Learning + Doing


an instructional design blog

Down and out in the Pokeverse

Like nearly everyone on the planet, I’ve spent much of the past few months playing Pokemon Go, and then wondering why I ever played it in the first place. In the span of a few weeks, I became utterly obsessed (enough to reach level 20) and almost as quickly discarded it. The primary mechanic of the game, hunting Pokemon, is … Read More


Your Style is a Cage

Learning styles are dumb, and I’ll explain why. But first let’s talk about Bruce Lee. I’ve never really cared for Bruce Lee and I only recently just watched Enter the Dragon. Yes – you read that right – it took me 35 years to watch my first Bruce Lee movie. Aside from repeated childhood viewings of Karate Kid, I’ve never … Read More


Love and laces

We didn’t do a ton of research to plan our honeymoon. All we really had in mind was: A) somewhere in Mexico where we won’t find a bunch of other American tourists, and B) ideally somewhere that Jessica (who has been to Mexico many times) hadn’t yet been. So within about 15 minutes of random Googling, we discover this delightful … Read More


xAPI + Captivate (part 2) – Results and Leaderboards

So in my first post on the topic of integrating the Experience API and Captivate, I showed you how to take a couple user inputs and translate that into a simple statement that would be sent to an LRS when the user clicks a button. Sending a statement from a Captivate project is cool, but it’s only half the usefulness … Read More


Agile Game Night

I recently had the opportunity to attend the first Agile Game Night put on by Tampa Bay Agile and found it to be a great experience. As a big fan of Gamestorming and similar training/collaboration/ideation games, I love that there’s a place that can act as a kind of “laboratory” for me to experience them directly and determine if they can be used in my … Read More


Donut City

I’m not hungry. I will not have a donut. I do not need a donut. I had a large breakfast (mostly pizza and beef jerky) and I am a reasonable person. I do not need a donut. We step out of the car in front of Voodoo Doughnuts and the smell wafts over me. OK. Maybe a bite of a donut. … Read More


xAPI + Captivate (Part 1)

From the moment I learned about it, I’ve been in love with the idea of what the Experience API (xAPI) could do. While adoption among some L&D departments (mostly at companies with large budgets and/or technical know-how) has been steadily gaining steam, the majority of us seem to be sitting around twiddling our thumbs, waiting for Adobe and Articulate to pull … Read More


Florida Man’s Origin Story

Hank Green had a great video this week explaining the origins of why “Florida Man” exists. For the uninitiated, Florida Man is internet shorthand for the curious phenomenon of absurd and bizarre headlines that begin with those words. For example: “Florida Man Admits Killing Goat and Drinking Its Blood For Pagan Sacrifice, Would Still Like to be Senator” or “Florida … Read More


Thoughts from Wynwood

In 2000, I was wandering Miami with vague notions of visiting some place the guidebook called the “Fashion District.” I wasn’t too keen on fashion, but thought, “what the heck, it’s Miami, right?” It must be some place where I could watch super-rich people spend their money. Nope. What I found was a dead neighborhood of weird old clothing shops … Read More


A new beginning

I’m making a commitment to blog on a regular basis, and to help push myself in that direction, I’m completely blowing up all the stuff that I’ve done before and starting again with a clean slate. The archives will always be floating around in the ether, but I like the the fit of these new digs. A blank sheet of paper … Read More