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City & Guilds Kineo Releases EssentialsPlus

City & Guilds Kineo has released its new fully responsive multi-device elearning modules, supported by the hosted Learning Management System (LMS), MyEssentialsPlus. Built in the Adapt Learning Framework, the EssentialsPlus modules offer training for employees within organisations, supporting and developing knowledge in key areas such as compliance, onboarding and leadership skills, all of which …

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Totara LMS 2.7 – What You Need To Know

If you’ve had your ears to the LMS ground, or came and talked to us at LT15, you probably know a new version of Totara LMS has been keenly awaited since the new year befell us. Today sees  Totara Learning Solutions announce the release of version 2.7.  We love Totara LMS (if you don’t love your LMS, learn to love again here ). There’s always new developments and functionality being released …

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Strategic Storytelling for Learning [SLIDES & RECORDING]

From David and Goliath to Finding Nemo , we all know the value of a story and how it can compel, inspire and even educate. It’s been said that if you can hook and engage your audience up front with a good story, all the more likely they'll stay the journey. So why are stories so effective and how can you craft a good narrative in your learning programmes? On February 25th, attendees …

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Why Responsive Design is a Must-have [Featured in Learning Solutions Magazine]

"It's a fact: we live in a multi-device world. I'm currently sitting at a desk with my laptop open, my phone next to me, and a tablet within reach on the counter. What about you? How many devices do you have going at this very moment? Chances are it's more than one..." This is our new reality. So how do we design eLearning that fits into this new world order? Read the full article Responsive …

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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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City & Guilds Kineo Named Strategic Leader in Bespoke Elearning

City & Guilds Kineo has been named a Strategic Leader in the Bespoke Elearning market for a third consecutive year, as part of an independent, annual study undertaken by Elearnity. City & Guilds Kineo has been a pioneer for innovation in elearning since establishing in 2005. It has progressed with the elearning and learning technologies industry, moving from rapid elearning and authoring …

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8 Ways to Focus Your Learning Strategy on Managers

Employees turn to their managers for cues on what strategies and priorities are important within a company. For example, when a call center wants to improve its customer service, managers must work with agents to change the style of conversations with its customers. Likewise, when a company wants to focus on cultivating existing clients versus finding new ones, the sales manager needs to coach …

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Virtual Reality: The Future Reality of Learning?

Currently considered by most as ‘consumer goods for gamers’, there is a growing interest from organisations to bring games, video and virtual reality (VR) into their training programmes as they look to new ways of engaging learners. A few months ago we were fortunate enough to be able to try out some of the latest technology hardware in our Brighton office in the form of Oculus Rift …

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Becoming an Apprentice at City & Guilds Kineo

Becoming part of the team at City & Guilds Kineo that deals with public sector employers was such thrilling news to me. My team deals with a large amount of centres and some very high status organisations and individuals, so I couldn’t wait to get started. When I started I was made to feel welcome by everyone in City & Guilds Kineo, and only weeks after starting we …

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City & Guilds Kineo Release New Blended Learning That Works Guides

We’re back from another year at Learning Technologies. After each event passes us by we’re keen to reflect on the success of the event, but also like to share some of the goodies from the event for those of you that couldn’t join us. At Learning Technologies this year we released our ‘Blends That Work’ guide series, drawing on one of the key themes that emerged from …

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City & Guilds Kineo and Barclays Win 2015 Learning Award

A blended learning programme created by Barclays, a City & Guilds Kineo client, was recognised at this year’s Learning Awards, scooping a Bronze Award. The learning and development community’s top performing organisations and individuals gathered on 5 February to celebrate the 19th annual Learning Awards, created and hosted exclusively by Learning and Performance Institute. …

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RAF Fly To The Top Working With City & Guilds Kineo

Following rigorous no-notice inspection of the teaching standards and experiences of apprentices at RAF training schools and operational units, Ofsted have awarded the RAF with an ‘outstanding’ for their engineering apprenticeship programmes. The apprenticeship programme has been recognised for the world class training it provides, which helps to support the young men and women who …

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The City & Guilds Group Acquires The Oxford Group

The City & Guilds Group is pleased to announce that it has acquired The Oxford Group. The Oxford Group is a global management training, leadership development and executive coaching company, with an impressive track record of helping organisations get the best from their people. The move enhances the City & Guilds Group’s offer to employers. As a global leader in skills development, …

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What We Learned at LT15

Last week saw over 8,500 visitors pass through the doors of London’s Olympia to visit the Learning Technologies Exhibition and Conference.  Returning for its 18th year, the increase in attendance is further evidence that companies are investing in technology to achieve greater return on their L&D investment. On Stand 144, we had our busiest show yet, showing our latest Totara …

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Focus on the Managers [Featured on TrainingIndustry.com]

Are we underutilizing managers in learning and development? Managers play a crucial role in furthering strategies in organizations. Yet, managers are all too often ignored in the development process. How can we effectively include managers in the L&D process and get the results we aim for? Kineo US CEO, Steve Lowenthal, explores this in his article, "Focus on the Managers," recently published …

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Learning Insights for the New Year [SLIDES & RECORDING]

We’re one month into 2015. This year is going to move rapidly. Are your learning programs ready to make an impact? With continuous changes and heavy demands, thinking beyond the everyday scope may seem daunting. You may think, I have a strategy, I’m ready. But is this the same old strategy as last year? Change may be in order. Perhaps, you need some fresh ideas and inspiration …

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ATD TechKnowledge 2015: What's Old? What's New?

It was mid-January in Las Vegas. ATD TechKnowledge 2015 was underway. There I was, escaping from the cold of New England, armed with a laptop, a smartphone, and a general sense of enthusiasm. This was my sixth TK conference, and I wanted to answer a couple questions: What's new in the eLearning industry? Where are things going? Here's what I uncovered:  Nothing has changed, really... Not …

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This Thursday: Learning Insights for the New Year [WEBINAR]

Can you believe January is nearly over? Perhaps, you're grateful. It means we are that much closer to springtime and sunshine. However, the speedy passing of this month demonstrates just how quickly a year can go by. Are your learning solutions ready? Maybe you feel like you have all your "ducks in a row," but your strategy is missing some much needed inspiration and pizazz. Fortunately, we …

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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, …

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Blends That Work For Learners Today…and Tomorrow

Two months on from our Learning Insights Report release, and we’ve talked a lot about the key trends that emerged. But none more so than the trend of wider organisational adoption of blended learning. Almost every person we interviewed for the Insights Report said that the having the right blend was a key reason behind their success. It was also noted that the variety of blended approaches …

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From Stand-up to Elearning: Q&A with Kineo US Art Director, Brian Beverly

From advertising to sports to stand-up to eLearning. What a journey it's been for Kineo US Art Director, Brian Beverly. Learn more about Brian's role at Kineo US and his unlikely path into the eLearning industry through this Q&A.  You have a background in fine arts. Tell me about that. Did you ever imagine you would end up in eLearning?  Yes, I have a background in fine arts. …

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Why No One Cares About Your Lousy Elearning

It's 2015. By now, almost everyone reading this post has taken some form of self-paced online learning, aka "elearning," either by choice or under duress. Perhaps you got a speeding ticket and had the option of taking online learning to reduce the $300 ticket. Maybe you've accessed a software tool's online tutorials to get up to speed. Or maybe your company has compliance requirements that make you …

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10 Questions That Will Change What You Think of Learning Technologies 2015

So maybe we’re overanalysing Buzzfeed’s style of headline writing. But it’s a big show, we needed to get your attention. For those of us in the Learning Tech universe, this is the big one. But it’s not for us, it’s for you. And you may find yourself wandering around the Olympian space of the, um, Olympia in London, bouncing from stressball to free USB stick, wondering …

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