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'Konnect' NYC Event Discusses Compliance Training Challenges & Solutions

Kineo, a global leader in learning and technology solutions, hosted a 'Konnect' learning and insights breakfast for over 35 L&D professionals on April 9th in Manhattan to discuss compliance and communication programs.

Compliance training is a challenging area for L&D professionals. It’s notorious for it’s “check the box” style -- a style that employees have learned to dread. …

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Kineo Konnect April 2014 Recap

Springtime in New York City and the weather didn’t disappoint.

Us sun-starved North Americans saw glimpses of that glowing orb through the budding branches, and even some flowers! And so on Wednesday, April 9, over 50 learning and development professionals tore off their winter coats to move out of hibernation and engage in lively discussion at the Scandinavia House in midtown Manhattan.. …

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City & Guilds Acquires Mindset

The City & Guilds Group has announced today that it has acquired Mindset, a digital learning company that provides services to colleges and employers in the UK.

Mindset has developed a leading platform known as Profiler to manage and deliver functional skills. The core capabilities include initial and diagnostic testing and the assessment of maths, English and ICT. This acquisition …

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City & Guilds Kineo Qualifications Support Civil Service Reform

This week City & Guilds Kineo launched 10 new qualifications for the Civil Service.

There are increasingly high expectations being placed on civil servants and public services. We have developed and accredited these 10 new qualifications to support improved operational delivery. Improving Operational Delivery in the Civil Service The Operational Delivery Profession includes …

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Learning Solutions 2014 Recap

The cruel joke this spring has played on us here in New England is that I came home from sunny Orlando warmth to more dreary cold and gloom.

On March 31, the sky actually had the audacity to send sleet down on us. Well, today is April 1st and the sun is finally shining --- hopefully it's no April Fool's joke. It's enough to melt my frozen soul and spend a few moments reflecting on the great …

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City & Guilds Kineo Celebrate Turning 100 With Release of Interactive Adapt Timeline

It seems like yesterday that we first started Kineo.

But it wasn’t. 100 months is a long time in learning and technology, and there’s been plenty of change along the way – including our acquisition by City & Guilds and re-brand as City & Guilds Kineo. After what has been a fantastic year for CG Kineo ( winning the treble being one of the major highlights), we’ve put a timeline …

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Kineo Konnect Event Invites Experts to Discuss Compliance

Kineo, a global leader in learning and technology solutions, will be hosting a 'Konnect' networking and insights event on April 9th in Manhattan to discuss compliance and communication programs.

Compliance training is one of the most critical areas of elearning and also one of the most frustrating. Assembling a professional forum to share challenges, best practices and solutions will …

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Market Update March 2014

It was 100 months ago we published our first market update on the elearning market in November 2005.

We take the opportunity to look back at what has changed - and what hasn’t - since 2005. We look at how companies and markets have changed over the period. So get your scorecards out…. More different than the same? The learning technology landscape has changed dramatically since 2005. …

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100 Months – What Have We Learned? A View From Steve Rayson

100 months in learning technology, and one uber-learning: things change.

Fast... Flash has come and (somewhat) gone. Mobile and multi-device learning was mainly a pipedream, now it’s mainstream. And social learning? There was no Facebook or Twitter when our journey started. And don’t get us started on the LMS – well, actually do… We caught up with the ever rapidly-moving Steve Rayson, …

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2014 Budget Boost For Apprenticeships

Hot on the heels of National Apprenticeship Week during which we saw fantastic support and celebrated some great vocational training initiatives, the government has announced a further boost in its 2014 Budget.

There will be an extra £190 million investment and commitment to apprenticeships. In response to this, Chris Jones, Chief Executive of City & Guilds Group said: "It’s encouraging …

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If Your Learning Is Going Multi-Device, Shouldn’t Your LMS Too?

The need to accommodate more pervasive learning styles has been clear for some time.

Equally, the unrelenting growth of smartphone and tablets has inevitably entered the world of learning. The demand for the delivery of learning on multi-device has grown exponentially, which is where Totara LMS Mobile can help. Due to the speed at which technology has progressed, learners now have high …

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Clive Shepherd Interviews Catherine Jones

Great elearning design doesn’t happen by itself.

It’s a process created by excellent learning designers (and it isn’t easy). Clive Shepherd has been digging deeper in the world of learning design, and discovering how to make engaging learning. As part of his work with e.learning age , Clive has sought to engage with the elearning industry’s most exciting and creative learning designers. …

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Apprenticeships and Professional Qualifications Transformed Through Technology

Employers could save thousands of pounds on their training budgets and deliver a more personalised learning experience, thanks to a new technology-led approach to apprenticeships and professional qualifications from City & Guilds Kineo, the global workplace learning company.

The new Managed Learning Service (MLS) is the first solution of its kind that enables employers to motivate …

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What Microsoft Ending Support For XP Means For Your Learning

Something is happening next month which forces those of us who have been ‘in’ elearning for a while feel a bit less young.

If you’re of a certain age, cast your mind back to late 2001… We’d survived the Millennium Bug and we were getting to a point where nearly all our client work was being delivered by a browser. That browser was Internet Explorer 6 and it came bundled with Windows XP. …

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7 Ways to Improve Your Compliance Culture

Companies spend more than $500 billion dollars a year on advertising and it's probably not for the reason you think.

The common belief is that the goal of advertising is to cause an immediate action-- see an ad for pizza -- go buy a pizza. But in fact, what advertisers know is that it takes repeated exposure to a message for it to have impact. Way back in 1885, Thomas Smith wrote the still …

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City & Guilds Kineo Talk MOOCs and Multi-Device at Learning Insights Live

City & Guilds Kineo, Learning Provider of the Year and treble award winner, and e.learning age recently hosted a free sharing session in London.

The event took place on Wednesday February 26th and showcased client case studies, highlighted the new multi-device (and open source) Adapt framework and gave attendees a chance to ask questions and share their insights. Off the back …

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National Apprenticeship Week 2014

You might be involved directly with apprenticeships in your role or for your organisation, then again you might not.

But if you’re involved in learning and interested in the development of the next generation workforce, then we're pretty sure there will be something of interest happening during National Apprenticeship Week from 3rd – 7th March 2014. The week is run by our friends at the …

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National Apprenticeships Awards 2014

We’re big fans of apprenticeships around here and big fans of awards (did we mention we recently did the treble? ) so the annual National Apprenticeships Awards is an initiative we can really get behind.

And with National Apprenticeship Week just around the corner, now is the perfect time to consider who might be deserving of these awards. They are run by the good folk at the National …

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How Are McDonald's Unlocking Their People's Potential?

At last month’s Learning Technologies event, I took the time to attend one of the conference sessions delivered by Sue Husband, Head of Education at McDonald’s.

As they are a City & Guilds Kineo customer, I had an obvious incentive to listen to Sue discuss learning impact within the business. Even knowing the story closely, I was still impressed with what the McDonald’s team have achieved. …

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Early Results 2014 Compliance Survey

Only 26% of companies think their compliance training and communication programs are above average or better.

Kineo and eLearning Industry.com launched our 2014 Compliance Training & Communication Survey only a few weeks ago, but we're already seeing some interesting trends. While 26% of companies think their training and communication programs are above average, 38% respondents …

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City & Guilds Kineo Joins Open Source LRS Project

City & Guilds Kineo, treble award winners and Learning Provider of the Year, has today joined another vital open source project, Learning Locker.

Learning Locker is an open source Tin Can/xAPI Learning Record Store which will allow deeper learner tracking and enhance the learning industry as a whole. Sven Laux, City & Guilds Kineo's Technical Director has joined the governance board …

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8 Ways to Make Your Learners Fall in Love [SLIDES & RECORDING]

So much eLearning just makes people want to break up with their training departments.

How can you turn that relationship around and get people to fall in love with eLearning? Try one of these eight smooth moves you can use to win their hearts and minds (plus an extra special bonus move to really get that lovin' feeling going strong.) Love is really the answer. If you missed the LIVE 8 …

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10 Ways To Love Your LMS (Or At Least Stop Hating It) [SLIDES]

It happens.

Your relationship with your LMS starts off great, however along the way things don't quite go as planned and you're left feeling unloved (and out of pocket!). Let's bring back some love. So how do you start to re-ignite the love between you and your LMS? We've compiled your most common gripes, and helped to show that there doesn't have to be love lost between you and your …

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