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Tom Kuhlmann – Articulate VP of Community

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Tom Kuhlmann

Tom Kuhlmann - Articulate VP
of Community

Tom Kuhlmann is as close as we get to a rock star in e-learning. He is the VP of Community at Articulate and author of widely popular “Rapid e-Learning Blog” with over 50,000 readers. While that may not be as many readers as Oprah has viewers, for e-learning, it’s HUGE!

Tom’s core focus is on helping people succeed and grow. He is known throughout the industry for his practical, no-nonsense approaches to e-learning, and tips for making PowerPoint do things its creators didn’t envision. In this interview, he shares some tips; a brief history of his professional journey; some practical wisdom; what’s in store for Articulate in 2010; and some great stories you won’t want to miss!

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Tom Kuhlmann – Articulate VP of Community

Articulate Company Site – where Tom works

Articulate Community – what Tom does

The Rapid e-Learning Blog – where Tom blogs

Templates Monster – a favorite site for design ideas.

“…Spending the time breaking down a good course is better than spending the time reading a book on e-learning.”

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Step back, look at what people are doing on the floor…look at how they approach the informal learning…and mimic that.

Simple and fast really is better in a lot of cases versus…the most engaging or the most interactive e-learning.

Durell “Butch” Hamm – 2010 KY Teacher of the Year

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Durell Butch Hamm

Durell Butch Hamm - 2010 KY Teacher of the Year (Photo by Amy Wallot/Kentucky Department of Education)

Durell “Butch” Hamm is Kentucky’s 2010 Teacher of the Year.

In this interview, Butch shares some of his insights and inspirations, as well as a handful of his favorite books, and leadership lessons. Butch has coached a number of very successful debate teams, and we chat considerably about the impact these experiences have on the kids who participate in the teams. We also talk about how students share in the learning equation, often in the role of teacher to the teacher. Butch also shares his thoughts on the line that teachers need to draw with engagement in social media, especially when it pertains to current students.

Durell “Butch” Hamm is a truly humble, dedicated teacher. You won’t want to miss this interview!

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Durell Butch Hamm – 2010 Kentucky Teacher of the Year

Ryle High School

Northern Kentucky University

Gateway Community and Technical College

“I had four absolutely wonderful teachers at Bracken County High School…they were cutting edge before their time…they were doing things in the classroom that we now do [commonly] to keep kids engaged…It wasn’t the old chalk-talk–stand in front of the room and talk to the chalkboard while students took notes and went home and memorized…if you weren’t getting it by reading, you were going to get it by acting it out.”

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In general…most teachers are terrified of change…I discovered that after I got there, it revitalized me as a teacher…It’s made me acutely aware that we as educators tend to be complacent and we have to change that, because if we [don't] we will fall behind very quickly.

Jane Bozarth – author, speaker, “dr. of learnin’ stuff”

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Jane Bozarth

Jane Bozarth - Author, speaker, and e-learning evangelist

Dr. Jane Bozarth is a well-known author, speaker, and e-learning evangelist. She is the Technology Coordinator for the State of North Carolina and is credited with helping individuals and organizations find ways to effectively and efficiently implement cost-effective e-learning solutions. Jane is a social media practitioner and champion and you won’t want to miss her insights.

In this interview, I get to chat with Jane about some of her current and upcoming books; Twitter and #lrnchat; some of her experiences and interests; leadership lessons; the North Carolina Trainer Certification course; engagement in learning; the value of virtual and informal learning; and much much more.

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Jane Bozarth, Author, Speaker, and Technology Coordinator for the State of NC

Jane’s Blog: BozarthZone

Upcoming Events

“Trainers complain that learners want to be spoon-fed, but we won’t let them hold the spoon.”

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I see classroom training becoming increasingly less relevant. Trainers who are locked into that area need to start looking at ways they can become bigger participants in informal learning and, as I’ve said, getting between the spaces of formal training events.

Brent Schlenker – the eLearning Guild

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Program Manager and the Emerging Technologies Analyst for the e-Learning Guild

Brent Schlenker is a Program Manager and the Emerging Technologies Analyst for the e-Learning Guild, a member organization of over 35,000 members from around the world. Brent also heads up the e-Learning Guild’s Annual DevLearn Conference which last year attracted over 1100 movers and shakers from all areas of learning. Brent, welcome to the program. Brent’s work has a real multiplier effect throughout the industry.

In this interview, Brent discusses DevLearn, the future of e-Learning, and how Marketing offers an important model for thinking about learning.

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Brent Schlenker, Program Manager and the Emerging Technologies Analyst for the e-Learning Guild

DevLearn 2009 Logo“Over the years I’ve just realized that really everything is about learning and that everything plays a little bit of a role in it because it’s such a natural human thing to do. You can’t be alive and not be learning.”

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Put aside some time to step significantly outside of our environment as a whole and look at what other people are talking about.

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