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Creating a Customer Hero Story

Posted by Katelind Hays on Feb 15, 2018 1:15:00 PM

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Every day we tell stories, to ourselves, our learners, and our customers. Psychologists have determined that storytelling makes a difference in how people act. In fact, human behavior follows a predictable pattern: an event happens, that event sparks feelings, and from those feelings, we take action. Stories provide us with the opportunity to influence that cycle and drive behavior.

But how do we tell better stories that help us achieve better business results? Christine Miles, Chief Architect of Ci Squared, identified a customer hero story as our best option.

During her recent Virtually There session, Christine defined the "Art of the Nudge," key storytelling elements, and guided learners in writing their own customer hero story. Watch the entire replay for all her expert insight.

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Topics: Virtually There

Podcast - The Missing Piece of Great eLearning: An Interview with Marie Hoffman

Posted by Katelind Hays on Feb 14, 2018 1:15:00 PM
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When we begin creating eLearning or video elements for blended learning, our first thought often includes technology. We invest in platforms to create high-end designs. The polish usually ends there. When it comes to adding narration to our finished products, we turn to someone in the learning department and call it a day. This, Marie Hoffman argues, does a disserve to our learners and our instructional designs

In this episode of our Modern Learning on the Air podcast series, InSync Training’s Phylise Banner explores the topic of audio narration with voice talent Marie Hoffman.

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Topics: Instructional Design, eLearning, Blended Learning Instructional Design, Modern Learning on the Air

The Four Components of Learning Environment Modeling Language

Posted by Katelind Hays on Feb 13, 2018 1:15:00 PM

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Do you feel like you’re missing something from your instructional design toolkit? That one resource, approach, or process that would create a more direct route from defined learning goals to proposed design solution?

Aftr 30 years in the industry, Phylise Banner stumbled across a solution that has revolutionized her work: Learning Environment Modeling Language.

She shared her discovery with her audience at the recent Virtually There session, Removing Communication Barriers in the Learning Design Process.

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Topics: Virtually There, Instructional Design

Now Hiring! Join Our Virtual Team

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Feb 9, 2018 1:03:57 PM
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Are you a GREAT virtual classroom producer? Do you have experience supporting WebEx Training Center, Adobe Connect, or any other virtual classroom platform? InSync Training is interested in learning more about you! 

We are seeking qualified contractors to join our dynamic production team. Our producers ensure flawless virtual learning events by providing instructional and technical support to facilitators during live learning events, training sessions, and meetings.

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Gamification and Game-Based Learning: The Engagement Game

Posted by Phylise Banner on Feb 8, 2018 1:25:18 PM
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Measuring the impact of gamification or game-based learning can seem challenging. How do we know if our learners are more engaged? How do we know if gamification motivated our team to learn more? How do we know if the game-based eLearning we created will affect productivity?

Before we can answer those questions, we need to look back at the alignment of our gamification and game-based learning strategies with our original learning objectives. If we set everything up correctly from the get-go, we should be generating data related to measurable results that we can report on.

As you’re recalling those objectives, consider measuring the impact of gamification and/or game-based learning through the lens of three core premises that drive our blended learning initiatives: transfer of knowledge, acquisition of skill, and change in behavior. 

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Topics: Gamification, Instructional Design, Game-Based Learning

Blend with Intention: Plan for a Successful Blended Learning Campaign 

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Feb 7, 2018 1:04:07 PM

01302018 ATD What Works preview video YouTube thumbnail.pngThe term blended learning has come in and out of vogue in corporate training for the last several decades. For so long, in fact, it feels like an old-fashioned term. A term that is not modern enough for the current learning landscape.

The reality is, modern learning strategies, techniques, and technologies seem to be custom designed for blended learning approach. But we need to stop thinking about designing a blend only after the so-called “important” content is developed. As I state in my new book, Blended Learning: What Works in Talent Development (ATD, 2018):

"…modern blended learning is more than sequencing different media and activities that happen to be related by topic. It is about aligning learning objects with the most appropriate instructional strategies, techniques, and technologies, while meeting the needs of the organization and modern learners."

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Topics: Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Instructional Design

Hot Off the Press! New Blended Learning Book from Jennifer Hofmann

Posted by Katelind Hays on Feb 6, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Blended learning has become a priority for many organizations. That’s exciting! A blended approach provides us with the flexibility to authentically and effectively address each of our learning objectives.

Unfortunately, without the right design, we doom our programs to fail. 

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Topics: Modern Blended Learning

Getting Started with Blended Learning: Campaign Blueprints

Posted by Katelind Hays on Feb 1, 2018 1:00:00 PM

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So your organization has made blended learning a priority. But while you know you need to move your training programs into the future, you wonder how doing so will affect learning results. And though some of you have tried blended learning before, the programs didn’t meet your expectations and you worry about trying again. 

A strategic plan quells these fears and improves the likelihood of program success. Get started with Jennifer Hofmann’s exclusive blended learning instructional design and implementation model: Campaign Blueprints. 

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Topics: Instructional Design, Blended Learning Campaigns, Blended Learning Instructional Design, Learning Campaign Blueprints

Finding Your Why: Christine Miles’s Key to Business

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jan 31, 2018 11:30:00 AM
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Numerous articles about improving our work/life balance, general performance, and overall happiness encourage us to follow our passion. What’s the old adage? Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life. Sounds like a far-fetched dream for most of us, and a piece of advice we often can’t easily apply to our current professional situation. 

Christine Miles, Chief Architect of Ci Squared, knows from experience that finding and following your purpose is a less complicated process, and much more important one, than most of us realize. In fact, she says, “We all have to work for money, but we all should work for what gets us excited in the morning and that’s contagious. [Whether you’re] a leader or in sales, if you lead with that why, you instantly influence others more profoundly.”

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Topics: Storytelling, business of learning

Video and Audio Tech Tools and Tips

Posted by Phylise Banner on Jan 30, 2018 1:29:01 PM

 

Video and Audio Tech Tools and Tips.jpgIn the spirit of sharing tips and tricks for working with video and audio, we reached back into a featured series of InSync blog posts on technology tools for modern blended learning.

From the series “Sorting through the Technology Toolbox,” here are some of my favorite tips and tools for you to explore so you can be on your way to creating interactive eLearning, audio, video, and screencasting learning assets.

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Topics: EdTech, Modern Blended Learning