The Episodes

LTGR Ep. #23 - Debating, Live Online

In this show, Susan and Dan learn about an amazing live online debate program involving special education students across New York City. Their guest is Cara Coffina, a social studies coach in New York's District 75 who coordinates the unique and successful program.

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LTGR Ep. #22 - How to Teach
In this show, Susan and Dan provide a primer on "How to Teach". What do you need to know if you are thrown into a classroom?  Listen now...
LTGR Ep. #21 - Guest Room
Susan demonstrates how to bridge a guest expert into an online course, while having an engaging conversation with Dr. Norman Garrett about how his teaching practices have changed as a result of technology over the last few years.  Listen now...
LTGR Ep. #20 - Up to Standards
Guest David Barr from Illinois Math and Science Academy joins Susan and Dan to talk about the ISTE National Educational Technology Standards.  Listen now...
LTGR Ep. #19 - Virtual Adjuncts
In this episode, Susan and Dan focus on adjunct faculty. Since adjuncts deliver about 60 percent of all college instruction, there are a considerable number of them who, like Susan, are teaching online.  Listen now...
LTGR Ep. #18 - Learning to Play
Susan and Dan tackle a big topic: games. They survey different kinds of games, discuss how games function in learning contexts, cite games that are currently making news in education, share several resources, and interview a LearningTimes member immersed in an interesting game-based approach to learning.  Listen now...
LTGR Special Edition: Guten Tag
In this special edition of the LT Green Room, Susan and Dan "shout out" (in German) to a listener across the Atlantic who discussed the LT Green Room in his blog.  Listen now...
LTGR Ep. #17 - Civically Engaging
Susan and Dan talk with Will Richardson, author of the blog, about politics, web 2.0 tools and what this all might mean for civic participation among young people.  Listen now...
LTGR Ep. #16 - Vocabulary Lessons
In this episode, Dan seeks help translating academic online learning vocabulary into corporate training lingo, and vice versa. Susan taps into her experience as an ESL (English as a Second Language) instructor to offer some tips, and the hosts look to listeners for their perspectives.  Listen now...
LTGR Ep. #15 - A Second Life for Learning
In this episode, Susan shares her experience learning about Second Life, the virtual world receiving a lot of press as an environment with distance education potential. Part of her journey included meeting Sarah Robbins, who is indeed teaching within Second Life.  Listen now...

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Susan Manning

Dan Balzer


About Us

The LT Green Room is a podcast for Renewal, Retooling and Conversations about Learning. It is co-hosted by Susan Manning and Dan Balzer and its show topics are often drawn from members of, a free online community of education and training professionals from across the globe. The LT Green Room gives listeners (and ourselves) an opportunity to reflect on what they're doing behind the scene that results in an effective learning experience.

About Susan Manning

Professionally, Susan Manning is best known as a teacher’s teacher, that is developing faculty and preparing them to teach online. She specializes in teaching instructional design, both for traditional educators and business/corporate contexts. Additionally, Susan has taught a repertoire of courses in online learning, technology tools, the synchronous classroom and online group work. She also delivers workshops on adapting curriculum for online delivery, podcasting and selecting the right technology tools. She has taught hundreds of faculty, mostly from the Midwest, but occasionally drawing from Saudi Arabia, Denmark and Russia. Along with Kevin Johnson, Susan is the author of Online Education for Dummies and The Technology Toolbelt for Teaching. Susan’s online career began “prior to the turn of the century” when she was asked to investigate the possibility of training literacy volunteers online. Knowing that she needed additional training and skills development, Susan became an online student and earned her certification as Master Online Teacher from the University of Illinois. Additionally, she holds a Doctorate in Adult Education from Ball State University, a Masters in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University and a Bachelors in Communications from Truman State University.


Co-Host & Producer
Susan Manning
Co-Host & Producer
Dan Balzer
Executive Producer
Carl Heine
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