Are you prepared for the workforce of the future? And I don’t mean college graduates.

Cory is a tractor-truck driver. As a child, he was always fascinated by the rumbling 18-wheelers that dominated the highway behind his home. He counted giant headlights rather than sheep at bedtime. Cory is grown up now, and the bills are piling up while his wife’s belly grows with their first-born. Cory’s dream isn’t as a…

Update: Updating Evaluations Based on “Performance-Focused Smile Sheets”

My last post was about updating evaluations based on Will Thalheimer’s book, Performance-Focused Smile Sheets. In a word, we failed. But as learning professionals, failure = learning. We learned that we had a really hard time reporting on the results, we weren’t giving our stakeholders the information they wanted, and learners were still getting a bit of…

Updating Evaluations Based on “Performance-Focused Smile Sheets”

In the spirit of sharing my work, I wanted to share how we updated our smile sheets. We knew our evaluation forms needed some help. They were long, tedious, and didn’t really give us the information we needed. So, we looked to Will Thalheimer’s book, Performance-Focused Smile Sheets. I set to work creating new evaluation…

Energy

I went to dinner with a new friend Sunday evening. We have a lot in common, we both enjoy video games and nerdy things. I’ve read the first book in the Death Note manga series, she’s going to lend me the rest when we hang out again. Earlier that day, I’d gotten lunch with another…

ID Skill Building: Effective Business Writing

In a couple of weeks, I’ll be featured on Kris Anthony’s new wonderful Instructional Design podcast, Dear Instructional Designer. I did want to give you a mini taste of one thing that I talked about: the important skill of business communication. As instructional designers, we are constantly interacting with clients, SMEs, stakeholders, you name it….

Rely on What Your Learners Know

We are working on a series of courses as a part of a huge change management initiative. One of the courses I designed is now live with our staff going through it, while I am still working on a few more courses in the series. And because one of them is live while I’m working…

Here is an Encouragement to Start a Blog

I haven’t written for a while. I could easily use the excuses of “work has been stressful” (it has) or “life has been stressful” (also true), but when are either of those things not true to some extent? Really, I struggled because I didn’t feel like I had anything exceptionally meaningful to say. I suddenly…