Special Guest Kassy LaBorie Talks VILT

Today, Brent Schlenker talks to Kassy LaBorie talk VILT strategies and bring up 3 issues that should be discussed when conducting virtual learning. Kassy LaBorie is the principal consultant at Kassy LaBorie Consulting, LLC. She is a speaker, instructional designer, classroom facilitator, and author who specializes in virtual learning, teams, and live online technology. Kassy is passionate about helping organizations, learning teams, and training professionals successfully move to the virtual environment. She is the co-author of the book: Interact and Engage! 50+ Activities for Virtual Training, Meetings, and Webinars.

Kassy’s 3 issues from today’s talk:

  • Issue 1. You are not using the features of the online training technology to your advantage.
    • Solution: Learn exactly how the technology works and then use it to create the “virtual non-verbal communication” you need!
  • Issue 2: You’re asking low level or leading questions which simply ask people to respond rather than to think.
    • Solution: Ask thoughtful, learning focused questions.
  • Issue 3: You’re not listening to their responses, and you’re missing coaching opportunities.
    • Solution: Facilitate thoughts and ideas rather than giving answers or simply encouraging interaction.
  • Introduction
  • 3 issues to consider in a virtual classroom
  • Issue 1: You are not using the features of the online training technology to your advantage
  • Manage the audience by helping them use the tool
  • Teaching people how to be facilitators, in a virtual environment
  • Examples on how to introduce people to the environment and keep them engaged
  • VILT, VC, Online Training…what’s the correct verbiage?
  • Book: Interact and Engage! 50+ Activities for Virtual Training, Meetings, and Webinars
  • Issue 2: You’re asking low level or leading questions which simply ask people to respond rather than to think
  • Webcams considerations in VILT
  • Issue 3: You’re not listening to their responses, and you’re missing coaching opportunities
  • Q & A with chat




Special Guest Melissa Milloway Talks xAPI

For today’s TLDCast Thursday encore session, guest host Cara North was joined by Melissa Milloway of Amazon.com.  In this session, which ended up being similar to a Reddit AMA, Melissa broke down xAPI.  Melissa was a past guest on our xAPI playlist and has demonstrated many projects that she has built with xAPI.

  1. Melissa’s background
  2. The best way to get started with xAPI
  3. To code or not to code? Is it needed for xAPI?
  4. Breaking down xAPI statements
  5. Mel’s newest project: Presto Pasta
  6. Learning strategy before purchasing an LRS
  7. Other Q&A

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xAPI Cohort






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Special Guest Tom Hickmore of Nice Media on Video, Story, and Sound

Notes for December 7, 2017

Special guest Tom Hickmore, founder of Nice Media, who is well seasoned in the field of video tells us about his transition from art video to the corporate sector and, eventually, the L&D field. He talked about creating a story, video technology, and where video sits in the L&D field. Make sure to scroll up through the text chat to read the great ideas and conversations!

  1. Tom’s background
  2. The three acts; setup, confrontation, solution
  3. Important parts of the story
  4. Video/writing influence
  5. The importance of sound

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Special Guest Allison Wagda of Versal on Collaboration

Notes for December 6, 2017

Special guest Allison Wagda of Versal stops in to talk about collaborative learning in the L&D field. We had an enjoyable conversation with Allison on the difficulties of collaboration as it pertains to creating courses, managing SMEs, and in social media use in the workplace. The text chat was taking cues from the video chat and creating its own tangents, so be sure to scroll up through the chat when you watch the playback.

  1. Allison’s background
  2. Breaking down silos
  3. Smaller chunk learning
  4. Social interaction platforms
  5. SME interactions
  6. Wearing different hats

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Special Guest Richard Boyd Talks Machine Learning and Social Footprints

Notes for December 4, 2017

Special guest Richard Boyd joins us in the video window to talk about game technology from a long history in the field. The conversation started around games, but completely morphed into a deep dive on AI, Machine Learning, and how to recreate a social history of someone from the past. It was an amazing conversation, packed tight with some great information.

  1. Richard’s background
  2. Virtual world framework
  3. Open source adoptions
  4. Machine learning
  5. AI timeline
  6. Creating a social footprint

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Special Guest Megan Morrone of TWiT.tv Talking Tech

Notes for December 1, 2017

Special guest Megan Morrone of TWiT.tv. She brings a new angle on the world of technology to TLDChat. We talked the history of the internet, how technology has affected social interaction, and that newly trademarked word. It was a great day of resources and chat, so be sure to scroll up through the chat and check out some of the links.

  1. Megan’s background in the field
  2. Internet changes over the last 20 years
  3. Social aspect of training
  4. Who to follow in tech
  5. Seeking out training
  6. Microlearning™
  7. Length of content; training vs tech vs podcasts
  8. Lightning round in the Q&A

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Picture: Farzad Nazifi