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In Memory of Sean

We received news yesterday that one of our summer interns, Sean Keefer, passed away earlier this week. Sean was a freshman at George Washington University and has interned with OpenSesame on our development team since the summer of 2012. We are deeply saddened by this news, as Sean was a wonderful coworker and friend. In… Read more »

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Course of the Week Highlight: Management, Spanish Language Learning, and More!

Ready for another week of awesome elearning deals? We have a stellar lineup of discounts for you this week in the compliance & safety, business skills, and industry specific (construction, medical, restaurants, etc) categories. Featured savings this week include courses on management and leadership, Spanish language learning for supervisors, and more!   Business Skills Leadership… Read more »

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Learn a New Skill: Finding Your Ideal Work/Life Balance

How do YOU manage your work/life balance? If you don’t have a quick response, it might be time to take a closer look at your strategies. Today, I’ll focus on stress management and good communication as key components to a healthy work/life balance.   Stress Management For me, scheduling is key. I thrive on having… Read more »

Learn a New Skill in 2014

Consider this—as little as 15 years ago, most of the work performed today didn’t exist. The rapid adoption of technology in the workplace has fundamentally changed the way business is conducted. Fear not my friend! There are number of traits and talents that transcend these dramatic shifts and continue to be in demand year after… Read more »

Learning Resolutions: Be the Change

I have long loved the famous quote attributed to Mahatma Gandhi: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” What is it I want to change? The list is long and contains many noble pursuits, but the one I most lament is that here in the US we are not a culture of… Read more »

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Course of the Week Highlight: HIPAA, HTML5, and more!

We’re back with another round of great elearning deals for you this week! You’ll find savings on tech & software, compliance & safety, business skills, and industry specific (construction, medical, restaurants, etc) courses. This week’s deals include savings on interview skills, HTML5, HIPAA compliance, and more!    Business Skills Interrogators Bundle by Deliverers Nail every… Read more »

Rolling Up Our Sleeves: OpenSesame Announces $8M in Additional Funding

At OpenSesame, we strive to make selling and purchasing elearning as simple as possible. We ourselves had experienced the challenges of accessing quality content—the lengthy negotiations, multiple year contracts, and complicated pricing—prompting us to launch OpenSesame more than two years ago. Since our launch, we have built a platform that dramatically reduces the time from… Read more »

Winter Work Weather Worries

The polar vortex may have subsided, but the questions and concerns it raised about how to stay safe while working in freezing conditions have not. We’ve covered hot work and staying safe in the heat and are now here to help you keep your cool (pun intended) while doing cold work. OpenSesame offers more than dozen… Read more »

Workplace Conflict

Course of the Week Highlight: Conflict Resolution, Employee Onboarding, and More!

Ready for some awesome elearning deals? We’ve got great savings lined up for you this week in a variety of subjects from tech & software, compliance & safety, business skills, to industry specific (construction, medical, restaurants, etc). This week’s deals include savings on conflict resolution, employee onboarding, and more!  Business Skills Increasing Your Emotional Intelligence… Read more »

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Get Healthy in 2014: 80% off the “Wellness Works” Bundle

For 2014, you’re determined to be healthier—not just get fit, not just eat right, but the whole kit and kaboodle. And we’re proud of you for taking this first step. But where to start? There are many factors involved with achieving a healthy lifestyle: exercise, eating right, emotional support and a positive mindset, to name… Read more »

Right vs Better

Learning Resolutions: Be Better, Not Right

A while ago a friend of mine, the crazy smart Karl Fast, tweeted: User experience design is not about right vs. wrong, it’s about better vs. worse. Ask yourself “is this better” instead of “is this right.”   When I talked to him about it further, the distinction was this: “Right” is based on expertise (if… Read more »


Beware the Seduction of Technology

Human communication can be broadly defined as the sharing of experience or the creation of meaning between two or more people (Tubbs & Moss, 2008). Moreover, our ability to make meaning through the use of signs and symbols (images) is what makes human communication so unique. Nonverbal communication, by which more than 60% of social… Read more »


Hello from Our New Product Manager!

Hello! I’m Abby Miles, the new Product Manager for OpenSesame. With nearly a decade of experience in the training and software industry, I am really excited to join the OpenSesame team. My previous experience has perfectly prepared me to understand the OpenSesame business and our customers. I held multiple positions at an LMS company (learning… Read more »

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Top 10 Posts From 2013

One of our goals this past year was to ramp up our blogging efforts, creating more quality content that covered industry topics, training news and improvements to the OpenSesame site. Since the beginning of the year, we’ve published more than 200 posts on everything from the updated GHS standards, to the best Mac productivity apps—even… Read more »

Big Data

Learning Resolutions: Dealing with the Data Deluge

The volume, velocity, and variety of data available today provides learning professionals unprecedented opportunity to understand our users and impact our business. However, most of our industry’s analytics are still stuck in a mindset of delivering some flavor of “course completion” (scores, time on task, number of attempts, butts-in-seats). In 2014, I am committing to… Read more »