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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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8 Questions You Should be Asking at Learning@Work 2014

The Learning@Work Conference is quickly approaching, and as Gold Sponsors for the event, Kineo Pacific is very excited for this year's theme, which focuses on how new and emerging learning technologies are impacting and transforming the workplace - something that we're quite familiar with to say the least.

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Win a Ticket to Learning@Work

Kineo Pacific, Gold Sponsor at Learning@Work October 27 - 28 at the Australian Technology Park in Sydney, is giving one lucky member of the L&D community the chance to win a free ticket to the Learning@Work- for free!

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Market Update September 2014

By 2025, Ernst & Young predicts there will be a world shortage of around 56.5 million skilled workers. That is a skills shortage equivalent to the entire population of South Africa, which, by the way, is estimated to have the 24th largest population in the world. It’s a startling prediction and provides us with food for thought as we focus on helping people develop the skills they need …

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5 Ways to Make Your Compliance Elearning Go Beyond the Screen

We've all been here. We take a course because we have to. We go through the motions and then that's it. Nothing transfers into our day-to-day lives. This is a common challenge for compliance training. Employers put all the effort into getting people to take compliance modules – but then there are no follow-up activities to support the knowledge transfer. The learning is stuck in the …

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Kineo Pacific Leads Industry Expo Sessions at LearnX

Kineo Pacific, co-hosts of the 2014 LearnX Main Event on October 14th at the Melbourne Convention Centre, are excited to present two expo sessions focused on onboarding and sales and product knowledge training, while global Kineo ambassador, Steve Rayson, is set to take the stage to present an exclusive keynote at the event.

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