@TisForTraining 302: Say Yes To Say No

On this first episode of 2022, we had Jared Bendis, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Diane Huckabay, Paul Signorelli, and Maurice Coleman.  This entire episode was Jared and Jill talking about U.S. copyright and education! They provided explanations, great examples, and occasionally dug into the weeds.  It was glorious!  What is missing from the recording are the visuals of the nodding heads as Jared and Jill agreed with each other, and the looks when they got into the details. Every educator, teacher or trainer should listen to this episode. You can listen to the episode on TalkShoe or wherever you listen to your podcast episodes.

Resources: (Updated on Jan. 14, 2022)
Other Stuff:

This is from the NYS Committee on Open Government 2021 Annual Report. Amazing the places you can find copyright law mentioned!

Text from NYS Committee on Open Government 2021 Annual Report

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@TisForTraining 301: It’s a Little Classy

In China, the New Year's greeting is "may your rice never burn!"On the call were Maurice Coleman (our fabulous host), Andrea Snyder, Jill Hurst-Wahl, and Paul Signorelli.  What did we talk about?

    • Perseverance
    • Patience
    • Grace
    • Zoom and cats
    • Casual dress [fyi – Billy Porter on Trevor Noah, May 2020. (video)]
    • Lack of makeup
    • Variety of T is for Training guests
    • Books written by our guests and regulars
    • Inspiring the next generation of colleagues
    • Change
    • Moving forward

This was a lively episode. It was a wonderful look back at the pandemic and the episodes we did this year. Give it a listen!

The next show will be in 2022 on January 13 at 9 p.m. ET. We hope to see you then!

@TisForTraining 300: The Support Network

Episode 300 CrewTonight Maurice Coleman hosted the 300th episode of T is for Training with Andrea Snyder, Diane Huckabay, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Tom Haymes, Paul Signorelli, Ruben R. Puentedura and Ken Phillips.  We gave shout-outs to a number of people including Julie Strange (Get Noshy), “Hot Laptop” Boy (a.k.a., Kevin), Jane Dysart, and many others.  Great stories about seeing each other face-to-face at various conferences, doing in-person recordings, and so many other memories.  Tears were shed as we remembered the support and friendship we’ve given each other since 2008.

Grab a celebratory cookie and give episode 300 a listen!

The Crew

@TisForTraining 300: Preview and Invitation to the Dance

As we look forward  (on December 2, 2021) to recording Episode #300—where have all those years gone?—of Maurice Coleman’s fabulous T is for Training podcast for trainer-teacher-learners working in and with libraries, I think, with gratitude, of all that Maurice and that community add to my life and to the lives of so many others.

Initiated in 2008 when Maurice decided—correctly, as it turns out—that a podcast might be an effective way to “replicate the vibe and comradery I felt at conferences where I was surrounded with brilliant members of my ‘tribe’ of trainers, computer folks and other gear/near/cool folk heads.”

T has always been more than a podcast. It’s a virtual meeting space…and I hope you’ll join us, via TalkShoe, for the recording of this episode Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT: https://app.talkshoe.com/episode/16483204. Drop in to say “hello.” To tell a story about how T has has a positive impact on you and the learners you serve. Or to simply tell Maurice how lucky we are that he so consistently provides a forum for creative, transformative conversations for trainer-teacher-learners. (To see a longer version of this piece, please visit my Building Creative Bridges blog.)

–Paul Signorelli

@TisForTraining 299: Creating Space and Grace

Previous guests – Elaine Biech and Rita Bailey – joined the T is for Training, along with Tonya Wilson (LInkedIn) to talk about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Paul Signorelli reports that those three did a “fabulous session at the ATD conference in Salt Lake City a couple of months ago.” They joined Paul, Maurice Coleman, and Jill Hurst-Wahl and began with the question, “What do people get wrong with DEI?” That led into a lively conversation, including talking about mandatory training, using what we know about managing change, bringing bias into the light, and much more. Grab pen and paper to catch the wisdom in this episode.

TIFT on Nov. 18

You can listen to this episode on TalkShoe or wherever you get your podcasts. Our next episode will be our 300th show! Please join us for that on Dec. 2.

It’s critical: Seek first to understand, then to be understood.

Seeking real understanding affirms the other person and what they have to say. That’s what they want. That’s what we all want — to be understood, valued and affirmed. – Mike Greene (2014)


@TisForTraining 298 – If you sleep mow the lawn, you’re screwed

On this T is for Training, Maurice Coleman and Paul Signorelli talked with Jared Bendis. Jared talked with the T crew for episode 297! He is a person with many interests and many skills – artist, teacher, game design, virtual reality, photography, interactive & new media- which made him perfect for a follow-up conversation. Grab pen and paper, and take a listen!

The next T is for Training will be on Nov. 18 at 9 p.m. ET and episode 300 (wow!) will be on Dec. 2.

@TisForTraining 297: Beware of the chocolate-covered broccoli

Gamification-in-business-illustration-webOn tonight’s show, Maurice Coleman, Tom Haymes, Paul Signorelli, and Jill Hurst-Wahl were joined by Jared Bendis to talk about gamification. And we started with the commercial, dark side of gamification, then moved quickly to gamification in the world of education. Gamification in education can cause students to focus, collaborate, and engagement.

Quick notes:

  • Gamification is control manipulation.
  • What is the difference between a game and a puzzle? A puzzle is designed to be solved. At the start the puzzle designer has the power. Once solved, the player has the power.  It is an exchange of power. A puzzle is solved only once. 
  • With a game, the outcome is unknown. The power shifts back-n-forth while playing the game. Games can be motivational.
  • What do you learn in a traditional game? Nothing.
  • Games teach process, not content.  Education is about content.
  • The magic circle! (Okay…listen for that explanation)
  • Small amounts of gamification can work in education.
  • Simulations are not games. There is nothing better than a good simulation. Simulations always work. [BTW Facebook is a simulation of our real life social networks.] You can apply what you learned in the simulation elsewhere.
  • The flow channel which keeps you playing the game. (Another thing to listen for.)

This was an awesome show! Based on the after show conversation, we’ll have to have Jared back again.


Jared Bendis

@TisForTraining 296.5 – Just Keep Scrolling: An interview with @flipchartguy Brian Washburn

Periodic Table of Amazing LearningGrab your pens and paper for this special episode of T is for Training. Maurice Coleman and Paul Signorelli talked with Brian Washburn (What’s Your Formula: Combine Learning Elements for Impactful Training) and learned how he thinks about enhancing learning experiences. And how did he come up with this periodic table of learning experience?

Honest…you’ll want to be writing stuff down, so be ready with paper in hand!

You can listen to this episode on TalkShoe or wherever you get your podcasts.

@TisforTraining 296: Give Them a Review Without Telling Them

Tonight Maurice Coleman, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Tom Haymes, and Paul Signorelli were joined by Ken Phillips (Phillips Associates). Ken is known as a go-to person for evaluation and assessment. He got into this area through his work in performance management.

He talked about the levels of evaluation, noting that there is a five level evaluation model (see resources). An important point is to think about the assessment questions from the learners perspective, rather than from the institution’s perspective.

We dug deep into this topic! Lots of useful information in the recording and in the resources below.  Most of this applies to training and learning done within organizations, rather than academic institutions.  However, academics will hear ideas that they can use.

Listen to this episode on TalkShoe or wherever you get your podcasts.

The Model In Practice
The Model in Practice


@TisFortraining 295: Add Lots of Value / I Freaked Out…

Silent Dance PartyOn this T is for Training, we were joined by Rita Bailey, Elaine Biech, and Sardek Love. They joined “usual suspects” Tom Haymes, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Paul Signorelli, Diane Huckabay, and Maurice Coleman. Rita, Elaine, Sardek, and Paul were presenters at the recent Association for Talent Development (ATD) International Conference & EXPO in Salt Lake City. We began with them talking about how the conference sessions were setup, which was very different than normal because of COVID protocols. How did the adapt? How did they engage people? How were they cautious? How did they experiment? Ah…and the power of grace!

You can listen to this episode on TalkShoe and on your favorite podcasting platform.

** The photo above relates to the headset story that was told in this episode.  However, what you see in that photo is a silent dance party, where people could tune into different types of music. Do you get the connection to ATD?