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

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.

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
Articulate storyline
All training videos are hosted at 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
Elearning magazine
Jane Bozarth:
Cathy Moore at
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.

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:


Another great article she wrote is about being a “Positive Deviant”. Check out here:


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

Julie Dirksen

Jane Hart

Donald Clark

Richard Byrne

Follow on Twitter #Edchat, also check out their website:


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


Pinterest is a free social media pinboard photo sharing website that allows users to create and manage image collections. Users can categorize images on different boards and follow other users’ boards if they have similar interest. Pinterest users can upload, save, sort, and manage images know as pins and other media content. Some people use Pinterest to collect images, photos, or organize resources such as the tools we are learning in this course.

I personally think this is a fun tool for those who like to collect images for their own personal interest and to share with others. You can pin your favorite images and also find out what others are interested in. This tool allows you to organize your images, but you can also do that on your computer hard-drive or Googledrive. I think the difference is because with Pinterest you can obtain comments and “likes” from others on your images and you can also provide comments on other people’s images. I really like the fact that you can research through a great variety of images. However, being an instructor, I would NOT use any images from Pinterest due to copyright violations (users beware!!!),  since it would likely require checking each individual site where the images come from to see if they are authorized for use. I frequently look for images in the internet for educational purposes for my presentations, but sometimes end up buying images to include on my presentations due to copyrights violations.

Here is an article about this topic: Is Pinterest a Haven for Copyright Violations?

For professional use I think this tool can be used to show students a visual of required books, educational tools or resources directly from your Pinterest account.

I do have a Pinterest account for over a year now and have rarely used it. I may consider using it to keep track of the social tools we are learning in this course. I recently discovered their section on education and found nice images and resources in this category. I think navigating through this section may be good to obtain ideas, however unfortunately like I mentioned before, I would not use these images for professional use due to copyrights violations.

Check out my Pinterest account:

If you are interested on this tool  you can create a free account at

Screen Recording Tools: Jing and Screenr


JIng (Photo credit: blogpocket)

This week I learned about two new tools Jing and Screenr. Jing is great for free screen recordings and capture! Download here  I also learned about Screenr, this tool is similar to Jing.

Both tools have a limit of 5 min for recordings, which is great for short videos. If you use Jing and desire to record a video longer than 5 min, you can upgrade to a tool called “Snagit 11”, which is also very simple to use and there is no time limit for your video. Although, there is a cost associated with it. You may get the free 30-day trial. Here you go:

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My blog image capture with Jing 

Working Smart and Learn How to Use Twitter

Working Smart Through Workscaping by Jay Cross, 2010

“If you set high expectations of people, they usually live up to them. If you have low expectations of people, they live down to them.” It is important to nurture your network within and outside your workspace. I like the tips to workscaping provided by Jay Cross such as apply the 80/20 rule to critical functions and avoiding duplication of effort in keeping up with news.

How to Use Twitter for Social Learning by Jane Hart, 2010

I learned how to create a background for my twitter account by using Free Twitter Designer found on: Very cool tool! Check out at @lmacedopharmd