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Preview: Blended Learning in Practice

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on May 24, 2018 1:36:27 PM

eLearning Guild Blended Learning in Practice report preview

Are your organization's programs ready for the future? Has the instructional design approach you use evolved to support and actively engage modern learners? What implementation process works best when introducing this innovative, flexible methodology? 

Ultimately, effective blends rely on addressing all moments of learning need and modeling the way work happens today. And while learning professionals and researchers alike have identified proven benefits, stakeholders correctly point out that risks logically follow widespread change.

I'm pleased to collaborate with eLearning Guild to answer these questions and address these realities in my new report, Blended Learning in Practice.

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Topics: Modern Blended Learning

Listen & Learn: A Coaching Conversation with Ginny Palmieri

Posted by Katelind Hays on May 17, 2018 1:00:00 PM

11292017 Modern Learning on the Air channel twitterHow do we become the best that we can be? Countless self-help books sit on Amazon’s digital shelves hoping to answer this question. And while, oftentimes, the pursuit of our "best-ness" feels like a personal endeavor, it naturally and logically impacts our professional performance.

The secret to success according to Ginny Palmieri, author of Unspoken: Finding Your Voice and Living Your Authentic Life, involves an authentic presence in and out of the office. Her interview with Phylise Banner for the Modern Learning on the Air podcast outlines the processes and approaches you can take to move your career in the right direction.

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Topics: Modern Learning on the Air, Professional Development

Talent, Culture, and Hierarchy in Agile Organizations

Posted by Katelind Hays on May 8, 2018 1:00:00 PM

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Agile’s all the rage with our organizations and teams right now. And for good reason!

Agile provides a function model to address many of the nuances involved in work today, including multitasking and unclear boundaries. Agile allows teams to purposefully come together to focus on a single project in an environment that learns from failure. That’s a big deal in today’s competitive landscape.

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Topics: Virtually There, Agile Learning, Modern Workplace

Knowledge Sharing in the Workplace: What’s the Big Deal?

Posted by Katelind Hays on Apr 26, 2018 1:46:32 PM

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During his recent Virtually There session, JD Dillon shared a fascinating story,

"The week I joined a previous organization, our eLearning Developer quit. It wasn’t cause and effect, but I was suddenly the eLearning Developer. In my first project, I was picking up from behind and needed to find source info for this project. I was scouring through SharePoint Sites – I was having a hard time finding info I needed. If I can’t find it and I have admin capabilities what is happening to the frontline employee? What’s their life like if we can’t find info as the training person? It was a much bigger problem that we needed. I met with my boss and said, 'What if we built Wikipedia, but for here?' He thought it was great idea, so we wrote it on a post-it. It sat on my computer monitor for two years.”

Does this story sound familiar to you? You identify an information sharing-related challenge in your organization, you may even come up with a solution, but solving it feels out of reach.

JD believes there’s a fundamental reason for that: it’s not technically our job.

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Topics: Virtually There, Knowledge Management

No Budget for Learning Videos? No Problem!

Posted by Katelind Hays on Apr 24, 2018 1:00:00 PM

57972767_sWhen you need to learn how to do something, where do you go for information?

I thought about this question recently when I faced a pretty standard homeownership quandary: spring recently sprung, but my front yard needed some improvement in the lush greenery department. I turned to YouTube first to find a step-by-step process for increasing the curb appeal of my house. I knew by doing research there, I’d find a quick, easy, repeatable answer to my current problem.

I’m not alone, either! Most of us turn to quick, informative videos in our daily lives when stuck on a task or project, or when curiosity strikes.

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Topics: Podcasts and Videos

Learning Pros Need to Think Like Dirty Marketers: Advice from Daniel Foster

Posted by Katelind Hays on Apr 19, 2018 1:00:00 PM

11292017 Modern Learning on the Air channel twitterLearning professionals wear many hats. Depending on the task at hand, we may throw on our “instructional designer” cap, “project manager” beret, or “facilitator” fascinator. But did you know that we also need a “marketing” bonnet?

According to Daniel Foster, Strategy Lead for the Snagit Application at TechSmith, “the best learning professionals think like dirty marketers.”

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Topics: Podcasts and Videos, Modern Learning on the Air

What are the Biggest Virtual Classroom Tool Challenges? Experts Say...

Posted by Katelind Hays on Apr 17, 2018 12:00:00 PM

I50242602_snSync Training President Jennifer Hofmann recently had the opportunity to join a panel of experts at eLearning Guild’s Learning Solutions 2018 conference to discuss The Present and Future of Virtual Classroom Tools. Over the coming weeks, Getting InSync will feature highlights from this engaging, informative discussion.

A driving force behind our mission at InSync Training focuses on the idea that “If we do virtual classroom training well we can get, for many programs, an equivalent or even better experience in the virtual live online world as we can face-to-face.” Achieving this goal, though, requires hard work and an innovative approach.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom

Schoolhouse Rock: A Surprising Introduction to Self-Paced Learning

Posted by Katelind Hays on Apr 12, 2018 10:00:00 AM

SchoolHouseRock_Graphic-1Do you remember the first time you experienced a non-traditional approach to learning? For most of us, we didn’t learn important life-lessons inside a classroom. For Jennifer Hofmann, classic Saturday morning programming introduced her to self-paced learning, and the rest, as they say, was history.

Jennifer recently shared the surprising connection she made between her love of popular Schoolhouse Rock episodes and modern blended learning in this short (but insightful) video: https://youtu.be/Hd-ITHrroXc

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Topics: Podcasts and Videos, Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Instructional Design

Change is Constant: Agile People Transition

Posted by Lou Russell on Apr 10, 2018 10:00:00 AM

feb-blog-change_origInSync Training welcomes Lou Russell to the Virtually There series on April 24, 2018. Ahead of her session, The Accidental People Challenges From Agile Development, Lou shares helpful background information about the people-side of Agile implementation. We thank her for her insights, which first appeared on her Russell Martin blog  

Things have changed all around you.  No matter how young or old you are, you have experienced change.  Dial phones and Blockbuster have been replaced by cellphones and Hulu. 

It’s not as obvious that our jobs and roles are also changing dramatically as well.  In every field, individuals must constantly evolve to stay on top of "now" and the rate of change is increasing.   

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Topics: Virtually There, Change Management, Modern Workplace, Talent Management

The Guide to Blended Learning: A Sit Down With ATD Author Jennifer Hofmann

Posted by Katelind Hays on Apr 5, 2018 1:32:13 PM

11292017 Modern Learning on the Air channel twitterBlended learning is all about connecting the dots – for our learners and our businesses. What content conveys the information our learners need to improve business results?

By using proven instructional design models, aligning them with learning objectives, and deploying personalized learning pathways using available instructional technologies, we can support modern organizations and "search engine" learners.

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