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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.

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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).

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Getting to grips with the learning-doing gap

Research says that nearly 60% of front-line managers underperform in their first two years in the role. And that's despite a slew of training and development solutions available in the market for leaders and managers. So what's going wrong? Closing the Front-line manager skills gap That's the theme of our latest report, Four Ways To Close …

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How to meet the growing pressure to modernise learning

It's a week since our Learning Insights webinar with Don Taylor. If you missed it, you can check out the recording here . We had a fantastic audience who kept the chat room busy with questions, ideas and suggestions – it's well worth checking out to gain extra insights, on top of the ones we share from the report. In this post, we highlight some …

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Silver award in New York TV & Film Awards

Ta-da. We did it! We're really proud to announce that we won at the New York World's Best TV and Film Awards 2016. Up against some very stiff competition from over 50 countries, the Barclay's 'Audit Risk Appetite' 3D motion animation has been given a silver award.  More on the award New York Film Festival’s World’s Best TV & Films competition …

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How to get your elearning to pull people in

Recent learning trend reports tell of a move from push models of learning to a pull model. But what does that actually mean? And what do you need to do to make sure your learning pulls people in and even achieves that elusive 'viral' quality?  Push and pull are terms that are very familiar to web content strategists and marketers. However, many …

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The story of Adapt

How one ‘aha’ moment led to a whole new normal. Neuroscientists who've been studying creativity and insight for the past ten years recently located the part of the brain where the ‘eureka’ moment takes place. Here's what it looks like on a scan. "The 'Aha!' Moment", Current Directions In Psychological Science Yep, a teeny part …

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