Sue Schnorr

 

Instructional Designer, Informal Learning Strategist, Networking Enthusiast, Training Facilitator, Wife and Mom (not necessarily in that order!)

Hi! I’m Sue Schnorr. Welcome to my blog, All Learning Matters, where we discuss everything from traditional instructor-led training, virtual instructor-led training (VILT), collaboration, networking, informal learning, social learning and all things that matter to me.

Long story/short! Here’s how I got to where I am today. I had always worked for Fortune 100 companies in sales and sales training, and planned to find a new opportunity in Instructional Design with one after I completed my M.S. in Instructional Technology at RIT. However, a classmate offered me a freelance instructional design project. I figured I’d do that for a few months and then get “a real job.”

When that project ended, another colleague presented me with an opportunity to work with her. Before I knew it, the projects and years had accrued and my accountant said, “You need to incorporate.”  That was in 1996 and my business has grown ever since.

My genuine interest to stay in touch with my peers was appreciated, and my natural networking tendencies continued to open doors. Without realizing it at the time, I was using networking and informal learning to build my expertise as an Instructional Designer.

Flash forward to today’s world: Working has become synonymous to learning. Networking is simply the term that connects us to others so we can learn from them.

As a designer of Classroom and Virtual Instructor-Led-Training, I love the fact that today’s technologies allow us to expand on what we learn in formal face-to-face and asynchronous e-learning sessions by taking the learning to our jobs (instead of leaving it on binders on the shelf when the program ends.) Training is not just an event; I want the skills to stick!

Creating informal learning strategies to complement formal training is very rewarding! Social media enables more interaction on the job. This allows us to learn in many settings, from formal training, to one-on-one peer sessions, to small, collaborative group meetings, self-directed learning and in larger, networked group settings as well.

With Web 2.o technologies, the sky is the limit for informal learning. We can network with people around the world and learn all that matters to us, when we want to learn and how we want to learn it.

To learn more about how my training insights and informal learning strategies can help your company’s training stick, visit www.training-insights.com.

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Bonus! Here are some valuable resources from some of the people I respect from around the world. Hover your mouse over the topics below to see the names of these industry thought-leaders and take a look at what they have to offer:

Informal Learning

Training and Social Media Handbook

Learnlets

elearningguild

Bozarth Zone

 

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