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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.

Apr 22 2015

A few members of the Obsidian team went to the ATD Houston Technology Expo recently. It was a great networking experience, and we learned a lot (and had a yummy lunch). Because Obsidian is always exploring the latest learning technologies, particularly mobile technologies, I was especially interested in a presentation on the upcoming CMI-5 spec, which will be the "mobile SCORM." The presentation was given by Art Werkenthin, President of RISC, Inc., and a member of the AICC...

Mar 31 2015

Why do learners choose to learn? What keeps them going in an eLearning course? We all want our courses to be engaging and effective. We want our learners to want to take our courses. In other words, we want them to be motivated to learn. To boost motivation in your learners, John Keller’s (1999a, 1999b, 2008) classic ARCS model of motivation is a great little tool. This model consists of four elements: Attention: getting learners' attention (obviously), but...

Mar 24 2015

In a recent New York Times blog post, Farhad Manjoo writes about a new messaging app that "may finally sink email." The app, called Slack, is intended to facilitate group discussion and collaboration, and it works across a wide range of devices. One particularly intriguing feature of Slack is that most chats are archived and available for searching. This makes Slack a powerful tool for managing knowledge and understanding team dynamics. As Stewart Butterfield, Slack’s co-founder and chief executive, states...

Mar 20 2015

Are you going to Learning Solutions 2015? We'll be there in booth 418. Drop by and say hi. We'd love to meet you! #LSCon

Mar 11 2015

Building on the concept of communities of practice, Etienne Wenger (2009) has proposed a social theory of learning. The focus of this theory is “learning as social participation,” in which learners actively participate in the practices of social communities and construct personal identities in relation to these communities. As instructional designers, we're aware of various theories about how and why people learn. And, of course, we've heard about social learning. As mobile technology advances, learning has moved from...

Mar 5 2015

In a recent blog post published by the New York Times, Anna North noted that the concept of 'learning styles' is still prevalent among educators, even though there is little empirical research to support it. In fact, students preparing to be teachers are often taught about 'learning styles' in their courses.

Mar 3 2015

Multiple choice? True/False? Essay? How do you know if your assessment strategies are actually measuring student learning and performance? Are you really testing against your learning objectives?

Feb 26 2015

When you’re designing learning, don’t overlook the importance of informal learning. This is learning that takes place outside of the classroom or the eLearning activity. It could be knowledge gained from reading, Web searching, or from colleagues and friends. In fact, we typically learn more from informal learning than from formal learning experiences. How can you make learning continue to be effective after the learner closes the browser window or leaves the classroom? Here are a few ideas for encouraging informal learning in the workplace.

Feb 20 2015

As designers of learning for corporate environments, we often use the phrase “adult learning theory” to describe the principles that underlie our work. What do we mean by that? The shorthand answer, of course, is WIIFM (What’s In It For Me?). We want to design training that is directly relevant to our learners, training that they can immediately use back on the job. In this article, we’ll take a look at the assumptions of adult learning theory and explore ways in which to apply it to the design of corporate eLearning.

24 April,2018 The Obsidian Blog | Obsidian Learning