Creating Holistic Learning Experiences

Facilitating a course or workshop that engages the participant and is easy for you to create is the ultimate achievement. However, to do that, there is a need to instill responsibility and motivation within your participants, which requires some knowledge of adult learning theory and whole person learning approaches.


Career Reflections

Major transitions should always involve pause and reflection. Initially, when I put in my resignation as Director of Online Education at the fastest growing university in Ohio, all I was thinking about was the future. Since my #1 strength in the Strength Finders test is “Futuristic”, this is not particularly shocking to me. However, knowing this has created a self-awareness that reflection is critical for my ability to maximise my future.


Personal Kanban: Viral in Higher Ed Institution (Story 2 of 3)

This post is the continuation of a mini-series of stories on how Personal Kanban has infiltrated the fastest growing university in Ohio in an organic way. Previously we looked at the story of the Finance office and the effect that it is having on the team despite only having used it for a relatively short period of time. Now we will look at the story of the Recruitment and Marketing experience that has a longer period of time adapting it … [Read More]


Personal Kanban: Viral in Higher Ed Institution (Story 1 of 3)

I have long felt that Personal Kanban is a viral condition, spreading based on observing it’s use and then experiencing it. As our development team has used a virtual version of team-based Personal Kanban for many different aspect including administrative tasks, the curriculum development process, and the faculty recruitment process, it was thrilling to see other areas adopting Personal Kanban effectively. This post is the start of a mini-series of stories on how Personal Kanban has infiltrated the fastest growing … [Read More]


mLearning and Interface Usability

Mobile learning isn’t going away as companies and higher education institutions are seeing the benefits of mLearning. Mobile devices and their use are growing exponentially. Currently mobile devices are used more to access the Internet than desktops. While that reality has been the case since 2009, what is even more amazing to wrap our minds around is the reality that Americans “are spending, on average, 2.7 hours a day on the mobile Internet” (Quinn, 2011, p.7). The large number of … [Read More]


Business Systems Applied to Academics

Rob Hartman and I presented a session on systems thinking and mindset at Association of Business Administrators of Christian Colleges (ABACC) on February 13, which was an excellent experience. With his expertise on finance and mine on academics, we were able to bridge the gap that gets created between these two essential two departments on developing mindsets of how to thrive rather than merely survive. This entailed an introduction of Real Options where we showed part of Dan North’s vimeo … [Read More]


What is an exceptional coach?

This article by Dagley (full reference below) is incredibly insightful for anybody who wears a coach label as it describes coaching practices that have exceptional outcomes. I used it for a literature review in my doctorate, but I want to share it here as well. Dagley’s (2010) point was to articulate the differentiating factors between mainstream and exceptional coaches. The interviews provided insights that intense early engagement, variety in conversational approaches, and business-centric awareness are all elements of the exceptional … [Read More]


The Elements of Self-Actualization…and Why Coaches Should be Aware of Them

The desired outcome of mentoring or coaching adult learners is to help those individuals achieve self-actualization through transformational experiences. The more self-actualized an individual, the more aware and able that individual is to transition into or improve within knowledge-based careers. Therefore, it is important to understand how motivations are realized in individuals, as well as understand what characteristics demonstrate a self-actualized individual. Rather than career, income, or social status, a truly self-actualized individual will exhibit very specific behaviors that Maslow … [Read More]


Why we should not ascribe to behaviorialism!

I am increasingly disturbed with the amount of behavioralism practices that run rampant through our educational and training environments. In my world of accelerated adult education, the buzz theory is constructivism. Why do I call it a buzz theory? Certainly not because it’s an invalid theory; quite the opposite! I strongly believe in it, as well as the underpinnings of humanism and social constructivism for effective education. I call it a buzz theory because it’s popular to tout, but not … [Read More]


Visualise Tasks (Personal Kanban) and Visualise Time Investment (Pomodoro)

There has been a good deal of discussion from me on the matter of personal kanban for managing the flow of life without losing one’s mind or dropping a major ball. A major point, however, is not the tool, but in how you use it. Kanban focuses on continual improvement, and in this particular perspective, discovering more effective uses of Personal Kanban in one’s life should be an effort of continual improvement on a metacognitive level. Although we are not … [Read More]


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About Marian

My passion is centered around ensuring effective learning experiences that improve people's lives. Developing a learning mindset is my ultimate goal whether working with academic programs or corporate training; formal or informal learning practices. It is my belief that our potential for agility is limited only by our capacity for learning.

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