June 2013 Newsletter

Issue 93 – June 2013

Contents this month:

  1. Free Guide: Authoring tools for multi-device mobile delivery
  2. Learning Technologies Summer Forum: Come see us talk ADDIE and Mad Men
  3. Kineo's Adapt Framework to go open source: Join our session, 2nd July
  4. Top tip: Take a scroll on the wild side
  5. Market Update: Award-winning Employers
  6. Upcoming Events: Training Providers Forum, Learning Technologies, Adapt Open Source project planning, Totara User Group event
  7. Kineo News: New HQ in Brighton, New office in Australia, LearnX Awards, now hiring
  8. Event Review: City & Guilds' Lion Awards 2013
  9. Kineo Insights: Be a part of the 2013 Insights Report
  10. Kineo In 2 Minutes

Editor's note:

Summer is here. It really is. But it might go away again at any moment, so let's move fast to enjoy it. It's the time to get out and about, and bring your own devices to the beach or wherever takes your fancy. We're adapting quickly (dreadful pun) with:

  • Some big news on our own Kineo Adapt Responsive E-learning Design framework - we're planning to make it an Open Source Project
  • A new guide on authoring tools that help you make you make your learning mobile and multi-device
  • A chance to get out in the sun and meet us at Learning Technologies Summer Forum next week - we're talking ADDIE and Mad Men
  • Bringing some more light into your e-learning with scrolling designs

Market updates, tips and reviews will give you plenty for the beach bag this month. See you there if we get out before dark...


***Dates for your diary***

  • Learning Technologies Summer Forum - 18 June, London (UK)
  • Training Providers Forum - 17-18 June, Perth (AU)
  • Adapt Open Source planning session - 2 July, London (UK)
  • Totara User Group Event - 18 July, London (UK)
  • Totara Demo webinars dates available into July

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.

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1. Free Guide: Authoring tools for multi-device mobile delivery

You know we like to talk about and use authoring tools. Oh, do we ever. But what about choosing the right authoring tools for mobile and multi-device learning? With Flash a no-go on most mobile browsers, HTML5 and native apps are the new focuses for mobile platforms. More and more of you are looking for tools that enable you to publish one version that works on multiple platforms, including smart phone and tablets. Most roads lead to HTML5.

Our new guide takes you through what your options are and reviews the strengths and weaknesses of five tools, when it comes to multi-device output. It also includes a useful browser compatibility matrix, which shows at a glance which tools work with which browsers your learners are using across your organisation.

You can get the guide here.

Judging from our recent debate on LinkedIn, discussing the relative merits of authoring tools is still something that gets you fired up. Add some heat here.

And of course - there's some interesting news about our own Adapt framework; but let's not get ahead of ourselves...

2. Learning Technologies Summer Forum London: Come see us talking mobile and Mad Men

Learning Technologies. That's a January thing, right? Not in this crazy e-learning world. Now it's a summer thing too.

We're taking part in the first ever Learning Technologies Summer Forum at Olympia in London on 18 June. It's the first time the organisers have run this event as a follow on from the main January show. So it will be nice to see you all in your summer clothes for a change.

We'll be on Stand 29 to showcase the very latest innovations including our Adapt Framework for mobile learning, and the latest version of Totara LMS.

We're also running a seminar at 10.45: 'From ADDIE men to Mad Men: why learning needs to be more like marketing'. Case studies on marketing: essential. Manhattans: optional.

Kineo's MD, Steve Rayson, also joins a panel discussion in the afternoon. The question: What is your greatest L&D Challenge? Start your thinking now...

Let's make a date:

Drop us a line via events@kineo.comand we can arrange some quality time in the diary on what's likely to be a busy and bustling day!

It's free to attend Learning Technologies Summer Forum, you can register now. Find out more about what we're doing at the show.

3. Kineo's Adapt Framework to go open source: Join our session, 2nd July

Many of you joined our recent webinars showcasing Kineo's award-winning "Adapt" Framework. Adapt is a framework for building responsive e-learning design, using HTML5.

We showcased some work for recent clients and showed how you really can create one version that runs on multiple devices: desktop, tablet and mobile.

We couldn't resist using the old Steve jobs trick of closing with "oh, and one more thing... we want to make Adapt an open source project!"

Yes, you read that right: we're planning to open up our Adapt Framework for the whole community to benefit, and hopefully encourage some of you to contribute and help move it forward.

Why? Because we believe in open source (as you know from our Moodle and Totara LMS work); we're part of a charity at City & Guilds; and, it's the right thing to do.

We're running a first event to seek interest levels in participation on July 2nd in London. If you're interested, please come along.

If you're interested, you can find out more.

If you missed the webinar that we ran that included our open source announcement, then you can also watch the recording.

4. Top tip: Take a scroll on the wild side

HTML5, Responsive Design, multi-device... all very nice but what does it mean for learning design? A lot, it turns out. As we've said before, a new grammar for responsive, multi-device design is emerging. One of the key elements is scrolling design. In the first of a series of tips on scrolling, we look at some examples for inspiration.

Read the tip.

Get all of our tips here .

5. Market update: Award-winning employers

This month we update on two examples of employers who have done great things to help develop vocational skills in their teams, and who were both recognised at awards recently: Veolia and Tesco.

Find out why in this month's update.

6. Upcoming events: Training Providers Forum, Learning Technologies Summer forum, Adapt Open Source session, Totara User Group event

Lots coming up for the summer, including:

Training Providers Forum - Perth, June 17-18

Training Providers Forum is Western Australia's leading Forum on Training and Workforce Development, providing the latest updates on training and workforce development and showcase examples of innovation and good practice. This year's Forum program will focus on Sustainability, Technology and Innovation in Training and promises to be engaging and enlightening.

Learning Technologies Summer Forum - London, June 18

The first Learning Technologies Summer Forum takes place at Olympia, London this June. Join us on stand 29 and at our seminar at 10.45.

Find out more.

Adapt open source session - London, July 2

Join City & Guilds and Kineo from 2-5pm, when we will demonstrate the Adapt authoring framework and lead a discussion on turning the product into a collaborative, open source project.

The event is open to anyone interested in developing elearning content that works across multiple devices and in being involved with the open source project. City & Guilds and Kineo are encouraging people from across all sectors to attend, including Universities, FE colleges, employers and charities.

Totara User Group - London, July 18

We're hosting our third Totara LMS user group conference at our London office on 18th 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.

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

7. Kineo news: New HQ in Brighton, New office in Australia, LearnX Award wins, now hiring

New HQ in Brighton and office in Australia

Continued growth has seen us open two new Kineo offices since our last newsletter, including a new HQ in our home town of Brighton. Our first office in Brighton had 4 desks back in 2005; the new Brighton office has capacity for over 150 people, with a great view across Brighton Pier, the English Channel and the South Downs.

Follow us on Twitter (@kineo) to see more than a healthy number of pictures. If you're down Brighton way, do drop in and we'd be happy to show you around.

Find out more.

Also with nice views of a different type is our new Kineo Pacific office in Canberra, Australia. The Kineo Pacific team has been growing and developing new relationships.

LearnX Award wins

We were honoured last month to win not one, but two coveted LearnX Impact Awards:

  • Our Adapt Framework for multi-device learning design won the highest accolade - the Platinum Award for Best Learning Design Technology
  • Our Nursing ePortfolio project for New Zealand also received a Gold Award for Best Social Learning Platform

Find out more.

Now hiring

Increased desk spaces, and now part of a much bigger global group in City & Guilds means 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:

  • Work on high profile projects for the world's biggest brands including Vodafone, Starbucks, M&S, Nikon and Sony
  • An award-winning employee benefits offer to support your wealth, health and wellbeing. This includes a defined benefit pension scheme, private medical cover, income protection, and much more
  • Fantastic career opportunities across Kineo and the City & Guilds Group in the UK and in over 80 countries, and a commitment to invest in and develop you - as you'd expect from an organisation that's been focused on people development for over 100 years
  • A great working atmosphere in a friendly and supportive team, on challenging and interesting projects, and the freedom to innovate and think creatively - with offices in the heart of Brighton, London, Sheffield - and beyond...

We're hiring in multiple roles in design, technical, support, project management and sales. Find out more on our careers page.

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

8. Event review: City & Guilds Lion Awards 2013

Last week we joined our City & Guilds colleagues at their annual Lion Awards event at the Roundhouse in swinging Camden (London, UK). The ceremony brings together a cross section of education, including learners, teachers and employers to honour the outstanding achievements of some of the UK's most exceptional vocational learners. Congratulations to City & Guilds Kineo client Tesco for winning employer of the year for their commitment to developing their people.

The event had it all: drama, emotion and even Myleene Klass. But we repeat ourselves.

9. 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.

Download it now.

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.

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 information.

9. Introducing Kineo in 2 minutes

Kineo is a global workplace learning company that helps businesses improve their performance through learning and technology.

We are a trusted partner to many of the world's leading organisations. We design learning solutions that deliver measurable results. These solutions range from custom e- learning to accredited programmes to hosted learning management platforms.

We've partnered with some of the world's leading organizations, including BP, Nike, Vodafone, McDonald's, Tesco, HP, ARAMARK, Marks & Spencer, and Nikon.

Part of the City & Guilds Group, Kineo supports businesses with all aspects of skills development and training. We can draw on the extensive resources of the wider Group, which includes the Institute of Leadership and Management. This gives us reach into over 80 countries, and a full service offer from talent sourcing, through apprenticeships, and leadership and management, all enabled by learning technology.

Read some of our client success stories.

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