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Using a Facilitator Guide to Manage the Virtual Training Session

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Sep 4, 2014 11:00:00 AM

What really goes on behind the scenes when you go live in a virtual classroom?

How does the facilitator and the producer manage to conduct the session without speaking over one another?

A critical part of any virtual training or blended learning course design is the facilitator guide. (You may call it running notes or a master.) The facilitator guide is a master reference document designed to help the facilitator and the producer to prepare for and deliver the program.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Design, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices

Designing Blended Learning: A Success Story

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Aug 14, 2014 11:32:00 AM

The palette available for creating a blended learning program provides many options for instructional designers. The usual choice? Start with a few self-paced lessons, add one virtual event and a pinch of discussion forums for flavor, and stir to get the blend you want.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Blended learning, Design

The Pedagogy of Learning Design: Crafting Optimal e-Learning Spaces with Teaching Presence

Posted by Phylise Banner on Jun 13, 2014 1:00:00 PM

This is the third post in a series of five titled The Pedagogy of Learning Design by Phylise H. Banner. To read the first in the series, click here: The Pedagogy of Learning Design: A Translation of Pedagogies.

Let's have a look at what teaching presence is, and how direct instruction and facilitation play a role in crafting optimal e-Learning spaces.

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Topics: Design, Pedagogy

Enabling Virtual Learners By Design: Creating A Blend

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on May 21, 2014 1:00:00 PM
This is the fourth post in a series of six which examines how to enable virtual learners. The first post introduces the series.

In a previous post, I discussed that blended learning is not a passing fad, and implementing blended learning is key to enabling virtual learners. 

We have many options available to us when creating blended training programs. We can build self-paced programs using learning portals, websites, and e-learning. We can develop moderated discussions using social media, discussion boards and email. Finally, we can create real time events using traditional classrooms, videoconferencing, and virtual classrooms. The trick is learning what technologies to use and how to facilitate the blend.

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Topics: Blended learning, Design, Virtual Learners

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

101 Tips to Motivate the Virtual Learner - Introduction

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Apr 29, 2014 10:13:00 AM

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

This is also the second post in a series of six which examines how to enable virtual learners. The first post, Enabling Virtual Learners by Design: Introduction, introduces the series. 

We all understand how to learn in a traditional classroom environment. We've been doing that for most of our lives. It's comfortable and we know what to expect.

The virtual classroom has introduced a new learning culture - one that takes time to become familiar with. Organizations spend a lot of time planning for, and investing in, technologies - but often forget about the culture change involved with this new learning environment.

In order for virtual learning to be successful, we need to create environments in which people can effectively learn. Our participants need to be open to learning in this new way, and confident that their time in the virtual classroom is well-spent.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Virtual Classroom, Design, Engagement, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, Virtual Learners

Virtual Classroom Implementation & Design: Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Apr 24, 2014 1:00:00 PM

At InSync Training, we often provide informational sessions to workgroups in the midst of adopting a virtual training or blended learning strategy. After the session, we summarize the questions sent in via chat and provide more in-depth answers in a follow-up email to the client.

I thought the answers to the most commonly asked questions might be of interest to my readers so here they are!

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Topics: Blended learning, Cultural intelligence, Virtual Classroom, Design, Facilitation, Engagement, Webinars

The Pedagogy of Learning Design: A Translation of Pedagogies

Posted by Phylise Banner on Apr 17, 2014 1:00:00 PM

This is the first post in a series of five titled The Pedagogy of Learning Design by Phylise H. Banner.

A successful learning journey relies on informed design and practice. Let's explore how theory and research translate into a designed approach to instruction.

The Journey

When I think about every online experience I have had, the word that comes to mind is “navigation." Every web site I encounter provides me with opportunities to explore – to find my way through the information. The best online experiences I have had involve a clear pathway through that information, and often times a guide to lead me on my journey.

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Topics: Design, Pedagogy

Getting Managers Engaged in Virtual & Blended Learning

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Mar 12, 2014 3:02:00 PM
  • “I can’t let my manager catch me reading at my desk.”
  • “I don’t feel like I am working if I am learning outside of a classroom.”
  • “How do I stop getting interrupted for ’just one thing'? It will only take a minute?’”

I’m sure one or all three of those comments are very familiar to you. It’s a common lament.  Employees feel they are not given the time to fully participate in virtual learning from their desk; and when they try, they feel guilty or are constantly pulled away by their managers for more ‘important’ tasks.

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Topics: Blended learning, Virtual Classroom, Management, Design