Instructional Design is Not Dead!
MARCH 23, 2017
Despite rumors to the contrary, Instructional Design is not dead. . You may have noticed the many articles and blog posts stating that instructional design is dead, and by extension, so is the role of Instructional Designer. I even saw this tweet the other day (in part)…”When will instructional designers get their heads out of their asses and understand that their roles are dying out.”
Learning Activities that Matter
FEBRUARY 24, 2017
It is time to move away from just movement…to learning activities that matter. We have all been there, done that…a well-intentioned trainer has you up playing musical chairs for apparently no other reason than to create movement. They mean well, really – but it can be frustrating to participate in activities that have no connection to the learning at hand. Why does this matter?
Create Love in the Classroom
FEBRUARY 17, 2017
(Originally created for Litmos blog 8/2016). Have you ever been in front of a group of training “captives”? They just aren’t feeling the love in the classroom? Either people were told to be there by the boss, or perhaps the training is part of some punitive action (You turned left instead of right…now you MUST go to training!)? There is a big difference! How do we get there?
It’s All About the Brand, ‘Bout the Brand…
FEBRUARY 18, 2015
Brands are all around us and at a glance we know what they mean and who they represent. They fit naturally and comfortably into our lexicon, instantly recognizable. Then sometimes a company will rebrand for a reason only known to the ivory tower and the result becomes this: Leaving us all scratching our heads and taking liberty with Photoshop. . But what about personal branding? Good grief. Clean.
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Simplicity in Learning
MARCH 10, 2015
There is beauty in simplicity. Simplicity speaks to us, captures our emotions, tells a story and in some cases propels us to act. L&D people, God love ‘em, are the embodiment of over-thinkers. The originators of the overly complex. L&D is still looking for bells, whistles, butterflies and unicorns for its elearning courses. “If one is good more must be better” . GAH. .
DECEMBER 18, 2014
Ever been so busy you forgot to buy gas? Just too busy! Ever been so busy you can’t send a text message saying how busy you are? Ever been so busy that when you woke up for work it was dark, and now you look around and it’s dark again? Been there. . And I think generally this is the world a lot of us live in. . Lots of research to do, micro-learning, micro-videos, micro-blogs. Breathe.
Why is Learning So Complicated?
JULY 29, 2015
#Blimage on! How can the Mouse Trap Game relate to learning? Let’s discuss… When I read Steve Wheeler’s #Blimage challenge I knew I had to share and participate. Last week I posted the shout out to all of you to become involved. It is always good to stretch our minds and letting our eyes do some of the work. MouseTrap, the Game. Perfect analogy for learning today. Way too many.
Why This? Why Now? “Working Out Loud”
NOVEMBER 17, 2015
Have you ever started working on a project only to find out that someone else in your organization is working on the same project? Have you ever been stuck trying to research data in your organization only to find out the guy next door did all that research work last year, and all you had to do was go next door for your answers? At the end of this post, look for a fab WOL support tool! All true.
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Now What? 6 After Conference Tips
MAY 22, 2015
Okay, you’ve just returned from ATD ICE 2015. The glow of the conference is fading as quickly as the warmth of the Orlando sun. Because we are Rebels, we aren’t just going to let all the inspiration and renewed passion sit in the bottom of our abused tote bags. Right? Therefore, here are 6 Rebel tips for after conference follow-up: (Be sure to list your success tips in the comment section below).
5 Reasons I’m Geeky about Learning Design!
MARCH 29, 2016
My name is Shannon and I am geeky about Learning Design. . There I said it. Not only is L&D my chosen field, but it’s my passion. It’s a disease. I look at websites and I’m either wow’d by the user experience or I’m curious about how it could be tweaked for learning in the workplace. ” It’s in my DNA. Come on…you know you do it too. Mesmerizing.
Learning Rebel Book Review: The Social Leadership Handbook by Julian Stodd
AUGUST 17, 2015
Recently I was asked to give a book “interview” and I could choose any book I wanted. I didn’t need to think twice, the choice was easy – The Social Leadership Handbook, by Julian Stodd. Anyone who knows me and is a regular reader of this blog knows that Julian Stodd is my hero and if you aren’t reading his work – you are missing out! Founder, SeaSalt Learning.
Breaking Up with “Yeah, but…”
NOVEMBER 3, 2016
In the training world, it is not uncommon to hear: “Yeah, but…” and it’s time to put an end to this unhealthy relationship. It’s a relationship that is holding us back from success. It is holding us back from moving forward. It is holding us back from seeing the future. We have become the gate keepers of negativity. be flipped to the more improv friendly, 'Yeah, and.'
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The Biggest Myth in Building a Learning Culture
SEPTEMBER 12, 2014
“The millennial generation requires belonging to an organization where a strong learning culture is present.” ” . It’s common knowledge employees increasingly value a workplace that nurtures learning. Employees want to work in an organization where there is time for self-discovery, time for reflection, debate and thought. On all of this we can agree. Seriously. Focus People!
6 Ways to Add Sizzle to Your Classroom
JANUARY 30, 2015
Last week I wrote about the “6 Stupid Classroom Rules Learning Professionals Still Use” Apparently I hit a nerve, but what’s important is we had some good debate. What was really exciting about the conversation was the lack of defensiveness. People weren’t taking the post personally, they were taking my words in the spirit in which they were intended. Kaizen! .
ATD 2016 It’s a Wrap! (PT3): Chris Coladonato
JUNE 2, 2016
To know Chris Coladonato is to be sucked up into a vortex of energy! She is one of the most curious people I know, which makes her perfect for the Learning Rebel family. If you recall being a Learning Rebel is all about three key attributes. Courage of Conviction , Challenging Status Quo , Insanely Curious. Chris models all three of these tenets. YOUR TURN! Simple, yet powerful…. YOUR TURN!
To “Kirkpatrick” or not to “Kirkpatrick”, that is the Question (or is it?)
APRIL 20, 2015
Here we go again. To “Kirkpatrick” or not to “Kirkpatrick”, that is the question. To be, or not to be, that is the question—. Whether ’tis Nobler in the mind to suffer. The Slings and Arrows of outrageous Fortune, Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles, And by opposing, end them? To die, to sleep—. William Shakespeare, Hamlet in Act III, scene i.
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The Mystery of Inspiration
APRIL 1, 2015
You never know who or what will inspire you. Yep, I was inspired by a Super Bowl commercial. Made by Cadillac no less. 30 seconds of Steve Wozniak. The search for inspiration makes you look around (or “Look Up” as we talked in this post). When taking a journey – be it a literal one, or philosophical one; there is the want of inspiration which drives forward momentum.
More Curious Learning
JANUARY 12, 2015
Original Post here. This revised post has additional resources to bring out your inner curiosity. Curiosity is the gateway to learning. Innate Curiosity, Challenge Conventional Thinking, Courage of Conviction. Those who are regular readers have heard me speak of this before in the the 5 Tips to Starting a Learning Rebellion . To me it looks like this. Lately my focus has been on curiosity.
Lesson from Edutech Australia? Planned Failure.
JUNE 10, 2015
Okay, I’m late. I was at Edutech last week, in glorious Brisbane Australia. Sunset on the Brisbane River. It was a real privilege to have been asked. As I thought about how to frame this recap, I knew there were some recaps already out there (quick thinkers!). Therefore, I really wanted to see what “stuck” with me. Over and over again, I come back to the same person. Alec Couros.
You Know You’re a Micromanager When…
JULY 1, 2015
My dream is to work for a “micromanager” … said no one ever. In general these are the responses when asking people about what they desire in a positive working environment: I strive to be managed by someone who monitors my every move. I love having work delegated to me, then have that very person watch over my shoulder. That’s what keeps the job a challenge. Trust? Right?
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Dude, Where’s My car? Fixing Brain Fog
JANUARY 13, 2017
Brain fog. We’ve all been there. The world gets fuzzy around the edges. We feel like we’re suffering from a bad case of jet lag. Brain fog, UGH. Technically, brain fog is the feeling of confusion, forgetfulness, or a lack of focus. Maybe you have trouble thinking, feel moody or easily distracted. Am I right? Well, in some cases it may be natural (Wait? Seriously. Not convinced? Shannon.
Here a Hashtag, There a Hashtag, Everywhere a Hashtag
JANUARY 7, 2015
As part of our 2015 commitment to Kaizen and incremental improvements, it’s time to shift the gaze toward improving the “Learning Toolbox for the 21st Century”. As you may remember I wrote a post for ATD which centered on improving your toolbox , and this year we are going to expand the thoughts to include deeper information and get a little Kaizen in your day! Common Hashtag Myths.
For the Love of Learning
NOVEMBER 6, 2014
I have just returned from the DevLearn 2014 conference in Las Vegas. I have unpacked, checked email, and now finally, taking time to reflect on my overall experience. I have also had a chance to talk with peers and read blogs/postings about the conference and in all, as with everything, there are things in which to praise and others that need improvement. Interaction works both ways.). Vegas.
#ATD2015 It’s a Wrap, Part Three – Miranda Lee
MAY 27, 2015
#ATD2015 It’s a Wrap: Where the Magic Happens. I was so happy to meet Miranda Lee. Talk about magic! Really it was serendipitous. You know, like the kind of serendipity that Jean Marrapodi talked about yesterday. Just like that. People ask me A LOT if I get tired of trying to beat down learning mediocrity within the industry. LetsDoThis. Follow her on Twitter: @techyalater . meetups.
Read. Learn. Grow.
OCTOBER 16, 2015
Regular readers know how I feel about feeding your curiosity. I’ve written blog posts about it, and I added “Feed Your Curiosity” segments into my new book. Being a Learning Rebel depends on you being innately curious about everything around you. You just never know what is going to spark the imagination giving you a tremendous idea for lifting learning an extra notch. Excellent.
The Twitter Chat Conundrum (Part One)
SEPTEMBER 4, 2015
My name is Shannon and I used to be a twitter chat addict. Seriously, it was nothing to participate on some level in no less than three twitter chats a week. All usually, “learning” related. However, there is something happening with the state of twitter chats that is making me less engaged than in years past, and has put me in a bit of a conundrum. The concept of chats. For learning?
ATD 2016 It’s a Wrap! (PT 4): David Smith
JUNE 3, 2016
ATD 2016 It’s a Wrap! Don’t Forget to Be Awesome! David Smith ( @dsvirtually ) and I have known each other for awhile now – we originally met via twitter! (Ah, Ah, the power of twitter a post for another day!) And he continues to be one of my favorite people. Always full of energy, laughter and a ready smile. Not to mention he’s BRILLIANT in the virtual space. YOUR TURN!
ATD 2016 It’s a Wrap! (PT 2): Sam Rogers
JUNE 1, 2016
ATD 2016 a New Speaker’s View. The wonderful thing about the annual ATD ICE conference (ATD2016/#ATD2016), is all the wonderful and truly talented people you get to meet. I “met” Sam Rogers via a live video streaming tool called Blab.im. You know, put a face to a name (or twitter handle as it were). Sam is an incredibly smart, and SUPER nice guy (who owns Snap Synapse, LLC ). Score!
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3 Reasons Why Trainers Don’t Need Social Media
MAY 2, 2016
Question of the week: Should L&D be active within social media? Do we as L&D/trainer people have a responsibility to be present? Walk the talk ? This weekend there was a twitter conversation. The conversation started with a tweet by Con Sotidis asking the following: tweet used with permission. I understand having a social media presence isn’t for everyone. And you know what? Boring !