February 2012 Newsletter

Issue 76 – February 2012

Contents this month:

  1. Free guide: Mobile Learning in practice
  2. Case study: Vodafone Ireland Totara LMS and e-learning
  3. Kineo Essentials: New range, try them out…
  4. Top tip: Designing backwards is the way forward
  5. Market update: Learning Technologies round up, market acquisitions
  6. ASTD show report: All the buzz from Las Vegas
  7. News and events: Kineo Bootcamp USA, Warner Bros event in LA, Totara award win, now hiring

Editor's note:

Hello you. Haven’t we met before? I think it was at the Learning Technologies show in London just a few weeks ago. Or was it at ASTD Tech Knowledge in Las Vegas? We were on the Kineo stand. You were looking to do something new and different with learning in 2012. We talked, we laughed – we had a connection, didn’t we? Remember all the great things we said we’d do, like:

  • Make beautiful mobile learning, that has a purpose – find out how in our free guide
  • Make better e-learning by design – take a look at our new Essentials range to see how
  • Talk about Totara LMS over a new case study and award

With case studies, a market update, top tips and more, we’re making good on our promises and then some in this month’s newsletter.

If you’ve just joined us after one of the shows- thanks for the great exit poll feedback, and we hope you have room in your life for a new best friend.


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1. Free Guide: Mobile Learning Part 1: Designing it right

A lot of the discussion at both Learning Technologies in the UK and at ASTD in Las Vegas was on mobile learning. As we cover later in our updates from both shows, the conversation has moved from ‘what if’ hype to ‘what now’ – how do we make this work for real. Our new guide on designing mobile e-learning focuses on just that, with;

  • 10 design tips for designing mobile e-learning to make an impact
  • 10 examples of where and how to use mobile to best effect

It’s part one of a series of free guides on mobile learning in practice. Look out for part 2 in March, where we’ll focus on implementing mobile learning, to help you with the decision making process around tools and technologies.

You can find the mobile guide here.

Like free stuff? There are over 40 other free Kineo guides and reports available on the revamped Kineo website. Help yourself. Or, ask 4,000 other people to help you in the Elearning Professionals Community. Now trending: Virtual classroom tips, LMS recommendations, Flash and HTM , and more.

2. Case study: Vodafone Ireland Totara LMS and e-learning

We’ve been working with the great team at Vodafone Ireland, part of Vodafone Group recently, helping them move from Moodle to Totara LMS. Totara LMS is a custom distribution of Moodle for the enterprise, that Kineo has co-developed with Catalyst IT and Kineo Pacific. Vodafone Ireland is a great example of an enterprise getting more for less from their LMS through Totara. We’ve also been working with them to develop e-learning modules and capability building.

Find out more about their experience and feedback in our Vodafone case study.

Find out more about Totara – now with Brandon Hall award win – here.

3. Kineo Essentials: New range, try them out…

For organizations looking to deliver a high quality e-learning solution that addresses the key topics, there’s a new way to get there quickly. Our new Kineo Essentials suite provides an e-learning solution for meeting core skills and compliance needs, from diversity and health and safety to leadership and management.

The first e-learning suite is a series of personal effectiveness modules:

  • Creativity
  • Coaching
  • Communication
  • Decision Making
  • Time Management
  • Leadership
  • Networking
  • Problem-Solving
  • Difficult Conversations
  • Self-Development

These were developed with GoodPractice, a leading provider of management and personal skills learning.

The second is a compliance suite of e-learning modules for the UK, with titles including:

  • Anti-Bribery
  • Data Protection
  • Diversity
  • Diversity for Managers
  • Health & Safety
  • Anti-Money Laundering
  • Treating Customers Fairly
  • Information Security

The modules are available individually or as a complete branded online suite of learning modules providing easy access to learning and full tracking and reporting. If you need a branded portal with high quality e-learning in a serious hurry at a low cost– talk to us. Find out more and sign up for a free trial.

4. Top tip: Designing backwards is the way forward

A top tip for learning, every month – you know the drill. In top tip number 64, Cammy Bean explains why you need to design e-learning backwards. But she does it in a very straightforward way.

Get this tip and all of our other ones here.

Or let our top tips find their way to you through our free Top Tips app on the App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/kineo-e-learning-top-tips/id 47242

5. Market update: Learning Technologies round up, acquisition news

We didn’t get much time to step away from the stand last week – thanks for keeping us busy… but we did see a few interesting developments, and we share those – and news of the latest industry acquisition – in this month’s market update.

Get the lowdown here.

6. ASTD show report: All the buzz from Las Vegas

The Kineo US team were all over Las Vegas last week. That may have come out slightly wrong. They were of course working hard at ASTD Tech Knowledge 2012, running several sessions, and staying well away from the slots. From Mobile learning to Facebook insights, we share what went down in our show report. What happens in Vegas isn’t going to stay in Vegas this time.

Read the report here.

7. News and events: Kineo Bootcamp USA, Warner Bros event in LA, Totara award win, now hiring.

More news. Less weather. Just the way you want it:

Kineo Bootcamp USA

Feel like your internal design team needs some discipline? We’ve got some tough love waiting for you. Kineo Bootcamp USA (not a TV show – yet) is here to help. Find out more about this strict but fair new service here.

Join us at Warner Bros networking event in LA!

The US team gets all the great gigs. We’ve been lucky enough to work with the folks at Warner Bros., and they’re kindly opening up the lot for a networking event in LA on Feb 28th. Join the Kineo and Warner Bros. team to meet colleagues in the learning business, which is just like the movie business, only slightly less glamorous. They made Batman and Harry Potter. But could we make e-learning that kept them entertained? Find out... this February... in the e-learning event of the year... (do your own Hollywood voiceover impression please).

Totara Award Win

Totara LMS is being used by a range of Kineo’s clients, including Vodafone Ireland, Tesco, Logica and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust. If you were at Learning Technologies, maybe you joined us at our case study seminar with the Tesco team. And now Totara’s been further recognized by Brandon Hall, with a shiny new award for technology advancement.

You can find out more here: http://www.totaralms.com/about-totara/news/80.

Now hiring

This month we’ve added some key new team members in the UK, US and Australia. You can find out more in our press releases section. But we’re not finished yet…we’re looking for passionate, creative, enthusiastic people to join us as:

  • Solutions consultants (sales role)
  • LMS implementation consultants
  • Flash-based graphic designers
  • E-learning designers
  • Front-end developers
  • PHP developers
  • Software testers
  • Support Engineers

Find out more here. No agencies please.

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