Special Guest Paul Bouffleur on Distance Learning, Fluff, and VR Application

Today we have special guest and long-time member of TLDC, Paul Bouffleur. He brings over 17 years’ experience in Project Management and Talent Development to the boxes and shares his expertise in the field of Instructional Design, onboarding, and dealing with remote training.

  1. Paul’s history
  2. People not tech
  3. Distance learning tech
  4. VR application
  5. Real interaction vs virtual interaction
  6. Cut the fluff
  7. Q&A from Ask a Question

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TLDC Playlist Opener with Guest Kassy LaBorie

We kick off the TLDC Playlist of Virtual Classroom Training with Kassy LaBorie who has a wealth of online classroom training. She brings her unique view and insight to the room and discusses all the ins and outs of presenting through the screen as opposed to in the classroom.

  1. A brief history of Kassy.
  2. Struggles with technology
  3. What is online training?
  4. Keeping the group small
  5. Be in the environment
  6. Make it about the people
  7. Activity suggestions
  8. Master the technology
  9. Q&A Session

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TLDC UK Meetup is On Its Way – June 21st

After a spectacular TLDC18 in Phoenix, AZ at the end of January, a few of us here put our heads together at The Training, Learning and Development Community. We are the most active group of L&D professionals around the world and we want to continue to celebrate this fact.

Even with daily TLDCasts — webcast conversations with influential L&D professionals — and actively moderated Slack TLDChat Workspaces, our aim is to maximise your professional development. We believe long lasting value comes from “hallway conversations” that occur when L&D networks come together; we work to recreate these as much as possible. Building networks and meeting people in your field, swapping ideas or sharing concerns, and getting together will help to enhance your connection.

We have an active and thriving community of L&D professionals in the UK, but due to distance it can be hard to have the face to face interactions that adds so much value.

This is why we are excited to announce the first ever TLDC UK Meetup on Thursday, June 21st at Mulberry Bush Pub in London from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm (BST).

We don’t want to ruin the fun before it has begun, so more information will be shared closer to the event. But it’s not too early to RSVP and let us know you’ll be there.

With your hosts Jo Cook (@lightbulbjo), Cara North (@caranorth11) and Bethany Taylor (@eCom_Bethany), you won’t be short of support and lively discussion. They’ll be your fearless leaders and sources of TLDC UK connection, ask them your questions.

As a TLDC first-timer or regular contributor, you will find TLDC stands for Community. We hope that we will see you there!


Special Guest Andrew Hughes with Guest Host Cara North

Wednesday brings a guest host and a guest in the window with Cara North and Andrew Hughes, respectively. Cara throws a Q&A session at Andrew that covers his company Designing Digitally, his influences, and how he navigates the L&D world. Feel free to jump into the Slack channel and share your answers to the questions. Slack Channel – http://bit.ly/2jMKreV

  1. Company history
  2. Q&A session
    1. What is your favorite video game and why?
    2. Who is your knowledge crush (someone you admire for their brain and platform)
    3. If you only had to use one software tool for the rest of your career, what would it be and why?
    4. If you can get rid of one thing in L&D, what would that be?
    5. What does your creative process look like?  Where do you go for inspiration?
    6. How do you prefer to work: quiet or noisy.  If noisy, what do you like to listen to?
    7. If you had to explain in 30 words or less what you do for a living, what would say?
    8. What is the biggest challenge you face today in the L&D industry? Personally? as a company?

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Open Forum – Industry; Design Thinking

Notes for December 21, 2017

Thursday brings us back to the Rings of Focus, particularly the Industry ring. We had Joseph Suarez drop into the video window and discuss design thinking and how it affects behavior in the learning and development field.

  1. Design thinking for behavioral change.
  2. UX/UI importance
  3. Design processes
  4. What is learning?
  5. Learning vs training
  6. User centered design

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