The eLearning eXperts Find an eLearning eXpert / Become an eLearning eXpert Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:55:47 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 3 Free & Low Cost Tools You Should Be Using in eLearning Mon, 10 Jul 2017 23:05:46 +0000 Author: Karen Moloneythe-tools-we-use-27-june-2017-1-638

I recently attended an Instructional Design & eLearning Meetup in Sydney on the topic of “The Tools We Use”.

Now, being a bit of a geek, I was just a tad excited to see what my fellow IDeLers are using out there that I could get my mitts on…

It was a great session with some very generous and knowledgeable presenters and I thank you all for sharing your experiences with the group as some of these tools can really change the way we work.

We looked at 6 tools in that session, plus David Swaddle’s own list, but here are three that I want to share with you because frankly, it would be rude not to 😉

  1. Canva. This is a tool I came across as part of my marketing journey and it has completely changed my world. While many organisations think that their instructional designers should also be graphic designers (and some are), the latter is a skill I was not gifted with. Canva makes it really easy to create great looking images using their toolkit and stock image library, plus you can also upload your own images to incorporate into your designs. Canva has paid options available but I have been successfully using it for free to create a range of images from social media posts to graphics for use on my website and Blackboard sites.  I have paid the occasional dollar for a nice image from their library, which they are adding to all the time. Here’s a short video overview of Canva functionality.

Thanks to Karina Moon for sharing her Canva experience.

2. H5P. For those of you using Moodle, Wordpress or Drupal, this is a great free open source tool that creates HTML code for interactive content without you having to be a developer. While you will have to have a basic understanding of how to add HTML code to your site’s pages, it’s not a hard thing to get your head around and opens up a whole new world of interactions you can add to your learning assets without having to buy expensive authoring tools. Click the image below to take a look at what H5P has to offer.

H5P logo

Thanks to Nicholas Barry and Meghan Appleby for sharing.

3. Pixton. Now this one had my non-graphic-design-geek-self screaming with joy! Pixton allows you to make comics and comic scenes easily – and that’s essentially it! I think everyone in the room was excited to go and try this when they got home… I’ll let the video below show you just how easy it is.

Thanks to the very animated Kathy Gerwald for sharing her experience with us.

For a copy of the slide deck with all the examples we looked at, plus David’s list click here and if you’d like to find out more about the Meetup group click here.

Have you used any of these tools? Will you try any of them after reading this?

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month on a page calendar for July 2017

Here’s the scoop on L&D industry educational events for July.

For events in August and beyond, please view the full calendar on our website.

Remember, you can keep up to date with event listings by following us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

If you’re running an event for L&D professionals, whether that’s a conference with hundreds or a webinar/meetup with a few, we’d love to help you get the word out so that others in the industry have the chance to share in that learning experience and networking opportunity.

And as always, free events list for free!

1: Twitter chat: #GuildChat
4: Fishbowl Discussion Sydney: Agile Practices & Principles in Organisations
5: Twitter chat: #ldnights
6: Moodle Administrator Workshop, Sydney
6: Twitter chat: #PKMChat
7: Moodle Course Creator Workshop, Sydney
7: Twitter chat: #lrnchat
7: Twitter chat: #ldinsight
8: Twitter chat: #GuildChat
12: Twitter chat: #ldnights
13: Twitter chat: #PKMChat
14: Twitter chat: #lrnchat
14: Twitter chat: #ldinsight
15: Twitter chat: #GuildChat
19: Twitter chat: #ldnights
20: ITC Learning Lectora Road Show, Sydney
20: Twitter chat: #PKMChat
21: Twitter chat: #lrnchat
21: Twitter chat: #ldinsight
22: Twitter chat: #GuildChat
26: Forward Government Learning, Melbourne
26: Twitter chat: #ldnights
27: ITC Learning Lectora Road Show, Canberra
27: Twitter chat: #PKMChat
28: Twitter chat: #lrnchat
28: Twitter chat: #ldinsight
29: Twitter chat: #GuildChat

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3 Ways to Keep Up with Professional Development Reading Wed, 14 Jun 2017 01:33:54 +0000 Woman by pile of books looking stressed

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Author: Karen Moloney

I love, love, love the internet.

It has changed my life in so many ways.

As a Gen X-er who played PacMan, had pen-pals, and thought that Swatch watches were the bomb, I think the idea that you can now ask your mobile phone a question about almost anything and get an answer is pretty cool to say the least.

The rate at which technology has evolved, and continues to evolve, in my [short] lifetime is quite astounding.

And very exciting.

And very, very, frustrating.

There was a time in L&D – and many other professions – where you could read the few hard copy industry publications available and know for sure that you were “across” everything that was going on in terms of news, trends and opinions.

But now?

OMG, the noise is deafening!

Don’t get me wrong, I love the fact that the internet provides everyone with the opportunity to start their own website, blog or social media channel to share information and opinions, but that makes for an awful lot of reading, to keep up with!

I find our line of work completely fascinating and love reading about different methodologies, tools, trends and case studies.

But not all content is created equal.

And social media feed algorithms don’t always serve you up the best or most relevant content, despite their complexity.

So how can you cut down on time wading through the sea of information available online and personalise your reading list to get what YOU want to read?

Google can present us with an endless list of ways to deal with this problem – which is kind of a problem in itself…

If you’re looking for ways to manage information overwhelm and organise your professional development readings, here are three solutions you might want to check out.

1. Entry level: Inbox management

Most mainstream email services allow you to create Rules to manage your inbox and if you haven’t investigated rules before, trust me, it will change the way you use email forever.

Many of us subscribe to RSS Feeds or newsletters which send us valuable information via email to our inbox.

This is a great way to stay in touch with news as it happens but it can make your inbox very cluttered and personally, I find it a bit overwhelming to see so many things I want to read but don’t have the time to in the moment.

So I set up Rules.

Screen shot of Windows dialog box for setting email rules

Image courtesy of Karen Moloney

The Rules I set up will automatically forward emails from a particular sender, or with a particular title, into specific folders and bypass my Inbox.

This does two things for me:

  1. Saves me time sorting emails and moving them
  2. Creates a repository of content ready for consumption when I have the time to go into that folder and do some reading.

It’s basic, but it works.


2. Sometimes social: Twitter lists

I know, I know, not everyone is on Twitter…

…apart from 3 million Australians and 328 million people worldwide!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – GET ON TWITTER! (And yes, I am shouting at you 😊)

Twitter lists allow you to curate groups of Twitter accounts that publish content you are interested in. These can be based on topics, industry thought leaders – whatever suits you best to organise your content.

You can create your own lists or you can subscribe to lists others have created.

People will generally only post items on Twitter that they see value in sharing so it’s a great place to go to find readings that have [mostly] already been curated by others.

This article has some great tips for getting started with and using lists.

3. Tech lovers: Feedly

Feedly allows you to consolidate content from a range of sources you choose e.g. blogs, YouTube Channels, keyword searches and in some cases internal company portals.

You can organise content into topics, flag items for reading later, tag articles for easy access and share the best stuff to your social media accounts.

If you subscribe to one of their paid plans, you can also create knowledge boards that can be shared across teams.  Think of all the things you could do with that…

It. Is. Awesome.

Screen shot of Feedly home page with today's new articles

Image courtesy of Karen Moloney

This article explains a bit more about how Feedly works.


How do you manage your professional development reading?

Are you using any of these solutions or something different already?


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Learning & Development Events AU/NZ June 2017 Mon, 29 May 2017 12:48:25 +0000 Image of wall planner

Author: Karen Moloney

Here’s the latest roundup of L&D professional development events happening in Australia, New Zealand and online in June.

There’s only 4 weeks left now until end of financial year so make sure you use up any spare budget by booking yourself into some professional development!

If you’re looking for events in July and beyond, please view the full calendar on our website.

You can keep up to date with event listings by following us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

If you are running an event for L&D professionals, be that a conference with hundreds or a webinar/meetup with a few, we can help you get the word out so that others in the industry have the chance to share in that learning experience and networking opportunity.

And remember – free events list for free!

1: Training Room Essentials, Melbourne
1: L&D Project Management Masterclass, Brisbane
1: Twitter chat: #PKMChat
2: Instructional Design Essentials, Perth
2: Instructional Design Essentials, Sydney
2: Twitter chat: #lrnchat
2: Twitter chat: #ldinsight
3: Twitter chat: #GuildChat
6: Needs Analysis and Evaluation Essentials, Adelaide
7: Twitter chat: #ldnights
8: EduTech Sydney – What’s in it for training and adult learning?
8: Moodle Administrator Workshop, Sydney
8: Twitter chat: #PKMChat
9: Moodle Course Creator Workshop, Sydney
9: Twitter chat: #lrnchat
9: Twitter chat: #ldinsight
10: Twitter chat: #GuildChat
14: Instructional Design Essentials, Adelaide
14: Twitter chat: #ldnights
15: Adult Learning Essentials, Perth
15: Twitter chat: #PKMChat
16: Twitter chat: #lrnchat
16: Twitter chat: #ldinsight
17: Twitter chat: #GuildChat
20: Training Room Essentials, Adelaide
20: Training Room Essentials, Sydney
21: Training Room Essentials, Canberra
21: Twitter chat: #ldnights
22: Moodle Administrator Workshop, Melbourne
22: Twitter chat: #PKMChat
23: Moodle Course Creator Workshop, Melbourne
23: Twitter chat: #lrnchat
23: Twitter chat: #ldinsight
24:Twitter chat: #GuildChat
27: Facilitation Skills Masterclass, Adelaide
28: Twitter chat: #ldnights
29: Adult Learning Essentials, Adelaide
29: Twitter chat: #PKMChat
30: Twitter chat: #lrnchat
30: Twitter chat: #ldinsight


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How Atlassian is transforming L&D to become more strategic Mon, 08 May 2017 11:15:56 +0000 strategy2The role and function of Learning and Development (L&D) has evolved dramatically over the past couple of years. And as today’s workforce continues to demand learning that is engaging, personalised, mobile and immersive, L&D is only going to transform more in the future.

So how are Australian L&D leaders responding to such changes to ensure they have a fit-for-the future L&D capability through technology and innovation? And what steps can L&D leaders take now to align the L&D function with broader strategic business goals?

To answer these questions, ahead of the Chief Learning Officer Summit 2017 Lori Ghezzi, Executive Director, Learning & Organisational Development APAC at Atlassian, shared her insights into how technology is impacting learning at Atlassian and the strategies her team is using to harness new learning tools to appeal to the digital learner and elevate the role of L&D across the business.

Over the past year, Atlassian has recently restructured their L&D function to reflect the modern learner and business needs. At the centre of their L&D transformation has been the integration of L&D into the HRBP model, which has helped to bridge the gap in L&D capability to make informed, strategic decisions.

Below, Lori explores the lessons other L&D leaders can learn from Atlassian’s L&D transformation journey to date, and how greater workforce insights and engagement has presented the opportunity for L&D to rise to the Executive level and have more sway in broader business decisions.

Removing internal siloes to create an integrated L&D function

“Our core vision is to create an integrated talent team that holistically looks after the end-to-end employee experience. This ranges across talent acquisition through to onboarding, development, movement, succession, mobility through to employee experience.

At Atlassian we have created an integrated team that removes traditionally siloed functions. For example, Diversity and Inclusion in many organisations is siloed. At Atlassian, we have taken Diversity and Inclusion and embedded it squarely within our end-to-end strategy as an essential piece of our overall talent programme and aligned it strategically with the way we have reorganised the L&D function.

In the past, we might have had a Head of Diversity and Inclusion that sits outside of the L&D team, but we have now included that role into our integrated talent team. We have combined talent acquisition, our mobility strategy, Diversity Inclusion, onboarding, succession planning, traditional L&D and organisational design, all underneath one talent umbrella. This provides us a far more inclusive approach by including all of these functions together to work as a team.

As a result, siloes have been removed and our talent team is across all projects in the organisation. This provides us a powerful ebb and flow within all of the undercurrents that tie back into the values of our organisation.”


Bridging the gap in L&D capability

“There is so much that can be learned cross-functionally across the organisation, which can help to bridge the gap in L&D capability.

For example, one of the strategies we have enabled is cross-functional learning across the organisation. This has meant L&D has bolstered their knowledge around what is happening in terms of talent acquisition, as well as with mobility strategies, organisational design or other development strategies we have in place.

We’re also looking at ways to utlise technology platforms to increase collaboration and L&D capability, not only in the organisation but also internally as a team. For example, we are reorganising the way we work using our own flagship technology called Confluence.

We have been looking for ways to really push and lean into our own Confluence and our own sets of tools and leverage them across our own team. We are also looking to share information in ways that we wouldn’t have shared previously, which also up-skills or internal L&D team and the broader talent team as well.

It also comes back to having core values and ensuring all our values are embedded in not only the end product we produce for our employees across the organisation globally, but also embedded in the ways we work as a team.”

Redesigning L&D to appeal to the digital learner

“At Atlassian, we assume that everyone is a digital learner to some degree. But we also recognise that we have a wide span of employees with different diverse backgrounds.

Over the past few years we have seen an impact around the digital learner component at Atlassian and the ways in how everyone likes to learn. For example, there is a reason why if people are stuck on something or are looking for an answer, they Google it.

One of the areas we have focused on specific to digital learning is not trying to reinvent the wheel by bringing in outside sources and technology. We have been looking at how we leverage Confluence to deliver and manage a lot of our internal learning. We’re looking at ways to be able to leverage our own technology to support digital learning.

Atlassians also love to connect with other Atlassians in person or digitally. We have people visiting from different offices quite frequently because of cross-functional work. So we try and capitalise on that in-person time and either hold in-person sessions that the L&D team or talent teams are directly involved in. This provides the L&D function with the role of providing the wider business with support, facilitation or content.

For us, we have a keen idea around digital learning and how important it is, especially at the speed of business and how quickly we need to move. We also recognise the value in being able to incorporate new technologies like video chats or virtual learning environments that pull together the diversity across the organisation and project teams. But we also recognise the importance of having those in-person events.

Interested in learning more?

Join Lori at the first ever Chief Learning Officer Summit 2017 where she will further explore:

  • Integrating L&D into the HRBP model and nurturing those business relationships
  • Capable people in L&D who understand the “bigger picture” can make more informed decisions about business strategy, thus generating credibility and trust as a strategic business partner
  • How greater workforce insight gives you that edge and exposure to the bigger picture – the stepping stone to becoming a CLO and strengthening your relationship with leadership
  • Technology and the modern digital learner – how it impacts learning and the design of training

For more information visit or call +61 2 9229 1000 or email



Realising the Strategic Value of Learning & Capability Building in the Future of Work Mon, 01 May 2017 20:33:38 +0000 Author: Karen Moloney

Chess pieces, strategyA  little while back I had the pleasure of chatting with Simon Terry of Change Agents Worldwide for our webinar series “Immersion”.

Everywhere you look in discussions of the future of work, the value of learning and capability building is evident.

Learning is at the heart of many future of work practices like collaboration, agile, lean innovation, new models of management and digital workplaces. In all the hype in the future of work and digital economy, the role of the Learning & Development teams are less clear.

In many cases, other business teams are leading the agenda without the relevant input or expertise.

This video (37m 52s) examines the practical roles learning can play to ready employees and businesses for the future of work and enable organisations to be more effective at building and sustaining the development of capability.

The session explores:

  • Learning as the Strategic Challenge of a Responsive Organisation
  • Shifting from Competence to Capability Building
  • Leading The New Strategic Conversation for Learning & Development
  • Key future of work practices and approaches.

Action/discussion points

  • The strategic imperative is learning. How many of these elements/tools/methodologies does your organisation utilise or address actively and as part of the day-to-day culture? Give each one a score out of 10 where 1 is low and 10 is high and start flagging some areas for improvement that you can work on now as part of this event.
    • Engagement
    • Lean
    • Social
    • Agile
    • Capability
    • Autonomy
    • Productivity
    • Innovation
    • Experimentation
    • Collaboration
    • Design Thinking
    • Talent
    • Systems Thinking
    • Culture & Purpose
    • Scale
    • Community
    • Digital Workplace.
  • How does learning & development, in your organisation, insert itself into the dialogue around these strategic imperatives?
  • How can you and/or your team become more experimental or foster capability around experimentation?

References & resources

Contact Simon

Learning & Development Events AU/NZ May 2017 Sun, 30 Apr 2017 00:31:18 +0000 workshopsWith the end of the financial year coming up, now’s a good time to use up any spare budget by booking yourself into some professional development!

Below is the latest roundup of L&D professional development events happening in our region in May.

If you’re looking for events in June and beyond, please view the full calendar on our website.

You can keep up to date with event listings by following us on LinkedIn,Twitter and Facebook.

If you are running an event for L&D professionals, be that a conference with hundreds or a webinar/meetup with a few, we can help you get the word out so that others in the industry have the chance to share in that learning experience and networking opportunity.

And remember — free events list for free!

2: Adult Learning Essentials, Brisbane

3: Presentation Skills Masterclass, Sydney

4: Leading with the Brain in Mind: The Neuroscience of Leadership Masterclass, Auckland

4: Moodle Administrator Workshop, Sydney

4: Twitter chat: #PKMchat

5: Moodle Course Creator Workshop, Sydney

5: Twitter chat: #lrnchat

5: Twitter chat: #ldinsight

10: Converting F2F Training to the Virtual Classroom with Cheryle Walker, Sydney

10: The Reality of AR and VR in Learning with Matthew Mason, Sydney

10: Visual Design for eLearning and Slides with Connie Malamed, Sydney

10: Learning Hub at The Pub, Sydney

11: Twitter chat: #PKMchat

11–12: AITD National Conference 2017, Sydney

12: Neuroperformance for Women — A Brain New You! Sydney

12: Twitter chat: #lrnchat

12: Twitter chat: #ldinsight

16: Facilitation Skills Masterclass, Brisbane

17: Presentation Skills Masterclass, Canberra

18: Twitter chat: #PKMchat

19: Twitter chat: #lrnchat

19: Twitter chat: #ldinsight

23–25: Chief Learning Officer 2017, Sydney

23: Instructional Design Essentials, Melbourne

24: Facilitation Skills Masterclass, Sydney

24: Training Room Essentials, Brisbane

25: Moodle Administrator Workshop, Melbourne

25: L&D Project Management Masterclass, Adelaide

25: Learning Hub at The Pub, Melbourne

25: Twitter chat: #PKMchat

26: Moodle Course Creator Workshop, Melbourne

26: Needs Analysis and Evaluation Essentials, Perth

26: Twitter chat: #lrnchat

26: Twitter chat: #ldinsight

30: eLearning Essentials, Online

31 Ways to Boost Your Learning Career – Part 2 Thu, 13 Apr 2017 04:00:27 +0000 Author: Karen Moloney

Following on from Part 1 of this 2 part series, here’s the remaining 15 ways you can give your learning career a boost.

Simple cartoon of a businessman on a rocket

Give your learning career a boost with these tips

17. Get a professional certification

In Part 1 we talked about the idea of enrolling in a course and many of the courses available will lead to a formal qualification like a diploma or degree, etc.

However, there are also some professional certification options available which consider experience as well as qualifications:

18. Join online discussions

With many learning professionals working in isolation or in small teams across organisations, online discussion forums have become an invaluable resource, especially for those working in isolation or in small teams.

If we have a question, need a recommendation, have something to share, or want to get feedback, there are hundreds of thousands of people just like us in groups online globally who can help.

I think that’s pretty awesome, but I don’t think we are using groups as much as we could. This article explores that assumption in a bit more detail.

Choose your forums carefully. Many groups, particularly on LinkedIn, may look like they are very active because they have lots of members and LinkedIn puts them at the top of the “most active groups” list, but that is because they are full of people sharing their blog posts. While there is a lot of good information being shared, what you really want are groups that have active discussions, so looking at content and checking out member rules is a good idea before you spend any time there.

If you’re looking for a qood quality industry forum to get started with, try The Future of Learning on Slack hosted by Matt Smith.

19. Read more

There is an abundance of blog posts, articles and other reading material freely available for you to dive into and broaden your knowledge around all things learning.

However, this can become a little overwhelming so it’s good to get a focus either on a topic or a source so that you get the best out of the time you spend reading.

Some sources for your reading pleasure could include:

20. Get Tweeting

I’m a big fan of Twitter as a place to share content and have discussions with others around my work. If you haven’t used Twitter yet, here’s some tips for getting started.

The easiest way to find people to follow on Twitter is to search for keywords or hashtags (e.g. #elearning, #learning, #gamification, #instructionaldesign), see who comes up, check out their profile and tweets, then follow them if you’re interested.

While I do follow many thought leaders in our space, I get most value from the people below because they share a range of content and their hands-on experiences in the application of various learning theories, models and practices:

  • Michelle Ockers @MichelleOckers
  • Matt Smith @MattSmith_PL
  • Con Sotidis @LearnKotch
  • Helen Blunden @ActivateLearn
  • Rachel Burnham @BurnhamLandD
  • Ryan Tracey @ryantracey
  • JD Dillon @JD_Dillon
  • Sean Bengry @seanbengry.

There are, of course, thousands of others who contribute to my knowledge development via Twitter and I thank them all!  If you want the full list, see who I follow via @karenmoloney and @elexaus.

21. Get networking

Networking in the learning industry used to be something that only happened when you went to an event organised by a member association and it also wasn’t viewed as something that was key to our profession.

With the rise of tools like Meetup and Twitter, getting together with other like-minded individuals has never been easier and, in my opinion, is vital to our ongoing development and progress as professionals and as an industry.

Let’s face it though, walking into a room full of people you don’t know is most people’s idea of hell. There have been many times when I have stood outside a networking event trying to decide whether to go in or go home.

But I always meet someone new and interesting.


There are people who have dedicated their life’s work to helping others become better networkers and if you Google “networking tips” I’m sure you will find them.

Here are my tips:

  • Put aside time every couple of weeks or once a month to attend a networking event.  There are free ones being run by
  • Check out our calendar and/or sign up for monthly event listings to keep up to date with L&D networking events near you
  • Add your connections to a networking tool like LinkedIn so you are able to easily look up contacts who can provide assistance when you need it
  • Always be giving to your network. Make regular time to review your contacts and get in touch to see if there is anything you can do to help them. Share useful resources you think would be valuable to them
  • Be a connector. Introduce members of your network to each other where you can see synergies and opportunities that benefit both parties.


22. Publish to Slideshare

How many presentations and workshops have you put together that just get saved in the archives and never seen again?

Could you blow the dust off them, spruce them up a bit with some more detailed narrative or engaging graphics and share with others?

Slideshare is now part of LinkedIn and is a great way to share your expertise with your network and the wider LinkedIn community.

23. Speak at events

You don’t have to be a member of Toastmasters to get a speaking gig in our industry.

Of course, if you are skilled in public speaking and presenting then that will make for a better audience experience and ultimately allow you to charge for appearances, but if you have engaging content to share then that’s all you need to get started.

Industry conferences and meetup groups are always on the lookout for people who are doing interesting things with learning that they are prepared to share.

Start small with informal groups like the ones listed in the section on Networking, then look out for requests for speakers at the larger industry conferences.

Whether you are a guest speaker at an in-person event or on a webinar, it’s a great way to get in front of people, share your message and make connections.

And once you’re over the initial fear of public speaking it can be quite a lot of fun 😊

24. Develop your own product

What better way to showcase your skills than to create your own bit of elearning or your own leadership program?

The product doesn’t have to be an all-singing, all-dancing 15 hour program, it just needs to showcase your skills and capabilities in your chosen area of expertise.

When using employer or client projects as samples of work, there are usually confidentiality issues and almost always the work is not a true representation of your abilities because of other project, e.g. time, cost, infrastructure, politics, etc., (well, in my experience anyway…).

There is the potential to sell that product for private revenue, but the bigger benefit is that you have something in your portfolio that is created 100% by you and that’s a great asset to have in your career development toolkit.

25. Ask for recommendations/testimonials

There’s no better validation of you and your work than a recommendation/testimonial/reference that you can add to your portfolio or website.

Unfortunately, people don’t often offer these up so you have to ask for them. When you do ask, consider the following:

  • Be specific in what you are asking the person to recommend you for. Sending a message and saying “Can you please write me a recommendation/testimonial?” will likely not get you a response any time soon.
  • If you write “Can you please give me a recommendation for my {insert skill here, e.g. project management abilities}?” then the person writing has clear direction for what they need to focus on.
  • Alternatively, if you know the referee well and they are time poor (i.e. most people!), you could always write a short paragraph for them which you send for them to review and edit if they wish.

26. Create your own website/portfolio

These days it’s cheap and easy to set up your own website using tools like WordPress, Wix and Weebly.

LinkedIn is great as a platform to host your professional profile, but you have no control over what LinkedIn does with that platform and it may not be the best place to showcase your skills.

Creating your own website/portfolio will give you the ability to showcase your work (observing client/employer confidentiality as appropriate), share information about yourself and write your own blog.

Register your name as the domain name, e.g. so that people can find you easily and link this site to your social media channels like LinkedIn and Twitter.

27. Do your own research

Some of the most popular content online, in any industry, is research data.

Is there some research you could do that would assist you to become the expert in your niche or progress the learning profession or industry somehow?

What’s your burning question?

Ask it.

28. Write a White Paper

A White Paper is an authoritative, in depth report on a specific topic which will assist readers in their understanding of that topic or in solving a problem or making a decision.

You could write a White Paper based on research you have done, reviews of industry trends, product comparisons, case studies of projects you have worked on – the list is endless.

You could also co-create the White Paper with someone who has a large audience to share it with if you want to maximise your exposure.

White Papers are also great assets to add to your professional portfolio, whether that be online or offline.

If you’re not familiar with White Papers or would like some guidance to get you started, this is a great article from Curata with a free template download.

29. Write articles

One of the easiest and most shareable ways to demonstrate your expertise is by writing articles and blog posts.

You don’t need to have your own blog to do this, but my view is that if you are going to spend time and effort creating a good piece then you don’t always want someone else to own the copyright.

Yes, read the fine print because many magazines and blogs own your content once you hand it over…

There are heaps of places to share your articles once written, but to get started you can publish to:

We also welcome submissions of articles for our blog (and yes, you get to retain copyright ownership).  Contact us for more information.

Learning industry magazines and content aggregators are great places to get published and noticed in this space. Here’s some you can send submissions to  eLearning Age, eLearning Industry, TD Magazine, Training & Development Magazine

I could write a whole article just on this topic, but my main tips are:

  1. Be authentic. Yes, be professional and be informative, but also be you. That’s how people will connect with you and your message.
  2. Read the contributor guidelines carefully. All editors have clear guidelines for article submissions and if you don’t follow them it’s likely you won’t get a response or get published.
  3. Make sure you know who will own your content once it is submitted.

30. Host a webinar

Webinars are very popular in our industry and are a great way to connect with people to share your message.

Being the host of a webinar can really boost your profile, but being the guest speaker at one will do just as well.

Much like the advice given in the section on speaking at events, you need to provide some great content but on webinars you also need to design a session that will engage with your audience who (on most webinars) can’t see you.

While webinar tools have the option to stream video of presenters, the internet bandwidth of those attending will determine what kind of experience they have and it’s not always great when streaming video.

Traditionally, webinars will run for about an hour to allow time for delivery of content, Q&A, etc., although I personally prefer the 30 minute webinar.

The duration will obviously depend on your content and audience, but you will probably find that you get more interest in a session which is easier for people to slot into their working day.

Check out C4LPT to find webinar tools you can use to host your own session and please read The Virtual Presenter’s Handbook by my colleague Roger Courville before you even think about going live!

Make sure you also record the webinar so you can publish and re-purpose the content as a blog post or video on your other social channels.

31. Write a book

Writing a book is a big undertaking, but is ultimately one of the best ways to establish yourself as an industry expert.

Self-publishing is an option whether you want to produce a hard copy book or a digital book, so you don’t need spend years persuading publishers to take on your manuscript.

There are heaps of resources available to inform and assist you with self-publishing – just Google “self-publishing” and take your pick.

Two things to note about writing a book:

  1. It will give you heaps of credibility (providing your content is good, of course!)
  2. It won’t make you rich. Novels could make you rich, but books about learning probably won’t. However, the doors that a book will open for you in terms of your career and speaking gigs are hard to put a price on.

If you haven’t read Part 1 of this article with tips 1-16 you can check it out here.

What would you add to this list?


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The Answer is “Why?” Tue, 04 Apr 2017 21:10:53 +0000 whyAuthor: Karen Moloney

Do you know what your “why?” is?

Do you know what your organisation’s “why?” is?

Why is either “why?” important?

Traditionally, businesses have been run on the principal of making money.

Don’t get me wrong, I understand that money is key to most things in our modern world, but we are seeing more of a shift towards purpose as a driving force in business rather than making stacks of money (although if you talk to investment bankers they would likely have a different view!).

I attended a breakfast networking session this week hosted by the Australian Learning & Development Network which featured a presentation on “Leadership Legacy”.

The premise of the content was that we should be living a legacy rather than leaving one.

That idea really appeals to me.

The presenters were Rob Metcalfe and Brendan Gregor who talked about work they had done at Brendan’s organisation SAS to embed a legacy of leadership.

In order to do this, they knew they had to tap into something other than the behaviour of their leaders.

People will only behave in a certain way if they want to.

And that want is driven by their “why?”.

If their “why?” is aligned with the organisation’s “why?” then it’s not behaviour that needs to change, it’s the conditions for success that need to be created to help execute the “why?”.

Both Rob and Brendan were very open about the fact that it took around 5 years and some changes in key personnel before they could see clear benefits from their work – but it worked.

And their “why?” was at the core of everything they did.

12 years on, this leadership mindset is firmly entrenched in the company culture, in its language, in its onboarding programs, in talent reviews – everywhere.

Their story is an inspiring one, especially when you consider the change they have brought about in a global organisation of over 10,000 employees.

I discovered “why?” a couple of years ago when I started to make changes in my business because I was feeling unfulfilled in my work and like everything was a challenge.

Challenge can be a good thing and something I thrived on for years in this industry, but these challenges were starting to affect me negatively rather than positively which I knew signalled the time to change my game plan.

The process of defining my “why?” was interesting, exciting and very confronting at times, but now that I have gone through the exercise I am clearer about what tasks I need to engage in, who I need to partner with, who I need to hire, what the goals are for the business – and so many other things.

It has given me clarity.

Which is why I’m sharing this post, because I think if more organisations were clear on their “why?”, they would have more engaged workforces that will help them achieve their goals.

The younger generations coming into the workplace are looking for employers with purpose, so if your organisation doesn’t know its “why?” yet, I suggest they start thinking about it.

Below are two videos you can watch to start understanding the value of defining your “why?”.

The first is from a US Comedian called Michael Jr., that was used in the SAS presentation (which I’m not afraid to say gave me a bit of a lump in the throat!). This is a very real demonstration of how someone’s actions can change because of their “why?”.

The second is a TED talk from visionary thinker Simon Sinek who discovered the concept of the Golden Circle and popularised the concept of “Why?”. This explains a bit about how to start defining your why.


Here are some other resources you may want to explore:

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Multipliers by Liz Wiseman

The Australian Learning & Development Network (free to join and free to attend events)

Books by Simon Sinek


My “why?” is to empower others to do their best work.

What’s yours?



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Learning Events Australia & New Zealand April/May 2017 Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:05:35 +0000 Author: Karen Moloney

CalendarIt’s that time of the month again when we give you a roundup of professional development events happening in our region over the next two months.

If you’re looking for events in June and beyond, please view the full calendar.

You can keep up to date with event listings by following us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

If you are running an event for L&D professionals, be that a conference with hundreds or a webinar/meetup with a few, we can help you get the word out so that others in the industry have the chance to share in that learning experience and networking opportunity.

And remember – free events list for free!

5: eLearning Masterclass Online
5: How to grow your people into being self-guided learners, Online
6: 2017 Learning Transfer Research – Exclusive Findings, Online
6: Twitter chat: #PKMchat
7: Twitter chat: #lrnchat
7: Twitter chat: #ldinsight
10: Moodle Administrator Workshop, Melbourne
11: Moodle Course Creator Workshop, Melbourne
19-20: Creative Tools for Engagment in the Public Sector, Canberra
19: Creating Clear Content, Melbourne
20: Brain Focused Design, Melbourne
20: Twitter chat: #PKMchat
21: Twitter chat: #lrnchat
21: Twitter chat: #ldinsight
26: Creating Clear Content, Sydney
27: Brain Focused Design, Sydney
27: Twitter chat: #PKMchat
28: Twitter chat: #lrnchat
28: Twitter chat: #ldinsight


2: Creating Clear Content, Brisbane
3: Brain Focused Design, Brisbane
4: Moodle Administrator Workshop, Sydney
4: Twitter chat: #PKMchat
5: Moodle Course Creator Workshop, Sydney
5: Twitter chat: #lrnchat
5: Twitter chat: #ldinsight
11: Twitter chat: #PKMchat
11-12: AITD National Conference 2017, Sydney
12: Neuroperformance for Women – A Brain New You! Sydney
12: Twitter chat: #lrnchat
12: Twitter chat: #ldinsight
18: Twitter chat: #PKMchat
19: Twitter chat: #lrnchat
19: Twitter chat: #ldinsight
23-25: Chief Learning Officer 2017, Sydney
25: Moodle Administrator Workshop, Melbourne
25: Twitter chat: #PKMchat
26: Moodle Course Creator Workshop, Melbourne
26: Twitter chat: #lrnchat
26: Twitter chat: #ldinsight

Happy learning!


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