Learning and Development Blog

We're here to answer your questions.

Multi-device Adapt elearning, news and reviews from Totara LMS, as well as extensive insights into learning technologies events and future trends. Our blog is your answer to every organisational development question, whether you work in HR or learning and development (L&D). So get sharing, and keep learning!

Have a burning topic you'd like us to write about? Get in touch with your suggestions.

Interactive video – not just for popstars

Have you been on the perfect date with Honda?  Have you helped fill Ellie Goulding's world with colour?  Or maybe a spot of Scandi house-snooping has tempted you to revolutionise your storage space with IKEA .  There are two common themes at play with the interactive videos above. Firstly, they are all beautifully crafted. Secondly, they are …

Read more...

 
 

Learn to love your LMS: tips for maximising your investment

Research like Fosway Group’s The State of the Learning Technology Market commonly highlight dissatisfaction from L&D professionals in both their LMS and LMS providers. What can you do to make sure you’re happy with your LMS and that it helps you meet your goals?   Why aren’t you happy with your LMS?  In their 2016 research, Fosway found …

Read more...

 
 

Accessibility in elearning: busting some myths

​ Accessibility describes how easy it is for people to access content online. Originally, I'm from a web design background. In that part of the technology industry, there's a long-established movement to make content accessible to all users. The web is the sole way to access some services and to restrict access to certain people, even accidentally, …

Read more...

 
 

What can instructional designers learn from a murder?

In 1999, on an otherwise average day in Baltimore County, 17 year old Adnan Sayed murdered his ex-girlfriend and fellow student Hae Min Lee then calmly returned to school for track practice. Or did he? That’s the question the Serial podcast has listeners obsessing over.  In this post I look at why this weekly podcast has so many people hooked and …

Read more...

 
 

Social learning: everybody’s doing it?

The term ‘social learning’ has been knocking around for a quite a while – but what do we really know about what’s going on? Why are we so desperate to label and harness what in essence is naturally occurring? After all, learning from sharing and practicing has been the foundation stone of learning since time began.  We weren’t born with the knowledge …

Read more...

 
 

Authoring tool review: Lectora 16 

Lectora - a powerful off-the-shelf authoring tool that can create everything we dream up and design, both visually and functionally. The recently released version, Lectora 16, publishes out responsive content - one of the first of the off-the-shelf authoring tools to go down this very welcome road. Lectora now works on pretty much all devices and …

Read more...

 
 

Authoring tool review: Adobe Captivate 9

Adobe Captivate 9 really does feature a lot more than the previous version. The extra breakpoints for responsive courses is very useful. Multi-state objects and buttons is an excellent new feature. Enhancements to effects and the addition of knowledge check questions are very useful. Also being able to preview in an LMS will save you a lot of time.

Read more...

 
 

When it comes to evaluation, stop being an ostrich

All the research points to one thing: spend more time evaluating your courses. But is this really the answer to getting those all-important insights and to prove business value? Chris from Boost Evaluation pulls the plug on the hype and tells us why we need to get our head out of the sand. To make evaluation work for everyone, forget the course.

Read more...

 
 

Authoring tool review: Articulate Storyline 2

At Kineo we've been using Articulate Storyline since its launch in 2012 with Storyline 2 swiftly following in 2014. With speculation that Articulate are to respond to the ever growing demand for responsive learning in their next release we thought we'd take a look back and see exactly what it is that makes this tool so appealing.

Read more...

 
 

Push the 'Next' button to the next level

The term 'page-turner' has haunted the elearning industry for the last decade, typified by the hastily assembled strings of cluttered screens with a quiz at the end. Often, these simply involve digitising a manual – and one that wasn't that great in the first place. They're universally maligned, but these examples of 'e-reading' are still inflicted …

Read more...

 
 

Riding the social wave: what we can learn from cognitive theory

Self-regulated learning (SRL) as a cognitive theory explains how individuals approach learning through a recursive cycle of: (1) planning; (2) engagement; and (3) evaluation & reflection. SRL has been shown to mediate our use of learning technologies such that learners who self-regulate tend to report more positive expectations of technologies …

Read more...

 
 

Stop evaluating courses and start evaluating learning

Evaluation is yet again in the limelight as we hear and read how important it is, and how L&D teams aren't quite measuring up. Yes, there's a need for evaluation to get more aligned to performance measures and business KPIs; but actually, we think there's a slightly different issue afoot. And one that Kirkpatrick can't help you with. We need to …

Read more...

 
 

The art of building mental maps

Why is it when someone reads your mobile number back to you, it sounds so unfamiliar?  The answer lies in understanding how our memories store information. We remember things using mental maps, it's our brain's way of making sense of lots of information. Put another way, you remember your number in a pattern and not just as a long list of numbers. …

Read more...

 
 

Exploring the capabilities of xAPI

Haitham Gasim, the Kineo US Director of Technology has been on a quest to dig deeper into xAPI and thinking about how Kineo can implement xAPI in order to better serve our clients. This past Spring, I participated in an educational cohort about xAPI. The purpose of the Spring 2016 xAPI cohort, hosted by Torrance Learning , was to learn more about …

Read more...

 
 

Kineo Pacific announce new Learning Locker Partnership

Kineo Pacific and HT2 are delighted to announce a new Learning Locker Partnership, combining expertise in Learning Record Store (LRS) and LMS technologies to help businesses improve performance through learning. The new partnership sees Kineo Pacific and learning technology R&D company HT2 , join forces to work on xAPI-related technology innovation …

Read more...

 
 

Be prepared: how L&D can get ready for the future

Is Learning & Development prepared for the future of learning? That’s the question Towards Maturity have asked in their latest research, Preparing for the Future of Learning . They’ve unearthed some worrying skills gaps between where L&D are now and where they need to be to support and facilitate modern, social and self-driven learning. Is …

Read more...

 
 

Kineo Client Spotlight at Learning Technology Summer Forum 2016

We know the challenges, so now it’s time to discuss the solutions Kineo and clients will be speaking at 12:45 in Theatre 1 for this year’s Learning Technology Summer Forum. In this free seminar session we will be putting a spotlight on clients to discuss how to crack L&D challenges from engagement to evaluation, and retaining employees. …

Read more...

 
 

You don’t need to be a natural leader to manage like a coach

Bruce Tulgan, founder of RainmakerThinking is a renowned author and adviser to business leaders all over the world. Here, in response to us shouting about the importance of coaching to new manager training, he tells us why to be an effective coach, managers don’t need to holler ‘Rah! Rah!’ – and why it is something that can be learned. We’ve been …

Read more...

 
 

Tin Can or xAPI?

Either – they mean the same thing. Tin Can API was the working name and the Experience API (xAPI) is the official release title, however Tin Can got a lot of traction so people use them interchangeably. What is it? Tin Can xAPI is a standard for describing experiences that is based on a noun-verb-object triplet, such as “James posted to the …

Read more...

 
 

Why front-line managers need a new approach

I've been chatting with Nick Cowley of the Oxford Group about front-line managers. Those all important team managers that can make or break employee morale, productivity and retention, as well as your bottom line. We explore why they need a bit of development and support, but how it has to be the right kind to really work.

Read more...

 
 

Why a blended approach to new manager training makes sense

As someone who went from being designer to team manager, and experienced a little bit of drowning alongside some doggie paddling as I faced multiple new challenges at once, practical and blended training helped me. But it was the support I got from people - the coaching and cohort - that carried me through from learning to doing (and breathing).

Read more...