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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.

Book coverMaurice Coleman, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Paul Signorelli and Tom Haymes talked about Tom’s upcoming book Learn at Your Own Risk: 9 Strategies for Teaching in a Pandemic and Beyond, which will be published very soon.  The book details how to design a human-centric future of learning emerges from pandemic teaching experience. According to the books’s press release:

Learning is a process of conversation, between the teacher and students, among the students, and, most importantly, within the minds of the students themselves. We have lost sight of this as teaching technology, starting with the blackboard in the mid-19th Century, emphasized the broadcast of learning rather its facilitation. Remote teaching has exposed the cracks in this approach. From the book, “To make something digital is to make transparent all of its flaws. What we are seeing right now is the lifting of the veil that has obscured the vast majority of teaching that occurs in our classrooms on a daily basis.” We can do better. We owe it to our students.
 
Learn at Your Own Risk represents a set of 9 strategies designed to help teachers rethink how they reach their students; using technology to bring the student to learning rather than using it to fling learning to the digital winds. The book starts with the central premise that there is no substitute for the human connections at the center of learning. Technology can augment but never replace those connections. Digital technology also gives us opportunities to manipulate time and space in ways that were impossible when we relied exclusively on the physical world to communicate with our students.

The book is both strategy and practical advice. Besides the quick guides, there is also a deeper dive into the strategies.

Due the podcast, Tom made the point that we have been humans conforming to technology, rather that conforming technology to humans.  Technology allows us to build education that starts and ends with the learner.

After talking about education, we turned our attention to conference, and then thinking about what is occurring in other countries.

You can listen to the full episode on TalkShoe or through your favorite podcast platform.

FYI… Paul Signorelli’s book is coming out soon (Dec. 15) Change the World using Social Media. Jill Hurst-Wahl is giving an eCourse on copyright starting on Feb. 1.   Details about U.S. Copyright Law in the Library: A Beginner’s Guide eCourse are on the ALA website.

The heat of the summer, the pandemic, technology, and everything else are weighing upon us. So we’re going to take a hiatus until Thursday, Sept. 10. We look forward to recording a new T is for Training then.

For now…remember to wear your mask!

Dear T is for Training friends,

You likely know that TalkShoe has given us problems this year, which has caused us to miss some of our episodes. Two weeks ago, we made a last minute move to Zoom and recorded the audio. It works, but it does create a multiple step process, which has its own hassles. We are looking into alternatives and hope to have our ducks in a row for Aug. 13.In the meantime, there will be no T on July 30.

[Image by mike krzeszak on Flickr.]

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T Rides Tonight!

So we are going to try an evening recording of the podcast.  Tonight at 9 eastern via talkshoe. Call information is on the sidebar.

Sorry that there are no real links but i am doing this from my older phone.

See some of you then.

We will not be recording this coming Friday, July 5th, 2019.   We have been given a day off and will use it for increased consumption of Vitamin D.

The only constant in life is change and this show is no different.

Don’t worry, the show will continue. That much I can say for now.

Stay tuned for updates in the coming weeks.

 

Paul Smith (@paulsmithatd) discusses his new book Learning While Working which focuses on successful training while in a particular position.   I was lucky enough to hear his briefing and record an interview with him.  That interview is coming up soon on this same @tisfortraining station.

Paul Smith

NB — This is an edited stream of consciousness note taking.  This only scratches the surface of the book.

Many places treat OTJ (On The Job) training as an episode of survivor, sink or swim.

Organizations should treat OTJ training just like regular structured training.  It should have consistent goals and outcomes just like a successful n or outside of the traditional classroom setting.

Known objectives work to keep younger learners engaged.  Keep them in the drivers seat with upfront objectives shared at beginning of job cycle.

Good SOTJ (Structured On The Job) training program builds on a specific job role not the whole company. if there is just a sink or swim training mentality, the good people leave after four years.

Best to have specific tasks not just general Know excel but know how to x in excel.

There are two things that all good SOTJ training programs have:

Number One:

Sit down with specific role and identify specific and measurable things to be considered competent.  Doesn’t matter the size of the job.  Both learner and organization must know specific tasks to ensure learner success.  This list is a living document, not set in stone for eternity.

Must be specific measurable competencies in a position.

It can be a painful but beneficial journey to make organization position skills consistent throughout an organization leaving room for customization and local enhancement.

Once you do that you go to Two which is:

How do you know that they are competent?   Must evaluate observable output so someone else can evaluate position competence.

Don’t think of On The Job Training as that but think of a  competency based training.  While there is a place in the workplace for classroom training, job specific training is different from the information dissemination class training experience.

OTJ should be competency based learning to help you the worker establish a sense of competence in what you need to know to successfully do you job.   Use the measurable items to determine success of training and program.

You can use a competency based learning program that is completely  organized and viewed up front can be used as a recruitment tool.

Mentors love the list of competences so there is a consistent training foundation and expected outcomes with the benefit of helping a mentor guide the learner leading to project success.

What makes a good program works is accountability   Somebody must monitor and measure so the job gets done.  The employee has a list of measurables, the mentor has list, then there is an independent development coordinator to meet with the learner to evaluate the measurable items and what they have successfully completed in time x and what hey plan do to in the near future.

Talkshoe has changed lots of things about the site, including:

The interface is completely refreshed.  You should take a look before you join us again.  (Direct link to the T is for Training page.)

To join the call, you have to select the proper show, then join online studio.  What the controls look like inside the new studio will be a learning experience for all of us.

There is a new number to call into the show  
605-562-0444
Same Call ID: 24719

You can now stream/download episodes of the show back to January 2015.   To download an episode, you click on the episode, then look in the upper right corner for the three dots.  From there you can either download the episode or link to the episode recording.

Episodes previous to that were lost in the great Talkshoe Server Fail of 2018.

If you were smart/forward thinking enough to download and save older shows, please let me know @baldgeekinmd on twitter or baldgeekinmd at gmail.

You have my undying gratitude if you have some vintage shows saved.

Follow the show @tisfortraining for more info.

Thanks.

Talkshoe has changed lots of things about the site, including:

The interface is completely refreshed.  You should take a look before you join us again.  (Direct link to the T is for Training page.)

There is a new number to call into the show  
605-562-0444
Same Call ID: 24719

You can now ONLY stream episodes of the show back to January 2015.   Episodes previous to that were lost in the great Talkshoe Server Fail of 2018.

I will be working on a way to get downloads of the episode up as soon after the show as possible.

Follow the show @tisfortraining for more info.

Thanks.