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.
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.
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?
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.
Building a Business Case for Customer Training
Looking to expand your customer training program? Your executive team will likely have some concerns. Download this guide to learn how to prove the value of training and tackle objections head-on.
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.
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. .
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.
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?
Take Charge of your eLearning environment
Learn how to maximize the impact of your learning by aligning to the goals of your organization, how to establish a learning culture with gamification including leaderboards and badges. Discover a learning content management system that is both powerful and easy to configure and manage.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success
Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learning Insights Guide 2017: Progress with Purpose
Navigating the ever-changing world of eLearning can be a challenge, but many people are finding a way to manage it, as well as a clear path forward. With Learning Insights, you can develop an even clearer sense of purpose, taking your vision to reality.
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).
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.
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.
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.
[New eBook] The 3 Stages of Customer Training Development
Want to expand your training efforts? You’ll often see success by starting small and growing your program in a sustainable way. Download the eBook to learn more.
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”.
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.
#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.
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.
The complete eLearning journey
As an eLearning designer wouldn’t it be great if you could take charge of your eLearning environment right from storyboarding your ideas to generating responsive eLearning courses to being able to effectively deploy and track your learners’ performance?
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.
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.
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.
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.
4 Ways to Close the Learning-Doing Gap for Front-Line Managers [GUIDE]
Wanted: A better way to develop front-line managers! It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to gain key insights into why so many programs fall short and learn 4 key principles for designing an effective solution.
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.