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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.

Oct 21 2015

When analyzing your audience and determining learning goals, don’t forget about your delivery strategy. How you are going to deliver the course? Do students need to be face-to-face with the instructors? Will learners have access to computers? What resources already exist? What cost considerations are there? Here is a breakdown of the three most frequent approaches we use:

Jan 29 2016

It Needs To Be Bigger!

Author: Tim Spencer
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It's not a problem with design, it’s a problem with a clear message. One of the main goals of good graphic design in marketing is to convey information in a clear and easily digestible fashion. It is understandable to have a lot of information to get across to potential clients. However, a clear understanding of the sequence in which this information is delivered is critical. We call this establishing hierarchy.

Feb 23 2016

I had the pleasure of being in London last week attending the annual Learning and Technologies 2016 conference there.  Great conference.  Lots of food for thought.  After the conference, I had a day of sightseeing with some colleagues.  We took in the Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture exhibit at the Tate Modern.

Mar 17 2016

Do you like music? Have you ever been listening to a favorite piece or song, only to have your good vibes interrupted by a discordant note? Or even worse, a remix? The flow is brutally interrupted. If I’m listening to the radio when something like that happens, I change the station.

Mar 9 2016

Guest contributor, Christopher Pappas, shares; From increasing knowledge retention to filling performance gaps in a fraction of the time, microlearning offers a variety of different benefits. In this article, I’ll share 7 tips that can help you take advantage of microlearning in your online training program.

Apr 25 2016

April 2016 #Obsidianchat Summary

Author: Heather Carter
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April’s Obsidian Chat topic was xAPI. We had xAPI expert Art Werkenthin from RISC, Inc., join us to share his knowledge and insight on the topic. Art is a member of the ADL CMI-5 committee, and is an expert on both xAPI and CMI-5. This has been, by far, my favorite Obsidian chat. xAPI is murky for a lot of folks, and the responses shared were extremely helpful in learning more about the topic.

Jun 3 2016

May 2016 #Obsidianchat Summary

Author: Heather Carter
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May’s Obsidian Chat topic was mobile learning. We had mLearning expert Chad Udell from Float join us to share his knowledge and insight on the topic. Chad is well known throughout the eLearning and mobile learning communities as a leading expert. Who better to join in than an expert, right?

Jul 12 2016

As many of our past blog posts demonstrate, talent and creativity are a big part of what happens at Obsidian, but as much as we are passionate about applying both to create effective learning experiences, we also understand that there must be a business case for choosing a learning company. With close to two decades' experience in the learning industry, we have learned a thing or two about the critical factors that any business or learning decision maker should consider when evaluating existing learning vendor or selecting a new learning company.

Aug 3 2016

Who Really Benefits from Volunteerism?

Author: JoAnna Nicolaou
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A recent post on LinkedIn by Anne Taylor, Vice Chairman and Managing Partner at Deloitte, in which she reflected on her participation in Deloitte’s 17th annual Impact Day and corporate volunteerism in general, struck me as a potent reminder of the numerous benefits that community service offers to all involved. "Business as usual" marks a win-win relationship for the company and the client; with the addition of a community service component, company employees and charitable organizations are implicated in the winnings as well.

Aug 30 2016

We were approached by a global Fortune 500 construction company seeking to revamp some key leadership training. The audience of senior project managers is accountable for the success of very large-scale construction efforts. Time spent away from their projects is at a premium, and as a result many site managers have received little formal training. The existing curriculum consisted of a two-week long instructor-led course during which a rotating slate of guest speakers gave PowerPoint-based lectures.

Jan 16 2017

Happy New Year! It was a busy, productive 2016 at Obsidian Learning, and before we dive into new learning adventures in 2017, I’m taking stock of what I learned in 2016, who I learned it from, and how I hope to apply it in my work over the coming year. The learning personalities listed below have blogged, presented, and/or written about things that I have personally found useful, thought-provoking, and that I hope to be more conscious of when designing learning in 2017.

Jan 23 2017

Did you know that a lot of people hate PowerPoint? I didn’t realize how many until Penn Jillette made an offhand remark during the Q&A session that followed his hugely entertaining talk on "The Magic of Storytelling and Learning" at DevLearn 2016. David Kelly asked Jillette what he thought about PowerPoint…and Jillette responded that "PPT is destroying our culture." Like many in the crowd, my immediate, visceral response was to clap and holler….but then I started to think about it a bit more.

Jan 25 2017

If I had to narrow down 2016 to one lesson learned, I think it would have to be the importance of failure in learning. Failure seemed to be an overarching theme, and in the best possible way. This is why...

Feb 1 2017

In the first week of 2017, we officially unveiled a complete redesign of our website. The process was very much a team effort, with input from just about everyone in the company. The heavy lifting, though, was done by three members of our design/programming team: Rick Carruth, Joe Payton, and Tim Spencer.

Feb 21 2017

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.

Mar 3 2017

What is: Adaptive Learning?

Author: Monica Savage
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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.

May 3 2017

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.

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.

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.

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...

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