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Knovio Goes to College

One of the more remarkable things that’s happened in the 14 months since Knovio officially came out of “beta test mode” has been its rapid — and quite organic — growth on college and university campuses.  Without a single advertisement or marketing campaign, Knovio has taken off purely through word-of-mouth, to the point where there are now more than 1,500 “.edu” domains represented in the Knovio user base.  More than half of the 170,000-plus registered Knovio users self-identify as educators or students.  We’ve found Knovio being used on campus in 33 countries on six continents, and in all fifty United States.

Knovio is popular among both faculty and students and even staff on campus:

  • For educators, Knovio is an easy and painless way to create “flipped classroom” lectures (to be watched before coming to class), multimedia teaching and “how-to” notes, reports on faculty research, and distance learning content.
  • For students, Knovio is a great way to submit presentation-based assignments (especially collaborative group work), as well as to practice their presentation skills (especially if they are not native language speakers).
  • For staff, we’ve seen Knovio used for distributing orientation material, onboarding new employees, virtual open houses, and alumni/donor communications.

All of this was a delightful surprise to us at KnowledgeVision, a company that has traditionally been business-to-business — that is, serving corporate learning, content marketing, sales enablement, corporate communications, and investor relations.

But the market was telling us something important: Knovio and the college campus are a natural fit!  So now, we’ve sought out and found a committed educational technology partner to help us tune Knovio to the higher education marketplace.  So let me introduce our new strategic partner for higher education, Jenzabar Inc.

JenzabarLogoJenzabar is one of the leaders in providing technology to the college and university community.  Originally rooted in student information systems, Jenzabar is now investing heavily in e-learning platforms in order to cover even more comprehensively the entire student life-cycle — from admission and enrollment, to registration and course selection, to course administration and grade-keeping, to billing and even alumni relations.

Knovio fits right in with Jenzabar’s modern eLearning platform — a Learning Management System that works seamlessly with the college’s other administrative platforms.  An advanced version of Knovio will be intimately tied in with Jenzabar eLearning, even to the point of passing embedded quiz results and grades directly into the Jenzabar grade book.

Over the coming weeks and months, watch for a whole series of joint initiatives in the higher education market from Jenzabar and KnowledgeVision, starting with Knovio Campus — a plan that puts an advanced version of Knovio in the hands of every student, faculty member, and staffer on campus, at a very low price, tied to enrollment.

We’re very excited about this partnership and what it means for the future of Knovio on campus.  And we’re grateful to the tens of thousands of students and educators who have discovered and adopted Knovio on their own, making this partnership not only possible but also the best outcome imaginable.

Jenzabar CEO Bob Maginn announces the company's strategic partnership with KnowledgeVision at the Jenzabar Annual Meeting of college and university customers, in June 2016.

The Visual Résumé: How to Stand out from the Crowd

Of course, we all want to be engaging conversationalists and polished communicators, but for some, their careers depend on it. If you’re in marketing or real estate, how successful you are at selling – whether it’s an idea, product, or service – is often tantamount to how successful you are in your profession.

When you’re applying for a position in a marketing firm or on a real estate team, you’ll do yourself – and potential employers – a huge service by submitting a visual résumé. Certainly, employers can learn about your employment and education background on LinkedIn, but how you present (or sell) yourself and your work will remain a mystery unless they decide to interview you. If you’re applying for a position that requires relocation, they may request a preliminary phone interview. That’s great! But a visual résumé that includes video of you is even greater, because it adds a depth and dimension that can get lost over the wire.

It’s always smart to read a job description and then tailor your résumé to show that your skills match their needs. A visual résumé is perfect for this. It also helps give potential employers a good sense of your personality, and how well you really know your industry.

With Knovio and Knovio Pro’s online presentation tools, you can add video to a set of slides that illustrate your experience and show your work in an interesting way.  Then, add footnotes and attachments (great for marketing portfolios) and easily correct any mistakes before you email it out.

And because they’re fast and easy to make (even from a mobile device like an iPad or iPhone), Knovio visual resumés can be customized to particular prospective employers and situations.

Best of luck!

Why Online Presentations Matter

Every day, according to Microsoft, more than 30 million PowerPoint presentations are delivered.  That’s about 21,000 a minute.

There are more than one billion copies of PowerPoint installed on computers around the world.

An estimated 120 million people know how to create a presentation on their computer.

As much as we all like to complain about “Death by PowerPoint”, it is the medium of choice to deliver business plans, marketing pitches, company updates, and corporate learning.  In fact, no other visual communications medium is so ubiquitous in business.

As someone who was there in the infancy of computer presentations (I was part of the team that brought Lotus Freelance to market in 1985), I’ve watched with fascination as presentation software evolved from the early innovations of Freelance and Harvard Graphics, only to be swept aside by PowerPoint in the Microsoft Office tsumani.

Frankly, innovation in presentation software stagnated with PowerPoint’s dominance, and despite some flashes of brilliance from the likes of Prezi and Keynote, not a whole lot has changed in the last two decades.

Until now.  And it’s happening, like so much else, ONLINE. Read more