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Tactical Learning (Ken Long)

  • Episode #56

When online learning rose in demand, Ken Long found that he had to adapt to the changes to stay head of the curve. He shares how his military experience and insight as an educator allowed him to better deliver course content through a hybrid approach.

Ken Long is the founder and principle of Tortoise Capital Management Inc, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and an executive coach, trainer and process consultant. He combines his professional knowledge as an educator with his experience in the military to more effectively deliver online courses to his students.

Ken joins Danny and Abe to discuss the challenges course creators face with online learning and ways they can overcome them by leaning on their experiences.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why it is important for course creators to be open to adapting new approaches.
  • How to leverage your past experience to create a more enriching learning experience for your students.
  • Adjustments you can make to online course delivery to encourage better student participation.
  • How the hybrid approach can result in a more successful course. 
  • The importance of listening to and acknowledging the concerns of your students when developing course material. 
  • Danny and Abe’s debrief.
“I am astonished by just how powerful the distance learning can be, if you know how to structure it, and you allow people to explore that space in a safe way.”

Ken Long

Ken Long served in the military in various offices for 45 years and much of that time was dedicated to educating others. His passion for education has led him to serve as an adjunct professor at several universities, and Associate Professor at the US Army Command and General Staff College.

Ken is the founder of Tortoise Capital Management Inc, a solution provider for professional traders, as well as an executive coach, trainer and process consultant for Leadership, Creativity, Systems Thinking. His extensive background has provided him with indepth knowledge on the challenges and limitations educators are faced with, especially in the evolving education industry. Through his experiences, he has learned how best to overcome these obstacles and how to identify and leverage opportunities to create more effective courses. 

Despite his many professional roles, Ken believes in maintaining a work-life balance. He has a black belt in judo and jujitsu and coaches youth soccer year round. 

*married to his wife, Linda, for 36 years and has 3 amazing kids. 

*black belt in judo and jujitsu, coaches youth soccer year round

*interests: systems thinking, critical thinking, martial arts, soccer, futsal, decision-making under uncertainty

Resources or websites mentioned in this episode:
Ken’s website
Ken’s LinkedIn
Ken’s YouTube

Guest: Ken Long
Hosts: Danny Iny & Abe Crystal 
Producer: Cynthia Lamb 
Executive producer: Danny Iny
Assembled by: Geoff Govertsen
Audio Post Supervisor: Evan Miles, Christopher Martin
Audio Post Production: Post Office Sound
Music soundscape: Chad Michael Snavely
Making our hosts sound great: Home Brew Audio

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Music and SFX credits: 
Track Title: Bossa BB
Artist Name(s): Marie
Writer Name: Chelsea McGough

Track Title: Grace
Artist Name(s): Shimmer
Writer Name: Matthew Wigton

Track Title: Carousel Lights
Artist Name(s): Chelsea McGough
Writer Name: Chelsea McGough
Writer Name: Matthew Wigton

Track Title: Coo Coos
Artist Name(s): Dresden, The Flamingo
Writer Name: Matthew Wigton


Course Lab

Ever wondered how online courses could be even better? What would that next level look like? Those are the questions driving online course experts Danny Iny (founder of Mirasee) and Abe Crystal (co-founder of Ruzuku) in Course Lab. In each episode, they bring on an innovative course creator and deconstruct what makes their course (and course business) work for them and their students.