Facilitating Community Collaborations,

Communication, Mentoring, and Lifelong Learning


Through writing, staff training, instructional design, presentations, social media strategies, and consulting, we work collaboratively and creatively to help you address the wicked problems you face in:

*Promoting effective workplace learning and performance (staff training/e-learning)

*Facilitating the successful introduction of new technology into organizations

*Providing engaging instructional design services for dynamic onsite and online learning

*Helping trainers and others hone onsite and online presentation and facilitation skills

*Fostering the development of results-driven leadership skills

*Developing social media strategies

*Facilitating the successful development of community partnerships and collaborations

*Writing and helping others improve their business-, creative-, and grant-writing skills

*Providing consulting/marketing services to build bridges between clients and customers

Technology is the tool.           People are the focus.           Positive results are the product.

Paul Signorelli & Associates

Highlights: Current Projects

*Scheduling additional webinars, online courses, and onsite and online presentations for the last two months of 2015 and the first half of 2016

*Facilitating four-week online "Innovative Approaches to Library Instruction: Online and Face to Face" course for ALA Editions September 14-October 11, 2015; registration currently underway

*Facilitating sessions for PCI Webinars:

"The 2015 New Media Consortium Horizon Report > Library Edition"

New Date/Time: Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 10:30 am ET/7:30 am PT)

"Creating Collaborative Partnerships: Libraries and Communities Together"

(Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 2 pm ET/11 am PT)

"What Connected Learning Means to Libary Staff and Users"

(Thursday, November 5, 2015, 2 pm ET/11 am PT)

Online registration information posted on PCI Webinars site when available

*Working, as needed, for Studio 5 Consulting colleague Jesse Lee Eller on short-term instructional-design projects

*Exploring trends and innovation in teaching-training-learning, educational technology, and community collaborations in my Building Creative Bridges blog; also occasionally providing updates, through a Friends of the Hidden Garden Steps blog, on how volunteers continue to foster a sense of community and collaboration through that Hidden Garden Steps project here in San Francisco

*Facilitating "Levels of Engagement: Attracting, Placing, and Retaining Volunteers" session for the ATD (Association for Talent Development) Chapter Leaders Conference in Arlington, VA October 9, 2015.

*Facilitating "Steps to Partnerships: Libraries, Communities, and Collaboration" session for the Library of Virginia Library Directors' Meeting in Richmond, VA October 21, 2015.

*Co-presenting concurrent session on "Technology, Trends, Challenges, and Learning, the 2015 Horizon Report > Library Edition" (with Samantha Becker) for the Virginia Library Association Annual Conference in Richmond, VA October 22, 2015, 12:30 pm ET.

*Facilitating four-week online “Rethinking Social Media to Organize Information and Communities” course for ALA Editions November 2-December 6, 2015 (no coursework during Thanksgiving week); registration to open soon

*Participating in live #lrnchat sessions via Twitter (Thursdays, 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT); Maurice Coleman's biweeky T is for Training podcasts (alternate Fridays, 2 pm ET/11 am PT; programs are archived online); and #etmooc online learning sessions as time allows

*Contributed to peer-reviewed article ("What Makes a cMOOC Community Endure? Multiple Participant Perspectives From Diverse cMOOCs") published in Educational Media International June 19, 2015

*Contributed chapter on "Infinite [Lifelong] Learning" to Sandra Hirsh's newly released Information Services Today: An Introduction (Rowman & Littlefield, March 2015), and have other individual and co-written pieces in progress

*Continuing to actively promote my published work through my Amazon.com Author Page

*Starting to write a book on developing and completing volunteer-driven community-based projects and am beginning to seek a publisher


As a Contributing Editor for the New Media Consortium blog; most recent posting: "EdTech Continuous Change and Innovation: Nesting With Black Swans"

With Licia Wells, as a San Francisco Department of Public Works Street Parks Program steward for the Hidden Garden Steps project in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District after serving as one of three project co-chairs

On the New Media Consortium Horizon Project 2016 Higher Education "Expert Panel" and the 2015 Library Edition "Expert Panel"; previous efforts included working with New Media Consortium staff to produce the NMC Horizon Report: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Higher Education editions, the 2014 Library Edition, and a new NMC advisory board that helped create the organization's first Technology Outlook>Community, Technical, and Junior Colleges 2013-2018 report. I also participated in the 2013 New Media Consortium Horizon Project Summit>The Future of Education held in Austin, Texas; the 2014 Horizon Project Wiki-Thon; and 2015 New Media Consortium Horizon Project (Black Swan Ball) Retreat in Austin.

*Creating online learning opportunities with Captivate (includes closed captioning) and other online tools

*Assisting a variety of clients and colleagues in exploring and using innovations in blended (onsite-online) learning and personal learning networks with social media and other platforms, including through massive open online courses (MOOCs), through virtual office hours in online courses, and as an onsite learning faciliator



Workplace Learning & Leadership, a staff training guide co-written with Lori Reed for ALA Editions to highlight examples of trainers as successful leaders within their organizations (April 2011); online excerpts available

Contributor to 101 More Ways to Make Training Active (Elaine Biech, editor; April 2015)

Contributor ("Infinite Learning," a chapter on fostering lifelong learning through libraries and other information organizations) to Information Services Today: An Introduction (Sandra Hirsh, editor; March 2015)

Contributor to The Book of Road-Tested Activities (Elaine Biech, editor; May 2011); online excerpts available

New nonfiction and fiction book proposals under development;

seeking agent to represent these projects


Recent Articles

"EdTech Continuous Change and Innovation: Nesting With Black Swans," published on the New Media Consortium blog July 22, 2015, explores ongoing efforts to better prepare ourselves for unexpected edtech developments and events.

"What Makes a cMOOC Community Endure? Multiple Participant Perspectives From Diverse cMOOCs," published in Educational Media International, by Routledge, June 19, 2015, explores some of the reasons cMOOC communities of learning endure and thrive past official course end dates. Maha Bali served as lead writer; I contributed with MOOC colleagues Maureen Crawford, Rhonda Jessen, and Mia Zamora.

"Open Innovations: #etmooc, Connected Learning, and 'MOOChorts' of Lifelong Learners," published on the New Media Consortium blog September 30, 2014, documents the informal formation of lifelong-learning cohorts centered around participation in connectivist massive open online courses (MOOCs).

"Be Ready for the Learning Space of the Future," published on the ATD Learning Technologies blog August 14, 2014, documents innovations in learning spaces, with a focus on case studies from the New Media Consortium 2014 Summer [ed-tech] Conference and other sources.


Selected Free Learning Resources for You

"Training-Teaching-Learning: State of the Industry (Summer 2015)"
This session, prepared and delivered for PCI Webinars in July 2015, begins with a brief survey of ATD (Association for Talent Development) reports on the state of the training-teaching-learning industry, then continues with highlights of several current topics including the science of learning, learning to learn in our changing online environments, the continuing evolution of massive open online courses, adaptive learning technologies, flexible learning spaces, and more.

(PowerPoint Presentation)

"Blend It 2015: Using Technology to Create Onsite/Online Learning Spaces"

This session, prepared for an American Library Association Annual Conference LITA presentation in June 2015, continues explorations on bringing onsite and online colleagues together via social media tools including Google Hangouts and Twitter.

(PowerPoint Presentation)

"Continuous Change & Innovation: Dealing With Black Swans"

This session, prepared with Samantha Becker for the New Media Consortium Summer [ed-tech] Conference in Washington, D.C., focuses on preparing for the unexpected in educational technology developments.

June 11, 2015

(PowerPoint Presentation)

"T is for Training: A Conversation About Careers in Training-Teaching-Learning"

Episode 158 of Maurice Coleman's T is for Training hour-long podcasts for trainer-teacher-learners engaged a few of us in a conversation about how others can pursue the career we have chosen--and enjoy. (You'll have to listen to the podcast to find out why Maurice puckishly gave this episode the title "These People Are Dead; Let's Move On.") A comment from T is for Training colleague Jill Hurst-Wahl (director of the Syracuse University library and information science & LIS with school and media specialization programs): "This is an excellent podcast for MSLIS students [and] for current LIS professionals, because it may spark ideas around professional development."

March 20, 2015

(Archived Audiorecording)

"Community and Collaboration in an Onsite-Online World: An Annotated Bibliography"
A visual bibliography with annotations to resources for anyone who is currently involved in or wants to be involved in building communities and fostering successful collaborations: communities of learning, communities of practice, online communities, and a variety of others

Updated March 19, 2013

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