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Shelly Immel
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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.
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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  
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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Got back last week from a lovely trip to the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. Wildlife came right up to (but thankfully not onto) our balcony at Lagarta Lodge, which borders a biological reserve. 153 (or 135?) steps down from our hilltop, and you arrive at the river's edge. My husband and I kayaked one of the rivers, played in the ocean, and saw lots of cool creatures, most of which we didn't get pictures of. Too busy looking to use the camera!
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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.
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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...
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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?
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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 ...
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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!
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* #entrepreneurship  as Co-Creation*

Awards are wonderful external recognition, and I am soaking this one up. (That's me in the brown sweater in this picture.) But as an entrepreneur, it is a daily honor to me that our employees have taken my vision of The Place I Want to Work and made it reality. As an owner, I hold the space for this kind of culture. I support it in tangible ways in terms of policies, hiring, how we spend money on people and work environment, and what behavior we officially recognize as outstanding. All of that matters. 

But is the staff who embody, adapt and apply the culture, who manifest it every day. They put their hearts into our work not just for a paycheck, but because it's rewarding work they're proud to do with people they care about. Their personal investment exponentially multiplies an owner's investment (money, energy, time, attention). It is truly a joint effort. I am grateful for the people who have made this company their work home.

It is amazing to me that our small business (<30 employees) made the NATIONAL list of
#bestandbrightest  companies to work for. There are only 101, after all. I am overwhelmingly proud of and grateful for the people who make +Obsidian Learning what it is.  
 
We're delighted to announce that we've made the national list of the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For! http://buff.ly/1837KZs
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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
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Houston, TX - Llano, TX - Georgetown, TX - Koblenz, Germany - Osnabrueck, Germany - London, England - Aki, Japan
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Entrepreneur. Writer. Sometimes Blogger at The Big Life Project. I write coming-of-age novels about adults with messy lives.
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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
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