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Modern Learners: Built to Observe

Posted by Phylise Banner on Nov 21, 2017 12:42:25 PM

42033420_s.jpgDid you know that more than 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute? Yes, YouTube has significantly changed the way we access and process learning.

For many of us, instead of reading through an instruction manual, we search YouTube for a video that will guide us through “how to.” We can watch these over and over again, pausing where we need to look closer or to better understand what the subject matter expert is trying to get across. Of course we could read, and re-read, that instructional manual – so why do we turn to video?

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Topics: Modern Learning

Big Data 101: Predictive Analytics in Talent Management

Posted by Katelind Hays on Nov 16, 2017 4:35:21 PM
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Virtually There session recap

Big data has become a big deal for the modern workforce. Publications like The Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, and The New York Times have covered the topic, and institutions like Gartner have researched its application for organizations. So what does it mean for those of us in Human Resources and Training?

Guest speaker Claire F. Kuhl helped Virtually There learners gain a basic understanding of big data, and envision how they can use it as a tool within their talent management processes during her recent session, What's the Big Deal About Big Data?

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Topics: Virtually There, Talent Management

Hearing and Watching Learning Happen

Posted by Phylise Banner on Nov 14, 2017 1:33:29 PM

47833027_s.jpgBack in 1922, Thomas Edison once predicted that the motion picture would transform the way we learn:

"I believe that the motion picture is destined to revolutionize our educational system and that in a few years it will supplant largely, if not entirely, the use of textbooks."

According to the book, The Flickering Mind, by Todd Oppenheimer, Edison had been “even more pedagogically expansive” back in 1913, when he said that film makes it “possible to touch every branch of human knowledge.”

Research followed in 1939, when Henry Arthur Wise sought to prove Edison’s forecast. Again, according to The Flickering Mind, Wise studied the impact of films on learning and found that the films helped “low-ability students to learn factual information, while helping high-ability students in acquiring spirit and atmosphere.”

Spirit and atmosphere? To me, that sounds like engagement. Interesting.

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Topics: Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Campaigns

The Key to Effective Change Management

Posted by Katelind Hays on Nov 9, 2017 1:15:00 PM

Virtually There Session Recap

11083836_s.jpgEvery organization experiences change. Whether it’s implementing a new onboard training program or overhauling production processes, the only constant in business is change. What’s the most effective way to plan for, implement, and manage critical new developments within your company?

Recently, guest Virtually There presenter Laura Goodrich of GWTnext shared her experience-proven, expert opinion during her session, Driving it Home: Real Change is a Process, Not an Event.

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Topics: Virtually There, Change Management, Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Campaigns

The Benefits of Using Professional Voice Talent

Posted by Marie Hoffman on Nov 7, 2017 12:35:00 PM

33200674_s.jpgYou’ve put the finishing touches on the script for your client. Your company has just spent thousands of dollars creating the perfect visuals, countless hours perfecting the story, and you’ve even decided on some cool background music.

It all looks fantastic, should be a huge success. Right? Now, all you need to do is have somebody voice these modules.

Who? How about Mary or Joe in Accounting – (such a nice voice)?

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Topics: eLearning

Establishing Our Own Learning Pathways

Posted by Phylise Banner on Nov 2, 2017 1:00:00 PM

7624800_s.jpgIn previous blog posts, we have established that we are all modern learners. As we explore and build our own modern learning pathways, let’s stop for a moment to consider where we are and what we are picking up along the way.

All of our learning choices are personal. The process we go through to select, evaluate, and use learning assets is, in fact, the process of designing our own personal learning blends.

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Topics: Modern Learning, Content Curation, Personal Learning Networks, Learning Pathways

The True Story of a Virtual Classroom Meltdown!

Posted by Kathy Piazza on Oct 31, 2017 1:00:00 PM

49452648_s.jpgPicture it: You’re a veteran virtual learning producer. You’ve arrived forty-five minutes ahead of a session, you’re well prepared…and everything goes wrong. Do you panic? Or do you put all your skills to good use?

InSync Training’s veteran producer Kathy Piazza managed to keep her cool in a high-pressure producing situation, and managed to keep the session moving and the learners on track.

In this blog post, she shares her step-by-step, moment-by-moment, rollercoaster ride of a session.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Production

Modern Learning Producers as Stage Hands

Posted by Brigit Michael on Oct 26, 2017 3:27:11 PM

39521458_s.jpgWe chatted with veteran producer Brigit Michael and got her take on why she considers the virtual classroom to be a stage, herself a stage hand. Her unique perspective can help you hone your modern learning skills as you facilitate, produce, implement, and manage virtual learning events within your blends.

The role of a virtual producer is a unique one; we’re responsible for making everything run smoothly behind the scenes to ensure that learners have the best experience possible. 

I consider my role as a producer is kind of like a stage hand for a play. Some directors want the stage hands to be recognized and take a bow at the end, and some want them to fade entirely into the background, with a variety of possibilities in between.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Production, Producer, Modern Learning

Creating Relevant Learning Experiences

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Oct 24, 2017 1:00:00 PM

20881398_s.jpgYou are probably familiar with the premise that most of the learning we do is informal.

According to: Training Industry:

The 70:20:10 Model for Learning and Development is a commonly used formula within the training profession to describe the optimal sources of learning by successful managers. It holds that individuals obtain 70 percent of their knowledge from job-related experiences, 20 percent from interactions with others, and 10 percent from formal educational events.

Of course, we know this is just a guideline. The real numbers -- if there are real numbers -- will always vary based on the learning material being taught, the types of interactions our learners have with that material, the characteristics of each individual learner, and how motivated they are to learn.

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Topics: Modern Blended Learning

The Modern Learner

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Oct 19, 2017 1:05:00 PM

36874840_s.jpgIf you are on any learning related email lists, you’ve been seeing the word “modern” quite often over the last 12 months. Modern learning, modern workplace, modern design, and so on.

What does it mean? And why do we need to make that distinction?

Some would argue that technology is driving the need to redefine learning, and it's time to throw out the old ways of doing things. I would argue that technologies come and go, and it is the learners who are driving the need for modernization of the learning function.

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Topics: Modern Learning, Modern Workplace, Modern Blended Learning