Engaging professional development facilitator
I offer customized workshops and other educational events on a range of topics related to enhancing skills for designers, facilitators, faculty, consultants, and learning leaders. My approach to workshops and professional development programs is almost always multi-faceted, blending highly engaging “live” time (in person or via webinar) with resources, take-back activities, follow-up coaching and more. My work is well-grounded in the relevant theory and research in our field, and shaped to be practical, based on 30+ years’ experience in corporate L&D and 10+ years’ experience teaching academic courses.
On Design Thinking and Creativity
Essentials of Design Thinking
ATD Design Essentials Webinar Series
Information and registration here.
May 23, 30 and June 6, 12-1:30 ET
OR August 30, September 6 and 13, 12-1:30 ET
Unlocking Creative Solutions Through Design Thinking
Workshop for L&D Professionals of Greater Philadelphia
Saturday, April 14, 2018, 9 am to noon
Information and registration here.
On Talent Development in the Digital Age
Cultivating a Self-Directed Learning Culture in the Digital Age
Digital Learning Summit, eLearning Guild
May 16-17, 2018
Information and registration here.
Talent Development in the Digital Age
ATD Greater Philadelphia Chapter
October 10, 2018
CUSTOMIZED WORKSHOP OFFERINGS
Here’s a short list of topic areas that I address most frequently. Click to see a short description and some of the sub-topics that can be part of these workshops.
Modern workplace learning practices
In the digital age, the pace of change and the abundance of resources make creating a structured course less efficient and impactful than supporting learning in other ways. This workshop provides practical and actionable advice for learning professionals interested in modernizing their approaches to crafting learning strategies for themselves and for the learners they serve.
- Discuss the drivers behind modern approaches to learning and development and examine how blended and work-based learning is evolving
- Learn powerful ways to align formal, informal, social, experiential, and developmental learning to develop high priority knowledge bases and skills
- Leverage the resources and tools available internally and through internet connections to enrich learning and improve performance
- Expand the strategies you use to promote social learning and to support learners in managing their own development
- Apply a flexible process for designing a learning environment (a curated set of resources and activities for learning)
It can be far more efficient to leverage resources already available than to design structured training programs. This workshop helps you to develop the skills to find, filter, and quality-check resources you might recommend instead of or in addition to creating structured learning activities.
- Discuss the full scope of the curator role in learning and development
- Discover strategies for finding and vetting appropriate resources
- Craft a list of recommendations for a specific development need
It may sound easy to learn “in the flow of work” and to build knowledge and skill through using internet resources and personal networks, but many people are accustomed to a more structured approach to learning. This workshop helps you understand what is required for people to self-direct their learning and what you can do to assist them until they become more proficient in managing their own development.
- Examine the process of self-directed learning (summary of research and theory)
- Identify learner characteristics and actions required to self-direct learning and development
- Discuss strategies to support learners who are not skilled at self-development practices
Social learning is not new, but tools and practices for social learning are ever expanding. This workshop summarizes key principles from research and theory on social learning to give you strategies for promoting and encouraging professional development in your context.
- Explore the dynamics of social learning processes, including enablers and barriers
- Consider multiple types of developmental relationships and networks and how to promote them
- Examine learner and developer readiness for social learning
Creativity and Design Thinking
Design thinking is what we DO as designers and strategists; and this workshop will discuss practices honed in the design thinking movement that can reenergize your creativity and enable you to craft novel solutions. You’ll get a chance to play with the tools and techniques of design thinking and experience how they can invigorate your work. You’ll see how design thinking is more than a toolkit, though – it’s a mindset that can transform how you design and facilitate, and it’s an approach that improves the quality of your outputs. The workshop will help you to rediscover the joy of design.
Through this workshop, you’ll be able to:
- Transform your approach to assessment with empathizing
- Generate and play with ideas to produce unique recommendations
- Use rapid prototyping and iterating to hone your solutions
- More deeply integrate design thinking into your standard processes
Supporting the learning needs of today’s workforce demands creativity and innovation. This workshop explores catalysts of creativity, and it offers implementable research-based techniques, skill-building activities, and inspiring stories of ground-breaking acts of creation. Practices and stories are drawn from genius-level creators like Lin-Manuel Miranda (composer of Hamilton), Ed Catmull (CEO of Pixar), and Twyla Tharp (choreographer of Movin’ Out), among others.
- Learn about activities and behaviors that fortify some of our most respected creative geniuses
- Develop habits of mind that can deepen your capacity for creativity and innovation
- Reference techniques for nurturing your own creativity and moving past a creative dry spell
Higher Ed Faculty Development
Many faculty members in higher education desire to have impact – on their students and on the wider community – and they recognize that a web presence might expand their reach and deepen their connections. This workshop discusses how academics can use a web site as a launching pad for making their work accessible and sharing their interests with students and peers.
- Discuss ways that academics leverage web connections to connect with a broader community, diversity thinking, and expand impact
- Explore tools and platforms utilized by the academic community
- Define personal goals and overarching approach to connecting on the web
It can be difficult to get online students to engage deeply in online conversation and activities using traditional approaches to online learning (post once/reply twice). In this workshop, we will discuss specific strategies for promoting discussion and other forms of interaction online.
- Learn research-based recommendations for effective online learning
- Explore an array of online active learning techniques
- Discuss strategies for crafting engaging discussion forum questions and activities
Many people find themselves designing courses without having background in the process or the art of instructional design. This workshop provides an overview of the steps of the process and the high level design decisions that go into crafting an effective course.
- Explore the process of instructional design, including overviews of ADDIE, rapid design processes, and backwards design
- Learn key considerations for the critical decisions that constitute “design”
- Walk through an instructional design project to match recommended steps with actual practices
Some designers say they don’t do up front needs assessment, but there is always something done to define goals and set parameters for a project. In this workshop, you’ll learn process and practices for assessing needs so that designs can have the intended impact.
- Differentiate performance assessment and training needs assessment – and understand the importance of each
- Explore the most frequently used data collection and data analysis strategies
- Practice needs assessment planning, data gathering, and interpreting findings
Coach, thought partner and strategic advisor
My expertise is in the full range of tools and techniques for learning in the digital age (both in person and technology-based). I can partner with you to create dynamic and impactful learning strategies to meet the needs of your constituents: participants, students, employees and leaders at all levels. Whether you are putting together a syllabus or designing a corporate workshop, I can assist you in devising engaging approaches and ensuring lasting learning. And if you are working to conceptualize a broad learning strategy or curriculum, I can help you to incorporate the latest thinking on what is effective. I especially enjoy strategizing learning environments that support ongoing development of deep knowledge bases and complex skills.
Consulting projects include:
- Partnering on the development of learning ecosystems and learning environments
- Coaching practitioners on modern approaches to L&D
- Consulting on course design, including defining and crafting activities and assessments
- Researching topics to inform strategic decision-making
- Conducting in depth needs assessments