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InSync Training's founder Jennifer Hofmann authors Body Language in the Bandwidth, an active conversation focused on connecting, collaborating and succeeding in the modern classroom.

Achievement Unlocked: A Powered-Up Understanding of Gamification

Posted by Dr. Stephen Slota

Feb 22, 2017 12:05:00 PM

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Gamification in modern blended learningBack in 2010—right as I was beginning my career transition into instructional design—games emerged as the educational topic du jour. They commanded the attention of millions by way of social media apps like FarmVille, and touch-screen tablets made it possible for designers to reach audiences ranging much younger and older than ever before.

James Paul Gee’s (2007), What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy, had caught the eyes of experts in psychology, linguistics, communications, and digital media, and a new generation of games researchers began work to explain how and why games were so successful at capturing our attention (as well as the ways in which educators, business owners, medical professionals, politicians, and others could make use of said information).  

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Topics: Gamification, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

Keeping it Real - Ensuring Virtual Learner Success Through Assessment

Posted by Karen Vieth

Feb 21, 2017 12:01:00 PM

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55676429_s.jpgThe art in design is that of keeping learners accountable in authentic assessment that ensures students' success in the virtual classroom.  We know learners attain more when given the ability to learn in authentic ways, but we believe that assessment is a key piece in the art of keeping learners accountable. 

Last week in my blog we talked about keeping it about the people, interacting, providing opportunities to collaborate and how to hold learners accountable. Easy to say! Right?

But how do we REALLY maintain a culture of accountability without the benefit of eye contact and body language?  There is a real need for accountability when we ask participants to go out and do an independent and/or collaborative activity, but often in the virtual classroom we can’t find the way so we just instruct them or skip it all together. 

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs, Assessment

How to Use Content to Evaluate Your New Training Initiative

Posted by Katie Flanagan

Feb 20, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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Measuring and Evaluating TrainingWhen you’re implementing a new training initiative, one of the first questions your sponsor will ask is, "How will you measure the success of your program?" 

For many, this may incite a rapid heartbeat, flushed skin, and sweaty palms. After all, measuring any training is difficult, and figuring out what will be appropriate measurement for a new program is complex.

The good news is that content makes it easy for you to measure several of the common key performance indicators of training effectiveness.

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Topics: Content Creation, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

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