Serendipitous Learning

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.

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xAPI, CMI-5, and Mobile Learning: What Do You Need to Know?

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).

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What’s My Motivation? Building Learner Interest.

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.

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Will Chat Replace Email? Slack Thinks So.

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.

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Making Connections: Trends in Social Learning

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.

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That’s Not My Style: Learning Preferences and Instructional Design

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.

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Informal Learning in the Workplace

Posted Feb 26, 2015 by Stephen Victor

How can you make learning continue to be effective after the learner closes the browser window or leaves the classroom? Here are a few ideas for encouraging informal learning in the workplace.

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ATD Houston Chapter Webinar

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:

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Adult Learning Theory and Training Design

Posted Feb 20, 2015 by Stephen Victor

As designers of learning for corporate environments, we often use the phrase “adult learning theory” to describe the principles that underlie our work. What do we mean by that?

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ATDTK 2015 Mobile Learning Session

Posted Feb 19, 2015 by Monica Savage

I love the learning conferences, and ATD TK is one of my favorites. Having the opportunity to speak there about mobile learning was a great experience and we received a lot of good, valuable feedback.

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