Posted Jul 30, 2018 by Shelly Immel
We get calls every week from customers looking for help with their outdated training. Their employees aren’t learning what they need to, either because the training content isn’t current or because the delivery method no longer fits business needs or employee expectations. Either way, outdated training all too quickly becomes trash—unless you proactively update it to turn it back into treasure.
Posted Jul 17, 2018 by Amanda Costa
You loved that picture of a grumpy cat. But are you allowed to use it? Make sure your company/clients are protected from liability by carefully respecting copyright and intellectual property laws.
Posted May 22, 2018 by Monica Savage
As we discussed in the previous blog article in this series, there are three main steps in the memory process: encoding, storing and retrieving. Here, we will take a closer look at the first step – encoding – and its role in learning.
Posted Apr 24, 2018 by Monica Savage
In 1896, in his first paper, the economist Vilfredo Pareto demonstrated that approximately 80% of the land in Italy was owned by about 20% of the population. Thought many of us might have suspected that life is not “fair”, this idea quantified that principle. Things are not distributed evenly, every employee does not contribute the same amount, and every feature is not equally loved by users. These observations were generalized by Joseph Juran into what we call today the Pareto Principle or the 80:20 rule: “80% of the results originate from 20% of the effort.”
Posted Apr 11, 2018 by Shelly Immel
Design, which I think of as the intentional creation of things to make life better, is a recurring theme in my life. I think about design at all levels, from relationships to revenue streams, from processes to living space to gardens. I had the chance to design on a big scale twenty years ago when I decided to try to create The Place I Want to Work.
Posted Mar 27, 2018 by Tom Stell
We tell stories – that’s what we do. Studies have shown that toddlers understand the demands of storytelling and that 5-year-olds can craft elaborate narratives rife with characters and conflict. Test subjects watching a simple animation of geometric shapes moving on a screen will imbue those shapes with character and motivation. From a campfire in some forest primeval to binging on Netflix we process and understand our world and ourselves through the narratives we tell and consume. All of which are elements that explain how we naturally gravitated toward storytelling as a vital tool in learning.
Posted Mar 26, 2018 by Monica Savage
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.
Posted Feb 13, 2018 by Monica Savage
This year, we will focus on continuing to create value and solve problems, but also on researching and discovering new ways of supporting the “new learner”. We believe that in a world that sometimes seems to change at lightning speed, learning authentically, continuously, and easily is the key to success.
Posted Nov 21, 2017 by Shelly Immel
As Obsidian’s founder and owner, I look with an investor’s eye at the bottom line and I look at who we are and what we do with the hopes, dreams and pride that inspired its creation. We are still becoming, still learning, still adapting—and always will be. But some things are baked in to who we are.
Posted Nov 6, 2017 by Rick Carruth
Recently I’ve found myself furthering my knowledge of the Golden Ratio and its proportions, specifically as regards logo design. This ratio has been used in works as disparate as the Mona Lisa and the Parthenon. 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.