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Katelind Hays

Katelind Hays
Katelind Hays is the Social Media Marketing Manager for InSync Training.
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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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Creating a Customer Hero Story

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

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Every day we tell stories, to ourselves, our learners, and our customers. Psychologists have determined that storytelling makes a difference in how people act. In fact, human behavior follows a predictable pattern: an event happens, that event sparks feelings, and from those feelings, we take action. Stories provide us with the opportunity to influence that cycle and drive behavior.

But how do we tell better stories that help us achieve better business results? Christine Miles, Chief Architect of Ci Squared, identified a customer hero story as our best option.

During her recent Virtually There session, Christine defined the "Art of the Nudge," key storytelling elements, and guided learners in writing their own customer hero story. Watch the entire replay for all her expert insight.

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Topics: Virtually There

Podcast - The Missing Piece of Great eLearning: An Interview with Marie Hoffman

Posted by Katelind Hays on Feb 14, 2018 1:15:00 PM
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When we begin creating eLearning or video elements for blended learning, our first thought often includes technology. We invest in platforms to create high-end designs. The polish usually ends there. When it comes to adding narration to our finished products, we turn to someone in the learning department and call it a day. This, Marie Hoffman argues, does a disserve to our learners and our instructional designs

In this episode of our Modern Learning on the Air podcast series, InSync Training’s Phylise Banner explores the topic of audio narration with voice talent Marie Hoffman.

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Topics: Instructional Design, eLearning, Blended Learning Instructional Design, Modern Learning on the Air

The Four Components of Learning Environment Modeling Language

Posted by Katelind Hays on Feb 13, 2018 1:15:00 PM

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Do you feel like you’re missing something from your instructional design toolkit? That one resource, approach, or process that would create a more direct route from defined learning goals to proposed design solution?

Aftr 30 years in the industry, Phylise Banner stumbled across a solution that has revolutionized her work: Learning Environment Modeling Language.

She shared her discovery with her audience at the recent Virtually There session, Removing Communication Barriers in the Learning Design Process.

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Topics: Virtually There, Instructional Design

Hot Off the Press! New Blended Learning Book from Jennifer Hofmann

Posted by Katelind Hays on Feb 6, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Blended learning has become a priority for many organizations. That’s exciting! A blended approach provides us with the flexibility to authentically and effectively address each of our learning objectives.

Unfortunately, without the right design, we doom our programs to fail. 

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Topics: Modern Blended Learning

Getting Started with Blended Learning: Campaign Blueprints

Posted by Katelind Hays on Feb 1, 2018 1:00:00 PM

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So your organization has made blended learning a priority. But while you know you need to move your training programs into the future, you wonder how doing so will affect learning results. And though some of you have tried blended learning before, the programs didn’t meet your expectations and you worry about trying again. 

A strategic plan quells these fears and improves the likelihood of program success. Get started with Jennifer Hofmann’s exclusive blended learning instructional design and implementation model: Campaign Blueprints. 

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Topics: Instructional Design, Blended Learning Campaigns, Blended Learning Instructional Design, Learning Campaign Blueprints

Finding Your Why: Christine Miles’s Key to Business

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jan 31, 2018 11:30:00 AM
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Numerous articles about improving our work/life balance, general performance, and overall happiness encourage us to follow our passion. What’s the old adage? Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life. Sounds like a far-fetched dream for most of us, and a piece of advice we often can’t easily apply to our current professional situation. 

Christine Miles, Chief Architect of Ci Squared, knows from experience that finding and following your purpose is a less complicated process, and much more important one, than most of us realize. In fact, she says, “We all have to work for money, but we all should work for what gets us excited in the morning and that’s contagious. [Whether you’re] a leader or in sales, if you lead with that why, you instantly influence others more profoundly.”

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Topics: Storytelling, business of learning

Storyboarding: An Instructional Designer’s Secret Weapon

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jan 24, 2018 1:00:00 PM

77884631_s.jpgeLearning has been a viable training option for a while now. Thanks to tools like GoAnimate and Camtasia, instructional designers can quickly and easily produce a high-quality learning product. But just because we have access to technical tools, that doesn’t automatically result in a seamless creation process.

As expert Jennifer Hofmann points out:

Instructional design is still relevant to blended learning. It’s evolving, and it’s mission-critical.”

As a helpful component in many blends, we need to thoughtfully plan out our eLearning modules and connect them to defined learning objectives.

But how?

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Topics: Podcasts and Videos, Storyboarding, eLearning, Blended Learning Instructional Design

3 Questions + 1 Formula = Better Instructional Design

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jan 23, 2018 1:08:27 PM

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38725119_s.jpgPixar animator Andrew Stanton said, “The greatest story commandment is: make me care.” Some of the most creative storytelling minds use this mantra when illustrating to increase audience engagement with their films.

Unsurprisingly, this approach can apply in modern learning, as well. How do we get our learners to care about our training programs?

Learning Strategist, Enzo Silva, and his colleague Kate Tronvig provided Virtually There learners with an easy-to-follow process during their popular session, “You May Not Be Walt Disney, But You Can Draw and Animate.”

Watch their session for tips and tricks around using popular eLearning design tools.

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Topics: Virtually There, Modern Learning, Storyboarding, Instructional Design, eLearning

Expert Advice from Catherine Lombardozzi: Learning Environment Design

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jan 17, 2018 1:01:34 PM

11292017 Modern Learning on the Air channel twitter.pngCreating the right learning environment constitutes an important step in the modern instructional design process. Without an authentic setting, training programs fail, and learners don’t gain the knowledge they need to perform their jobs effectively.

What do we need to consider when incorporating learning environment design into our approach?

To get started, Catherine Lombardozzi, author of Learning Environments by Design, encourages us to ask, “How do I make a comprehensive learning strategy out of all the ways we can help people to learn, out of all the resources we can give them?”

Phylise Banner, Learning Experience Architect and Modern Learning on the Air host, discussed this topic and more in a recent enlightening interview.

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Topics: Learning Environment Design