Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Accidental Instructional Designer: Now Available for Pre-Order!


The Accidental Instructional Designer: Learning Design for the Digital Age is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

Cynthia Banks wins the prize (as far as I know) for first actual pre-order of my book!  Cynthia, I totally owe you a free copy :)

Monday, April 07, 2014

Coming Soon: The Accidental Instructional Designer (The Book!)

Hey, guess what? I accidentally wrote a book!

I know, crazy, right?

The Accidental Instructional Designer: Learning Design for the Digital Age: a thrilling tale of what happened when one young woman (that's me) woke up one day to find that she was an e-learning instructional designer. It's a book packed full of tips and ideas and inspiration for taking your eLearning design practice from an accidental path to one of purpose, passion, and intention.

The book is being published by ASTD and  final proofs were sent off to the printers last week.

Information coming soon on pre-orders from Amazon. Look for hard copies coming in early May.

I'll be at ASTD's International Conference and Expo (ICE) May 5-7 where I'll be running a session called The Accidental Instructional Designer, working the Kineo booth on the expo floor, and doing an author chat/book signing session.  Hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Live in New York it's Kineo Konnect! Join us April 9!

There's still time to sign up for our springtime community event in New York City.  We'll be taking apart everybody's favorite topic: boring old compliance training.

I'm really looking forward to hearing from JC Kinnamon and his thoughts on the reluctant learner. But more than that, I'm looking forward to lively conversation and insights from the more than 50 people who have already signed up to come.

If you're in the New York area, this is a must attend event!

Get all the details on the event and sign up today.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Blended Threads: Global Learning at Coats (A Case Study) #LSCon


How does a large, global manufacturing organization up skill 1,000 front line and middle managers in  core leadership skills? Through a two year program that blends approaches and partners. See how Coats worked with Kineo and The Oxford Group to create a blended solution that works.


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Kineo Turns 100! 100 months of learning and loving

Kineo turns 100 months old this month, with 100 newsletters under our belts and loads of client projects and industry lauds.

I developed a corporate crush on Kineo in 2006. In fact, one of my earliest blog posts was about this great company that served up lots of great resources to the e-learning and instructional design community. I fell in love and now appear as a milestone on our company journey. (See if you can find it!)

Check out the journey we've been on since 2005!


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Douglas Merrill, Big Data Demystified for Learning: What’s Important, What’s Not, and What’s Next #LSCon

These are my live blogged notes from the Thursday morning keynote at the eLearning Guild’s Learning Solutions 2014, happening this week in Orlando, Florida. Forgive me any typos or incoherence.


  • Co-Founder and CEO of ZestFinance.com; Former Chief Innovation Officer at Google
  • Author of Getting Organized in the Google Era
  • Has a PhD in Cognitive Science from Princeton and a very nice peacock tattoo sleeve on his left arm


In the last ten years, we’ve created a LOT of information.
3% of all employees are working at 2am local time.
We’re killing our employees, we’re killing ourselves.

On average, the American adult worker works 9 hours a day at their office, but only 2 hours a day doing primary child care.

Big Data -- we think it’s magic. We are so in love with the notion that data can reveal hidden things like magic. 

Big Data is like religion. It is believed without being understood.

Math anxiety causes use to believe without understanding.

We create made up numbers all the time (like that American men are taller than women.) There are outliers in the data than can blow your average.

Listen to your customers, but not too carefully….“If I had asked my customers what they wanted, they’d have asked for a faster horse.” ~Henry Ford

The downside of focus groups – you ask customers questions and they want to please you – they want to give you answers they think you want. They can’t envisage answers that they don’t know.

Google results – no one clicks NEXT to look at the second results page – you’re in the top three to four results or you don’t matter.  Google customers asked for 20 results on a page, so Google listened to customers from their focus groups and went from 10 to 20 results. The problem – the search results went from .25 milliseconds to half a second and search completion results went down! People really wanted speed.

Crowdsourcing is a precision tool. It gives you an amazing amount of information. He shares a story of how pilots came up with the best routes and discovered the Jet Stream – by sharing their flight logs.

Go Do Something:

We are part of the problem…statistically, if we hire people -- we're going to hire people who are just like us. White men hire white men. White women hire white women. etc. 

Force diversity into your plan. This creates a broader decision tree. When you're hiring people, hire for diversity. Diversity matters. We all think about the world in the context of the company that we live with. 

You're promoting wrong. You're more likely to hire people who look like you; you're more likely to promote people who look like you. Blow up the reviewing process. At Google, all reviews are public. Every quarter was a full 360 review. All those reviews were entirely public in name - you see what I thought your strengths were; your opportunities for improvements (aka weaknesses); a field for anon feedback; list three employees who are worse than this person, three who are better. Crowdsourcing the likelihood of how well you were doing. If people who are worse than you are higher than you in rank, you should probably be promoted.

Develop people, not just apps. If people talk like you, you're more likely to understand them and then promote them, etc. Development process don't capture what people actually do.

People do what you measure. People do what we tell them to do, even if it's dumb.

We can do better. We can use data that create value for our companies.


Top Tips for Writing Better ELearning Scripts (Session slides from #LSCon)

These are my slides from my session yesterday at Learning Solutions here in Orlando: Top Tips for Writing Better ELearning Scripts.


Writing better e learning from Cammy Bean

Want more top tips? Check out the top tips page on the Kineo website! 

Some weird formatting things happened when I converted this from Keynote to PPT and then uploaded to Slideshare. Please forgive me!