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Katelind Hays

Katelind Hays
Katelind Hays is the Social Media Marketing Manager for InSync Training.
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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

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

Five Steps to Creating a Modern Learning Culture

Posted by Katelind Hays on Mar 29, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Virtually There session recap

47284342_sTwenty years ago, if a student needed information to complete an assignment, they would turn to their teacher, the Encyclopedia Britannica, or a library’s card catalog to find the answer. Today, a very different reality exists for modern learners. We hold the world’s information literally at our finger tips, thanks to the advent of Google and the prevalence of mobile devices and computers.

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Topics: Virtually There, Modern Learning Culture

How to Be in Three Places at Once: Tips from Myra Travin

Posted by Katelind Hays on Mar 28, 2018 1:00:00 PM

53024599_s.jpgMetrics! Learning ecosystems! Informal learning! Oh my. It seems that the modern learning landscape gets more complicated by the day.

In fact, to keep up with the break-neck pace of change happening in our world, learning faces a unique challenge: practitioners need to operate and succeed in three places at one time. Our strategies, visions, and methods all need to simultaneously consider the past, present, and future.

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Topics: Modern Learning, Modern Learning on the Air

Gamification: It’s Not About the Competition

Posted by Katelind Hays on Mar 21, 2018 1:00:00 PM

62482228_s.jpgBadges, leaderboards, leveling up. These buzzwords sound like features in the latest video game, but, actually, they’re modern learning staples thanks to gamification and game-based learning.

Instructional designers know that gamification’s flexibility and adaptability make it useful for many programs, including new hire orientation, compliance training, and technical skill building.

As commonplace as gamification and game-based learning have become, the difference between the two categories can get muddied. Gain clarity with a helpful, quick video exploration thanks to Donna Designer Explores Gamification and Game-Based Learning.

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Topics: Gamification, Instructional Design, Game-Based Learning

Storytelling + Microlearning = A Magical Modern Learning Combination

Posted by Katelind Hays on Mar 14, 2018 2:45:00 PM

51946848_s.jpgWhen designing and facilitating training, we can gain inspiration from an important source: the human brain. Research shows that we naturally make better connections when listening to stories and that short bursts of learning helps us better retain information.

So how to we leverage these benefits for improved ROI on our training, and more engaging experiences for our modern learners? Laura Goodrich, Global Workforce Innovator at GWT Next, recommends cinematic microlearning. This approach combines storytelling and bursts of learning to improve content communication and transform training experiences.

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Topics: Microlearning, Storytelling

5 Steps to Using Learning Environment Modeling Language

Posted by Katelind Hays on Mar 13, 2018 1:00:00 PM

41545406_s.jpgAll instructional designers have a toolkit: a set of processes, applications, and approaches they use to create modern learning programs. High-tech, low-tech, paid, or free, they rely on a myriad of sources to design training that sticks.

While toolkits may vary, many instructional designers face a common obstacle: communication. How do we make sure that our stakeholders and teams understand the design vision, execution plan, and associated benefits? More often than not, designers spend a majority of their time in meetings, talking about the nitty gritty details and the high-level overview of programs. Every element discussed and revisited. Designers, by default, can’t extract themselves from their work.

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Topics: Virtually There, Modern Learning, Instructional Design

Riding the bus or your bike? How to Pick the Right Microlearning

Posted by Katelind Hays on Mar 7, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Microlearning possesses a clay-like quality: you can mold it to support any moment of learning need. Addressing a critical knowledge area in an in-person, formal learning event? Use microlearning! Striving to informally help learners with a process back on the job? Share a microlearning resource!

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What Hurts? Addressing Two Common L&D Pain Points

Posted by Katelind Hays on Mar 1, 2018 1:15:00 PM

Virtually There Session Recap

33025237_s.jpgThe last ten years brought us a digital revolution. New technologies and applications changed the way we live our lives. More interestingly, perhaps, is the impact this decade has had on how we behave. As consumers, we are radically different than previous generations. We want effective solutions to our problems immediately, and thanks to platforms like Amazon, that’s not an unreasonable request.

Did you know that this consumerism has spilled into how we learn? In fact, as guest Virtually There speaker Treion Muller recently pointed out, seven consumer realities specifically impact learning and development, creating challenges for L&D professionals in this space.

What pain points are we experiencing? Treion posed this exact question to his learners and shared his expertise for overcoming them. Two questions in particular caught my attention, and Treion’s answers may help you improve the functionality of learning within your organization.

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Topics: Virtually There, Modern Learning

Guide Your Modern Learners with Blended Learning Course Maps

Posted by Katelind Hays on Feb 21, 2018 2:34:27 PM

10092017 AV week 2 coursemap Twitter.pngBlended learning’s flexible, adaptable design possibilities make it an excellent option for corporate learning. Learners have the opportunity to engage with resources in all their moments of learning need, and instructional designers have the ability to address each learning objective authentically.

Comprehensive programs quickly become complex. How do we expect learners to navigate the experience thoughtfully and completely? We have to provide them with a map – a course map!

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