Building Cohort Experiences as a Learning and Development Solution: With Special Guest Megan Torrance

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The Beatles said it best. We get by with a little help from our friends. Or something like that. And it’s true.

We learn more and become more productive when we’re with other people, especially our friends and trusted colleagues. However, bringing a group together for an impactful conversation with meaningful outcomes does not happen by accident. We used to solve this problem with single events. The newer, more successful approach is long term, connected groups, communicating virtually and in periodic group gatherings. It’s a cohort of professionals supporting each other in the long term process of learning, and behaviour change.

While Brent is away this week, Megan Torrance is joining Chris to talk about the power of learning with your friends. You may know Megan from her years of experience running the xAPI Cohort, or her past episodes on IDIODC. In this conversation we’ll talk with Megan about how the cohort framework can be applied in so many different corporate situations as a comprehensive learning and development solution.

Megan Torrance is CEO and founder of TorranceLearning, which helps organizations connect learning strategy to design, development, data and ultimately performance. Megan has over 25 years of experience in learning design, deployment and consulting. Megan and the TorranceLearning team are passionate about sharing what works in learning so they devote considerable time to teaching and sharing about Agile project management for learning experience design and, of course, the xAPI. TorranceLearning hosts the xAPI Learning Cohort, a free, virtual 12-week learning-by-doing opportunity where teams form on the fly and create proof-of-concept xAPI projects.

Megan is the author of The Quick Guide to LLAMA, and two ATD TD at Work publications: Agile and LLAMA® for ISD Project Management and Making Sense of xAPI. She is a frequent speaker at conferences nationwide. TorranceLearning projects have won several Brandon Hall Group awards, the 2014 xAPI Hyperdrive contest at DevLearn, and back-to-back eLearning Guild DemoFest Best-In-Show awards in 2016/2017 with xAPI projects. TorranceLearning is a 2018 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch.

A Quick Guide to LLAMA - Agile Project Management for Learning: By Megan Torrance - https://www.amazon.ca/Quick-Guide-LLAMA-Management-Learning/dp/1500751553

Agile and LLAMA for ISD Project Management: By Megan Torrance - https://www.td.org/td-at-work/agile-and-llama-for-isd-project-management

Making Sense of xAPI: By Megan Torrance and Rob Houck - https://www.td.org/td-at-work/making-sense-of-xapi

You can learn more about Megan on her LinkedIn. https://www.linkedin.com/in/megantorrance/

Become virtual friends with the IDIODC gang on twitter. Remember you can always stay in the loop by searching through the #IDIODC tag:

Megan: @MMTorrance https://twitter.com/MMTorrance
Brent: @BSchlenker https://twitter.com/bschlenker
Chris: @Chris_V_W https://twitter.com/Chris_V_W

Brent Schlenker is dominKnow's Community Manager. Chris Van Wingerden is dominKnow's Sr. VP Learning Solutions.

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