Facilitating Community Collaborations,

Communication, 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

What I'm Doing Now

*Working for Studio 5 Consulting colleague Jesse Lee Eller as part of a team on a short-term instructional-design project through November 2014.

*Accepted invitation to serve as a guest panelist for the Connected Courses MOOC (#ccourses) webinar "The Case of #etmooc [the Educational Technology & Media MOOC]" on Monday, November 10, 2014 at 10 pm ET/7 pm PT.

*Serving on "Rethinking Roles and Relationships of Library Professionas" panel for New Media Consortium "Virtual Symposium on the Future of Libraries" on Wednesday, November 12, 2014; registration for entire symposium underway.

*Facilitating the latest offering of our ALA Editions four-week online course "Social Media Basics" through November 2014.

*Co-presenting an ALA Editions 90-minute online workshop/webinar, "How to Teach Online: A Beginner's Guide," with Dan Freeman on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 beginning at 2:30 pm ET/11:30 am PT.

*Facilitating a new offering of my four-part webinar series (which includes one online master class for participants) on "Mastering Facilitation (online and onsite)" for NEFLIN (Northeast Florida Library Information Network) on Tuesdays from November 25 - December 16, 2014, 1-2 pm ET/10-11 am; registration (for library staff working in the state of Florida only) will begin soon.

*Designing and facilitating a one-hour interactive session, "The Horizon Report for Libraries: A Year-End/Year-Ahead Exploration for Tech, Trends, and Challenges," for PCIWebinars; session will be held Thursday, December 18, 2014 from 2 - 3 pm ET/11 am - noon PT; registration underway.

*Presenting "Innovations in Onsite and Online Learning Spaces" at the 2015 KIPA (Knowledge & Information Professional Association) Annual Conference in Denton, Texas in March 2015.

*Preparing a proposal for a book on developing and completing volunteer-driven community-based projects


As a Contributing Editor for the New Media Consortium blog; most recent posting: "Open Innovations: #etmooc, Connected Learning, and 'MOOChorts' of Lifelong Learners"

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 2015 Higher Education "Expert Panel" and the Library Edition "Expert Panel"; previous efforts included working with New Media Consortium staff to produce the NMC Horizon Report: 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 Higher Education editions, 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, and the 2014 Horizon Project Wiki-Thon

On the San Francisco Parks Alliance Policy Council (February - December 2014)

A two-year term of office on the ALA Publishing Committee (July 2013-June 2015) after finishing a four-year term (July 2009-June 2013) on the American Libraries [magazine] Advisory Committee

*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 social media instructor

*Working with clients and prospective clients to schedule other presentations, courses, webinars, and workshops for the first half of 2015, and also participating in live #lrnchat sessions via Twitter (Thursdays, 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT) and Maurice Coleman's biweeky T is for Training podcasts (alternate Fridays, 2 pm ET/11 am PT; programs are archived online) as time allows


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 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

Latest Articles

"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.

"Books, Technology, and Learning: Looking at the Past to See Our Future," published on the New Media Consortium blog June 11, 2014, explores the idea of MOOCs (massive open online courses) as a form of textbook.

"Location, Location, and Location: Hanging Out and Learning with Samantha Adams Becker and ATD," published on my Building Creative Bridges blog May 17, 2014, documents how to use Google Hangouts to create a highly interactive blended (onsite-online) learning experience.

"MOOCs: Two Takes on How Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) May Affect Librarians and Library Services," published in the May 2014 issue of American Libraries, offers a point-counterpoint forma on the topic (co-written by Amanda Hovious).

Selected Free Learning Resources for You

"Pefect Blend (Creating and Facilitating Onsite/Online Meetings)"

ATD (Association for Talent Development) National Chapter Leader Conference Presentation--October 2014
(PowerPoint Presentation)

"Mastering Online Facilitation (Part 3 of 4): Organizing, Scripting, and Preparing"

SEFLIN Webinar -- August 2014
(PowerPoint Presentation)

"T is for Training: Lifelong Learning and Personal Learning Networks"

Episode 145 of Maurice Coleman's T is for Training hour-long podcasts for trainer-teacher-learners engaged several colleagues in a conversation about lifelong learning, personal learning networks, and Barbara Fister's Library Journal article on the topic.

August 8, 2014

(Archived Audiorecording)

"Web Conferencing and Presentation Skills for Meetings. Trainings, and Learning Sessions"

A bibliography with annotations to resources for anyone interested in improving online presenation and facilitation skills; includes links to presentation software reviews, books on online presentation skills, and articles on the topic

Updated July 23, 2014

"Learning to Learn: Tips for Thriving in Tech Training" (Video)
This 11-minute presentation, prepared with Captivate and posted on YouTube for learners who are about to tackle any new tech tool, addresses the challenges of overcoming unfamiliarity with these tools and the need for help with the learning process itself. It is also designed to demonstrate how trainer-teacher-learners can address the challenges their learners face.

Online Demonstration -- October 2013

(Captivate Video)

"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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