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Front-Line Leaders: 3 Capabilities for Improving Retention

This is our third post on capabilities that Front-Line Leaders require in order to help their organizations achieve specific business goals. As we’ve said in our first two posts, it’s not news to say that organizations should develop the specific capabilities their people require to deliver the specific business outcomes they seek. But just what are …

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Front-Line Leaders: 3 Capabilities for Improving Productivity

At Kineo we’ve recently been talking with a number of organizations about how to develop new Front-Line Leaders. A new Front-Line Leader is someone who has recently made a transition from the role of individual contributor to now being a leader of people. This transition from individual contributor to team leader represents quite the challenge because …

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Front-Line Leaders: 3 Capabilities for Improving Quality

It’s a commonplace for a business to say that it must improve its leadership, particularly front-line leadership. But what does it mean to improve leadership? Is it always the same task across companies? Or is 'improving leadership' a job that depends on the context and business goals to be achieved? We often speak of teams in terms of quality …

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10 Top Tips To Start Your Collaboration

While it’s clear that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for cross-team collaboration between HR and L&D, this report and its findings highlights how critical better organisational alignment is to the success of businesses – whatever form that takes. Here’s our 10 top tips to start you on the road to collaboration.    If you would …

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Five Reasons You Need To Use Virtual Classrooms

Have you ever tried to assemble flat-pack furniture by following a set of printed instructions? If you have, you’ve probably experienced the frustration and confusion that can result from having a complex process or idea explained to you through a single medium. There’s something disconcerting about those left-over screws isn’t there? Fortunately …

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Collaborate To Succeed [INFOGRAPHIC]

Whilst it might sometimes take a little more effort, the benefits that collaboration can bring to your organisation outweigh the costs. With managers and leaders more interested than ever in understanding the effectiveness of training, it's becoming increasingly important for HR and Learning & Development functions to collaborate to increase …

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Market Update: Next Generation Learning Management Systems [PART2]

In Part 1 of this article , I explored some of the newest features of the learning management system (LMS) which have led to changes in the way we think and utilise this powerful platform. In this final part, I begin to delve more deeply into what we could be seeing from a future LMS, focusing on social learning and even wearable tech.  So, what's …

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6 Tips To Help HR & L&D Work Together in Harmony

How many departments in your business have some responsibility for learning and development? Chances are it’s more than two, which can be a real headache. You're not alone; our recent research shows that over 46% of businesses share this challenge with you. Our recent report, Bridging the L&D Divide , highlighted that well over half of organisations …

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Kineo South Africa joins the City & Guilds Kineo family

The City & Guilds Group  has acquired Kineo South Africa, a franchise of Kineo based in Cape Town. The franchise will become part of City & Guilds Kineo, which helps organisations to improve their people and performance through learning and technology. This follows City & Guilds Group’s acquisition of Kineo  in 2012 and the addition …

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4 Reasons Why You Should Use Selfie Videos In Elearning

We talk a lot about storytelling in elearning. But all too often we jump straight to fiction so we can create a story that neatly ticks our learning objective boxes and is perfectly on brand. The result? Over-engineered stories that don’t quite resonate with their audience because, let’s be honest, everyone can tell a scripted, fake conversation a …

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City & Guilds Kineo Report Highlights Lack of Collaboration in L&D

Over half of UK businesses have two or more different teams taking responsibility for learning & development (L&D), leading to confusion and lack of cohesion. That’s according to a new report launched this week by City & Guilds Kineo. The report, ‘ Bridging the L&D Divide: How Collaborative is Your Learning & Development? ’, …

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Kineo Snapshot: Ashley Reardon Shares Her Passion for Learning Design

What began as a fascination with both cognitive and computer science in college, led to a professional career in learning design. Learn more about Ashley Reardon, Kineo US Lead Designer and what makes her so passionate about learning.  Tell me about your background and what led you to pursue learning design. My interest began while I was in …

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What's Killing Your Gamification and How to Heal It

"Slap a leaderboard on it. That'll turn our learning assessment into a game!" If you've had that thought, you need to stop; you could hurt someone with a loaded statement like that.  Often organisations are looking for ways to make their training more engaging; to motivate desired behaviour changes through 'rewards' like badges, leaderboards and …

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5-Step Planning for Your Next Learning Portal

So you need a Learning Management System. Or you have one, but secretly conspire its demise.  After all, who doesn’t want a shiny new LMS to drive around? New features, fancy buttons, new body style… what else do you need? Quite a bit, actually. The era of using an LMS as a learning portal is here, and so even though the prospect of a new LMS is definitely …

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Market Update: Adapt Learning and Open Badges

What's new in the world of learning technology? This month in our market update, we speak to Sven Laux, our Technical Director here at City & Guilds Kineo. He sets our technical vision and strategy, and leads on innovation of new technology-driven approaches such as Adapt Learning and open badges.

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A Blended Compliance Approach [SLIDES & RECORDING]

The biggest challenges when it comes to compliance training is that it's sending more people asleep than not, as a result of compliance programmes not being positioned properly to support genuine change. So how can compliance be more engaging and make behavioural change with a blended learning approach?  In our recent webinar, Tina Griffin, Learning …

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Samsung’s Extended Enterprise, Multi-Device Totara LMS

As Totara LMS’ Top Totara Partner, we recently presented the visually impactful and progressive extended enterprise LMS solution we've built for Samsung, the world-leading electronics company, at Learning Technologies Summer Forum on June 16th 2015. City & Guilds Kineo have partnered with iris worldwide , Samsung’s lead creative design …

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Is Rapid Elearning Right for You?

Care about elearning? Do you care about the little things – like cost, speed and control? Then you might at a minimum be intrigued by rapid elearning, or quick-delivery elearning. The promises of rapid elearning are certainly compelling: Reduced cost Less time Increased ability to respond to organizational needs Greater control …

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