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5 Tips For Success With Leadership Blends [INFOGRAPHIC]

How important are your leaders within your organisation? Effective managers and leaders can improve employee performance by 25% and retention by a staggering 40% . Aren't they worth investing in?  If you want to build better leaders today and develop the skills of your leaders of tomorrow, then creating a programme of training using blended learning will give managers the knowledge, skills and …

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Learning Portals: When an LMS Just Isn't Enough

Bigger, better, faster, more .  It’s the progression mantra for every technology.  Need a new phone?  You’ll get a bigger screen and a faster processor.  Shopping for a new hard drive?  Trade in that 500GB paperweight for a 4TB Cloud.  Want a new TV?  65 inches is the new norm.  And next year it will be 75. So how about your LMS?  It’s a piece of technology.  What does bigger, better, faster, …

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Market Update: Progress of the LMS

It’s no surprise that many businesses have a Learning Management Systems (LMS) at the heart of their learning and development to help manage training and develop their employees. LMSs can be brilliant and offer extensive benefits, but can also be a real headache when designed badly, or utilised ineffectively. Recently, the software research and review site,  Software Advice , conducted a survey …

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Susan's Story: From Client to Consultant

Early in her career, Susan Hurley found herself managing the training the of hundreds of call center reps at a large company. The process was daunting and she thought,"There has got to be a better way to do this." Not too long after this, Susan was introduced to the power of an LMS and she hasn't looked back since: she's now a Senior Implementation Consultant for Kineo US, and an expert in Totara …

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6 Tips for Front-line Leadership Development

It’s not controversial to say that the front line matters. Market researchers consistently agree that companies are increasing their investment in developing front-line leaders, i.e., those who directly manage line employees. According to Bersin , companies tripled investment from 2009 to 2012. According to Training Magazine , “Management/Supervisory Training” led the pack for how many companies …

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5 Things No-One Is Telling You About Learning Games

Following on from very a successful seminar session on gaming mechanics at LT15, and the subsequent LSG webinar on the same subject, one thing has become very clear –  gaming in learning is a highly controversial subject. Some people refuse to recognise gaming as a learning medium, whereas others love the idea of using gaming, but aren’t sure where to start. Others are already embracing the chaos, …

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Get Blended with Our New Webinar Series

Inspired by our newly released Blends that Work Guides , the global Kineo offices will be hosting a consecutive #BlendsThatWork webinar series, focused on best practice blended learning in different solution areas. The series launches on Thursday April 2nd at 1pm CST with Make Blended Learning Work for Leaders. Targeted for busy L&D professionals and decision makers, each webinar session …

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Targeted Training Investment - Part II

This is Part II of a two-part description of a rapid, crowdsourced approach to conducting performance assessment. Part I described the problem we faced and what we achieved. Here, we describe how we executed the approach. Where We Left Off In Part I, we described how we wanted to conduct a performance assessment to help size and target a large training investment. The business goal of the …

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Apprenticeship Week at River Cottage

Apprenticeship Week  has come around again, giving Learning & Development specialists the opportunity to speak to the potential apprentices of tomorrow - students. Every year it is always full steam ahead with events, workshops and debates to name just a few, and this year was no exception. At City & Guilds Kineo we visited River Cottage  during Apprenticeship Week to participate in …

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Apprentices Have Their Say At The Apprenticeships4England Debate

It’s fair to say that the hot topic on every political party’s lips at the moment is Apprenticeships. Some vowing to create and deliver 3 million apprenticeships by 2020 and others fighting to match such statements. But with all this media attention around apprenticeships, has anyone actually asked what the apprentices of today think? On Tuesday 3rd March the second Apprenticeships4England debate …

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Kineo US Moves Chicago Headquarters Office to Accommodate Growth

Kineo, a global provider of award-winning eLearning solutions, is moving its US headquarters from the West Loop in downtown Chicago to a larger loft office space in Greektown. This new office will accommodate Kineo’s growing team and expand its opportunities to meet client needs. Kineo US has been serving Fortune 500 companies for the past 5 ½ years. Once a startup company with only two full-time …

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Kineo US Celebrates Years of Growth and Moves to Brand New Office Space

This week, Kineo US will move into a brand new loft office space in downtown Chicago. Why? We’ve literally been bursting at the seams as our team continues to grow.  The excitement has been brewing over the past few days as the walls have become bare, team members start boxing up their workspaces, and the space empties out. The move is becoming less of a future concept and more of a reality. This …

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Have You Targeted Your Training Investment Where it Matters Most? (Part I)

It can be a bittersweet thing when you get The Call. “Hey, we have realized that our new project managers are not managing engagement profitability as successfully as we would like. Can you help?” It might be time to make an investment in training. Sounds great! We are all here to help our companies identify, target, and execute smart investments that drive performance. The bittersweet part …

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City & Guilds Kineo Releases EssentialsPlus

City & Guilds Kineo has released its new fully responsive multi-device elearning modules, supported by the hosted learning platform, MyEssentialsPlus. The EssentialsPlus modules offer training for employees within organisations, supporting and developing knowledge in key areas such as compliance, onboarding and leadership skills, all of which are fully endorsed by City & Guilds. …

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Totara LMS 2.7 – What You Need To Know

If you’ve had your ears to the LMS ground, or came and talked to us at LT15, you probably know a new version of Totara LMS has been keenly awaited since the new year befell us. Today sees  Totara Learning Solutions announce the release of version 2.7.  We love Totara LMS (if you don’t love your LMS, learn to love again here ). There’s always new developments and functionality being released …

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Strategic Storytelling for Learning [SLIDES & RECORDING]

From David and Goliath to Finding Nemo , we all know the value of a story and how it can compel, inspire and even educate. It’s been said that if you can hook and engage your audience up front with a good story, all the more likely they'll stay the journey. So why are stories so effective and how can you craft a good narrative in your learning programmes? On February 25th, attendees …

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Why Responsive Design is a Must-have [Featured in Learning Solutions Magazine]

"It's a fact: we live in a multi-device world. I'm currently sitting at a desk with my laptop open, my phone next to me, and a tablet within reach on the counter. What about you? How many devices do you have going at this very moment? Chances are it's more than one..." This is our new reality. So how do we design eLearning that fits into this new world order? Read the full article Responsive …

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Market Update: Responsive Digital Learning - All For One, One For All

Having recently joined City & Guilds Kineo as Head of Learning Design, I’ve had the opportunity to get hands on with some exciting new learning tools, such as the Adapt Open Source Learning Framework.  Responsive learning has been a buzz word in the learning technologies industry for a while, and having gained some new first-hand experience of designing for responsive, I wanted to …

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City & Guilds Kineo Named Strategic Leader in Bespoke Elearning

City & Guilds Kineo has been named a Strategic Leader in the Bespoke Elearning market for a third consecutive year, as part of an independent, annual study undertaken by Elearnity. City & Guilds Kineo has been a pioneer for innovation in elearning since establishing in 2005. It has progressed with the elearning and learning technologies industry, moving from rapid elearning and authoring …

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8 Ways to Focus Your Learning Strategy on Managers

Employees turn to their managers for cues on what strategies and priorities are important within a company. For example, when a call center wants to improve its customer service, managers must work with agents to change the style of conversations with its customers. Likewise, when a company wants to focus on cultivating existing clients versus finding new ones, the sales manager needs to coach …

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Virtual Reality: The Future Reality of Learning?

Currently considered by most as ‘consumer goods for gamers’, there is a growing interest from organisations to bring games, video and virtual reality (VR) into their training programmes as they look to new ways of engaging learners. A few months ago we were fortunate enough to be able to try out some of the latest technology hardware in our Brighton office in the form of Oculus Rift …

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Becoming an Apprentice at City & Guilds Kineo

Becoming part of the team at City & Guilds Kineo that deals with public sector employers was such thrilling news to me. My team deals with a large amount of centres and some very high status organisations and individuals, so I couldn’t wait to get started. When I started I was made to feel welcome by everyone in City & Guilds Kineo, and only weeks after starting we …

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