Blog Archives

Facilitating Beyond the Topic

It easy for me to discuss how fast a facilitator can go tunnel vision with their learners because I’ve fallen into the trap so many times. Even with a good start for a course, the best of intentions can quickly disintegrate into assessment/interaction and appropriately timed updates. Mechanical being the optimal word here. I was snapped out of my reverie when a student left me the painful feedback that “it felt like she just had a process and there wasn’t any … [Read More]


Preparing Adult Learners for Success

Academics often express frustration with the poor preparation of learners entering college and being able to succeed with academic rigor, let alone thrive with it. Organizations question our (colleges) ability to produce the individuals with the skills needed as they lament the lack of critical thinking skills, decision-making skills, and communication skills being graduated and brought into the workforce (Hoover, Giambatista, Sorenson, & Bommer, 2010). What is going on? Is everybody just whining? Are the students that ill-prepared and is … [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]


Right-brain? Left-Brain? Diversifying the Learning Experience

Next on the list for my blog series for developing effective curriculum is a look at not only selecting and optimising appropriate activities to ensure outcomes or objectives fulfillment, but that you also deepen your activity diversity for maximal learning impact.


Scaffolding the Learning Process

We are continuing my blog series on developing effective curriculum after a hiatus of travel and illness, so it’s good to be “back in the saddle” again! This post assumes you have already created excellent outcomes or objectives and have selected appropriate activities to ensure that your outcomes will be fulfilled. At this point in the course development process, any expert could facilitate your workshop or course. However, let’s make sure you have created options for yourself and your learners.


Taxonomies of Learning

Bloom’s (1956) cognitive taxonomy are widely accepted and used in both academics and T&D areas of corporate learning. In the spike of learning responsibility across the globe, though, that is a limited number of people with knowledge of its value. Even then, there are few within those groups that apply the affective taxonomy developed twenty years later by Bloom, Krathwohl, and Masia (1973). Despite the challenge, the combined application of these taxonomies is worth the effort to provide a holistic … [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.


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]


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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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