Monthly Archives: November 2014

Conversations about L&D – a New Podcast(?)

Earlier this week I was fortunate to have a Skype conversation with PLN luminary, Brent Schlenker, about all things L&D. Joining me in the conversation was Montreal-based performance strategist, Ajay Pangarkar.

Brent is hoping to turn this into a genuine podcast series and I am hoping to be a collaborator.

Grab your headphones and have a listen!

http://elearndev.blogspot.ca/2014/11/new-podcast-bs-talks-about-elearning.html

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Imagine That

A short, but straightforward take on growing the PLN from Urbie Delgado. Enjoy the read!

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INTRO

I was an avid reader until Mrs and I started having kids. Arthur C. Clarke was a favorite. Something he wrote came back to me tonight.

IMAGINE

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” — Arthur C. Clarke

I go far afield from what I know when I grow my PLN. Curiosity is my driver.

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When I started participating at EdCamps it was dizzying: so much new stuff. Curiosity turned me onto following scientists, too.

IGNITE

This week I learned of The Society for Neuroscience conference in DC. Pouring over #SfN14’s backchannel I began following neuroscientists. Their tweets made me curious. They are into some cool things.

OUTRO

So what do I ask of my PLN? Take my thinking where my own probably wouldn’t.

I’ll do the same for you.

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Dear Dave: a letter to a colleague on metaphors, PLN, and perceptions

Dear Dave:

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“Dear Sigmund…”

I hope you’ll forgive this departure from my usual blog format, but I was inspired by Sidney Friedman’s diary dialogue with Sigmund Freud in M*A*S*H and thought I’d give this a go.

Tuesday brought to light some big revelations on how people react so strongly to some blog posts when others remain read, but un-commented. As an examination of the dynamics of social media it’s fascinating, but that’s not quite where I was going, so bear with me.

Of course, I’m speaking of your post on the Snake Oil in the PLN. I liked it. But maybe not for the reasons that would be obvious. Read the rest of this entry

Shared #WorkOutLoud Update

I’m including an update I fired off to the team this morning about what we have on the go internally (names changed to initials for obvious privacy reasons). It will give you a sense of some of the things I have been working on as well as what I am doing to communicate it to the broader audience.

Things are moving along well at our little learning ‘skunkworks’ at CHO.  The learning inventory has been completed and it is doing the first round of feedback with the TLs and PCs.  My thanks to CG, AT, SF, TJ (and a few others who wish to remain anonymous) for their input and feedback in the creation of the inventory and helping me with findings and recommendations.  More to follow at the TL meeting on the 19th. Read the rest of this entry

A shout-out to Working out Loud!

Lots of changes and lots of updates, but the short version is that I’ve moved on from my engagement with the RCAF and I’m now working very close to home for a really great people services firm, Northern Lights Canada.

My big win this week was getting the OK from the CEO to engage in some #workoutloud and #showyourwork activities, so I can actively share some of the work I have going on. Leading and stewarding the transformation of Learning & Development is my major focus right now so I’m genuinely excited to shed some light on this work.

Watch this space for updates and examples of what’s going on behind the scenes on the first project: revamping the onboarding program for new hires.