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Discover with Kineo

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of seeing traditional talking heads videos, where the responses are over-practiced and polished. We set our marketing team a different challenge – to capture the spirit of Kineo as it really is. No script, no retakes, no glossy filters. How do we really roll? It's all about the people Kineo’s greatest …

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Be a ‘social enabler’ not ‘social controller’

It would seem that not a day goes by where an email guiding me towards an insightful new blog or an enlightening new article doesn’t hit my inbox. It would seem that ‘social’ is now definitely the new black; apostolising the virtues of one social tool or system or other is the latest fad.

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Progress over perfection?

Every year there’s something in our Learning Insights research  that chimes with what we’ve been thinking about. This year, I was really interested in the findings about the need to deliver things quicker. Here’s what grabbed me: “Which is best? You deliver a piece of content that your learners rate 10 out of 10 – but they’re a little frustrated …

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cmi5 – Not Your Father's SCORM

xAPI is the darling of the digital learning industry these days, with a lot of interest in it due to its ability to capture data outside of an LMS. In its essence, cmi5 is a profile or a set of rules for using xAPI that could be utilized to govern the communication between a learning management system (LMS) and learning content. And thus it begs the …

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Shaping the future of learning: a year of innovation at Kineo

Driven by our passion to improve performance through learning and technology, we love to explore new ideas. Having just recently returned from our biggest industry event of the year, what's been really evident is the simple fact that we're always on the move, and the last twelve months leading up to the show have been no exception.   This year's …

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Adapt Learning's first meetup

It was billed as the (inaugural) Adapt Meetup hosted and was King's College London. It was nothing short of a love in. A geek fest.  An affirmation of the democracy of Adapt, its power and its positivity. And positive proof for the less technically minded amongst us, that we are never more than a click away from a line of code.   Phew! The Adapt …

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Kineo and clients recognised by Learning Awards

Kineo's work with clients received two bronze awards at the 2017 Learning Awards ceremony. The awards recognise  exceptional performance and contribution to the learning profession and this year included submissions from many of the world's leading brands. Kineo's work with Barclays placed third in the Social and Collaborative Media category, …

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Adapt community goes offline

In four short years Adapt Learning has built into a thriving and bustling global open source community. The adaptlearning.org website has attracted visitors from over 200 countries and the technical, learning design and jobs forums have seen around 7,500 posts between them. The Adapt community now also has its own dedicated blog for sharing developments …

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The Learning Technologies 2017 guide you really want

While everyone else is still getting into the swing of things after the Christmas slump, the L&D industry is a hive of activity preparing for their largest show in Europe – Learning Technologies. It’s a big event to the say the least and has a bit of a learning curve. From little known secrets to the things I wished I’d known last year, here …

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Discover the building blocks of L&D

It’s less than two weeks until Europe’s biggest learning and technology conference  comes to town – London, Olympia, to be exact. On 1  and 2  February exhibitors will be ready and waiting to showcase their work and discuss ‘what’s hot’ and ‘what’s so not’ within the learning technology  world.    As ever, we’ve got some great things …

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Gimmick or game changer?

Technology continues to develop at so rapid a pace that it’s hard for the rest of us to keep up. We want our learners to get the benefit of any new developments and to create digital training that utilises these new forms of technology. But do we run the risk of adopting these technologies before we understand their full potential or being so keen …

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What are we up to with xAPI, down under?

Kineo Asia Pacific recently announced a partnership with Learning Locker LRS  to deliver an integrated learning platform.  In the first 6 months of the partnership we have been working on building a set of user cases of how we might evolve a service. The goal has been to not just say we are xAPI compliant, which we were before the partnership, but …

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2017: Where will it all trend?

Post Brexit and Trump, they say after 2016 things will never be the same. But when it comes to the much more vexed question of what are the trends in digital learning, from a content point of view, expect more of the same! To name a few: social, curation, personalised, micro learning, VR, AR, xAPI and apps.

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Kineo's ability to meet business needs is in the numbers 

Every year Kineo's Client Service Team conducts an annual survey with our LMS clients to review the support services we provide our clients. With the purpose of keeping ourselves responsive and agile in meeting our clients' needs, the team helps clients meet the demands of today's modern learner and achieve results.

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Making a Difference - Lessons in Purpose

Too often in elearning, quality is seen as being only about high production values - usually, what it looks like. 'Fit for purpose' can be dismissed as unambitious, but there’s nothing wrong with quality being defined as achieving purpose.   Quality elearning makes a difference  What do you think of as ‘quality’? Do you see it as a ‘wow’ look …

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A conversion isn't just for Christmas

2016 has been a year of change, and elearning has been no exception. You only had to walk through the Learning Technologies exhibition in January to get a taste of it. Elearning was transforming into something a lot more exciting. At Kineo, we've been working on an increasing amount of video, resource-based learning and of course premiered our philosophy …

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A year of learning – our top 10 posts of 2016

With less than two weeks left of 2016, it’s time to look back over the year and share some of the antics the Kineo team has been up to. From launching innovative technology to expanding our LMS offering – this year has been jam packed. If you are an active follower of Kineo you will know by now, we love to blog!

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WISE up: the new approach to learning design

The best learning content needs to recognise the changing world in which we live and learn. Kineo has kept pace, not least with Adapt and its responsive and scrollable content. But just as Adapt has evolved as a responsive framework with continuous technological innovation, so we must also be innovative in our approaches to learning design to …

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Listening – social learning’s most important skill?

When thinking about the skills of a 21st century learner the emerging skills of curation and networking might come to mind; or you might draw on ideas around participatory culture such as Jenkins’ (2009) core media literacies: Play: the capacity to experiment with one’s surroundings as a form of problem-solving; Simulation: the ability …

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Make the most of templates with mini treatments

Templates and standard components are a means to an end for learning designers. With the challenging budgets and timelines of much online learning, it's simply not possible to create whizzy custom layouts and functionality all the time. But a standard elearning template (or collection thereof) doesn't make good learning. They're simply presentation …

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Double gold for Kineo at learning awards

Kineo’s work with clients was recognised in this year’s Learning Technologies Awards, scooping gold in two very competitive categories. Our ‘Customer Obsessed Colleagues’ project with Barclays won the award for best learning technologies project in the commercial sector, recognised for its clear understanding of a business need and meticulous measurement …

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Social Learning - Reflections on Work 2.0

I was fortunate to facilitate roundtable discussions at the Work 2.0 conference recently on the topic of how to engage learner through social learning. Here are five questions I think would be useful to explore to implement social learning that can make an impact within an organisation. 1. Where do conversations happen? Social learning is often …

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