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…

Making Friends in a New City

I watched The Bachelor for the first time a couple of months ago. The episode featured the bachelor himself visiting the girls’ hometowns to meet their families. My roommate’s town was featured, I made a point to watch it with him. Not long after we’d settled down with our beers and snacks, my roommate’s questions…

Frivolous Thinking and Finding the Perfect Laptop Bag

I’ve thought a lot about bags lately. Specifically, a work bag that will fit my monstrosity of a laptop. Apparently I am picky. I can’t seem to find a bag to fit my wish list. Rachel’s Perfect-but-Difficult-to-Find Bag Features Wish List: Shoulder strap Be more than just a laptop bag – like a briefcase sorta…

Overcoming Social Anxiety

“Don’t worry, I’ll annoy them if I don’t hear back,” I assured my boss. I was a few short months into my new job, and attempting to get software installed. “Can you even do that? You’re not inherently annoying,” she laughed back at me. For most people, that comment would be forgotten by the end…

Starting a Blog

I am not new to blogging. But I am new to blogging about something other than my professional life. I’ve considered a personal blog for a long time, but there was always stuff holding me back (like I’m sure it’s holding you back, too). My huge list of reasons:

Things Are Changing – New Site Announcement

For some time I have wanted to have my own personal blog type of thing. And, selfishly, I LOVE my domain. OhThatRachel.com? How awesome is that. Seriously. Plus, OhThatRachel.com sounds like more of a personal blog than an instructional design blog anyways. So, I finally did it. OhThatRachel.com has now been transferred to ecoursery.com! It’s…