Until now, the five-day working week has been a given. From Monday to Friday, the vast majority of office-based workers take to their desks to complete their tasks, with only the occasional bank holiday to punctuate the traditional working week. However, with 9-5 hours being all but dead (and yes, that’s the fault of millennials too), could the typical working week be next?
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We’re counting down the days to our 2018 APAC Totara User Conference in Sydney in June, and we thought we’d take the opportunity to catch up with some of our guest speakers ahead of the main conference day. We’ve worked hard to secure a range of speakers who will be sharing the secrets to their success with Totara, and we think that this year’s event is one not to be missed if you want to get the most out of your Totara solution.
Designing a fit-for-purpose LMS at Berry Street
Aliki Christou, Berry Street
Totara LMS is used globally, and we were recently delighted to hear all about how our open source platform is being used by a multinational retail franchise operator headquartered in Kuwait, which operates more than 70 customer retail and hospitality brands across 19 markets. The organisation includes brands such as Starbucks, The Cheesecake Factory, H&M, Victoria’s Secret, Estee Lauder Companies, Pottery Barn, Harvey Nichols and many more, and we wanted to share how Totara Partner iLearn has been working with the business to help them implement Totara LMS.
More and more these days, our clients need to deliver their learning content globally. The biggest value of the internet is doing exactly this and up to this point, it's been pretty straightforward to achieve. However, as we raise the bar in terms of the richness of content we wish to deliver - moving from basic text and images to rich sound and video media, so we further burden the systems we run on. On top of this, as soon as we introduce regions, countries or even whole continents that present low bandwidth or no connectivity, suddenly our worst fears about slow load times, timeout errors and unhappy end users becomes an all-too-painful reality.
As we enter March, the international Totara Learning team probably has some very different feelings about the months to come. For the team in the UK and the US, we have summer evenings on the beach to look forward to, while the team in New Zealand are coming to the end of their long, hot summer. But wherever we are, one thing’s for sure - we all love a holiday. Our Partners have implemented some highly successful Totara LMS platforms in the hospitality sector, so take a seat by the pool and find out how global organisations use Totara LMS…
In the run up to the E-Learning Age awards ceremony on 25th November, we’re putting the spotlight on some of our Partners’ Totara projects which are up for awards. This week, we’re looking at Platinum Partner City & Guilds Kineo. Always prominent in the awards categories, among Kineo’s shortlisted awards this year are two Totara-powered projects: the PIVOT platform, which is shortlisted for ‘Most innovative new learning product’, and Samsung’s Extended Enterprise LMS, in the running for ‘Best LMS implementation’.
Do you want to manage your blended programmes better? Do you want to provide better pathways for your learners within your blends? It’s hard for anyone to say ‘No’ to those questions. The problem is that many online learning environments seem to hinder these plans driven by old and inflexible models of learner management that confuse or confine the learner. Totara co-founding Partner Kineo have extensive experience making great blends with Totara LMS at their heart. Kineo's Mark Harrison walks us through how to blend better.
Opinions vary on whether open source companies can make money, thrive and truly compete with their proprietary counterparts. As a CEO and co-founder of an open source company I am frequently challenged to reflect on our strategy, our company ethos, and the commercial risks we undertake not only on behalf of the shareholders but also our employees, partners and customers.
Software is everywhere. You knew that already. But do you always know what that software is doing? As the recent Volkswagen ‘defeat device’ scandal has shown, when its true purpose is hidden, software can cause tremendous damage. Writing proprietary software that cheats on emissions tests goes beyond ‘cheating’ - it’s a criminal act and one that will leave the car manufacturer in reputational - and financial - ruin, not to mention the impact on customers and the wider economy. Amid the various calls for fines, resignations, and jail time for VW executives responsible for this, one point particularly stood out to us: This wouldn’t have happened if the software was Open Source.
When the Open Badges Movement launched two years ago, it made waves. It ushered in real potential to change how we recognise, credential and validate learning. Ahead of our seminar at World of Learning Conference and Exhibition (WOLCE) 2015 in Birmingham this week, we take stock of where we are with Open Badges, and what’s ahead.