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WISE up: the new approach to learning design

The best learning content needs to recognise the changing world in which we live and learn. Kineo has kept pace, not least with Adapt and its responsive and scrollable content. But just as Adapt has evolved as a responsive framework with continuous technological innovation, so we must also be innovative in our approaches to learning design to …

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Listening – social learning’s most important skill?

When thinking about the skills of a 21st century learner the emerging skills of curation and networking might come to mind; or you might draw on ideas around participatory culture such as Jenkins’ (2009) core media literacies: Play: the capacity to experiment with one’s surroundings as a form of problem-solving; Simulation: the ability …

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Make the most of templates with mini treatments

Templates and standard components are a means to an end for learning designers. With the challenging budgets and timelines of much online learning, it's simply not possible to create whizzy custom layouts and functionality all the time. But a standard elearning template (or collection thereof) doesn't make good learning. They're simply presentation …

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Double gold for Kineo at learning awards

Kineo’s work with clients was recognised in this year’s Learning Technologies Awards, scooping gold in two very competitive categories. Our ‘Customer Obsessed Colleagues’ project with Barclays won the award for best learning technologies project in the commercial sector, recognised for its clear understanding of a business need and meticulous measurement …

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Social Learning - Reflections on Work 2.0

I was fortunate to facilitate roundtable discussions at the Work 2.0 conference recently on the topic of how to engage learner through social learning. Here are five questions I think would be useful to explore to implement social learning that can make an impact within an organisation. 1. Where do conversations happen? Social learning is often …

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Using the Social Wave - 5 top tips

The Social Wave is designed to: bring waves of the latest updates to knowledge workers about their learning goals; provide updates from the learning activities of their colleagues whom they follow. Based on the question 'how can we get learners more engaged in  undertaking relevant learning and development?' here are my top five tips …

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Articulate on the Rise – first impressions of the new Rise tool

When Articulate announced something was coming ‘soon’ most people presumed it was the next version of Storyline. Indeed they were right, as Storyline 360 appeared, but what people weren’t expecting were some of the other tools in the Articulate 360 suite. We’ll have our review of Storyline 360 soon but first let’s have an initial look at Rise. …

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Put the 'activity' in 'interactivity'

"We want something really interactive." Or "We want something more interactive than our previous learning." Heard requests like this before? I hear them frequently. It could be easy to presume that most online learning is interactive. So what does it really mean when people ask for more of it?

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Learning is what we do – thoughts from our time on the road

At Kineo we’re always listening out for new trends and themes that we can use to continually improve the learning we develop for our clients.  Kineo Managing Director, Matt Johnson , sums up this ethos in his twitter bio by declaring himself a ‘lifelong learner’. The Kineo Asia Pacific team has been on the road recently in Australia, attending …

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City & Guilds Group acquires e3Learning

The City & Guilds Group has acquired Adelaide-based e3Learning  – one of Australia's largest dedicated corporate elearning and compliance providers. Since its acquisition of Kineo in 2012, the City & Guilds Group has continued to develop its work within the elearning market, offering innovative workplace learning solutions to the world's …

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Still shaping the future of learning

Time flies when you’re having fun. At least that’s how it feels at Kineo when we reflect that we’ve been in business now for over a decade. But what set us in motion still remains true – we still care passionately about shaping the future of learning. … from little acorns grow Kineo was founded in 2005 to change how technology was used in workplace …

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Show not tell by giving your learners superpowers

Scenarios (video or otherwise) are a fantastic way to immerse learners in the learning. They add realism and context, and can give learners control so that they have those all-important practice opportunities. However, anyone who's created a lot of scenarios realise that they're not enough to cover some topics. In many cases, you need to drop into …

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Don’t become the fish: surviving the changing L&D landscape

There’s a saying – ‘the last thing a fish is aware of is the water in which it swims.’  We’re all in danger of being unaware of our own surroundings until they change – and the same is true for learning and development. How can we make sure we’re not limited by our own perspective and that we’re changing with the shifting L&D environment …

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Kineo and clients make the finals in the Learning Awards 2017

The Learning and Performance Institute have announced the 2017 Learning Awards finalist. This award recognises the highest achieving individuals and organisations within the learning and development field. With hundreds of entries from around the globe, this award programme is more competitive than ever. Kineo, alongside our clients, are thrilled …

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4 ways you can engage with your LMS users to get real-world feedback

Any good LMS will allow you to regularly view data to help ascertain how successful the site is. Totara LMS, for example, allows you to view reports to see course enrolment and completion, number of logins, and new users. This quantitate data tells you whether your users are adopting and engaging with the LMS and what content is popular, and while …

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The great leapfrog

For sure, there is change in the air. Who isn’t talking about digital transformation? We’re now in the early stages of the fourth industrial revolution after all. With the convergence of people and our digital and physical worlds, by 2020 our colleagues will actually be of the robotic kind.

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Spoiler alert: why you should be excited about Totara 9

It’s been a year since Totara announced the release of Totara 9, and as the clock ticks down to the latest release, we thought we’d share why you should be joining us in New Year’s Eve-style anticipation. The Totara 9 features creating the biggest buzz   Whether you’re a current user of Totara LMS or are contemplating a move away from your …

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7 ways L&D can foster employee engagement

Employee engagement plays a huge part in the success and growth of an organisation; when done right it can drive the productivity, motivation and innovation of its employees. In our new guide People Power – why employee engagement and L&D go hand in hand  we explore why learning and development is such a vital part of employee engagement and …

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Building campaigns to drive change

It’s an interesting time right now. Technology is driving nearly every sector through significant changes to their businesses. Change teams are working with L&D managers, technology managers and communications teams; all trying to align strategies. Lots of money and time being spent – but are we achieving the outcomes we really want?

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Are we still the ten percenters?

Few theories trip off the tongue of L&D professionals easier than the 70/20/10 principle. The theory was formulated by Morgan McCall and his colleagues at the Centre for Creative Leadership. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of its publication. Although 70/20/10 was never a prescribed model nor an exact science, it's found great success.

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