Monthly Archives: June 2014

201: Muddling through Moodle

By Dan Keckan published June 23, 2014

There is an allure to Moodle’s value proposition. What’s not to like about FREE?!

For a company considering an LMS solution, spending $100,000 annually can cause sticker shock. In return, the organization receives an untried delivery channel to host, track, and report on the training content delivered to employees, distribution channels, and customers. Alternatively, many Software as a Service (SAS) LMS solutions have a cost-per-registered user model that seems affordable when you have a limited number of users, but can ramp up to be a very pricey annual expense if you have a large user base.

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Cinécraft Productions Selected as a Winner of the 35th Annual Telly Awards

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Cleveland, Ohio – June 18, 2014 – The Telly Awards has named Cinecraft Productions as a Bronze winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards for a promotional video produced, pro-bono, for Cleveland’s Ingenuity Fest.

“With nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor for Cinecraft,” said Dan Keckan, VP of Sales & Marketing, Cinecraft.

The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding video production and online commercials. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.

“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards.   “Cinecraft Productions’accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft.”

You can view the award winning video by clicking here.

For more than 75 years, Cinécraft has been a unique resource for the creation of video and eLearning in the United States.  For 10 years, Ingenuity Fest has been a weekend long festival that showcases the wide range of cultural strengths in Northeast Ohio region by intersecting art with technology.


201: The Mobile Learning War is Heating Up - Review

By Dan Keckan published June 16, 2014

It’s no secret that mobile learning is a hot topic at every training conference we attend, blog article we read and webcast we watch.  You would think that with so much customer demand, authoring tool companies would be on top of this trend.  However, so far, it’s led to some painful learning experiences.

For the past few years Lectora, Captivate and Articulate have advertised that their products are compatible with mobile devices.  And those advertisements are true, they are compatible.  However, do they create engaging, performance-driven learning experiences?  I think most of the people reading this would agree when I say, “No.”  Furthermore, the use of the term mobile devices is used way too loosely. Smartphones may be fine for performance support, but their screens are too small to effectively display traditional eLearning courses. So for sake of this article, we will consider our experiences with the iPad.

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Bendix and Cinécraft Recognized With People and Organizational Development Award

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Cleveland Ohio – June 7, 2014 – The Bendix Customer & Sales Force e-Learning Initiatives Team, who partnered with Cinecraft Productions to create and launch a customer facing LMS, brake-school.com, won the People and Organizational Development Award at the 2014 Drive for Distinction, the premier team recognition event at Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems.

The team competed against 26 other nominating teams and took home one of 6 coveted awards from 5 different categories.  The annual awards recognize overall achievements, unbeatable solutions and tangible results within the 2,000+ employee company.  Teams and individuals are honored for redefining the norm and for seizing opportunities for new ideas.

“Bendix and Cinécraft launched Brake-school.com in early 2013 and it has since grown to over 18,000 users in over 20 countries,” explained Brody Day, Marketing and Communications Specialist with Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems.

“The training is so successful and desirable that 9 of Bendix’s customers have their own customized versions of the training site.  It contains almost 50 training courses and continues to grow with new content and users on a daily basis. However, we helped Bendix set up and host the Moodle LMS solution because it was a cost effective way to help reach their audience with the custom eLearning courses and videos we have developed for them,” explained Courtenay Knerem, Senior Producer.

For more than 75 years, Cinécraft has been a leading resource for the creation of video and eLearning in the United States.