Facilitating Community Collaborations,
Communication, and Lifelong Learning
Through writing, staff training, instructional design, presentations, social media strategies, and 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
*Working for Studio 5 Consulting colleague Jesse Lee Eller on short-term instructional-design projects
*Scheduling webinars and other online presentations/learning opportunities for first half of 2015
*Participating in New Media Consortium "Black Swan Ball" summit exploring "highly improbable, high-impact ideas" in educational technology (Austin, TX; January 2015)
*Attending American Library Association 2015 Midwinter Meeting to participate in ALA Publishing Committee discussions and other events (Chicago; January 2015)
*Presenting "Innovations in Onsite and Online Learning Spaces" at the 2015 KIPA (Knowledge & Information Professional Association) Annual Conference in Denton, Texas in March 2015.
*Preparing a proposal for a book on developing and completing volunteer-driven community-based projects
As a Contributing Editor for the New Media Consortium blog; most recent posting: "Open Innovations: #etmooc, Connected Learning, and 'MOOChorts' of Lifelong Learners"
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 New Media Consortium Horizon Project 2015 Higher Education "Expert Panel" and the Library Edition "Expert Panel"; previous efforts included working with New Media Consortium staff to produce the NMC Horizon Report: 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 Higher Education editions, 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, and the 2014 Horizon Project Wiki-Thon
On the San Francisco Parks Alliance Policy Council (February - December 2014)
*Creating online learning opportunities with Captivate (includes closed captioning) and other online tools
*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 2015, 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
"Open Innovations: #etmooc, Connected Learning, and 'MOOChorts' of Lifelong Learners," published on the New Media Consortium blog September 30, 2014, documents the informal formation of lifelong-learning cohorts centered around participation in connectivist massive open online courses (MOOCs).
"Be Ready for the Learning Space of the Future," published on the ATD Learning Technologies blog August 14, 2014, documents innovations in learning spaces, with a focus on case studies from the New Media Consortium 2014 Summer [ed-tech] Conference and other sources.
"Books, Technology, and Learning: Looking at the Past to See Our Future," published on the New Media Consortium blog June 11, 2014, explores the idea of MOOCs (massive open online courses) as a form of textbook.
Selected Free Learning Resources for You
PCI Webinar -- December 2014
ATD (Association for Talent Development) National Chapter Leader Conference Presentation--October 2014
SEFLIN Webinar -- August 2014 (Repeated for NEFLIN December 2014)
Episode 145 of Maurice Coleman's T is for Training hour-long podcasts for trainer-teacher-learners engaged several colleagues in a conversation about lifelong learning, personal learning networks, and Barbara Fister's Library Journal article on the topic.
August 8, 2014
"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