The Episodes

LTGR Ep. #14 - Inside the Green Room
This show offers a "cutaway view" of the making of a podcast. Dan and Susan review the behind-the-scenes work that goes into putting a podcast together, and reflect on what they have done in the past 5-6 months of the LT Green Room.  Listen now...
LTGR Ep. #13 - Defining Instructional Design
Instructional Design is a popular phrase but few really understand what it is. In this show, Dan and Susan tackle the definition and ask why we should bother with instructional design.  Listen now...
LTGR Ep. #12 - The Communication Gap
In this bonus episode, Dan and Susan share the recording of a recent phone forum conversation hosted by The Gen Y Project. The discussion was about communicating with "Gen Y" -- the tech-savvy, worldly group of 20-something young adults -- in the workplace.  Listen now...
LTGR Ep. #11 - Where Does all the Knowledge Go?
In this episode, Susan and Dan tackle the question: What happens when key team members leave and take their knowledge?  Listen now...
LTGR Ep. #10 - New Year, New Learning
In this short show, Dan and Susan wish members of the community a Happy New Year and share their plans for continuing to learn in 2007.   Listen now...
LTGR Ep. #9 - Lurking
In this episode, Dan and Susan ask whether it is okay in online classrooms to allow learners to "lurk". What is lurking? How do you define it and do you accept it in your online courses? The hosts of the LT Green Room want to hear from you. No lurking around this episode.  Listen now...
LTGR Ep. #8 - Inspiration to Action
Dan and Susan explore how we move from just hearing of a good idea to trying it ourselves in our own educational practice. For this podcast, we are joined by Lorraine Leo, a Technology Teacher at two small schools in Newton, MA (Jackson School and Walnut Park Montessori).  Listen now...
LTGR Ep. #7 - Exploring MacArthur: Digital Media and Learning
Susan and Dan discuss their explorations of the MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning project, a huge initiative to explore and create a field of study and practice around digital media.  Listen now...
LTGR Ep. #6 - Blended Librarians
In this episode, Susan and Dan are joined by John Shank and Steven Bell, co-founders of, a community of librarians who blend instructional design, technology, and librarianship.  Listen now...
LTGR Ep. #5 - Technology Choices of the Heart
In this episode, Dan and Susan explore questions about technology and humanity with radio producer David Balzer.  Listen now...

Meet Your Hosts


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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