Book Review: Ready, Set, Curate

In 2014, I had an opportunity to sit in on a presentation by Ben Betts and Allison Anderson at the American Society for Training & Development conference on using curation to support learning. I was, therefore, pleased to pick up the book called Ready, Set, Curate: 8 Learning Experts Tell You How* edited by Ben Betts and  Allison Anderson because it expanded upon what they presented at the conference. I agree with them that curation is a 21st-century digital literacy skill that everyone should master. With the amount of content that is available and continues to be created, we need a way to discover, filter, organize, add value, and share with others. We need a way to make sense of all this information, and curation is such a method. Read more

#ATD2015 Session: Training gets a trim – Microlearning for a new workforce

Training gets a trim - Microlearning forLooking for ideas on how to create thin-sliced content for JCC faculty, I was looking for ideas and strategies to apply. I decided to attend Alex Khurgin’s ATD Conference session on microlearning. Alex Khurgin, Creative Director for Grovo, gave a highly entertaining and informative presentation on microlearning. Microlearning is learning through small, focused, accessible bits of content. Create better learning and performance outcomes for everyone while spending less time and money doing it. Read more

#ATD Session: The 70-20-10 Design Approach to On-Demand Learning Using Agile

The 70-20-10 Design Approach toHow do I best help faculty learn about new concepts and technologies? This is the question that keeps me up. Our faculty have a heavy teaching load, and therefore, they have little time to dedicate to attending workshops. What to do?

Lynne Iati and Suzanne Squillante from CA Technologies have implemented a learning on demand strategy for their company using an agile scrum building methodology for development. There are a number of important ideas in this presentation.  Read more

#ADT2015 Session: Make Powerful Infographics Fast

Make Powerful Infographics FastMike Parkinson, founder of Billion Dollar Graphics, gave a highly informative presentation on creating infographics.  Since I am not artistically inclined, I will have difficulty putting this into action, but I do understand enough to help guide a graphic artist. During his presentation, he addressed two important elements to consider while putting together an infographic. He also shared free or cheap resources to make it happen. Read more

#ATD2015 Session: Time Management is Dead & Get Control of Email and Outlook

Time Management is Dead & Get Control ofNormally, I do not sit in on vendor sessions. During this ATD Conference I sat in on two given by the same person, Mike Song, CEO of The topics sounded interesting, something I certainly needed. I am always trying to figure out how to better manage my time and email.  For the few tips I picked up, the sessions were worth it. Read more