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So Cool It’s Hot: Pragmatism & Simplicity

I’ve been working with a national not-for-profit client over the last several months to support the modernization and transformation of their learning function. Their programming, except for a recent adoption of webinars, had been delivered via workshops across the country. The benefits of the ILT-based programming is that it allows them to build and maintain strong relationships with national partners and to…

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Blended Learning Resources

In preparation for a session I’ll be presenting with CATIE at their Blended Learning Symposium, I’ve put together some great blended learning resources. Video Conferencing Platforms (free or low cost options) Fuze – https://www.fuze.com/ (free option for under 20 users) Google Hangouts – http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/hangouts/ Social Learning Resources Social Learning Handbook (by Jane Hart)- http://c4lpt.co.uk/resources/social-learning-handbook/ The New Social Learning (blog by Marcia Conner) http://marciaconner.com/books/new-social-learning/ VILT (Virtual…

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Are You an Accidental Instructional Designer ?

I have to share this presentation by Cammy Bean (@cammybean) because it so truly reflects how most of the instructional designers I know got into the field – which is by accident.  In my opinion, the accidental part is a good thing because it means that instructional designers have a varied toolbox of work experience that really helps them relate…

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Learning to Brew at the Time of Need

Those of you who know me, know I love my coffee. You’ll also know that I’ve been dreaming of getting up on a Saturday morning and being able to brew my own cappuccino without exposing myself to the Canadian polar vortex to get it. What was holding me back, however, was fear and uncertainty. I was afraid of buying the…

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Learning Solutions 2014 Conference & Expo – Backchannel

I really wanted to attend the Learning Solutions conference this year but the timing didn’t work out.  Fortunately,  however,  I know that David Kelly (@LnDDave),  the jedi of conference curation, is leading the backchannel and resources,  which means I’m almost there. http://www.learningsolutionsmag.com/lscon/content/3273/learning-solutions-2014-conference–expo—backchannel/?utm_campaign=ls14&utm_medium=some&utm_source=twitter Posted from WordPress for Android

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Thinking about MOOC Analytics

I really enjoyed this interview and discussion with Simon Buckingham Shum on the possibilities of using software to analyze meaningful learning analytics from MOOCs. I find myself intrigued with the possibility of a computer learning to identify between deep and superficial discussions on such a large scale. It’s clear that understanding analytics and the impact in terms of privacy and…

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Tale of the Repentant Blogger (or reflecting on reflection)

It’s late September and looking at the calendar, it’s been several months since I’ve spent the time to reflect and blog.  I don’t have any great excuses. I wasn’t busier than usual, or otherwise engaged in some reflective practice elsewhere. I didn’t stop learning with or from my PLN, my colleagues, books, conferences or other resources.  What I did do,…

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Learning and the Power of a Good Story

I recently finished reading Sheryl Sandberg’s new book. Before you stop reading, let me start by saying that this post is not about contributing to either side of the spectrum of reviews of Sheryl Sandberg’s (Facebook COO)  Lean In: Women, Work and the Desire To Lead.  What I did want to share, however,  is my respect for Sandberg’s storytelling skills…

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