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New name, same goodness! Welcome, tom.spiglanin.com!

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Tom Spiglanin

For those playing along at home…my friend and L&D colleague, Tom Spiglanin, has just launched his new domain name to go with his blog.

So, please go and visit tom.spiglanin.com. While you’re there, check out the story of John Andrew Rankin. He’s pretty cool, too.

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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

Welcome to the new Hitch Hiker’s Guide!!

Greetings, welcome, and – hopefully – welcome back!

After some deep consideration, I decided on a small exercise in re-branding. While my ‘elearningguy’ handle represented a lot of what I was doing when I created it, it’s not reflective of all my activities, nor is it completely indicative of who I am as a Learning & Development professional.

I will leave the other site available as a redirect page for a while and allow direct followers to change/update bookmarks.

Thanks for following me as I take the next leg of the journey.

NHL/NHLPA: A pox on both their houses

So, according to the great sage of TSN, Bob McKenzie, unless there’s some kind of quantum shift in the stances of the league and the player’s association, hockey fans will be facing their third stoppage in play in recent memory.

Where is the fan left in all this? I think we become the sports equivalent of an “unsecured creditor” during an insolvency proceeding. We’re pretty sure we’re owed something but damned unlikely to collect on it.

Yes, there’s been posturing, and yes, there’s been rhetoric so thick you could drive a Zamboni on it. What else would you expect when the two point men in this lover’s tiff are lawyers by profession. Neither one really has roots in hockey. Bettman came from the NBA and Fehr came from MLB. I think it’s safe to say neither one cares about the Game itself. Read the rest of this entry

Blue Moon

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With a little ingenuity and a lot of patience, I managed to capture a few shots of Friday’s ‘Blue Moon’.

With the recent passing of Neil Armstrong, I took a much longer gaze at the Moon, marveling at the audacity and drive it took to get there, while staying mindful of the sacrifices (Apollo 1).

The view never gets old.

Thoughts on Atrixware’s recent post on Destructive Trends in Learning

I follow a number of vendors through my Facebook presence and this post from Atrixware caught my eye. The title certainly had some drawing power because L&D professionals are frequently (and often unwittingly) engaged in destructive behaviour. Not for themselves, of course, but in terms of learning outputs and impact. Let’s face it: we’ve all been there.

The major thread of the article is that the e-learning community is akin to the Lemming, following leaders or new ideas in droves. I suppose there’s some anecdotal truth to that assertion, in much the same way people become enchanted with the zeitgeist of the day in their work or social circles.

While the general guidance is OK at a basic level for L&D, I struggle somewhat with their points, so here are my thoughts. Read the rest of this entry

StoryboardTrek – the Search for the Sweet Spot

I originally was going to make a comparison between Storyboards and educational quicksand, but having seen reactions to similar polemics, I figured I needed to adjust my stance somewhat.

The concept of planning out a highly interactive learning asset has its roots in film-making and – in principle – is a good idea. After all, movies are expensive enough to make without wasting time and film on shots that will end up on the cutting room floor. But the storyboarding process for media is pretty well understood and (I think?) follows some generally accepted conventions so you can(I think?) go from one production to another and make sense of what’s going on.

That hasn’t really been my experience with storyboarding for interactive learning assets. In fact, it’s anything but. Read the rest of this entry

Educational Ennui

With my wife tackling her B.Ed. (and hoping to transfer to my alma mater for Grad School) and one of my colleagues also starting the MA program I did, I’ve been tripping down educational memory lane of late.

That came to a head a little while ago as I participated in a FB message exchange with some of my former classmates as we responded to a query from one of our number about an instructional design challenge.  My friend Peter summed it up well:

As an aside, you have no idea how much I miss this kind of dialogue with you guys. This thread made my day.

With that, I got a pang of sadness.  Read the rest of this entry

Wholeperson PLN Thoughts and Thanks

Steve Wheeler (@timbuckteeth) has thrown out some queries in support of #plym12 that asked about people’s Top 3 tools for their PLN. Many of the results followed a similar theme: Twitter, Blogs, Social Bookmarking…that sort of thing.  My Top 3 were: Twitter, my Blog, and Evernote. Niall Gavin (@niallgavinuk) responded with a Top 5 and made the interesting inclusion of Instagram as part of his PLN.

That made me stop and think. Read the rest of this entry

My experience with Snapguide: Thoughts, implications, and a wishlist

It was one of those “Just in Time” moments for learning. I had been sharing some photos of a trip into Toronto through Instagr.am and cross-posting them to Facebook. A grad school classmate asked me how I achieved the effects. After listing the tools I used, she jokingly asked when I’d have the e-learning course ready for her to teach her how to do it all. Undaunted, I figured this was a good opportunity to try out Snapguide. Read the rest of this entry