Unlocked: the OpenSesame eLearning Blog

Lara Wurster's blog

As a manager, keeping your employees motivated is a constant struggle. Whether they’re bored, distracted, or lazy, it’s part of your job to keep morale and productivity high. With these simple psychological hacks, you can make small tweaks to your workplace to boost productivity. ... [more]

Project management is critical to reaching your project goals. By effectively managing and planning ahead, you can save time, money, and resources. Successful project management ensures that you will accomplish what you intended and your objectives will be reached efficiently. To maintain your Project Management Institute certification and track career development, the association requires continuing education by earning Professional Development Units. OpenSesame currently offers over 350 courses to help you earn these PDUs and advance your project management career! ... [more]

From scheduling tools to office instant messaging apps, there’s no denying that we need increasing amounts of technology to make any business run smoothly. The latest tech can help improve your workplace’s productivity and communication, but only if used wisely. To keep your workplace environment constructive and efficient, keep these tips in mind when utilizing both your office’s and your own devices. ... [more]

TED Talks are known for inspiring and educating individuals on a variety of topics, ranging anywhere from education to entertainment to the latest technology. Highlighting changes in education and online technology, we picked out four of our favorite talks perfect for those in the elearning industry. ... [more]

As summer approaches, a new surge of students will begin looking for jobs. Whether you’re graduating and finding a full-time career, starting an internship, or just looking for a part-time summer job, it’s important to maximize your interview experience. To help you ace your interview, we’ve put together a list of a few do’s and don’ts for help before and after the interview. ... [more]

As part of Frank Lee’s ongoing leadership seminars here at OpenSesame, he hosted a session on emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is defined as “the ability to identify, assess, and influence one’s own feelings and those of others.” Emotional intelligence, or EQ, applies to everyone -- it can help you strengthen relationships, understand others, and succeed at work, especially in leadership positions. ... [more]

You may have the greatest elearning course of all time, but no one will know if it never gets taken. Whether a course is required for compliance or taken for fun, selling to HR or a single customer, your course needs to make a good first impression in order to make a sale. To help you, here are a few tips to attract buyers and optimize how your course will be perceived. ... [more]

Emoji, once reserved for text messages between teenagers, are now seen globally -- even in the workplace. In fact, 76% of US workers admit to using emoji in communication at work. Thanks to the growing population of Millennials in the workforce and changes in digital communication, it has now become more appropriate to use emoji in work communication. ... [more]

Working from home - for some, it’s a dream come true, for others it’s a nuisance that makes work harder. Nearly 3.3 million Americans telecommute to work full-time - and this trend is only growing. Thanks to the constant change and advancement of technology, it’s easier than ever to take advantage of working remotely. ... [more]

Food safety problems can occur anywhere on the supply chain, ranging from farming to distribution to cooking food at a restaurant. Because of this, proper food safety procedures and measures must be taken at all stages of food handling. With September being National Food Safety Education Month, we want to help you ensure your business is following safe and healthy food handling procedures. ... [more]