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How to Conduct Productive Training Meetings At Work

Posted by Brigg Patten on Apr 20, 2017 1:05:00 PM

42369206_s.jpgTraining and development are extremely important components of employee satisfaction and engagement. Appropriate training and development opportunities also play a factor in your staff's ability to be productive throughout the day. In fact, a recent study found that 87 percent of Millennial-aged employees list opportunity for training and career advancement as extremely important in their job search.

Clearly, training plays a huge role in your company's success, but training sessions can quickly turn into a disaster if not implemented in a structured and professional manner. A training company can offer valuable structure to your training process and are highly skilled in engaging the audience in a way that is conducive to learning. Even if you don't seek the help of a professional company, here are some tips for conducting a productive training session with your employees.

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Topics: Engagement, Collaboration, Authentic Learning, Assessment

Collaboration VS. Interaction: What’s the Difference?

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Apr 4, 2017 1:30:00 PM

Interaction and Collaboration for Modern LearningVirtual classroom platforms now include a plethora of tools meant to encourage learner participation. We have whiteboards, breakout rooms, polls, text-based chat. Including them appropriately in our programs positively impacts our modern learners’ experiences. 

One modern learning challenge we face though, is the type of engagement these tools generate: is it interaction or collaboration?

Today we sort through the confusion and define collaboration and interaction, and clarify their relationship with virtual learning events.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Collaboration, Virtual Learners, Interaction

Generating Genuine Collaboration in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Karin Rex on Jan 31, 2017 12:19:00 PM

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Virtual Classroom CollaborationVirtual classroom lessons should be more about learners working together collaboratively than lecture and PowerPoint. Intellectually, we all recognize that. But, what purpose does collaboration truly serve and what virtual classroom tools achieve the desired result?

Why do you suppose we bring people together to learn?

Is it merely to allow a Facilitator the opportunity to lecture to a multitude of people simultaneously? Or is it perhaps to provide opportunities for deeper learning through collaboration? (Two or more people practicing new skills and applying new knowledge.)

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Collaboration, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

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

Virtually There: 10 Ways to Immediately Influence the Modern Learning Culture

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Dec 3, 2015 11:57:35 AM

As the workplace continues to evolve, and training approaches evolve to support it, at some point it will be hard to distinguish the difference between working and learning. And that’s a good thing.

10_Ways_to_influence_modern_learning_cultureWe’ve been hearing a lot about the modern classroom environment lately. And there is no doubt that modern learners have more options about where and how they learn. We also know that today’s workplace demands training be embedded in the workflow, with minimal disruption to the daily routine.

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Topics: Virtual Teams, Collaboration, Virtual Learners, Virtually There, Modern Learning

Second Way to Evolve with the Modern Learning Culture: Personalize Collaboration

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Oct 28, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Today's workforce is more global, virtual, and mobile than ever before. Learning professionals must adapt to this new culture in order to best support modern learners. Based on Jennifer Hofmann's recent BYTE presentation, The Modern Learning Culture - What Makes it Tick?, this microblog series will present ten ways that learning professionals can evolve in order to successfully navigate emerging learning culture.

This is the second post in the series. Click here to start with the first post.

For additional information and support, download the InSync Training infographic, What is Driving the Modern Learning Culture, and watch the recording of the BYTE presentation, The Modern Learning Culture - What Makes it Tick?

Personalize CollaborationSecond Way to Evolve with the Modern Learning Culture: Personalize Collaboration

The second way learning professionals can evolve to meet the needs of participants in the modern learning culture is to make a concerted effort to personalize collaboration.

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Topics: Collaboration, Modern Learning

First Way to Evolve with the Modern Learning Culture: Establish Collaboration as a Competency

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Oct 21, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Today's workforce is more global, virtual, and mobile than ever before. Learning professionals must adapt to this new culture in order to best support modern learners. Based on Jennifer Hofmann's recent BYTE presentation, The Modern Learning Culture - What Makes it Tick?, this microblog series will present ten ways that learning professionals can evolve in order to successfully navigate emerging learning culture.

For additional information and support, download the InSync Training infographic, What is Driving the Modern Learning Culture, and watch the recording of the BYTE presentation, The Modern Learning Culture - What Makes it Tick?

CollaborateFirst Way to Evolve with the Modern Learning Culture: Establish Collaboration as a Competency

Learning professionals need to establish collaboration as a competency in order to evolve with the modern learning culture. Doing so will ultimately support the way our learners work. We can all agree that we want to include collaboration in the modern classroom. We want learners to work and learn together. Furthermore, thanks to the functional media tools available to us, we seem to have a toolset that can allow collaboration to take place.

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Topics: Collaboration, Modern Learning

Training on the Edge: Trend 2 - Collaboration As A Competency

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jun 19, 2014 2:06:00 PM

This is the fourth in a series of six posts exploring current issues facing training professionals and the upcoming trends in training for the next five years.

In this series we will examine what the current learning statistics show about the outlook for the modern workplace and the next five years, as well as four key trends associated with adapting training to the new context. As these trends play out, we need to consider how to implement a culture change in our training organizations and identify some of the challenges these changes will bring.

Trend 2 - Collaboration as a Competency

The problem with online collaboration in particular is that we introduce a lot of ambiguity. As learners, when nobody knows who's in charge of the learning experience, that role ambiguity can lead to learning inefficiencies. Instead of just tossing everyone into the virtual classroom and asking learners to "figure out this case study," best practices need to ensure that we allow everyone to participate in the learning experience but with a strong facilitator leading the way.

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Topics: Collaboration, Trends

Enabling Virtual Learners By Design: Creating Collaboration

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on May 20, 2014 1:00:00 PM
This is the third post in a series of six which examines how to enable virtual learners. The first post introduces the series.

A key to enabling virtual learners is to design opportunities for learners to interact and collaborate. But how do you make virtual learning a collaborative experience?

The answer sounds simple: find ways to bring participants together for social interaction or to solve a problem. Unfortunately, building collaborative exercises remains a major stumbling block for instructional designers when creating virtual or blended programs. Let's look at some techniques you can use to ensure that your virtual programs, both self-directed and live online, hit the mark.

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Topics: Design, Collaboration, Virtual Learners

101 Tips to Motivate the Virtual Learner: Design for Virtual Learner Success

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on May 16, 2014 10:00:00 AM

This is the eleventh post in a series of eleven which will examine how to motivate the virtual learner. The first post introduces the series.

Motivation Category 10: Design for Virtual Learner Success.

Nothing succeeds like success! Give participants the opportunity to be successful and they will come back again and again. Do your best to create effective virtual learning environments, strong support systems, and well-designed programs and watch your virtual learners thrive!

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Blended learning, Virtual Classroom, Design, Facilitation, Engagement, Collaboration, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, Virtual Learners, Motivation