Unlocked: the OpenSesame eLearning Blog

The Fourth of July is the perfect time to relax and celebrate with friends and family, but given the risks posed by the use of fireworks and the hot, dry summer weather, it’s also an important day to remember essential fire safety tips. According to the National Fire Protection Association, there are more reported fires on the 4th of July than on any other day of the year, and fireworks account for 2 out of every 5 of those fires. If you’ll be using fireworks this Saturday, we’ve rounded up a few safety tips to keep in mind as you celebrate this Independence Day: ... [more]

As of today, Oregon has joined three other states--Alaska, Colorado, Washington--and Washington DC, to allow possession and cultivation of recreational marijuana. Sure, this may be a date of celebration for some, but many businesses and employers are left wondering how these changes might affect their options in implementing drug-testing policies. There may be confusion, but staying informed on state and federal marijuana laws will allow you to maintain a safe and productive workplace. ... [more]

Rapid adoption of health IT has transformed healthcare over the last five years. Hospitals have long relied on digital technology, but for many ambulatory providers working in smaller practices, the switch to Electronic Health Records (EHRs) has been recent and rapid. It was driven by the government’s Meaningful Use Program, which helped to pay for the new systems. In fact, by April 2015, the government had spent about $30 billion on the effort, transforming the use of technology in medical practices. ... [more]

As the world economy continues to expand, individuals in the workplace will see many more opportunities to work abroad. You might be thinking: Oh great, a relocation that will take me from the comforts of my stable life and people I love. However, as an ex-expat’s daughter, I can tell you this is not the case. Sure, the transition is hard, but the cultural experience you gain from it is priceless. Moving to a foreign country expands your boundaries, and creates a strong international network of people you can turn to for advice. ... [more]

Global Workforce

Sexual harassment hurts everyone. It has obvious effects on the victim: physical and emotional distress, isolation from coworkers, and decreased performance. However, it also poses a threat to businesses. Sexual harassment lawsuits are stressful and expensive. It is essential that employers protect themselves by creating safe work environments. ... [more]

Stress is a universal feeling. Whether you have a project due in the coming hours or  your assignments are piling up, stress sends a burst of cortisol and adrenaline throughout your body. Not only do your glucose levels rise, but your heart beats faster and your blood pressure increases. Everyone experiences stress with different intensity and frequency. The most common reaction to stress is called a fight-or-flight response. ... [more]

Instructor led training is costly and time consuming in today’s day and age. Not only are subject matter experts a financial burden to training departments, they take too much time to teach new employees the skills, rules and habits they need to develop in order to succeed in their roles. “Showing the ropes” is now a term of the past. With the advancement of technology, the demands for speed, efficiency and quick results become even more important for training departments. ... [more]

The average user leaves a web page in about 10-20 seconds (Nielsen/Norman Group). As I’m writing this, my browser history shows that I’ve visited 18 unique pages in the last five minutes, and that’s on the generous side. In the short period that a user first visits a page, she quickly determines whether the page will meet her needs. Suddenly, simplicity becomes the most important factor for attracting the user and keeping her interested. ... [more]

At OpenSesame we are always on the lookout for great learning opportunities, and one of our favorites is just around the corner. BlueVolt’s annual LEAP Ahead is a two-day conference that includes more than two dozen sessions led by industry experts on content development and training program management.Their promotion of growth and development in the elearning industry makes it one of our favorite conferences to attend, and we recommend it to anyone in the field. ... [more]

With a reach of over 284 million active users on Twitter, it’s no surprise that businesses now consider it almost a necessity to have an account. It has become an essential marketing tool for businesses big and small, and for good reason: it’s free, has the potential to reach millions of people, and more people are joining every day. But none of that matters if you don’t know how to effectively use this social media platform. ... [more]