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From the Experts: Designing modern Blended Learning

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Sep 5, 2017 1:36:55 PM

March_2017_Designing_modern_blended_learning_(1).jpgModern blended learning is a solution to the challenges and obstacles we face when designing engaging, effective, and applicable learning. But before we go any further, we would like to clear up a few common misconceptions.

To start, modern blended learning is not just the same topic taught multiple ways. It is not always situated within a formal event led by an instructor. And it is not about teaching the same materials through a new form of technology delivery.

What is modern blended learning then?

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Topics: Engagement, Modern Blended Learning, Learner Experience

Can Tech Close the Employee Engagement Gap?

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jun 8, 2017 1:15:00 PM

BYTE Session Recap 

Enable_Enhance_Empower_Engage.jpgOrganizations face a serious workforce challenge: many employees feel they lack the skills to perform their daily roles, causing them to disengage from work and their personal professional development.

How do we reengage employees and by extension, improve our organizational effectiveness? Training expert and guest BYTE speaker Cheryl Lasse believes personalized learning provides a viable solution.

She made a point during her session to highlight whether or not technology solutions can create the personalized learning experience modern learners need.

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Topics: Engagement

3 Guiding Principles for Grabbing Learner Attention

Posted by Katelind Hays on May 9, 2017 1:30:00 PM

BYTE Session Recap

19109725_s.jpgHow do you capture your audience’s attention when so many factors provide distractions?

Recently, guest BYTE speaker Mark Harter answered this question and provided pro-tips accumulated from years of practical experience.

Read on for three guiding principles you can use when working on new instructional designs and promoting training events.

Watch the entire webinar replay of, Grabbing Learner Attention, for a step-by-step process for creating a professional video studio on a budget, and tricks for making learning fun.

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Topics: Engagement, Modern Learning, BYTE

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

Types of Learner Engagement in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Apr 6, 2017 1:15:00 PM

20162265_s.jpgRecently, we looked at the two different types of learner engagement we can use in the virtual classroom: interaction and collaboration.

Let’s build on that foundational knowledge with a deep dive into different subtypes of interaction and collaboration, and intelligent ways to use them. 

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Engagement

Connecting the Dots - Keeping Learners Coming Back for More

Posted by Karen Vieth on Feb 28, 2017 12:04:00 PM

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Connecting the Dots in Blended LearningHave you ever been afraid to let learners go on a break, or end one virtual lesson in a multi-part series, for fear they won’t come back?  You’re not alone.  At one time or another all face-to-face and virtual facilitators have thought, “What if they don’t come back?”

My answer to that is, “What if they do?” 

What are you going to do to encourage learner engagement and keep participants interested during the live events? How do you keep learners happy and motivated during the time in between the live lessons? 

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Topics: Engagement, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

Follow The Learners: Identifying the Moments of Learning Need

Posted by Phylise Banner on Jan 23, 2017 12:05:00 PM

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According to Bersin by Deliotte, the modern learner is overwhelmed, distracted, and impatient. Sound familiar? And, on the up side, the modern learner is untethered, accessing information on-dMoments of Learning Need Modern Learners emand, collaborative, and empowered. 

These new ways that we access information, contribute content, interact, communicate, collaborate, and create new knowledge is made possible by new technologies and innovations in old ones.

The modern learner embodies this change and possibility, gives us the opportunity to shake up the way we’ve been doing the same old thing, and breathe new breath into the way we serve our learners in their moments of learning need.

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Topics: Engagement, Modern Learning, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

Young Adult Learners & Engagement: What's the Deal?

Posted by Katelind Hays on Oct 27, 2016 5:04:40 PM

BYTE Session Recap

37507571_s.jpgAs learning professionals, we have the immense responsibility of teaching a more diverse group of learners than ever before. For the first time ever, organizations have four generations in the workforce. All of them have unique skills and preferences. How do we create programs that support all of participants, especially Millennials who keenly and intuitively use technology? Jennifer Hofmann, President of InSync Training, recently explained how to engage modern learners with our BYTE audience.

This blog post will define learner engagement and how it relates to young adult learners. For more information about the modern classroom, learning environments, and specific steps for creating engaging modern learning programs, watch Jennifer’s BYTE recording, Learner Engagement in the Modern Classroom

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Topics: Engagement, Modern Learning, BYTE

Reengaging Learners Using Gamification and Game-Based Learning

Posted by Katelind Hays on Oct 13, 2016 8:57:30 PM

BYTE Session Recap

28203479_s.jpgKarl Kapp, gamification expert and friend of InSync Training, recently helped BYTE session attendees "solve the case of the disengaged learner," and provided detailed recommendations for effectively including games in our instructional designs.

This blog post will define the differences between gamification and games in learning, the various types of gamification, and the science behind why our learners’ brains respond positively to gamified learning programs.

To learn more from Karl, access his full BYTE session recording here.

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Topics: Engagement, Gamification, BYTE

Designing Learning for Behavior Change

Posted by InSync Training on Jun 21, 2016 1:00:00 PM

 BYTE session recap - Talk to the Elephant: Design for Behavior Change

While people know the right things to do, many aren’t doing them. Why? On June 14th, Julie Dirksen, creator of Usable Learning, shared her perspective and theories about this commonplace quandary.  Using the metaphor, “Your brain is like a rider with an elephant,” from the book, The Happiness Hypothesis, by Jonathan Haidt, Julie explained the reasons behind common behavior change challenges.

This post will discuss how behavior change works, with a focus on the importance of motivation, and how it can help your instructional design process. To review Julie’s full presentation, click here.

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Topics: Engagement, Change Management, Instructional Design