Outdated Training – from Problem to Asset

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We get calls every week from customers looking for help with their outdated training.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 Either way, outdated training all too quickly becomes trash—unless you proactively update it to turn it back into treasure.

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Copyright and Intellectual Property in Instructional Design

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.

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The Role of Memory in Learning: Encoding

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.

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Learning with Pareto

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.”

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Obsidian Learning’s 20th Anniversary

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.

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From Game of Thrones to Adult Learning

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.

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The Role of Memory 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.

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Seussical Words of Wisdom for 2018

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.

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Who is Obsidian?

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.

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Obsidian Learning Logo Rework: A Golden Opportunity

Posted Nov 6, 2017 by Rick Carruth

The changes are subtle, yet impactful, and the effect of the Golden Ratio is clear to see. Element spacing is purposeful, and the text size in relation to the orb creates a more structurally sound balance, with the added benefit of improved legibility. The curves that make up the orb are more refined, and the orb itself will render better at smaller sizes.

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