TBF028 – Career Options & Self-Reflection

This weeks podcast looks as a blog post I wrote the other day.  I have a number of friends and relatives who have the goal of becoming a teacher.  It’s a great job but very difficult to get into.  The blog post (and podcast) are intended to be a bit of encouragement to look at other possibilities for a rewarding and learning based career.

The second article digs into self-reflection.  This is an important topic for anything where the facilitator is part of the learning experience.   I found this article on Lifehacker, and it may start off on a sad note (due to the recent death of the author) but his words tend to carry a lot of weight on their own.

“Organic Grunge”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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TBF020 – Learner Engagement & Lies

This week we examine a couple approaches into Learner Engagement and also review a blog post that I wrote this week.

The first thing that we look at is the blog post that I wrote called How getting caught in a lie can make you a better trainer.  It started off as a reflective exercise that I did to examine specifically why we remember some of those larger life lessons.  You know, the ones you parents teach you, often by force.  If you were interested in what you heard on the podcast please read the post, linked above. Continue reading

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How getting caught in a lie can make you a better trainer.

When we look back on our lives and think about the major ‘lessons’ that we’ve learned, we probably think of life changing events.  Perhaps, once, we were a reckless driver and we survived a terrible accident.  Or maybe we tried to get away with something and got caught (lets go with taxes and keep this light…).  Maybe it was something as simple as a grandparent telling you stories of their mistakes from the past and why you should adopt certain life-philosophies.  As different as they maybe, these are the lessons that we remember when we look back on our lives. Continue reading

TBF013 – Storytelling in eLearning.

Heads up!  I take a pretty good look at storytelling and then I dive into how it can be applied to elearning.  This is a geek-heavy episode, so be warned.

My stance is that we, as a species, have been telling stories for 40,000 plus years, and we’re still telling stories so why are we using them improve our elearning.   So where am I getting 40, 000 years from? Cave art.   Continue reading

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