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Part 1: Creating a Social Learning Environment

Part 1: Creating a Social Learning Environment

Social learning. We’re all talking about it, wishing for it and hoping to facilitate it in our offices. But what is it, exactly? I participated in a webinar a few weeks ago in which the speaker used “social learning” and “social media” interchangeably, creating a confusing mishmash of misinformation. It’s a common misconception, so let’s… Read more »

What I Learned about Learning from Harry Potter

What I Learned about Learning from Harry Potter

While suffering from the unavoidable nasty winter cold this month, I have spent many cozy hours on my couch rereading the Harry Potter canon. I’ve been mulling over all the examples the Harry Potter story offers of how motivated people can create learning opportunities and collaborate to accomplish team goals. Spoilers follow, if you are… Read more »

Five Ways to Get Me to Click on Your Link

Five Ways to Get Me to Click on Your Link

OpenSesame is a new tech company, and we’re embracing social media outreach to connect with the elearning community. It’s my job to put OpenSesame in front of the people who can benefit from participating in our marketplace. I do that primarily through blogs and social networks, as well as direct outreach. My participation in the… Read more »

Creating a Multi SCO Package to Include Support Materials

Creating a Multi SCO Package to Include Support Materials

Enhancing the learning experience and capturing the virtual student’s attention often requires tangible items. These tangible items can be in the form of templates and tools the students can use during the course and after the course when they apply what was learned. The question becomes, “How can these items be included in a SCORM… Read more »

Creating a Multi SCO Package to Include Support Materials

Release Notes: New SCORM Video Player Connects Learners to Millions of Videos

The OpenSesame crew is proud to announce the newest feature in our elearning marketplace: a SCORM video player, which unlocks millions of hours of high-quality video content for use in enterprise learning management systems.   We understand that organizations need to track learners’ participation and performance to meet compliance requirements and understand their employees’ skills.… Read more »

My Valentine for the eLearning Community

My Valentine for the eLearning Community

I am celebrating Valentine’s Day with a love letter to the elearning community, in appreciation of the group’s collective willingness to share resources, exchange ideas and encourage peers. Creating an elearning community of practice is simple. For such a targeted topic of discussion, there is a large group of elearning practitioners active in blogs and… Read more »

Eat the Dog Food: QR Codes for Learning

Eat the Dog Food: QR Codes for Learning

At OpenSesame, we love the saying “eat the dog food”. This is particularly appropriate in our office because our CEO, Don Spear, was previously an executive and cofounder of PetSmart. Of course, it doesn’t actually mean that he wants us to eat kibble. Don wants us to try out the products, tools and techniques that… Read more »

The Educational Big Bang

The Educational Big Bang

Editor’s Note: Tom’s opinions are controversial, but he offers an interesting perspective on meeting rapid development needs and making elearning affordable with video. In addition,OpenSesame’s new SCORM video player makes video courses trackable in any learning management system. E-Learning is dead, long live E-Learning. We are experiencing an educational big bang. The world has embraced… Read more »

Report from San Jose: TechKnowledge 2011

Report from San Jose: TechKnowledge 2011

I spent last week in San Jose with the OpenSesame team for the American Society of Training & Development’s annual TechKnowledge conference, enjoying beautiful weather, great discussion and connecting names (or more likely, Twitter handles) with faces. OpenSesame looks forward to conferences for the opportunity to connect with the elearning community to better understand how we… Read more »

Sales Training For The Big Win: Successful eLearners

Sales Training For The Big Win: Successful eLearners

If you are creating or selecting sales training content, how can you ensure that your course will effectively engage and motivate a learner to successfully complete the online learning program? Some learners will motivate themselves. Highly self-directed learners thrive in the online learning or elearning environment, as they can direct their own work and focus… Read more »

The Sixth Rule of LAN Party is Wear Deodorant

The Sixth Rule of LAN Party is Wear Deodorant

I work for a technology company, which means that I’m surrounded by genius software developers who actually wear “There is no place like 127.0.0.1″ shirts. I’m not a developer, so I’m usually on the outside of the cool kids club when it comes to discussing Drupal, CSS, modules and so forth. But the computer discussion… Read more »

Shred Your Social Media Policy

Shred Your Social Media Policy

Social media has made me better at my job. Not just because it’s part of my job to use it, but because social networks make it easy to surround myself with new ideas, great information and useful resources. In this day and age of doing more with less, social networks enable the (free) creation of a… Read more »

Who Wants a Self-Paced, Free, World Class Education?

Who Wants a Self-Paced, Free, World Class Education?

eLearning is making education accessible to anyone. This is no surprise to anyone who devotes their days to connecting professionals to learning and development opportunities. But what we’re talking about now is a free, world class, self-paced high school or even college education. Sure, the free option means that you don’t have a certificate or… Read more »