The Science of Learning: Thoughts From The Experts

Posted Jun 6, 2015 by Monica Savage

The first session I attended at ATD ICE after the Opening Session was a panel on the Science of Learning. The panel was facilitated by Justin Brusino (@atdSciLearn, @atdLearnTech) and included Sebastian Bailey @DrSebBailey), Julie Dirksen (@usablelearning), Karl Kapp (@kkapp), Alice Kim (@AliceSNKim), and Art Kohn.

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Are You Going to mLearnCon 2015?

Posted May 28, 2015 by Stephen Victor

This year’s mLearnCon 2015 Mobile Learning Conference and Expo is on June 10-12 in Austin, TX. Obsidian Learning will be there both exhibiting and presenting. Erik Pettine will be manning Booth 319, and Monica Savage will be presenting on “Reshaping your mlearning workflow.” Here’s the description of her talk:The use of mobile technologies for learning is on the rise. Learners want just-in-time training and performance support, and they want it on their mobile devices. But the development tools still aren’t delivering a seamless product. Moreover, the design of efficient mLearning is still new for many organizations, and design and development standards vary vastly.

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Best and Brightest

Posted May 21, 2015 by Stephen Victor

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the Best and Brightest of them all?

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ATD International Conference and Expo 2015: Will You Be There?

Posted May 14, 2015 by Monica Savage

Next week, I will be in Orlando for the ATD International Conference and Expo. I am used to attending the learning conferences by now, but this time I am very excited. The main reason is the keynote speakers, in particular Sugata Mitra and Erik Wahl. I am sure Andrea Jung will be good, but I am partial to the other two.

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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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