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ATD TechKnowledge 2017

2017 ATD TechKnowledge Wrap Up

I just returned from 2017 ATD TechKnowledge. I really enjoy this conference because it focuses on learning and technology which are my two favorite aspects of my job. I’m going to hit the highlights of what I went to (but I probably write way too much anyway). Keynotes: The Fallacy of “Impossible” Mick Ebeling from […]

Articulate 360

I downloaded Articulate 360 about two weeks ago. I haven’t had a lot of time to play with it, but so far I like it. Here are two of the new features that I really liked. I’m looking forward to learning more about it. Dials – Storyline 360 Dials are really cool. It’s just another […]

Aaron Draplin Event

Earlier this year, I joined the Colorado Chapter of AIGA. I’m not a graphic designer but I have an appreciation for it. There is something magical about starting off with a white screen and creating a thing in Illustrator even for the novice. AIGA has a very interesting speaker series. I don’t know what caught my […]


2016 ATD ICE

The ATD International Conference & Exposition (ATD ICE) was held in Denver May 22 to 25, 2016. I was able to volunteer through the ATD Rocky Mountain Chapter. I was a room monitor in the Mile High rooms 4a – 4c on Sunday and the Four Seasons 2c – 3c on Wednesday. Basically my volunteer job […]

Ginger and Thomas Toth

Thomas Toth, Learning! Champion

It seems like February 2, 2016 was a long time ago but it was a great day because it was the day I received the email that Thomas Toth, my mentor, earned the 2016 Learning! Champion Award from eLearning! Magazine. We were under a blackout and couldn’t talk about it until May. If you want to learn more about […]

Just Do It

I’ve gotten some interesting feedback lately. “HTML5, why do you want to learn that? You won’t use it here.” “Adobe Captivate 9. We just upgraded to version 8 why do you want to learn version 9? Won’t you get them confused? I don’t think that’s a good idea.” “You’re in a tough situation, you want […]

Peyton Manning & Instructional Design

Was never a big football fan. I moved to Denver in 1998. I spent Super Bowl Sunday 1998 when the Broncos won their second Super Bowl on the Ski Train to Winter Park because the tickets were buy one get one free. And no, I don’t ski. However, there is something magical about this town […]

Books I'm reading and blogging about.

100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People

If you have an wish list, make sure you put things you really want in it. This Christmas, I had about a dozen books on my wish list and I got them all. One of them was 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People by Susan Weischenk. Sure it’s almost the end […]

ATD TechKnowledge 2016

I was able to attend ATD TechKnowledge January 13 to 15, 2016.  I really enjoy the intersection of technology and learning so this is a fun conference for me to attend.  I attended some really great sessions and I’ve come back with a lot of ideas for things I want to work on. Day 1 […]


Books I'm reading and blogging about.

Technology for Trainers

My friend and mentor Thomas Toth’s new book Technology for Trainers arrived in my mailbox today.  I already had the chance to read it and I really enjoyed it.  Maybe I’m a little bit of a geek but I think building eLearning is fun and Thomas’ book is full of best practices for doing just that.  Thomas […]

Instructional Design Resources

I’ve been stumbling on some really interesting tools from the blogs and Tweets of L&D people that I follow.  Some I’ve tried and some I haven’t.  I thought it would be cool to start a page to keep track of them all.  I have more that I’ve been bookmarking – more to come. Name Date […]

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  • September 12, 2015

Social Media at Work

The company I work for has IBM Connections.  If you’re not familiar with it, I cut and pasted a description from Wikipedia below: IBM Connections is a Web 2.0 enterprise social software application developed by IBM. The goal of IBM Connections is to empower companies to be more innovative and help them execute more quickly by using dynamic networks of co-workers, partners and […]

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  • August 9, 2015

Fostering a Learning Culture

A coworker of mine recently watched the replay of Catherine Lombardozzi’s presentation from ATD ICE and suggested that I do the same.  The session was titled Fostering a Learning Culture: Six Strategies for Enabling People to Drive their Own Culture.  I was pleasantly surprised by the topic because I only caught the first part of […]

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  • July 29, 2015

Gamification Courses on and Coursera

Maybe a better title for this post is MOOCs vs.  In the past 6 months I completed Kevin Werbach’s MOOC on Coursera and Karl Kapp’s course on both on gamification.  I really enjoy gamificaiton because I think it makes learning fun when used properly.  I read both Werbach’s For the Win: How Game Thinking […]

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  • July 18, 2015