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InSync Training Celebrates International Women’s Day

Posted by InSync Training on Mar 8, 2018 9:00:00 AM

WBE_Seal_CMYK-300x170.jpgIn honor of International Women’s Day, InSync team members shared insights about working for a WBENC-certified Women’s Business Enterprise.

From Jennifer Hofmann, Founder & President

Over the years, InSync has grown to have more than 75 team members. And right now, more than 65 of them are women.

We didn’t start out to build a team of mostly women, that’s the way it turned out.

It turns out, InSync especially appeals to women. They tell me that they like the flexibility of being able to create literally their own schedules. Some work during the day, some work very early morning, and some work overnight. This gives them the flexibility to take care of other things in their lives like children or parents.

It also provides the opportunity to work at home while maintaining a professional resume. The women especially appreciate the ability to identify ways to take care of everything they need in their lives.

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Engage Your Virtual Learners from the Get Go

Posted by InSync Training on Oct 10, 2017 1:00:00 PM

22427144_s.jpgIn the live online learning environment, instructional teams often struggle to truly connect with learners. We don't have the benefit of greeting our online learners with a smile as they enter our virtual space. So how do we create an inviting, warm, inclusive learning environment? From experience, it really comes down to our tone of voice and our words.

As virtual facilitators and producers, we have to be cognizant of our tone and our words. Our words are often the only part of us that our learners experience. When preparing for a session, ask yourself, “How empathetic and open am I to really hearing what participants have to say?” “Do my learners tune out because my tone of voice seems disinterested or unyielding?” If you answered “yes” to either question, make a conscious effort to inject warmth and authenticity into your voice. It’s a small step that makes a big difference.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Engagement, Virtual Classroom - Production

Infographics as Learning tools

Posted by InSync Training on Sep 20, 2016 2:19:51 PM

BYTE session recap 

35021118_s.jpgAs we all know, visual learning aids are wildly popular. Learners respond to, and remember, colorful images related to the content being presented. Infographics in particular have gained popularity in learning programs in the past few years. Karin Rex, a nationally known facilitator specializing in soft and technical skills, recently joined our BYTE presenter ranks with her wildly popular session, Harnessing the Power of Infographics as Teaching Tools.

Referencing this BYTE content, this blog post defines infographics, highlights how they can help us learn, and the five composition elements you need to include in successful infographics for the purpose of learning. 

To review all of the examples, recommendations, and guiding principles Karin shared during her BYTE event, access the recording here.

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Topics: Trends, Modern Learning, Infographics and Tools

Using Social Collaboration for Pull Learning

Posted by InSync Training on Aug 23, 2016 2:00:59 PM

BYTE Session Recap

13804302_s.jpgAs a follow-up to her informative session Engaging Modern Learners: When to Push and When to Pull, Jennifer Hofmann recently shared Pulling Learners to Your Content: How to Make it Work with our BYTE session attendees. Over the course of this engaging live online event, Jennifer and participants brainstormed on how to leverage social collaborative Pull learning during the various moments of learning need. This blog will share the highlights from their collaborative efforts.

To learn more about microlearning, and a more detailed review of social collaborative tools, access Jennifer’s full BYTE session recording here.

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Topics: Collaboration, Social Learning, pull learning

Using Curation to Make Sense of Content Overload

Posted by InSync Training on Aug 9, 2016 2:59:40 PM

BYTE Session Recap

57318336_s.jpgToday’s workforce is learning in new ways, and it’s deeply impacting the way Learning and Development professionals need to approach training. Not only do we need to design effective traditional learning programs, but we also need to provide structure to the informal learning taking place on a daily basis in our organizations.

Recently, Sarah Danzl, Director of Enterprise Marketing and Communications at Degreed, provided a timely recommendation for managing this changing landscape. In her expert opinion, when done correctly, content curation can create this much-needed support to informal learning opportunities.

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Topics: Trends, Modern Learning, BYTE

Best Practices: Audio in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by InSync Training on Aug 2, 2016 1:00:00 PM

9620719_s.jpgAs we navigate designing, producing and facilitating virtual classroom and blended learning, we identify solutions to common challenges. To support the mobile, social, and modern virtual classroom, we share our findings and lessons learned with our audience to encourage the creation of training that sticks.

For example, as anyone who has taught or participated in a virtual learning environment knows, audio plays a key role in a program’s success. Audio connectivity issues can quickly derail a session, making effective planning essential. How should you encourage learners to connect to audio? As virtual learning architects, how should you think about audio in relationship to the overall learning experience?

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, Modern Learning

Merging Pedagogy & Instructional Game Design

Posted by InSync Training on Jul 26, 2016 2:34:38 PM

BYTE SESSION RECAP 

52891779_s.jpgGamification and game-based training are two topics trending in learning and performance. Many organizations have yet to embrace these approaches because there’s a perception that fun doesn’t equate to real learning. In reality, though, when incorporated with traditional instructional design theory, games have huge potential for learners.

Recently, Dr. Stephen Slota, owner of The Pericles Group, joined our BYTE roster for his presentation It’s In the Game: Merging Contemporary Pedagogy & Instructional Game Design. This blog will share his views about the power of learning through storytelling, and the differences between gamification and game-based learning.

To review all the wisdom imparted during Dr. Slota’s session, view his full presentation here

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Topics: Gamification, Instructional Design

Enabling Virtual and Blended Learning Success

Posted by InSync Training on Jun 29, 2016 12:49:20 AM

BYTE session recap 

44612269_s.jpgJennifer Hofmann, President of InSync Training and Malte Bong-Schmidt, Virtual Learning Lead, Global Customer Operations & Strategy for SAP, recently spoke with BYTE session attendees about a virtual and blended learning initiative they worked on together. Malte gave an overview of challenges SAP faced when implementing the new program, lessons learned over the past few years, and SAP’s vision for the future of blended learning in his organization.  Jennifer contributed her years of expertise and insight as Malte discussed SAP’s transition. 

This post will provide highlights from the session, including background on SAP and the evolution of their learning initiative. To review the presentation in its entirety, click here.

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Topics: Blended learning, Virtual Classroom

Designing Learning for Behavior Change

Posted by InSync Training on Jun 21, 2016 1:00:00 PM

 BYTE session recap - Talk to the Elephant: Design for Behavior Change

While people know the right things to do, many aren’t doing them. Why? On June 14th, Julie Dirksen, creator of Usable Learning, shared her perspective and theories about this commonplace quandary.  Using the metaphor, “Your brain is like a rider with an elephant,” from the book, The Happiness Hypothesis, by Jonathan Haidt, Julie explained the reasons behind common behavior change challenges.

This post will discuss how behavior change works, with a focus on the importance of motivation, and how it can help your instructional design process. To review Julie’s full presentation, click here.

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Topics: Engagement, Change Management, Instructional Design

Video - My Learning Journey - Part 2

Posted by InSync Training on Apr 5, 2016 1:00:00 PM

My Learning Journey - Part 2It’s official - Jennifer Hofmann, InSync Training President, is a blended learning participant!

In this video, the second in her “Personal Learning Journey” series, Jennifer shares her thoughts on the program’s technical skills session.

"Hello everyone! This is Jennifer Hofmann again with InSync Training. Welcome back to my video blog, which is exploring and capturing my personal blended learning journey. I am enrolled in a three month program that includes 16 WebEx sessions, two multi-day on-sites, and a lot of collaborative, self-directed work in between. So it's exciting! I'm capturing this because, as a member of the Learning and Development community, specifically the Online Learning and Development community for the last 20 years, I've become a little bit jaded as a learner. So I want to use this experience, not just to learn this content, but to learn how to do my job better."

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Topics: Blended learning, Podcasts and Videos