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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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:

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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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