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Bringing Sass to Safety: Must-Watch Music Video from Virgin America

The classic image of a smiling flight attendant demonstrating how to buckle your seat belt just got a major overhaul. Virgin America has redefined the flight safety video by intermixing contortionists, child rappers and dance numbers with announcements about exits and oxygen masks. The unique approach to a commonly ignored speech is garnering lots of… Read more »


OpenSesame’s CourseCloud™

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… Read more »

New and Improved: Getting to Know your Buyer Dashboard

We’ve been busy here at OpenSesame over the last few weeks completing our redesign of the user dashboard. Our goal for these improvements is to provide more of the data you need in a simple, straightforward interface. The updated look includes more tabs to track budgets, usage, returns and more. Ready to jump in? Join… Read more »

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Top 3 eLearning Customer Complaints

With the rapid expansion of the online training industry, it seems like there is a new LMS or content provider announced every day. Many seek to fill a perceived content gap in the market—offering only tech courses or focusing on the healthcare sector—but few seek to address additional customer pain points. A recent survey by… Read more »

Happy Halloween

Training Courses for Halloween!

We’re getting into the Halloween holiday spirit here at OpenSesame! To help you celebrate this fun holiday, we’ve picked the best Halloween themed courses from our catalogue. Help your employees have a little fall fun with these ghoulishly great courses! Harassment House of Horrors Enter, if you dare, the harassment house of horrors in this… Read more »

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October is National Fire Prevention Month. Are you prepared to deal with a fire emergency? Get the fire safety training you need and review these resources–US Fire Administration, National Fire Protection Association–to ensure you’re able to protect your home and business. Get the facts about fire with our infographic.  

Telling the Truth: 3 Steps for Ethical Decision Making

Editor’s Note: Today’s guest post is from Robert Rosell, President of Quality Media Resources, Inc. (QMR). He has written and produced over 50 award-winning educational and training programs aimed at helping organizations develop respectful workplace relationships. A few years ago, Radio Shack CEO David Edmondson resigned after it was revealed the degrees he claimed on… Read more »

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Course of the Week: WHMIS Certification

Mishandling hazardous materials on the job can have severe consequences, both for your workers and your bottom line. Penalties can range from $10,000 to $1 million in fines, as well as up to two years in prison. Fortunately, regulations such as Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) exist to ensure employees are kept safe through… Read more »

WHMIS Violations Result in Big Fines

The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is the standard in Canada for workplace hazard communication and safety. The legislation addresses material safety data sheets, worker education and site-specific training programs. Cautionary labeling for hazardous products had previously been outlined by WHMIS, but will now fall under the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) label requirements. While… Read more »

Guide to Updated GHS Standards in Canada, Europe, and the US

The switch from country-specific hazardous materials labeling, standards, and training to the UN GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals) can be confusing. What are the deadlines for changes and what can you expect? GHS, as an internationally agreed upon system, supercedes programs in place in individual countries. In the U.S., OSHA… Read more »

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Books We Read: Linchpin Part 3

Every week OpenSesame interns and employees come together to discuss Seth Godin’s Linchpin. This week we discussed the chapters, “Is it Possible to Do Hard Work in a Cubicle?” and “The Resistance.” Our discussion centered around how fear, reassurance, and expectations can hold us back.   Important Concepts: Art Art is not limited to painting… Read more »

Microsoft Office

Course of the Week: The Complete Microsoft Office 2013 Bundle

Have you always wanted to be able to indicate “Expert” when describing your Microsoft Office proficiency level? Basic knowledge of Word and Excel is often required for jobs but the work itself typically demands a better understanding of those, and other, Microsoft Office applications. Why not “wow” your employer with an advanced understanding of not… Read more »

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Books We Read: Linchpin Part 2

Each week, OpenSesame employees and interns come together as a company to read Seth Godin’s Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? Godin describes a linchpin as “the essential element, the person who holds part of the operation together. Without the linchpin, things fall apart.” In our second week of Linchpin, we discussed “Chapter 4: Indoctrination– How we… Read more »

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Microsoft Office: The Key Applications You May Have Missed

Microsoft Office products have been a staple of the workplace for (gasp!) nearly 30 years. Since the introduction of the first bundle of applications (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) in the late-80’s, Microsoft has steadily expanded the Office Suite in response to the growing needs of the modern workplace. In fact, you may not even be… Read more »

Sharlyn Lauby

How to Write the Perfect Learning Objective

Editor’s Note: Today’s guest post is part of a blog series on creating eLearning courses by Sharlyn Lauby, SPHR, CPLP. Sharlyn is a HR pro turned consultant with more than 20 years of professional human resources experience. One of the most essential and challenging components to designing training is creating the learning objective. If you design… Read more »

Training Remote Employees: A Look at the Apple At-Home Advisors Program

Hiring a remote workforce offers many benefits for both the company and the employees–reduced overhead costs and more schedule flexibility for employees are key examples. However, without the benefit of regular face-to-face interaction with other employees or a supervisor, training and retaining remote workers can be a challenge. Recently Ashley Verrill, Managing Editor for the… Read more »