Writing, Staff Training, Instructional Design,
Presenting, Social Media Strategies, Consulting
We work collaboratively and creatively to help you address the wicked problems you face in:
*Promoting effective workplace learning and performance (staff training/e-learning)
*Facilitating the successful introduction of new technology into organizations
*Providing engaging instructional design services for dynamic onsite and online learning
*Helping trainers and others hone onsite and online presentation and facilitation skills
*Fostering the development of results-driven leadership skills
*Developing social media strategies
*Facilitating the successful development of community partnerships and collaborations
*Writing and helping others improve their business-, creative-, and grant-writing skills
*Providing consulting/marketing services to build bridges between clients and customers
Technology is the tool. People are the focus. Positive results are the product.
What I'm Doing Now
*Preparing to celebrate (on December 7, 2013) completion of the $300,000 community-based volunteer-driven Hidden Garden Steps project in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District after serving as one of three project co-chairs. Our latest newsletter is available online, and additional updates are routinely posted on the Hidden Garden Steps website.
*Facilitating one-hour webinar on "Using Social Media Tools to Facilitate Learning" (Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2 pm EST/11 am PST); registration underway on PCI Webinars site. Also beginning to develop "Social Media, Library Partnerships, and Collaboration: More Than a Tweet" for PCI Webinars on February 20, 2014.
*Serving on the Horizon Project 2014 Higher Ed Advisory Board; previous efforts included working with New Media Consortium staff to produce the NMC Horizon Report: 2013 Higher Education Edition released in February 2013, and a new NMC advisory board that helped create the organization's first Technology Outlook>Community, Technical, and Junior Colleges 2013-2018 report. I also participated in the 2013 New Media Consortium Horizon Project Summit>The Future of Education held in Austin, Texas, earlier this year.
*Creating online learning opportunities with Captivate; includes closed captioning.
*Designed and facilitated a day-long Public Library Directors' Institute on the topic of "Community Partnerships" for the Northeast Kansas Library System.
*Assisting a variety of clients and colleagues in exploring and using innovations in blended (onsite-online) learning and personal learning networks with social media and other platforms, including through massive open online courses (MOOCs), through virtual office hours in online courses, and as an onsite social media instructor.
*Preparing to facilitate additional online courses, including the next offering of my four-week online Social Media Basics course, through ALA Editions.
*Participated in "In the Conversation (podcast)," episode #113 of Maurice Coleman's T is for Training biweekly one-hour podcast; focus was on the newly-released New Media Consortium 2013 Horizon Report (Higher Education), MOOCs, and trends in learning and technology overall.
*Working with clients and prospective clients to schedule other presentations, courses, webinars, and workshops for the first half of 2014, and also participating in live #lrnchat sessions via Twitter (Thursdays, 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT) and Maurice Coleman's biweeky T is for Training podcasts (alternate Fridays, 2 pm ET/11 am PT; programs are archived online) as time allows.
Workplace Learning & Leadership, a staff training guide co-written with Lori Reed for ALA Editions to highlight examples of trainers as successful leaders within their organizations (April 2011); online excerpts available
New nonfiction and fiction book proposals under development; seeking agent to represent these projects
A Diverse Way of Approaching Diversity Training, published in ASTD's Learning Circuits (online) November 21, 2012, explores how Todd Pittinsky's Us + Them: Tapping the Positive Power of Difference offers a different view on delivering effective learning opportunities on the theme of diversity.
Collaboration Leads Way in ALA Editions' Social Media Basics Course, published in ASTD's Learning Circuits (online) October 15, 2012, provides guidance on how to engage learners online by encouraging collaboration within the social media tools they are exploring.
Latest Free Learning Resources for You
"Learning to Learn: Tips for Thriving in Tech Training" (Video)
This 11-minute presentation, prepared with Captivate and posted on YouTube for learners who are about to tackle any new tech tool, addresses the challenges of overcoming unfamiliarity with these tools and the need for help with the learning process itself. It is also designed to demonstrate how trainer-teacher-learners can address the challenges their learners face.
Online Demonstration -- October 2013
"Learning that Sticks: A Demonstration" (Video)
This 10-minute presentation for trainer-teacher-learners demonstrates the use of chunking to help learners absorb knowledge. It was designed to incorporate storytelling, chunking, experiential learning, thoughts on how stress hinders learning, follow-up, the importance of communities of learning, and an example of a visual summary into an example of how to chunk a learning opportunity. This version was prepared in Captivate, includes closed captioning (if enabled on your device), and is posted on YouTube.
Online Demonstration -- August 2013
ALA Editions Webinar -- April 2013
This episode (#113) of Maurice Coleman's T is for Training biweekly one-hour podcast focuses on the newly-released New Media Consortium 2013 Horizon Report (Higher Education), MOOCs, and trends in learning and technology overall.
Recorded live in February 2013
(Archived audio-recording; download, save, then listen)
"Community and Collaboration in an Onsite-Online World: An Annotated Bibliography"
A visual bibliography with annotations to resources for anyone who is currently involved in or wants to be involved in building communities and fostering successful collaborations: communities of learning, communities of practice, online communities, and a variety of others.
Updated March 19, 2013
“The core transaction of any consultant contract is the transfer of expertise
from the consultant to the client.”
--Peter Block, Flawless Consulting
Used by permission of the author