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Next Wednesday at 8am Mountain Time, I’m excited to be returning to this weekly livestreamed podcast for Learning Professionals: Instructional Designers in Offices Drinking Coffee (otherwise known as IDIODC). It’s hosted by Brent Schlenker & Chris Van Wingerden who keep the vibe playful and the topics on track…more or less.

Though I’m not stranger to Brent & Chris’s show from DominKnow, it’s been a while. My last appearance was their last show of 2019, so it’s perfectly fitting that I’ve been invited back for their first show of 2021! Let’s just pretend 2020 never happened, shall we?

I’ll be talking about Learning Analytics & Data in a very practical sense, and sharing some of what I’ve been up to over at ConvaTec as well as what’s going on in the wider world of learning data. Sound fun? — Okay, don’t answer that, just come by and we’ll make it fun for you ;)

Register today at https://www.crowdcast.io/e/de8y9dnb

Here’s the writeup:
The concept of Learning Analytics has been a hot topic for several years in the L&D industry. There are those that talk about it, and then there are those doing the work and making it happen within their organizations. Sam Rogers is one of the doers.

He’s joining us in this episode to discuss the realities of working with data and analytics within a large enterprise. As you might imagine, the task is not easy. But each of us needs to start somewhere. The big question is often where. Trying to figure out the proper data to collect and how you will collect can be daunting. But you must start somewhere.

We’ll find out how Sam got the analytics ball rolling and the some of the hurdles he had to jump to keep it going. You don’t want to miss this timely and relevant conversation as we launch into the new year.

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Even though I moved to the middle of Utah in a tiny town of 300 people between a state park and a national forest not really close to anything a few years back, I continued to perform every month or so and to appear online more frequently for most of that time. Usually I’d make the 2.5hr trek to the airport once or twice a month, or go on a day or two’s drive to somewhere.

My last such trip was the end of February. Coming back from Oakland on March 1st and getting sick the next day, I thought I had Coronavirus. Turns out I didn’t (yay!) and it was just a seasonal flu, but I stopped performing anywhere in person. Beatboxing & singing is a superspreading artform after all, so February 29th was the last performance as The One Mouth Band for the foreseeable future.

I did still have a few live streaming appearances for a few months after that. And I was helping produce a few online events & conferences as well. But by July I started my new job and…it seems that I’m not really showing up anywhere anymore. Which is kinda weird.

But then this whole year is kinda weird, isn’t it? I’m grateful to be healthy and pretty well isolated from the crazy of the outside world here in America.

All this is to say, that I don’t have anything on the calendar and I haven’t for months. This hasn’t happened since I was 15 years old. It’s been a good thing to explore in greater depth, decoupling my identity from all that performing stuff.

My question to you is: do you miss me? Like what, if anything, do you wish I was doing? As this year draws to a close, I’m thinking about what makes sense for 2021. I don’t really know what’s worth doing or planning for the coming year.

Perhaps, for the first time since I started this website in 2000, there won’t need to be an “Appearances” section at all…?

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I’ve been very happy to be part of the International Body Music Festival since the very beginning. This extended group of crazy music makers from around the globe is responsible for some of my most precious memories in the highlight reel of my life. Including:
  • meeting & jamming with my musical idols from Barbatuques in a parking lot in outside IBMF 1 in Oakland
  • performing & teaching and taking over restaurants in Sao Paolo in IBMF 3
  • performing, exploring, & assisting with the video crew of IBMF 7 in Bali

Truly there are MANY many moments and dozens of relationships that this community is responsible for…I don’t even have the words…

And I’m happy to be part of the folks behind the scenes making the COVID-era connections continue via Facebook & Zoom tomorrow. Please tune in here and enjoy the TWELVE HOUR MARATHON of 100% organic human music and feel the love!

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I just finished producing several global training sessions for training industry legend Bob Pike

Starting tomorrow, I’ll be helping produce the Society for Technical Communication’s annual conference & expo, Summit 2020 So I’ll be hosting back to back conference presentations and panels for a few days, prepping and introducing their speakers in Zoom webinars. I’ve actually put in quite a bit of work with the production team already, as I seem to be the resident expert in this sort of thing.

I’ve also been asked to speak in their opening session about improvisation. So The One Mouth Band will likely come out and play a bit too! Yay! Just thought I’d mention it.

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For the last few weeks, I’ve been advising the small team of folks creating their very first online learning conference that they’re calling The Alchemy Lab. It’s great when you give people advice and they actually listen and follow through!

It’s kind of crazy to throw something like this together, but they seem very capable and it’s for a good cause. This is a FREE event where any donations will go straight to local foodbanks. Plus, because it’s totally online and free to attend, it’s perfect for L&D professionals who’ve been recently laid off or furloughed by the Corona shutdowns. I’m using this event as an excuse to reach out to these folks directly.

This weekend, the conference really happening! I’m on the schedule in a few places, but mostly I’ll be behind the scenes helping produce other people’s sessions and keynotes.

If you’d like to catch my presentation Creating eLearning Videos That Don’t Suck or the panel I’m moderating on Podcasting in L&D please go register today! And the full schedule is at eLearningAlchemy.com/AlchemyLab. I hope to see you there.

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