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US Beef and Kineo win gold at the Brandon Hall awards

Brandon Hall Group has recognized Kineo’s work with United States Beef Corporation (US Beef) in the category of best blended learning. Kineo is thrilled to take home gold in this category of the HCM Excellence Awards. The Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards are highly sought after and are one of the most prestigious awards in the industry. The …

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Divided by a common language: matching expectations about training and development

What’s the difference between ‘training’ and ‘development’? Is there a difference or is it just down to the language we use? And if we interchange them, does it lead to confusion and frustration for both learning & development teams and employees? Mark Twain once said ‘Britain and America are two nations divided by a common language’. And we’re …

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Kineo named as top vendor in rapidly changing corporate training market

Kineo has been named as one of the top five corporate training vendors in Europe in a new report.  The market research report by Technavio gives an overview of the corporate training landscape in Europe and identifies key players for the next five years. Kineo was listed along with MHI Global, NetDimensions, Skillsoft and fellow Totara partner …

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Kineo and clients shortlisted for Learning Technologies awards

Kineo's work with clients has been shortlisted in four categories for the Learning Technologies awards 2016. With over 15 countries represented in a range of sectors, this year's has been called ‘the biggest and most hard-fought over shortlist ever'. Kineo is thrilled to feature in four categories in such a competitive year. Our commitment to our …

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Top tips for making your LMS a lasting success

The death of an LMS often comes down to neglect. It’s forgotten about and ignored. You’ve probably come across one before – most likely tucked away in the dark corners of an intranet and spoken about only in murmurs. How did it get to be in such an appalling state? The LMS once won an award, or so you’ve heard. Preparing for life after the launch …

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Why elearning trumps face-to-face training

As elearning providers, we’re slightly biased as to why we think elearning is so great. But there’s no denying that it has plenty of advantages as a medium over face-to-face training .  Key advantages of elearning over traditional face-to-face training  For one thing, with elearning you can ensure consistency on a global scale, confident in …

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Interactive video – not just for popstars

Have you been on the perfect date with Honda?  Have you helped fill Ellie Goulding's world with colour?  Or maybe a spot of Scandi house-snooping has tempted you to revolutionise your storage space with IKEA .  There are two common themes at play with the interactive videos above. Firstly, they are all beautifully crafted. Secondly, they are …

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Learn to love your LMS: tips for maximising your investment

Research like Fosway Group’s The State of the Learning Technology Market  commonly highlight dissatisfaction from L&D professionals in both their LMS and LMS providers. What can you do to make sure you’re happy with your LMS and that it helps you meet your goals?   Why aren’t you happy with your LMS?  In their 2016 research, Fosway found …

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Accessibility in elearning: busting some myths

​ Accessibility describes how easy it is for people to access content online. Originally, I'm from a web design background. In that part of the technology industry, there's a long-established movement to make content accessible to all users. The web is the sole way to access some services and to restrict access to certain people, even accidentally, …

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What can instructional designers learn from a murder?

In 1999, on an otherwise average day in Baltimore County, 17 year old Adnan Sayed murdered his ex-girlfriend and fellow student Hae Min Lee then calmly returned to school for track practice. Or did he? That’s the question the Serial podcast has listeners obsessing over.  In this post I look at why this weekly podcast has so many people hooked and …

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Social learning: everybody’s doing it?

The term ‘social learning’ has been knocking around for a quite a while – but what do we really know about what’s going on? Why are we so desperate to label and harness what in essence is naturally occurring? After all, learning from sharing and practicing has been the foundation stone of learning since time began.  We weren’t born with the knowledge …

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Authoring tool review: Lectora 16 

Lectora - a powerful off-the-shelf authoring tool that can create everything we dream up and design, both visually and functionally. The recently released version, Lectora 16, publishes out responsive content - one of the first of the off-the-shelf authoring tools to go down this very welcome road. Lectora now works on pretty much all devices and …

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Authoring tool review: Adobe Captivate 9

Adobe Captivate 9 really does feature a lot more than the previous version. The extra breakpoints for responsive courses is very useful. Multi-state objects and buttons is an excellent new feature. Enhancements to effects and the addition of knowledge check questions are very useful. Also being able to preview in an LMS will save you a lot of time.

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When it comes to evaluation, stop being an ostrich

All the research points to one thing: spend more time evaluating your courses. But is this really the answer to getting those all-important insights and to prove business value? Chris from Boost Evaluation pulls the plug on the hype and tells us why we need to get our head out of the sand. To make evaluation work for everyone, forget the course.

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Authoring tool review: Articulate Storyline 2

At Kineo we've been using Articulate Storyline since its launch in 2012 with Storyline 2 swiftly following in 2014. With speculation that Articulate are to respond to the ever growing demand for responsive learning in their next release we thought we'd take a look back and see exactly what it is that makes this tool so appealing.

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Push the 'Next' button to the next level

The term 'page-turner' has haunted the elearning industry for the last decade, typified by the hastily assembled strings of cluttered screens with a quiz at the end. Often, these simply involve digitising a manual – and one that wasn't that great in the first place. They're universally maligned, but these examples of 'e-reading' are still inflicted …

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Riding the social wave: what we can learn from cognitive theory

Self-regulated learning (SRL) as a cognitive theory explains how individuals approach learning through a recursive cycle of: (1) planning; (2) engagement; and (3) evaluation & reflection. SRL has been shown to mediate our use of learning technologies such that learners who self-regulate tend to report more positive expectations of technologies …

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Stop evaluating courses and start evaluating learning

Evaluation is yet again in the limelight as we hear and read how important it is, and how L&D teams aren't quite measuring up. Yes, there's a need for evaluation to get more aligned to performance measures and business KPIs; but actually, we think there's a slightly different issue afoot. And one that Kirkpatrick can't help you with. We need to …

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