Kineo & Clive: 60-Minute Masters for SMEs

Written by Gabe Anderson — Posted in Customers, E-Learning Industry

If you’ve ever read Clive Shepherd’s blog (and if you haven’t, you really should), then you already know about his 30-minute masters wiki. Building on the concept, Clive teamed with Articulate partner Kineo to launch 60-Minute Masters, billed as such:

This short course provides subject experts and many others with the skills needed to design engaging, rapid e-learning materials for use in the workplace.

I’m delighted to bring you a first look at the course, which just went live this week and leverages some great capabilities of the Articulate suite of software:


View 60-Minute Masters

To hear the audio version of the course, you’ll need to register (free of charge) at the 60 Minute Masters site.

Regarding their choice in using Articulate tools to create this resource, Kineo’s Managing Partner Steve Rayson said the following:

The great thing about Articulate is that it provides a rapid way of generating SCORM-compliant elearning content. However, a growing issue for many organisations is creating a look and feel which meets their brand guidelines. This means creating a consistent look across the Articulate suite including Engage and Quizmaker. By using the Articulate SDK you can create a consistent user interface and a brand experience to meet the most exacting requirements. At Kineo we have worked with leading brands in areas such as finance and telecoms to develop high quality branded player templates using Articulate SDK.

Even if you don’t have the SDK, you can create custom Engage color schemes, and use the Colors and Effects feature of Quizmaker to build elearning content that matches your brand.

And speaking of wikis like Clive’s, be sure to read Tom’s latest post: 5 Ways Web 2.0 Can Make You a Better E-Learning Designer.

15 responses to “Kineo & Clive: 60-Minute Masters for SMEs”


How do they get the Quiz to look like it is part of presenter template (or is it Engage?). It looks like both the quiz and the engage are published into Articulate. Have they changed the Quiz template with the Articulate SDK og just turned off all the extra in properties in Quizmaker?

trondk // Posted at 10:32 am on November 12th, 2007

We didn’t change anything in engage or quizmaker. We simply created a player template where the black frame (see image above) sits over all the screens including the engage and quizmaker screens. This gives everything a nice consistent look and feel. You can brand this frame to meet your needs. You just need to size the frame window for the engages and use the same colour engage background. The normal quizmaker edging is still there just hidden by the black frame. Hope this makes sense.

Steve Rayson // Posted at 5:55 pm on November 12th, 2007

How did you do the menu on the bottom left side?

Mike Gallagher // Posted at 10:22 am on November 13th, 2007

We used the option to edit the menu in the SDK and set this to just pick up level 1 ie section headings. We went for a sliding menu to maximise the available screen space for the content.

Steve Rayson // Posted at 1:57 pm on November 13th, 2007

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Would it be posible for you to share the articulate templete with others?

Frank Srp // Posted at 11:43 am on February 6th, 2008

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In the comment from Steve Rayson above, he mentions that to create the effect of his presentation, he created a “player template where the black frame sits over the screens including the engage and quizmaker screens.” It sounds like he created some sort of black mask to hide everything but specific sections of the engage and quizmaker published pieces. Does anyone know how to accomplish this using the Articulate player template? Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Gary Giurbino // Posted at 6:49 pm on July 29th, 2008


Just to clarify you will need the SDK and be able to edit in flash to create a skin. Unfortunately it is not a straightforward task though we can create one for you if that helps. Once you have a skin you just drop it into the published player folder.

You can see another example at

In essence we just create a border to hide the bits of engage/quizmaker and make it look consistent. This reads in the headers and page numbers etc.

steve rayson // Posted at 8:59 am on August 6th, 2008

What are you modifying with the SDK to create the mask?

Bill // Posted at 12:06 am on October 18th, 2008

is there a way to insert a background image in player.html so instead of a solid colour that is defined within the template builder, i can have a repeating image pattern

jim yupangco // Posted at 2:19 pm on November 27th, 2008

it’s so cool. Could you pls advise on detail how to make the menu like this?

Tuan // Posted at 6:06 am on March 3rd, 2009

How did you do the menu on the bottom left side?

moham14 // Posted at 4:15 am on October 12th, 2009

I would like to know how to do make the menu appear transparent and on the bottom left too.
I have the SDK but there is nothing else that looks as good as these two demos.

Antony Kenwright // Posted at 12:38 pm on October 28th, 2009

With all the palaver of fiddling with constraining templates, multiple players sitting within players, learning to work with the SDK, etc., why not just learn Flash and ActionScript and be doine with it? They have a fiercesome reputation, but they really aren’t all that difficult to master, and once mastered are tremedously liberating.

(I don’t condone snobbery about rapid design tools, but this frames-within-frames-within-frames “vanishing mirrors” syndrome is what more than anything else the professionals dislike about the them.)

Ben // Posted at 6:30 am on June 22nd, 2011

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