The Lounge Podcast is the place for casual conversations about learning and professional development with a focus on technologies used to support corporate learning, organizational development and performance improvement. We'll talk to learning and development industry experts and share stories, best practices, emerging tools and tech ed trends for you to keep an eye on!
'Step-Away' and Innovate and Play with Deborah, Karl, and Kevin
In this special episode I'm joined by Kevin Thorn, Karl Kapp and Deborah Thomas to talk about the value of getting in touch with your creative side!
More notes to follow - currently just trying to get the new episode up!
Reserve your seat, or learn more about the Step Away: Innovate and Play event happening in September 2020 here.
Connect with our guests here:
Deborah Thomas on Twitter and LinkedIn
Karl Kapp on Twitter and LinkedIn
Kevin Thorn on Twitter and LinkedIn
We here at the Lounge Podcast hope that you and your family are healthy and adjusting to the new normal that comes with the pandemic we are experiencing. As a result, we've been a little busier than normal and have had to put the podcast on hold. BUT things are looking up for us here and I enlisted some help to get this episode edited. So hopefully I'll be getting the episodes out a little more regularly!
John Hinchliffe: Leaving Your Comfort Zone, Awards and Networks
In this episode, Learning Professional of the Year nominee, and my friend, John Hinchliffe joins me to discuss his L&D journey from the UK to the UAE. He shares information about how he prepared for success in the UAE, how he came to be nominated for a prestigious learning award, and provides some advise for new, emerging and senior learning professionals alike.
Due to Internet Issues, I am having difficulty loading the transcript and images, so I'll update this with all the information for John as soon as I can. I wanted to get this out prior to John's Awards banquet.
The Importance of Problem Analysis in L&D
In this episode, I'm joined by my friend Mike Simmons, founder of Catalyst Sale and host of the Catalyst Sale podcast. Mike joins me today to talk about analysis skills and how proper analysis and communication can help persuade, engage and guide our clients away from learning failures!
Get the transcript 26 - Mike Simmons_transcript.
Covered in this episode:
Why is analysis important?
Mike's process for analysis
We covered some of the following
Write it down,
Get the data you need to make a decision
Find gaps in info
Questions we can ask to understand the problem (who, what, why, where, when, how)
Conduct research (public information or interviews with people)
Understand the boundaries you are working in
Define the objective
Recognize what "good" looks like when the problem is solved
How do you get to the story? There isn't just ONE way! Find YOUR way
Simplify questions so you don't create objections
Getting information from SMEs
Selling the analysis phase when someone doesn't support it
Flat tires and learning analysis
Create a plan
Set timelines to avoid analysis paralysis
Leverage "good enough"
Mindmap as a tool
The value of deconstructing the learner journey
Using OneNote, technology and, yes, paper note cards
More than 20 years of operations, customer success, sales and sales leadership experience, 15 in the EdTech space. Life long learner, creative, analytical, and driven to achieve results. Mike has built, lead, and optimized sales organizations leveraging both direct and indirect teams. Husband, father, and jeep enthusiast. Arizona State University B.A. Psychology.
LinkedIn * remember to let him know you heard him on The Lounge Podcast
Podcast Episode 1, Episode 2
Effective Subject Matter Expert (SME) Management with Sean Hickey
When was your last Subject Matter Expert (SME) meeting? How did it go? Was it a painful experience for both of you? If so, this episode is for you!
What's Happening in The Lounge today?
I'm excited to bring you this impromptu chat with my new friend Sean Hickey. Sean is a master at working with people. He's incredibly personable and a joy to spend time with. I've had the privilege of spending time with him at two separate conferences, the Ohio ATD Tech days last September and the March 2019 Learning Solutions conference where he and my friend Cara North presented a fun and engaging session - and where they won BEST OF SHOW at DemoFest for their fun game on question pitfalls and the mayhem that comes from ill prepared multiple choice questions.
Sean and Cara win Best of Show at Learning Solutions 19 DemoFest
This episode isn't about assessment or evaluation - instead we're going to dive deep into the tips that Sean has for working effectively with your SMEs to help you and them get the most of your often limited time together.
It's a fun conversation - I had to cut out a lot of my giggles because Sean makes me big belly laugh to the point I sounded like I might need emergency medical attention. So what did we talk about ? Here's a little list.
In this episode:
What is a subject matter expert (SME)Sharing the importance of your workAre SMEs critical to our project success?How to build rapport with SMEsIdeas to deal with conflict between various groupsUsing humour / humorWorking from a state of agreementIdeas to reduce stress when SMEs time is “side of the desk”Sean’s process for engagement, formal and informal communicationDealing with the “unnecessary” Things you can do to motivate attendance (I’m not ashamed to admit to bribing folks with food!)Understand the small picture (how their actions impact the new employee)Sean’s process for continuous relationship buildingProbing questionsImpostor syndrome and SMEsGiving the SMEs value to take awayThe 3-Ps of service
About Sean Hickey
Sean Hickey is Lead Curriculum Developer and an instructional designer at Ohio State’s Center on Education and Training for Employment (CETE). As part of his role, he facilitates item-writing workshops for statewide career-tech end-of-course tests and industry credentialing exams, and develops eLearning materials for teachers and subject-matter experts. Sean was previously an instructional designer at McGraw-Hill Education, where he partnered with Apple in the creation of the first-generation of interactive iPad textbooks. He has taught educational technology courses and is actively involved in several instructional design groups and associations at both the state and national level.
Find Sean on Social
You can find Sean on twitter @mshEducation, as well as at various edtech or learning and development conferences throughout the country.
24 - Anna Leach, AI and Machine Learning
Today’s episode explores something I’m not overly familiar with, and I admit, it can be a little scary when you don’t know much about it. AI and Machine learning and not new but for some of us, it’s a bit scary to talk about something we only know about formally through Hollywood blockbusters.
In today’s show I’m chatting with Anna Leach, a Graduate Associate and PHD student at the University of Arizona. Anna shares some interesting information about the AI Circle and some other things we should think about at a deeper level!
In this Episode:
What is AI and how it impacts usTaking the scariness out of AIAn introduction into AI and Algorithms The Grand CircleThe differences between machine learning and AI
and Deep LearningPeanut Butter sandwiches and step by step
processesData impacts Bias in learningIt’s not “IF” it’s “WHEN” we should start
understanding AI and Machine Learning for future inclusion in our toolbox.
About Anna Leach
Anna is a PhD student and graduate associate at the School
of Information at the University of Arizona. The iSchool focuses on the
intersection of people, technology, and information. Her studies are
focused educational technology and the information it produces or consumes and
how it can or does impact humans. She is working to understand the value of
the data collected and how it can empower learners and elevate learning.
She is researching what data is collected in our LMSes and how much we
understand about data privacy.
Anna is a PhD student and graduate associate at the School of Information at the University of Arizona. The iSchool focuses on the intersection of people, technology, and information. Her studies are focused educational technology and the information it produces or consumes and how it can or does impact humans. She is working to understand the value of the data collected and how it can empower learners and elevate learning. She is researching what data is collected in our LMSes and how much we understand about data privacy.
Prior to the PhD program, Anna worked as a data analyst at
the Ohio State University. She also completed her Masters in Learning
Technologies in the Fall of 2016 through the Ohio State University online
program. She has discussed her data analysis journey in a TEDxPSU talk
titled Beyond the Numbers: A Data Analyst Journey - https://youtu.be/t2oOFs4WgI0
In her free time, she spends time with her
family and pug Skully or hiking or crocheting.
Joy Link: https://www.ted.com/speakers/joy_buolamwini
Machine Learning: https://www.coursera.org/learn/machine-learning
Here is an image Anna really likes: https://wordstream-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/machine-learning.png It is what is considered Artificial Intelligence.
Anna sent me this in respect to the discussion of PB&J sandwiches. She uses it to prompt discussions about what an algorithm is. https://youtu.be/FN2RM-CHkuI
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Minisode: Learning Content Review Cycles
If you listened in last week, you heard Hadiya and I discussing quality control and quality assurance, as well as feedback cycles. I wanted to continue the conversation with you this week but talking about the life-cycle of a learning object.
Sometimes, our learning content needs to be updated to reflect new ideals, practices, organization goals and direction, new performance problems and of course, updated government legislation.
In this episode:
what is a review cycle and why are they importantwho should be involvedwhat do I do in a review cyclereview a real exampletalk about how freelancers and contractors can implement review cycles
My example review cycle:
set up review cycle in advanceperform cursory reviewrun relevant reportsshare contentagree to next review
I'd love to hear what you are doing - you can leave a commont below, email me host @ theloungepodcast.com, or you tweet me with the hashtag #theloungepodcast and let me know what you do to ensure you are keeping your content current.
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The host is engaging and relatable. She does a fantastic job of taking the guest's information and rephrasing it to be easier to follow. A must listen for anyone interested in education - especially adult education and e-learning. Looking forward to more episodes!