I am very excited to announce that my new book, “MindMeld: Micro-Collaboration between eLearning Designers and Instructor Experts,” is in the final publishing stages (including pre-order status)… So for the next few weeks I will be posting a series of blog entries regarding my new book and its contents. My intention for each blog post is to focus on individual chapters in the book and provide a little synopsis of them in order to bring some insight to you as to what the book is about and why I would encourage you to embrace it.

If any of you are habitual readers of my blog, then you will already know that my perspective on collaboration of eLearning designers and subject matter experts comes from years of dedication to applied practice and academics. I speak not from an authoritative position, but rather as a humbled fellow colleague who has seen many successful projects, as well as a good deal of unsuccessful ones; in a matter of speaking, my hands are callused from working hard in the eLearning field. A close friend and colleague of mine, Clark Aldrich, also graced me with a flattering foreword that expresses his opinion of my efforts as well balanced and informative. He states, “Jon has cited all the critical and current research in the field. He also brings his own hands that have a great deal of, virtually speaking, coal under his fingernails.” Thank you Clark Aldrich, I am honored you took the time to write a foreword for this first publishing effort of mine.

My book not only offers my opinions about how to collaborate with SMEs, but provides proven practices that work and important advice for those seeking to improve their programs. I am happy to have the opportunity to invite you to read MindMeld, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts about it.