July 2013 Newsletter

Issue 94 – July 2013

Contents this month:

  1. New Report: Blended learning – Current use, challenges and best practice
  2. Totally Totara: Free user group event on 18 July
  3. Top tip: Scroll it up
  4. Market update: A survey of surveys
  5. LT Summer Forum: Event review and slides
  6. Upcoming events: Totara User Group, LearnX, Learning Live
  7. Kineo News: Kineo now LPI accredited, Adapt Open Source project update,, now hiring
  8. Kineo Insights: Be a part of the 2013 Insights Report

Editor's note:

Things at Kineo this month are even hotter than July, if it’s permissible to quote Stevie Wonder...

  • We’re blazing ahead with our open source project. Earlier this month we launched Adapt, our responsive e-learning framework, as an open source project. Find out more about the launch events and our plans below.
  • We’re also looking forward to our third Totara user group event, which is a summer party for LMS fans – come and join us in London on the 18 July
  • And we have a nice new badge from the good people at LPI to wear with pride at the beach

With market insights, tips and more, plenty to keep you ticking over in these dog days...


***Dates for your diary***

  • HRIZON – Sydney, August 19-21
  • LearnX – Sydney, September 10-11
  • Learning Live – London, September 11-12
  • City & Guilds Kineo Launch – London, September 1

Visit the Kineo Events page and contact us at events@kineo.com to find out more and to arrange to meet us at any of the upcoming events.

Join the E-learning Professionals Group on LinkedIn: Over 7,000 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. New Report: Blended Learning

This month we’re bringing you a free report on the state of blended learning today, in partnership with training providers, The Oxford Group.

The report is the culmination of our recent webinars and survey into how blends are being utilised by organisations across the globe in the current day and age. In addition to providing a background to the research, the report explores the current use, challenges and best practices. The report also highlights 10 Tips for L& D professionals wanting to make the most of blended learning.

Get the report here.

2. Totally Totara: Free user group event on 18 july

We’re hosting our third dedicated event for Totara LMS users on July 18th in London. It’s completely free to attend and provides users with insight and training on the current version, real world lessons from existing users and a heads-up on what’s coming in the future development roadmap.

With the new version 2.4 including exciting additions such as Mozilla’s Open Badges and the rise of the Tin Can API, there promises to be some interesting debate on the day as well as a host of case studies and useful information to digest and take away.

Find out more and reserve your free place here.

3. Top Tip: Scroll it up

For years, web design and the learning design world chanted this mantra: “no scrolling, no scrolling.”

We were told to avoid the scroll bar at all costs. But things have changed. The scroll bar is back and proving to be an effective means of accessing and exploring the rich world of the web. And yet learning designers have continued to resist the scroll bars’ come hither advances. We’re ready to change all that...

Find out why we think scrolling is perfectly fine, here.

4. Market Update: Bluff your way through L& D

It’s fair to say that there are a number of surveys that do the rounds within the learning and development industry. So how do you know which ones are relevant to you? And which ones should you read first? This month we explore a new survey of surveys which has done the hard work for us and reveals ten key findings for L& D to digest.

Find out what they are here.

5. LT Summer Forum: Event review and slides

Last month we were part of the first ever Learning Technologies Summer Forum in London. The event showcased the very latest innovations including our Adapt framework for multi-device learning and the latest version of Totara LMS. We also hosted a packed seminar entitled ‘From ADDIE men to Mad Men: why learning needs to be more like marketing’ and we’re pleased to share a recording of that session here.

But so much else happened besides, we thought we’d bring a full review of the show here.

6. Upcoming events: Totara User Group, Learnx, Learning Live

There’s no summer break as far as events go, with lots coming up:

Totara User Group, July 18, London @ City & Guilds

We'll host our third Totara LMS user group conference at our London office on 18 July. We'll share the latest Totara 2.4 features and innovations, including Open Badges, as well as demos of Totara in action for clients, and your feedback and wishlist for future versions. The event is free and open to seasoned Totara users and people just looking to find out more.

Email us for more details and to register your interest.

HRIZON, Sydney, August 19-21

The AHRI National Convention and Exhibition is Australia's flagship event for HR and people managers. AHRI's National Convention and Exhibition is for HR professionals, people managers and business leaders and will show national and global thinking for business today. The exhibition provides delegates with the latest products and services in the HR field for new ideas to take back to the workplace.

Find out more here.

LearnX, Sydney, September 10-11
LearnX Asia Pacific Conference & Expo is the Foundation’s annual international event and is designed around a wide ranging agenda of purpose built and dynamic presentations for learning & development professionals. Following on from our success at the LearnX Impact Awards, we'll be demoing our latest innovations including our responsive elearning design framework, Adapt.

More details can be found here.

Learning Live, London, September 11-12
Returning to London this September, Learning Live is a must for all corporate and commercial trainers, training managers, L& D managers and HR managers. The 2-day event plays host to over 20 focus sessions and seminars, a free-to-attend exhibition, a keynote address and a Gala Networking Dinner! The show's hashtag #LEARNINGLIVE topped the UK trends for six hours straight on the second day last year, and this year is set to be another great show.

Kineo are sponsoring and exhibiting at this year’s show – visit the event website to find out more.

City & Guilds Kineo Launch, London, September 17

We are very excited to bring you news of our City & Guilds Kineo official launch on September 17 in London. As you know, we joined forces with City & Guilds at the end of 2012 and have been working hard to bring you new solutions that maximise our combined expertise and experience. More details will follow soon but we’re planning an extra special event that you won’t want to miss – keep the date free in your diary!

Find out about these events and many more on our Events pages here.

7. Kineo news: LPI accreditated, Adapt Update, Now hiring...

Kineo now LPI accredited

The good folk at the Learning and Performance Institute (LPI) have awarded us a shiny new badge this month. Yes, we are now an officially LPI accredited learning provider. This independent mark of quality reflects Kineo’s ongoing commitment to deliver learning to the highest possible standard.

Adapt Elearning Framework – Open Source Project

City & Guilds and Kineo held a series of open meetings last week to discuss open sourcing our award winning Adapt elearning authoring framework. Adapt produces elearning content that responsively adapts intelligently to screen size so that a single version will work on multiple devices from smartphones to tablets to desktops. There was a lot of interest from a wide variety of educational, public sector and private sector organisations in supporting the project.

We are currently putting together a suggested plan to take this exciting project forward and will be holding further meetings in the coming months. Our vision is to create, as a community, a free, open source elearning authoring tool that produces responsive content i.e. a single version that works across multiple devices.

If you would like to contribute or support the Adapt project please contact us at enquiries@kineo.com.

Now hiring:
Increased desk spaces, part of a much bigger global group in City & Guilds, we've got some major growth plans for 2013 and beyond. You know what that means – we need more great Kineo people. Some reasons to join us:

We're hiring in multiple roles in design, technical, support, project management and sales- come and find out more.

Make a great change in 2013 - become a Kineo person.

8. Kineo Insights: Be a part of the 2013 insights report

Last year in collaboration with e.learning Age, we developed the Insights report, which reviewed best practice in the learning technologies world. With interviews from over 30 leading professionals, the report captured ten trends for 2013.

You can download it here.

Our 2013 Insights Report will look afresh at learning technologies in the enterprise. We'll examine what's changed, what trends and best practices are embedded - and what's coming next.

Find out more about what we’re planning to do here.

If you’d like to be involved in the research - we'd love to hear from you. Contact us at enquiries@kineo.com for more.

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