Exploring teaching & learning

Three podcasts to try

In a post last year I gave you three recommendations for good podcasts I was listening to a lot at the time. It's time to do it again! Here are three more podcasts which I play quite regularly and really enjoy. I hope you'll check them out. How I Built This with Guy...

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Seven keys to a great staff retreat

A couple of weeks ago I facilitated a small team's day-long staff retreat and it was such a positive experience I thought I'd write a blog post about it. Instead of talking specifically about that team's experience, though, I want to highlight key factors that we put...

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Debriefing facilitation with a fishbowl exercise

In late April I co-facilitated a workshop with my friend and colleague Tracy (Kelly) Roberts, it was a two-day Liberating Structures immersion for Royal Roads University. We had 27 participants with us learning how to use Liberating Structures, a set of 33...

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Five ways to use volunteering to build facilitation skills

It's National Volunteer Week in Canada - a great time to celebrate volunteers and talk about volunteering. I spent many years working in and around volunteering and volunteer management - and have been a volunteer myself all my life - so I thought I would write a post...

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Take advantage of the Canada-B.C. Job Grant

Last fall a connection of mine told me about the Canada-B.C. Job Grant, a pot of money available to B.C. employers to "support skills training for their current and new employees". Since I employ myself in my own business, I was happily able to take advantage of this...

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Creating a ‘design thinking kit’ to spark innovation

A couple of weeks ago I finished teaching the online course that I teach at this time every year. It's called "Innovation Tools and Processes" and is the second course in Royal Roads University's Graduate Certificate in Workplace Innovation. I wanted to share with you...

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Highlights from SOHO Victoria 2018

Attending the Victoria-based SOHO Victoria conference is now becoming an annual "date" with my entrepreneur self and many other like-minded people. SOHO is aimed at entrepreneurs and I've now had the pleasure of attending twice. As I was reviewing my notes and ideas...

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Crowd-Sourced Strategies to Engage Groups

Yesterday I facilitated a short session for a local networking group, the Sooke Women in Business, about how to engage participants when doing speaking events. Of course I planned for the session to be very participatory and I asked the group to come up with...

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E-learning course example: Pediatric Palliative Care

It was a pleasure for me to work this past winter with Victoria Hospice, a Victoria-based non-profit which provides end-of-life care focused on palliative treatment. Victoria Hospice's Education & Research Department contacted me last year for learning design and...

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