Learning and development blog (Page 9)

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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Adapt for the future: 5 minutes with the Elearning Designer of the Year

Paul Welch has a passion for innovation in technology. In the last three years he’s played a critical role in the design of many of City & Guilds Kineo’s most cutting-edge, business critical and award-winning projects. And last year his personal contribution was recognised when he was named Elearning Designer of the Year at the Elearning Awards …

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Do you know how to think like a gamer?

Let's talk about how to think like a gamer. But before that, let me ask you this question: why would you want to add gamification to your elearning in the first place? Do you recall the last time you spent way too much time playing a game? Hide and seek, Scrabble or Minecraft? There’s something about the human being that’s driven to achieve …

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Discover How to Engage Tech-Savvy Learners at LearnTech 2016

“The Times They are a-Changin’”, as Bob Dylan once sang. Well one thing is for sure, technology and the way we use it certainly hasn’t stood still! When it comes to learning management systems and learning technologies, the pace of change has been slower than the world of web and apps, but nevertheless, times are changing. LMS in a Changing …

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Putting the Rapid into Interactive Video

Video is back and it’s back in a big way. In fact, it’s gone interactive. When some of us got started in this business, the boring talking-head at screen left video was all the rage. But then the Internet came along and with it bandwidth concerns. And so video took a back seat for a long time. Interactive Video But it’s 2016 and we’re a YouTube …

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Four Big Questions for the Future of L&D

In the President’s State of the Union address last week, President Obama posed four big questions for the United States to address in order to meet the challenges of the future. While I can‘t promise his level of eloquence, I think it’s worth considering what four big questions we need to consider regarding the future of the learning and development …

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Learning Technologies 2016 - seminar sessions

Not long now until learn tech lovers gravitate to one of the most prestigious Learning Technology exhibitions of the year. Yes I am referring to Learning Technologies 2016 and boy has the City & Guilds Kineo team got a lot in store for conference goers this year!   In its 17th year,  Learning Technologies 2016 showcases a whole host of latest …

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6 Great Reasons to Innovate in 2016

2016 is the year to drive innovation in your workplace learning, or risk being left behind. There’s no doubt about it, the different learning options available to L&D teams have grown exponentially over the last 20 years. The opportunity to create some structured and creative blends has never been greater, but frequently we see organisations …

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When in Doubt, Ask the Expert!

City & Guilds Kineo has been at the forefront of innovation in the elearning industry for over a decade and has a solid track record for sharing what we have learned along the way; so it’s no wonder that we are sponsoring the expo, giving several seminars throughout the two days, and providing one-on-one ‘Ask the Expert’ sessions for free.

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Interactive Video is About to Get Disruptive

While video is arguably the most engaging and popular way of delivering online learning, in the workplace it’s largely underused and unevolved. All that is set to change. Fuelled by advances in digital video technology, and propelled by the advertising industry, interactive video is about to get disruptive! Inviting learners to engage with content …

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