@TisforTraining 336: Everyone can change something

Tonight’s show was focused on diversity, equity, inclusion training (DEI or whatever set of initials you use). We talked about what types of training we’re doing, what organizations need (e.g,, DEI 101), creating an environment that fosters compassionate curiosity, and more including being connected to the history of our locales.  On the call were Diane Huckbay, Maurice Coleman, Paul Signorelli, Andrea Snyder, Tom Haymes, and Jill Hurst-Wahl.

We used to end our shows with the question of what we were going to do next based on what the show conversation was. We did that as a group after the recording ended. We hope that you’ll do the same. Now that you’ve thought more about DEI training, what are you going to do?


@TisForTraining 334: The Spellcheck is in the Back of the Computer

On the call were Paul Signorelli, Diane Huckabay, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Tom Haymes, and Maurice Coleman. We started off talking about reversing assumptions in training-teaching-learning, then jumped into talking about the difference between teaching and training. We deterred and dove into technology for a while, then circled back to assumptions in training/teaching.
Wow. Yes, we got an early book reference (thanks Paul) as well as a Star Trek reference (thanks Jill), and a few laughs, while also considering the topics.
You can listen to the episode on TalkShoe and in other places where you get your podcasts.

Paul Signorelli. (2020) Adapting to Change, Loss, and Possibilities: Training, Learning, and Reversing Assumptions. https://buildingcreativebridges.wordpress.com/2020/05/07/adapting-to-change-loss-and-possibilities-training-learning-and-reversing-assumptions/

Matthew Syed. (2020) Coronavirus: The good that can come out of an upside-down world. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52094332

Clark Quinn. (2018)  Millennials, Goldfish & Other Training Misconceptions: Debunking Learning Myths and Superstition. (paid link)

Tom Haymes. (2023) AI is a Creativity Augmentation Engine. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/ai-creativity-augmentation-engine-tom-haymes/


@TisForTraining 333: We Lost the Hallways

What are we talking about? Conferences (and more)!  On the call were Diane Huckabay, Tom Haymes, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Paul Signorelli, and Maurice Coleman.

Maurice started us off by talking about the Computers In Libraries Conference, where ChatGPT loomed large. Among the lessons from those conversations are that the system needs to be open, transparent, and that you need to own your content. Who are the owners? Who has access to it?

BTW Computers in Libraries was held this year at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City (VA). Its sibling conference, Internet Librarian, will be held online this year.

Paul attended the Associated Collegiate Press Spring National College Media Conference, which was held in his backyard (San Francisco). Part of what stood out was the networking and support opportunities available to students. Paul’s blog posts are in his blog.

Tom talked about the ShapingEDU  Global Community Solutioneering Summit 2023 (GCSS23). Tom reflected on this conference in a blog post. He poised the question of why do students engage with TikTok rather than online learning? What makes the experience with TikTok better? Listen for his answer.

We ended by talking about lobbycon and unconferences. Ah…the stories!

Listen to the entire episode on TalkShoe and in other places podcasts are served.

@TisForTraining 332: Dan Knew My Name

On the call were Daniel Bassill, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Tom Haymes, Diane Huckabay, Buffy Hamilton (in chat), Paul Signorelli, Andrea Snyder, and Maurice Coleman. Tonight’s topic was the role of mentoring in training-teaching-learning.

Daniel started the conversation talking about how he got started in tutoring. Then talked about adult-to-adult mentoring and adult-to-student mentoring. Mentoring relationships need time to grow. In his institute, there is structure which helps the mentoring relationships to grow. In his mentoring program, the students were often from low income areas, while the mentors were from local companies.

Later in our conversation, Daniel noted that he has used data to understand where a mentoring program could be most helpful (knowing that you might not be able to have a program everywhere).

Paul, as part of the Daily Bruin Alumni Network, is now mentoring college students who are staff at the Daily Bruin paper at UCLA. He talked about mentoring in that environment. BTW in some towns, the college newspaper IS the community newspaper, which means they are filling a void. That can mean that mentoring is even more important. Some students comes back as mentors when they are adults.

Jill talked about mentoring being one of four roles:Four roles of a mentorAndrea noted that when she’s mentoring someone, she is learning from them as they are learning from her.

Paul noted that there is value in all mentoring programs as long as the programs are clearly defined.

Maurice gave an example of mentoring first time conference participants.  And being a first-time conference participant is something to which we all can relate.

Tom noted that all teachers are mentors, sometimes en masse. Students often do not know how to learn, which is something he is willing to help them with. He and Jill both talked about part of mentoring is helping someone (students) with useful skills.

This was a wonderful conversation! You can listen to it all on TalkShoe or in many other places where you get your podcasts.


@TisForTraining 331: Patent Pending is BS

Jared and JillWOW! What a conversation on copyright, trademarks, patents, fair use, public domain, and much more. Thanks to Jared Bendis and Jill Hurst-Wahl for spearheading the conversation, and to Maurice Coleman and Tom Haymes for trying to steer the conversation! This episode is 98 minutes in length, so grab your coffee, put on your seatbelt, and listen to this fast paced conversation.


@TisForTraining 330: Lifelong Learning Brought to Life

Feb. 23 crewOn this episode, joining Maurice Coleman, Jill Hurst-Wahl, and Paul Signorelli were Alec Couros, Susan Spellman Cann, Daniel Bassill, and Erin Luong for the topic of how do you create a sustainable learning community.

10 years ago, five of our participants (including Paul) participated in a massive open online course (MOOC) created by Alec on educational technology (#etmooc). Alec began with telling us how his MOOC was born and a definition of the different types of MOOCs.

Before #etmooc, Erin did her thesis on how to build communities online. which she finished in 2005-2006, 7 years before #etmooc. Her work helped #etmooc create connections between participants and build community. The #etmooc community has annual reunions. Daniel noted that  CLMOOC (which was born out of #etmooc), also has maintained an ongoing community. [CLMOOC is Connected Learning MOOC.]

How do they (or can we) create and maintain community?

      • Learn together.
      • Volunteer activities (raising money for scholarships).
      • Use social media as a way of continuing the conversation outside of the MOOC platform.
      • Work together on projects (textbook, research papers).
      • Connect with people with people from other parts of the world and then seek collaboration.
      • Bring the personal into the community. In other words, don’t leave your personal self on the sideline. Bring your offline self online.
      • Model digital citizenship.
      • Get to know the other participants (the co-conspirators).
      • Provide a structure on which to build the activities, and then use the structure.
      • Community will grow over time if people interact with each other.

Important to have the right people together at the right time for the right reasons.

BTW #etmooc had 12,000 participants, with a smaller number being truly active participants.  No matter how much those people participated, those 12,000 have spread information and created a ripple effect.

BTW they are thinking about doing a new smaller MOOC, perhaps on ChatGPT. And they bounced other ideas off of each other.

You can listen to this episode on TalkShoe, Apple Podcasts, and other places.




Host notes from T is for Training 329

These are the notes I took while hosting T is for Training 329 “This Sucks, Start Over.” Read Jill’s Organized and otherwise awesome recap.

Live notes help me both remember excellent quotes and select a name title, since the title of the show is always something said in the podcast. [I did this before Lucifer, btw.]

Our guest was fanTASTIc Glenn Seki, Ed. D. Author of the book How to Become the Best at Anything did not disappoint. Stories, idioms and a book thrown in for good measure.

I didn’t want the world to remember him like that.  [Glenn was the LMU photographer when Hank Gathers died on the court]

K Anders Ericsson, the Expert at Expertise.

[I would make a bad photojournalist] because I want to save the kid on fire.

Companies should retrain injured employees for free.

I learned to compensate.

Make sure you have a plan B.

Planning and Pre-focusing. Anticipation matters in photography

You can only use one good eye for photography.

Have an editor who can tell you “This Sucks, Start Over.”

Glenn practiced action photography by following seagulls.

Drive to get better. Takes deliberate practice with goals.

Observe habits. 

You don’t have to be born the best; you have to work at it.

Persistence is the key.

It depends on where you attribute failure.

“Practicing Knowledge”

Teach me how to tell someone to f-off and they say thank you.

Education and Expertise don’t go hand in hand. 

Be your own coach.

Tom quoted the book “Deschooling Society” by Ivan Illitch.

I just needed help cracking my chest.

You’re about to experience some discomfort.

Automate Procedure,  Going on Auto-Pilot to a destination.

@TisForTraining 329: This sucks, start over

On this episode, T is for Training with Glenn SekiGlenn Seki joined Paul Signorelli, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Tom Haymes, and Maurice Coleman. Glenn wrote a book during the COVID pandemic entitled How to Become the Best at Anything (paid link). His website is https://howtobecomethebest.com/ and he’s on Twitter.

Glenn’s book talks about going beyond passion to how you build expertise. In order to become good at something, you need to engage in deliberate practice.  As a photographer, part of his deliberate practice was photographing seagulls, who fly erratically. Photographing them helped him understand how to create good photographs in other situations.  He then build deliberate practice into his teaching.

Among the topics we discussed were (of course) lifelong learning, teaching, and coaching. According to Glenn, the best way of learning something is to practice and get immediate feedback. This is hearkens back to his work as a photographer.

Glenn has had a quite varied career, which surfaced as we talked. Clearly, he has done what he has written about and become the best at whatever he did.

You can listen to this episode on TalkShoe or in many places where you get your podcasts.

T is for Training 328 – You Don’t Want Your Grandmother to Clean That Up…

T is for Training 328  -(recording) You Don’t Want Your Grandmother to Clean That Up (this was a fantastic episode)

The show was recorded on January 26th 2023.  Due to my computer completely freaking the * out, we recorded it in Zoom.  Thanks, Paul!

Next Episode is on February 9th at 9 pm eastern.

[and thanks Jill who is the usual editor and makes a hard job look incredibly easy.]

The panelists were Paul Signorelli, Tom Haymes, Buffy Hamilton, and Maurice Coleman.

Here’s a link to an article that gives us a framework for the conversation:


The gist of the framework is the idea that

“Learning can be divided into four basic parts: concepts (definitions and examples), processes (how it works sequences), principles (cause and effect relationships), and productions (procedures/classification).” 

That’s from Glenn Seki’s short self-published book, How to Become the Best at Anything (a 68-page essay with additional resources included).

The ball rolled from there to hit:

See think wonder. 

Teach the big concept –

SOAPSTone text analysis – We need to teach people how to use this (or a variation) on every social media platform.

Some students come with a critical thinking framework, some you have to install the framework before you can ensure they will learn something they can use in real life.

Ethos, Pathos, Logos.

AI is transforming education. 

Education shouldn’t be a black box.


How Tom Learned to Stop Worrying about ChatGPT (from the Shaping Edu Blog.)

Making Thinking Visible – Project Zero Classroom

Check out Standardized Minds: The High Price Of America’s Testing Culture And What We Can Do To Change IT by Peter Sacks

inspired by Harvey Daniels, some of his work is in Best Practice, Fourth Edition: Bringing Standards to Life in America’s Classrooms 4th Edition

SOAPSTone Text analysis. The link and image are from the SunWest Schools Site.

@TisForTraining 327: Columbo-ization of Training

San Francisco New Year's Eve Fireworks 2013On this episode, Paul Signorelli, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Tom Haymes, and Maurice started 2023 by sharing what one thing we changed in our teaching-training techniques in 2022. We talked about:

    • Consciously making a training personal for those attending, so they are there for themself.
    • Less images on PowerPoint (a constant struggle)
    • Collective map making (Mapmaking as Sensemaking)
    • Checklist (questionnaire) for making arrangements for training sessions
    • Check-in with the client closer to the training date to ensure that the training scheduled is still what they need. Why? Because needs can change.
    • Priya Parker, The Art of Gathering. (paid link)
    • Start the training session with a story.
    • In terms of storytelling, Tom shared this website he created to honor his father
What do we hope to change or try in 2023?
    • Help people be honest in evaluating your own situation
    • Help people ask for help better
    • Include storytelling in learning
    • Creating an on-site writing course
    • Make mapmaking an entire course
      • Tom will be using Miro so students can create their own maps as they go through his course.
    • Updating copyright course and incorporate new ways of teaching the information

You can listen to the entire episode on TalkShoe and in other places where podcasts are served.