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5 Things CLOs are Thinking About Now

Last week I attended the CLO Exchange in San Diego where senior learning and development, and talent management executives from Starbucks, Estee Lauder, AmEx and other global organizations shared their challenges and plans. The following are five themes that emerged from the discussions.  Real Change Takes Time Turns out all of those stand-alone, 30-minute eLearning modules don't have …

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Seasons Greetings From City & Guilds Kineo

You know by now that we love to share our thoughts on what’s what, and what’s next in learning and technology. To mark the holiday season, we’ve handpicked rants, raves, shares and insights from 2014 and wrapped them up for you in a oh-so-ho-ho seasonal infographic. Just click the image below to unwrap your present: Don't leave it until the next festive season to …

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Market Update December 2014: Reflections On 2014 From L&D

2014 has certainly been a year of change in L&D. We’ve seen progress in the wider adoption of new learning technologies and multi-device learning, and have also seen the rise and rise of gamification. But what was 2014 to those in the industry, a productive year, or a year to forget? What have been the highlights, and where is change still needed? We asked our City & Guilds Kineo …

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Why I Loved 2014: My Top 6 Highlights

May of 2014 marked my fifth year with Kineo and the fifth year of Kineo operations in the U.S. Personally, this represents quite a milestone, as I've now worked for Kineo longer than any other organization in my life. Good news is I'm in no way done. In fact, I feel like singing! So, what else stood out to me this year? Let's take a look. Working with an Exceptional Kineo Team A company …

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Get to Know Chip Cleary, VP of Solutions & Consulting

He may be new to the Kineo US team, but with over 20 years of experience in learning,   Chip Cleary , VP of Solutions & Consulting, is already using his expertise to make an impact on client projects. With a background in management consulting and leading design teams, an MBA from University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, Chip has a solution-focused …

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Learning Insights Live 2014 [SLIDES]

November saw the release of our third Learning Insights Report, which highlighted the need to add business value to organisations through learning. As part of the report release, we held a live event in London to address some of the key issues in L&D, and provide attendees with key steps to help tackle these problems. Joined by over 50 L&D professionals from across the UK, we dug deeper …

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Market Update November 2014

Both ourselves and Towards Maturity have recently released flagship industry reports, full of insights into the use of learning technologies in businesses. As 2014 starts to draw to a close, we thought we’d review both reports to see what common ground we shared and if we had any key differences as businesses look towards their L&D plans for 2015. As it turns out, we found a lot of similarites …

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Getting Gaming Right [INTERVIEW]

Gaming is everywhere. It’s the new mobile learning – pushing from years of abstract theory and concept into a real corporate reality. And we were thrilled to be right there front and centre with gaming at the Learning Awards 2014, picking up the gold award for best learning game with our client, McDonald’s UK. We love sharing ideas and talking games with people who …

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The 5 Missing Skills From Your L&D Team

At City & Guilds Kineo, and in the broader City & Guilds group, we focus a lot on the skills crisis in the UK and the global economy. The mismatch between the skills employers need and what would-be employees bring to the table is always staggering.  We’ve just spent 4 exhilarating days at the Skills Show, where over 70,000 young people found out more about their futures and …

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5 Ways to Increase Your Workplace Innovation

How can you spur innovation? Recently, I attended an internal workshop on strategy and growth, and my workgroup was asked to tackle this very question. We quickly came to the conclusion that innovation and learning are closely aligned; that is, creating the condition for innovation requires creating a "learning culture," or a culture in which new ideas and fresh thinking are welcome.  Needless …

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Top Tips for Responsive eLearning Design [RECORDING]

"I need my content to work on a phone and tablet as well as on a desktop." At Kineo, we often hear this request. With the increase of multi-device usage and the desire for mobility, it's no longer a nice-to-have option, it's a must-have. So how do we design for responsive elearning and where do we begin?  Cammy Bean, VP of Learning Design, Kineo US, recently delivered a presentation …

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Being a Marketing Apprentice at City & Guilds Kineo

On the 14th August of this year UK students were given their A-Level results; I was one of those students. I remember standing in the school hall looking around thinking what next? What do I do now? I didn’t want to go to university and I didn’t want to go into a full time job role, so that was when I started to look at apprenticeships. Why an Apprenticeship? I had heard about apprenticeships, …

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[RECORDING] Kineo and Bridgestone Present Webinar About LMS Solution

We live in a world with countless distractions from sorting emails to clicking on a random blog post that looks interesting. We are easily distracted, so getting our audience's attention can be challenge. According to the McKinsey Global Institute, the average person dedicates 28 percent of their workweek (approx. 13 hours) reading, deleting, sorting and sending emails. Here are a couple more …

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New Plugins and Functionality Released to Adapt Learning [WEBINAR RECORDING]

Adapt Learning is an open source, responsive elearning development framework. Since its release to the open source community by City & Guilds Kineo in September 2013, it has gone from strength to strength, and now has over 90 contributors located across the globe. As the project continues to gain momentum, we’re pleased to announce the release of a range of new components and plugins …

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Gamification Gold for McDonald's Till Training

McDonald’s UK and global learning solutions company City & Guilds Kineo are celebrating the success of their recent collaboration this morning having picked up the Gold Award for an innovative approach to systems training at the 2014 Elearning Awards. The Elearning Awards, celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, are established as the leading channel for recognising excellence …

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City & Guilds Kineo Release 2014 Learning Insights Report

The annual e.learning age Awards Gala Night taking place at the Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square in London this evening - November 6 - sees the release of City & Guilds Kineo’s latest Learning Insights Report. The 2014 Report highlights the importance of applied learning in helping businesses add value through learning. This year’s report – the third produced …

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Kineo Snapshot: Behind the Elearning Screen with Flori Manning, Senior Designer

From the top of her class at the University of Illinois at Chicago to Senior Designer at Kineo (US), Flori Manning has been making great first impressions since she joined the Kineo team in May.  Prior to joining Kineo, Flori earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she earned top honors for her dissertation: Leveraging the First Impression: …

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October Totara User Group [SLIDES & RECORDINGS]

October saw us deliver our first ever Totara User Group webinar series. A month dedicated to the open source LMS, it was filled with ideas to help you maximise and leverage your LMS to help you get the best possible results, all whilst engaging learners, improving your design techniques and realising cost savings. We shared three webinars focusing on design best practices, client case …

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Market Update October 2014

October was conference season for our Kineo Pacific offices with key events across Australia and New Zealand bringing together the Learning and Development professionals from across the region. Always looking for ways to support the advancement of the L&D industry, City & Guilds Kineo contributed significantly to these events, co-hosting the LearnX Asia Pacific Conference in Melbourne …

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Compliance Uncovered: Sue Middlehurst at BMI Healthcare On How Totara Transformed Their Approach

BMI Healthcare has over 60 hospitals and over 15,000 learners across the UK. With highly stringent industry compliance regulations to adhere to, how did they transform their compliance training to be more cost-effective, more engaging and more learner-friendly? We caught up with Sue Middlehurst, Leadership, Talent and Innovation Manager, at BMI Healthcare about their compliance challenges and …

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Army offers City & Guilds Qualifications

After the success of offering qualifications to the soldiers guarding the Olympics, the Army is now offering a wider range of City & Guilds qualifications to all soldiers. In 2011, City & Guilds started discussions with the Army to develop their Lifelong Learning Strategy by expanding their current offering into other areas in order to offer a civilian certification for the skills …

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OzLearn Twitter Chat Review

Steve Rayson, co-founder of Kineo, took to the monthly @Ozlearn chat on Twitter to join Australian learning and development professionals tweet about the biggest challenges facing the L&D industry.

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