Designed for Learning!

I am a Learning and Development/Training Specialist with more than 14 years of experience in the area of technical writing, content development, instructional design, and training. I am passionate about people and training and seek opportunities to establish innovative and successful learning environments that best meet the needs of all stakeholders. I use my blog to share my views and reflect about current practices and future trends in learning, performance, instructional design and project management.

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Posts by Designed for Learning!

Avoiding the Death Valley in Workplace Learning

Taruna Goel Photography Are you designing and delivering training but find that little or no learning is taking place. Are you trapped in the 'death […]

Adult Educators as Empathetic Provocateurs

These are the days of alternative facts and sweeping declarations of the so called truth. In this complex world, I often find myself reflecting about […]

What Makes a Successful Self-Directed Learner?

Source: (Creative Commons CC0 license) Tough (1967, 1971, 1979) proposed the first comprehensive description of self-directed learning, which he termed self-planned learning. Knowles described […]

My Core Beliefs About Adult Learning (CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) What are the core beliefs about adult learning and development that guide your practice as an adult educator? This […]

My Experience of Working Out Loud Using Pinterest

Working Out Loud is a global movement to share and narrate observable work with a purpose.  This year, I participated in International Working Out Loud Week (#WOLWeek 07-13 November […]

The Rise of the Remote Worker

Source: Pixabay (CCO License) More than 1.7 million paid employees — those not self-employed — worked from home in 2008 at least once a week, […]

The 'What Ifs' of Learning and Education

Recently, my 12-year old represented her school in a public speaking contest. The title of her speech was to begin with 'what if'; two simple […]

My Top 10 Learning Tools (2016)

It has been 10 years since Jane Hart ( has been publishing the annual Top 100 Tools for Learning as nominated by more than 1,500 learning professionals around the […]

Can Advanced Training Kill You?

Several months ago, I read an article about a new study that revealed that advanced driving schools that teach emergency manoeuvres only increase the risk […]

Diversity, Curiosity and Creativity in Learning

If you haven't seen Sir Ken Robinson's Ted Talks, you must see them now! In his talk titled, "How to escape education's death valley", he talks […]

Factors to Consider When Planning to Use E-learning

I am currently attending a program from The University of Victoria. One of the assignments asked the participants to think about factors to consider when […]

Metaphors as Instruments of Knowledge

Midway between the unintelligible and the commonplace, it is a metaphor which most produces knowledge. – Aristotle, Rhetoric III Back in 2013, I completed the 'Elearning […]