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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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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E-Learn 2016 Academic Conference

Posted Nov 23, 2016 by Stephen Victor

Last week I attended the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) E-Learn 2016 conference in Washington, D.C. My colleague Shannon Hart and I were there to present our paper on blanded learning (Victor & Hart, 2016), which is based on the white paper Obsidian published earlier this year, with the addition of case study of a solution we developed for one of our clients.

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Obsidian Learning sponsors the St. Louis ATD chapter

Posted Oct 5, 2016 by Stephen Victor

We’ve been proud sponsors of the Houston chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) for several years. And now, as we build our presence in the midwestern U.S., we’re pleased to announce that we are Silver Sponsors of the St. Louis chapter.

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Highlights from the Learning Solutions Conference 2016

Posted Mar 22, 2016 by Monica Savage

I am back home from the Learning Solutions Conference and enjoying the after-conference rush of excitement. It was a great conference, so in a sense this post is the tip of the iceberg in terms of potential returns. Let me start by saying that I feel privileged to have spent three days in the company of so many thought leaders and all-around awesome folks at #LSCon. For me, the experience kicked off the week before, when I downloaded the conference app. I started meeting people right away, and reconnecting with colleagues I have not seen since last year’s DevLearn. I don’t know how many people think of the conference experience starting early, but it really does. Connecting with people, following the articles and blogs, creating your agenda, and setting some of your expectations in advance make for a better overall experience. Here’s an article by @LnDave on the subject.

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Design a Course for the Houston Food Bank

Posted Mar 11, 2016 by Stephen Victor

This year’s ATD Houston 2016 Technology Conference, will be on April 27. It’s always a great conference, but this year it will be extra special. We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be sponsoring a contest to design an eLearning module for the Houston Food Bank.

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Learning Technologies 2016 UK Recap

Posted Feb 23, 2016 by Shannon Hart

I had the pleasure of being in London last week attending the annual Learning and Technologies 2016 conference (http://www.learningtechnologies.co.uk/) there.  Great conference.  Lots of food for thought.  After the conference, I had a day of sightseeing with some colleagues.  We took in the Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture exhibit at the Tate Modern.

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Are You Going to mLearnCon 2015?

Posted May 28, 2015 by Stephen Victor

This year’s mLearnCon 2015 Mobile Learning Conference and Expo is on June 10-12 in Austin, TX. Obsidian Learning will be there both exhibiting and presenting. Erik Pettine will be manning Booth 319, and Monica Savage will be presenting on “Reshaping your mlearning workflow.” Here’s the description of her talk:The use of mobile technologies for learning is on the rise. Learners want just-in-time training and performance support, and they want it on their mobile devices. But the development tools still aren’t delivering a seamless product. Moreover, the design of efficient mLearning is still new for many organizations, and design and development standards vary vastly.

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Best and Brightest

Posted May 21, 2015 by Stephen Victor

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the Best and Brightest of them all?

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ATD International Conference and Expo 2015: Will You Be There?

Posted May 14, 2015 by Monica Savage

Next week, I will be in Orlando for the ATD International Conference and Expo. I am used to attending the learning conferences by now, but this time I am very excited. The main reason is the keynote speakers, in particular Sugata Mitra and Erik Wahl. I am sure Andrea Jung will be good, but I am partial to the other two.

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ATD Houston Chapter Webinar

Posted Feb 23, 2015 by Monica Savage

Come join us for an informative webinar tomorrow at noon. I will be speaking as part of a great panel of learning and development professionals, and we will share our impressions and learnings from the ATD Techknowledge Conference 2015. The panelists are:

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ATDTK 2015 Mobile Learning Session

Posted Feb 19, 2015 by Monica Savage

I love the learning conferences, and ATD TK is one of my favorites. Having the opportunity to speak there about mobile learning was a great experience and we received a lot of good, valuable feedback.

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Executive Insight into the New Blend of Learning

Posted Feb 18, 2015 by Monica Savage

I had an interesting conversation at the ATD TechKnowledge conference last month. I was speaking with a team of CEOs on learning and development issues, and they were sharing what’s important to them in learning and how they choose their learning avenues. Here are some highlights:

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