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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.

May 22 2018

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.

Apr 24 2018

Learning with Pareto

Author: Monica Savage
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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.

Apr 11 2018

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.

Mar 27 2018

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.

Mar 26 2018

The role of memory in learning

Author: Monica Savage
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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...

Feb 13 2018

Seussical Words of Wisdom for 2018

Author: Monica Savage
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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.

Nov 21 2017

Who is Obsidian?

Author: Shelly Immel
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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.

Nov 6 2017

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.

Oct 16 2017

What is The Learning IRIS?

Author: Monica Savage
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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...

Oct 9 2017

Not everyone fully grasps the impact of font choices in design, however, and we asked our in-house font guru, Rick Carruth, to provide us with some pointers and some of his own reasoned choices when it comes to font selection.

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