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25 – Effective Subject Matter Expert Management with Sean Hickey

When was your last Subject Matter Expert (SME) meeting? How did it go? Was it a painful experience for both of you? If so, this episode is for you! What's Happening in The Lounge today? I'm excited to bring you this impromptu chat with my new friend Sean Hickey. Sean is a master at working with people. He's incredibly personable and a joy to spend time with. I've had the privilege of spending time with him at two separate conferences, the Ohio ATD Tech days last September and the March 2019...


24 – Anna Leach, AI and Machine Learning

Today’s episode explores something I’m not overly familiar with, and I admit, it can be a little scary when you don’t know much about it. AI and Machine learning and not new but for some of us, it’s a bit scary to talk about something we only know about formally through Hollywood blockbusters. In today’s show I’m chatting with Anna Leach, a Graduate Associate and PHD student at the University of Arizona. Anna shares some interesting information about the AI Circle and some other things we...


23 – Minisode – Learning Content Review Cycles

If you listened in last week, you heard Hadiya and I discussing quality control and quality assurance, as well as feedback cycles. I wanted to continue the conversation with you this week but talking about the life-cycle of a learning object. Sometimes, our learning content needs to be updated to reflect new ideals, practices, organization goals and direction, new performance problems and of course, updated government legislation. In this episode: what is a review cycle and why are they...


#22: QA and QC for Learning Programs with Hadiya Nuriddin

So many of us fell into training, learning and development - it wasn't a selected career path for most of my friends and colleagues in the industry. This week's guest is no different. Hadiya Nuriddin started much like I did, supporting peers with hardware and software questions, being the most knowledgeable and being able to clearly communicate the "how-to" and "why" of training. Hadiya and I bonded over a previous conversation chatting about quality assurance, quality control and review...


21: Virtual Classroom Training with Cindy Huggett

I was an early adopter of online learning. I provided training on Microsoft products to insurance industry professionals around North America using a precursor to WebEx, a product Called Centra99. That was 20 years ago - and while some of the technologies have changed, the foundation needed to provide virtual training in a virtual classroom hasn't! This episode is here to help you determine if you are ready to implement virtual training into YOUR development roadmap for your staff. It's an...


20: Lance Healy – Solving Business Problems with a LMS

Join me in this first episode of 2019 as my friend Lance Healy joins me to discus how he collaborated with a learning partner to implement a learning management system for a very short-term project: the 2015 Toronto Pan Am and Para Pan Am Games.I met Lance 10 years ago at a Lectora Conference - and we've been friends ever since! I love chatting with him every opportunity I get and I suggest you take a look at his social and connect with him! In this episode: Thinking a bit outside the norm...


19 – eLearning Art, Images and Portfolios with Bryan Jones

I am super-duper excited to bring you this awesome lounge conversation with Bryan Jones, my authority for cut-out people, images and backgrounds for elearning projects. I am privileged to have been an early adopter of the amazing items Bryan offered up through is business Bryan has been working in elearning for a while now, and about 10 years ago he recognized a need, a shortcoming in the industry - he needed great images for scenarios and interactions in his elearning...


018 – The Power of Storytelling in Learning with Ray Jimenez

Check back - notes to follow - just needed to get this up and loaded as I was a bit late today! Thanks for your patience!


017: Marketing and L&D with Bianca Baumann

Marketing and L&D When I say, "Marketing", what do you think of? Learning? Have you ever thought about how marketing and the marketing department are related to instructional design? What's the story? If you never have this episode is an important one for you! Today, my guest Bianca Baumann makes the connection for us, as well, she discusses what she likes to call "digital education success" and so much more in this episode. Time few by and I was so excited to chat with Bianca that I TOTALLY...


016: Scenario-based Learning Experiences with Christy Tucker

"What's the hubbub about scenarios?", you ask. Listen in to this episode and you'll find out! I'm so happy to have been able to speak with Christy Tucker in this episode about Learning Scenarios and storytelling. To me, she is a leader in designing single point scenarios or branching scenarios. Christy is a wealth of knowledge about eLearning as well. I know you'll find some amazing information there so be sure to pop over and read up on her thoughts, ideas and experiences. My drink of...


015: Screencasting Video and Learning with Jayne Davids

I took a vacation from the podcast last week - busy with a cool project that has me designing and developing some medical focused eLearning as well as creating some cool animated explainer videos. My passion project sometimes has to take a back seat - but I'm back this week with an awesome conversation with my friend Jayne Davids. Jayne is a superstar when it comes to creating screen-capture training and training videos for software and software simulations. We talk about all kinds of...


014: eLearning for New IDs and Teams with Tim Slade

Being a newbie in an industry can be challenging, no matter if you are a new instructional designer (ID), developer or team lead/manager. I've got a glass of iced lemon water today (it's still pretty hot here) and it's so refreshing! What's in your cup? I'm really excited to share this conversation with Tim and I really hope you find as much value in this conversation as I did. About Tim Tim Slade is a manager, speaker, author, and award-winning eLearning designer.With nearly a decade...


013: Building Learning Communities

Today on the podcast we have Brent Schlenker joining me to discuss building learning communities. Brent has been in L&D/T&D for a while now, and he's participated in many communities over the years. Seeing a need for a different kind of professional network for training and learning practitioners, Brent set about creating a casual, yet professional community where sharing knowledge and laughing with each other is a daily practice. Brent chats about his journey building the TLDC community,...


012: Building an Adaptive Learning Experience

Adaptive learning experiences can be a game-changer for employee engagement in your elearning courses. What's adaptive learning you ask? Grab your favourite beverage and join us for a chat. I've got mine - it's a tasty cup of decaf Earl Grey tea. In today's episode my friend and "episode partner-in-crime" Simon Blair and I talk about his experience building an adaptive learning experience for a workshop he presented at DevLearn17. What's in this Episode We discuss: What adaptive learning is...


011: Learning Data and Analytics

Learning data - it's a huge topic. How do you collect and use information generated by the employees/students taking your courses? There is no "one-size-fits-all" approach to collecting and using learning data, but in today's episode we talk about some things to consider. You may be wondering how motorcycles and learning data connect - listen in today as my guest Anthony Altieri talks us through this burning question. Anthony is a proud IDIoT - instructional developer for the Internet of...


010: Learning That Fits

Microlearning (or Micro learning) means many things to many people. When asked to define what micro learning is, every learning practitioner will answer with their own twist. I have to say the best answer to the question "what is micro learning?" came in this conversation - learning that fits. Learning that fits the learner, the job, the task, the organization, the time, the needs.... and when you listen in, you'll hear great ideas about how to create learning that fits and solves your...


009: Short-Notice Learning Projects

Short-notice projects. We've all been there. That moment when your client or leader drops an urgent project in your lap and you need to produce a great learning solution in an incredibly short amount of time. You know it's next to impossible to meet the milestones and project delieverables. You know you need to have the dreaded talk about what Mark calls "what's possible" and you are sweating and feeling a lot of stress, and you'd love to find a hole to hide in. Grab your favourite beverage,...


008B: Professional Development

Professional development is important and should be added to your list of things to do - ASAP. As training, learning and development professionals our role is to ensure we create, instruct and provide engaging educational opportunities for those who will be participating in our courses or using our job aids, checklists, videos and simulations. We do this every day, providing others with development opportunities. BUT when do we invest in ourselves? When do we set aside time to learn...


008: Finding Inspiration and a Summer Challenge

I found some inspiration last week - it really sparked a desire to look differently at my daily interactions and experiences and to let loose and just enjoy! And as a result, this episode is a little different. It's my first solo episode. It's been really hot the last couple of days, but what a difference a day makes. Yesterday, when I recorded this episode it was super warm in my house, we don't have central air (don't really need it for the few days a year it's scorching) but believe me,...


007: Virtual Learning Teams with Shelli Warren

Today we talk about virtual teams with my amazing friend Shelli Warren! Many instructional designers and learning developers work freelance, and often for more than one company at a time. This also means they may be virtual members of a learning project team. As a manager you may not need to hire permanent learning professionals for your projects. Instead, you may require a virtual learning team, or you may want to know how to find awesome virtual learning team members! As a designer and...