Instructional Designers and Trainers as Digital Curators?

Sometimes a few conversations converge to result in a sort of serendipitous moment of insight --or at least questions. First there was Jeff Cobb's More than 100 Free Places to Learn--and Counting. It's a phenomenal list of resources, but I would guess overwhelming to the average person. Then a few days later Jeff links to Steve Rubel's article on The Digital Curator, of whom Steve says: The call of the... Read more →


Which of Your Skills Are Obsolete?

I ran across this great wiki the other day--Obsolete Skills--a collection of abilities that used to be essential for many of us, but that we no longer need in our daily lives. We're talking skills like "dialing a rotary phone" and "cursive handwriting." The full list is amusing, but also a little sobering because I think that many of us aren't aware of of how the skills we rely on... Read more →


How Jott Blew Learning Wide Open for Bud Deihl

Britt Watwood and his colleagues in the Center for Teaching Excellence at Virginia Commonwealth University have been on an intense learning journey recently to explore how Web 2.0 tools like blogs, wikis, etc. can transform learning in higher education. This morning I heard from one of Britt's "partners in crime," Bud Deihl, who saw my recent post on Jott and thought he'd try it out himself. According to Bud, he... Read more →


Job Searching the Web 2.0 Way: Setting Up a Job Search Dashboard

Yesterday you met Shari, a mid-career training professional I'm working with who's currently engaged in looking for a job. We're in the process of looking at Shari's job search needs and then finding the Web 2.0 tools that might complement and improve the strategies she's using to conduct her job search. Getting Organized Job searching is a big project. If you're engaged in passive job searching--you're still employed but open... Read more →


From the "I Couldn't Have Said This Better Myself" Files

When it comes to professional development and who's in charge of learning, you know I come down on the side of individuals. I don't care who you're working for--we're all independent contractors in a global economy and we have a responsibility to ourselves and our families to always remember that. This is something I keep harping on, but it's a sentiment that bears repeating. Now, via Stephen Downes comes a... Read more →


Advice on Blogging for Learning

I read a lot of blogs on blogging, mostly to try to make the Bamboo Project a better place to visit. But it occurs to me that much of the advice on blogging that's out there isn't designed for bloggers who want to focus on learning--it's for bloggers who are trying to market themselves or their organizations in some fashion. In fact, many of the principles of blogging that apply... Read more →


Blogging For Learning: Another Challenge Opportunity

It's been about 6 months since I concluded my last crazy learning experiment, so I think it's about time for me to engage in another one. And as I did the last time, I'm inviting you to join with me in this. Here's where I'm going. I'm interested in exploring how to use different blog posting formats as learning tools--basically how can you use things like list posts, instructional posts,... Read more →


The Personal Learning Environment Starter Pack--What Would You Include?

I took a look back at my Personal Learning Environment posts the other day and realized how complicated it must all seem to someone who's new to using social media to enhance their learning. Lately I've been consumed with wanting to understand the newbie experience of social media for learning and how to facilitate the process of adopting tools like RSS and blogging to enhance learning. So I started thinking... Read more →


Guest Post and Podcast on PLEs for Blog Cascadia

On Friday, I had the fun of recording a podcast with Aaron Munter and Christine Martell for ASTD-Cascadia on personal learning environments. I also did a guest post for Blog Cascadia on how technology has transformed my professional development. If you're into learning, you should definitely subscribe to the BlogCascadia podcasts--they're always filled with interesting info. You might also want to check out their first webinar recorded last week on... Read more →


The Social Media Helix and Learning

Note--I wrote this post on Sunday, right after I wrote my original social media spiral post. It further explains where I'm trying to go in regard to social media use and learning and thinking through how to help people use social media tools for their own professional development. After the post I just wrote on early adopters and the early majority, I think it may add more food for thought.... Read more →