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Today’s Guest:

Maurice Coleman, Harford County (MD) Public Library

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  1. mlibrarianus

    Don’t you just hate when work gets in the way. After Polaris training earlier this year consuming my life – I’ve had to give my life over to the Nooks we are circulating starting December 1st. If talking about either of those topics will help you out next show – let me know.

  2. Maurice, I called in quite late. Sorry :-(

    Actually, I was excited on Friday because I’d learned about a new URL shortener called qur.ly (curly). It’s in alpha test, but open for anyone to use. What makes it different is that:

    1) It shortens multiple URLs at once.
    2) Once your cur.ly is created, you can modify it (add/delete URLs).
    3) You can maintain your qur.ly’s.
    4) It gives you screenshots of the sites you have curley’d.

    They have plans to add more functionality, so this is truly just the beginning.

    I could see using this in training to create a qur.ly of URLs pertinent to a specific training program. And then modifying the qur.ly as the resources for that training program change.

    Finally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t note that this is being developed by 2 SU alums and one current SU student.

    Feel free to give it a try!

  3. Oh…forgot to say that you need to create an account on qur.ly if you want to maintain the qur.ly’s that you create.

  4. Joining our other T colleagues in what may be the first virtual T is for Training session where we share our ideas and updates here in atonement for not having been able to be on the live version.

    Main reasons I couldn’t be on the Very Very Short Show live was that I was serving as a panelist (with Michelle Boule) on Jay Turner’s PLA webinar about building online collaborative communities and was raving about all you/we have accomplished with T is for Training rather than being part of it that day. Congrats and thanks for all you’re continuing to do.

    As for what I would have contributed in terms of workplace learning and performance ideas: looking forward to exploring another potentially fabulous online training tool–brainshark, at (where else) http://brainshark.com–and would love to hear from anyone else who has used it.

    And lest we forget: thanks (to Maurice) for arranging for and serving as a first-rate collaborator on our recent WebJunction webinar (“Why Am I So Angry and What Are You Going to Do About It?”) and article (“Technology, Road Rage, and Customer Service”, available at http://www.webjunction.org/interpersonal/-/articles/content/109602848. Gave me a bit of a T is for Training fix in anticipation of the next chance I’ll have to be there with the rest of the usual suspects.

    Looking forward, in the meantime, to comments from others as to what they/you are all doing to, as our ASTD colleagues say, “create a world that works better.”

  5. Addendum: the link (obviously) should have been http://brainshark.com.




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