For me, the biggest problem about not posting for a while on this blog is the pressure I feel to make the first post “back” be something worth waiting for… and in the meantime, I have lots of things waiting to be posted. So this entry will just be an update… what I’ve been up to during my blog silence.
Over the last few months, the bulk of my energy for writing has been dedicated to drafting a book – Learning Environments by Design: Enabling learning in the workplace. It’s a summation of my thinking about learning environment design, which may be a familiar topic to those readers who have been following this blog or checking out my conference presentations. Currently, you can get the preview version FREE here, and I would welcome your feedback. If you do take a peek, it would be terrific if you would send me a quick note about what you think may be missing – that will help me as I expand and edit the book through the end of the year.
Along with writing the book, I designed a course called Learning Ecosystems: Designing environments for learning. It is being offered through the eLearning Guild’s Guild Academy, and I couldn’t be more excited. The course is delivered in six 2-hour webinars scheduled a week apart, along with opportunity for discussion and for working a learning environment project in the time between sessions. The format gives learners a chance to get feedback on their projects as they work on this new strategy for meeting complex learning needs. The next session begins June 3. And I’m happy to offer customized programs if you are interested. 🙂
My conference sessions this season, at the ASTD International Conference and at a local ASTD conference here in the Philadelphia area, have been on the work that I did to identify research-based practice recommendations related to supporting social learning. My slide decks and white paper on “With Help From Our Friends” can be found here.
So that’s what I’ve been doing all this time. Next up: I’m currently teaching a course on emerging technologies for Penn State Harrisburg’s Training and Development Master’s program. I did a lot of research to compile the readings for the topics being discussed, and I’ll be posting those in the coming days and weeks. It’s my own version of “working out loud,” plus I figure others may benefit from the effort I put into finding a good selection of materials to give overviews related to emerging trends (in general), social media, MOOCs, learning analytics, and the maker movement.
I hope you’ll stay tuned, and I’ll try not to disappear again.