@TisForTraining 331: Patent Pending is BS

Jared and JillWOW! What a conversation on copyright, trademarks, patents, fair use, public domain, and much more. Thanks to Jared Bendis and Jill Hurst-Wahl for spearheading the conversation, and to Maurice Coleman and Tom Haymes for trying to steer the conversation! This episode is 98 minutes in length, so grab your coffee, put on your seatbelt, and listen to this fast paced conversation.


@TisForTraining 330: Lifelong Learning Brought to Life

Feb. 23 crewOn this episode, joining Maurice Coleman, Jill Hurst-Wahl, and Paul Signorelli were Alec Couros, Susan Spellman Cann, Daniel Bassill, and Erin Luong for the topic of how do you create a sustainable learning community.

10 years ago, five of our participants (including Paul) participated in a massive open online course (MOOC) created by Alec on educational technology (#etmooc). Alec began with telling us how his MOOC was born and a definition of the different types of MOOCs.

Before #etmooc, Erin did her thesis on how to build communities online. which she finished in 2005-2006, 7 years before #etmooc. Her work helped #etmooc create connections between participants and build community. The #etmooc community has annual reunions. Daniel noted that  CLMOOC (which was born out of #etmooc), also has maintained an ongoing community. [CLMOOC is Connected Learning MOOC.]

How do they (or can we) create and maintain community?

      • Learn together.
      • Volunteer activities (raising money for scholarships).
      • Use social media as a way of continuing the conversation outside of the MOOC platform.
      • Work together on projects (textbook, research papers).
      • Connect with people with people from other parts of the world and then seek collaboration.
      • Bring the personal into the community. In other words, don’t leave your personal self on the sideline. Bring your offline self online.
      • Model digital citizenship.
      • Get to know the other participants (the co-conspirators).
      • Provide a structure on which to build the activities, and then use the structure.
      • Community will grow over time if people interact with each other.

Important to have the right people together at the right time for the right reasons.

BTW #etmooc had 12,000 participants, with a smaller number being truly active participants.  No matter how much those people participated, those 12,000 have spread information and created a ripple effect.

BTW they are thinking about doing a new smaller MOOC, perhaps on ChatGPT. And they bounced other ideas off of each other.

You can listen to this episode on TalkShoe, Apple Podcasts, and other places.




@TisForTraining 329: This sucks, start over

On this episode, T is for Training with Glenn SekiGlenn Seki joined Paul Signorelli, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Tom Haymes, and Maurice Coleman. Glenn wrote a book during the COVID pandemic entitled How to Become the Best at Anything (paid link). His website is https://howtobecomethebest.com/ and he’s on Twitter.

Glenn’s book talks about going beyond passion to how you build expertise. In order to become good at something, you need to engage in deliberate practice.  As a photographer, part of his deliberate practice was photographing seagulls, who fly erratically. Photographing them helped him understand how to create good photographs in other situations.  He then build deliberate practice into his teaching.

Among the topics we discussed were (of course) lifelong learning, teaching, and coaching. According to Glenn, the best way of learning something is to practice and get immediate feedback. This is hearkens back to his work as a photographer.

Glenn has had a quite varied career, which surfaced as we talked. Clearly, he has done what he has written about and become the best at whatever he did.

You can listen to this episode on TalkShoe or in many places where you get your podcasts.

@TisForTraining 327: Columbo-ization of Training

San Francisco New Year's Eve Fireworks 2013On this episode, Paul Signorelli, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Tom Haymes, and Maurice started 2023 by sharing what one thing we changed in our teaching-training techniques in 2022. We talked about:

    • Consciously making a training personal for those attending, so they are there for themself.
    • Less images on PowerPoint (a constant struggle)
    • Collective map making (Mapmaking as Sensemaking)
    • Checklist (questionnaire) for making arrangements for training sessions
    • Check-in with the client closer to the training date to ensure that the training scheduled is still what they need. Why? Because needs can change.
    • Priya Parker, The Art of Gathering. (paid link)
    • Start the training session with a story.
    • In terms of storytelling, Tom shared this website he created to honor his father
What do we hope to change or try in 2023?
    • Help people be honest in evaluating your own situation
    • Help people ask for help better
    • Include storytelling in learning
    • Creating an on-site writing course
    • Make mapmaking an entire course
      • Tom will be using Miro so students can create their own maps as they go through his course.
    • Updating copyright course and incorporate new ways of teaching the information

You can listen to the entire episode on TalkShoe and in other places where podcasts are served.

@TisForTraining 326: It tastes like backside and it works.

Maurice, Jill, Paul, and Tom

On this year-end episode were Maurice Coleman, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Tom Haymes, and Paul Signorelli. This is the annual episode where we talk about topics from this last year…or whatever comes to mind. We started with talking about DEI work, then moved to ChatBGT, individualized instruction, class sizes, pressure on small academic institutions, informal learning spaces, and, of course, wandered through other topics.

Looking back over the year, what stood out?

    • Jared Bendis talking about TikTok.
    • Pat Wagner, her career, and how she is changing to do what she loves (her first love).
    • Constant reminder that when confronted with change, we will go through it and become better.
    • Our changed use of Twitter and social media.
    • The shredding of networks and conversations.
    • There are no wrong moments.
    • Jared and Jill talking about copyright law.
    • Part of our job is help people reach a higher plane. All of our guest help people do that.
    • Making learning special for individual learners. Make it fresh for each person.

Our next episode will be January 12, 2023. Please join us then! For now, listen to this end-of-the-year episode on TalkShoe or wherever you get your podcasts.

@TisForTraining 325: Polishing the Chrome

Pat WagnerTonight we were again joined by Pat Wagner, who is retiring from her consulting practice at the end of the year and returning to being a poet. Knowing that, we’ve had her on several times this year. Pat’s career has been as an educator extraordinary and strategic planning consultant. When we asked her what she wants her legacy to be, she said, “People will feel braver!”

Pat talked about what makes a library to be on the cutting edge; future-proofing; strategic planning; badly designed buildings; who libraries compete with; and more.

On the show with Pat was Maurice Coleman, Jill Hurst-Wahl,  Paul Signorelli, and Tom Haymes.

 Pat’s LibraryWorks webinars:
Pat’s previous T appearances have been:

@TisForTraining 324: We Have Dreams

Tools in a Recording StudioDavid Lee King joined T is for Training to talk about innovations in library learning spaces based on what he has been doing during the pandemic. He joined Maurice Coleman, Tom Haymes, and Jill Hurst-Wahl. David talked about specific technologies used during the pandemic, mentioned  things they’ve adopted since then, and along the way dropped info about funding.

We spent a good chunk talking about the American Connectivity Program.   ShapingEDU has a Broadband+Digital Equity Project, which has a number of videos on YouTube (part of their U.S. Digital Inclusion Advocacy). We had an interesting conversation about working from home, including who that option is giving to. And then we moved onto thinking about flexible work hours (oh…radical!).

David and Maurice talked about digital spaces that libraries are building:

These spaces are for learners and entrepreneurs.

Related blog post from Tom Haymes, Future Learning Spaces: Classrooms of the Mind.

Resources on design thinking:

You can listen to the show on TalkShoe or wherever you get your podcast episodes.

@TisForTraining 322: Don’t Yuck My Yum, but Don’t Yum My Yuck Either.

Jared Bendis on TikTokJared Bendis, a feral librarian, joined the T is for Training crew again and this time to talk about TikTok. What?! On the call with Jared were Maurice Coleman, Paul Signorelli, Tom Haymes, Diane Huckabay, and Jill Hurst-Wahl.

TikTok is a medium for sharing short and long form videos. Jared describes it as being focused on the creator. Jared started with talking about how he began using TikTok. He “stalked before he talked”, which means he watched before he began posted.  He posted his first video in January 2022.  He now has over 9800 followers and more than 285K likes. He has a viral video that has over 114K views! On TikTok he is able to reach people he doesn’t know.

TikTok begins by giving people the ability to post a 1-minute video. After a while, people graduate to 3-minute videos. Jared has graduated again to be able to post 10-minute videos, and yes, he posts 10-minute videos. And he has the ability to go live. He noted that short videos have the ability to go viral. Important to know that videos are not served sequentially. Each video needs to stand on its own.

Jared then began to rift on what he posts and why, and also talked about the TikTok algorithm. And the stories flowed!  This is a long show and you need to listen until the end.  It is good!


@TisForTraining 321: Everyone is different flavors of toast

Juggler with basketball, bowling ball and tennis racketOn the call were Paul Signorelli, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Maurice Coleman, Tom Haymes, and Diane Huckabay. Tonight’s topic was:

Dealing With Unexpected Emotional and Difficult Situations Online as Opposed to Onsite

We talked about what we’ve done in class sessions. We recognize that there is an element of trust in all of this. Tom rightly pointed out that a class is only part of the learning.  Questions:

  • What is lost if someone misses several class sessions?
  • Can community standards or a contract with the learners help?
  • Can the class structure allow for students to “fail” in small ways (e.g., missing a class) and still succeed in the class?
  • Are these external resources at the institution which can help the student?
  • How do you build a strong community that together can deal with unexpected or difficult situations?
  • How do we build the skills to handle Black Swan events in our classes when they happen?

We mentioned blog posts by Heather Plett such as “What it means to “hold space” for people, plus eight tips on how to do it well.”

At the end of the recording, you can hear Maurice talk about the phrases that stood out to him, including:

Listening to the silence. Seeing the emotion.

It was a lively discussion! Take a listen.


@TisForTraining 320: Doodley Squat. Yeah that is the title.

Punya MishraTonight we were joined by Punya Mishra, who is the Associate Dean of Scholarship & Innovation & Professor at Arizona State University and a contributor to the Silver Lining for Learning podcast and blog. We jumped right in to talking about education technology.

Punya and Maurice Coleman noted that we’ve gotten away from thinking that education technology is sexy, and are focusing on the theory of learning, benefits of using technology, and the pitfalls. We wandered through related topics, including the work Punya is doing at ASU. He brings his background in design to this work.

The Silver Lining Podcast started early in the COVID pandemic to interview educators. The podcast grew out of the blog post “What If Schools Are Closed for More than a Year Due to the New Coronavirus (COVID-19)?” The podcast is focused on the potential and real silver linings of education during the pandemic. He noted that is we design the education system correctly, it will be resilient, and that is an important point regarding education during the pandemic.

Great quote, “a large part of education is about becoming.”

Another quote, “I want [students] to remember that they’re not alone; if they need to know something, they’re surrounded by people and resources who can help them.”

We had a fascinating conversation about how do you put more topics into a student’s education, which is often what educators are asked to do. Punya said we should ask students five years after the class what they remember. Do they remember what we want? Can we then design our courses and programs around 5+/- things we want them to learn? Then connect everything to those things.  Maurice summarized this as:

Capture > Remix > Release

Besides Punya and Maurice, also on the call tonight were Paul Signorelli, Tom Haymes, Diane Hackabay, Ruben Puentedura, and Jill Hurst-Wahl.

Upcoming Episodes (The host messed up some dates)
  • Show 321 – October 6
  • Show 322 – October 20
  • Show 323 – November 3rd (Updated date)
  • Show 324 -November 17th (Updated date)
  • Show 325 -December 1st (Updated date)
  • Show 326 -December 15 (Updated date)
  • Show 327  –January 12th 2023! (Updated date)