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Leaders in Learning Design

Our Leaders in Learning Design podcast discusses various topic of interest to leaders in learning and those tasked with leading the learning in their organization.

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Ep. 24: The Future of Expert Creation Verses Crowdsourced Curation

When it comes to instructional design, are experts still “better” than the collective wisdom of the crowd? If so, when? If not, why? In this episode of Leaders in Learning Design, Joanne and Graham sit down with Linnaea Marvel to discuss some of the ongoing L&D trends she sees emerging and what that might mean for you, as a learning professional. Listen to find out why brushing up on competency models should be on your agenda for the next quarter.

Ep. 23: A Rocky Path to Better Content Curation

Have you been worried by the winds of change in corporate learning and wondered what that might mean for you, as an Instructional Designer? In recent years, has your company begun to leverage more and more curated content? In this episode of Leaders in Learning Design, Joanne and Graham discuss some of the ongoing L&D trends and ways we can move with the times without sacrificing quality. Listen now for insight on ways we can continue to add value to the learning path.

Ep. 22: What to Expect from Your Professional Network

How do you know if joining a consulting network is right for you? Are you suspicious of groups with high entry fees? In this episode of Leaders in Learning Design, Joanne and Graham discuss some of the most profitable, FREE, networks they’ve belonged to and what it took to become a successful member. Listen now, to set new expectations for your professional network.

Ep. 21: Smarter Ways to Build Professional Network

Are you a little frustrated with your efforts to build your network just on social media? In this episode of Leaders in Learning Design, Joanne and Graham dive into the real-world efforts of a successful independent consultant, Ardel Thornton, to find meaningful contract work. Listen for practical ideas on smart ways to build your professional network today.

Ep. 20: Chopping and Chunking Your Way Into Microlearning

Chunking up current content is a great low-cost place to start creating microlearning’s.  In this new episode of Leaders in Learning Design, Joanne and Graham discuss the importance of developing a learning strategy that includes microlearning to support broader application and integration of ideas. Listen for a worked example and ideas on how you could start using smaller content chunks today.

Ep. 19: How Microlearning Can Improve the Learning Impact of Virtual Workshops

Are your learners still struggling with zoom fatigue? Wondering what else you can do to improve the impact of your training? Chunking out subsets of workshop content into high impact lessons and reminders is a great way to nurture cognitive apprenticeship with microlearning. These smaller learning chunks are easier to integrate into everyday work. Listen to this episode to learn more about how microlearning can improve the impact of your workshops to get more value from time invested, find application easier, and avoid costly mistakes.

Ep. 18: Creating Hybrid Workshops that Really Work

Not sure where to look for new hybrid learning strategies? Worried your workshops are falling back into old, less effective engagement habits? Don’t worry, this episode has you covered! In this new episode of Leaders in Learning Design, Joanne and Graham discuss their new free infographic to help learning professionals, like you to jumpstart true hybrid learning for both roomers and zoomers. Listen for some quick tips and find out how to get your fee copy of Hybrid Learning: How to make it great!

Ep. 17: Strategic Content Reuse in Microlearning

What existing content could you be reusing in post-instruction microlearning? It’s easier than you think to reinforce you key learning points in follow-up microlearning for real benefits on the job. In this new episode of Leaders in Learning Design, Joanne and Graham discuss an easy way to begin using microlearning to get more from your existing content. Listen to discover the behavior change benefits of this kind of microlearning.

Ep. 16: The Strategy Behind Content Reuse

Looking to upgrade your content strategy? Then content reuse could be part of your new tactical approach! In this new episode of Leaders in Learning Design, Joanne and Graham discuss the important role “reuse” can play in any learning organization. Listen to discover key points to consider when looking to upgrade your content strategy.

Ep. 15: The Challenge of Curation

How often to do you mine the internet looking for content for a new course? The concept of “learning curation” is gaining traction and as learning professionals we need to understand both the challenges and opportunities that go with it. In this new episode of Leaders in Learning Design, Joanne and Graham discuss some of the curation challenges we are wrestling with – what is it, why it’s appealing, and how to begin thinking about it productively.

Ep. 14: Understanding the Challenges of Creating Successful Hybrid Learning

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In this new episode of Leaders in Learning Design, Joanne and Graham discuss some of the instructional challenges learning professionals must plan for and overcome in order for “hybrid learning” to be successful. Old definitions and instructional strategies must evolve – this is not just blended learning by new name. Listen to discover more practical design and delivery suggestions you can apply today.

Ep. 13: What You Need to Know About Buying and Selling Learning (Leo Blankenship)

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In this episode of Leaders in Learning Design, Joanne and Graham are talking with the former General Manager of Conduent Learning, Leo Blankenship, about buying/selling learning and the future of content creation. We discuss the problems associated with the way learning and development solutions are typically being bought and sold. Listen for the startling new trend that every instructional designer will need to prepare for – and it’s not what you think!

Ep. 12: Engaging Both Roomers and Zoomers

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In this episode of Leaders in Learning Design, Joanne and Graham discuss some of the complexities of engagement when facilitating hybrid learning. What kinds of interactions should you prioritize when assisting with both roomers and zoomers, so everyone benefits? Listen in to discover some ways to improve your engagement in a “hybrid learning environment”.

Ep. 11: Is Hybrid the New Norm?

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In this episode of Leaders in Learning Design, Joanne and Graham discuss how we can’t ever go back to the way things were as we begin choosing between new hybrid work options. Learning professionals have to move forward and find better ways to level the playing field for both in person and virtual learners. We’re challenged with creating a true “hybrid learning environment”. Listen in to discover some practical ideas for both instructional designers and virtual facilitators.

Ep. 10: Easy Way to Upgrade Virtual Learning Activities

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In this episode of Leaders in Learning Design, Graham and Joanne (Doc) discuss how to get MORE from the learning activities you design or deliver via virtual workshops. We often put our heart and soul into content creation and delivery but are disappointed when some of our virtual activities fall flat. Listen in to discover the easy things you can do to UPGRADE the way you manage your virtual workshop activities to make them more meaningful learning experiences.

Ep. 9: Virtual Workshop Evolution

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In this episode of Leaders in Learning Design, Joanne and Graham are talking with education and strategic leadership expert, Commander Peter Pollock. The recent evolution of virtual workshops has forced us to abandon limiting beliefs about “what works” and acquire new skills – it’s amazing how quickly you can evolve in order to survive. Listen in to find out Peter’s suggestions for better virtual workshops.

Ep. 8: Showcasing Great Virtual Workshops

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In this episode of Leaders in Learning Design, Graham and Joanne discuss two great “showcase” virtual workshops. We offer you a peek behind the curtain and review some of the content structure that makes them really different from anything that you might have encountered. Listen in to find out more about the “secret sauce” that makes some virtual workshops a joy to attend.

Ep. 7: How Instructional Innovation Became Mission Critical

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In this episode of Leaders in Learning Design, Joanne and Graham are talking with Dr. MJ Bishop who is the Associate Vice Chancellor and director of the University System of Maryland's Center for Academic Innovation. She is an exceptional administrator, former faculty member/instructional designer with the insight we need to help us see the big picture when trying to improve learning and teaching.

Ep. 6: Affordable Virtual Workshops that REALLY Deliver

Dr. Joanne Bentley & Graham Edmondson
In this episode of Leaders in Learning Design, Joanne is talking with Graham about the success of the BCR catalog of workshops. While other folks are struggling to help learners deal with zoom fatigue, BCR seems to have found the secret sauce. Even those with minimal training budgets shouldn’t miss this podcast!

Ep. 5: Designing for How People Learn

Julie Dirkson with Dr. Joanne Bentley & Graham Edmondson -- #5
In this episode of Leaders in Learning Design, Joanne and Graham are talking with Learning Strategist and Instructional Design author Julie Dirkson. She specializes in making learning and instructional theory accessible to designers by assignment. Her practical, grounded approach is focused on how people learn. She recommends always starting with good learning principles, regardless of the delivery medium.  Even the classically trained ISD professional may benefit from her iconic stick figure learning analogies to upgrade their approach.

Ep. 4: Developing 5 Star Instruction (Dr. Max Cropper)

In this episode of Leaders in Learning Design, Joanne and Graham are talking with Dr. Max Cropper, who has spent his career as an instructional designer searching for the most effective instructional designs. In his experience it's very rare that the best instructional practices are applied either face-to-face or online. For example, when was the last time you completed a hierarchical task analysis, so you were confident you had included all the subtasks in your real-world whole task rather than being distracted by a list of topics? Read the transcript and download the free white paper on best-practice instructional strategies.

Ep. 3: Pushing the Limits and Sharing What Works (Donnie Patrick)

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In this episode of Leaders in Learning Design, Joanne and Graham are talking with Donnie Patrick, who has worked and advised on many military and UN related training projects over the years. He is passionate about using data to improve the quality of instruction. The tools may change but the future of virtual training is in building quality materials – using research and experts in the field to push the limits, collect good data, and share what works!

 Ep. 2: The Pro's Leverage IDS Fundamentals During Covid Crazy (Dr. Reo McBride)

In this episode of Leaders in Learning Design, Joanne and Graham are talking with Dr. Reo McBride, who has been on the frontlines of online learning in a variety of academic centers for over 25 years. To be effective he recommends transitioning F2F to virtual must stay focused on redesigning for better learning outcomes using the First Principles of Instruction and keeping with good pedagogy for quality instruction.

Ep. 1: Making a Rapid Transition to the Virtual Classroom

In the face of Covid-19, the L&D world has been faced with rapidly moving learning to the virtual classroom -- and it hasn’t proven as easy as might have been imagined. In fact, it has been extremely painful for lots of organizations. In the first of our series, Dr Joanne Bentley and Graham Edmondson, MD at Blue Consulting and Resourcing, discuss how challenging it can be to create successful virtual learning experiences, and share their own perspective on what L&D professionals and decision makers need to do to make a rapid migration to a virtual delivery.