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THE OBSIDIAN BLOG
Obsidian is skilled at creating a blended learning road map that guides the development of the right learning to engage a community around key topics, strategically scheduled to shorten the time to competency.
As we discussed in the previous blog article in this series, there are three main steps in the memory process: encoding, storing and retrieving. Here, we will take a closer look at the first step – encoding – and its role in learning.
The reality is that the numbers in this principle - 80 and 20 - are not necessarily the same in all cases. They could be 70/30 or even 90/10. In other words, concrete numbers are not the most important element to consider, but rather the notion that efforts are not in balance: a smaller percentage of the effort produces very good results and the remainder produces poorer results.
My hope for the future is that Obsidian will continue to lead in defining what makes good learning, and to serve our clients singularly well. I expect that our high trust / high accountability / high success environment will continue to allow us to innovate with integrity. As our industry evolves, I expect that our values will keep us resilient and agile. After all, that is how we survived 20 often turbulent years. Here's to 20 more.
We tell stories, that's what we do. Studies have shown that toddlers understand the demands of storytelling and that 5-year-olds can craft elaborate narratives rife with characters and conflict. Test subjects watching a simple animation of geometric shapes moving on a screen will imbue those shapes with character and motivation. From a campfire in some forest primeval to binging on Netflix we process and understand our world and ourselves through the narratives we tell and consume. All of which are elements that explain how we naturally gravitated toward storytelling as a vital tool in learning.
The human brain has fascinated me since I was a child. Understanding how one thinks, remembers, and acts is extremely complex. As a learning professional, I rely on brain science to ensure the efficiency of the programs I design. This blog series addresses some of the more basic concepts of memory and learning, and their application in real life learning design. Let's start from the beginning...
With the first month of 2018 behind us, I find I am truly looking forward to the coming year. I have long considered the quote above a pearl of wisdom, but it seems especially relevant today. No matter how much I think I know, there is always more to learn.
As Obsidian’s founder and owner, I look with an investor’s eye at the bottom line and I look at who we are and what we do with the hopes, dreams and pride that inspired its creation. We are still becoming, still learning, still adapting—and always will be. But some things are baked in to who we are.
This ratio has been used in works as disparate as the Mona Lisa and the Parthenon. It’s also found widely in nature, from the Milky Way Galaxy to common flowers, up to and including the human face. The proportions derived from the Golden Ratio are said to be the most visually pleasing to the human eye, so when I decided to have a little fun and play around with the Obsidian Learning logo, I started there.
The Learning IRIS is a shiny new concept supported by a customizable app. Along with the ever-increasing need for "just-in-time learning" comes the challenge of providing the appropriate content in the most effective way. It's something I've been thinking about for a while now...