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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.

Sep 1 2015

In our first Back to Basics blog “What is Instructional Design?” we talked about the concept and definition of instructional design. This week, we wanted to cover some common terms that you are bound to hear in almost instructional design setting. This list isn’t meant to be all inclusive, but it’s a great starting point to give you the initial vocabulary you need. For the experienced Instructional Designers out there, what terminology did you wish you had known first?

Aug 27 2015

Gamification

Author: Heather Carter
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The term “gamification” seems to be popping up everywhere lately, and for good reason. What is gamification? In a nutshell, it’s incorporating gaming into learning. It could actually be developing an instructional game for a course, but it’s typically used to describe adding game-like ideas and activities, such as leaderboards and badges learners earn after completing activities. Done right, gamification can increase a user’s engagement and participation while influencing their behavior.  The key here is that it has to be done right to get measurable results. Here are few key points to keep in mind when implementing gamification.

Aug 14 2015

The answers to concerns might include training, performance support, or process improvements. But no matter what the answers are, Instructional Design, Learning Strategy, or Communication Design will most likely be at the center of each solution. With our Instructional Designers, Learning Strategists, and others throughout the company, we are developing a brief blog series to tackle the basic instructional design principles the way we see them. So let’s get started…

Aug 12 2015

Obsidian Black Adds New Features

Author: Heather Carter
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We've added some new features to Obsidian Black, and also wanted to share another project created with Obsidian Black titled, "Ergonomics Tips for Computer Users". Here is what's new in Obsidian Black:

Jul 30 2015

For immediate release Latest Rapid Authoring Tool Brings HTML5 Content to All Devices HOUSTON, July 28, 2015—Obsidian Learning announced the beta version of Obsidian Black, a new solution for eLearning designers looking to keep up with the increasing trend towards mobile learning. Planned features include the ability to sync audio and images with text, exchange on-screen comments with team members and reviewers, and export projects for LMS deployment. Although the product is still undergoing improvements, Obsidian encourages any interested...

Jul 6 2015

The first session I attended at ATD ICE after the Opening Session was a panel on the Science of Learning. The panel was facilitated by Justin Brusino (@atdSciLearn, @atdLearnTech) and included Sebastian Bailey @DrSebBailey), Julie Dirksen (@usablelearning), Karl Kapp (@kkapp), Alice Kim (@AliceSNKim), and Art Kohn. First of all, great panel format. Each speaker had a chance to talk about a certain topic and had plenty of time left for Q&A at the end. I don't care...

May 28 2015

Are you going to mLearnCon 2015?

Author: Stephen Victor
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This year's mLearnCon 2015 Mobile Learning Conference and Expo is on June 10-12 in Austin, TX. Obsidian Learning will be there both exhibiting and presenting. Erik Pettine will be manning Booth 319, and Monica Savage will be presenting on “Reshaping your mLearning workflow.”

May 14 2015

Next week, I will be in Orlando for the ATD International Conference and Expo. I am used to attending the learning conferences by now, but this time I am very excited. The main reason is the keynote speakers, in particular Sugata Mitra and Erik Wahl. I am sure Andrea Jung will be good, but I am partial to the other two. Sugata Mitra (@Sugatam) is one of the learning innovators I follow. A strong believer in...

Apr 26 2015

Serendipitous learning

Author: Monica Savage
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I have been fascinated by the concept of serendipitous learning from the moment I first heard it. First of all, I love the word "serendipitous" and its meaning. I am not a very spontaneous person, and I like structure, so the thought of "fortunate happenstance" is beautiful to me. As a scientist, during the research for my chemistry thesis, I valued serendipity and learned to "encourage" it by making myself think of random approaches and applications...

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