5 Pitfalls to Avoid Before Switching to Blended Learning

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.

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Outdated Training – from Problem to Asset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We get calls every week from customers looking for help with their outdated training.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 Either way, outdated training all too quickly becomes trash—unless you proactively update it to turn it back into treasure.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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5 Stages of Instructional Video Development Process and Case Study

Posted Apr 10, 2018 by Stephen Victor

In this article, we’ll take a look at Obsidian Learning’s process for creating instructional videos as well as a case study that covers this process to move from a concept to a finished, cohesive video.

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Software Tools for Instructional Video Design and Development

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.

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6 Top Tips to Design Effective Instructional Videos

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.

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Transforming Learning: Applications of Instructional Videos

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?

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