Facilitating Community Collaborations,

Communication, Mentoring, 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.

Paul Signorelli & Associates

Highlights: Current Projects

*Scheduling additional webinars, online courses, and onsite and online presentations for second half of 2015 and early 2016

*Serving, for the fifth year, as consultant for the American Library Association Annual Meeting Ambassador (Volunteer) Program (San Francisco, June 25-30, 2015); also participating in half-day meeting as member of ALA Publishing Committee June 26

*Presenting "Blend It: Using Technology to Create Onsite/Online Learning Spaces" session under the auspices of LITA (the Library and Information Technology Association) at the American Library Association 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco Monday, June 29, 2015, 1 pm.

*Facilitating four-week online "Rethinking Digital Literacy to Serve Library Staff and Users" course for ALA Editions July 13-August 12, 2015; registration currently underway

*Working, as needed, for Studio 5 Consulting colleague Jesse Lee Eller on short-term instructional-design projects

*Facilitating sessions for PCI Webinars:

"Training-Teaching-Learning: State of the Industry"

(Thursday, July 16, 2015, 2 pm ET)

"The 2015 New Media Consortium Horizon Report > Library Edition"

(Thursday, September 17, 2015, 2 pm ET)

Online registration information posted on PCI Webinars site when available

*Invited panelist for "Open Educational Resources and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): How New Platforms Are Changing Universities" session at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Annual Conference in San Francisco Sunday, August 9, 2015, 9:15-10:45 am.

*Facilitating four-week online "Innovative Approaches to Library Instruction: Online and Face to Face" course for ALA Editions September 14-October 11, 2015; registration currently underway

*Participating in live #lrnchat sessions via Twitter (Thursdays, 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT); Maurice Coleman's biweeky T is for Training podcasts (alternate Fridays, 2 pm ET/11 am PT; programs are archived online); and #etmooc online learning sessions as time allows

*Contributed to peer-reviewed article ("What Makes a cMOOC Community Endure? Multiple Participant Perspectives From Diverse cMOOCs") published in Educational Media International June 19, 2015


*Contributed chapter on "Infinite [Lifelong] Learning" to Sandra Hirsh's newly released Information Services Today: An Introduction (Rowman & Littlefield, March 2015), and have other individual and co-written pieces in progress

*More actively promoting my published work through my Amazon.com Author Page

*Starting to write a book on developing and completing volunteer-driven community-based projects and am beginning to seek a publisher


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 2015 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, the 2014 Library Edition, 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; the 2014 Horizon Project Wiki-Thon; and 2015 New Media Consortium Horizon Project Retreat in Austin.

*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 learning faciliator



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

Contributor to 101 More Ways to Make Training Active (Elaine Biech, editor; April 2015)

Contributor ("Infinite Learning," a chapter on fostering lifelong learning through libraries and other information organizations) to Information Services Today: An Introduction (Sandra Hirsh, editor; March 2015)

Contributor to The Book of Road-Tested Activities (Elaine Biech, editor; May 2011); online excerpts available

New nonfiction and fiction book proposals under development;

seeking agent to represent these projects

Latest Articles

"What Makes a cMOOC Community Endure? Multiple Participant Perspectives From Diverse cMOOCs," published in Educational Media International, by Routledge, June 19, 2015, explores some of the reasons cMOOC communities of learning endure and thrive past official course end dates. Maha Bali served as lead writer; I contributed with MOOC colleagues Maureen Crawford, Rhonda Jessen, and Mia Zamora.

"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

"Blend It 2015: Using Technology to Create Onsite/Online Learning Spaces"

This session, prepared for an American Library Association Annual Conference LITA presentation in June 2015, continues explorations on bringing onsite and online colleagues together via social media tools including Google Hangouts and Twitter.

(PowerPoint Presentation)

"Continuous Change & Innovation: Dealing With Black Swans"

This session, prepared with Samantha Becker for the New Media Consortium Summer [ed-tech] Conference in Washington, D.C., focuses on preparing for the unexpected in educational technology developments.

June 11, 2015

(PowerPoint Presentation)

"T is for Training: A Conversation About Careers in Training-Teaching-Learning"

Episode 158 of Maurice Coleman's T is for Training hour-long podcasts for trainer-teacher-learners engaged a few of us in a conversation about how others can pursue the career we have chosen--and enjoy. (You'll have to listen to the podcast to find out why Maurice puckishly gave this episode the title "These People Are Dead; Let's Move On.") A comment from T is for Training colleague Jill Hurst-Wahl (director of the Syracuse University library and information science & LIS with school and media specialization programs): "This is an excellent podcast for MSLIS students [and] for current LIS professionals, because it may spark ideas around professional development."

March 20, 2015

(Archived Audiorecording)

"Library Learning Goes Online"

This "AL [American Libraries] Live" panel discussion moderated by Heather Moorefield-Lang offered several of us an opportunity to document trends and challenges in training-teaching-learning within libraries.

February 12, 2015

(Archived recording of a Hangouts on Air Google Hangout)

"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

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