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A Decade of Rapid eLearning [Market Update]

What does the phrase Rapid eLearning mean to you? Is it a set of authoring tools; the timeline for the project; the quality of the output; the budget you have available; or is it eLearning created by a Subject Matter Expert? Does the term inspire you or leave you distraught and desperate? No matter your viewpoint, if you’ve been in the eLearning industry for any length of time, you’ve probably …

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Market Update: Progress of the LMS

It’s no surprise that many businesses have a Learning Management Systems (LMS) at the heart of their learning and development to help manage training and develop their employees. LMSs can be brilliant and offer extensive benefits, but can also be a real headache when designed badly, or utilised ineffectively. Recently, the software research and review site,  Software Advice , conducted a survey …

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Kineo US Celebrates Years of Growth and Moves to Brand New Office Space

This week, Kineo US will move into a brand new loft office space in downtown Chicago. Why? We’ve literally been bursting at the seams as our team continues to grow.  The excitement has been brewing over the past few days as the walls have become bare, team members start boxing up their workspaces, and the space empties out. The move is becoming less of a future concept and more of a reality. This …

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Market Update: Responsive Digital Learning - All For One, One For All

Having recently joined City & Guilds Kineo as Head of Learning Design, I’ve had the opportunity to get hands on with some exciting new learning tools, such as the Adapt Open Source Learning Framework.  Responsive learning has been a buzz word in the learning technologies industry for a while, and having gained some new first-hand experience of designing for responsive, I wanted to …

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Market Update January 2015: Where Are All The Blended Learning Designers?

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been over 15 years since “Blended Learning” was conceptualised and coined. Most people in the world of learning and development are aware of it, and few question its value. So, why is it so difficult to find anyone who actually resembles a “Blended Learning Designer” in the corporate landscape? As we approach Learning Technologies, where City & Guilds Kineo are …

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Market Update December 2014: Reflections On 2014 From L&D

2014 has certainly been a year of change in L&D. We’ve seen progress in the wider adoption of new learning technologies and multi-device learning, and have also seen the rise and rise of gamification. But what was 2014 to those in the industry, a productive year, or a year to forget? What have been the highlights, and where is change still needed? We asked our City & Guilds Kineo …

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Market Update November 2014

Both ourselves and Towards Maturity have recently released flagship industry reports, full of insights into the use of learning technologies in businesses. As 2014 starts to draw to a close, we thought we’d review both reports to see what common ground we shared and if we had any key differences as businesses look towards their L&D plans for 2015. As it turns out, we found a lot of similarites …

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Market Update October 2014

October was conference season for our Kineo Pacific offices with key events across Australia and New Zealand bringing together the Learning and Development professionals from across the region. Always looking for ways to support the advancement of the L&D industry, City & Guilds Kineo contributed significantly to these events, co-hosting the LearnX Asia Pacific Conference in Melbourne …

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Market Update September 2014

By 2025, Ernst & Young predicts there will be a world shortage of around 56.5 million skilled workers. That is a skills shortage equivalent to the entire population of South Africa, which, by the way, is estimated to have the 24th largest population in the world. It’s a startling prediction and provides us with food for thought as we focus on helping people develop the skills they need …

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Market Update August 2014

Sadly this will be my last market update as I leave City & Guilds Kineo at the end of August. Since starting the company with my colleagues in 2005, I have written over 90 monthly market updates for Kineo (and CG Kineo) and thought I would take this opportunity to look back at the changes in the bespoke/custom elearning market and changes in the technology underpinning elearning content. …

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Market Update July 2014

It is a real challenge to precisely define an accurate market place or UK frame of reference for City & Guilds Kineo Qualifications and Learning. The best approach is probably measured as a combination of Private and Public funded education and skills programs using government and employer statistics for these areas – and there are many estimates depending on what is or isn’t included. Defining …

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Market Update June 2014: Adapt Open Source Elearning

The elearning authoring tools market has largely been populated with proprietary tools that the user or organisation licences on a per-user, per-year, or sometimes even per-publish basis. Tools from well-established providers including Articulate, Adobe with the Captivate Suite and Lectora have had significant uptake. They’re all great, and we’ve used them extensively at City & Guilds Kineo – …

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The Next Big Thing? 4 Learning Ideas for Generation C

I recently spent three days in Washington DC at the ASTD (which was re-branded mid-show to ATD ) discussing mobile, social and online learning. When I wasn’t working the Kineo booth I was wandering the floor and attending sessions. Too often, tradeshow and conferences serve as a depressing reminder of how little changes in the training world. But actually, I came away energized and excited …

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Market Update April 2014: Compliance Training

In early April, Kineo gathered fifty learning executives in New York to contemplate "whether compliance training is really training?", and other questions. There was a strong voice in the room that what most of us pass off as ‘training’ isn’t, in fact, training at all, but a ‘distribution of information’, a ’necessary evil’ or a ‘re-hash’ year …

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Market Update March 2014

It was 100 months ago we published our first market update on the elearning market in November 2005. We take the opportunity to look back at what has changed - and what hasn’t - since 2005. We look at how companies and markets have changed over the period. So get your scorecards out…. More different than the same? The learning technology landscape has changed dramatically since 2005. There …

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Market Update February 2014

Learning Technologies proved, yet again, to be a very popular and busy event. Over 7,000 people attended, there were over 250 exhibitors and 150 free seminars. So it was not a show for the faint hearted. Here is our take on the event. The number of companies attending each year continues to grow. Learning Technologies is now arguably the number one global event in the industry. This is reflected …

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Market Update January 2014

January is conference season in the elearning world. We’re all looking forward to a number of major events over the next few weeks in the UK, Australia and the US. There is a slight sense of deja vu as last year many speakers and companies were convinced that 2013 would be the year of mobile. This year even more are convinced that 2014 will be the year of 'mobile learning'. It may be blasphemous …

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Market Update Dec '13 - US Markets

This month I was in New York at our Konnect event and took the opportunity to look at the latest market research for the US and talk to clients and industry analysts about current trends. I have set out below a summary of my findings on the US corporate training market. The US corporate training market has recovered strongly from the economic downturn in 2008 and 2009. Growth in spending on corporate …

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Elearning Market Update - November 2013

This month we were down under at the learning@work conference in Sydney, learning from the experience of companies such as LinkedIn, Deloitte, Nissan and TNT. I was pleased to be able to attend the event with our colleagues from Kineo Pacific, who just became part of the City & Guilds Kineo Group . Some of the key takeaways from the event for me were as follows... Kelly Palmer, leadership …

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Elearning Market Update October 2013

The fast changing nature of technology is continuing to have a significant impact on businesses and how they work. This month we take a look at what is called the consumerisation of IT and its impact on learning.   Technology in corporates is being outpaced by changes in consumer technology. The nature and impact of consumer technology change is not waiting for corporate strategies, policies …

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Elearning Market Update Sept 2010

This month we take a look at the recent survey of elearning companies carried out by IT Training Magazine, the British Computer Society's (BCS) quarterly magazine. We are pleased to see that Kineo is notable in growing strongly despite a generally flat elearning market. In an article called Weathering the Storm, Clive Shepherd explores how the UK elearning industry has handled the recession. …

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Elearning Market Update – August 2013

This month we take a look at trends in sales training and the results of a recent best practice survey of over 120 companies. The results may surprise you. Studies of business training expenditure consistently find that expenditure is concentrated in 5 areas, namely: Sales and customer service Executive and management training Industry-specific training …

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Elearning Market Update - July 2013

This month we report on a useful survey of learning surveys from our friends at Good Practice. The surveys collectively draw on research with over 2,500 learning professionals. You can download the report through the Good Practice online toolkit. Good Practice has produced a useful report, which is available from their site. The report covers the following surveys: …

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