February 10 Newsletter

Issue 52 - February 2010

Content this month:

  1. Free guide: Managing stakeholders in e-learning
  2. My Kineo: New free service for corporate e-learning professionals
  3. Audio interviews: Lessons from Walgreens, a new look at 3D and virtual worlds
  4. Top tips: Why theory is good for you
  5. Market update: What $1.1bn gets you these days
  6. Upcoming webinars: Open Source, Moodle and internal teams
  7. Kineo news: ISO 9001:2008 quality certified; Learning Technologies success; Learning solutions event; Now hiring...

Editor's note:

We’ve been talking a lot this month. First off, thanks to all of you who visited us at our stand and our seminars at Learning Technologies in London at the end of January. It was a buzzing show, and it was great to chat with so many clients, fellow professionals and make new friends.
We were a little hoarse after that, but that didn’t stop us launching My Kineo, our free new support service for corporate e-learning professionals, and running the first free webinar for that.

We’re sharing a free guide to go with the launch of My Kineo – all about managing your e-learning stakeholders more effectively.

We’ve had great discussions with gurus on lessons from Walgreens and 3D e-learning this month. Put on your 3D glasses (or perhaps don’t) and listen in.

And if we have any breath left, come and join us at one of our upcoming Webinars over the coming month.

Talk soon (predictably enough),


1. Free guide: managing stakeholders in e-learning

You don’t need us to tell you that if you don’t identify, connect with, and manage your stakeholders, your e-learning project isn’t going to get very far. But are you thinking about all of the potential stakeholders, and developing plans to manage each? If so – well, look at you. If not (and maybe even if so), our free insight guide and stakeholder management tool can help.

Find out more on managing e-learning stakeholders.

2. My Kineo: new free service for corporate e-learning professionals

Our free guide this month is a sample of what you can get from our new service: My Kineo.
My Kineo is Kineo’s free new support service - an e-learning workbench for corporate e-learning professionals and teams. In 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 organizations to join up – for free. Get in touch at info@kineo.com to find out more.

3. Audio interviews

We had the pleasure of catching up with two great e-learning gurus this month:
Anne Marie Laures: Anne is recently retired Director of Learning Services at Walgreens, US retail giant. We discussed some of the best practices she put in place in over 30 years guiding Walgreen’s Learning Services Group.

You can hear the interview here.

Karl Kapp: Professor Karl Kapp is an expert in learning in virtual worlds and 3D learning environments. So much so that he just wrote a book on the subject, co-authored with Tony O’Driscoll. He tells us why 3D and virtual worlds are worth a second look (maybe even in Second Life – remember that?)

Listen in to the discussion here.

4. Top tips: why theory is good for you

We’re all about getting things done at Kineo. But that doesn’t mean we’re averse to a little grounding in theory. Find out why brushing up on the books is good for you in this month’s top e-learning tip.

5. Market update: What $1.1bn gets you these days

What price an e-learning company? $1.1bn sounded good to us. Oh, don't worry. We haven't been bought. If we had $1.1bn you might find the newsletter would come out a little less often. But that was the price that a private equity company paid to acquire Skillsoft last week. Why? Find out in this month’s e-learning market update.

6: Upcoming Kineo webinars: Open source, Moodle, internal teams

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

Exploring the open source LMS option: Feb 25th 4pm UK time / 11am EST / 10am CST
Join us for what will be a lively discussion about open source LMS options including Moodle.
Speakers include Lyn Bennett, Education Program Manager, and Scott Severn, Technology Manager from Kronos Incorporated, who will discuss: Our Journey: Harnessing Moodle to Deliver Customer Training

Also presenting will be Michael Korcuska, Executive Director Sakai on The Truth About Open Source – Who writes the code?, How safe is it?, Is it really free?
Learning Technologies Webinar: How companies are getting the most from Moodle: March 4th 2pm UK time / 9am EST / 8am CST

Join us as we explore how BBC, Nikon, BP, Cable&Wireless, M&S and many more have been deploying Moodle, the open source LMS, to deliver enterprise components such as 360 appraisal, role profiles, classroom management and a range of other features.
My Kineo Web panel: Challenges and best practices with internal teams: March 11th 4pm UK time / 11am EST / 10am CST

As part of the My Kineo series, we’re pleased to present a web panel which will explore how to ensure internal teams work at their best with e-learning development. Panelists include:
Rory Lawson, Instructional Design, Manager Learning Design, Learning HSBC Group Management Training College (UK)

Anne Marie Laures, Principal at Laures Consulting, former Director Learning Services at Walgreens

Ellen Wagner, Partner Sage Road Solutions, former Sr. Director Worldwide eLearning Adobe Systems

Email info@kineo.com to register for these events. Attendance is free but space is limited.

7. Kineo news: ISO 9001:2008 Quality certified, Learning Technologies success, now hiring

Mark of quality
We’re delighted to announce that our quality has been recognised with the prestigious ISO 9001:2008 award, along with further environmental and CHAS accreditations. ISO 9001: 2008 is firmly established as the international standard for quality management. We’re proud to be recognized for our quality and environmental standards.

Learning Technologies update
We had a great show at Learning Technologies. This year was proof more than ever that this is the must-attend show in the UK, bigger than ever. We had countless great discussions. One thing is clear – you love Moodle. From ‘what is it’ 12 months ago to ‘I want it’ this year, Moodle is common parlance now.

We were pleased to show many of our Moodle and e-learning solutions in our seminars. We were also delighted to receive the feedback from the exit poll and are glad so many of you found your discussions with us useful – we feel the same…

E-learning Guild: Learning solutions conference
Cammy Bean, Kineo’s U.S. Vice President of Design is to be a featured speaker at eLearning Guild’s Learning Solution’s Conference March 23rd – 26th in Orlando, Florida. Join her and the rest of the US team at booth 208. More here.

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 coordinators
  • Sales consultants
  • Technical producers

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