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Insights on Learning & Development from the ASTD State of the Industry Report

Each year the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) surveys learning and development professionals and compiles their findings into the State of the Industry Report. This industry standard report includes measurements of budgets, hours invested and the number of staff devoted to learning and development, with useful differentiations between the best-performing training organizations and… Read more »

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Social Media in Small Business: Therapist, Cheering Squad and Taskmaster

Social media gets attention for enabling communications among diverse networks and, among learning and development thinkers, for its capacity to support collaboration and learning. But a less-discussed role of social media in the professional context is as a support network for small business owners, freelancers or other solo practitioners. If you’re alone in your office,… Read more »

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OpenSesame Now Features Mindleaders Online Training Courses

Big news! The OpenSesame team is proud to announce that we have partnered with Mindleaders to add their catalog of more than 2,800 elearning courses to the OpenSesame marketplace. With courses on everything from technical certification to business and soft skills, Mindleaders is recognized worldwide for the wide scope of their catalog, the excellent production… Read more »

Course of the Week: Change Management by Vubiz

 ​ Wednesday, January 11, 2012 Change Management – Managing Change   $39 per seat    Volume Discount Price 5-9 20% $31.20 10-24 30% $27.30 25-49 40% $23.40 50-199 50% $19.50 200+ 69% $12.09   Change Management – Managing Change by Vubiz Managing change means leading teams effectively through difficult and dynamic circumstances: This is a leadership… Read more »

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QMR Brings Soft Skills and Compliance Training to Life

The OpenSesame team is pleased share a new catalog of management, soft skills and ethics courses from Quality Media Resources (QMR). The QMR team, led by founders Robert and Patricia Rosell, builds excellent courses that use video to illustrate abstract concepts with real examples, excellent characterizations and compelling stories. Since 1992, QMR has dedicated their… Read more »

social media is about connections

It's Not About Your Social Media Policy

  Last year I was interviewed for a promotional video for for a local community parks program. I was chatting with the nonprofit organization’s outreach director about their communications strategy – and she mentioned that her agency had not done much with social media yet, but was hoping to use this video as a jumping-off… Read more »

top 10 learning resources of 2011

Top Ten Learning Resources of 2011

The year-end top 10 lists are something of a cliche, but I love them! They’re fun to read and inspire reflection. In honor of the approaching year-end, here are my top resources of 2011: Sites, articles or resources I visited over and over again, sent to colleagues, memorized or otherwise relied upon, in no particular order.… Read more »

top 10 learning resources of 2011

December Newsletter & Holiday Greetings

Holiday Greetings from OpenSesame This holiday season, the OpenSesame team is celebrating a year of growth. From the number of courses for sale in the OpenSesame marketplace to the number of hoodies we’ve given to buyers, sellers and partners, we’ve grown aggressively throughout 2011. We deeply appreciate the support, participation and engagement of the entire… Read more »

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Course Authoring Tools: Tips on SCORM Settings

As an open marketplace for buying and selling elearning courses, OpenSesame supports a variety of different elearning course formats: SCORM (both 2004 and 1.2), AICC and video files. (For more information about our SCORM video player, check out the release notes.) We have rapidly become experts at fine-tuning SCORM publishing settings in a variety of… Read more »

the Scrooge McDuck of elearning

Waste Not, Want Not

People make spending decisions often with good intentions – not reality – in mind. Maybe you plan to save money and time or fulfill personal goals – but when the reality and good intentions meet, those spending decisions can beget serious waste: Good intentions. This time of year, tons of people sign one year contracts… Read more »

the Scrooge McDuck of elearning

Course of the Week: Bloodborne Pathogens by Convergence Training

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 Bloodborne Pathogens   $25per seat         Volume Discount Price 2-49 24% $19.00 50-99 30% $17.50 100-499 35% $16.25 500-999 40% $15.00 1000+ 50% $12.50 Bloodborne Pathogens by Convergence Training Meet your workplace safety goals with engaging, effective training from Convergence. This interactive course uses 3D animations to bloodborne… Read more »

Course of the Week: Verbal Communication by ej4

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 Verbal Communication   $4.99       per seat Volume Discount Price 10-49 3% $4.84 50-99 7% $4.64 100-499 14% $4.29 500-999 20% $3.99 1000+ 40% $2.99 Verbal Communication by ej4 How do you make a point effectively in a conversation? What voice traits make you more persuasive? More credible? How do you eliminate… Read more »

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Marketing Your eLearning Courses

So you’re an elearning developer, and you’ve added your courses for sale in the OpenSesame marketplace. It’s time to focus on fine-tuning the ways you present your course to make it easy for customers to find you. By popular demand, we have compiled our tips on marketing elearning courses in order to maximize sales opportunities.… Read more »

the future of talent management

Cheatsheet: Three Action Items from the Bersin Prediction Report

Research reports are great. In-depth analysis, thoughtful dissection of emerging trends, nuggets of wisdom for the future. But, they have one downside. They’re long, and you’re busy. But I’m here to help you out, with all you need to know for your next elearning cocktail party. Bersin & Associates, leading analysts in the talent management,… Read more »

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Six Tips for Building an eLearning Bestseller

As we’ve just reached our first anniversary, I’ve been reflecting on some of the lessons learned from the last year of building the world’s first marketplace for buying and selling elearning courses. To celebrate this milestone, I’m happy to share our tips on what kinds of courses appeal to buyers and how you can make… Read more »