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How to Use Twitter: A Few eLearning Courses

How to Use Twitter: A Few eLearning Courses

A few months ago, after many colleagues, friends and family members asked me to help them get started on Twitter, I made a quick screen capture and narration course that I could email links to easily and share widely. Since then, people have viewed the free video course hundreds and hundreds of times both in… Read more »

The Big Winner: OpenSesame on the Road Hoodie Contest

The Big Winner: OpenSesame on the Road Hoodie Contest

After spending our 2010-2011 conference season handing out OpenSesame hoodies at DevLearn, ASTD TechKnowledge, Learning Solutions, the CLO Symposium, ASTD International Conference & Expo and eLearning DevCon, we decided it was time to find out where those hoodies had spent their summer. It turns out some of them have been eating pretzels. And some have been napping. And… Read more »

The Snooze Button Evils

The Snooze Button Evils

We lead lives filled with bells and whistles. Unfortunately, they aren’t the kind that mean upgrades! Instead, I’m referring to the constant alerts that sound during our day starting with the alarm clock in the morning signaling that a new day has begun to the wristband alert at night reminding us to take our medication.… Read more »

Ten Tips for Community Managers

Ten Tips for Community Managers

Your office is a community: A network of people connected through a common theme, associating themselves voluntarily around a common purpose. On your worst days, when you’re thinking of tossing your laptop through a window, it may not feel like that. But building your community, is a powerful way to improve connectedness and facilitate learning.… Read more »

Ten Tips for Community Managers

Capturator: Making Self-Directed Language Learning Possible

As we build an international elearning marketplace, we’re always thrilled to feature some of the creative developers selling their elearning content on OpenSesame. The folks from Capturator are doing their best to make you more international, by creating effective and interactive elearning courses teaching Spanish, French, Italian and English. Capturator founders Marie Hédiard, Kurt Röllin… Read more »

OpenSesame Staffs Up: New Hires Bring Experience and Build Community

OpenSesame Staffs Up: New Hires Bring Experience and Build Community

We are proud to announce that Frank Corsaro, Pete LeDoux and Spencer Thornton –  experienced learning and development experts – have joined the OpenSesame community development team. We’ve been working hard to build relationships with both the buyers and sellers of elearning content in order to build a world-leading marketplace connecting the elearning community. The… Read more »

Learn to Learn By Studying Zombie Behavior

Learn to Learn By Studying Zombie Behavior

As an OpenSesame summer intern, I’m surrounded by the ceaseless serious discussions of adults. I fear that I’m not being respected, due to my younger age and often times less than serious demeanor, so I’m working hard to write an extremely serious, extremely adult blog post. And to that end, I’m going to talk about… Read more »

Change and a Hot Dog

Change and a Hot Dog

The hot dog debate is a debate that has gone on for decades, if not centuries– from the street dogs of New York, to the Chicago Dog, to the infamous Dodger Dog from Dodger Stadium in LA. Americans’ favorite place to get a dog is about as varied as what to put on them. I… Read more »

Top Five Reasons You Should Write a Blog

Top Five Reasons You Should Write a Blog

I have not always been a blog enthusiast. “They require so much time,” I mumbled, while reading others’ lively, reflective, thought-provoking blogs. “When am I going to find time for that? How am I going to possibly find enough things to write about?” I worried so much it kept me from thinking about the potential… Read more »

OpenSesame at the Future of Web Apps

OpenSesame at the Future of Web Apps

This week, the OpenSesame management team is in Las Vegas for the Future of Web Apps, an annual event connecting web developers, business visionaries and creative technologists. (Our team will be tweeting the whole experience with the hashtag #fowa – don’t miss it!) OpenSesame is co-sponsoring this conference alongside fantastic technology companies like Windows Internet… Read more »

Building Jaws in Space: New Ideas at eLearning DevCon 2011

Building Jaws in Space: New Ideas at eLearning DevCon 2011

Last week I traveled to Salt Lake City for eLearning DevCon, a small, focused convention targeted at elearning designers and developers. This conference gets into the nitty gritty, with sessions examining new technologies and successful case studies. This week I’ll reflect on some of the highlights of the sessions I attended last week, including presentations… Read more »

OpenSesame Presents at Venture Capital in Education Summit

OpenSesame Presents at Venture Capital in Education Summit

This afternoon, OpenSesame will present our business model and technology platform at the Venture Capital in Education Summit in New York in the beautiful IAC HQ building. We’re thrilled to be part of this innovative group of entrepreneurs, educators and investors looking for better ways to invest in the future of education. VCES is a… Read more »

Peter Thiel, College and The Modern Knowledge Worker

Peter Thiel, College and The Modern Knowledge Worker

Billionaire investor and venture capitalist Peter Thiel has stirred up a controversy in the tech and education sectors with a very simple argument: the formal education market is a bubble, both overvalued and overpriced. In addition, Thiel is concerned that too often college students end up unemployed yet overwhelmed with student-loan debt. In response, Thiel… Read more »

Tools for Freelance Instructional Designers

Six months ago I posted “Tools for Freelance Instructional Designers”, with a compilation of various tools recommended by freelance instructional designers in LinkedIn. With this update, the suggestions are categorized as “open” (free to use) and “commercial” (pay for use). Some limitations of making this kind of list – many applications have a free version,… Read more »