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L&D Resolutions for 2020

Learning & Development Resolutions for 2020

Henry Kingman Instructional Designer

Henry Kingman Learning Experience Designer/PM

2019 was a transformational year in so many ways: technology changed, procedures changed, even teams changed. The one consistency I encountered was the need to effectively align everyone’s expectations and drive the adoption of new practices. That’s how, whether I was designing an eLearning course or managing a blended learning project, I discovered the value of change management. In 2020, I resolve to continue my professional development in change management because its principles are always relevant, even outside of an official change initiative. Change is one of the only constants in life, and I want to be better prepared to survive and influence it.

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Shannon Scanlon

VP of Client Services

In 2020 I resolve to think like an innovator. I tend to approach solutions from a linear, logical perspective. However, being mindful about integrating creativity with this process will lead to seeing things differently and approaching a situation from more angles. To reinforce this way of thinking, I plan to explore new sources of information and inspiration. For me, this might be reading blogs, listening to music, and watching videos outside of my interests. This, plus creating a habit to ask “why?” and “how?” more often, will help me start thinking like an innovator at work.

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Anne Marie Pfaender

Director of Business Development

I'm going into 2020 with a goal that feels simple, but I’ve proven to myself for years that it isn’t. Read more books. Not spending time worrying about what it looks like in terms of quantity of books, or how many minutes or hours read. Instead, I’m going to make an effort to have a book in my bag with me to read. Any recommendations welcome!

TJ Barber Instructional Designer

T.J. Barber

Senior Multimedia Devleoper

As the industry continues to change and evolve, I see time and time again the value of being able to demonstrate new ideas in a tangible way. I’m always looking for ways to bring creativity and innovation to projects with new concepts and technology. We’re always excited about the possibility of clients partnering with us in trying these new things, and in the last year I’ve found that designing prototypes, mockups, and functional experiments best demonstrates how we might approach learning objectives in a more engaging way. (Like this.)

In 2020 I want to focus on designing new solutions with my talented coworkers and continue experimenting with how we might build and implement those solutions. I want to be able to visually present new and exciting concepts during our solution architecture to be able to say, “We’ve been experimenting with some approaches that I think would really work here. Let me show you.”

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Eric Berget

Creative Director

Lesson of 2019: Sometimes imperfection is ok.

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to Make More Videos—both professionally, (insight videos, how-to’s, and demo reels) and personally (travel, stop-motion). When it comes to all of these different types of videos it is not hard to search YouTube and find amazing examples that are far higher in quality than what I’m stitching together. I have a choice to listen to the voice of inspiration and create and improve—or to listen to the voice of The Resistance and quit. It’s a skill and a medium that excites me, so this past year, I have begun to embrace some degree of imperfection and continue to make and publish good, but imperfect work in a journey toward improvement.

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Cameron Weiss

Learning Experience Designer

I’ve been doing a lot of work with accessibility for the Web lately. It’s interesting to navigate and experience content without using vision or hearing. This awareness has extended to the world at large. How do people with disabilities accomplish everyday tasks? This year I am going to pay attention to accessibility everywhere.

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Jolene Rowan

Chief Learning Officer

For 2020, my resolution takes the form of a focus word: Sensible. By keeping sensibility top of mind, my hope is to deliver work that is consistently far-sighted, yet practical. To deliver sensible solutions, I’m committed to keeping a keen eye on what’s new and possible and to discern what makes good sense. Honing my L&D “streetsmarts” will not be easy, given the constant buzz. I know that while I am continuously listening, I will also need to stay true to the basics of learning design. Being a trusted, consistent advisor. Sensible. That’s my commitment in 2020.

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Nell Gelhaus

Director of Inbound & Digital Marketing

2020 for me will be about balance. I've always felt somewhat guilty devoting time to professional development when I could be executing on one of my many priorities, like being the primary curator and editor of this blog. In 2019 I spent a small portion of time taking some certification courses and reading the blogs that tend to pile up in my inbox (Like this one! Subscribe to ours and I promise we will only send you the best content. ::end shameless plug::), and discovered that the more I learn, the better I execute, and the more valuable I am to both my own company and our clients. This year, I vow to find a balance between learning and doing that allows me to operate at maximum effectiveness.