Project Management “Mantra” for e-Learning Professionals

Moving out of state and away from my colleagues has been one of the hardest things I have done, especially as our move (by choice) was from a huge metropolitan area to a small, rural mountain city. The Orange County chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) is one of the best, most friendly and active chapters in my experience. I miss my ASTD OC colleagues immensely. I try to stay in touch via email, and last week, I attended a free webinar through the University of California at Irvine’s Extension program. The invitation came from my colleague Janet DiVincenzo, the Assistant Director of Online Learning at UCI’s Distance Learning Center.

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E-mails, Twitter, and Blogs

Last week, I received an e-mail message that made me pause and ponder. It wasn’t an unusual message, it was similar to others I’ve received over time, especially over the past one-and-a-half to two years. Someone in cyberspace reached out, yet again, and asked for my advice, assistance, and ideas.

Maybe it was the way the person worded their message, or perhaps it’s just timing, but the message caused me to pause and realize that this “little” blog of mine is read by some people, and it influences them. And, I felt a little surprised (and pleased) by that. Continue reading


TGIF: MLK Service Day – LINGOs Global Give Back

photo of the late Dr. Martin Luther KingHello! And, welcome to a brief blog post this Friday.

In the USA, Martin Luther King, Jr., Day is a federal holiday observed this year on Monday, January 16th. Americans who take that day off from work are encouraged to spend their time off by giving back to their communities through volunteer time and effort.

For the e-learning community, there are many opportunities for volunteer service, and I’d like to point out just one:

LINGOs eLearning Global Give Back Competiton

From their Web site:

Now in itsLogo for LINGOs Global Give Back Competition third year, the eLearning Global Giveback Competition provides the opportunity for course developers to work with international non-profit organizations to develop online courses. These courses help the global staff of NGOs (non-governmental organizations)  do their work in the fields of humanitarian relief, development, conservation and social justice even better.

So, ifLINGOS logo you (or someone you know) is looking for a service project, this “competiton” is a great way for e-learning professionals to volunteer and serve!

As a blast from the past, here’s a blog post I wrote after working with World Vision, Inc. on a LINGOs project.

Why I Entered the 2010 Articulate Guru Awards


Happy New Year: What I Learned in 2010

Happy New Year!

I welcome 2011 with a smile as I also look back on 2010. From Christmas through New Years, I was on vacation with family in real world, and learned how much I depend on the Internet and on social media, or SoMe. Although I was supposed to be offline, I did use my iPad to check my social networks occasionally and post a few comments. In all honesty, I felt afraid I was going to miss out on important tweets or status updates on LinkedIn or Facebook. However, I was rewarded with wonderful F2F (face-to-face) time with my loved ones, and saw some beautiful scenery in Prescott, Arizona.

I did think about what I learned in 2010, and what the learning might mean for 2011. I bravely and humbly share a partial list with you:

  1. Mobile [ fill-in-the-blank ] is here, and is here to stay and grow. I bought an iPad for my business and use it daily. In addition, non-mobile family members and friends moved to smartphones, and they quickly became “addicted” mobile learners; even the older folks. In the new year, I plan to become more involved in mobile anything.
  2. Social Networking via the Internet is also here to stay and grow in leaps and bounds. On a daily basis I use Twitter, Skype, LinkedIn, and (to a lesser degree) Facebook to connect with a wide, virtual network of amazing colleagues. I’ve gained new consulting work through this network as well as exchanged expertise. Social media (SoMe) is a permanent part of my business. I will continue to nurture and grow my network in 2011.
  3. Face-to-face Networking still plays an important part in my consulting practice. I pick up the phone and make a call instead of sending an email, and I schedule business lunches when possible. I’ve also discovered that when I’ve had the opportunity to meet my virtual SoMe colleagues in person, it feels like a joyful “reverse reunion”, where we finally get to add the F2F connection to a carefully nurtured business relationship. I look forward to more F2F connections this new year.
  4. SCORE business mentors (click to learn more) provide amazing resources to anyone who is starting a business … and, their advice is free. SCORE also offers low-cost workshops. In 2011, I plan to leverage the wisdom and experience from these generous, warm, and encouraging mentors.

I’ve learned a great deal in 2010, and it’s hard to pick and choose what to share in this post. What did you learn in 2010 that you’d like to share with me and with others? Please feel free to add a Comment to this post!

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Live, on YouTube, with Terrence Wing of LiquidLearn

LiquidLearn’s “10 for 10” at DevLearn 2010

The e-Learning Guild held its annual DevLearn Conference in San Francisco, California, earlier this month. Hundreds of instructional designers and developers attended as always. Me? I had e-learning projects to wrap up, and I felt sad that I could not fly up and see some wonderful people this year.

Instead, Terrence Wing, of LiquidLearn, interviewed me for a (pre-recorded) streaming Web T.V. broadcast he used in an all-day, pre-conference workshop! So, in a way, I was at DevLearn, but virtually.

I’m posting the YouTube video Terrence made. I’m humbly grateful for this wonderful opportunity he gave me to share my crazy thoughts on instructional design. Here’s what Terrence wrote about this video:

10 for 10 is a recurring video interview hosted by Terrence Wing of Liquid Learn. Topics include skills needed to succeed in the modern workforce. The goal of the show is for the host to surface at least ten tips from the interviewee in 10 minutes. In this episode, Terrence is interviewing Jenise Cook from Ridge View Media. The subject matter is instructional design.

Terrence used a streaming video tool you might want to look into for your video projects.


(P.S. I haven’t written a blog post in over a month because I’ve been busy, but, I’ve also been spending more time posting on I’ve been learning a great deal lately about the effectiveness of social media. How about you? Feel free to write and share a Comment.)