go back to school tomorrow. It’s the end of summer vacation, but also a beginning. As we sort out clothes, lunch requests and school supplies, the moments are interspersed with short conversations on the possibilities for this new school year and I’m finding myself drawn to the parallels between starting a new school year and starting a new…

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Building Core Bench Strength: Learning, Technology, Business

I’m participating in Harold Jarche’s (@hjarche) Workplace Learning Workshop (training>performance>social #T2P2S) and it’s almost eerie (but a good eerie) how relevant each topic is to where I’m at in terms of professional development and my current work focus. One of the topics this week focuses on moving from a learning to a performance consulting based organization, which is at the heart of…

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The Power of Positive Storytelling (or a #CSTD2014 session with Deri Latimer)

I attended a session on The Neuroscience of Leadership with Deri Latimer  last week at the #CSTD2014 Conference in Toronto. I didn’t really know what to expect from the session when a colleague of mine suggested I attend, but I’m really happy that I did.  Deri’s session was definitely one of the most the positive and energizing sessions that I’ve been…

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I’m more than a MOOC Statistic

Full Disclosure: I’ve never completed a MOOC. Since 2011, I’ve enrolled in at least half-a-dozen, if not more, MOOCs.  Most of them have been on the academic side of things, but a few corporate as well.  Some of my more memorable MOOCs have included: Connectivism and Connective Knowledge  (2011) (http://cck11.mooc.ca/index.html) (CCK11) <my very first MOOC> Change MOOC (http://change.mooc.ca/) MOOC on…

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Levelling the Learning Technology Playing Field with WordPress

I’m an independent learning consultant and strategist specializing in digital learning solutions, so unless I’m working with a solutions provider, or my client has a large budget or programming staff, I generally need to put on my MacGyver hat and find an easy, quick and inexpensive way to demonstrate a proof of concept/strategy, host content, or facilitate on learning related topics (social, blended,…

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Media Annotation Tools (MAT) in Blended Learning

I came across a research study this morning on the use of Media Annotation Tools (MAT) as part of a learning blend with university students in Australia. While I’ve designed many learning programs with varying blends, I’ve never used a media annotation tool that would allow learners to interact in this way. The study looks at the integration of MAT across several disciplines but…

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