Personal Learning Network

Happy Friday! I really enjoyed learning about so many great tools in my EDUC689 informal learning course this summer and developed a different way of thinking about networks and informal learning. I created my personal learning network (PLN) in Pinterest because it allows me to pin anything I find interesting at anytime and organize it in different boards.

Check out my PLN here:

“My Action Plan” to keep up with my PLN will be to continue to follow and expand my network in twitter, Linkedin, and facebook. My goal is to post on my blog at least once a month on new things I am learning. It’s my duty to keep up with my readings and keep on top of information not only in the pharmacy world, but in the eLearning and instructional design world. I’ll continue to pin pin away on Pinterest as I learn more throughout life long learning and with my peers.

Thank you everyone and Thank you Jeannette Campos for a wonderful course this summer!


A Whole New Mind Book Report by Daniel Pink

During my informal learning masters course (EDUC689) I had the opportunity to read the book “A Whole New Mind” by Daniel Pink and worked together with three peers in a book report. As a group, we enjoyed reading and learning about the evolution of our society from left brain to right brain thinking. We present our book report for “A Whole New Mind” by Daniel Pink. Enjoy!

A Whole New Mind Book Report by Daniel Pink

Thoughts About the Future of Workplace Learning

After hearing what many eLearning experts have to say…various thoughts came to mind about the future of workplace learning.
First, I am not sure why students are continuously going to classrooms to listen to didactic lectures…why not start self-directed and informal learning from day 1 in high school, university, and graduate school? This method will allow students to train for real world problems and experiences.
In the real world, we have workplaces with a collaborating environment – “ideally” – where people learn by continuously performing a skill, learn via self-directed and informal learning via the internet, books, with their peers, twitter, Facebook, etc. Can we replicate this picture early on in education (e.g. could really start as early as middle school up to graduate school)?

As a student over the years, I sat through various lectures, but in some courses I really didn’t feel I had a grasp of what I had learned. After graduation, I had to learn on the job, learn by facing reality, learn by fear, learn with others (e.g. peers, mentors, personal learning network), learn by pressure, learn to save lives, and learn to teach or facilitate learning of other pupils. Finally, learning because I love to learn!
I pursued a residency and currently on a fellowship to gain more experience in my skills before transitioning into the real world in which learning is more informal and self-directed.

So, why are we not instigating active learning early on in education in our students? By skipping active learning altogether, we are really jeopardizing their learning and future professional lives by teaching them “everything they need to know for the test”, but in reality, not the truth they need to know to make it in the real world”.
So what are your thoughts on what the future of learning will look like?

You should be aware that courses from top universities such as Harvard and John Hopkins are now being offered for FREE online such as:

So what does this all mean to the world of education? I think the future of education will be students learning on their own via self-directed and informal learning because the information will be available and easily accessible everywhere.

Now, the important component will be to replicate the “real world”. I think it will be a lot more valuable if students come to school to meet as group for active learning or flipped classroom, where they will participate in TOSCEs, OSCEs, laboratory activities, team-based learning activities, problem-based learning activities, etc. Right now, most students tend to not show up to lectures, face-to-face anyways, if attendance is not required. However, these same students do show up for laboratory and group collaboration activities in order to get the hands-on-experience needed to function in the real world.

How will we “educators” assess students’ knowledge? I believe quizzes, exercises, examinations, TOSCEs, OSCEs, etc. should be a continuous process to access their knowledge on every step of the curriculum in order to prepare them to go into practice and assess if they have really learned the material or mastered a skill.

Let’s take higher education to the next level and show our students the truth about what the real world is all about early on in their education! I think building this habit and behavior of functioning independently, but yet collaborating with others along the way, early on in education, prepares one further to what’s about to come in the next phase of their lives.

Will you join me in this journey? What are your thoughts?

~Livia Macedo

Session notes: Leaving the ADDIE model behind

Should we leave ADDIE for SAM? What are your thoughts?

From what I have read on the internet and watched YouTube videos about SAM…it seems that this model is more realistic and what actually happens in practice when you need to deliver a product in a short period of time. I am curious to do some more investigation about this model.

Find out more information here:



I am interested in delivering more elearning content, and decided to sit in on Michael Allen’s presentation on Leaving the ADDIE model behind. I am always looking for a better process to help develop content. Being aware of ADDIE, I was interested in Allen’s new approach. Allen has written this approach in his new book,  Leaving ADDIE for SAM, which should come out in October.

The slides for Allen’s presentation can be found on the Web.

Allen asked, what is the criterion for picking the right process for you? Basically, we do what works for us. Most people probably use ADDIE in a modified form. Regardless of the process, we are typically concerned with a number of issues that relate to the products we create: Do the products you create meet your satisfaction within the constraints? Are the products delivered on time? Are the products delivered within the…

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Cammy Bean eLearning Expert Interview

Ms. Cammy Bean is a VP of Learning Design forKineo US. An eLearning veteran since the mid-’90s, Bean has worked on projects for a wide range of industries including financial services, retail and manufacturing. At Kineo she takes the lead on learning design, working closely with clients from concept to execution. A frequent conference speaker and active blogger, she also served as the ASTD TK12 Planning Committee Chairperson. You can find her blog at
During the interview with Ms. Bean she describes the process she used to design materials such as to conduct an analysis, develop an objective, create a storyboard usually in a word document, then create a first version of the educational materials in the platform without audio, then a second version with audio.
She recommends breaking up eLearning materials in small chunks of information and use repetition. Example a 20 minutes webinar with repetition and active learning can be a more effective learning experience than sitting on a lecture for 60 minutes.
What I took away from her interview is that social media have allowed people to learn from each other without barriers. Now you can learn from someone in another part of the world (e.g. China, Australia), who had a similar experience to yours, by using technology.
She talked about “responsive design”. Meaning your work has to adjust to the fast pace of technology. Now the eLearning materials need to be designed in a platform compatible not only with desktop computers, but also with mobile and iPad.
For more information checkout another interview with Ms. Cammy Bean by Jeannette Campos at:

David Kelley eLearning Expert Interview

Mr. Kelly is currently the Program Director of The eLearning Guild (, but he also brings to our class extensive experience in training and development aimed at performance support in the workplace. According to Mr. Kelly’s website, he believes “in leveraging technology to bring learning and development programs into the workflows of the job in ways that better address performance issues, and are less intrusive to work environments.”

During the interview, Mr. Kelley stated that he agrees that google glass can be used for educational purposes. I personally have heard of being used in medicine for educational purposes during surgeries to teach other medical students or residents.
I am not certain of the use of google glass in pharmacy. I believe you could use for patient interactions or potentially to record OSCE encounters to train students.

One of his top tool for collaboration is twitter. I’ve seen a trend as majority of the eLearning experts I have talked to loves twitter. He states that “twitter is where majority of the sharing takes place”.

He recommended to follow eLearning expert Cathy Moore:

To learn more about Mr. Kelly, please visit his website at
You can also follow Mr. Kelly’s blog ( or follow him on Twitter at @lnddave.