Posted Apr 26, 2015 by Monica Savage
I have been fascinated by the concept of serendipitous learning from the moment I first heard it. First of all, I love the word “serendipitous” and its meaning. I am not a very spontaneous person, and I like structure, so the thought of “fortunate happenstance” is beautiful to me.
Posted Apr 22, 2015 by Stephen Victor
A few members of the Obsidian team went to the ATD Houston Technology Expo recently. It was a great networking experience, and we learned a lot (and had a yummy lunch).
Posted Mar 31, 2015 by Stephen Victor
Why do learners choose to learn? What keeps them going in an eLearning course? We all want our courses to be engaging and effective. We want our learners to want to take our courses. In other words, we want them to be motivated to learn.
Posted Mar 24, 2015 by Stephen Victor
In a recent New York Times blog post, Farhad Manjoo writes about a new messaging app that “may finally sink email.” The app, called Slack, is intended to facilitate group discussion and collaboration, and it works across a wide range of devices.
Posted Mar 11, 2015 by Stephen Victor
Building on the concept of communities of practice, Etienne Wenger (2009) has proposed a social theory of learning. The focus of this theory is “learning as social participation,” in which learners actively participate in the practices of social communities and construct personal identities in relation to these communities.
Posted Mar 5, 2015 by Stephen Victor
In a recent blog post published by the New York Times, Anna North noted that the concept of "learning styles" is still prevalent among educators, even though there is little empirical research to support it. In fact, students preparing to be teachers are often taught about "learning styles" in their courses.
Posted Feb 23, 2015 by Monica Savage
Come join us for an informative webinar tomorrow at noon. I will be speaking as part of a great panel of learning and development professionals, and we will share our impressions and learnings from the ATD Techknowledge Conference 2015. The panelists are: