The BLOC Podcast

Dr Heidi Kirby

The BLOC (Building Learning and Organizational Culture) Podcast is a useful learning and development podcast where Dr Heidi Kirby talks to professionals in the field who are passionate about finding creative, innovative ways to bring learning front and center at their organizations and beyond.

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91: Learning Technology and Always Learning New Things with Dr Linda Berberich
Jun 4 2024
91: Learning Technology and Always Learning New Things with Dr Linda Berberich
Send us a Text Message.In this episode, I chat with my brilliant friend, Dr Linda Berberich about AI, learning technologies, prototypes, and how you're never too old to learn something new! Linda Berberich, PhD, is a behavioral scientist specializing in innovative, impactful, and immersive learning and intelligent, intuitive technology product design.  With an extensive background in data analysis, technical training, behavior analysis, learning science, neuroscience, behavior-based performance improvement, and sport psychology/performance enhancement, Dr. Berberich consults with clients developing innovative learning technology products, projects, and programs, especially for highly technical audiences, using her proprietary Level-Up Learning Framework. Her focus is on learning innovation, product/program/project vision, learning strategy, leading team ideation, rapid prototyping, and roadmapping the path to a fantastic final product in record time.LI profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/linda-berberich-phd-3745004/LI business page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/linda-b-learning/Website: https://www.lindablearning.com/Linda's advice if you want to get into AI and learning technologies?Find your favorite GPT and ask it to create a curriculum on any topic. Use that as a jumping off point to assess the quality of the AI, add and remove your own content, and create something amazing. Thanks for listening to the BLOC! Connect with me on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/heidiekirby/Or check out what I'm working on over at https://www.getusefulstuff.com/
90 - Connecting L&D Data to Business Objectives with Karen Vieth
May 14 2024
90 - Connecting L&D Data to Business Objectives with Karen Vieth
Send us a Text Message.In this episode, I chat with Karen Vieth about her journey and time at InSync Training. We also discuss how to do a better job collecting learning data and connecting it to the business goals. Karen Vieth is a distinguished figure in the realm of virtual and hybrid learning, serving currently as the President & CEO of InSync Training. Her illustrious journey in education commenced within the academic sphere, progressively advancing to significant roles in teacher training at both district and national levels, thus cementing her status as a revered educational consultant. Vieth's ascent to the presidency in January 2024 was notably influenced by her substantial tenure at InSync Training, where she previously excelled as the Director of Training and later as the Vice President of Virtual Learning Solutions. During these formative years, she pioneered the integration of research-backed methodologies and professional expertise to develop learner-centric training experiences, setting new benchmarks for quality and engagement in virtual education. This rich background laid the groundwork for her visionary leadership, under which InSync Training has emerged as a beacon for pioneering accredited train-the-trainer certificate programs and customized virtual learning services. These offerings are meticulously designed to ensure optimal engagement, effective learning transfer, and enduring retention. Through her strategic foresight and dedication, Vieth has played a pivotal role in redefining the landscape of virtual education, thereby shaping her presidency at InSync Training.Karen's suggestions for digging into the data:InSync Training's Hybrid Learning Research ReportVirtual Learning is Real LearningThanks for listening to the BLOC! Connect with me on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/heidiekirby/Or check out what I'm working on over at https://www.getusefulstuff.com/
89 - Creating Space to Work Together (especially as Badass Moms) with Mallori Steele
Apr 23 2024
89 - Creating Space to Work Together (especially as Badass Moms) with Mallori Steele
Send us a Text Message.In this episode, I sit down with my brilliant friend and colleague, Mallori Steele, to talk about how she landed in L&D and how she uses her strengths as a connector to create spaces for marginalized people to network, learn, and grow. Mallori is a multi-passionate and multi-talented Leader, Strategist, Solutionist, Entrepreneur, and Mom of 2. She is the CEO of Growductive Consulting, an L&D Consulting Agency, the Founder of the non-profit Black in L&D, and the visionary of the virtual conference, The Learning Exchange. Mallori is a connector! She strongly believes in the power of community and collaboration. She has a passion for helping people reach their full potential and has a unique skill set that allows her to communicate effectively with people from all walks of life. A California native, Mallori lived 10+ years abroad in Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, and Turkey. She currently resides in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area. Mallori is launching her latest passion project, celebrating moms for Mother's Day. So, if you're a Bad-A$$ Mom, have a Bad-A$$ Mom, or know a Bad-A$$ Mom, register for the Bad-A$$ Mom event on May 9th: https://www.airmeet.com/e/3967c820-f793-11ee-84ef-3d68ce1df13cConnect with Mallori on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/malloristeele/Mallori's advice if you want to start something (a community, event, business, etc.):Focus on YOUDon't overthink itCollect your thoughts and resources in OneNote (or a similar notetaking app)Think about what you want and your capacityRealize that other people's advice is just that -- adviceThanks for listening to the BLOC! Connect with me on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/heidiekirby/Or check out what I'm working on over at https://www.getusefulstuff.com/
79: L&D for the Healthcare Industry with Alexandria Schefman
Sep 26 2023
79: L&D for the Healthcare Industry with Alexandria Schefman
Send us a Text Message.In this episode, Alexandria and I talk about L&D from the healthcare lens -- but the conversation is important to ALL of us in L&D as we talk about the importance of remembering that there are solutions that aren't eLearning out there, we can learn a lot from UX design, and that proving our impact and being able to scale training is crucial to our success in L&D. With a decade of experience in the field of learning and development, Alexandria has had the privilege of contributing to the growth of individuals and organizations. Her journey began as a career development coach, where she had the opportunity to work closely with underserved populations in the nonprofit social services sector. Alexandria's passion for helping others led her to her current role as the Crisis Prevention Training Program Manager at one of New York City's largest hospitals.In her role, Alexandria is dedicated to providing professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to support individuals in crisis effectively. She also focuses on creating safe environments within organizations, prioritizing the well-being of employees and the communities they serve. Alexandria remains committed to enhancing human potential and fostering compassionate workplaces.Alexandria's recommendation for those who want to learn more about the healthcare industry:Road to Resilience Podcast by the Mount Sinai Health SystemThanks for listening to the BLOC! Connect with me on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/heidiekirby/Or check out what I'm working on over at https://www.getusefulstuff.com/