April 10 Newsletter

Issue 54 – April 2010

Content this month:

  1. Free guide: How to create learning communities with Moodle
  2. Audio interview: Tom Kuhlmann of Articulate
  3. Top tips: Say it loud… talking it up in e-learning
  4. Web panel write-up: Aligning learning to business goals
  5. Tool review: Sana EasyGenerator
  6. Market update: Shaking it up with the iPad
  7. Kineo news: See us at ASTD Chicago, Upcoming webinars, My Kineo, Now hiring...

Editor's note:

We all like to feel part of a community. Do you feel a monthly theme coming on?

  • How do you set up a community using open source tools like Moodle? Our free guide tells you how.
  • We chat with a real community maestro – Tom Kuhlmann at Articulate. We talk all about rapid e-learning and designing it right.
  • Our own community at My Kineo has been talking about learning alignment – we share some key insights for you.

With market updates, top tips and more, there’s no reason to stay out of our little commune. You don’t even have to cut your hair to join it. But if you want to, that’s fine too.

Stephen

** DATES for your diary **

Kineo at ASTD Exposition in Chicago: May 17–19

Webinars:

Kineo Insights: How companies are making the most of Moodle
May 13th 4pm UK time / 10 CST / 11 EST

Kineo design hour: Yawn-proof your e-learning without busting the bank
May 27th 4pm UK time / 10 CST / 11 EST

Email info@kineo.com to find out more.

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1. Free guide: How to create learning communities with Moodle

What are the benefits of building a learning community? They’re more than you might think. And the cost? If you use an open source LMS tool like Moodle (and you know we do) – it’s less than you think. Find out how to extend the life of your learning and tap into the latent expertise in your organization in this month’s free insight guide.

You can download the guide here: How to set up a learning community: Using Moodle and more

2. Audio interview: Tom Kuhlmann of Articulate

Here’s someone who knows how to get a community going – Tom Kuhlmann. Tom is VP of Community at Articulate and author of the always great Rapid E-Learning Blog – a must-read for anyone who cares about doing design right. We chatted it up about rapid e-learning, what designers need to do better, and plenty more besides. Might even have mentioned Articulate at some point.

Listen in to Tom Kuhlmann on Rapid E-Learning and Design.

3. Top Tips: Say it loud… talking it up in e-learning

What’s a community if you can’t talk to each other? But e-learning is usually a solitary, silent experience for the learner. What if you started talking back? Weird – or maybe a great way to learn? Find out more in our E-Learning Top Tips.

4. Web panel write-up: Aligning learning to business goals

We’ve been building a community of our own at our LinkedIn eLearning Professionals group, our free support service for learning professionals. This week, the community gathered to join a web panel discussion with some great minds from learning and development. The theme – how do we make sure e-learning is aligned with business goals?

Unearth some choice quotes from our expert panel with Kineo Insights: Aligning E-Learning with Business Goals.

5. Tool review: Sana EasyGenerator

This month Paul Johns, one of Kineo’s senior developers and tool experts, takes a look at Sana EasyGenerator. There’s a lot of promise (and letters) in that name – find out if it lives up to the promise here: Sana EasyGenerator – E-Learning Tool.

6. Market update: Shaking it up with the iPad

When visiting the Kineo Chicago office this month, Kineo’s UK Managing Director, Steve Rayson, couldn’t resist picking up one of those new iPads you may have heard about. So what is its potential for shaking up the learning market? Find out more in our E-Learning Market Update (April 2010)

7. Kineo news: See us at ASTD Chicago; Upcoming webinars; eLearning Professionals; Now hiring…

Kineo at ASTD Chicago May 17–19

We’ll be at ASTD 2010 International Conference and Exposition in Chicago from May 17th–19th. Join us at booth 1103 and meet members of the Kineo US team – we’re looking forward to showing you some of the great work we’ve been doing in the US with clients like Barclays Capital, HP and ARAMARK, and finding out how we can help you. Find out more here.

Upcoming webinars

We’re running two webinars over the next month and invite you to join us:

Kineo Insights: How companies are making the most of Moodle

May 13th 4pm UK time / 10 CST / 11 EST
The webinar will focus on how Moodle is being used in the corporate space and will include examples of best practice and implementation approaches for corporates. We’ll share examples from Kineo Moodle clients including M&S, EMI, McDonald’s, Nikon and many more.

Kineo design hour: Yawn-proof your e-learning without busting the bank

May 27th 4pm UK time / 10 CST / 11 EST
Finding yourself a bit bored with the e-learning you've been creating lately? Looking to jazz-up your e-learning courses, but don't have the resources to create a 3-D immersive learning game that can be delivered on your iPhone?! This session will share some quick and simple tips for lifting your learning without sinking your budget.

Email info@kineo.com to access these events or join the eLearning Professionals LinkedIn group for lots more besides.

What is eLearning Professionals? Excellent question…

eLearning Professionals

The webinars above are all part of our new service...

eLearning Professionals is Kineo’s free new support service – an e-learning workbench for corporate e-learning professionals and teams. On it you’ll find:

  • over 30 'how to' guides, examples and templates to help you develop your e-learning skills
  • access to live Kineo webinars focused on key challenges in e-learning
  • discussion forums where you can ask questions and share with peers and experts, and request peer review or support on a specific project

We’re inviting people in the US, UK and beyond who are part of learning teams in organisations to join up - join the eLearning Professionals group now!

Now hiring: We’re continuing to grow our team in the UK and the US. We’re looking for passionate, creative, enthusiastic people to join us as:

  • Learning Designers
  • Project Managers and Co-ordinators
  • Sales Consultants
  • Technical Producers

Find out more, here: Jobs at Kineo

Kineo Jazz - it’s happening again…

So last month we decreed that e-learning needs to be more like jazz. We proved that particular theorem with a fantastic, sold-out night of jazz at The Basement in Brighton – great to see so many friends there.

For those of you in or near Brighton, we’re doing it all again on June 2nd. Come and join us for a great night with Claire Martin and friends. Find out more and get tickets at www.kineojazz.com.

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