@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?

@TisForTraining 294: A T is For Training Black Swan Event

On this show, Ruben Puentedura, Founder/President of Hippasus (hippasus.com) and innovator in residence at ShapingEDU, joined Tom Haymes, Paul Signorelli, Jill Hurst-Wahl, and Maurice Coleman. Ruben started by talking about black swan events, which is something he has been focusing on for ShapingEDU in terms of education and training. Black swan events are unforeseen and catastrophic, yet they make sense in hindsight. How does that event lead to new ideas? (See the SAMR model below) Black swan events are definitely stress tests!

We delved into different areas related to antifragility and black swan events. We also talked about the difference between sustainability and antifragility. According to Ruben, “Sustainability refers more to day-to-day challenges; anti fragility refers more to Black Swan-type situations.” Sustainability needs to be in place for antifragility to occur.

We ended the show talking about gamifying learning and setting up a system that is antifragile from the viewpoint of the student.

The notes above do not do this episode justice. We went deep!  And given the topic, we think many institutions should listen to this episode…so…pass it on to your colleagues!


BTW T is for Training celebrated its 13th anniversary today and is now a teenager!


The SAMR Model


September 2021 at T is for Training

Whether you’re a long-time supporter of T is for Training or new to the game/program, you’ll want to check out our episodes for September 2021.

Thursday, September 9, 2021, 9 pm ET/6 pm PT—Long-time T is for Training Usual Suspect Tom Haymes and our colleague Ruben Puentedura, Founder/President of Hippasus (hippasus.com) are joining us for a discussion about how we can help our learners map their learning experience according to their learning needs. The background, from Tom: Most students don’t get to map out their learning journeys. They choose a course of study, some courses within that course of study, but beyond that, the courses give them a normative set of skills. More than a decade ago, Wayne Brent of the University of Arizona mapped out a system (https://gameua.wordpress.com) for his graduate program in instructional design students that allowed them to accumulate points in the manner of a role-playing-game. This system gave them the agency to practice particular skills they wanted to sharpen. In this way, he allowed his students to map their learning experience according to their learning needs, not the predefined needs of the program or course. Hope you’ll join us for the discussion.

Thursday, September 23, 2021, 9 pm ET/6 pm PT—Rita Bailey, Sardek Love, and Paul Signorelli were among the trainer-teacher-learners traveling to Salt Lake City for the 2021 ATD (Association for Talent Development) International Conference & Exposition earlier this month to facilitate their first onsite learning sessions since the pandemic began. What they found was a dynamic, much-changed learning environment grounded in social-distancing practices that required a bit of pivoting to keep their sessions highly-interactive and engaging. Join us for this discussion of what trainer-teacher-learners need to know about facilitating onsite learning in the pandemic era.

–Posted by Paul Signorelli