Gather 'round kiddos, Uncle Lubos wants to tell another crazy but true story. This one is about an innocent kid, an abused model—and if you stick around till the end—a wholesome apple. Our story begins back in my college days, back before phones had Google and books came with free Prime shipping...
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.
In this new series Design in Learning, we will be shining a light on an often overlooked aspect of our industry: graphic design. Graphic design and instructional design go hand in hand, and we’re lucky enough at Obsidian Learning to be able to rely on a team of talented, creative designers that maximize our learning designs to greatest effect. In this series of blog posts, they will be sharing some of the strategies they employ to create visually appealing, inviting, user-friendly deliverables.
In previous blog posts (Part 1 and Part 2), we’ve given you an inside look at the development process of our Eclip for Social Motion Skills. I am happy to say that the final video is ready for launch, and we couldn’t be more proud of the result. As this project is a little out of the box for us, in the sense that it is not strictly a learning event, we thought it might be interesting to share some of our takeaways.
What is all the buzz about infographics in adult learning and instructional design? Do infographics really help obtain and retain knowledge? How and why do infographics actually work? If you want to learn answers to these questions, download our infographic on the topic of Infographics.
While there are many models of instructional design (ID), the model most commonly used in corporate training development is ADDIE, an acronym for Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation. (For a nice graphical view of ADDIE, click here.) In this post, we'll focus on the first stage of ADDIE and describe the methods used by Obsidian Learning for instructional analysis. After a discussion of the activities and outputs of analysis, we'll present an example of a curriculum targeted at two different learner populations.
Nowadays, we avoid books with more than 150 pages and tune out presentations after about 18 minutes (hence the power and popularity of TED Talks). And why not? Thanks to professor Google and coach YouTube, virtually anything we could ever want to know is available in seconds with next to no effort.
As I mentioned in Part 1 of this series, the E-clip we are developing for Social Motion Skills has followed a fairly classic design process. As part of that process, we looked over Social Motion’s existing marketing material, to make sure that what we produce is in line with their overall communications strategy and to get our creative juices flowing.
Part 1 of a series spotlighting Obsidian Learning’s tradition of putting our skills to work for nonprofit organizations. A team of Obsidian employees has recently been collaborating on a communications project for Social Motion Skills, a Houston-based organization that helps craft solutions for families dealing with autism, ADHD, and other similar social challenges.
As with many trending concepts, “adaptive learning” is a term that means different things to different people. Let’s have a look at some of those different meanings, and get a handle on its implications, when properly applied, in the learning industry.
Obsidian has been in the learning industry for quite some time. We feel lucky to have assembled a team of talented, creative, experienced professionals whose common aim is to create superior and effective learning experiences. We keep abreast of learning trends but realize that refreshing basic learning principles can help ground a project, whether a slick CBT or a simple ILT, and ensure that its learning objectives are met.