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Happy Thanksgiving!

What We're Thankful For

As Thanksgiving approaches, and we all hustle to the grocery store, pack bags and brine turkeys, we are reflecting on all we have to be thankful for. And at OpenSesame, that’s a lot! On behalf of the OpenSesame team, I’d like to say a big, hearty thank you to the entire elearning community. Over the… Read more »

Training means success and success means training

Fighting the Forever Recession with Forever Learning

As learning and development professionals, our sector is immersed in a lively conversation about changing the way we do training within organizations: Saving money, preventing waste, doing a better job connecting employees to learning resources and to each other. But that’s not the only thing the training world needs to be thinking about. We need to… Read more »

How Much Does It Cost to Create a Job?

Inspired by a recent article in the Oregonian about the cost of creating a new job in Oregon, we decided to take a look at what resources are necessary to create a job at the national scale – and how much it costs. As a company focused on professional learning opportunities, we’re particularly interested in… Read more »

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What Is eLearning Waiting For?

Apple has revolutionized consumer devices – not just through great hardware design but through forward thinking about the ways consumers find, select, purchase and use content with their devices. While Apple is dominant in music, web content and phones, so far, TV has resisted the Apple golden touch. Why? Last week I read this great… Read more »

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DevLearn 2011: Clicky Clicky Bling Bling and The Aria Hotel

Last week I traveled to Las Vegas with several of my colleagues for the eLearning Guild’s DevLearn 2011 – a meeting for learning and development designers and professionals to share ideas, skills and best practices. Like many of the conference attendees, I stayed at The Aria, a brand-new, plush hotel in Las Vegas’ City Center… Read more »

OpenSesame Has 3,000 Courses to Choose From

A year ago, OpenSesame launched our elearning marketplace to a discerning crowd of learning and development professionals at DevLearn. This year we’re celebrating our one year anniversary at DevLearn with a new milestone: Our catalog has now reached the 3,000 course mark.  Throughout the last year, our most important goal has been creating the broadest,… Read more »

Make the Most of #DevLearn

The OpenSesame team will be traveling to Las Vegas this week for DevLearn, the eLearning Guild’s annual scrum for elearning developers, leaders and thinkers. We’ll be manning booth #417 with hundreds of hoodies and OpenSesame keychains – and a handful of iPads. We look forward to conferences as excellent opportunities to hear new ideas, meet… Read more »

Online Learning is More Than Learning, Online

While I am often skeptical of “management gurus”, “consultants” and other self-proclaimed know-it-alls – so many platitudes, so little actionable advice! – I really enjoy Seth Godin’s work. I usually find his advice inspiring and his words cut through the blather. Yesterday, he posted “Form and Function”, an analysis of how when the form of… Read more »

New in the Catalog: Microsoft Office Training from Sonic Performance Support

Today we’re excited to announce our elearning marketplace now features excellent Microsoft Office training courses from our partners at Sonic Performance Support. Sonic Performance Support is a leader in developing video elearning and workplace support for all learning levels in short, engaging and easily understandable “bursts” of training content focused on desktop applications as well… Read more »

Collaborative Consumption in Corporate Training: Make your Learning Department a Profit Center

In these difficult times, it’s essential to find innovative ways to do more with less, to repurpose or recycle existing resources and to find creative solutions for workplace challenges. These economic pressures are driving the growing trend toward collaborative consumption: Sharing or renting instead of buying. Car sharing services like ZipCar and rental sites like… Read more »

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OpenSesame Selected for Venture Northwest

We are proud to announce that we have been selected to present at Venture Northwest! The Oregon Entrepreneurs’ Network (OEN) organizes Venture Northwest each year to connect investors, venture capital firms and investment bankers to exciting young companies based in the Pacific Northwest. As a Portland-based startup, we’re thrilled to be representing our hometown and… Read more »

Hitting the Road to Talk Social Media

Hitting the Road to Talk Social Media

The OpenSesame team is incredibly proud of our partnership with LINGOs (Learning in NGOs), a leader in providing learning and development resources to humanitarian organizations like the Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity and CARE. These organizations do life-saving work addressing crises such as the current famine in Somalia. As a result of their dispersed areas of focus,… Read more »

The Cable Companies Make Their Content Chunky

The Cable Companies Make Their Content Chunky

There’s a reason cable companies are some of the most-hated businesses in America: they don’t make it easy to buy their product. The options are few, the prices high and the terms inflexible. As a result of the global recession and emerging competitors like Netflix and Hulu,  the number of cable subscribers in America has… Read more »

Emerging Technology for Learning

Emerging Technology for Learning

This week, OpenSesame’s Josh Blank and ej4’s Dan Cooper gave a presentation at the Enterprise Learning Conference and Expo on the applications of exciting new technologies for learning: video, games, mobile, and social. Of course, these are buzzwords you hear every day. The objective of Josh and Dan’s presentation was to provide listeners with concrete… Read more »

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Cisco Sales Essentials Training from Tech 2000

After a few months of hard work, we are thrilled to announce that we now offer an effective and engaging course on Cisco Sales Essentials 5.0 thanks to our partnership with the great course developers at Tech 2000. Cisco software and equipment training is complex and in-depth, so it requires talented elearning developers to deliver… Read more »

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HTML 5 vs. Native Apps: A Look at the Pros & Cons

Mobile learning is hot. The data on the prevalence of smart mobile devices and consumers’ increasing comfort with using mobile devices is a persuasive argument. Learning and development professionals are looking for the best ways to enable learners to find information in the context that they will actually use that information. But how to create… Read more »


The Marketplace Theme at TechCrunch Disrupt

This week the OpenSesame management team is attending TechCrunch Disrupt, the semi-annual startup conference convened by TechCrunch, the tech news blog. We’re attending Disrupt to learn about creating and growing technology companies and to meet people who can help us get better at our jobs. While the executive team is on the spot in San… Read more »

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New Funding for the World’s eLearning Marketplace

Today we are proud to share big news from OpenSesame HQ: We have raised $2 million in funding to accelerate OpenSesame’s development (for full details, read the press release). While it’s great news, this funding announcement isn’t our OpenSesame success story. Our success will be measured by creating products that customers love – because they… Read more »

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Syntrio eLearning: Interactive, Multimedia Training Courses

At OpenSesame, our goal is to build the world’s marketplace for elearning courses: a broad, fresh catalog of content covering diverse topics with a variety of interactive approaches. As we expand our marketplace, we’re thrilled to announce that we are partnering with Syntrio to add their rich catalog of elearning courses to OpenSesame. Syntrio is… Read more »