Posted Mar 17, 2021 by Amanda Costa
Your employees might not have the time or specialized skills to convert an existing inperson onboarding program to a virtual one, or to create such a program from scratch. Partnering with a talented vendor might be your best bet for designing a customized program that reflects the culture and values of your organization.
Posted Mar 10, 2021 by Shelly Immel
New managers and supervisors have more than ever to learn if they are stepping up to manage a virtual team. Great upboarding can have a tremendous impact on their success, and on the productivity and satisfaction of the virtual teams they lead.
Posted Mar 3, 2021 by Amanda Costa
Though times are uncertain, it seems likely that organizations will be seeking to rehire former employees as the economic climate stabilizes. Reboarding—bringing former employees back up to speed—is different from onboarding and should be designed as such.
Posted Feb 24, 2021 by Monica Savage
Social learning is key to the integration of new employees. Focusing on social learning elements during a remote onboarding process will ensure that new hires more quickly transform into fully functional employees.
Posted Feb 17, 2021 by Lubos Janoska
Virtual onboarding of new talent in your organization should achieve all the objectives of classic in-person onboarding. However, purely remote, digital, or fully virtual onboarding does add an interesting layer of complexity.
Posted Feb 10, 2021 by Shannon Hart
What do you need to consider when onboarding remote employees? Read on to learn about 6 blended learning strategies that will support your exceptional onboarding program.
Posted Feb 3, 2021 by Lubos Janoska
Blended learning is a highly effective instructional strategy. In the past, virtual learning assets (microlearning, video, etc.) were embedded as one aspect of a broader blended learning program. As we look forward, such assets will be the essential pillars of blended virtual onboarding. How will your in-house and remote workers benefit from this shift?
Posted Jan 27, 2021 by Shannon Hart
Virtual onboarding, though not without challenges, provides many exciting opportunities that benefit your learners as well as your organization.
Posted Oct 7, 2020 by Lubos Janoska
Through the prism of the 10 Principles of Customer Strategy, this article examines the question of how to train remote employees in a virtual learning environment.
Posted Sep 25, 2020 by Shannon Hart
Virtual learning is an essential component in the learning and development toolkit, and it is widely used for training and educational purposes. It is not, however, always high quality or effective. Here are some design tips from the instructional and visual perspectives to give your virtual learning a real boost.
Posted Sep 15, 2020 by Amanda Costa
Is your organization prepared to make the leap to virtual training? This article highlights the warning signs that can indicate your virtual training is headed for less than successful outcomes. Know what to look for so you can get your virtual learning back on track!
Posted Sep 2, 2020 by Lubos Janoska
Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person community building has hit a roadblock, and the future appears to be leading in the direction of increased virtual interaction. In this article, we’ll look at the process of creating a virtual learning community at your organization.
Posted Aug 27, 2020 by Amanda Costa
Functional performance support, focused learning, effective means of training delivery, and organizational support are key to ensuring employee engagement. How can organizations support these learning needs in remote working environments?
Posted Aug 21, 2020 by Shannon Hart
Virtual learning includes any form of learning that occurs with the assistance of computer technology. Although in this context we often think of virtual classrooms with a live instructor teaching somewhere at a distance, virtual learning is much more than that. It is synonymous with eLearning.
Posted Jun 29, 2020 by Shelly Immel
Training and communication form the bridge between a company’s safety plan and its execution. That bridge can make the difference between effective behavior change and a nice idea that doesn’t go anywhere, or worse, is implemented badly and results in injury and increased liability.
Posted Jun 23, 2020 by Monica Savage
The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us many things but has also introduced a lot of uncertainty to our work environments. It is clear that we need to make changes to our policies and processes, and ultimately shift our behavior.
Posted Jun 9, 2020 by Shannon Hart
As businesses navigate the uncertainty of re-opening during a global pandemic, effective communication and training around key infection prevention measures are crucial. Preview some examples of impactful deliverables and learn about things to consider when teaching your employees some important new ways of working.
Posted Jun 4, 2020 by Amanda Costa
Faced with the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, many organizations are having to pivot quickly to educate their employees in many previously unaddressed domains. The need for enhanced communication and education is heightened, as is the need for speed. As a learning and development organization, Obsidian Learning is uniquely positioned to help businesses quickly transform their messaging and learning assets into high-impact deliverables.
Posted Jun 3, 2020 by Lubos Janoska
The responsibility to keep people safe while reopening all or part of a business location can feel daunting in these pandemic times. There’s so much to think about, layered with the financial pressure to make every dollar count.
Posted Apr 8, 2020 by Monica Savage
In this time of global crisis, communication is more important than ever. Crisis communication should be part of all emergency preparedness and business continuity plans. Here, we are sharing a few tips your organization can use.
Posted Mar 31, 2020 by Amanda Costa
Return on investment, applied to learning, can be a tricky concept. Theoretically, we know how to do it, but all too often, we just…don’t. Which is really too bad, because how can you know if the learning deliverables you’re creating are effective, if there’s no system in place for measurement?
Posted Mar 26, 2020 by Adam Lowry
As part of our series of blogs on working from home, Obsidian Learning employees are sharing their personal experiences to provide insight on the challenges they are facing and how they are addressing them. Program Manager Adam Lowry, father to two small children, gives us a window into how he and his wife are managing to balance family and work commitments.
Posted Mar 25, 2020 by Amanda Costa
In an effort to comply with CDC and WHO recommendations regarding social distancing and, more recently, local authorities’ stay at home orders, all Obsidian Learning employees are currently working from home, and we thought it might be useful to share our experience in this domain with those of you facing this as a new reality.
Posted Mar 24, 2020 by Monica Savage
Video-based learning is a powerful learning tool. The medium is endowed with unique features that make it an effective learning method, able to enhance traditional instructor-led learning approaches and change the way we learn and the way we teach.
Posted Mar 17, 2020 by Tom Stell
In Steven Presfield’s classic on writing Do the Work he recommends you put a post-it note on your computer that reads “What’s the theme?”. As we look to create compelling training videos, what would you put on your trusty laptop to keep you on track and heading for success?
Posted Mar 15, 2020 by Monica Savage
More than 150 K-12 schools in the Houston Metro area are shuttered because of worries about spreading the coronavirus, affecting at least a million students, most of whom will be asked to shift to online learning.
Posted Mar 14, 2020 by Shannon Hart
Whether you are an educator in a school, an office worker, or a keynote speaker at next month’s conference, you are likely currently feeling the pressure of shifting to working remotely. How will you have the same impact teaching/learning/working from a distance?
Posted Mar 10, 2020 by Timothy Spencer
When creating corporate training videos, sparking real interest instead of the usual jaw-breaking yawns is a challenge. In this chapter we’re going to provide you with some general tips for drawing your learners in and getting them not only to pay attention to your corporate training videos…but to want to pay attention.
Posted Mar 3, 2020 by Timothy Spencer
Video can be an extremely efficient and impactful tool to convey important messages and learn new skills. Not all videos are created equally, however. If you’re looking for videos that engage employees both emotionally and socially, you need to put in place the right strategies to provoke the specific reaction, behavior change, or skill acquisition/enhancement.
Posted Feb 25, 2020 by Lubos Janoska
At Obsidian Learning we’ve created hundreds of animations, instructional videos, infomercials, explainer videos, and eClips. Based on our experience, here are four specific examples of applications of corporate training videos that led to workforce transformation.
Posted Feb 18, 2020 by Shannon Hart
Video-based learning is an important tool in the learning arsenal. Whether as part of an instructor-led offering, embedded in an online course, or as a stand-alone learning asset, videos can be leveraged in many ways and with great impact.
Posted Feb 13, 2020 by Shelly Immel
Outside the firewall, the future of video-based learning is already here. How will the future arrive in your company? Here’s what you need to know to chart a successful path forward with video-based learning.
Posted Dec 31, 2019 by Shelly Immel
When trying to determine what’s most important and where to start, you might look first at your microlearning platform. These four secrets can shed light on your best path forward.
Posted Dec 24, 2019 by Monica Savage
Using KPIs to measure the success of learning programs means continually evaluating job goals, employee performance, and the organization overall.
Posted Dec 17, 2019 by Amanda Costa
In lean times, corporate training is often the first area where budgets are trimmed. Organizations cut down on travel, lodging, and per diem costs, and often put the brakes on developing new training.
Posted Dec 10, 2019 by Shannon Hart
Social learning is powerful. We learn by watching others. Short learning videos, known as microlearning videos, can be a great addition to your blended learning solutions, especially when they have social learning elements.
Posted Dec 3, 2019 by Shannon Hart
We intentionally address social needs in the hopes of fostering employee loyalty, increasing productivity, reducing turnover, and even increasing innovation.
Posted Nov 19, 2019 by Lubos Janoska
At Obsidian Learning, we completely reject this model. The learning experiences we strive to create for our clients include couple of simple, non-negotiable criteria.
Posted Nov 11, 2019 by Lubos Janoska
Though most contemporary microlearnings are in digital form, there is more than enough evidence from our experience that microlearnings come in all different shapes and small sizes.
Posted May 27, 2019 by Shannon Hart
You are considering outsourcing some of your eLearning development. Since the success of your project largely depends on the relationship you build with your vendor, it’s helpful to meet with several vendors up front to make the best choice. Here are 10 questions you can use to guide your vendor interviews.
9 Tips to Measure the Effectiveness of Your Custom eLearning Content – Enhancing Corporate Training Success
Posted May 23, 2019 by Shannon Hart
Measuring the effectiveness of custom eLearning content is an ongoing challenge for organizations. Taking the time to truly assess the impact of a learning offering can seem redundant – we’ve already invested so much time in design and development! – but given the cost of custom eLearning and the beneficial data that can be gained, it is a worthwhile process. A continuous improvement loop should be built in to the process from the beginning, as both learners and your company’s bottom line will benefit.
Posted May 20, 2019 by Monica Savage
In this day in age, corporations face new and increasing challenges. From fierce competition in the global market and decreasing corporate resources, to continuous changes in technology, and difficulties in retention of skilled people, these challenges can be overwhelming. Instead of cutting the training expenses, the corporations are moving towards viewing training as an investment. Hence, improving the corporate training ROI is critical.
Posted May 15, 2019 by Shannon Hart
Establishing concrete learning objectives for your custom eLearning content is a crucial element of the program’s success. Assuming that your organization has established a learning need of some kind, the trick is then to establish measurable learning objectives specific to the desired outcome of the learning event. Here, we provide four tips to help you formulate solid learning objectives that will support your custom eLearning program.
Posted May 9, 2019 by Lubos Janoska
In all seriousness, any conscientious designer who creates training or learning assets designed to influence human behavior or elicit change perpetually seeks the ways and means to make the content more compelling and more engaging.
Posted Jan 22, 2019 by Shelly Immel
Off-the-shelf courses are a common answer to basic training needs, but they have limits. Here are 5 ways to extend the usefulness of off-the-shelf courses and transcend their limitations by adapting them into custom eLearning solutions.
Posted Jan 9, 2019 by Shannon Hart
How can you take the best advantage of custom eLearning to improve employee knowledge retention? Let's explore some features that well-designed custom eLearning can provide.
Posted Jan 3, 2019 by Monica Savage
Thinking of making the leap to custom eLearning? Here's why it benefits you, your company, and your bottom line.
Posted Dec 27, 2018 by Shannon Hart
In this post we’ll let you in on what we’ve discovered to be some best practices in navigating your way through custom eLearning content development.
Posted Dec 18, 2018 by Lubos Janoska
If you want your employees to achieve specific behavioral change or transfer knowledge unique to your organization, you need a solution which will take time to design and develop. If your learning need doesn’t have any specific organizational implications, off-the-shelf might be a good choice.