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
*Facilitating one-hour webinars on "The Horizon Report, Technology, and Learning: What's in It for Libraries" (Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 2 pm EST/11 am PST) and "Mentoring in Face-to-Face, Online, and Blended Environments" (Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 2 pm EST/11 am PST); registration for the March 20 event underway on PCI Webinars site)
*Working with the Mendocino County Library to prepare and facilitate community meetings in March 2013 as part of the Library's strategic planning process
*Co-presenting "Hidden Garden Steps: Creating Community, Art, and Gardens" with Licia Wells at the Anza Branch of the San Francisco Public Library system on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from 7- 8 pm
*Helping American Library Association staff update and manage the volunteer program for onsite "ambassadors" who will answer answer attendees' questions at the ALA Annual Conference (in Las Vegas) from June 26-July 1, 2014
*Preparing a proposal for a book on developing and completing volunteer-driven community-based projects
With Licia Wells, as a San Francisco Department of Public Works Street Parks Program steward for the Hidden Garden Steps project in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District after serving as one of three project co-chairs
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
On the San Francisco Parks Alliance Policy Council (February - December 2014)
*Creating online learning opportunities with Captivate; includes closed captioning
*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
*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
Learning With the Horizon Report and the NMC, published on the New Media Consortium blog February 10, 2014, documents the impact the New Media Consortium Horizon Report has on trainer-teahcer-learners and how it can serve as a learning object.
Hanging Out with the Tech Crowd, published on the American Libraries blog January 25, 2014, documents how a "networking uncommons" at a conference became a dynamic informal learning site for trainer-teacher-learners interested in discussing and trying new technology.
Latest Free Learning Resources for You
PCI Webinar -- February 2014
ALA TechSource Webinar, co-presented with Dan Freeman -- January 2014
This episode (#132) of Maurice Coleman's T is for Training biweekly one-hour podcast features a very lively discussion among participants on the topics of MOOCs (massive online open courses), the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) movement, and course-completion rates in learning.
Recorded live in January 2014
"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
"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