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Finding Our Purpose

Teaching, at its highest and best, is a soul-focused activity.To teach effectively is to use your mind to help someone else move their mind from a less conscious point to a more conscious point along a particular path.To teach effectively online we need to fashion forms, learning objects, and materials, that are capable of transmitting

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Innovation vs. Stagnation

A characteristic that is shared by many members of the Learn and Get Smarter community is that we are ahead-of-the-times, outside-the-box thinkers… what is referred to in the book Play Bigger as “category kings” (or what I also refer to as “category queens”).  In other words, we are creative experts and entrepreneurs who have come up

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Dealing with resistance

In last week’s blog post, I wrote about the point that occurs about module 3 and 4 of many online courses, where the learner needs to start to actually apply the new material being taught. At that point in the course, far too often, learners find actually applying the teaching too difficult, and just drop

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Ensuring Learner Success

How can you ensure learner success in your online course? Just as in a physical classroom, there is no 100% guaranteed way to be SURE that EVERYONE who signs up for an online course, will complete everything in it and get optimal results.   Some of that depends on the learner: their motivation, persistence, level of engagement,

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Teaching in Alignment

There are two types of alignment that are important to consider in setting up your online course and the business that supports it.  It’s critical to be aligned “vertically”, with our higher purpose…our mission, vision, values, and purpose for teaching online.And it’s also critical to be aligned “horizontally”, with our ideal customers… the people we are

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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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