56 minutes | Aug 19, 2020
28 – ‘Step-Away’ and Innovate and Play with Deborah, Karl, and Kevin
In this special episode I’m joined by Kevin Thorn, Karl Kapp and Deborah Thomas to talk about the value of getting in touch with your creative side! More notes to follow – currently just trying to get the new episode up! Reserve your seat, or learn more about the Step Away: Innovate and Play event happening in September 2020 here. Connect with our guests here: Deborah Thomas on Twitter and LinkedIn Karl Kapp on Twitter and LinkedIn Kevin Thorn on Twitter and LinkedIn We here at the Lounge Podcast hope that you and your family are healthy and adjusting to the new normal that comes with the pandemic we are experiencing. As a result, we’ve been a little busier than normal and have had to put the podcast on hold. BUT things are looking up for us here and I enlisted some help to get this episode edited. So hopefully I’ll be getting the episodes out a little more regularly!
45 minutes | Feb 19, 2020
27 – John Hinchliffe: Leaving Your Comfort Zone, Awards and Networks
In this episode, Learning Professional of the Year nominee, and my friend, John Hinchliffe joins me to discuss his L&D journey from the UK to the UAE. He shares information about how he prepared for success in the UAE, how he came to be nominated for a prestigious learning award, and provides some advise for new, emerging and senior learning professionals alike. Due to Internet Issues, I am having difficulty loading the transcript and images, so I’ll update this with all the information for John as soon as I can. I wanted to get this out prior to John’s Awards banquet.
55 minutes | Jan 20, 2020
26 – Mike Simmons and the importance of Problem Analysis
In this episode, I’m joined by my friend Mike Simmons, founder of Catalyst Sale and host of the Catalyst Sale podcast. Mike joins me today to talk about analysis skills and how proper analysis and communication can help persuade, engage and guide our clients away from learning failures! Get the transcript 26 – Mike Simmons_transcript. Covered in this episode: Why is analysis important? Mike’s process for analysis We covered some of the following Write it down, Get the data you need to make a decision Find gaps in info Questions we can ask to understand the problem (who, what, why, where, when, how) Conduct research (public information or interviews with people) Understand the boundaries you are working in Define the objective Recognize what “good” looks like when the problem is solved How do you get to the story? There isn’t just ONE way! Find YOUR way Simplify questions so you don’t create objections Getting information from SMEs Selling the analysis phase when someone doesn’t support it Flat tires and learning analysis Create a plan Set timelines to avoid analysis paralysis Leverage “good enough” Mindmap as a tool The value of deconstructing the learner journey Using OneNote, technology and, yes, paper note cards Mike’s details: More than 20 years of operations, customer success, sales and sales leadership experience, 15 in the EdTech space. Life long learner, creative, analytical, and driven to achieve results. Mike has built, lead, and optimized sales organizations leveraging both direct and indirect teams. Husband, father, and jeep enthusiast. Arizona State University B.A. Psychology. LinkedIn * remember to let him know you heard him on The Lounge Podcast www.Catalystsale.com Twitter Podcast Episode 1, Episode 2
49 minutes | Jul 2, 2019
25 – Effective Subject Matter Expert Management with Sean Hickey
When was your last Subject Matter Expert (SME) meeting? How did it go? Was it a painful experience for both of you? If so, this episode is for you! What’s Happening in The Lounge today? I’m excited to bring you this impromptu chat with my new friend Sean Hickey. Sean is a master at working with people. He’s incredibly personable and a joy to spend time with. I’ve had the privilege of spending time with him at two separate conferences, the Ohio ATD Tech days last September and the March 2019 Learning Solutions conference where he and my friend Cara North presented a fun and engaging session – and where they won BEST OF SHOW at DemoFest for their fun game on question pitfalls and the mayhem that comes from ill prepared multiple choice questions. Sean and Cara win Best of Show at Learning Solutions 19 DemoFest This episode isn’t about assessment or evaluation – instead we’re going to dive deep into the tips that Sean has for working effectively with your SMEs to help you and them get the most of your often limited time together. It’s a fun conversation – I had to cut out a lot of my giggles because Sean makes me big belly laugh to the point I sounded like I might need emergency medical attention. So what did we talk about ? Here’s a little list. In this episode: What is a subject matter expert (SME) Sharing the importance of your work Are SMEs critical to our project success? How to build rapport with SMEs Ideas to deal with conflict between various groups Using humour / humor Working from a state of agreement Ideas to reduce stress when SMEs time is “side of the desk” Sean’s process for engagement, formal and informal communication Dealing with the “unnecessary” Things you can do to motivate attendance (I’m not ashamed to admit to bribing folks with food!) Understand the small picture (how their actions impact the new employee) Sean’s process for continuous relationship building Probing questions Impostor syndrome and SMEs Giving the SMEs value to take away The 3-Ps of service About Sean Hickey Sean Hickey Sean Hickey is Lead Curriculum Developer and an instructional designer at Ohio State’s Center on Education and Training for Employment (CETE). As part of his role, he facilitates item-writing workshops for statewide career-tech end-of-course tests and industry credentialing exams, and develops eLearning materials for teachers and subject-matter experts. Sean was previously an instructional designer at McGraw-Hill Education, where he partnered with Apple in the creation of the first-generation of interactive iPad textbooks. He has taught educational technology courses and is actively involved in several instructional design groups and associations at both the state and national level. Find Sean on Social You can find Sean on twitter @mshEducation, as well as at various edtech or learning and development conferences throughout the country.
37 minutes | Jun 25, 2019
24 – Anna Leach, AI and Machine Learning
Today’s episode explores something I’m not overly familiar with, and I admit, it can be a little scary when you don’t know much about it. AI and Machine learning and not new but for some of us, it’s a bit scary to talk about something we only know about formally through Hollywood blockbusters. In today’s show I’m chatting with Anna Leach, a Graduate Associate and PHD student at the University of Arizona. Anna shares some interesting information about the AI Circle and some other things we should think about at a deeper level! In this Episode: What is AI and how it impacts us Taking the scariness out of AI An introduction into AI and Algorithms The Grand Circle The differences between machine learning and AI and Deep Learning Peanut Butter sandwiches and step by step processes Data impacts Bias in learning It’s not “IF” it’s “WHEN” we should start understanding AI and Machine Learning for future inclusion in our toolbox. About Anna Leach Anna is a PhD student and graduate associate at the School of Information at the University of Arizona. The iSchool focuses on the intersection of people, technology, and information. Her studies are focused educational technology and the information it produces or consumes and how it can or does impact humans. She is working to understand the value of the data collected and how it can empower learners and elevate learning. She is researching what data is collected in our LMSes and how much we understand about data privacy. Anna is a PhD student and graduate associate at the School of Information at the University of Arizona. The iSchool focuses on the intersection of people, technology, and information. Her studies are focused educational technology and the information it produces or consumes and how it can or does impact humans. She is working to understand the value of the data collected and how it can empower learners and elevate learning. She is researching what data is collected in our LMSes and how much we understand about data privacy. Prior to the PhD program, Anna worked as a data analyst at the Ohio State University. She also completed her Masters in Learning Technologies in the Fall of 2016 through the Ohio State University online program. She has discussed her data analysis journey in a TEDxPSU talk titled Beyond the Numbers: A Data Analyst Journey – https://youtu.be/t2oOFs4WgI0 In her free time, she spends time with her family and pug Skully or hiking or crocheting. Anna’s Links: Joy Link: https://www.ted.com/speakers/joy_buolamwini Machine Learning: https://www.coursera.org/learn/machine-learning Here is an image Anna really likes: https://wordstream-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/machine-learning.png It is what is considered Artificial Intelligence. Anna sent me this in respect to the discussion of PB&J sandwiches. She uses it to prompt discussions about what an algorithm is. https://youtu.be/FN2RM-CHkuI Want to learn Articulate Storyline? Learn Storyline from two of my favourite Storyline guys! http://masterstoryline.com is your place to go! Get Storyline video training courses at MasterStoryline.com. Learn fundamentals, and build your skills including design, interactions, gamification, tips, tricks, and best practices through our courses and just-in-time video library. As a Lounge Podcast listener you get a 10% Discount off your first year subscription when you use the code ” lounge ” when you sign up. This code is valid until December 31, 2019 – so don’t delay! And don’t miss an episode of their podcast: https://www.theelearningguys.com/
11 minutes | Feb 5, 2019
23 – Minisode – Learning Content Review Cycles
If you listened in last week, you heard Hadiya and I discussing quality control and quality assurance, as well as feedback cycles. I wanted to continue the conversation with you this week but talking about the life-cycle of a learning object. Sometimes, our learning content needs to be updated to reflect new ideals, practices, organization goals and direction, new performance problems and of course, updated government legislation. In this episode: what is a review cycle and why are they important who should be involved what do I do in a review cycle review a real example talk about how freelancers and contractors can implement review cycles My example review cycle: set up review cycle in advance perform cursory review run relevant reports share content agree to next review I’d love to hear what you are doing – you can leave a commont below, email me host @ theloungepodcast.com, or you tweet me with the hashtag #theloungepodcast and let me know what you do to ensure you are keeping your content current.
61 minutes | Jan 29, 2019
#22: QA and QC for Learning Programs with Hadiya Nuriddin
So many of us fell into training, learning and development – it wasn’t a selected career path for most of my friends and colleagues in the industry. This week’s guest is no different. Hadiya Nuriddin started much like I did, supporting peers with hardware and software questions, being the most knowledgeable and being able to clearly communicate the “how-to” and “why” of training. Hadiya and I bonded over a previous conversation chatting about quality assurance, quality control and review cycles for learning projects and I knew that this conversation should be not only shared between the two of us, but with ALL of us, our clients and our projects. We want the best output for our projects. We want our clients to be happy. Part of this is ensuring quality output in our learning programs, whether it’s an instructor led experience (presentation, student guide, facilitator guide), job aids and support materials, or eLearning! We want things to work, to be accurate, to be almost perfect. I’ve had my share of projects the client has seen before quality assurance testing was completed, and I can’t tell you the number of time’s I’ve cringed because a button doesn’t work, I forgot the trigger, or it goes to the wrong place. It happens, especially when I look after my own reviews, which I don’t recommend. The value of a defined QA process is important to delivering a high quality end product. Hadiya Nuriddin, Owner of Focus Learning Solutions, and Author In This Episode: review cycles for learning programs, what it is and why you need one quality assurance as a discipline the importance of adding QA into a project plan how to get started putting QA into practice considerations for what you need in a QA process the importance of consistency in review the value of investing in the right person for the job feedback loops Verb – Current State – Recommended State Importance of a single point of contact Consequence Management (my fav term from this chat!) tools for capturing feedback version control writing a book the hero’s journey About Hadiya: Hadiya Nuriddin has two decades of experience in learning strategy, instructional design, elearning development, and facilitation. She worked in corporate learning before choosing to found her firm Focus Learning Solutions where she’s worked with a wide array of companies on a variety of topics. She speaks at events and industry conferences and travels teaching courses for the Association for Talent Development (ATD). Hadiya holds an M.Ed. in curriculum studies, an M.A. in writing, and the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) designation. She is the author of the book StoryTraining: Selecting and Shaping Stories That Connect, published by ATD. Links: Story Training Book (no affiliate link) Story Training Companion Website Hadiya on LinkedIn Hadiya on Twitter Focus Learning Solutions Website
58 minutes | Jan 22, 2019
21: Virtual Classroom Training with Cindy Huggett
I was an early adopter of online learning. I provided training on Microsoft products to insurance industry professionals around North America using a precursor to WebEx, a product Called Centra99. That was 20 years ago – and while some of the technologies have changed, the foundation needed to provide virtual training in a virtual classroom hasn’t! This episode is here to help you determine if you are ready to implement virtual training into YOUR development roadmap for your staff. It’s an amazing chat with loads of value for you when you look to implement or improve your virtual learning opportunities. Cindy Huggett In today’s episode: What is virtual training (Cindy has the BEST definition I’ve heard to date!) How virtual training fits into a blended learning approach to curriculum What does it take to be successful with virtual learning? Change management considerations Set our learners and instructors up for success Financial impact implementing virtual training – the costs to investing in virtual training Why do organizations invest in virtual training? How to convert classroom content for a blended experience Cultural considerations for geographically dispersed audiences Facilitator preparation Engagement in virtual training events ONE easy action you can take to get started! Things to consider when evaluating virtual training/meeting environments ABOUT CINDY HUGGETT, CPLP Cindy is a pioneer in the field of virtual training. She’s been providing virtual training solutions since the early 2000s, and is a recognized industry expert in teaching training professionals how to design and deliver interactive online classes. Cindy is the author of four books on virtual training: Virtual Training Tools and Templates: An Action Guide to Live Online Learning (2017), The Virtual Training Guidebook: How to Design, Deliver, and Implement Live Online Learning (2014), Virtual Training Basics (1st edition 2010 and 2nd edition 2018). She’s coauthored two ASTD Press Infolines, “Simple, Effective Online Learning” and “Designing for the Virtual Classroom”, has contributed to many compilations, including the ASTD Handbook: The Definitive Reference for Training & Development and 101 Ways to Make Learning Active Beyond the Classroom, and written several articles for T+D magazine. Cindy partners with her clients to help them transition from the face-to-face to the virtual classroom, and works with them to design online and blended learning solutions. Her clients include global organizations of all sizes, including several in the Fortune 100 list. She is a sought after speaker at learning and development conferences and I was privileged to meet her at DevLearn18 and sit in on her amazing session on virtual training. How to connect with Cindy: www.cindyhuggett.comCindy on TwitterCindy on LinkedInDON’T MISS THE RESOURCE!!! Click here to get the amazing handout from Cindy just for The Lounge Podcast listeners!
41 minutes | Jan 1, 2019
20: Lance Healy – Solving Business Problems with a LMS
Join me in this first episode of 2019 as my friend Lance Healy joins me to discus how he collaborated with a learning partner to implement a learning management system for a very short-term project: the 2015 Toronto Pan Am and Para Pan Am Games. I met Lance 10 years ago at a Lectora Conference – and we’ve been friends ever since! I love chatting with him every opportunity I get and I suggest you take a look at his social and connect with him! In this episode: Thinking a bit outside the norm helped solve a big business problem and contribute to the amazing success of these games. When was the last time you got to contribute and solve a business problem that wasn’t necessarily learning related? As training, learning and development professionals we can offer so much more than a training session, webinar or eLearning course – if only we are given an opportunity. Seek out YOUR opportunity to contribute and make a difference in your organization or your community! If you aren’t familiar with the games, they are some of the most amazing amateur sports competitions – if you can’t make it to the Olympics, the Pan Am Games are just as exciting. The next games will be held in Lima, Peru in 2019. About Lance: Lance is a sales and marketing leader with expertise in eLearning solutions, global business development and international channel market cultivation. Over the past 14 years, Lance built a wildly successful network of channel partners across the globe and assisted thousands of organizations with enhancing their eLearning programs. Lance on Social: LinkedInTwitter
60 minutes | Nov 7, 2018
19 – eLearning Art, Images and Portfolios with Bryan Jones
50 minutes | Sep 11, 2018
018 – The Power of Storytelling in Learning with Ray Jimenez
Check back - notes to follow - just needed to get this up and loaded as I was a bit late today! Thanks for your patience!
47 minutes | Sep 4, 2018
017: Marketing and L&D with Bianca Baumann
Marketing and L&D When I say, "Marketing", what do you think of? Learning? Have you ever thought about how marketing and the marketing department are related to instructional design? What's the story? If you never have this episode is an important one for you! Today, my guest Bianca Baumann makes the connection for us, as well, she discusses what she likes to call "digital education success" and so much more in this episode. Time few by and I was so excited to chat with Bianca that I TOTALLY neglected to get her to introduce herself at the start of the chat - that's how excited I was to dig into the content, and the connections between marketing and learning. Don't miss this chat! It's packed with fun and inspiring ideas for reaching your learners on a deeper level. About Bianca: Bianca Baumann, CTDP focuses on digital education success, combining L&D, digital marketing and customer success to create outstanding learning experiences that stick. She spearheaded multiple projects in the marketing, financial and events industry and created award-winning programs along the way. She shares her expertise in her blog and at global conferences, highlighting the importance of including disciplines outside L&D to map out a learner journey that helps drive performance. Bianca is a certified training and development professional and is currently working as Director, Learning Experience Design at GP Strategies. In this episode: The Canadian eLearning Conference Bianca’s DevLearn workshop and presentation Marketing and e-learning Learner profiles Learning campaigns Bianca on Social: Bianca Baumann on LinkedIn Bianca on Twitter Follow the Show: Twitter Website Itunes Email We referred to Mike Taylor's episode as well - you can revisit his chat here. If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe, share with your friends, and please consider giving us a 5-star rating.
46 minutes | Aug 28, 2018
016: Scenario-based Learning Experiences with Christy Tucker
"What's the hubbub about scenarios?", you ask. Listen in to this episode and you'll find out! I'm so happy to have been able to speak with Christy Tucker in this episode about Learning Scenarios and storytelling. To me, she is a leader in designing single point scenarios or branching scenarios. Christy is a wealth of knowledge about eLearning as well. I know you'll find some amazing information there so be sure to pop over and read up on her thoughts, ideas and experiences. My drink of choice today was an Iced Frozen Raspberry loose leaf tea from David's tea - and Christy let me know she was enjoying a Lemon Basil Oolong - and now I need to try that! Why Scenarios? I've been a big fan of branching scenarios and including scenarios, storytelling and simulations into the learning experience. I believe that it is important we ensure learners can think through decisions, without being spoon-fed. Scenarios let the learner make choices, see and feel the consequences of their actions, even when that means the most extreme outcomes, because these are the moments when they learn. It's not always just about following a process, it's about ensuring our learning participants are prepared to perform in real life, on the job, in the moment. A great scenario can do that (and a poorly crafted scenario can be a disaster). Who is Christy Christy Tucker is a learning design consultant with over fifteen years of experience helping people learn. She specializes in using scenario-based learning to engage audiences and promote transfer of skills to real-world environments. She has created courses for clients including the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, Cisco, and The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Christy has been blogging about instructional design and eLearning for over ten years. What's in this episode What is a scenario When are scenarios useful Branching Scenarios versus simple one question scenario Getting started with a simple scenario Process for designing a scenario How to determine when to use a scenario Working with SMEs (Subject Matter Experts) How long does it take to design different scenarios Manage the complexity of the scenario Christy's Social Connect Christy on Twitter Christy on LinkedIn - don't forget your intro message! Syniad Learning Christy's Blog - Filtered for Storytelling and Scenarios Christy mentioned TWINE for building out a scenario Broken CoWorker scenario by eLearnignEngaged (Anna and Ryan) TheLab example Transitioning From Teaching to Instructional Design I'd love to hear your big take-a-ways from this episode, and to hear success stories, or those times when it didn't go as planned and you learned more than your "learners". Tweet me or drop me an email host at theloungepodcast.com AND don't forget - one more week to the draw for Tim Slade's book and companion course! Recommendations You may also like the following episodes, which compliment the design and development of scenarios: https://www.theloungepodcast.com/001-content-curation/ https://www.theloungepodcast.com/010-learning-that-fits/ https://www.theloungepodcast.com/building-adaptive-learning-experiences/ https://www.theloungepodcast.com/014-elearning-for-new-ids-and-teams/
39 minutes | Aug 21, 2018
015: Screencasting Video and Learning with Jayne Davids
I took a vacation from the podcast last week - busy with a cool project that has me designing and developing some medical focused eLearning as well as creating some cool animated explainer videos. My passion project sometimes has to take a back seat - but I'm back this week with an awesome conversation with my friend Jayne Davids. Jayne is a superstar when it comes to creating screen-capture training and training videos for software and software simulations. We talk about all kinds of goodies, and I'll come back soon and update this with all our links - but right now, I just really want to get this up for you to listen. So here she is - my friend, and soon to be yours, Jayne Davids, chatting with me over tea and coffee about video, best practices for capturing your screens and using them in learning, simulations, new to me term - PADCASTING and how to get comfortable being on video (live action versus what we are both used to in screen capture, screen casting and software simulations). About Jayne Jayne has 20 years experience in Learning and Development specializing in software training, spending much of her career in the travel industry. Her roles have included designing and delivering classroom and webinar training, writing Help Guides and job aids, designing & developing elearning courses with Captivate and for the past several years making screencasts with Camtasia. She is a TechSmith Recommended Training Provider and manages the Camtasia UK User group on LinkedIn. Owner of Raiveon Ltd, a training company who provide Camtasia and video training in the UK and is a TechSmith & Padcaster Authorized Reseller. Jayne enjoys helping others develop new video skills and seeks to learn something new every day. An active member of the TechSmith community, attendee of TLDChats and various L&D Twitter chats & Slack channels. She loves connecting people and building communities. Jayne is currently organizing a Camtasia UK User meet-up. Jayne on Social Twitter LinkedIn Don't Forget the contest to win a copy of Tim Slades book for new elearning designers, and the bonus he's offering to win a license to his course! for details check out Episode 14 where I chat with Tim about life in eLearning! And don't forget - we'd love for you to give us a 5 star rating and a quick review on iTunes.
54 minutes | Aug 7, 2018
014: eLearning for New IDs and Teams with Tim Slade
Being a newbie in an industry can be challenging, no matter if you are a new instructional designer (ID), developer or team lead/manager. I've got a glass of iced lemon water today (it's still pretty hot here) and it's so refreshing! What's in your cup? I'm really excited to share this conversation with Tim and I really hope you find as much value in this conversation as I did. About Tim Tim Slade is a manager, speaker, author, and award-winning eLearning designer.With nearly a decade working to help others elevate their eLearning and visual communications content, Tim has become one of the go-to resources for new instructional designers and elearning developers. Tim has been recognized within the eLearning industry multiple times for my creative and innovative design aesthetics. He speaks at national eLearning conferences, and he is an Articulate Super Hero and co-author of the popular E-Learning Uncovered book series and the new release The eLearning Designer's Handbook, A practical guide to the eLearning development process for New! eLearning designers. In this Episode Tim's book Speaking the same language Benefits of an eLearning intervention Choosing your path and your passion Impostor Syndrome Supporting your team Visual design and storyboards Creating video trailers Links for Newbies and Pros alike Tim on Twitter, Linkedin Tim's blog and website The eLearning Designer's Handbook on Amazon Tim's companion e-Course Amy Cuddy's TedTalk Fake it Til You Make UPDATE: Tim has released TWO new courses designed to help new users of Articulate Storyline to get from start to finish. I've reviewed the courses and the content is fantastic and just what new elearning dev's need! https://courses.timslade.com/collections The Contest That's right - it's contest time! The contest will close September 4, 2018. We'll announce the winner - you'll receive a copy of Tim's book AND - this is amazing! Access to Tim's 40 lesson companion course. This is amazing for new developers If you listened to the episode you know what to do with this: #theloungegiveaway #IwantTimselearningbook #eLearning Sharing is Caring Do you know a new Instructional Designer, a new developer, new manager? Please share this episode and let them know you care about them (and that you enjoyed listening). If you enjoyed this episode we'd love it if you would leave us a rating and review on iTunes. And we also want to mention that we're also on Spotify and Google Podcasts. I'd love to hear from you on Twitter, just use the hashtag #theloungepodcast Connect with Me, your Host - Jac Hutchinson You can connect with me on Twitter or LinkedIn (please drop me a note and let me know you find me through The Lounge Podcast) or if you prefer, you can send me an email at Host @ theloungepodcast.com - I'm always happy to hear from you. If you enjoyed this episode we'd love it if you would leave us a rating and review on iTunes. And we also want to mention that we're also on Spotify and Google Podcasts.
69 minutes | Jul 31, 2018
013: Building Learning Communities
Today on the podcast we have Brent Schlenker joining me to discuss building learning communities. Brent has been in L&D/T&D for a while now, and he's participated in many communities over the years. Seeing a need for a different kind of professional network for training and learning practitioners, Brent set about creating a casual, yet professional community where sharing knowledge and laughing with each other is a daily practice. Brent chats about his journey building the TLDC community, how he got here and the lessons he has learned and changes he has made along the way. I've got my iced Chai Latte and I'm ready to go! Episode Links Brent on Twitter Brent on LinkedIN the Training, Learning and Development Community (TLDC) Weekday TLDCast on CrowdCast - 11 am Eastern time The Elearning Guild We mentioned Cara North who chatted with me in Episode 3, you can check out our conversation here In my solo episode about Professional Development I chat about TLDC About Brent Brent Schlenker is a training, learning and development strategy consultant, entrepreneur, and community builder. As the Community Manager/Strategist for dominKnow.com he is currently building a strong product user community to support company growth with a weekly live streaming broadcast, LinkedIn Group, and community outreach efforts. And as co-founder of the Training Learning and Development Community, TLDC.us, Brent has created a global learning community for learning professionals leveraging 21st century internet technologies to create the first daily interactive live streaming collaborative broadcast. The community is also supported by TLDChat (24/7 messaging/sharing), live conferences like TLDC19.com, and regional meet ups like TLDC-UK. Brent has a history of engaging with new technologies and experimenting with their usefulness in the learning process. Early content can be found at eLearndev.blogspot.com. He’s built training teams from the ground up, produced VR training solutions in the late ‘90s, and transformed many enterprise classroom training experiences into more efficient and effective technology-based learning solutions. His experiences are shared with others through his consultancy, keynotes, blogs, live streaming videos, and within the communities he’s built. He has a master’s degree in Educational Technologies from Arizona State University, and a BA in Media Arts from the University of Arizona. Connect with Me, your Host - Jac Hutchinson You can connect with me on Twitter or LinkedIn or if you prefer, you can send me an email at Host @ theloungepodcast.com - I'm always happy to hear from you. If you enjoyed this episode we'd love it if you would leave us a rating and review on iTunes. And we also want to mention that we're also on Spotify and Google Podcasts. Special Shout-out If you haven't yet, please check out the DIY Narrator Podcast hosted by my buddy Josh Risser. If you are a designer and developer responsible for your own course narration, Josh offers some great tips to get the best you can from what you've got! You won't be disappointed. You can access Josh's episode of the Lounge Podcast here.
40 minutes | Jul 26, 2018
012: Building an Adaptive Learning Experience
Adaptive learning experiences can be a game-changer for employee engagement in your elearning courses. What's adaptive learning you ask? Grab your favourite beverage and join us for a chat. I've got mine - it's a tasty cup of decaf Earl Grey tea. In today's episode my friend and "episode partner-in-crime" Simon Blair and I talk about his experience building an adaptive learning experience for a workshop he presented at DevLearn17. What's in this Episode We discuss: What adaptive learning is Why and how you can use adaptive learning Basics of designing an adaptive experience using Storyline (or for me, Lectora) The difference between adaptive and responsive (and how to stop referring to "responsive" out of context) Perils of country living in a digital world Who is Simon? Simon is an evil genius and all-around great guy. He's also funny as heck, and if you don't follow him on Twitter you NEED to! Go do it now! As an eLearning specialist, he has developed eLearning and associated apps, spearheaded quality and efficiency initiatives, and is a go-to source for all things LMS and eLearning technology, supporting colleagues around the globe. At various points, he has also been a software developer, a teaching assistant on back-country camping courses, a technical trainer, and a facilitator of virtual and in-person training across North America. He also facilitated a hands-on session on building an adaptive course in Storyline at DevLearn 2017 (the eLearning Guild's premier industry conference). In the next few weeks he'll be appearing on the TLDCast as well, so keep an eye out for that. Links from this Episode Simon on Twitter Simon on LinkedIn The Files for this project (Thank you so much for freely sharing your project with us Simon - available in Storyline and Storyline 360 formats) the Canadian eLearning Conference My big take-away from today was not to be afraid to try something new and outside the box - sometimes, the only way we can get to a conference is to have a speaking submission accepted. Conferences are an expensive investment, but always worth it. If conferences aren't in your budget, maybe you should do what Simon did - lose the fear, create a great proposal for an amazing talk (we all have something we can share) and share your knowledge, skill and expertise. Connecting this idea of adaptive learning to another concept, like that of confidence based assessments can elevate the experience for your learners, add more of a true "learner at the centre" focus, and also provide you with some statistics to help you design and build future learning experiences. So much to think about - I'd love to hear how you are using adaptive learning approaches to solve your business problems. I'd also love it if you would kindly subscribe on iTunes and if you liked this episode, please give it a rating and review, and share it with your friends and colleagues. You can also share it on Twitter and LinkedIn, just use the hashtag #theloungepodcast.
43 minutes | Jul 17, 2018
011: Learning Data and Analytics
Learning data - it's a huge topic. How do you collect and use information generated by the employees/students taking your courses? There is no "one-size-fits-all" approach to collecting and using learning data, but in today's episode we talk about some things to consider. You may be wondering how motorcycles and learning data connect - listen in today as my guest Anthony Altieri talks us through this burning question. Anthony is a proud IDIoT - instructional developer for the Internet of Things, xAPI enthusiast, LMS guy and all round tech geek - so you know I enjoyed talking with him. More bio to be updated shortly. During our conversation, a major thunder storm rolled through and interrupted our conversation, but we rescued it and were able to finish up. Good think I had my Monk's Prayer tea to keep me calm, cool and collected! (Did I mention it is delicious? And, I think you should consider trying it) What's in this Episode: what is xAPI our role as a cost centre in the business who is responsible for xAPI and learning data why care about learning data how to get started LMS versus LRS is the LMS dead? Links: xAPI Cohort - Torrance Learning - get involved and learn by doing Anthony on Twitter Anthony on LinkedIn Learn more about xAPI - the what, why and how high-level overview Learn to Code at Canada Learning Code
44 minutes | Jul 10, 2018
010: Learning That Fits
Microlearning (or Micro learning) means many things to many people. When asked to define what micro learning is, every learning practitioner will answer with their own twist. I have to say the best answer to the question "what is micro learning?" came in this conversation - learning that fits. Learning that fits the learner, the job, the task, the organization, the time, the needs.... and when you listen in, you'll hear great ideas about how to create learning that fits and solves your business problem. Today I've made a lovely iced raspberry oolong tea. It's the perfect refreshing beverage to accompany my chat with JD Dillon. What's in this episode What is micro learning? What myths we hear about learning? Who are the people you can work with to fill gaps? Should corporate learning own learning in the organization? Curating learning content ideas About our Guest JD Dillon is one of the most prolific writers and speakers in the workplace learning space. With his practical approach and unique ability to integrate science, technology, storytelling and pure common sense, JD designs solutions that enable employees, improve organizational performance and drive business results. In his role as the Principal Learning Strategist with Axonify, JD works with an award-winning team to boost employee knowledge, organizational capability and business results for leading organizations through the application of modern learning practices and cutting-edge technology. JD has spent also spent portions of his 20-year career designing and implementing learning and performance strategies for respected global organizations, including The Walt Disney Company, Kaplan, Brambles, and AMC Theatres. He is the founder of LearnGeek, an independent practice that provides hands-on consultative and educational services to organizations that want to provide better learning and support for their employees. JD shares ongoing insights on his LearnGeek Blog and writes a monthly column for Learning Solutions Magazine titled ‘In Real Life. You can find JD on Twitter via @JD_Dillon or online at learngeek.co.
56 minutes | Jul 3, 2018
009: Short-Notice Learning Projects
Short-notice projects. We've all been there. That moment when your client or leader drops an urgent project in your lap and you need to produce a great learning solution in an incredibly short amount of time. You know it's next to impossible to meet the milestones and project delieverables. You know you need to have the dreaded talk about what Mark calls "what's possible" and you are sweating and feeling a lot of stress, and you'd love to find a hole to hide in. Grab your favourite beverage, I've got mine! and let's jump into a great discussion about short-notice projects with fellow Canadian , instructional designer, former member of the Canadian Military and current awesome-guy, Mark Sheppard. Mark joins me today to discuss the learning moments that came from an incredible short-notice project he dealt with as a contract instructional designer for the Royal Canadian Air Force school. This is a not-to-be-missed event where we talk about the request from the client, the process to deliver, the product and the organizational impact this had. So many great lessons and stories! What you don't know, is that Mark and I did a video call, and he had me laughing! I know you are surprised right? So I did have to cut out some of my laughter, but just know, I had an amazing chat and I look forward to having him back on The Lounge Podcast again to talk about another awesome topic! In this Episode what is a short-notice project best practices in responding to a short-notice project high-level PM tips for dealing with short-notice projects how staff and contractor/freelancers may deal with these requests differently About Mark Sheppard Mark is a long-time learning practitioner from the Toronto area. He has worked as a technical instructor, Education Manager, Instructional Designer, and learning consultant across a variety of industries having got his start as an instructor during his service in the Army Reserve. More recently, he worked for eHealth Ontario for 4.5 years where he implemented their Learning Management System and the new hire on-boarding program. He also spent 3.5 years on contract with the RCAF at the School of Aerospace Technology & Engineering, in their Training Innovations Group, where he was responsible for designing new online learning assets as well as the full curriculum for apprentice maintainers. He currently works as a Sr. Consultant for Leadership & Learning for a major hospital in Toronto. Mark is a frequent conference speaker and has presented to audiences in Canada, the US, and Australia. He has a Certificate in Adult Training & Development from U of T, a Masters in Learning & Technology from Royal Roads, and is a Certified Human Resources Professional. He can be found on Twitter as @marklearns.