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 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 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 Jun 25, 2019 by Timothy Spencer
It’s time to build a web tool for your online training. Before you get started, here are 8 tips to maximize the effectiveness of your design and to help steer you away from some of the less obvious pitfalls when working in a world full of myriad devices.
Posted Jun 20, 2019 by Shelly Immel
Mobile learning can be quick to produce, or it can be a time suck to create, deploy, and support. Here are five tips to put you on the path to mastering the art of learning on the go.
Posted Jun 18, 2019 by Shannon Hart
Perhaps your organization is using mobile learning as part of your learning strategy. Mobile learning is well-suited for micro content – that content intended to be consumed in short, concise nuggets of information. Read on to learn about 5 great applications for micro content in your mobile learning strategy.
Posted Jun 13, 2019 by Amanda Costa
Mobile learning is high on the list of latest and greatest strategies that learning developers are including in their blended learning mix. The focus up to now has been on ease of access (everyone has a phone!), just in time learning, and reinforcement of previous training.
Posted Jun 4, 2019 by Monica Savage
Clearly, mobile technology is making a significant impact in our world. Does this automatically translate into employees being ready to learn on their phones? Not really. Before making that leap there are some things you need to find out.
Posted May 29, 2019 by Shelly Immel
Broadly defined, mobile learning can happen anywhere, anytime, on any mobile device. To deploy mobile learning successfully, you’ll need to make that broad definition very specific to your organization and users. Here are seven essentials to create a successful mobile learning strategy.