Mistakes Only Experienced Instructional Designers Make

I will be attending InstructureCon 2013 this week in Park City, Utah. Besides immersing myself in the world of Canvas with Tim Sullard and Bronwen Abbattista, I will be presenting a program on the pitfalls of being an experienced instructional designer; what happens when success makes one a tad smug and indifferent. – Pat Wagner

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Wednesday, June 19th, 2013, 3:15 pm- 3:45 pm Kokopelli 3 (Higher Ed track)

Have you have been designing online courses for more than five years – a generation in ID dog-years? Along with the wisdom that comes from experience you might have also acquired some bad habits. Learn to identify typical blind spots that even experienced designers develop, from relying heavily on favorite templates to refusing to adopt new technologies that challenge your status as head ID geek. Topics include isolating yourself from student feedback, falling in love with the first theory you mastered, and not understanding the demands working adults face while taking online courses.

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American Library Association 2013 Annual Conference participation

Hope to see my library, school, and higher ed friends at the American Library Association annual conference in Chicago in two weeks. Here is the schedule for the panels and training showcase at which I will be presenting, with short descriptions of my contributions to the panels.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – LearnRT panel; Saturday, June 29th from 4:30pm to 5:30pm in McCormick Place Convention Center, S102a

The Best-Laid Plans: Mistakes Experienced Trainers and Staff Development Managers Make

A dedication to helping others brings responsibility. It is easy for even the best trainers to develop blind spots, especially if they develop routines that rarely are questioned or evaluated. In olden days, stale teachers would mimeograph the same curricula over decades. Today, longtime trainers and educators are at risk at falling in love with one model of education or one set of tools and resting on past successes. In my experience, it can help both new and experienced staff development specialists to reflect on what it takes to stay open and aware.

Learning Round Table Training Showcase (LearnRT), Sunday, June 30th from 1:30 to 3:30pm in McCormick Place Convention Center Hall A, Meeting Room D

Showcase of trainers and vendors, highlighting programs and products for staff training, staff development, library continuing education, and professional development.

Best Practices in Training – LearnRT panel; Monday, July 1st from 10:30am to 11:30am in McCormick Place Convention Center, S102bc

Fresh Eyes: Evaluating Training Programs

We can forget that most workplace learning happens outside of the classroom – and the training department. What questions should be asked to improve the effectiveness of staff development programs? And which sacred cows need to be put out to pasture?