Balaji S. Srinivasan presents a dilemma between the ideas of Founding vs Inheriting in his article. It’s best to read his article first because I’m going to be mostly reacting and reviewing the ideas in the article. I am from the American West and I work at a tech company…


I sincerely miss the old buzzword ‘multimedia.’ Many of the corporate education fads lately have been focused on just one approach in isolation. A curriculum of just videos is mind numbing. Whole jobs taught by “microlearning” often leaves learners with few durable skills. Humans crave variety and novelty and they…


A familiar problem in design is that you’ll likely never design a perfect solution, or a universal design, that works for everyone. I recommend learning professionals read, Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design. The reason is that many training departments become stuck trying to make the one perfect solution for all…


I’ve been asked, “what are the best skills for a learning designer to spend time developing in 2021?” Before I give you my 2 cents, I’ll disclaim that it’s always good to get the opinions from your managers, clients, peers or even a professional coach.

What is the purpose of…


I’m a terrible student. My grades weren’t all that great until I got to college and stumbled upon metacognitive strategies. My roommate at the time described it as “weird note taking behavior.” I didn’t know then that what I was doing was having an awareness of my own thought processes…


There was a time when I didn’t tell anyone that I’m dyslexic. A dyslexic instructional designer, are you kidding me? I remember facilitating a class to a group of sales agents and I had to write something on the board. People started laughing. I was very self conscious about my…


Training evaluation lessons learned

“This looks cherry picked. I don’t think your project is responsible for these results.” That was the response I got years ago after I did my first end to end design project. I couldn’t believe it. …


Where to start in corporate learning

I started my career at the Renaissance Fair. Just like many people I didn’t have a career plan but I’ve been lucky to have a number of wise mentors, lucky breaks and a secret passion for learning.

Some people have come to me lately…


Design lessons about DEI in 2020

Today is a day of service. Thanks to the pandemic, I can’t leave the house so I’m writing this hoping it’s of service to someone. What keeps me working in adult education is that I get to learn new things. This last year I got to learn about Diversity Equity…

George "Alyn" Kinney

I’m a Learning Experience Design Manager at Google. I like to write about education, user experience and philosophy.

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