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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 […]


Karl Kapp @ ATD ICE

I was able to attend the International Conference and Exposition in Orlando this year.  Tonight I spent some time viewing the recordings of sessions that I didn’t have the opportunity to attend and reviewing the sessions that I did attend.  I did take a few minutes to watch Karl Kapp’s Solving the Mystery of the […]

  • Ginger Nichols,
  • June 29, 2015
Books I'm reading and blogging about.

The Accidental Instructional Designer

I just finished reading Cammy Bean’s The Accidental Instructional Designer Learning Design for the Digital Age.  A new member was added to my team at work to help me with Instructional Design duties.  He has extensive video and photography experience but no ID experience.  He attended Cammy Bean’s webinar hosted by Training Magazine and found […]

  • Ginger Nichols,
  • November 9, 2014

My One-Month Crash Course in Flash

To give you a little background, I am a graduate student (soon to be a graduate) of the Information and Learning Technologies (ILT) – Instructional Design and Adult Learning program at the University of Colorado Denver. Over the course of the program I heard and read a lot about the eLearning content that one could […]

  • Ginger Nichols,
  • August 2, 2010

Chalk, Blackboards and Lecture

Tonight was my first meeting of Adult Education and Learning class. I took two online classes this summer and I was really looking forward to getting back in to a traditional classroom setting. I happen to be the rare adult who enjoys “sit and git” or the “sage on the stage” kind of training. I […]

  • Ginger Nichols,
  • August 18, 2009
Books I'm reading and blogging about.

Disrupting Class

In class we are reading the book Disrupting Class How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns by Clayton M. Christensen.  Christensen writes in his book that using computer technology will be a way to customize instruction for learners.  He focuses on the US Public School system but I can see what he […]

  • Ginger Nichols,
  • September 7, 2008