Using Design Thinking to Craft Learning Experiences

Last month I was fortunate to attend a Design Thinking workshop with the eLearning guru Connie Malamed. After reading Connie’s blog for over 8 years  I was beyond psyched for the opportunity to meet her in person! The workshop was absolutely wonderful (as expected) and really helped cement many of the ideas I have been implementing over the past 6 months in my new learning experience role. It opened my eyes to how important design thinking is and where some of the crossovers between Learning Experience and User Experience are as a whole. What is Design Thinking? Design Thinking is a…

Lessons Learned from Learning Solutions 2018

This week I attended The eLearning Guild’s Learning Solutions Conference in Orlando, FL and as expected it was a fantastic event! For those who haven’t attended a Learning Solutions conference before, it is usually a 3 day event where practitioners in the industry gather to discuss industry trends, best practices, and tips and tricks. On top of all of that, the guild also offers 2 days of pre-conference workshops for those looking to expand their skills even more. Overall, I’m a big fan of the guild events – its a great opportunity to connect with others in the industry and…

Adopting a Performance Support Mindset: Defining your PS Strategy

In my first article of the Performance Support series, I suggested that the way that people are learning has changed. Gone are the days of learners having the ability to take off of work to attend multi-day training sessions. We’re now in an era of instant gratification where learners are finding content in a quick video or 160 character tweet. This means as learning practitioners we have to move towards a more performance support based mindset that emphasizes giving learners the right amount of support, complexity, and detail right at the time when they need it most. Adopting Performance Support is…

Adopting a Performance Support Mindset: The 5 Moments of Learning Need

It should come as no surprise that the way that people are choosing to learn has changed. Gone are the days of attending multiple days of training to learn a new skill or software program. Instead, learners are looking up content when they need it most. If I think about all the ways that I learned something over the past few months, I could rattle off a list of answers ranging from articles, books, and videos. Just a few weeks ago when I was putting together a new bookcase for my home office, I quickly flipped through the instructions and…

New Year, New Goals: A Look into 2018

Believe it or not 2018 is finally here. I rang in the year at a New Year’s Spiritual Renewal Retreat at Kripalu and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I disconnected from my phone for 60+ hours and went through some rejuvenating yoga, meditation, and reiki sessions. And of course, I also got to chow down on some tasty organic food! Now that i’m feeling refreshed, i’m ready to hit the ground running into 2018. 2017 was an exciting year. What a busy time – I juggled a full time job and second year in…

2017 Year in Review

2017, what a ride it’s been! To much of my friends dismay, I actually revisit my goals every year during my birthday month (November). I’ve spent the past few weeks mulling over 2017 and finally decided to write about some of the things I’ve accomplished this year:   I launched my personal website Talk about long overdue! Redesigning my personal website has been on my goals list for about 15 months now and I am so happy that I crushed it out in the final month of 2017. My goal was to at least to get something live to showcase…

2018 Speaking Engagements

I am very excited to announce that I have 2 upcoming speaking engagements slated for Spring 2018! Adopting a Performance Support Mindset @ Learning Solutions in Orlando, FL. Learning Solutions is a great conference put on by the eLearning Guild every year. I truly cannot recommend the Guild highly enough! Designing eLearning for Cross-Cultural Global Workplace Needs @ the International Society of Performance Improvement (ISPI) Annual Conference in Seattle, WA. This will be my first year attending and I will be co-presenting with my one of my professors for the OPWL program, Lisa Giacumo. I hope to see you there!…