Catherine's Learning Journal

Frank talk, spirited debate, laughter, and love

2017 07 04 Fireworks

I am excitedly awaiting the release of Oathbringer, the third volume of Brandon Sanderson’s epic Stormlight Archive series, which comes out in November. To stoke the anticipation, Alice Arneson, one of the beta readers, recently published a post detailing the review process for Oathbringer.  The post is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the creative process for producing the Stormlight Archive …

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Doubling down on curation

2017 06 24 Not Curation

Earlier this month, Josh Bersin published an interesting analysis that concluded: A New World of Corporate Learning Arrives – And it looks like TV. In it, he points out that emerging platforms for corporate learning are serving up a wide range of content in much the same way that our favorite video providers might – with aggregated resources, playlists, recommendations, …

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Creativity Boost Bookshelf

2017 05 30 Creativity Bookshelf

At last week’s ATD 2017 conference, I had the pleasure of presenting a concurrent session on nurturing creativity. Over the last few months, I’ve been working to identify a short list of things I (we) can do to increase creative capacity – interesting stuff, and quite fun to research, I must say. I investigated stories of highly applauded creators and …

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The people part

2017 04 04 People Component

At last week’s Learning Ecosystems conference in Orlando, we had the pleasure of hearing animation legend Glen Keane talk about how to embrace technological change to enhance creativity. It was a fascinating talk culminating with a demonstration of virtual reality animation that was gorgeous and mind-blowing (see this video at 2:39 for a taste of what we saw). It got …

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When Google lets you down

terrarium

This post was originally published in the InSync Training blog (September 13, 2016). Consider this scenario. You’ve been hearing some buzz among colleagues in the L&D field about what is referred to as a “learning ecosystem.” While you might guess what that’s about, you decide you want to learn a bit more. So you Google it, of course. In the …

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Revisiting Creativity, Inc.

Creativity Inc Cover

A few years ago, I posted a reflection on Ed Catmull’s book, Creativity, Inc. (with Amy Wallace). I’ve recently been working on a project to design workshops on creativity, so I decided to revisit the book and the post. My copy of the book is full of highlighted sections and scribbled margin notes, and it has been interesting to review …

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Lessons from the real Alexander Hamilton

08 06 16 Real Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton is a man after my own heart. His life story not only makes for a great musical, it is also an object lesson in being a successful autodidact. I can totally relate to his approach to making sense of the world – which was through extensive reading and long-form writing. Despite his personal flaws and the ways I …

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Confessions and lessons from a Hamilton obsession

Hamilton CD and book

I confess to a minor (?) and highly improbable obsession with the blockbuster musical Hamilton. I don’t typically enjoy freestyle/rap music, so it’s not an obvious choice for me. (My lame attempt at a line of freestyle in the title of this post is the one and only of my lifetime.) But given that Hamilton’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, has won …

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Next Generation Learning Environments

computers and code graphic

This past week the subject in my emerging technologies course was Next Generation Digital Learning Environments. That term is likely to be more familiar to you if you work in a higher education environment than in a corporate one. In corporate L&D, you are probably discussing similar ideas and calling the concept learning and performance ecosystems. Both conversations are focused …

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Lessons from an afternoon at the ballet

Ballet shoes

A friend and I have season tickets for the Pennsylvania Ballet, an extravagance that we dearly enjoy. We’ve also been attending the “Prelude” program, where a member of the company gives a brief talk and Q&A just prior to the performance. This past Sunday, we were thrilled that our speaker was Matthew Neenan, the Pennsylvania Ballet’s choreographer-in-residence, whose new piece, …

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