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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Distributed Learning: A Flexible Learning Model for a Global Economy

Posted Feb 8, 2016 by Stephen Victor

At Obsidian Learning, we believe learning should be ongoing, occur when needed, and make use of inexpensive technologies. We use a unique, research-based model of distributed learning to develop rich instructional environments that pack a big bang for the buck.

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It Needs To Be Bigger!

Posted Jan 29, 2016 by Timothy Spencer

One of the main goals of good graphic design in marketing is to convey information in a clear and easily digestible fashion. It is understandable to have a lot of information to get across to potential clients. However, a clear understanding of the sequence in which this information is delivered is critical.

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Oil & Gas Downsizing: Training on a Budget

Posted Dec 2, 2015 by Stephen Victor

If you work in oil and gas, you've probably seen the effects of low oil prices in your own workplace. Companies are shutting down operations, restructuring, and downsizing. When resources are cut, you need to identify your A-Team, and they need to be on top of their game.

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Tips for Measuring Course Effectiveness and ROI

Posted Oct 30, 2015 by Stephen Victor

How do you know if a course is working? Are your learners actually learning what they need to learn? To answer these questions, we’ll look at several ways you can measure the quality and effectiveness of the learning activities you develop.

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Back to Basics: Different Types of Learning Delivery

Posted Oct 21, 2015 by Heather Carter

When analyzing your audience and determining learning goals, don’t forget about your delivery strategy. How you are going to deliver the course? Do students need to be face-to-face with the instructors? Will learners have access to computers? What resources already exist? What cost considerations are there? Here’s a breakdown of the three most frequent approaches we use:

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Back to Basics: What is ADDIE?

Posted Sep 14, 2015 by Heather Carter

We’ve covered some of the basic concepts in Instructional Design and Terminology in our previous Back To Basics segments. This week we wanted to discuss one of the most common instructional design models, ADDIE.

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Back to Basics: Instructional Design Terminology

Posted Sep 1, 2015 by Heather Carter

This week, we wanted to cover some common terms that you are bound to hear in almost instructional design setting. This list isn’t meant to be all inclusive, but it’s a great starting point to give you the initial vocabulary you need.

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Gamification

Posted Aug 27, 2015 by Heather Carter

The term “gamification” seems to be popping up everywhere lately, and for good reason. What is gamification? In a nutshell, it’s incorporating gaming into learning. It could actually be developing an instructional game for a course, but it’s typically used to describe adding game-like ideas and activities, such as leaderboards and badges learners earn after completing activities.

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Back to Basics: What is Instructional Design

Posted Aug 14, 2015 by Heather Carter

With our Instructional Designers, Learning Strategists, and others throughout the company, we are developing a brief blog series to tackle the basic instructional design principles the way we see them.

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