Janet Clarey

STUDENT VOICE: As a person with autism, I spend lots of time studying, attending class — and explaining that I am not deaf

The Hechinger Report

Jordyn Zimmerman, an Ohio University student, is a person with autism. Have you ever tried having a conversation with someone on campus, when they hesitantly and ever-so-awkwardly start signing to you? Or have you ever asked another student a question and had them respond to you in writing? When I think of these experiences, I always laugh at how uninformed people are about individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). My AAC device is an iPad.

I Googled what to do instead of screen time…

Janet Clarey

I hope to get one of my abandoned quilt projects completed before spring. The oldest, an applique quilt, has been in a box since 1993. With photo proof. The year 1993. I joined a quilting group. We did one block each month. I have 10.5 blocks done.

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In which I try to acquire nothing from Amazon for the entire month of January

Janet Clarey

Okay so I placed 55 orders with Amazon in 2019. That’s horrible and embarrassing! No wonder UPS and USPS know the corgis so well. My goal for January: buy nothing from Amazon. So far so good and it’s 1:30 PM on January 1st. Photo by Christian Wiediger on Unsplash.

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MS 2017 Year In Review: A Meaningful, Productive, And Fun-Filled Year

Magellan Solutions

Quick as a wink, the end of 2017 approaches. In this article, we take a look back at the key moments that defined the year for our company and the people behind us. International events participation. The Philippine delegation in CeBIT 2017. Our chief executive officer, Fred Chua, attended two known international technology and development events last May namely, CeBIT and SODEC 2017.

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5 Essential Virtual Selling Practices Every Company Must Have by 2023

Speaker: Erika Bzdel - Vice President of Sales and Craig Simons - Director of Marketing

Join us on Sept. 13 at 9:30 am PT as Erika Bzdel, VP of Sales, and Craig Simons, Director of Marketing, discuss the virtual selling practices that every company should adopt, and how to succeed at selling in a hybrid world.

How we ended up in an era of intentional ignorance

WIRED Threat Level

Here’s a six-month old essay about online media that resonated with me for a couple of reasons.

Unicorn dreams — more on well-being (in a stream-of-consciousness style)

Janet Clarey

It’s not like I *expected* to have a vivid dream last night after taking a bath with “Unicorn Dreams” bubble bath. Certainly not a weird dream about (of all things) eyebrows. Eyebrows! But there you go. I suspect the catalyst for this eyebrow dream was not a quirky bubble bath product but subconscious advertising (read: Instagram ad) for a fad du jour: the boy brow (fun fact: there’s a Boy Brow Room in NY…look it up).

Quote of the Day

Janet Clarey

Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true - Francis Bacon. Quotes


WorkSearch: A New Concept In Hiring & Job Search Is Born

Janet Clarey

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Job Search & Hiring Process: Like so many things throughout our collective history, necessity (or frustration) spawns invention. The same is true of WorkSearch.

Maybe this is my one blog post for 2019? Or, maybe not? We’ll see…

Janet Clarey

I just received my web hosting invoice from Laughing Squid so decided to check on my blog to see if it was still “here.” ” It is. I noticed I blogged exactly once in 2018 and it wasn’t even an interesting post. This post might end up being the only one I publish in 2019 and I’m already pretty sure it’s not going to be very interesting either. At least it’s starting out that way. I’ve been thinking a lot about well-being lately.

Increasing Equity and Access: A Canvas Case Study of Virtual Arkansas K-12

Virtual Arkansas, a fully online school, had a mission to provide high-quality courses in rural and urban areas throughout the state. How would they simplify content creation while enhancing learning? Discover 3 key insights to transform your classrooms.

The shift in how software and hardware is being built

Janet Clarey

I was pulled into this article when I read “a gigantic shift in computing is about to dawn upon us.” The gist – the US and China are investing heavily in designing high-powered AI chips to handle the linear algebra computations used in AI and this represents a fundamental change in how we build software and hardware. There are some examples of how these chips are being used – for face recognition, map street view, chatbots, and self-driving cars to name a few.

An algorithms tour

Janet Clarey

A year ago, I never would have thought I would be relying on a staff of eighty data scientists to dress me. But, I do. A year ago, in preparation for attending a conference, for example, I would’ve been trying on a stack of clothes in a dressing room and relying on a total stranger to tell me if what I had on looked good and fit well.

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

Janet Clarey

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 there are still a fair amount of one-time events being developed.

What will L&D need the most help with to be successful over the next 10 years?

Janet Clarey

I recently had to answer a question for a presentation: “What will L&D need the most help with to be successful over the next 10 years?” ” I came up with six areas: L&D needs to get “unstuck.” ” There are many, many smart L&D people who (I think) know the way they’re working today isn’t going to hold 10 years from now but can’t move to the next level. They’re stuck.

5 Ways to Improve DE&I in the Workplace

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are critical for an organization’s success. And companies that take bold action to help ensure an inclusive workplace will win every time. Discover how your company can create a culture that celebrates DE&I while achieving higher revenue and growth.

Ten Lessons Over Ten Years

Janet Clarey

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 Guild’s conference seemed to be much cooler – lots of instructional design and e-Learning types.

I’ll text you or something.

Janet Clarey

A nice end-of-year reminder to stop saying useless platitudes. Imagine the corporate L&D version of this. I also point you to this site because I’ve grown to love the Headspace app. It’s mission is to improve health and happiness through meditation and mindfulness, something most of us need to survive 2018. Headspace | 10 useless platitudes to stop saying in the new year | December 26, 2017

What does it take to become a Data Scientist?

Janet Clarey

Fun facts: Data Scientist is listed as the #1 job to have in the US in 2017, according to Glassdoor. The median base salary is $110,000. There will be about 2,270,000 data science positions in the US by 2020. There is a need for female data scientists! This article breaks down the data from 1,001 LinkedIn profiles of people working as Data Scientists and gives you a game plan for getting your foot in the door.

If you didn’t see that job ad, maybe you’re too old (age discrimination on digital platforms)

Janet Clarey

PROPUBLICA and The New York Times co-published an article about several companies that are recruiting applicants for jobs using targeted ads that exclude particular age groups. I’m not talking about millennials. At a time where companies look to remove unconscious hiring bias by utilizing talent acquisition software, this is alarming. An employment lawyer calls it blatantly unlawful. Facebook defends it as an accepted industry practice. And it’s not just them.

How to Write OKRs: 45 Effective Examples

Many companies are embracing objectives and key results (OKRs) as the best practice for committing to goals and following through. Objectives are outcomes that reflect current company priorities. Each employee should write OKRs that roll up to larger company goals.

Jane Hart really knows how to curate

Janet Clarey

My e-learning feed is probably the most boring of all my feed categories. I seriously need to clean it out. That said, there are always a few great finds. Jane Hart’s favourite 30 posts of 2017 is one of them. Enjoy! Modern Workplace Learning Magazine | Jane Hart’s favourite 30 posts of 2017 | December 19, 2017. Workplace Learning

Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace

Janet Clarey

Gallup has released its State of the Global Workplace report. You can access the executive summary by supplying your contact information. The full report is available for purchase.

Creation spaces are a key vehicle to accelerate learning

Janet Clarey

John Hagel writes about coming together in creation spaces – “a cell, a small group of people, typically somewhere between 3 to 15 people, who come together on a very frequent basis and share a common goal to have an increasing impact in some domain.” These small groups, he notes, connect to expanding networks with no limit to scaling potential. The cells, he goes on to say, embody the levels of a knowledge pyramid: skills, knowledge, capabilities and passion.

AI: Improving Workflow Through Worker Behaviors

Janet Clarey

The last paragraph of this article by Gigaom offers good advice about AI: look for solution providers that are using AI to help improve workflows based on workers’ behaviors. In my experience, this often means looking beyond solutions that are ready-made for learning. . Gigaom also identifies four “tectonic shifts” taking place that are driven by the need to provide “greater personalization and efficiency in how we use technology.”

Unlock the Power of Formative Assessment

Learn how a thoughtful formative assessment approach can help teachers understand where students are in their learning, inform instruction, and in turn, positively impact student learning outcomes. Get the guide today!

Is competency more important than credentials? A warning against degree inflation

Janet Clarey

This US-focused HBS article discusses “degree inflation” – the practice of employers demanding bachelor’s degrees for job that don’t require them. Because the pool of graduates is limited, the author explains, this practice can cause a misalignment between supply and demand, especially for middle-skills positions. Complicating matters are automated hiring tools often exclude applicants without college degrees.

Thinking of implementing AI technologies?

Janet Clarey

Here’s a great (kinda wonky) article by Ben Lorica on O’Reilly’s “On Our Radar.” ” Ben shares slides from a recent presentation, offering an overview of the state of adoption of AI and suggestions to companies interested in implementing AI technologies. Ben also shares a sketch of a typical tech stack for intelligent applications.

I am world’s worst aspiring minimalist (except for hoarders)

Janet Clarey

During the time period I was all hopped up on becoming a minimalist (pretty much the past two years) I placed 119 orders on Amazon. This means UPS delivers an Amazon package to my house roughly once a week. (I I don’t see my siblings as often as I see the UPS guy and they live within walking distance of my home.) This is not the behavior of a long-time aspiring minimalist, this is the behavior of a professional consumer. It’s not something I’m remotely proud of.

Can this blog be revived?

Janet Clarey

I started this blog in February of 2007. It has basically been inactive for the past few years because my work-related writing is (and is required to be) published on Bersin, Deloitte Consulting websites and on Twitter. I’ve thought about what I wanted to do with this blog for some time and decided that rather than delete it, I’m changing its focus. Going forward, I will be writing about my life experience and observations as a Gen X generation working woman. As always, thanks for reading.

The First 90 Days: Onboarding Checklist

Connect with your people from day one with this development and engagement checklist.

So you’re offering me the opportunity to pay you 50% more to get back a feature I just lost?

Janet Clarey

Yes, that’s what Bloomfire wants me to do. Apparently I’ve got two weeks make up my mind. If I don’t it looks like my rate may triple. Triple. I do not feel like a customer right now even though the company I work for pays them several thousand dollars each year. Let me back up… Bloomfire is a knowledge sharing platform but how I use it has been a bit unusual – I’m not the typical use case.

Ounces matter: Mashing up business travel and minimalist camping

Janet Clarey

In 2015, I traveled roughly ten weeks for work and went on some solo backpacking camping trips for pleasure and sanity. Backpacking alone was new to me and it really turned me on to minimalist camping where ounces matter. I missed having my husband/manservant lugging all the big, heavy stuff about 3 miles into my first hike. I had no idea! So selfish!

What do we actually do in isolation anymore?

Janet Clarey

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 living, breathing network.

A Glimpse of Your Future Workforce – Now in Middle School

Janet Clarey

Six months ago Thomas Suarez , a 6th grader from Los Angeles, spoke at a TEDS event about the making and sale of an “app” he created on his own – “ Bustin Jieber ” (a whack-a-mole type anti-Justin-Bieber game.) ( There’s nearly 2 million views of the video on YouTube so you may have seen it.) Anyway, he’s quite eloquent and now owns his own company.

6 Tips for EdTech Evaluation by Adult Learning Institutions

Many continuing adult education institutions have turned to technology used by higher ed with the following benefits: elevates teaching and learning, scales to address changes in staffing, enrollment and budget, and protects student and institutional data.

Social Learning vs. Communities of Practice

Janet Clarey

This is a guest post from Tiffany Fary, a Senior eLearning Instructional Designer in the corporate sector. When it comes to the terms “Social Learning” and “Communities of Practice”, many people in the corporate learning realm are confused, myself included. We think we know what these mean one day, and then the next day a new theory or idea emerges that turns the whole idea of each upside down and inside out. Are Social Learning and Communities of Practice different? I think they are, but do you?