Posts Tagged ‘Paul Signorelli’

Four people on T is for TrainingTonight Tom Haymes, Paul Signorelli, Jill Hurst-Wahl, and Maurice Coleman met and were – finally – about to record a show.  Our topic was producing results in online learning environments.  We began talked about the plans that academic institutions are making for the fall: online, high-flex (learn flex), hybrid, in-person. What will really work? Are institutions engaged in wishful thinking? Yes, we talked about technology (including Zoom), as well as things like building our own institutional tech support, embedding librarians  into classes, and more.

How do you produce results in your podcasting environment? We’ve been having technical problems with the platform we’ve been using.  (Yes, problems for a long time, but it has gotten worse.) So night we recorded on Zoom.  Maurice will transfer that recording to our podcasting platform and then it will be disseminated through the normal channels. Why am I tell you this? Because this blog post is going up before you’re able to listen to the show!

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Kinetic 1042It’s no surprise to any of us that we have had to question a lot of our assumptions over the past few months; and it’s even less surprising that reversing our assumptions and taking actions or working under conditions that are the opposite of what we are used to doing has produced some positive results.  What’s are opposites?

The opposite -With this technique, you consider the exact opposite of what you would normally think or do.  For example, libraries are considered safe places.  What is the opposite of being a safe place and what ideas does that generate?  This can lead to some wild stuff and also some very interesting ideas that would be worth investigating.
We began by talking about our assumptions when the stay at home COVID-19 orders started and took it from there.  A lively show of busting assumptions and thinking of opposites.  On the call were a silent Maurice Coleman, Tom Haymes, Andrea Snyder, Diane Huckabay, Jill Hurst-Wahl, and Paul Signorelli.

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UntitledOn this week’s call were Maurice Coleman, Andrea Snyder, Paul Signorelli, Diane Huckabay, Jill Hurst-Wahl, and Tom Haymes.  Maurice began by listing off things that have occurred since January. Wow. Even though our national news is causing us angst, there is some good news in our libraries as they begin to reopen. (Or this isn’t good news if you are part of #CloseTheLibraries.) At any rate, as trainers-teachers-learners, we talked about what this re-opening means for our libraries and academic institutions in terms of teaching and learning. Give a listen then join us on June 18 for our next show.

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014We are now in week “forever minus X” of stay at home orders, working from home, virtual meetings, virtual teaching, etc., and wondering what our institutions will be like when our communities open back up (as if they have been totally closed). Where have we seen good uses of training, distance learning, virtual conference, online delivery of services, etc.? Where have we seen good pivots from on-site to online?  Where have we seen institutions expand what they are doing and perhaps gaining a bigger presence? What do we want our libraries to remember or keep doing?  On the call were Andrea Snyder, Paul Signorelli, Jill Hurst-Wahl, and a silent Maurice Coleman.

We mentioned:
  • 2-minute video of a son helping his mother with a Zoom meeting
  • Tim’s tweets for the National Cowboy Museum
  • People getting used to using online tools for communication and growing in their comfort with it
  • People – rural and urban – have similar experiences through digital technology
  • The need for broadband stimulus legislation
  • National Digital Inclusion Alliance
  • Libraries and schools making wifi available in their parking lots
  • Libraries and Schools Are Bridging the Digital Divide During the Coronavirus Pandemic
  • K-12 schools sending school buses, with wifi, out info the community to help students access the Internet
  • Level of commitment and creativity among peers
  • The reversal of assumptions about how to schedule online training events (i.e., fast turn around works!)
  • Perspectives 2020, 24-hour global conference
  • Your best resources are your colleagues
  • Be kind to each other. and yourself.
  • Imagine how much less connected we would have been in 2010.
  • Rethink the normal for how people participate in online meetings.

This was a fun show!

Vintage TypewriterOn the call were Tom Haymes, Paul Signorelli, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Laura Fothergill (in chat), and Maurice Coleman.  Note that Tom has some tech problems at the start, but we got it straightened out, which led to an interesting conversation about digital learning platforms for live classes (e.g., Zoom, WebEx, Shindig, Canvas,Big Blue Button).  We then pivoted and talked about Discovering Digital Humanity, which Tom wrote.  It was lively!

Our next show will be on April 23, 9 p.m. ET.

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The T is for Training GngOn the call were Tom Haymes (first timer), Paul Signorelli, Diane Huckabay, Andrea Snyder, Jill Hurst-Wahl, and Maurice Coleman.  Our topics was born out of the ShapingEDU face-to-face unconference, which occurred two weeks ago, and that had to shift online due to COVID-19.  How did they rapidly transition from onsite to online learning?

We began with talking about ShapingEDU, then shifted to talking about moving face-to-face campus classes online, and then to impact of bad Internet access.  We covered a lot of ground!

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NODTonight was a continuation of episode 260. We used written comments from Diane Huckabay, which she submitted for that episode, to fuel the conversation. From her email, we picked up on diversity, security, privacy, and ignorance. On the call were Chris DeChristofaro, Maurice Coleman, Paul Signorelli, and Jill Hurst-Wahl.   You can listen to the episode on TalkShoe and through your favorite podcast service.

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Innovation Studio rulesPaul Signorelli and Maurice Coleman talked about an innovator’s mindset in teaching, learning and training.

Paul graciously wrote a review of the book on which this episode is based.  Listen to the episode, read the review…read the other review he points to…then come back in two weeks for the next T is for Training on Feb. 27, 9 p.m. ET.

 

Wow! What a lively show! On the callwere Chris DeCristofaro, Maurice Coleman, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Andrea Snyder, and Paul Signorelli.  Today’s topic was how do we do micro-training for staff around topics that we might take for granted or that are new for them?  Topics mentioned included:

  • 2020 Census
  • Pronouns
  • Gender identify
  • Gender expression

Types of training mentioned were:

  • Email blasts
  • Dedicate internal website page
  • Webinar sessions (live and recorded)
  • In-person sessions
  • Ad hoc training
  • Cooperative training between libraries and systems
  • One-on-one informal training
  • Rely champions who can lead by example

Yes, we mentioned the need – in specific circumstances – to ensure that the public library director and board of trustees are on-board.

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  • TRANS 101: Gender Diversity and Transgender Inclusivity in Libraries, Kalani Adolpho (handout)
  • (en)gender
  • Definition: They (Merriam-Webster)

 

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U.S. Botanic GardenOn the call were Maurice Coleman, Paul Signorelli, and Jill Hurst-Wahl. Our conversation on training trends we’d like to see went immediately to cultural competencies.  What is cultural competence?  According to a quote on the Washington State University website:

A set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, and policies that come together in a system, agency, or among professionals that enables effective work in cross-cultural situations. Competence, in particular, implies having the capacity to function effectively as an individual and an organization within the context of the cultural beliefs, behaviors, and needs presented by [participants] in their communities. (Adapted from Cross, Bazron, Dennis, & Isaacs, 1989).

And from Emporia State:

Cultural competency provides an effective avenue in closing the disparities gap between communities. It’s the way people can come together and talk about concerns without cultural differences hindering the conversation, but enhancing it. Quite simply, programs and services that are respectful of and responsive to the cultural beliefs, practices and norms of diverse individuals can help bring about positive outcomes.

You can listen to the show on your favorite podcast place and through TalkShoe,  The next show is scheduled for Jan. 30 at 9 p.m. ET.

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