August 2012 Newsletter

Issue 83 – Aug 2012

Contents this month:

  1. Totara 2.2: Introducing Audience Management
  2. Seeing RED: Responsive E-learning Design – a new way for mobile learning
  3. Innovating Pedagogy 2012: Ten directions from the OU – any for you?
  4. Top tip: Let’s get dramatic
  5. Events round up: a busy summer schedule across the globe
  6. News: Articulate summer offer, now hiring
  7. Surveys: Retail sector, Towards Maturity Benchmarking

Editor's note:

August is the cruellest month for the newsletter author. Mass exodus to the beaches means that we can only count on the party faithful and those who become too engrossed in the Olympics to book a holiday.

We reward your loyalty with some new feature news for Totara 2.2, a new way of seeing e-learning design – seeing it RED, that is – and our usual reviews and tips.

Forward it to your colleagues on leave and text them to say they need to check their mail urgently. Everyone loves a surprise.


***Dates for your diary:***

Conferences and events
  • LearnX Asia Pacific 2012 – 29-30th August, Melbourne
  • Underground Jazz Session & networking Event, 29th August, Melbourne


  • Totara Demos - Aug/Sept/Oct dates available
  • Is your eLearning Interactive? – 13th September, 4.30pm BST / 10.30am Central
  • Learning Technologies: Showcase in Learning Design - 20th September, 4pm BST
  • Parlez-Vous Instructional Design? – 27th September, 4.30 BST / 10.30am Central

Contact us at to find out more and to arrange to meet us at any of the upcoming events. And keep an eye on our E-Learning Events page for further additions.

Join the E-learning Professionals Group on LinkedIn: Over 5,000 of your fellow e-learning professionals are already sharing here. Ask questions, get help – find out what’s really going on in e-learning…


1. Totara 2.2: Introducing Audience Management

With over 100 clients already using Totara, we’ve worked with the core team to keep the product moving forward. Totara 2.2 has just launched, among its new features is audience management.

What’s audience management? Come and see what it does here…

2. Seeing RED: Responsive E-learning Design: a new way for mobile learning

You’ve probably heard of Responsive Web Design. It’s changed web design. It’s time e-learning design changed to make mobile learning actually work for everyone. Time to see RED. In this month’s market update, we coin a new term and encourage you to see mobile learning differently.

3. Innovating Pedagogy 2012: Ten directions from the OU – any for you?

In case you think that universities in August are whatever the opposite of hives of activities are, the Open University would like to point out that they’re busy as bees in Milton Keynes this summer. How? By releasing a thumping big report of course. It captures 10 ‘innovations that are in currency but have not yet had a profound influence on education’. Whether you’re in education, or business, or that large overlap in the middle, it’s worth considering all 10. Which we do here.

4. Top tip: Let’s get dramatic

There’s more than one would-be or once-was dramatist in the e-learning profession (since there’s about 10 in Kineo). What can dramas and narrative bring to e-learning? Cammy Bean (not a drama queen in real life) shares a tip. Get it here.

Find the rest of our top tips here.

Or let our top tips find their way to you through our free Top Tips app on the App Store.

And of course let’s get social and talk.

5. Events round up

We’ve got a lot coming up around the Kineo-shaped globe: Some early warnings:


  • LSG Webinars

As part of the Learning and Skills Group’s (LSG) Summer Webinar Series, Kineo will be delivering sessions on 20th September and 6th December.

The session on 20th September will focus on high-impact designs, showcasing some of our recent client work that blurs the line between communications and learning.

  • World of Learning

October sees Kineo MD, Steve Rayson looking at Harnessing Open-Source Resources in the 11.30-12.30 Learning Innovation Session with Tesco’s Head of Learning, Jane Williams, on Day 1 of the World of Learning Conference in Birmingham, 2nd October.


  • Webinars

Is Your Learning Interactive? Parlez-Vous Interactive Design? Find out with Kineo US VP of Learning, Cammy Bean as she delivers two webinars on these much-discussed topics in September (13th and 27th).

  • Learning 3.0 Chicago

Then meet the rest of the Kineo US Team and delve into the evolving world of the social workplace at Training Magazines’ two-day Learning 3.0 Conference in Chicago, October 24-25th.


  • LearnX

Kineo Pacific are Diamond Sponsors of this years’ LearnX conference taking place in Melbourne 29-30th August. In addition to a keynote on Emerging Learning Technologies, they are also presenting a breakout session on Blended Learning. On conclusion of Day 1, the social learning theme continues Downstairs at Bluestone where they play host to an evening of underground jazz and networking for L&D professionals.

Find out more and register for all of the above on our events page:

6. News: Kineo launches jumpstart Totara service in US, Articulate summer discount offer, now hiring

Totara Jumpstart in US

Kineo US has launched a new service to help you get going in a hurry with your Totara implementation. Aimed at small business, jumpstart is an on-demand, hosted Totara LMS that enabling them to manage all of their online and classroom learning, certifications and to build online communities to improve workforce, partner and customer productivity and drive business performance.

If you need to do more than just launch and track e-learning, but need to go faster and keep costs lower than a full-blown LMS would allow – have a look at jumpstart.

Find out more here.

Articulate Summer Discount

To celebrate the arrival of Articulate Storyline, which we reviewed in May, Kineo has a special summer articulate offer to bring some sunshine in to your life. We’re offering 10% off all Articulate products, including Storyline, plus a free training webinar for all purchases made before the end of August.

Kineo is an Articulate partner and develops content and provides training for over a hundred different companies using Articulate products. As part of the summer offer Kineo will also be providing a free webinar training session to get you developing content quickly and effectively.

Contact Kineo’s Software License team at to get your discount.

Now hiring:

We’re looking for passionate, creative, enthusiastic people to join us across our global network of offices as:

  • Solutions Consultants (Sales role)
  • Moodle & Totara Solutions Architects
  • PHP Developers
  • Instructional Designers
  • Graphic Designers
  • E-Learning Developers
  • Senior E-Learning Designers
  • Freelance Learning Designers / Scriptwriters

View all Kineo vacancies here. No agencies please.

7. Surveys: Retail sector, Towards Maturity 2012 Benchmark Study

Retail Sector survey:

We’re keeping our sector themes going – if you’re in the retail sector, we want to hear from you. You can access our sector survey here.

You can see some of what’s possible in retail learning by looking at our examples here.

Towards Maturity 2012 Benchmark Study

Laura Overton and the team at Towards Maturity always do an excellent job in compiling the annual benchmark survey, and as an Ambassador of the Towards Maturity benchmark study, we’d urge you to join the 1800 organisations that have already taken part in the largest learning technology benchmark in Europe. Don’t hesitate - an astonishing 73% of participants report that just taking part in the study had given them new ideas to improve the impact of their learning services.

Find out more here.

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