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7 Random Things About Me December 31, 2008

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Brent Schlenker tagged me for the 7 Random Things meme, so here we go:

1. I am always working on side projects.
Whether I’m designing a web site/web application for a small business or working with friends to come up with start-up ideas, I’m always getting myself into something. I suppose it keeps me out of trouble.

2. I don’t have a Facebook account.
I mainly use LinkedIn and Twitter for all my social media needs. Who knows, this may change.

3. I’m about to drink the Apple Kool-Aid.
I’ve been a PC user since I was 12, but I will be purchasing a Mac Book Pro in the first half of 2009. I keep hearing so many great things from friends about Apple and OSX, so I’m ready to give it a shot.

4. I love to play roller hockey and ultimate frisbee.
I’m not great at either, but I have a blast whenever I play.

5. I’m a big Nintendo Wii fan.
I stood in line over 13 hours to get one on the first day they came out (November 19th, 2006). Luckily, my wife is a big fan, too.

6. I visit reddit.com, digg.com, engadget.com, and twitter.com waaaay too often each day.
I have a thirst for news stories, current events, tech news, etc. I usually just skim each site for a minute or so, but I probably do it every one or two hours.

7. I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.
Sure, I have a career path in mind, but I find myself pondering my future on a regular basis. Fortunately, I enjoy my current work, so I’m in good shape for a while.

What are your 7 Random Things? Leave a comment!

Micro to Macro December 23, 2008

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My career in learning and technology happened by total chance. I started in the world of computer science and web programming, but quickly transitioned to educational technology and then eLearning. Building eLearning courses came naturally to me because I was used to building web sites and web applications. I built custom interactions in Flash, tamed SCORM, and wrote a ton of HTML and JavaScript. I had a micro focus on eLearning; I was intently concentrated on a very small piece of the overall learning and development picture.

Over the past two years, I’ve seen my focus change. Now I’m much more interested in the bigger picture, and I approach situations with a macro view instead of a micro view. I now see greater value in relationships and networking both inside and outside of our company. I spend more time cultivating relationships with other departments, because I see the connections and potential synergies more clearly. I’m learning that the people side of the equation is just as complex (if not more) than the technology. Who knows – maybe it’s the end of the year that has me reflecting on things, but I’m now much more focused and determined to make a bigger impact.

Here’s how I see it:

Where I’ve Been

  • Web site development / web application development
  • eLearning course development
  • eLearning vendor management
  • LMS / learning system administration
  • eLearning 2.0 / social learning / general learning solution design and development

Where I’m Going

  • More eLearning 2.0 / social learning / general learning solution design and development
  • Team / department strategy planning
  • Enterprise strategy planning
  • Learning and development management
  • Executive-level learning and development leadership (CLO?)

The blog posts I write on eLearning Weekly may evolve similarly as my career (hopefully!) progresses, but I’ll do my best to keep the content relevant/helpful for a wide audience.

Have you had a similar progression in your career? Or can you share thoughts, tips, or tricks along these lines? I’d appreciate your feedback…

What do you want to see in 2009? December 18, 2008

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Each week, I write about my experiences in the world of learning and technology. Sometimes I talk about projects I’m working on, and other times I highlight resources that I’ve found to be useful. Now I’d like to get feedback from YOU. What helps you? What would you like to see on eLearning Weekly in 2009? Please vote in the poll below.

Thanks!

eLearning Learning December 11, 2008

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eLearning Learning is a community that tries to collect and organize the best information on the web that will help you learn and stay current on eLearning. Tony Karrer built the site and it is doing a great job of aggregating some of the best eLearning blogs out there. Blog posts are organized by concepts, tool, type, company, organization, year, etc. All posts link back to the original blogger, so you can read more of their work if you’re interested.

Take a look now: eLearning Learning.

eLearningToolChest.com – Resources for eLearning Professionals December 1, 2008

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A new site called eLearning Tool Chest (eLearningToolChest.com) has a collection of eLearning books, authoring tools, blogs, and other miscellaneous resources. The site is growing each week. I think it could be pretty big in a month or two. If you think a specific book, authoring tool, or resource should be listed, you can suggest that it be added.

Visit eLearningToolChest.com