CabbageAndrea Snyder, Jill Hurst-Wahl (in chat) and Maurice Coleman talked about the Computers in Libraries Conference, as well as rural librarianship (a.k.a. Andrea’s new position).  They talked about library services, staffing, programming and more.

Andrea is now at the Pioneer Library System with offices in Canandaigua, NY.  Part of the service area includes farm country, where cabbages are grown. (Hence the title of the show and photo.)

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You can listen to this episode here.  The next show will be on April 28!  We’re skipping the 14th due to Good Friday, which is a holiday for some.

 

The Pot Of Gold At The End Of My RainbowEpisode 202 was recorded St. Patrick’s Day!  Diane Huckaby, Maurice Coleman, Kate Kosturski, and Paul Signorelli talked Play to Learn (yes, using games), the Congress bromance trip, and incorporating play into your training.  You can listen to the episode here.

 

nmc_itunesu-hrhied17finalIn this episode, Paul Signorelli and Maurice Coleman discussed the 2017 NMC Horizon Report > Higher Education Edition. Paul is one of the folks who helped create the report, and he talked about the process. Then they discuss the report itself and industry ramifications. They made jokes, too.  You can listen to the episode here.

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For this 200th episode, Maurice Coleman, Kate Kosturski, Jill Hurst-Wahl, and Buffy Hamilton.   The four (including Buffy in chat) talked about the history of the program and what has changed in training since 2008.  For example, there have been technology changes since 2008 that have truly impact training/teaching/learning.

At the end of the episode, we talked about the ALA Midwinter conference.  A list of future ALA conference sites is here.

Black top-hatA bit Hat Tip to everyone – EVERYONE – who has ever been a part of this show. Thank YOU to EVERYONE who listened to this show.  This show continues to ALL of you!

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You can listen to the show here.

John LewisOn the call were Paul Signorelli, Maurice Coleman, Diane Huckaby, and Jill Hurst-Wahl.  We talked about ALA Midwinter and the role of libraries as a place of facts and reliable information.  Libraries – as an institution – can be community beacons.  You can listen to the show here.

We talked about fake web sites, which can test someone’s information literacy skills such as this and this.

We also talked about if there have been changes in the activity levels in public libraries, since the inauguration.  Maurice noted that they are compiling their January statistics now and hopes to report on them during the next show.

Maurice Coleman with his pussyhatFinally, we want to thank those who are willing to engage in conversations and actions, and to bring facts into those conversations.  Also thanks to ALA and other associations for the statements they have issued.  The ALA statement is here.

Our 200th episode will be February 17.  We hope more of our T community will come and help celebrate!

On the call were Maurice Coleman, Kate Kosturski, Jill Hurst-Wahl, and Paul Signorelli (three with coughs and one with a “busted” foot).

junkPaul started us off on a conversation about the Communities That Work Partnership Playbook (Nov. 2016), focusing on page 11 (see image).  We focused on “balancing customization and standardization” in terms of training and education.  In self-directed learning, students (and trainers) need to know that the correct skills are being learned which are necessary for the workplace.

Maurice brought up a wonderful image of a honeycomb, where you provide some structure and people are free to then fill-in the structure.

We moved eventually to a long conversation about conference planning and changing from sessions to tracks.  And we ended by talking again about customized learning, with a slight detour on the topic of “ambivert.”  (See “9 Signs That You’re An Ambivert.”)

You can listen to the show here.

Jill's view while on T is for TrainingAfter a hiatus due to the November holidays, the T is for Training crew was back at it for the last show of 2016.  On the call were Maurice Coleman, Andrea Snyder, Paul Signorelli and Jill Hurst-Wahl.  Today’s topic built upon the Association for Talent Development‘s Employee Learning Week and was “who might be a champion of learning?” We began listing job functions and organizations that are champions. We noted that learners can become self-directed champions of learning.  Along the way, we talked about the need for self-care (and referenced both Heather Plett and Episode 163).  Self-care has been a recurring theme, as has been the power of networking. While we are all outstanding networkers, we are not always outstanding in terms of self-care (something which we acknowledged we need to pay more attention to).

Along the way, Paul mentioned the book The Nudge (his last book reference for 2016) and we engaged in a bit of “poking” at each other. Ah friends!

You can hear this episode here.  Paul created a Storify of tweets about our conversation, which can be viewed here.

Our next call will be on January 6, 2017, then on Feb. 3, Feb 17 and Mar. 3.  We’re skipping Jan 20 because many of the T is for Training regulars will be at the ALA Midwinter Conference.

Mock ShockAt a recent workshop, Jill was shocked to hear that most of the techniques we use as learners to reinforce what we’ve learned do not work.  She was referred to Dunlosky’s article for more information.

Dunlosky J, Rawson KA, Marsh EJ, Nathan MJ, Willingham DT. “Improving Students’ Learning With Effective Learning Techniques: Promising Directions From Cognitive and Educational Psychology.”Psychol Sci Public Interest. 2013 Jan;14(1):4-58. doi: 10.1177/1529100612453266.

Dunlosky and colleagues looked at ten learning techniques which a student could do on his/her own.  Those techniques are:

  • Elaborative interrogation
  • Self-explanation
  • Summarization
  • Highlighting/underlining
  • Keyword mnemonic
  • Imagery for text
  • Rereading
  • Practice testing
  • Distributed practice
  • Interleaved practice

They assessed each technique for its utility or efficacy.  Unfortunately, some of the techniques we have been told to use do not work unless they are implemented to support a specific way of studying. For example:

…highlighting does little to boost performance.  It may help when students have the knowledge needed to highlight more effectively, or when texts are difficult, but it may actually hurt performance on higher-level tasks that require inference making.

Yikes!  Clearly, there is more to know and this study provides that information. For each technique, the authors describe it, describe its effects, talk about issues for implementation, and give an overall assessment.
As teachers/trainers/instructors, it would be useful if we could recommend the best technique for the situation and this article could help us to just that.

The Dunlosky article is available from Sage Journals, which you may be able to access through your library.  You can should also be able to order a copy through interlibrary loan.

Matt Abrahams did this 58-minute talk at Stanford University in which he gives techniques to help us communicate better in spontaneous situations. As trainers, one specific time we’re in spontaneous situations is during Q&A.  His tips will work in that situation and in many others.

Julian Treasure has given several TED Talks all related to sound. This 10-minute talk is on how to speak so that people – a person, a small group or a large audience – want to listen.  As trainers, we want our learners to pay attention and listen.  This video may give you tips to help you be a better speaker.

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