Posted Apr 9, 2018 by Stephen Victor
Choice of instructional video design and development methods should be guided by the needs of the learners as well as the complexity of the content. Here are some great software tools to use during video production.
Posted Apr 6, 2018 by Stephen Victor
What principles should Instructional Designers use to develop effective instructional videos? In this article, we’ll discuss best practices for creating effective videos for training.
Posted Apr 5, 2018 by Stephen Victor
Because videos are easy to create, they are frequently used for instruction, for example as tutorials on YouTube or lectures on Khan Academy. But is video always the right choice for instruction? What does it take to develop effective instructional videos?
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.
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.