Virtually There Session Recap
“Build an eLearning course,” they say. “It’s what you’re great at! You can have it done by Friday.” Sound familiar? eLearning’s popularity as both stand alone instruction and part of a larger blend makes it a standard in many instructional design portfolios. Unfortunately, the “go do that thing you do” mentality reflects a general misunderstanding of the complicated nature of eLearning production.
When faced with such a disconnect, how do we design impactful modules with a limited budget and an overwhelming number of tools available for purchase?
Kevin Thorn, Chief Nuggethead and corporate training expert, provided a helpful framework for building an eLearning design, development, and production toolkit consisting of free and paid tools.
Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design,
As instructional designers, we have an important common goal: impacting individual learners’ personal learning paths.
Creating effective, dynamic training programs requires an involved process, including a multi-layered approach that asks a variety of questions including: How do we ensure our training has an impact during both formal and informal moments of learning need? What is an instructional strategy? How does EdTech influence our designs?
At a loss for how to get started? Fear not! Meet Donna Designer, InSync Training’s Instructional Design Superhero!
Blended Learning Instructional Design
2017 was a big year for learning. Organizations focused on looking outside of the traditional learning box, looking to find ways to support learners in every moment of learning need, not just during formal instruction. There was a recognition that learning isn’t over just because the LMS indicates the learner completed a course.
InSync’s top 10 blogs of 2017 largely represent this trend towards learner-centered experiences, providing tools and strategies that enable learner success and continue to support the needs of the business.
Let’s take a quick look at the top 10 blogs from last year, and why they resonated with our readers.
New year, new vision!
Training and Development is facing a fantastic future, thanks to the globalization, socialization, and mobilization of modern learners. Add to this ever-evolving EdTech and the growing expectations on training to improve performance, and it's a recipe for a complex and complicated landscape.
Taking all this into consideration, many of us find ourselves asking, "How do we prepare for this new reality?"
Measuring Your Success
In other blog posts published previously, we’ve discussed the modern learner – who they are, and how we can best serve them. We know that as modern learners, we take responsibility for much of our learning by creating our own learning pathways, exploring content, and interacting with other learners.
We are essentially curating our own blended learning campaigns, and we end up holding ourselves accountable for a lot of this learning that is taking place.
But how do we know if we are successful?
Personal Learning Networks,
Blended Learning Campaigns
There are different points of view on how assessment in microlearning actually plays out. There are some variables to consider when sorting out what learners actually gain from these nuggets of information.
The good news is that microlearning is assessable. In fact, there's even research to prove it.
If you've been reading the latest posts, you're now pretty well primed in microlearning, from what it is to where it fits in the learning lifecycle.
Because microlearning is a "hot" trend, there is some wiggle room around its design, implementation, and use. Yes, some aspects are constant (i.e., it reinforces specific skills), and some are, well... interpretive, like how many minutes constitute "short" bits of time.
Scaffolding (sequenced, leveled instruction that leads learners to mastery) falls into that last category. Ask a few digital learning specialists about where it rests in microlearning, and guess what? Yep, many will have different points of view, a few of which I will share here.
Virtually There Session recap
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.
Modern Blended Learning
What’s Really Important?
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.
For 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.