Profile

Cover photo
Shelly Immel
Works at Obsidian
Attended Southwestern University
Lived in Houston, TX
5,048 followers|83,597 views
AboutPostsPhotosVideos

Stream

Shelly Immel

Shared publicly  - 
 
Gamification in learning--what the fuss is about.
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...
1
1
Carl Rauscher's profile photo
Add a comment...

Shelly Immel

Shared publicly  - 
 
We've been moving more and more into the mobile learning space. At mLearnCon, +Monica Savage will share what we've learned, including comparing authoring tools for training delivery on mobile devices. It will be juicy! 

A bunch of Obsidianites are going. We hope to see you there!
#mlearncon   #mobilelearning  
This year's mLearnCon 2015 Mobile Learning Conference and Expo is on June 10-12 in Austin. Obsidian Learning will be there both exhibiting and presenting.
1
Add a comment...

Shelly Immel

Shared publicly  - 
 
The ATD International conference has some great speakers lined up next week! We connect with such interesting people at conferences. It's good to get away from the office, hear other people's thoughts, challenges and solutions, and tell them about ours. +Obsidian Learning will be at ATD ICE this year. Any other learning professionals going from my circles? #ATDICE  
1
Add a comment...

Shelly Immel

Shared publicly  - 
 
The next standard for online learning is coming out this year. This post covers some good basics. I am very excited about the functionality it will enable, especially for multi-sourced content and mobile learning.
 
xAPI, CMI-5, and mobile learning: What do you need to know? http://buff.ly/1EsinVm
Obsidian is always exploring the latest learning technologies, particularly mobile technologies like xAPI. This article summarizes the upcoming CMI-5 spec.
View original post
1
Add a comment...

Shelly Immel

Shared publicly  - 
 
For all you instructional designers and e-learning developers out there. You are our people!
This article looks at things to avoid when your goal is to develop an effective elearning course.
1
Add a comment...

Shelly Immel

Shared publicly  - 
 
The sky was gorgeous--obviously. But what I really enjoyed was trying to capture the reflections in the wet sand and how they added another dimension to the sky's beauty. From subtle to jaw dropping, it was an inspiring stroll on the beach that evening.
3
Steven Self's profile photoShelly Immel's profile photo
2 comments
 
We did! Iguanas, monkeys, sea turtles laying eggs, too many colorful birds to count, butterflies, and, well, a zillion bugs intent on biting me and ignoring Tom. Not to mention playing in the ocean and hiking in the jungle. What's not to love!
Add a comment...
Have her in circles
5,048 people
don phuong's profile photo
Jean Abraham's profile photo
Vivek Aanand Ganesan's profile photo
Jolene Stone's profile photo
MK Design House's profile photo
Wayne McDonald's profile photo
B Ung's profile photo
Scott Spiridigliozzi's profile photo
Ken James Howe's profile photo

Shelly Immel

Shared publicly  - 
 
You can try it for free for a limited time. Feedback has been great so far!
1
Add a comment...

Shelly Immel

Shared publicly  - 
 
I am so proud of our people, who make +Obsidian Learning a great place to work, top to bottom, bottom to top, with gooey goodness squeezing out the sides! It's an honor to receive this recognition for the third year in a row as one of the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in Houston!
We're honored to be included in the 2015 list of Houston's Best and Brightest Companies to Work For.
1
Add a comment...

Shelly Immel

Shared publicly  - 
 
For Writers pursuing Independent Publishing:
Holy. Cow. Thank you, +Gabriela Pereira, for sharing this expose on Author Solutions and the many, many names they go by to get authors to pay a LOT of money for services that they apparently often do not deliver. Class action lawsuit, indeed.
Author Solutions has forged partnerships with a long list of famous names in publishing – from Simon & Schuster and Hay House to Barnes & Noble and Reader’s Digest. Recent disclosures in va...
1
Add a comment...

Shelly Immel

Shared publicly  - 
 
How do you communicate in the workplace? What is lost, what is saved, and at what cost to efficiency, effectiveness, longevity and privacy?
Over at the New York Times, Farhad Manjoo writes about a new messaging app that "may finally sink email." How about using it for social learning?
1
Add a comment...

Shelly Immel

Shared publicly  - 
 
Attention, WRITERS! 
Have you seen Hugh Howey's recent reports on AuthorEarnings? He's analyzed a large sample of current, public book sales data. There's good info on sales and writer earnings depending on how you publish (indie, trad, etc.).  The great thing is that this analysis is done on the largest, most representative data set I've seen so far. I love me some good data.
Link for GENRE FICTION only (>2/3 of all sales): 
http://authorearnings.com/the-report/?utm_content=buffer34b2f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer
Link for data including LITERARY FICTION and NON-FICTION:
http://authorearnings.com/reports/the-50k-report/
Published: 2/12/2014. Written by: Hugh Howey. It's no great secret that the world of publishing is changing. What is a secret is how much. Is it changing a lot? Has most of the change already happened? What does the future look like? The problem with these questions is that we don't have the ...
3
Shelly Immel's profile photo
 
Will do.
Add a comment...

Shelly Immel

Shared publicly  - 
 
Canopy tour, aka ziplining--fun for speed junkies and tree huggers alike! In the middle of our 10 "wheeeeeeeeeee"s, we took a snack break on a platform 50 feet up in the trees, complete with ocean view. A spiny-tailed black iguana (Mr. Stripy) came to snag his share of pineapple. Super fun mini-adventure!
3
Add a comment...
People
Have her in circles
5,048 people
don phuong's profile photo
Jean Abraham's profile photo
Vivek Aanand Ganesan's profile photo
Jolene Stone's profile photo
MK Design House's profile photo
Wayne McDonald's profile photo
B Ung's profile photo
Scott Spiridigliozzi's profile photo
Ken James Howe's profile photo
Work
Occupation
Fiction writer. Owner/CFO of Obsidian, a learning consulting/development company (www.ObsidianLearning.com).
Employment
  • Obsidian
    Owner, CFO, 1998 - present
  • Writer
    present
  • Obsidian Art Space
    Board Member, 2011 - present
  • The Big Life Project
    Contributor / Owner, 2011 - 2013
  • DACG
    Operations Manager, 1991 - 1996
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Previously
Houston, TX - Llano, TX - Georgetown, TX - Koblenz, Germany - Osnabrueck, Germany - London, England - Aki, Japan
Story
Tagline
Entrepreneur. Writer. Sometimes Blogger at The Big Life Project. I write coming-of-age novels about adults with messy lives.
Introduction

What I Love / What I Do

I write novels with messy, imperfect characters who still manage to grow and love and live big.

I am fascinated with the same thing in real life: people telling stories about how they make choices and live their lives to the fullest...especially after setbacks and losses. Regrowing my life during / after chronic illness was my inspiration to blog on TheBigLifeProject.com, part of my effort to fulfill the tagline's promise: *Grow Your Heart. Live Big.*

I work part-time at Obsidian (ObsidianLearning.com), a learning consulting / development company I founded 16 years ago to be "The Place I Want to Work." I am proud of the cutting edge work we do in learning, and of the employees and culture that keep us both sharply competitive and fully, compassionately human.

Before settling in Houston, I grew up in an artistic family on a cattle-ranch in the Texas Hill Country, then hopped back and forth as a student between Georgetown (Texas), Germany, England and Japan. I still love to travel, though my destinations now involve nature and loved ones rather than big cities.

Education
  • Southwestern University
    Sociology, German, 1987 - 1990
Basic Information
Gender
Female