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ISO/RTO TWG 2016 – List of things mentioned

Here is a partial and unorganized list of some of the stuff mentioned at the ISO/RTO Training Working Group meeting.

  • International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) – certifying body for standards-based training program …blesses you to grant globally-accepted continuing education hours to learners
  • Checklist Manifesto – great book by Dr. Atul Gawande about how the use of checklists can help even the smartest people from making needless mistakes
  • International Board of Standards for Training, Performance, and Instruction (ibstpi)lower case acronym intentional …this is the body that creates the standards upon which many learning industry certifications are based
  • Xyleme Author – XML-based content development that encourages a more atomic approach to content development that encourages reuse, helps with version control, and acts as a central location for the storage of content …cool because it allows export into deliverable formats such as PDF, web, PowerPoint, Word, etc.
  • Bottom-Line Performance – outside contractor for computer-based training (CBT) development
  • proofhq.com – online proofreading tool
  • imeetcentral.com – online project management, collaboration, and workflow tool
  • Articulate Online – online delivery of content made with Articulate learning content creation tools
  • e-Learning and Science of Instruction – book containing research-based recommendations for how to design learning materials for better understanding
  • Mindmapping – using mindmapping to see the connections when designing and developing training is very helpful …although this book wasn’t specifically mentioned, it is the one that I can vouch for that describes the process really well

Please make add the things I missed in the comment section.

Podcasts in my Queue

I have been a heavy podcast listener since around 2003/2004. I started by listening to former MTV VJ, Adam Curry’s, Daily Source Code. Since then, not a day has gone by without some podcast listening.

Here is a list of what is in my queue and why it is there:

screenshot of my podcast player

Screenshot of my podcast player

  • DTNS – Tom Merrit’s Daily Tech News Show (DTNS) is my …uh …daily tech news show. I listen to this show every morning as I am getting ready for work. It is an easy way to keep up with all the tech news worth knowing.
  • Security Now – This podcast has been in my queue for years. It is probably my favorite podcast because it dives deep into privacy and security – two things that really matter to me.
  • Teaching in HigherEd – Although I am not “teaching in higher ed” I find a lot of the things that Professor Bonni Stachowiak discusses with her guests applies directly to adult learning. This podcast is the one that most aligns with my job. Bonni has the best guests on this show. I highly recommend it if you are interested in adult learning and educational technology. I wrote about this show before here.
  • The Linux Action Show! and LINUX Unplugged – These two shows satisfy my weekly Linux nerd needs. Chris and his co-hosts and virtual Linux User Group provide tons of great Linux and free software news and entertainment.
  • The eLearning Coach Podcast – Connie Malamed’s wonderful show has tons of information useful to me as an instructional designer. If you have a job where you make or give training, this is a show for you. All of the guests on this show are the well-known learning professionals from around the web. You will learn TONS from listening to this show.
  • The Ihnatko Almanac – This is the outlet for Chicago Sun Times columnist, Andy Ihnatko. Dan Benjamin joins Andy for stories and miscellaneous musings. Andy is hilarious and his views on life are classic. This podcast does not seem to have any strict release schedule but when I see it pop up in my queue it jumps over pretty much everything else. By the way, Andy’s writing is fantastic. I wrote about his writing style previously.
  • Mac Power Users – Even though I have reduced my Mac usage to less than 1% of my total computer usage (Linux all the way – woohoo!!!), I still love listening to Katie Floyd and David Sparks talk about the interesting way they are using computers in their respective law practices and in their creative lives. If you use a Mac, I highly recommend giving this show a listen. I found out about this show about one year after they started recording. After I listened to the first show, I went back and listened to everything from episode 1. These guys are serious Mac power users.

That is my queue. I hope you find some of these podcasts as entertaining as I do.

Share your podcast recommendations in the comments!

Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast

For the last 7 years I have had anywhere from a 60-minute to 4-hour round-trip commute. How do I constructively spend my drive time? Podcasts.

Finding my recent favorite podcast was a fluke. I heard the host, Bonni Stachowiak, on one of my regular podcasts, Mac Power Users. She impressed me as being both equally smart and cool. I decided to check out her podcast …I am soooo glad that I did.

Professor Stachowiak teaches college business classes in California. Her podcast is titled, Teaching in Higher Ed. It deals with adult learning, productivity, educational technology, and mindfulness.

After I listened to the first few episodes, I immediately downloaded every single episode and put her in my #1 listening spot until I caught up to real-time. Yes, it’s that good.

The thing that makes Dr. Bonni great is her positive attitude and her spectacular guests from the field of higher education.

Some of my favorite episodes:

ISO/RTO Tech Demo Links

Edited on July 26, 2015 to specify which items I did not cover in the presentation.

I presented a short talk on educational technology at the annual ISO/RTO training working group meeting.
Here are links to the sites that I discussed:

* not covered in the presentation due to time constraints

One topic that I didn’t get to that deserves way more attention is Markdown. It is my plain text holy grail. Type one place, then use tools to magically convert from txt to pdf, html, docx, presentation, LaTeX, etc.
Here are some links about it.