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Kineo Snapshot: Ashley Reardon Shares Her Passion for Learning Design

What began as a fascination with both cognitive and computer science in college, led to a professional career in learning design. Learn more about Ashley Reardon, Kineo US Lead Designer and what makes her so passionate about learning.  Tell me about your background and what led you to pursue learning design. My interest began while I was in …

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What's Killing Your Gamification and How to Heal It

"Slap a leaderboard on it. That'll turn our learning assessment into a game!" If you've had that thought, you need to stop; you could hurt someone with a loaded statement like that.  Often organisations are looking for ways to make their training more engaging; to motivate desired behaviour changes through 'rewards' like badges, leaderboards and …

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5-Step Planning for Your Next Learning Portal

So you need a Learning Management System. Or you have one, but secretly conspire its demise.  After all, who doesn’t want a shiny new LMS to drive around? New features, fancy buttons, new body style… what else do you need? Quite a bit, actually. The era of using an LMS as a learning portal is here, and so even though the prospect of a new LMS is definitely …

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Market Update: Adapt Learning and Open Badges

What's new in the world of learning technology? This month in our market update, we speak to Sven Laux, our Technical Director here at City & Guilds Kineo. He sets our technical vision and strategy, and leads on innovation of new technology-driven approaches such as Adapt Learning and open badges.

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A Blended Compliance Approach [SLIDES & RECORDING]

The biggest challenges when it comes to compliance training is that it's sending more people asleep than not, as a result of compliance programmes not being positioned properly to support genuine change. So how can compliance be more engaging and make behavioural change with a blended learning approach?  In our recent webinar, Tina Griffin, Learning …

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Samsung’s Extended Enterprise, Multi-Device Totara LMS

As Totara LMS’ Top Totara Partner, we recently presented the visually impactful and progressive extended enterprise LMS solution we've built for Samsung, the world-leading electronics company, at Learning Technologies Summer Forum on June 16th 2015. City & Guilds Kineo have partnered with iris worldwide , Samsung’s lead creative design …

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Is Rapid Elearning Right for You?

Care about elearning? Do you care about the little things – like cost, speed and control? Then you might at a minimum be intrigued by rapid elearning, or quick-delivery elearning. The promises of rapid elearning are certainly compelling: Reduced cost Less time Increased ability to respond to organizational needs Greater control …

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The Anatomy of ‘Real Life’ Learning

What was the last thing that you consciously set out to learn outside of work? Not the informal learning that we all do every day as we chat to friends and browse the internet, but a time you decided you wanted to do something you hadn’t done before.

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How To Become A Lead Learning Designer

Ever wondered how to become a Learning Designer, and what it takes to get there? As part of a new series featured on Learning Now TV, our very own Lead Learning Designer Georgie Cooke shares her her journey from Linguistics degree to Graduate Scheme to an Elearning Designer. Whilst at university Georgie Cooke hadn't ever even heard of elearning …

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Trend Spotting: 5 Noteworthy L&D Trends from ATD 2015

Last week I spent three days at the ATD International Conference in Orlando along with 10,000 other training and development professionals. We gathered to share ideas while industry providers rolled out loads of new products and services.   My biggest takeaway? The pace of change in the industry continues to accelerate. I walked away excited …

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Could You Shock Your Learners With Interactive Video?

As a new Lead Learning Designer at City & Guilds Kineo, I’ve been lucky enough to be able look through our back catalogue of courses recently. One of the things that I think we do really well here is experiential elearning. Because of this, I wanted to dig a little bit deeper into how organisatons can use interactive video to create the ultimate …

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Kineo Recognized as a Leading Content Development Company

Kineo, a global leader in learning and technology, is pleased to announce their recognition on TrainingIndustry.com’s “ 2015 Top 20 Content Development Companies List .” This is the third consecutive year Kineo has been named on the list.  Selection is based on criteria including industry visibility, innovation, capability to develop multiple …

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Market Update: Next Generation Learning Management Systems [PART1]

Course booking system, learning management system, virtual learning environment. Sound sexy? Thought not. We think it’s time to shake up that old IT system and replace it with something that will positively enthuse learners to engage, and in a way that suits them. Following from my March Market Update focusing on the progress of the learning management …

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5 Ways to Make Your Compliance Elearning Go Beyond the Screen

We've all been here. We take a course because we have to. We go through the motions and then that's it. Nothing transfers into our day-to-day lives. This is a common challenge for compliance training. Employers put all the effort into getting people to take compliance modules – but then there are no follow-up activities to support the knowledge transfer. …

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How my Apprenticeship helped me into my chosen career

Let me take you back to August 2011. It’s A-Level results day and there I am, clutching my brown envelope containing what was to either guarantee my place in my chosen University or make for some awkward “you did your best” conversations over dinner. It can be a very daunting time collecting your results - the results you’ve basically been working …

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Totara 2.7 Appraisals Demo [RECORDING]

In the third and final part of our Totara Demo Series, we showcased some of the new Performance Management features in Totara LMS 2.7. They have been working hard to enhance and improve this key area for the 2.7 release. Some of the key updates include: Greater efficiency around adding and removing users from appraisals …

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Make Blended Learning Work for Onboarding [SLIDES & RECORDING]

It’s your first day at a new job that you are excited to begin, and upon your arrival, it seems like no one was expecting you at all. There’s no onboarding process and you are left on your own. This isn’t the way new hires should be welcomed, but sadly this happens all too often. Onboarding begins before the new hire sets foot in the door on their …

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If You Build It, They Will Come...Won’t They?

Once upon a time, this may have been the case. However the reality is, they don’t. But why aren’t your learners queuing up to access your learning? Because employees (and people generally) are busy and have multiple choices of how to spend their time; how can they spend it learning if they don't even know the learning exists? Say Goodbye To The …

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