Learning and development blog (Page 7)

Powering Apprenticeships

They say that behind every great leader is an equally great other half.  We think the same can be said of apprenticeship schemes.  We love to create innovative elearning solutions that keep learners truly engaged but it’s important to remember that no matter how good the content is, the system powering the delivery of that learning can make or break …

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Getting apprenticeships right

As a former apprentice and now apprenticeship ambassador at the City & Guilds Group, talking to young people about career development is a bit of a passion for me. Through attending conferences, expos and a whole host of events I’ve noticed some common questions young people ask before they apply for jobs.

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Spring Forward: here’s to the women working in digital

Pour the prosecco and raise your glass - it’s that time of year again where women across the digital sector gather at Brighton’s Spring Forward to celebrate and empower women. City & Guilds Kineo in the community City & Guilds Kineo are proud to sponsor Spring Forward, a month-long celebration designed to coincide with Women’s History …

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How much fun is mandatory fun?

Imagine getting an email from your manager telling you to complete 45 minutes of mandated fun. You will have fun completing this course about our anti-corruption policy, because it’s gamified. Most of us might respond like Zayd to the suggestion of reading a book or going out to the garden. It’s not something we ‘want’ to do.

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Where will L&D be in 5 years time?

Changes in technology means that many 'traditional' roles are changing quickly. There is high probability that as much as 40% of the jobs in Australia could be replaced by computers within a decade or two*. Sushi made by robots anyone? But what does this mean for the Learning and Development profession?  The Stone Age didn't end due to a lack …

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Kineo animation shortlisted for film awards

What better way to celebrate Oscars week than with an award nomination for a film project? The Barclays 'Audit Risk Appetite' animation, produced by Zing Productions in partnership with City & Guilds Kineo and the Barclays audit team, has been shortlisted in the 2016 annual New York Film Festival’s World’s Best TV & Films awards. The …

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Story-based elearning: top tips for captivating elearning

Have you ever seen someone’s shoulders slump just after logging on to an elearning course? If you have, you’ll know that motivation is a key point  in effective learning design. When you lose your learners interest early in your course, it’s incredibly difficult to win back their belief in the content. You quickly end up with a “page-turner” course, …

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Supporting Local Authorities to meet their apprenticeship targets

Last year the Government presented us with their 2020 vision for apprenticeships  - to deliver 3 million apprenticeship starts in England.  Meeting the 2020 vision  With such an ambitious target, the Government has recognised the part the Public Sector has to play and has proposed a yearly minimum 2.3% target based on headcount (public bodies …

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Do we need to try harder to fail?

Winter is coming. The latest Learning Insights report  highlighted the ‘digital blizzard’ surrounding our learning organisations, and the speed of new technologies and ideas. Is it time to rethink our organisational approach to change? Is it time for us to try harder to fail? Dream or Nightmare Last year, I embarked on a very ambitious project. …

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Can gamification make you run faster?

Gamification is a bit of buzz word. But what is it? And how can you use it to help transform elearning into a much more powerful tool? And can gamification really make you run faster? [For bonus points – read the very last paragraph in this blog now.] Here’s one definition of gamification: Game elements  +   Game design techniques  …

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The brand new PIVOT is here!

Last week, City & Guilds Kineo’s Managed Learning Service (MLS) celebrated a significant event. After many months of development and testing, we upgraded the software behind our PIVOT platform. PIVOT 1.6 PIVOT brings together three systems  – Profiler, Learning Assistant and Totara LMS. They communicate through a set of web services, but …

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How to Bring Gamification to Life: A Short Practical Guide

Gamification is about turning learners into engaged and motivated players. Previously we've written the various ways to engage players and creating a positive feedback loop to motivate  them, but when it comes down to it, how do you actually bring a gamified course to life? Six Easy-to-Follow Steps to a Gamifed Course Step 1: Define the business …

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The 5 Love Languages of Your Learners

Employees are on the move with record numbers leaving organisation’s in search of greener pastures. Drawing on the parallels of Dr. Gary Chapman’s 5 love languages, discover the different types of needs your learners have and top tips for meeting those needs.

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Kineo Releases a New Solution for Developing Front-Line Managers

Kineo US and The Oxford Group have collaborated to deliver ManagementPlus , a new approach to developing front-line managers that leads participants through change journeys which culminates in demonstrated proficiency on the job. “Our conversations with leadership development managers uncovered that they were frustrated with today’s offerings, …

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Five Key Themes for 2016

First a bit About the Learner Well,   you are today's learner. So think about yourself. If you need to find a quick solution – say how to put up a tent – where do you go? YouTube, maybe? Or how about the latest cooking sensation videos by Fresh 'n' Tasty – bitesize videos showing you some nifty tricks in the kitchen? Pun intended by the way. …

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Keep Experience Rot from Taking Root in Your Elearning

When I was 17, I went to Art College to study Graphic Design. Art was the passion that I hoped would ultimately lead to my dream job. Six months later, I left the course, and went into full-time work, but NOT in the Graphic Design field. Why?! Was I nuts? No. Although there was definitely a ‘problem’ with me.

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Going Down a Storm: why all ideas are good when you’re brainstorming

At Kineo creativity and innovation is at the heart of what we do. This permeates through our whole business – from our work with clients to the way we decorate our offices. Over the last year we’ve established regular brainstorming sessions to help people feed into the ideas that help us thrive. Everyone is welcome at these sessions and it’s great …

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