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…

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….

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…

Perspective and Creativity, Inc.

I am an introduction and chapter into the book Creativity Inc., and I’m already obsessed. Ed Catmull, the co-founder of Pixar, is the author of the book. The book is supposedly about creativity in business, about how to resolve obstacles to inspiration. I don’t know yet, I’m only a chapter in. But Catmull has already told a story…

A Day in the Life of an E-Learning Developer

Today I’m sitting on the patio of my ocean-view hotel room, sipping coffee from the Keurig machine, and in this part of my 3-part clause, I would have said something like “and capturing the occasional glimpse of lights flashing on the Santa Monica pier’s ferris wheel,” but for whatever inexplicable reason, it’s off for the first time since…

MOOCs are ineffective at training

Are MOOCs ineffective at training? I think so. Okay, well, if we’re going to be pedantic, I think some MOOCs are ineffective. I don’t think I can even say “most” because, well, I haven’t taken “most” MOOCs. I should also clarify further: I’m discussing MOOCs that are professional skill topics, not the academic-for-fun courses. But, the title pulled…

Subreddits for learning

The Learning Guild’s Twitter chat (#guildchat) on Friday was about social media & learning. I brought up reddit, and Nick responded with this: I’m still curious how to use reddit in learning @deacti_vate been there many times but haven’t figured it out lol #guildchat — Nick Leffler (@technkl) April 3, 2015 So – I told…

Social media communities for instructional design and ed tech

I love social media. Social media is not only a way to casually keep in touch with friends and family, but a way for me to grow professionally. I’ve made great connections (such as Mel Milloway, Ashley Chiasson, and Craig Wiggins) and learned so much through my network. Steve Wheeler’s post on social media last week got…