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The Four Stages of an Effective Hiring Process

With the economy expected to grow and continue its recovery in 2022, companies will no doubt be expanding and hiring more employees. Hiring new employees is a tricky feat. Being in charge of your organization’s hiring process means not only screening for candidates who are qualified, but also whom are compatible with company culture and… Read more »

How to Find Your Organization’s DEI Anchor in 2022

When leaders are asked why an organization should prioritize diversity, equity and inclusion, you’ll often hear “because it’s the right thing to do.” And yes, it absolutely is, but if your company’s DEI thinking doesn’t go beyond that, then your diversity initiatives might not be nuanced enough to create true organizational change.  In 2022, it’s… Read more »

Employee Spotlight: Deborah Dang

Deborah DangVice President, Finance and PeoplePortland, OregonPronouns: she/her Deborah Dang arrived at OpenSesame with deep tech industry accounting experience and a passion for developing lifelong learning opportunities. After leading accounting for several major public technology companies, Deborah was ready to grow something fundamentally powerful in the world of education. Heading finance at OpenSesame allowed her… Read more »

The Power of Empathy in DEI

As a young girl, whenever I displayed my worst self with my selfishness, impatience, condescension, and unkindness—you know, the behavior parents try to manage and disrupt in their children before adulthood—my wise father would gently, yet firmly say, “Put yourself in someone else’s shoes.” Although I listened, it would take years for me to fully… Read more »

Why Elearning Can’t Be One Size Fits All

Remote work is a new reality, that means your new colleagues might live in the next state or an ocean away. And the coming of age of Generation Z means for the first time ever, there are now five generations in the workforce, each of which relate to the Digital Age differently. This leads to people arriving to elearning from countless avenues with wide-ranging expectations and varying capabilities. How do we make learning and development that’s accessible for everyone?

How to Create Training that Boosts the Bottom Line

By Evan Hackel Most business leaders know that effective training builds more consistent performance among employees, improves customer service, reduces the amount of time that managers spend training new employees, and provides other benefits that impact the bottom line. But do those same businesspeople also understand just how much a company’s overall profitability will grow… Read more »

Employee Spotlight: Charise Frias

Charise Frias Senior Curation Specialist – Wellness  She/Her Portland, Oregon When the value of Wellness in the workplace began gaining momentum across corporate and learner requests, Charise Frias had been at the forefront of the industry for many years. She lives and breathes Wellness training in her own life and applies her knowledge to her… Read more »

An inside look at the Step-Into-Tech internship program

Jeremy See — I did not expect myself to have a job over this summer, let alone an internship where I learned so much about myself. As a Step-Into-Tech Intern at OpenSesame, I was empowered to explore different careers in technology and to learn how a tech company functions by meeting with many people from different departments.… Read more »

Amanda Sessions

Employee Spotlight: Curation

An interview with: Amanda Sessions, Senior Curation Specialist – Safety and Compliance (She/Her) Portland, Oregon.   A Senior Curation Specialist specializing in Safety and Compliance, Amanda Sessions assists publishers and customers in complying with regulations and mandates and taking new courses to the next level for learners. Amanda relies on OpenSesame’s exhaustive data and her… Read more »

Abbie Paul, Curation

Employee Spotlight: Curation

An interview with: Abbie Paul, Business Development Manager – Team Lead (She/Her) Des Moines, Iowa. In her role as Business Development Manager Team Lead on OpenSesame’s Curation team, Abbie Paul follows a demanding 39-point quality checklist to assess every single new publisher that crosses her desk. Stringent content standards at OpenSesame maximize learner engagement and… Read more »

What’s New and Trending in OpenSesame’s Course Catalog in the Month of October

OpenSesame added 123 new courses to OpenSesame Plus for October from five different publishers on the topics of diversity, equity and inclusion, management skills, psychological safety, and more. Also, we’re proud to introduce new OpenSesame Plus publisher Emberin as of November 23, 2021!  New courses for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Blinkist, Mind Channel, SAP Litmos,… Read more »

OpenSesame announces expansion of OpenSesame Plus subscription with Eleventure partnership

Global organizations now have access to award-winning, learner-centered microlearning content.    Portland, OR – 21 September 2021 – OpenSesame, a market-leading SaaS global elearning innovator, today announced the addition of Eleventure to its popular OpenSesame Plus subscription. With this announcement, OpenSesame is adding significant expertise to its robust catalog that will boost on-the-job skills in… Read more »

Hispanic Heritage

Why Some of Us Don’t Use the Term “Latinx”

Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of those with ancestors that came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. OpenSesame is sharing stories and perspectives from our Hispanic and Latinx colleagues to champion diversity and share resources that support the Hispanic and Latinx community.    Voices of OpenSesame Juntos… Read more »

Rogue Spending

Are you overpaying for employee training?

Curb rogue spending around your L&D program, while achieving organizational alignment and addressing your team’s needs. For many leaders and training professionals, building and launching a successful learning and development strategy is an arduous journey, filled with essential elements and components that demand consideration during the purchasing and planning process. Will my learners engage in… Read more »

OpenSesame adds new global publisher partnerships, further expanding OpenSesame Plus subscription variety

Organizations with all types of employee populations now have access to impactful trainings designed by leading subject matter experts Portland, OR – 1 September 2021 – OpenSesame, a market-leading SaaS global elearning innovator, today announced the addition of multiple new global publishers to its popular OpenSesame Plus subscription. With this announcement, OpenSesame is further diversifying… Read more »

Global organizations can now access Global eTraining’s BIM software and skills courses as eLearning courses from OpenSesame

Portland , OR – 30 August 2021 – OpenSesame, the eLearning innovator, announces the addition of Global eTraining to its popular OpenSesame Plus subscription. This partnership will allow OpenSesame to offer a wide range of Autodesk and other BIM software and skills training for managers, leaders, and employees in the AEC (Architecture, Engineering, and Construction) industries.… Read more »

OpenSesame welcomes internationally award-winning German publisher, Pink University, to OpenSesame Plus

Pink University’s expert use of multimedia, blended learning, and true to life scenarios  provides resources for sustainable employee development.  Portland, OR – 30 August, 2021 – OpenSesame, a market-leading SaaS global elearning innovator, today announced the addition of Pink University to its popular OpenSesame Plus subscription, adding over 130 eurocentric business skills, leadership, communication, and… Read more »

OpenSesame announces expansion of OpenSesame Plus subscription with Axonify micro-content

Global 2000 enterprises now have access to a curated elearning micro-course library proven to drive knowledge retention Portland, OR – 31 August 2021 – OpenSesame, a market-leading SaaS global elearning innovator, today announced the addition of Axonify to its popular OpenSesame Plus subscription to bring microlearning courses to frontline employees and beyond. With this announcement,… Read more »