Monday, November 15, 2021

Working Remotely

I have been working from home for over a year and a half now, as have many of us. In the past I have been a telecommuter on and off, usually at the discretion of the current organization or department leadership. Telecommuting has always been my preference and something I have known to be far more effective means for the type of work I do… More productive, fewer distractions, more creative environment, fewer restrictions to resources, etc.

Some things I have come to observe regarding remote work:

1. Many positions and job roles that even I did not think could be done remotely, can be. In many situations, even done better from a remote location. 
2. Organizations are realizing that remote work is not only feasible for many of their staff, but extremely advantageous too. It does get to me when I hear leaders preaching how well telecommuting has been working and all its advantages while so many of their workers have been telling them this for years.
3. Collaboration works well, if not better, in a remote environment. Granted, many new tools like Zoom and Teams has made collaboration much easier than in the past. It is certainly much more convenient and accessible.
4. As I saw someone say on LinkedIn, but worth repeating here. People should not say, “When we return to work.” What do they think we’ve been doing for the last 18 months? Working from home is still work. This is a stigma that at many organizations just will not go away.
5. Organizations have been saving a bundle on costs, which has probably gotten their attention just as much, if not more, as the rise in productivity and work-life balance.
6. Many candidates are expecting a remote work option, not just wishing for it. And why not, both the organization and the candidate will benefit from it.

Please note, many of these observations are from seeing what is happening at many organizations outside my own and in articles and social media posts I read from people throughout the world. So, these statements do not necessarily reflect my organization, but those or many organizations.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Instructional ReDesign Podcast

Looking for a new instructional design resource? Cara North and Joseph Suarez recently launched their new podcast, which is well worth the visit - you will find it at

Most recently, they were kind enough to invite me on the podcast to discuss "working out loud" and instructional design. You can hear that podcast at -

Monday, October 16, 2017

Medical Graphics

If you are in health care you probably have the need for medical graphics. Well, NIH has a great list of U.S. Government  medical stock image sites. These sites also include graphics, videos, animations and more. Because most government (U.S.) graphics are public domain most are copyright free. The link is below, enjoy.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Help Wanted: Hiring an eLearning Professional #DevLearn 2016 Presentation

Several weeks ago at the Devlearn conference, David Schwartz and I presented a session on hiring eLearning staff. Below is a link to our presentation, now available on Slideshare. I also added a link on the last page to the presentation's related resources, which we think are very helpful to anyone searching for a quality eLearning professional. 

If you were not able to attend Devlearn, but would like to access other presenters' slide decks and resources, the eLearning Guild makes them available to all at

Saturday, November 12, 2016

#DevLearn, Here I Come!

Devlearn Logo
I am on my way to the DevLearn Conference next week - As always a great time and plenty of valuable sessions. This year I plan on attending numerous mLearning sessions, which look perfect for anyone looking to delve further into delivering mobile learning, like me.

I will also be speaking again. This year I am excited to be co-presenting with my colleague, David Schwartz. Our topic is on how to find, hire and keep quality eLearning professionals. If you will be at DevLearn, stop by and see us. We will be on the Strategic Solutions learning stage in the conference's Expo Hall. 
Help Wanted: Hiring eLearning Professionals
Strategic Solutions Stage 
Thursday 11 -11:45
Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Sharing My Process and Expectations with My Stakeholders #wolweek

Over the years, I have written my share of posts about working with SMEs. However, there is no single, perfect approach to working with SMEs since they differ as well as each project differs. In my latest attempt to making the process a bit easier, I have created a document that explains to SMEs and stakeholders my process of creating courses and their role in this process. I always take the time to explain this process and the expectations for the SMEs and reviewers, but from my experience, they don't always retain all the finer details and sometimes misinterpret their responsibilities.

So I wrote this up, which gives my SMEs and all other stakeholders involved a better understanding of my process. Hopefully, you too will find it useful when working with your stakeholders and maybe also see how I approach working with mine.

eLearning Process and Expectations Doc

A link to the doc is here. Feel free to adapt it for your use. Any input on how it can be improved is always welcome too. 

FYI: It has been a while since I have written a post on my blog, but it being Work Out Loud Week, I thought it would be a good time to share this and blow the dust off this old blog.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

#DevLearn 2015 Sessions That Impressed

I recently returned from the DevLearn 2015 Conference, which is always an incredibly inspiring learning experience. So, here are some of the sessions that impressed me along with the slide decks/resources that are worth sharing.

What Delights CLOs and What Keeps Them Up at Night? Allison Rossett
Great insight on what CLOs and org leaders need/want from training professionals. Also, challenges/obstacles and problems in current elearning/L&D.
Brain Science and Learning: Seven Tips That Will Dramatically Improve Your Training Art Kohn
I really liked his ideas on “boosting” learning – Post learning events that increase retention. No PowerPoint on the resources page, but here is Art’s SlideShare -
Interactive Video for eLearning Designers David Anderson
David provided some creative ideas for using video and even showed some tips and tricks in Articulate StoryLine. FYI: No PPT, but David works for Articulate, which has the Rapid eLearning Blog and the eLearning Heroes site both of which are chock full of tips and resources. 

Innovations in Interactivity and Interactions Rick Blunt
Rick's session on interactivity reminded me not to get stuck recreating the same old interactive assets. He discussed the levels of interactivity, Bloom's Taxonomy as it applies to using interactions and he provided great examples. It was a great audience and he was very good at getting them to share ideas and solutions during his session, which was also invaluable.

What? I Don’t Have to Be an Art Wiz to Create My Own Design Assets? Bianca Woods
While I could not attend this session because it coincided with my own session, otherwise it would have definitely been on my list of must attends, I did make it a point to grab her presentation slides off the resource page. It has some great design tips and tricks along with some good tool resources.

All the resources provided by the DevLearn presenters are available at