What is The Learning IRIS?

Posted Oct 16, 2017 by Monica Savage

The Learning IRIS is a shiny new concept supported by a customizable app. Along with the ever-increasing need for just-in-time learning comes the challenge of providing the appropriate content in the most effective way.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Choosing Fonts

Posted Oct 9, 2017 by Rick Carruth

Not everyone fully grasps the impact of font choices in design, however, and we asked our in-house font guru, Rick Carruth, to provide us with some pointers and some of his own reasoned choices when it comes to font selection.

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Free Download: Café Coffee Template for Storyline 360

Posted Sep 25, 2017 by Steven Westmoreland

In this example, we’ve removed the standard player chrome and implemented our own custom menu, help and close functions. You can accomplish this by adding layers and actions in the slide master – allowing you to create layers that can be toggled for all slides. Download the free template.

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Learning Inspiration with Sgt. Pepper

Posted Aug 10, 2017 by Amanda Costa

In his defense, Gabriel might have heard that from me before. I imagine that just once, he’d like to hear my reaction to something without it being filtered through a learning lens. There was the time I helped him with a public service announcement project at school; I wouldn’t stop babbling about the importance of the “emotional hook”. Then the time he told me about one of his teachers using a trashcan wastepaper basketball game as a form of in-class motivation, and I provided him with a long-winded explanation of the term “gamification” that he probably didn’t need to hear. I’m guessing that when I suggested a visit to the Sgt. Pepper’s Experience exhibit he thought he was safe from my particular brand of proselytization. Not this time, kiddo.

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What is the Cone of Experience?

Posted Jul 19, 2017 by Lubos Janoska

Gather 'round kiddos, Uncle Lubos wants to tell another crazy but true story. This one is about an innocent kid, an abused model—and if you stick around till the end—a wholesome apple.

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Design in Learning: Creating a Grid in Adobe Illustrator for PowerPoint Use

Posted Jun 14, 2017 by Rick Carruth

In terms of visual appeal, there is not much that can be said for overstuffed PowerPoint slides. Harmoniously placed content encourages the eye to flow naturally over the graphic elements, enhancing both interest and retention. In this article, Rick Carruth walks us through a step-by-step method for creating a grid in Adobe Illustrator that can be used in PPT.

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Telling the Story of People Changing Lives: Part 3

Posted Jun 6, 2017 by Amanda Costa

In previous blog posts [Part 1 and Part 2], we’ve given you an inside look at the development process of our Eclip for Social Motion Skills. I am happy to say that the final video is ready for launch (stay tuned!), and we couldn’t be more proud of the result. As this project is a little out of the box for us, in the sense that it is not strictly a learning event, we thought it might be interesting to share some of our takeaways. Lubos, Tim, and Rick put pen to paper (rather, fingers to keyboard), and I have compiled some of their thoughts here. Without further ado…

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What is Infographic?

Posted May 25, 2017 by Rick Carruth

An infographic is a visual representation of information, data, or Knowledge intended to present information quickly and clearly.

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Back to Basics: Instructional Analysis

Posted May 22, 2017 by Stephen Victor

In this post, we will focus on the first stage of ADDIE and describe the methods used by Obsidian Learning for instructional analysis. After a discussion of the activities and outputs of analysis, we'll present an example of a curriculum targeted at two different learner populations.

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What is Microlearning?

Posted May 18, 2017 by Fred Lu

Nowadays, we avoid books with more than 150 pages and tune out presentations after about 18 minutes. And why not? Thanks to professor Google and coach YouTube, virtually anything we could ever want to know is available in seconds with next to no effort. How does it influence instructional design and adult learning…?

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