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 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 Dec 17, 2018 by Monica Savage
A learning vendor is a critical partner for your business, so choosing the right provider needs smart, focused effort. There are many factors you need to consider when deciding who should you invest in when outsourcing blended learning.
Posted Dec 4, 2018 by Shannon Hart
Effectively evaluating your blended learning program is a crucial part of the learning process. It helps us justify the cost and demonstrate added value while giving us much-needed information to improve for next time. Evaluation is not easy, however. Read on to learn a few tips.
Posted Nov 27, 2018 by Shannon Hart
Writing strong learning objectives is key to the success of your blended learning program. They serve as the basis for evaluating the success of your learning offering. Here is a simple 4-step guide to writing effective objectives to best support your blended learning strategy.
Posted Nov 26, 2018 by Shelly Immel
Are you stuck in the blended learning development or deployment process? You’re not alone. Here are five common “sticky” complaints we hear from customers, along with solutions to get you and your organization moving forward.
Posted Nov 13, 2018 by Shelly Immel
Apply these 8 tips to build blended learning solutions on a budget, starting with smart fundamental decisions at the program level and driving through to clever course development time and budget savers.
Posted Nov 6, 2018 by Monica Savage
In this article, we will address some of the best practices we believe are critical for developing successful blended learning programs.
Posted Nov 1, 2018 by Shannon Hart
Ready to move to blended learning but not sure where to start? Read some suggestions for blended learning activities that are really effective ways to transfer learning.
Posted Oct 29, 2018 by Monica Savage
Blended learning has been the topic of conversation for a while now. Despite the frequency of use, blended learning can still be confusing. Here, we attempt to share some of the lessons we learned when implementing blended learning programs.
Posted Oct 15, 2018 by Shannon Hart
We know that for positive behavior change to take place at work, we need support when it comes to applying the new skills or information at work. So how can blended learning help?
Posted Oct 9, 2018 by Shelly Immel
Boosting ROI requires either lowering costs or improving return. This article covers 4 key blended learning strategies that can do both.
Posted Oct 8, 2018 by Monica Savage
There are thousands of blended learning combinations. Choosing the right one for each application takes design skill and accepting the flexibility of blended learning models.
Posted Oct 4, 2018 by Monica Savage
In this webinar, you will learn how to design learning programs for the “whole learner,” addressing learners’ cognitive, emotional, and social characteristics.
Posted Sep 25, 2018 by Shelly Immel
CLOs and learning directors from all industries have achieved tremendous savings with blended learning. Understand when and how a blended learning approach works best, and you can, too.
Posted Sep 17, 2018 by Monica Savage
Blended learning is becoming ever more firmly entrenched in today's corporate learning landscape. For companies just on the cusp of developing these programs, here are some pitfalls to avoid when moving to a blended learning approach.
Posted Aug 30, 2016 by Shannon Hart
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.
Posted Feb 8, 2016 by Stephen Victor
At Obsidian Learning, we believe learning should be ongoing, occur when needed, and make use of inexpensive technologies. We use a unique, research-based model of distributed learning to develop rich instructional environments that pack a big bang for the buck.