What’s a blog you say?

I guess a lot of people ask, what is the nature of a blog? To me, well, it is a piece of electronic text buried away amongst (possible) hundreds of thousands of the same. Its audience, probably specific-interest types or users of the same blogging site. Or people following links to the blog placed elsewhere.

The purpose of the blog is just to allow the blogger to have their two cents (the phrase “talk is cheap” comes to mind). High school kids who are part of a social group might use it as an alternative to the mobile phone (speaking of which, I’ve recently learned of their horrendous prices but that’s another story…).

I attempted to use this as an electronic personal journal but found the traditional longhand-on-paper form to have more advantages (a laptop might be able to bridge the gap suficciently).

A blog is a more a present-day, transient thing. Obsolete the next month. I may not want to write a “blog” but I when I have a lot of time on my hands and rather than twiddling my thumbs or going over same nerdy articles looking for any changes or reminiscing about past edits, I will add to this thing.

Published by theirishduck

I love the ability where I can plan, prioritise, design, develop and deliver blended learning solutions for a variety of markets. I love to consult and advise about the best use of digital learning and improve design standards in line with evolving ways of working. I also enjoy to keep up to date with, understand and regularly recommend emerging technologies and practice to improve individuals, teams and organisational capabilities. With over 12 years digital learning experience and demonstrated experience in both instructional design and eLearning development, I have also a lot of experience conducting training needs analysis including how to leverage principles such as design thinking and root cause analysis to understand and address performance gaps. I also have led many facilitation workshops and even presented at iDesignX and Game Developers Conferences both here in Australia, Wales and in the United States. I bring loads of coding experience in Java, ASM, C++, HTML, JavaScript, SCORM and xAPI, as well as proven capability using Adobe Captivate, Trivantis Lectora and Articulate Storyline 360 Studio authoring programs. Of course, Adobe Creative Cloud is also part of my toolbox which I also use daily. Being taught traditional and advanced 3D animation techniques, I love hand drawing and polymer clay sculpture, but can also use the Blender, 3D Studio Max, Maya and Softimage applications. With strong multimedia, training and programming backgrounds, I understand modern learner behaviour including micro and social learning, I am very familiar with most LMSes and app-based (XCode and Android Studio), adult learning models and e-solutions. I also possess the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, whilst being pro-active in delivering work independently with minimal supervision, but enjoy working in teams. I've been told I am a resilient, relationship focused guy which can manage and navigate conflicting views and stakeholders/subject matter experts.

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