InSync Training

5 Pieces of the Blended Learning Puzzle

Posted by Katelind Hays on Dec 14, 2017 1:00:00 PM

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Blended learning involves a much more complex equation than what we use to create and support traditional face-to-face or singular training events. Not only do we have to manage more technology and content, but our audience also learns on their own, futher complicating matters.

How can we encourage people to interact with the content in a way that makes the most sense for them, when it’s most relevant to them? We can provide that support by putting the blended learning puzzle together correctly.

During her most recent Virtually There session, Jennifer Hofmann, President of InSync Training, discussed each element of the blended learning equation in detail and explained how to support modern learners through their personalized professional development journeys. Watch the recording for more detailed information.

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Topics: Modern Blended Learning

Microlearning: What’s Really Important?

Posted by Michele Israel on Dec 12, 2017 1:00:00 PM

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In a previous post, we provided some insight into the trending topic of microlearning. Because it's so popular and supports the way business is being done, there's lots of movement in the industry to put it into action. But, we need to make sure that it is done the "right way" for our learners.

Let's look at some of the important elements of quality microlearning that can guide the development and design process.

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Topics: Microlearning

A Guide to Managing Projects Using RACI Matrix Models

Posted by Jenny Holt on Dec 7, 2017 3:47:35 PM

25265147_s.jpgFor any business project to be a success, it’s important that all parties involved know their roles and responsibilities. Whether you’re overseeing a small team or an international collaborative effort, as a project manager it’s your duty to ensure that everyone under your chain of command understands their place within the company.

One way that project managers stay on top of task delegation is by utilizing a responsibility assignment matrix, also known as a linear responsibility chart or RACI model. These models offer a powerful organizational tool that helps to keep teams running smoothly and deliver quality results.

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Topics: Project Management

Microlearning, Macroresults: A Primer

Posted by Michele Israel on Dec 5, 2017 8:00:00 AM

47200126_s.jpgThink about how you best learn. If you're anything like me—always on a tight schedule, short attention span, prefer pictures to words—small chunks of information in one sitting are about all you can manage.

Microlearning is clearly what we need! It's not a new method (don't forget the primeval flashcard), but technology has changed its presentation, delivery, and use. And made it more USEFUL because of its accessibility.

And, most important, it instantly captivates learners—learners just like us.

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Topics: Microlearning

Getting Started with Scenario-Based Learning

Posted by Katelind Hays on Nov 30, 2017 4:13:44 PM

Training Magazine Network Session Recap

66622714_s.jpgInstructional designers, facilitators, and learners have a huge number of instructional techniques and strategies available to them. For example, the traditional face-to-face classroom no longer serves as the go-to learning environment for effective training. Thanks to technology, the virtual classroom provides a viable option for effective, impactful learning.

Scenario-based learning is a popular technique creating buzz in our industry. Experts Jennifer Hofmann and Karen Vieth recently discussed and demonstrated scenario-based learning with Training Magazine Network participants. Read on for a helpful introduction to this topic, and access the session recording to learn InSync’s step-by-step design process.

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Topics: Instructional Design, Modern Blended Learning, Scenario-Based Learning

Stories: Their Engagement Power

Posted by Phylise Banner and Michele Israel on Nov 28, 2017 1:00:00 PM

88283060_s.jpgI bet someone read the same book to you over and over again at bedtime when you were young. You loved that story. You knew it by heart. You could see it in your head without the pictures. Sometimes, you put yourself in the place of the main character. You might even have learned something that continues to influence your life to this day.

I bet you still remember that story, so many years later. It was that compelling and meaningful. You connected.

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Topics: Storytelling

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