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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Telling the Story of People Changing Lives: Part 2

Posted May 3, 2017 by Amanda Costa

Part 2: Focus on the story!

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Telling the Story of People Changing Lives: Part 1

Posted Apr 21, 2017 by Amanda Costa

Continuing Obsidian Learning’s tradition of putting our skills to work for non-profit organizations, a team of Obsidian employees has recently been collaborating on a communications project for Social Motion Skills, a Houston-based organization that helps craft solutions for families dealing with autism, ADHD, and other similar social challenges.

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Transforming Learning: Using Video for Cognitive, Emotional and Social Engagement

Posted Mar 14, 2017 by Stephen Victor

Is video always the right choice for instruction? What principles should instructional designers use to develop effective instructional videos? In our latest white paper, we discuss best practices for creating videos for training, including cognitive theories of learning, guidelines for design and development of instructional videos, and examples/case studies of videos developed by Obsidian Learning.

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What is Adaptive Learning?

Posted Mar 3, 2017 by Monica Savage

As with many trending concepts, “adaptive learning” is a term that means different things to different people. Let’s have a look at some of those different meanings, and get a handle on its implications, when properly applied, in the learning industry.

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Instructional Design Resource: ADDIE Infographic

Posted Feb 21, 2017 by Fred Lu

Obsidian has been in the learning industry for quite some time. We feel lucky to have assembled a team of talented, creative, experienced professionals whose common aim is to create superior and effective learning experiences. We keep abreast of learning trends but realize that refreshing basic learning principles can help ground a project, whether a slick CBT or a simple ILT, and ensure that its learning objectives are met.

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