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Applying systems thinking to your course and business

At the Learn and Get Smarter community meeting on Saturday, July 4th, 2020 we learned from community member Rob Ruder about information systems as they relate to systems thinking in general, and online course creation in particular. Rob is the owner of IDIC Designs and an Adjunct Faculty Member in Gonzaga University’s School of Business

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How does your course help others?

As educators, we are here to help people learn and grow. As entrepreneurs, we are here to provide products and services that solve problems and meet needs. In a recent blog post, I shared a parable about long forks, in which people feeding each other across the table provided a metaphor for creating a heavenly experience. It

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Who are you here to serve?

In honor of Father’s Day, which just passed, I’d like to send a note of appreciation to all members of the Learn and Get Smarter community who are Dads. Fathers are powerful teachers, not only in their own children’s lives but for the community as a whole, and I’d like to share some wisdom that I

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Online education as an antidote to racism

How does the mission of your business address racism?   What can each of us do as online educators, to address this systemic problem? At the Learn and Get Smarter community meeting on Saturday, June 6th, in the midst of one of the most tumultuous weeks in American history, we took a hard look at our businesses

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Lean Forward

How do you deal with an unprecedented situation for which you have no pre-existing mental frameworks… no appropriate prior knowledge?That’s the challenge our entire planet has been facing for the past several months.How are YOU facing it? How are you holding up?If you’re like most of us, you may have been finding this time incredibly

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The Perspectives of 2020

If you think back to New Year’s Eve, 2020 (that sweet and innocent time Before the Dawn of Covid), you may remember that the general mood was one of happy expectation.  Individually and collectively, we were hoping for great things from 2020, not least because the number makes us think of having perfect vision and

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Designing the different levels of a course

We’ve talked about the five domains of learning defined by educational researcher and theorist Robert M. Gagné.Gagné divided learning up into the following major types:Verbal information (declarative knowledge)Attitudes (mindset)Cognitive strategies (learning how to learn)Intellectual skills (how-to)Motor skills (physical movement)The  Course Design Formula® that I teach in my book and course provides research-based guidance on how

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The current pandemic and learning

At the most fundamental, biological, level, learning is the process of adapting to one’s environment in ways that promote survival.  Which means that all of humanity is currently facing a learning task of tremendous proportions. One of the things I’ve heard most often during the past week, is that we can’t know how to adapt, because we

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Engaging the senses in online learning

As the world goes through a sudden, enforced global experiment in living online, we’ve all come face to face with what the online interface can, and can’t do well.The online interface CAN (thankfully) connect us in ways that allow us to interact with each other, conduct many kinds of work, and counteract physical distance with

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Creating Community Online

How are you feeling right now? What changes have you had to make to adapt to the coronavirus threat? Do you find yourself suddenly needing to take programs, meetings, clases, processes that work well in the physical world, and put them online? Would you like some guidance and help in figuring out how to do that, effectively and

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Three steps to take WHILE presenting instruction

You’ve warmed up your audience. You’ve gotten their attention. You’ve told them what they’re about to learn, and you’ve reminded them of their prior related knowledge.  It’s time to start actually teaching….this is the exciting part! “Actually teaching” is a three-step process, if you want your course participants to actually REMEMBER and be able to use

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