David LankesMaurice, Paul and Jill welcomed R. David Lankes, who is the author of the newly-released book Forged in War: How a Century of War Created Today’s Information Society. The book is focused on data and media. We began  our conversation by talking about how Dave was inspired to write this book, which goes back to when he joined University of South Carolina. He realized that his school contained two programs – journalism and library science – which merged data, media and society.  The seeds of Forged in War began then.

The ah-ha moment for him – and what got him writing – was during COVID-19 and realization that we kept using war-related messaging. That got him thinking about the language we use and what is behind it. A lot of the information field was born during times of conflicts. That starting point drove him to dug into the history of information use, the development of technology, and the business models around them.

By telling an interesting historical story, Dave hoped to get people to think about the issues we are facing now.  His view of history, information, data, and journalism led us on an intense, interesting, and educational conversation. Too much to note here (although you should know about epistemicide). You must listen to this episode!

Our next T is for Training will be in July 29 at 9 p.m. ET. Please join us!

Four people on T is for Training

Although there will be no recording of T is for Training this evening (brief holiday break to give Maurice Coleman, our Cat Herder in Chief a chance to spend time with family), there is quite a nice line-up for July/August 2021 on T is for Training:

Thursday, July 15, 20219 pm ET/6 pm PT–R. David Lankes, author of the newly-released Forged in War: How a Century of War Created Today’s Information Society, will join us for a discussion about what trainer-teacher-learners can learn from the book.

Jill Hurst-Wahl

Thursday, July 29, 20219 pm ET/6 pm PT–Our own Jill Hurst-Wahl, who will receive the Special Libraries Association’s John Cotton Dana lifetime-achievement recognition award in a public online ceremony August 3 and who has posted a set of reflections on her blog (“Personal Good News and Contributing to Your Profession”), will be with us for a conversation about volunteerism, professional development, and training-teaching-learning.

Thursday, August 12, 20219 pm ET/6 pm PT–Clark Quinn, who has been with us for some great conversations over the past few years, returns for a discussion about Learning Science for Instructional Designers: From Cognition to Application (released in April 2021).

James Richardson

Thursday, August 26, 20219 pm ET/6 pm PT–James Richardson, a Sacramento-based “writer, farmhand, Episcopal priest,” will join us for a conversation about getting from no to yes in training-teaching-learning. There is, of course, a backstory here: Jim and I worked together at The UCLA Daily Bruin a couple of lifetimes ago; we recently reconnected, and his story about how he moved from full-time work as a journalist to being a minister by learning to move “from no to yes” struck me as being a wonderful jumping off point for this episode of T is for Training. And yes, he continues to write: he has an amazing book (his second) coming out next year: “The Abolitionist’s Journal, due for release in fall 2022, is the story of his anti-slavery ancestor who used his house on the Underground Railroad, served as the white chaplain to a Black Union regiment in the Civil War, and then with his family founded a college for the freed slaves in Austin, Texas (Samuel Huston College).”

–Posted by Paul Signorelli

No, I did not write this headline, but we are taking July 1st off from recording and will be back July 15th. Enjoy some family time, downtime fun time, whatever makes you feel better!

See you on July 15th.

Addendum (6/18/2021): In the middle of this episode, there is a conversation about storytime and copyright.  I (Jill) mistakenly used the word “derivative” when I should have used the word “transformative.” What I described was the transformative use of a work during storytime.  For more information on copyright and storytime, view these slides.



Maurice Coleman, Tom Haymes, Paul Signorelli, and Jill Hurst-Wahl were ‘on the call.’ We used part of a Jen Loesher article as our starting point. In her article, Loesher captures several recommendations “to ensure that our students and teachers get what they need”:

  • Mental health and social-emotional support for students and teachers
  • Professional learning/development for teachers, education professionals, and support staff
  • Mentorship for early career and veteran teachers
  • Grow your own educational professional programs & career pipelines

We talked about students, teachers/trainers, and institutions. What should institutions have done?

  • Don’t panic.
  • Remember that you need to deliver learning. Then think about what the right tools are.
  • Already have a foot hold in a virtual space, rather than panicking and diving into online learning quickly (and without planning).
  • Scale up what you already have.
  • Understand what materials you need and what your rights are to use those materials. (There is a quick Fair Use discussion in this T is for Training.)
  • Have the right people making decisions about what you’re going to do in terms of training. They need to be knowledgeable.
  • Have the correct decision-making structures.
  • Be sure to learn from your failures.

Paul brought up that some school districts and states are eliminating online learning as a reaction to what happened during the pandemic. See:

You can listen to this episode of T is for Training on Talkshoe or wherever you listen to podcasts.  Our next show will be in two weeks on July 1, 9 p.m. ET.

BTW Paul Signorelli has been interviewed by C-SPAN about his  book, Change the World Using Social Media. That interview should air soon. Tom Haymes book, Learn at Your Own Risk, is currently one of the featured books at ATBOSH Media.

We talked about the words on this graphic, which was posted by @MindShift on Twitter. The graphic was created by @woodard_julie (Julie Woodard). On the call were Andrea Snyder, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Tom Haymes, Paul Signorelli, and Maurice Coleman.  We talked about the online teaching platforms (e.g., Zoom, Adobe Connect, etc.), techniques, and tips. This was a lively conversation that didn’t yield many notes. You’ll have to give it a listen to hear use talk about the C’s and beyond!


Lighting up an innovative environment

diary writing

We’ve had a string of informative and interesting T is for Trainings recently. During our last T with Elaine Biech, the topic of writing came up. We’re all writers. We write training materials, articles, books, and blog posts.  So this became the topic of today’s show. Tom Haymes provided a jumping-off point in the article “Technology changes how authors write, but the big impact isn’t on their style.“While we talked for a long time about writing – books, blog posts, etc. – we ended the show talking about writing presentations and things got heated!
 
On the call were Maurice Coleman, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Paul Signorelli, and Tom Haymes. We’ll be back in two weeks on June 3.

Resources:

Lifelong LearningTonight’s guest was Elaine Biech, who joined Maurice Coleman, Diane Huckabay, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Tom Haymes, and Paul Signorelli.  Elaine is the author of the recently-released book Skills for Career Success: Maximizing Your Potential at Work (her 86th book!). She is also the author of The Art and Science of Training.  We talked about life long learning as well as her process for writing a book. Elaine said she can write a book in two weeks (by focusing only on writing the book)!

With a group of writers on the podcast, we had to ask about her process for writing a book. Elaine secludes herself when working on a book, and has other people handle email, etc.. She names the chapters, then organizes her materials. She noted that she writes chapter 1, which introduces the book, last. Elaine does not write in order.  Jumping around works for her.  This sounds simpler than what it likely is!

Elaine’s most recent book was born out of notes she has taken for 15 years, and skills, etc., that she knew worked.  (This book was her passion.) Among her notes, she amassed 51 skills that she writes about in the book.  She notes that we all need to be accountable for our own professional development. While our organizations likely have plans for us, we need to know what we want and then grow towards that. What is meaningful? What do we find inspiring?

Maurice did a really nice job interviewing Elaine and getting her to talk about skills and strategies.

By the way, ATD has done an interview with Elaine, which you might want to read.

You can listen to this episode on TalkShoe as well as on your favorite podcast platform. Our next episode will record on May 20 at 9 p.m. ET and we’ll be talking about writing and spreading the knowledge.

 

 
 

Man with hedphones holding a phone and sitting in front of a laptopOn the call were Diane Huckabay, Maurice Coleman, Tom Haymes, and Paul Signorelli. Our topic was adult education theory and we began our focus on Malcolm Knowles.  Is andragogy truly different from pedagogy? Is adult education different than what we do (or should do) with K-16 students? We recognized that there were different traditions in this (e.g., European versus U.S.).  During our talk, we mentioned other people who have written and theorized on this.  This was a fast moving – and focused – conversation.

Since Jill edits this blog, she will mention this quote from “Various ways of understanding the concept of andragogy”:

There was a need to shape a form of education that could contribute to justice and peace and that would show that the societies in question had learnt lessons from the racial hatred and intolerance that accompanied the war. This led to rapid growth in the field of adult education after World War II.

You can listen to the episode on TalkShoe or wherever you get your podcasts. Our next show will be on May 6.

Resources

Artwork

Tonight’s T is for Training was a conversation between Tom Haymes, Maurice Coleman, and Jill Hurst-Wahl on learning trends that are occurring after the COVID-19 pandemic.  As background, Ken Blanchard Companies blog post, Learning and Development Trends for 2021, says:

Face-to-face training was hit especially hard in 2020 and is certainly on the minds of L&D professionals looking into next year. While most respondents expect to have classroom training available again sometime in 2021, they are preparing for a big shift in how it is used, says [Jay Campbell, Ken Blanchard Companies’ senior vice president of products and content].

“Face-to-face workshops have always been the dominant modality in the L&D space. Our survey results show that pre-COVID, respondents estimated 63% of their delivery was in-person instructor-led training (ILT). During the past ten months, that percentage has plunged to 9%. The hero here is virtual instructor-led training (VILT), which grew from 10% to 53%, and self-paced digital, which rose from 14% to 24%.

“COVID-19 created a discontinuity in the normal evolutionary path toward digital and virtual. It has accelerated the shift—possibly by as much as a decade!

“Face-to-face training still has its place, but it will be a modality that L&D people will use selectively. It’s no longer the default. According to our results, 56% of respondents say the physical classroom still has a role, but mainly as a part of a blended learning experience. Most survey participants expect that blend to be about one-third ILT, one-third VILT, and one-third a combination of self-paced learning, coaching, and mentoring.

Also as background, Tom Haymes wrote The Four Stages of Zoom Enlightenment. In that piece, he talks about:

Stage I – Presentation (Substitution)
Stage II – Distributed Conversations (Augmentation)
Stage III – Workshopping (Augmentation)
Stage IV – Digital Constructivism (Redefinition)

Tom also wrote The System-Tool Paradox – Part I – The Perils of Letting Systems and Tools Dictate Practice, which is another resource on this topic.

We talked about virtual and in-person conferences and courses, what worked, and what our hopes are for the new normal (and not the old new normal).  You can listen to the entire episode on TalkShoe or wherever you get your podcasts.

41oaWeZR-8L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_ Sardek Love joined Paul Signorelli, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Tom Haymes,  and Maurice Coleman on the show. Sardek is the co-author of Speak for a Living, and describes himself as a performance consultant.  On LinkedIn, he releases advice every week (free video) through LinkedIn and the website AskAMasterFacilitator. We talked about virtual training, what happens when training is bloated with useless information, adult learning theory, the power of 3-5 steps, learning through failure, making content accessible, and much more…including a few laughs.

A book recommended during the podcast was Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words.

You can listen to the show on the TalkShoe website and through your favorite podcast provider.

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