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Gooood Morning!

Monday Funday! Are you ready for another week?

Here's hoping I can help you start your week off right and find joy in the work we do as learning designers. It's been a tough year, but does anybody else feel like things are getting better and life is trending more toward normal? Let me know if you're feeling better these days. 

In this week's video, I'm sharing one of my favorite words. It's a word that pretty much nobody else uses, but it helps me design for the modern brain.  See, I think we are hard-wired to crave information. We have a primal need for knowledge and I think instructional design is a way to help feed the brains of the organization we work for. 

This word is the first step down that path. Won't you join me with a fresh way of looking at learning design?
I'm going all in on this absurd idea that Mondays can be OK. (Attitude is everything.) I found someone on Fiverr to make a logo so that I can get myself some merch. 

I'm planning on making myself a t-shirt and mug. Drop me a line if you'd like one, too. 
Tech Talk
Resources for learning xAPI
#NERDALERT
Have you ever wanted to learn "the new SCORM"?

It's a great tool for helping connect the modern learner with a multitude of options available beyond the LMS. 

This week I learned that Devlin Peck not only has a number of articles about xAPI... He even built an app with challenges to help you learn basic skills.  See if you can make it up on his leaderboard by completing common tasks. 
Working Out Loud
Resiliency Advice
I'm still working with a local hospital doing resiliency training. It's meaningful work and I get to learn about all kinds of interesting resources that are available to help anyone who's struggling with burnout or stress. 

Last week, I shared a link to an app called DRIVEN. It's a really neat use of chatbots, gamification and microlearning videos. The free version is a great way for you to explore this modern platform and start looking 

This week, I'm sharing a podcast that addresses a common topic, burnout. For the first week in months, I'm starting out with a tank full of energy, but if you feel like you're driving on fumes, maybe this will help.  
“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”
― Margaret Thatcher
Upcoming Events -
Blended Learning Solutions for the New Normal
I've just set a few dates for an upcoming workshop at my local ATD Chapter.
  
May 15th at 12:00 I'll be presenting a one hour overview at a chapter meeting, then we'll be having a project-based workshop to help anyone who would like to build one of these solutions for their organization.

Workshop dates
June 1st (12-2pm)
June 15th (12-2pm)
Contact me for more details on how to save your spot. 

In this workshop, we'll help 4 different people struggling with "the new normal."

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