Abigail Wheeler eLearning Expert Interview

Ms. Abigail Wheeler manages sales training curriculum at IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. She began her career at a small consulting company in New England, designing and developing training experiences for government and nonprofit employees focused on social service solutions. She advanced to leading teams and individual contributors in the development of eLearning, webinars, face-to-face instruction, and blended learning opportunities. In her current role, Wheeler manages curriculum serving a nationwide audience of field and inside sales consultants in the veterinary diagnostic industry.
During the interview Ms. Wheeler mentioned she uses powerpoint and broadcast through Adobe connect.
I thought it was really interesting what she mentioned about bite size training. In her work they adopted the 1-4 min bite sized learning training modules instead of 1 hour training modules. I think  this method makes it more feasible for learners to watch a 1-4 min video on a topic to refresh their skills rather than opt to skip it altogether because they don’t have time to sit through a longer module to learn about only one thing they needed to review.
Another tool she mentioned she uses for training is adobe after effects  http://www.adobe.com/products/aftereffects.html
Articulate storyline http://www.articulate.com/products/storyline-all-features.php
All training videos are hosted at Vimeo http://vimeo.com/upgrade1?utm_source=search&utm_medium=bing-upgrade1-brand_vimeo_alone_vimeo_exact-us&utm_campaign=1757&utm_term=vimeo
She works in a team with Technical writers and Multimedia developer to develop training.
For professional development in eLearning, Ms. Wheeler recommends us to follow:
Connie Malamed at http://theelearningcoach.com/
ASTD at http://www.astd.org/
Elearning magazine http://elearnmag.acm.org/archive.cfm?aid=2185631
Jane Bozarth: http://bozarthzone.blogspot.com/
Cathy Moore at http://blog.cathy-moore.com/
For more info on Ms. Wheeler check out another interview conducted by Jeannette Campus at
Thank you Ms. Wheeler for taking the time to share your knowledge and skills with us.
Also, many thanks to Dr. McPherson for hosting this interview and for Jeannette for sharing her network.

Connecting learning and practice to transform patient care

Check out this very interesting blog post by Dr. Barbara Brandt!

National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education Blog

In January 2013, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation hosted a groundbreaking conference in Atlanta, Ga., to discuss how best to “connect great learning and great practice.” National leaders in health professions education and health care delivery examined how educational reform might occur in step with the rapidly transforming health care delivery system. This link between education and practice is what the national center calls the Nexus.

The foundation released the conference recommendations today. Like the concept of the Nexus, the recommendations are rooted in a commitment to the Triple Aim: improving the experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing per capita costs of health care.

The participants developed five recommendations for achieving an effective linkage between education and practice:

  1. Engage patients, families, and communities in the design, implementation, improvement, and evaluation of efforts to link interprofessional education and collaborative practice.
  2. Accelerate the design, implementation, and evaluation of…

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Dr. Jane Bozarth eLearning Expert Interview

This week I participated in an interview with Dr. Jane Bozarth. Here is what I took away from the interview:

According to Ms. Bozarth, it is often difficult for social media to become an integrated part of an office culture since many offices operate in a traditional environment. The solution?

Seek ambassadors within your organization to present your work; perhaps, others may think it is a great idea and you may get lucky! J


Ms. Bozarth, promotes “Show Your Work”. I really enjoyed reading her article “Nuts and Bolts: Narrating Our Work”. Check out here: http://www.learningsolutionsmag.com/articles/984/nuts-and-bolts-narrating-our-work


Another great article she wrote is about being a “Positive Deviant”. Check out here: http://trainingmag.com/content/training-magazine-events-are-you-positive-deviant


According to Ms. Bozarth we should not wait for everyone else to do everything…we should be the change!


Ms. Bozarth recommended various blogs or resources to follow including:

Cathy Davidson http://www.cathydavidson.com/

Julie Dirksen http://usablelearning.com/

Jane Hart http://c4lpt.co.uk/jane-hart/

Donald Clark http://donaldclarkplanb.blogspot.com/

Richard Byrne http://www.freetech4teachers.com/

Follow on Twitter #Edchat, also check out their website: http://edupln.ning.com/


Like many other eLearning experts I’ve talked to during this course, Ms. Bozarth, also admits that Facebook is one of her favorite social media tools that can be used for training or eLearning. Why? Because everyone is on Facebook! Users are already comfortable with this tool! It is possible to setup a Facebook closed group, you don’t have to be friends with the people in the Facebook pages to be able to be part of the group.

Another one of her favorite tools for collaboration and eLearning is “Twitter”. Other tools she recommends to use within a course includes:

  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Google Plus
  • Google Docs
  • Skype

Organization-Centric or Network-Centric? Part 3

In the article, Working Wikily, the author’s outline the characteristics of an Organization-Centric versus a Network-Center model.  They make these comments:




 knowledge is constrained

knowledge is expanded

knowledge, leadership, and expertise is increasingly accessible

effectiveness is equated with longevity

effectiveness is equated with mobility

 groups come and go in order to achieve common goals

As I mentioned on my previous post, I believe there is a mix of both organization-centric and network-centric model in the institution I work. I am currently part of an interprofessional research team and I can see the power of collaboration when each team member contributes aiming to achieve a common goal. Knowledge as result is definitely expanded.

Teams assemble with a purpose and once the goal they are aiming for is achieved they are free to disassemble; and each individual member can seek new goals. A powerful team occurs when each individual team member is familiar with each other roles and responsibilities, an outstanding leader is in place, communication is at its best, and collaboration keeps getting better.  I believe a little bit of time needs to be allowed for team members to get acquainted and comfortable with each other initially; but once everyone on the team is on the same page, it only get’s better.


Organization-Centric or Network-Centric? Part 2

In the article, Working Wikily, the author’s outline the characteristics of an Organization-Centric versus a Network-Center model.  They make these comments:




 coordination is difficult

 coordination is easy

barriers are low enough that people can do “big things for love!’ or find partners in narrow passions

closed and proprietary

open and transparent

 sharing is routine, resources are available, and effortd and ideas build off of one another

In the institution I work I see both organization-centric and network-centric model. Coordination can be difficult at times with scheduling meetings based on everyone’s availability, etc. The institution does have a wonderful IT department and staff who help with incorporating educational activities into the schedule.

A portal is available with resources to faculty and staff at the institution I work; however, it is limited to tools only posted by IT personnel. Sharing is done among small groups of faculty who I work with and from administration who sends emails, newsletters, etc. However, at times I personally want to share resources and tools among all faculty, and instead of formally emailing the whole department or all departments; it would be nice to have a forum or learning discussion board to informally post comments, questions, and share resources among faculty members. This site could be categorized by department and/or type of resources and also have a search box, where we could search for a specific question or resource on the topic. This resource faculty site would be a tremendous benefit for all faculty, and especially new faculty who initially may need more guidance during their first year in the institution.