Unlocked: the OpenSesame eLearning Blog

Kelly Meeker's blog

From the workplace to the schoolroom, more and more learning is taking place online. If you’re an educator, trainer or subject matter expert, you have an opportunity to develop new customers and audiences by developing online content that is accessible to anyone, anytime. But if you’re new to the online learning world, even the terminology can be daunting! What’s an authoring tool? SCORM? An LMS? Don’t worry. We’re here to unlock the language and techniques of online learning for beginners. ... [more]

OpenSesame is the world’s largest marketplace for online training courses, with more than 20,000 courses that work in any learning management system. eLearning developers publish courses for sale in the marketplace while OpenSesame’s sales and marketing efforts connect their courses to new customers around the world. OpenSesame’s Partner Program helps content, LMS, and other elearning companies earn additional revenue by introducing buyers to OpenSesame. ... [more]

OpenSesame’s goal is to become the world’s leading elearning marketplace by creating useful, simple tools that unlock elearning for your business. As an elearning marketplace, we’re focused on making it easy for you to use elearning courses in whatever way is most convenient for you. That’s why courses you purchase on OpenSesame will work in any SCORM-compliant learning management system. ... [more]


Today is my last day at OpenSesame, so I’m busy wrapping up projects, cleaning out my email, and of course reflecting. I came to OpenSesame with experience in writing, communications, program management and community-building - but with very little experience with elearning. Over the last two and a half years, I’ve learned a lot about online education and had a lot of great conversations. As I bring this time to a close, there are three main lessons I’ve learned. ... [more]

As a marketplace for online training courses, we’ve quickly learned what our customers are looking for in elearning courses - and what keeps buyers coming back for more. In a web presentation during yesterday’s Elearning Guild Online Forum, I shared some of the instructional design best practices that we’ve learned from talking with customers. Here’s my Top Ten:  1. The 11 Minute Rule. In 2004, a scientist named Gloria Mark completed a study of human-technology interaction. ... [more]

OpenSesame is the world’s marketplace for buying and selling elearning courses. It’s our goal to make it easy for any seller to add their courses to the marketplace and earn additional revenue. This guide will walk you through the steps to get started selling your courses with OpenSesame. ... [more]

Last night during the Super Bowl, as the power outage reached the 20 minute mark, I could only wince thinking of the panicked stadium operations team hustling to get the lights back on. What worse time to experience a failure than when you’ve got thousands of people trapped in Superdome and another hundred million watching you on TV?  I filled the seemingly-interminable wait by mentally designing the training plan I would put in place if I were the Director of Operations at the Superdome. ... [more]

In response to the unprecedented flu epidemic this year, OpenSesame is proud to offer a free online training course for flu prevention. The Centers for Disease Control reports the flu has reached epidemic levels in the United States this year, affecting communities in all 50 states. ... [more]

free flu prevention elearning course

eLearning is still a young field. For every tip, how-to and best practice, there are myths that pervade every discussion of developing, designing and implementing online training. Here are some of the most common myths we hear. Myth #1: Only specialists can make good online training. Wrong! While the input of subject matter experts is certainly valuable, you can create online training with just a capable content curator or information manager. ... [more]

Two people standing on tall peaks reaching out to each other across the chasm

Making professional resolutions, for me, means answering the question: How can I improve the work I am doing? And it's not about creating a long list, but instead setting my sights on specific ways to develop better habits and get what will be a busy year off to a positive start. With this in mind it's my goal to get more practice in 2013. ... [more]