Monday, July 23, 2012

So that's what she's been up to...new job! new house! new coast!

Life has a funny way of working out sometimes, and you just never know what's around the corner.

I've been quiet on the blogging front, and in social media in general, because there's just been too much life going on. Really, seriously...a lot. 

Movin' on up
First, I've taken a position at lynda.com as Senior Product Manager for lyndaCampus. It's a big change for me, getting back inside an organization again, but I am thrilled about the opportunity to work for a company that gets it. Learning is (and should be) intrinsically motivated and lynda.com provides content to enable people to learn what they need, when they need it. I'll be focusing on the higher ed and K12 markets and exploring how educators can flip their classroom, how on-demand instruction can change the dynamic of educational institutions and helping lynda.com better serve the needs of educators and learners. 

Carpinteria mural
Second, I'm moving to California. To tell you the truth, if you would have asked me 6 months ago if I'd ever move to the west coast, I'd probably have laughed. A midwest girl at heart, I adopted Philly as mine and really never thought I'd leave the mid-Atlantic. From DC to Baltimore, NYC to Boston...I love me some east coast. But when I came out to visit lynda.com for the first time in Carpinteria, just south of Santa Barbara on the 101, I fell in love. In any direction I look, there are mountains or ocean. NO LIE. It's like 75 degrees and sunny every day, and I hear that's all year round. So yes...I've added "learn to surf" to my list of to-do's this year. 

There are lots of other details...moving my crazy awesome mixed family across the country with kids and dogs and buying a house and selling a house and everything...just everything. Well, its been a lot. 

What about games and immersive learning and all that good stuff? Well, the book is still coming (slower than expected, in no small part because of all of the above) and I'll still be blogging and late this year, I'm chairing a games conference with Karl Kapp and hosted by the good folks at ASTD. You'll see me at DevLearn, hosting the Emerging Technology stage. I'm finishing up teaching a graduate course at Harrisburg University this summer, and hoping to continue teaching long after. Other exciting news is sure to be on the horizon, so stay tuned. I'm not much for sitting still and new epic adventures keep on presenting themselves. 

About 5 blocks from my new house


That is, if I can drag myself away from the beach...

8 comments:

  1. You are an inspiration to those of us who want to keep learning, growing and challenging ourselves and others all while having fun. Congratulations!! You have had quite a year!

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  2. Thanks Diana! It sure has been a whirlwind, but all good things :) can't wait to see what happens next!

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  3. Congrats, lynda.com is a great company (I'm a subscriber), it sounds very exciting.

    Just promise me you won't become a Dodgers fan. Please!

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    1. Thanks Philip! and no chance...I'm a Michigan girl, so Tigers it will always be :)

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  5. 5 Days, 14 hours, 38 minutes and 12 seconds. Approximately. :)

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