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Articulate Storyline 3 is here

There has been much anticipation around when Articulate would be releasing the next version of Storyline, especially after the release of Articulate 360 last year. It has been quite some time since we last had a full authoring tool from Articulate but after two and a half years since Storyline 2 was released, Storyline 3 is now here!

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Teaching Sign to the hearing

Approximately 95% of deaf children are born to hearing parents and there is only a small pool of teachers available to teach sign language. Sign language is one of New Zealand’s three official languages.  So how do you reach a wider audience? Find out about how we developed a free, online, interactive learning programme to teach New Zealand sign …

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Does social learning have a future?

When's social learning at it's best? That's the problem with so-called "social learning" - If you over-engineer it - you kill it. Social works wonderfully well when it’s evolved, undirected, and voluntary. By the people for the people. Whether or not that can be, or needs to be, categorised as "learning", is a moot point.

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How to build a business case for a new LMS

Selecting a learning management system isn’t always the easiest process, but even when the L&D team has settled on the best platform for the job, that’s not the end of the battle. In most businesses, it will be necessary to demonstrate why your chosen LMS is the right one for your organisation’s needs, so you will need to build a business case …

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Discover with Kineo

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of seeing traditional talking heads videos, where the responses are over-practiced and polished. We set our marketing team a different challenge – to capture the spirit of Kineo as it really is. No script, no retakes, no glossy filters. How do we really roll? It's all about the people Kineo’s greatest …

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Be a ‘social enabler’ not ‘social controller’

It would seem that not a day goes by where an email guiding me towards an insightful new blog or an enlightening new article doesn’t hit my inbox. It would seem that ‘social’ is now definitely the new black; apostolising the virtues of one social tool or system or other is the latest fad.

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Progress over perfection?

Every year there’s something in our Learning Insights research  that chimes with what we’ve been thinking about. This year, I was really interested in the findings about the need to deliver things quicker. Here’s what grabbed me: “Which is best? You deliver a piece of content that your learners rate 10 out of 10 – but they’re a little frustrated …

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cmi5 – Not Your Father's SCORM

xAPI is the darling of the digital learning industry these days, with a lot of interest in it due to its ability to capture data outside of an LMS. In its essence, cmi5 is a profile or a set of rules for using xAPI that could be utilized to govern the communication between a learning management system (LMS) and learning content. And thus it begs the …

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Shaping the future of learning: a year of innovation at Kineo

Driven by our passion to improve performance through learning and technology, we love to explore new ideas. Having just recently returned from our biggest industry event of the year, what's been really evident is the simple fact that we're always on the move, and the last twelve months leading up to the show have been no exception.   This year's …

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Adapt Learning's first meetup

It was billed as the (inaugural) Adapt Meetup hosted and was King's College London. It was nothing short of a love in. A geek fest.  An affirmation of the democracy of Adapt, its power and its positivity. And positive proof for the less technically minded amongst us, that we are never more than a click away from a line of code.   Phew! The Adapt …

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Kineo and clients recognised by Learning Awards

Kineo's work with clients received two bronze awards at the 2017 Learning Awards ceremony. The awards recognise  exceptional performance and contribution to the learning profession and this year included submissions from many of the world's leading brands. Kineo's work with Barclays placed third in the Social and Collaborative Media category, …

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Adapt community goes offline

In four short years Adapt Learning has built into a thriving and bustling global open source community. The adaptlearning.org website has attracted visitors from over 200 countries and the technical, learning design and jobs forums have seen around 7,500 posts between them. The Adapt community now also has its own dedicated blog for sharing developments …

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The Learning Technologies 2017 guide you really want

While everyone else is still getting into the swing of things after the Christmas slump, the L&D industry is a hive of activity preparing for their largest show in Europe – Learning Technologies. It’s a big event to the say the least and has a bit of a learning curve. From little known secrets to the things I wished I’d known last year, here …

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Discover the building blocks of L&D

It’s less than two weeks until Europe’s biggest learning and technology conference  comes to town – London, Olympia, to be exact. On 1  and 2  February exhibitors will be ready and waiting to showcase their work and discuss ‘what’s hot’ and ‘what’s so not’ within the learning technology  world.    As ever, we’ve got some great things …

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Gimmick or game changer?

Technology continues to develop at so rapid a pace that it’s hard for the rest of us to keep up. We want our learners to get the benefit of any new developments and to create digital training that utilises these new forms of technology. But do we run the risk of adopting these technologies before we understand their full potential or being so keen …

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