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Rural Social Transformation

How often do we tuck ourselves in our own world with coffee cup in hand ready to meet the crisis of the week? I know in my own world, it is easy to stress about the little things. While the little things are important building blocks to address those large issues, we should often step back and examine how our work impacts the big picture. Are we arguing over semantics or making an impact? Are the semantics important to effective … [Read More]


Connectivism: A Digital Social Learning Theory

Connectivism is best grasped as social learning theory rebranded for the digital age and communities of learning within that age. As a result, the theory’s principles remain steeped in social learning theory, while its application is adjusted for modern technology and the uniqueness of online communities. It is a difficult concept to truly investigate as it is still in development and there is much unknown about it. However, a guiding concept of connectivism is that it is a learning theory … [Read More]


Personal Kanban Impact on Self-Awareness

Another busy quarter has come and gone! You may be thinking “but the quarter doesn’t end until December!” It is easier for my life to run on the quarterly world of Walden University that is set a full month off and before the normal calendar quarter. This is quite helpful since getting a doctorate certainly wipes out much of your life. Since you don’t want a negative attitude towards something that requires such a time investment, I choose to go … [Read More]


Case Study: Kanban in Online Group Learning

It is exciting to see this long-planned study become action! Please see my website and check out the case study developed so far for the background. There is a downloadable PowerPoint that outlines the value of kanban in academic online group learning settings, as well as a downloadable essay that I wrote to provide context and planning for this case study. Meanwhile, here are the Cliff Notes of the project:


Emotions of the Adult Learner

This may sound like it is something relevant only to academic curriculum and settings. It’s not! Adults, whether in at work learning on the job, in professional learning, or in school, experience emotional fears.


Effective Discussion Leading

It is often assumed that the purpose of the online discussion forum is to replace the interaction available in face to face learning environments, but Levine (2007) suggests that it provides constructivist learning and community development that is not necessarily present in onsite learning. The connection between constructivism and community development is the construction of knowledge through collaboration. While this is a higher level of learning than the lower taxonomies of acquiring and understanding, it also provides a higher responsibility … [Read More]


Applying Grounded Theory

The best uses for qualitative research inquiries has been a point of discussion during my research forum this quarter at Walden University. However, I felt this particular discussion was extremely relevant to how we should operate our every day learning in business or personal.


Experiential Learning

There are essential characteristics of experiential learning to note based on the observations of the Lewinian Model of Action Research, Dewey’s Model of Learning, and Piaget’s Model of Cognitive Development. All of these models have similar characteristics that result in the following conclusions presented by Kolb (1984):


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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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