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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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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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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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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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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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A Decade of Experience at Kineo Pacific

Kineo Pacific was originally called 'The Flexible Learning Network' and was established by Nolen Smith back in January 2006, prior to becoming Kineo Pacific in 2010. Needless to say, the team has gained a wealth of experience in that time, and now with the acqusition of Nine Lanterns (who would've been 15 years old in January 2016), the proficiency, …

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The Rules of Engagement

It’s the million-dollar question for all educators: how do I keep my learners engaged? At City & Guilds Kineo we’re finding that cutting-edge technology is allowing us to push into a new world of user engagement. Here are a few examples of where we are right now and a taste of what we’re developing for the future.

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Our take on the 2015 Towards Maturity Benchmark Report

The 2015 Towards Maturity Benchmark Findings have been published this week. So, any statistics junkies out there: prepare yourself for a jam-packed numbers report compiled by Overton and team to help us work out what is really going on in our industry. It’s always good to know whether you’ve missed some seismic shift in the landscape and for many …

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Data & Your LMS

What Is Data? With the advances in technology; whether it’s mobile devices, social media sites, annoying automated telephone menus, supermarket loyalty cards or computers ‘in-general’, whether we like it or not we are generating and consuming very large amounts of data. Data which is then being used, or worse - sold, to third parties to tailor …

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Could You Shock Your Learners With Interactive Video?

As a new Lead Learning Designer at City & Guilds Kineo, I’ve been lucky enough to be able look through our back catalogue of courses recently. One of the things that I think we do really well here is experiential elearning. Because of this, I wanted to dig a little bit deeper into how organisatons can use interactive video to create the ultimate …

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Welcome To The Digital Learning World [INFOGRAPHIC]

If you didn't think so before now, you only have to look around you to know we're well and truly in the realms of a digital learning world. We're seeing learners expecting more mobile, personalised experiences and budget holders expecting more bang for their buck whilst still getting learning that's adding value to the business. There's been quite …

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Big Data - Your LMS' Secret Weapon?

You don’t have to be a scientist to know that we live in a world of data. All this data is surrounding us – all of the time – and although we can’t touch it or see it, no-one would doubt that we need it to help us do important things. Of course, we then use it to make decisions about which important things we need to do next. In this context, it’s …

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5 Things No-One Is Telling You About Learning Games

Following on from very a successful seminar session on gaming mechanics at LT15, and the subsequent LSG webinar on the same subject, one thing has become very clear –  gaming in learning is a highly controversial subject. Some people refuse to recognise gaming as a learning medium, whereas others love the idea of using gaming, but aren’t sure …

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City & Guilds Kineo Release New Blended Learning That Works Guides

We’re back from another year at Learning Technologies. After each event passes us by we’re keen to reflect on the success of the event, but also like to share some of the goodies from the event for those of you that couldn’t join us. At Learning Technologies this year we released our ‘Blends That Work’ guide series, drawing on one of the key themes …

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What We Learned at LT15

Last week saw over 8,500 visitors pass through the doors of London’s Olympia to visit the Learning Technologies Exhibition and Conference.  Returning for its 18th year, the increase in attendance is further evidence that companies are investing in technology to achieve greater return on their L&D investment. On Stand 144, we had …

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The Mobile Learning Revolution: Why Is It Happening?

Last year in our Learning Insights Report we identified the growing challenges faced by learning delivery, mainly stemming from a more fragmented, more mobile and more global workforce; and from the speed of change. Organisations now have to contend with multiple channels for delivery, multiple devices and time constraints. Like it or not, …

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Top 5 Trends - Where Technology Will Take eLearning in 5 Years

As Silver Sponsors at this year’s AITD National Conference April 10-11 in Melbourne, global learning solutions provider, Kineo gave away two tickets to the event, valued at $3600. Participants were asked to share their opinions on where technology will take elearning in the next five years on Kineo’s Elearning Professionals Group on LinkedIn. …

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ELearning Trends According to Google 2012

This month at the European Learning Industry Group (ELIG) Conference in Dublin, Jonny Parkes (formerly Electric Paper) chastised some elearning companies for playing up the hype curve and bringing the e-learning industry into disrepute by making mobile/gaming/you name it promises that reality couldn’t deliver. We decided to try to get behind …

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