Top 100 Tools for Learning in 2010

Since 2007 Jane Hart, of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, has been putting together an annual list of top learning tools.  The completed 2010 list is at the end of this post and the emerging 2011 list is here. I tried out a couple that were new to me; Glogster, for making posters […]

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What’s your theory of change? Evolution or Revolution?

Ever wondered what your theory of change is?  How do you believe change happens? If you’re a learning and development specialist then you’re out to change – change minds, expand learning, influence behaviour.  Face it, you’re a changemaker. One way to look at change is on a continuum with evolution at one end and revolution […]

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Not paying attention as a trainer can make you take an unwanted bath

I once took a university course, early Friday mornings at 8:30 am, with only 3 others in the class.  There was another painful aspect to it other than the early hour.  The professor lectured from notes so old they were yellowed.  Plus his monotonous tone matched the static nature of his notes. Mother of mertle […]

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The view from Dolores Umbridge (Harry Potter) on a bad, very bad day

The word’s aflutter with the release of the new Harry Potter movie, which made my kids take the opportunity to watch a previous version, specifically the Order of the Phoenix.  We were all snuggled up in bed watching when it occurred to me that the character Dolores Umbridge is a great example of a worldview, […]

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3 ways to deal with participant hackers (like a slacker but worse) or ‘What I learned from having our website hacked’

You know your day is not going to go well when it starts off with a phone call from a client saying:“Uh, er, is your website supposed to have a picture of people with guns on it?” Turns out our website was hacked, which, apologies to regular readers, is why there was no blog post […]

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The fine art of balance

The gorgeous video clip below came to me via Dyana Valentine.  Other than wondering how the artist can manage to spend so much time upside down while looking so effortless and graceful, it’s got me thinking about balance. As a learning and development specialist I think a vastly overlooked aspect of training is balance.  We […]

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Great trainers are great adapters

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What the canals of Amsterdam have to teach us trainers about self-care

Recently I spent some time in Amsterdam with my friend and colleague Gert Junne of the University of Amsterdam and Network University.  As we dialogued for hours about our mutual work, sharing resources and ideas for collaboration we drove through the country side exploring. The picture above shows the North Sea on the left.  The […]

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When it comes to life (& that includes training) expect the unexpected

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Linking learning with selling raffle tickets

This summer, as I’ve done for the past some 30 years, I volunteered at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival on the media committee.  I get my hit of music from the world over and I get to give back, make a contribution. I also get to meet interesting characters, like Louise, a fellow volunteer, pictured […]

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