Options-Based Learning

I believe in prescribed learning for adult learners. I believe in options-based learning for adult learners. Isn’t that a conflict? Not in my mind, and here’s why. Prescribed learning, whether higher education curriculum or corporate training programs, provides the framework that is assured to scaffold throughout the program. Strong programs have an excellent architecture in place supported with well-designed learning. The prescribed flow is best developed in a centralized capacity, guiding the experience and knowledge of subject matter experts into … [Read More]


Mindsets for Flow in Agile ISD

An inherent value to the agile mindset is the respect and implementation of continuous improvement, especially, in my mind, to a framework based on agile principles. True to that belief, we have taken the the agile instructional design model that Scott Marsee and I developed back in 2011 that focused on iterative stages of course development into another state of improvement through simplication. The framework of Scrum gave us the insights to help put aside the frustrating limitations that the … [Read More]


Facilitating Collaboration

Whether we are facilitating a small brainstorming group, training a large class, or teaching an academic course, we fall susceptible to the “it’s really important to collaborate” practice. What in the world does that mean? Just chat about it? If you are shuddering at the thought of “discussion items” on a meeting agenda as much as I am, we both know it’s not about dropping a topic bomb on the table and seeing where it goes.


Limiting Purpose in Progress

While speaking with my husband (@erwilleke), we realized that we were going through a very similar journey of understanding in our careers despite working in very different areas: Eric striving to align thousands of people against a common purpose in the corporate world, Marian developing learning experiences to expose individuals to opportunities of personal transformation in the educational world (for now). Based on our combined interest and application in this topic concerning organizational behavior and human learning behaviors, we co-wrote … [Read More]


Leading Learning Workshops

Today was a fantastic day leading a collaboration and learning workshop in Ohio for humanities and social science adjunct faculty, blending methods from Open Space and Lean Coffee to facilitate the workshop. Not having a strong sense of the faculty needs initially, I hosted several Lean Coffees across different cities in Ohio where this institution maintained sites this past February and March, as well as an online Lean Coffee, which was quite interesting, and successful, I must say. This drove … [Read More]


Ownership vs Training

In my experience as an operations director at small, private university, I have found myself amused with some of the training snafus that I discovered. My favourite was when my Program Manager skyped me with this question.


Minimising Personal Kanban

Personal Kanban. It’s that thing that changed my life from being productive to being super productive. Then I realized something, and uber productivity started kicking into place. I remember when I thought the ticket was visualization. Granted, that was absurdly awesome, especially since it allowed me to balance education, career, and family in one view. Then prioritization crept in …. slowly but surely. Control freak behavior started dissipating into confidence that everything would be fine. Emergencies transitioned into simply re-prioritizing. … [Read More]


Giving Space for Creative Design

The blog series that I have created for developing curriculum with an agile mindset is coming to a close, with only two posts remaining. This one focuses on the slack that the process has now given us.


Technology in all its glory and pitfalls

Next on the list for my blog series for developing effective curriculum is to take a look at technology, in all of it’s glory and pitfalls! Recall that we discussed that developing solid outcomes are the cornerstone that drives the quality of your course so that you can then determine resources, and then select activities, optimize your facilitation options, and diversify the experience based on the needs of your learners. Throughout all of those posts, you’ll note a distinct lack of technology. … [Read More]


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.


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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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