@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.




Host notes from T is for Training 329

These are the notes I took while hosting T is for Training 329 “This Sucks, Start Over.” Read Jill’s Organized and otherwise awesome recap.

Live notes help me both remember excellent quotes and select a name title, since the title of the show is always something said in the podcast. [I did this before Lucifer, btw.]

Our guest was fanTASTIc Glenn Seki, Ed. D. Author of the book How to Become the Best at Anything did not disappoint. Stories, idioms and a book thrown in for good measure.

I didn’t want the world to remember him like that.  [Glenn was the LMU photographer when Hank Gathers died on the court]

K Anders Ericsson, the Expert at Expertise.

[I would make a bad photojournalist] because I want to save the kid on fire.

Companies should retrain injured employees for free.

I learned to compensate.

Make sure you have a plan B.

Planning and Pre-focusing. Anticipation matters in photography

You can only use one good eye for photography.

Have an editor who can tell you “This Sucks, Start Over.”

Glenn practiced action photography by following seagulls.

Drive to get better. Takes deliberate practice with goals.

Observe habits. 

You don’t have to be born the best; you have to work at it.

Persistence is the key.

It depends on where you attribute failure.

“Practicing Knowledge”

Teach me how to tell someone to f-off and they say thank you.

Education and Expertise don’t go hand in hand. 

Be your own coach.

Tom quoted the book “Deschooling Society” by Ivan Illitch.

I just needed help cracking my chest.

You’re about to experience some discomfort.

Automate Procedure,  Going on Auto-Pilot to a destination.

@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.

T is for Training 328 – You Don’t Want Your Grandmother to Clean That Up…

T is for Training 328  -(recording) You Don’t Want Your Grandmother to Clean That Up (this was a fantastic episode)

The show was recorded on January 26th 2023.  Due to my computer completely freaking the * out, we recorded it in Zoom.  Thanks, Paul!

Next Episode is on February 9th at 9 pm eastern.

[and thanks Jill who is the usual editor and makes a hard job look incredibly easy.]

The panelists were Paul Signorelli, Tom Haymes, Buffy Hamilton, and Maurice Coleman.

Here’s a link to an article that gives us a framework for the conversation:


The gist of the framework is the idea that

“Learning can be divided into four basic parts: concepts (definitions and examples), processes (how it works sequences), principles (cause and effect relationships), and productions (procedures/classification).” 

That’s from Glenn Seki’s short self-published book, How to Become the Best at Anything (a 68-page essay with additional resources included).

The ball rolled from there to hit:

See think wonder. 

Teach the big concept –

SOAPSTone text analysis – We need to teach people how to use this (or a variation) on every social media platform.

Some students come with a critical thinking framework, some you have to install the framework before you can ensure they will learn something they can use in real life.

Ethos, Pathos, Logos.

AI is transforming education. 

Education shouldn’t be a black box.


How Tom Learned to Stop Worrying about ChatGPT (from the Shaping Edu Blog.)

Making Thinking Visible – Project Zero Classroom

Check out Standardized Minds: The High Price Of America’s Testing Culture And What We Can Do To Change IT by Peter Sacks

inspired by Harvey Daniels, some of his work is in Best Practice, Fourth Edition: Bringing Standards to Life in America’s Classrooms 4th Edition

SOAPSTone Text analysis. The link and image are from the SunWest Schools Site.

@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.

T is for Training 323 –  This Needs Salt!

On the call were Maurice Coleman, Paul Signorelli, Sardek Love, and the newest friend of the show Anne Bruce. We talked about their new book from McGraw Hill Business Essentials Publications –  Presentation Essentials.

Anne and Sardek {with Paul and Maurice occasionally contributing} talked about the wisdom, tools, and best practices of presentations, the difference between presenting, training, and lecturing, and how both new and seasoned speakers can hone their craft.

A fascinating conversation featuring stories and insight from these two wonderful speakers.

Give a listen

And buy the damn book.

It’s a TARDIS. It’s bigger on the inside.

The podcast had to work around the occasional minefield of technology aka Talkshoe.  We recorded in Zoom (THANKS PAUL!)