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Katelind Hays

Katelind Hays
Katelind Hays is the Social Media Marketing Manager for InSync Training.
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Hone Your Modern Learning Design Superpowers with Donna Designer

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jan 11, 2018 12:43:06 PM

51387481_s.jpgAs 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!

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Topics: InSync Videos, Modern Learning, Blended Learning Instructional Design

The Future of Learning: A Conversation with Jennifer Hofmann

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jan 4, 2018 1:00:00 PM

49949781_s.jpgNew 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?"

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Topics: Modern Learning, personal learning

5 Pieces of the Blended Learning Puzzle

Posted by Katelind Hays on Dec 14, 2017 1:00:00 PM

47105167_s.jpgVirtually 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.

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Topics: Modern Blended Learning

Getting Started with Scenario-Based Learning

Posted by Katelind Hays on Nov 30, 2017 4:13:44 PM

Training Magazine Network Session Recap

66622714_s.jpgInstructional designers, facilitators, and learners have a huge number of instructional techniques and strategies available to them. For example, the traditional face-to-face classroom no longer serves as the go-to learning environment for effective training. Thanks to technology, the virtual classroom provides a viable option for effective, impactful learning.

Scenario-based learning is a popular technique creating buzz in our industry. Experts Jennifer Hofmann and Karen Vieth recently discussed and demonstrated scenario-based learning with Training Magazine Network participants. Read on for a helpful introduction to this topic, and access the session recording to learn InSync’s step-by-step design process.

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Topics: Instructional Design, Modern Blended Learning, Scenario-Based Learning

Big Data 101: Predictive Analytics in Talent Management

Posted by Katelind Hays on Nov 16, 2017 4:35:21 PM
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Virtually There session recap

Big data has become a big deal for the modern workforce. Publications like The Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, and The New York Times have covered the topic, and institutions like Gartner have researched its application for organizations. So what does it mean for those of us in Human Resources and Training?

Guest speaker Claire F. Kuhl helped Virtually There learners gain a basic understanding of big data, and envision how they can use it as a tool within their talent management processes during her recent session, What's the Big Deal About Big Data?

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Topics: Virtually There, Talent Management

The Key to Effective Change Management

Posted by Katelind Hays on Nov 9, 2017 1:15:00 PM

Virtually There Session Recap

11083836_s.jpgEvery organization experiences change. Whether it’s implementing a new onboard training program or overhauling production processes, the only constant in business is change. What’s the most effective way to plan for, implement, and manage critical new developments within your company?

Recently, guest Virtually There presenter Laura Goodrich of GWTnext shared her experience-proven, expert opinion during her session, Driving it Home: Real Change is a Process, Not an Event.

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Topics: Virtually There, Change Management, Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Campaigns

The Future of Instructional Design

Posted by Katelind Hays on Sep 28, 2017 12:58:37 PM

Virtually There Session Recap

20775814_s.jpgThe future of learning has arrived!  With virtual reality, gamification, and microlearning, we now have access to a wide variety of strategies, techniques, and technologies when creating our blended learning programs. But how do we make sense of all the options and engage our learners, while also addressing their individual needs?

Jennifer Hofmann explored and defined the future of instructional design during her recent Virtually There learning event. In this blog post, we will explore three key elements: learning hubs, learning campaigns, and learning paths.

Watch the entire recording for additional in-depth information and helpful resources.

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Topics: Virtually There, Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Campaigns, Blended Learning Instructional Design

Get Your Head in the Game

Posted by Katelind Hays on Sep 7, 2017 2:51:41 PM

72222791_s.jpgWe know that bells and whistles don’t always improve training experiences. Throwing more EdTech into our learning environments without consideration for its relevance or effectiveness often has a counter-productive effect – learners focus more on the technology than on the content.

The same holds true for leveraging trending instructional design models. If we jump on every “hot new trend” bandwagon, we can easily miss the mark of constructive modern blended learning. Each approach we choose to incorporate into our blends must have a purpose – authentically addressing an individual learning objective.

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Topics: Gamification, Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Instructional Design, Game-Based Learning

The Secret to Adding Context to Training Content

Posted by Katelind Hays on Aug 29, 2017 2:35:45 PM

BYTE Session Recap

30911753_s.jpgAs we all know, blended learning is all the rage these days! We know that selecting authentic design treatments for each defined learning objective creates the most impactful training experience. While strong instructional design makes a difference for our modern learners, there’s one additional element we can integrate into our programs that further increases the likelihood of learner success: stories!

Speakers Karin Rex and Tom Campbell recently shared their storytelling expertise with BYTE learners. Watch the full program replay for examples of powerful instructional stories in action.

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Topics: BYTE, Storytelling, Blended Learning Instructional Design

Making the Move to Mobile Learning

Posted by Katelind Hays on Aug 24, 2017 5:28:49 PM

54344048_s.jpgWe know our modern learners use mobile devices daily. As learning practitioners, there’s an expectation that we will adapt to and support this new way of life through our training programs. Thanks to blended learning, we can support this new vision for the digital age. Rather than transitioning traditional learning events to exclusively mobile delivery, we have the ability to transition portions of our content to an on-the-go treatment when appropriate.

Our approach to the mobile learning (mLearning) evolution matters. If we have unrealistic expectations about mobile technology, abandon thoughtful instructional design methods, or forget to gain stakeholder and learner buy-in, our mobile learning can’t and won’t prove successful.

Get started with mLearning by building on a fundamental knowledge of this approach.

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Topics: mLearning, Mobile Learning