@TisForTraining 317: A Big Mess Sorted

ATD HandbookTonight we talked about the  ATD’s Handbook for Training and Development with Tonya Wilson,Elaine Biech, Rita Bailey, Maurice Coleman, Paul Signorelli, Tom Haymes, and Jill Hurst-Wahl. We started with a brief history of this book – the third edition – which has over 100 contributors.

Elaine, the editor, divided the book into eight sections:

    • Section I: The Foundations of Learning and Development
    •  Section II: Planning a Career in Talent Development
    • Section III: Training and Development Basics
    • Section IV: Enhancing and Supporting Talent Development
    • Section V: Required Forward-Focused Proficiencies and Attitudes
    • Section VI: Expanded Roles of Talent Development
    • Section VII: Aligning the Learning Function to the Organization
    • Section VIII: Talent Development’s Role for Future Success

Here is a link to the 82-page sample “chapter.”

In talking about the book, we began focusing on the topic of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice which is throughout the book. Elaine noted that the theme of diversity includes the diversity of authors. (A result of equity should be fairness, a.k.a., justice.)

The book contains a ton of resources, which could led into much more reading and learning.  While a person could do a deep, prolonged dive into the topics, it can also be used for just in time learning.

We always enjoying having Rita, Tonya, and Elaine on the show! To listen to their wisdom, listen to the episode on TalkShoe or wherever you get your podcasts.

@TisForTraining 316: Dust On Your Feet

On the call were T regulars – Maurice Coleman, Angie Fickert Paterek, Paul Signorelli, and Tom Haymes – along with Imani Dlamini and Tula Dlamini (both in South Africa) and Lisa Koster (Canada). Lisa, Imani, Tula, Tom, and Paul led us in a discussion on how ShapingEDU has been capturing “what we have seen teacher-trainer-learners do in response to the coronavirus pandemic.” They talked about the concept behind the project, how they are gathering information, and how they want to disseminate the results. And yes…we talked about what the interviews have taught them!
Thanks to Imani and Tula for joining us at 3 a.m. South Africa Standard Time!
You can listen to this excellent episode at TalkShoe and wherever you get your podcasts.
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@TisForTraining 315: Whip Out Your Flame Thrower

View of pond and Seneca LakeOn the “call” were Maurice Coleman, Angie Fickert Paterek, Paul Signorelli, Clark Quinn, Tom Haymes, and Jill Hurst-Wahl. (Great to have Angie back after a long absence!) The topic this week was conferences. Yes, we have ventured to conference in-person and online, and wanted to share our thoughts about them.

Since these notes are minimal, be sure to listen to the entire episode for the details and wisdom.

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@TisForTraining 313: Cover Your Assets

Clark QuinnToday Jill Hurst-Wahl, Tom Haymes, Diane Huckabay, Paul Signorelli, Maurice Coleman, and Henry Mensch gathered to talk to Clark Quinn about his new book, Make It Meaningful: Taking Learning Design From Instructional to Transformational. Clark recently offered the following intro to the book on his Learnlets blog:

Learning Experience Design is, as author Clark Quinn puts it, about “the elegant integration of learning science with engagement”. While there are increasing resources available on the learning science side, the other side is somewhat neglected. Having written one of the books on the learning science side, Clark has undertaken to write the other half. The book is grounded in his early experience writing learning games, then researching cognition and engagement, and ongoing exploration and application of learning, technology, and design to creating solutions and strategies. It covers the underlying principles including surprise, story, and emotion and pulls them together to create a coherent approach. The book also covers not just the principles, but the implications for both learning elements and a design process. With concise prose and concrete examples, this book provides the framework to take your learning experience designs from instructional to transformational!
We talked about some of the myths of learning science, as well as ways of making learning meaningful. Clark focused on the emotional experience of the learners. That emotional experience helps the learning to occur. Of course, the topic of storytelling came up and its role in learning, as well as starting with the end in mind.
Clark’s book, Make It Meaningful, is available wherever you purchase your books, including Amazon (paid link) and independent booksellers.
You can listen to this episode on TalkShoe or wherever you get your podcast episodes.

@TisForTraining 311: Digital Humanity is Choice and Voice

Tom HaymesToday we talked with T is for Training regular, Tom Haymes, about his book, Discovering Digital Humanity: A Practical Guide to Creativity and Innovation in the Digital Age or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Technology (2022). Also on the call were Maurice Coleman, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Henry Mensch, and Paul Signorelli.

We spent an hour talking about print books, ebooks, radio, television, printing presses, and so much more. Impossible to capture notes, so listen to the episode on TalkShoe or wherever you get your podcasts.

Book description:

There is no denying that we’re experiencing an unprecedented rate of technological change. This change has resulted in everything moving faster and in a more distributed fashion. Societies, organizations and individuals are struggling to find new equilibria. The missing element is how we fit into the picture. Breathless pronouncements of how technology will change the world focus too much on the technology and not enough on how humans can develop skillsets to help them navigate rapid changes in communication and computation. What we discover time and time again is that there’s really nothing new under the sun. Humans will use technology to fight, to love, to create, and to explore. Discovering Digital Humanity is designed to be a practical guide for organizations, teachers, leaders, and learners to think and rethink how they are using digital tools to achieve positive and profitable outcomes.

Tom’s book is published by ATBOSH Media and available through, Amazon (paid link) and other booksellers. Also check WorldCat to see if you can borrow it from your local library.

On Tom’s website, he is currently talking about 25 Books Every Technologist Should Read, which he mentioned during our discussion.

@TisForTraining 309: It Won’t Make You Famous

Tonight Maurice Coleman, Paul Signorelli, Tom Haymes, and Jill Hurst-Wahl talked about websites and blogs, which are tools that teachers-trainers-consultants use to promote themselves. We talked about our own websites and blogs, how we think about them, how they can be dynamic, QR codes, LinkedIn, and more (e.g., what is your online business card). It was a fun conversation! We did refer the conversation about posting presentations online to later, knowing that those could become part of someones website.

You can listen to the entire episode on TalkShoe or wherever you listen to podcasts.

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In two weeks, our guest will again be Pat Wagner.

@TisForTraining 308: It’s a General Show Title

On the call were Maurice Coleman, Tom Haymes, Diane Huckabay, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Paul Signorelli, and Andrea Snyder. Andrea told us about the Public Library Association Conference, which was the first large in-person conference she’d been to since February 2020.  She started with a thank-you to the Network of the National Library of Medicine, which provided funding to her. She noted that NNLM provides free health resources which libraries can use for programs.

According to Andrea, 4000-5000 people attended conference in-person (half the size of their pre-pandemic conferences) and there were also virtual program offered at the same time for those who were not at the in-person event.  PLA reported 6000 people total between in-person and virtual. Masks, etc., were required for the in-person event.

The most impactful thing Andrea got from the conference was the concept that libraries are micro colonizers.  She picked that up from Julian Gooding‘s lightning talk entitled “How to Decolonize Your Library Programs.”  Description:

The effects from hundreds of years of colonization continues to harm cultures, language, and literacy development. Using the lived experiences of Native Americans and African Americans, documentary filmmaker and adult services librarian Julian Gooding will discuss his journey to decolonize his own mind and recognize unconscious bias and microaggressions as a Black man delivering programs within BIPOC and white communities. Participants will learn to look within their own thinking and apply the strategies of restorative practice for healing and growth.

We talked about the program Andrea did with Cassie Guthrie on “Pathways to Professional Diversity Through Library Internships.”  Then we talked about internships, being a generalist, and more. We also talked about the book:

David Epstein. (2021) Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World. (paid link)

Have fun listing to the episode. There are a few laughs that you’ll enjoy as well as good info,

@TisForTraining 307: What a minute, hold my beer!

Pat Wagner at Niagrara Falls

Tonight Pat Wagner (seen in the photo with a book in hand) joined this library trainer podcast to talk about her career in training-teaching-learning, tell stories about what has worked for her, gives us somelasting truths.  Also on the call were Andrea Snyder, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Paul Signorelli, Tom Haymes, and Maurice Coleman.

Pat started her career as a poet and will return to her writing career at the end of 2022. For her, this is a year of transition. She has loved working with all of her library clients, but feels that going back to writing is “going back home.”

As a trainer, Maurice notes that Pat doesn’t need any PowerPoint or anything fancy. She can capture a room with a flip chart and marker. For her, training is a dialogue with the audience. This led us to tell technology fail stories and the need to select the right technology for the job.

Evergreen principles of training:

    • 95% of the learning happens outside of the classroom. That is when they use what they learn, so the learning really sinks in.
        • Retention and application. Think about how you want people to apply what you’re teaching them.
    • {Okay…Jill didn’t capture her second point. And so what else did I miss?}
    • Content is king.

What would she toss out?

    • Teaching to a model or author, rather than looking at it as a starting place.
    • Being too clever.
    • Trying to cram too much into a webinar.

Near the end of the hour, Pat talked about people being addicted to “struggling.” While that seems odd, it was a really interesting – and important – part of the conversation.

You can listen to this episode on TalkShoe and wherever you get your podcast episodes.

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And now, everyone, it is my pleasure to introduce you to everyone else!
 

@TisForTraining 306: Don’t Know How Many Saturday Nights I Have Left

The learning pyramid (Learning Pyramid, 2020).Tonight’s episode continued an extremely fruitful exploration, which started in Episode #304, of lifelong learning from the perspective of lifelong learners who help others with their lifelong learning. On the call were Maurice Coleman, Andrea Snyder, Tom Haymes, Jill Hurst-Wahl, and Paul Signorelli. This episode wandered through different types of learning and ended with the idea that education is a goal and school is a tool.

BTW we learned tonight that Tom’s new book is now widely available!

Haymes, Tom. (2022) Discovering Digital Humanity: A Practical Guide to Creativity and Innovation in the Digital Age or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Technology.