Author: debra

Why choose a career as an instructional designer

Design is a way of life… All day, every day, we either purposefully design our environments, or unconsciously fall into someone else’s design. We put on our favorite outfits to feel strong, capable, and in control or choose something very different to show a softer side that is open to being cared for. We read […]

Ban the word training

Some days, I wish we could just ban the word ‘training,’ as it relates to learning in the workplace. It kind of makes me think of ‘teaching an old dog a new trick.’ I’ve always embraced it, by thinking of it in terms of practicing & developing core skills required to ultimately excel in any field, but when […]

Thrive during organizational change

When executing change management in business, that space between ‘business-as-usual’ and a new way of working can be challenging to navigate. Roles and processes are ambiguous and the solid structure on which you previously stood strong, is crumbling beneath your feet. In the meantime…how do you juggle the new and the old? Taking a lesson […]

Self-directed vs. Self-paced Learning

While reading the article, “Why we need to stop using ‘self-paced’ in Competency Based Education (CBE) descriptions,” I had my higher education ‘hat’ on when suddenly I was struck by the similarities between workplace goals of cultivating a ‘learning culture’ and competency based learning in higher education. As organizations and job roles are evolving at […]