Whitepaper and eBooks

We are continuously researching and documenting best practices. We invite you to review these best practices in our library of complimentary whitepapers and eBooks

State of Learning and Development 2017

MimeoInSyncStateofL&D_2017_Final Ebook-1.jpgWe’re experiencing a period of evolution in learning right now. Thanks to the digital revolution, our organizations, our learners, and our jobs have changed dramatically. Confusingly, though, classrooms remain strikingly similar to those we learned in over 20 years ago. We know traditional approaches like multi-day workshops don’t build skills efficiently. But our organizations change slowly, and prefer to operate in ways that worked in the past.

Before we can make a plan and move forward, we first need to understand the current state of learning and development. Mimeo and InSync Training joined forces to find answers.

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Topics: Learning and Development

Enabling Virtual and Blended Learning - A Case Study

SAP_CaseStudy_Cover.jpgFor three years now, InSync Training and SAP have partnered on virtual live learning design and delivery, making virtual learning an integral part of the blended learning programs at SAP. During this partnership, a focused strategy was designed, intensified over time, and implemented to transform SAP’s traditional learning approach, expanding it into a modern, engaging, virtual and blended learning strategy.

Based on comprehensive needs analysis using a Design Thinking approach, SAP and InSync Training determined that with a structured and purposeful strategy, common blended and virtual learning challenges would be managed and mitigated.

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Topics: Blended learning, Case Study

eBook - The State of Learning and Development in 2016

How do L&D professionals adapt to a rapidly, and constantly changing, learning landscape? The first step is to understand the environment we're working in.

In partnership with Mimeo, we surveyed over 400 learning professionals via multiple choice and open-ended questions on a number of topics, including their own experiences in the industry, and emerging trends. We reviewed, compiled, and synthesized this information in our new eBook, The State of Learning and Development in 2016.  

We learned that the industry is at a crossroads, with teams who are both comfortable with technology, and under-resourced. For example, "The average L&D professional fulfills three different roles every day," but, "Only 9% of L&D teams don't use any learning technology."

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Topics: Learning and Development

Virtual Classroom Designer Competency Resources

Being competent as a virtual instructional designer takes sophisticated expertise in many areas from instructional design to cultural intelligence. But it also takes attention to detail in day to day tasks, including project ownership, preparation, and execution.

This whitepaper will provide some critical information to help you get the job done!  

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Design

The Mobile Virtual Classroom

It seems like everyone is talking about mobile learning, or mLearning, these days. And it's no surprise, tablets and smart phones are everywhere! So how does mLearning relate to the live virtual classroom?

In this brave new world of mobile technologies and the era of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), we are facing similar challenges to those we faced when virtual classrooms were first introduced. In the rush to deploy content quickly and make it accessible from wherever the learners are, we aren't giving enough thought to what exactly should be taught and how

This whitepaper will help you explore what designers, facilitators and managers need to know to be successful in the mobile virtual classroom

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Mobile Virtual Classroom

The Pedagogy of Learning Design

The term pedagogy is often loosely defined as the art or science of teaching. Derived from French and Latin adaptations of a Greek term, the word denotes the ancient Greek tradition of having a slave who would lead his master’s child to a place of learning -- literally “leading the learner to learn.”

Leading learners to learn is the art and science we embrace as professionals in the field of e-learning. This white paper reveals the craft that lies at the intersection of that art and science, merging learning theories with applied effective practices in support of quality e-learning experience design -- the craft that enables us to lead our learners to learn.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design

Behind the Scenes: Ensuring Flawless Virtual Events

Flawless virtual events don't just happen - they take careful planning, preparation and practice! 

This whitepaper will help you explore what goes into making virtual events flawless and well-received by our audiences time after time. 

You'll discover how to make the transition from traditional face-to-face content to the virtual classroom smooth and seamless. You'll also receive some valuable tips on how to prepare both your virtual learners AND your virtual facilitators for success, how to anticipate and mitigate common risks in the virtual classroom, and how to use producers to help make your virtual events effortless and memorable.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Best Practices

Solutions to the Top 10 Challenges of Blended Learning

With the expansion of the global workforce, and the continuous shifting of global economic factors, the time for blended learning has arrived. A solid blended learning design makes sense instructionally and economically. But how do we make sure we do it right? What are the hidden challenges that can create a roadblock to success before we even roll out the program?

This whitepaper addresses the strategies and solutions for anticipating and minimizing the most common challenges when designing and implementing a blended learning solution, including technical, organizational and instructional challenges. 

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Topics: Blended learning

Blended Learning Instructional Design: A Modern Approach

As instructional designers we are constantly being bombarded with new technologies and new trends. It's difficult to distinguish which are fads, and which are worthy of our time and resources. There also seems to be the perception that you can teach any content using any technology, which is hardly the case.

So what's the solution? From an instructional design perspective we should be looking to develop much more of a blended program rather than trying to fit all content into one convenient delivery modality. This whitepaper will provide some tips on how to plan and create a successful blended program. 

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Blended learning

Training on the Edge: Staying Ahead of the Trends

In this whitepaper we will examine the outlook for the modern workplace for the next five years, as well as four key trends associated with adapting training to the new context. As these trends play out, we need to consider how to implement a culture change in our training organizations and identify some of the challenges these changes will bring.

The four trends we'll explore are:

  • Trend 1 - Blended Learning and Flipping the Classroom
  • Trend 2 - Collaboration as a Competency
  • Trend 3 - Cognitive Educational Technology
  • Trend 4 - Blurring the Lines Between Work and Learning

We'll also explore the personality of the modern work force, especially intergenerational dynamics, as well as the context in which our learners are, and will be, working.

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