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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

Virtually There: Learner Engagement - Why is it Important?

Posted by Charles (Chip) Dye on May 12, 2016 12:34:33 PM

And how can we measure the effect of engagement of instructional outcomes?

Learner_Engagement_in_the_Modern_Classroom_blog_post-1.jpgIn my previous article, learner engagement was defined as turning on three factors:

  • An emotional response to the training—How does the learner “feel” about the content and its presentation/treatment?
  • An intellectual response to the training—Does the instructional experience require and involve the learner’s intellect?
  • An environmental response to the learning—Do the learners interact with the learning environment and is the environment changed because of the training?

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Topics: Engagement, Virtually There

Personalized Learning: Overcoming Engagement Problems

Posted by Katelind Hays on Apr 14, 2016 1:00:00 PM

30725939_s.jpgBYTE Session Recap

Cheryl Lasse, Managing Partner of SkillDirector, joined the ranks of our guest BYTE series presenters on April 5. Participants learned about overcoming Learning and Development’s engagement problem, why existing solutions don’t work, and an alternate approach. 

This post shares highlights from Cheryl’s session, including two daunting L&D trends, and a step-by-step guide to implementing personalized learning. 

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Topics: Engagement, BYTE

How to Engage Modern Learners: When to "Push" and When to "Pull"

Posted by Katelind Hays on Mar 24, 2016 3:52:35 PM

How_to_Engage_Modern_Learners_When_to_Push_and_When_to_PullTraining Magazine Network Session Recap

On Tuesday, March 8, Training Magazine Network (TMN) provided InSync Training President Jennifer Hofmann with a platform to share “How to Engage Modern Learners: When to Push and When to Pull.” This subject resonated with the TMN audience because, as Jennifer pointed out, “Does your expectation of how you learn align with what it was even a couple of years ago? Of course not, because we’re modern learners and we have a lot of choices in how we learn.”

Now that learners are starting to expect that these choices are available to them, how do L&D professionals meet those expectations?

This blog will share key points from Jennifer’s presentation and provide guidance for creating learning programs that engage learners and adapt to the modern workplace culture. For more information, you can access the full session recording here.

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Topics: Engagement, Modern Learning

Virtually There: Learner Engagement in the Modern Classroom

Posted by Charles (Chip) Dye on Feb 4, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Virtually_There_Learner_Engagement_in_the_Modern_ClassroomLearner engagement turns on three factors: an emotional response to the training; an intellectual response to the training; and an environmental response to the learning.

Engaging learners has always been a challenge. Not only has training evolved into a blended learning model, the “Modern Classroom” is influenced by multicultural cohorts, a mobile workforce, and social networking tools. Managing these influences and integrating them into a blended program requires planning, training, and understanding from all members of the training delivery team.

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Topics: Engagement, Virtually There, Modern Learning

Virtually There: Gamifying Your Virtual Classroom

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Nov 5, 2015 11:00:00 AM

GamifyThe key is to make sure you never lose sight of your learning objectives. All of your game's prompts or "missions" should be identical to real-world skills/learning objectives.

As virtual classroom design techniques evolve, it is natural for organizations to want to include the newest design trends in their programs. With the very social/collaborative nature of the virtual classroom, it’s understandable that gamification of these designs seems such a good fit.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Virtual Classroom, Facilitation, Engagement, Virtually There, Gamification

The Modern Virtual Classroom Requires Personal Digital Presence

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Nov 5, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Pencil_with_musicThis November I am exploring Digital Writing Month, a “30 Day Adventure to the World of Digital Narrative and Art.” 

The November 4 2015 post by Rusul AlRubail concludes with:

Digital writing merges traditional forms of writing with the digital world. “Digital” does not refer to the tool. “Digital” refers to our presence on these tools and platforms, how we exist, behave and interact with others using the same space we are. 

If digital writing merges traditional forms of writing with the digital world (read the post!), then digital conversation merges traditional ways of “talking” with digital expression. This concept of how we incorporate personal digital expression will influence the evolution and future of #edtech.  This is a future where ‘”e-learning” becomes “learning.” Where “virtual classrooms” become “real” classrooms. Where the way one chooses to communicate doesn’t matter because all forms of communication are equivalent.

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Topics: What I learned today, Engagement, EdTech

breaking out of the box: creative uses of adobe connect pods to pump up learner engagement

Posted by Katelind Hays on Nov 3, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Breaking out of the BoxBYTE Session Recap

On Monday, October 26, 2015, our BYTE series welcomed guest presenter Margaret Uhrich. She cheerfully shared her favorite creative uses of Adobe Connect pods to increase learner engagement with our audience.

Margaret loves virtual training, stating, “I love when I’m training virtually that I get to work in the Adobe Connect product because of all the fun things that you’re able to do with it. It’s extremely creative and it allows us as designers, when we’re designing training, to think outside the box.”

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Engagement, BYTE

Learner Engagement in the Modern Classroom

Posted by Katelind Hays on Oct 22, 2015 2:00:00 PM

Learner_Engagement_in_the_Modern_ClassroomATD Session Recap

Graciously hosted by the Association for Talent Development (ATD) on Friday, October 16, Jennifer Hofmann presented, Learner Engagement in the Modern Classroom.

The agenda for the session was, “To answer a lot of questions about the way modern learning works, and how learning professionals engage their participants.”

This post will include highlights from each question discussed. To hear all of Jennifer’s insights, watch the full session recording

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Topics: Engagement, Modern Learning

Modern Learning Culture Resource Bundle

Posted by InSync Training on Sep 16, 2015 2:59:26 PM

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Today’s workforce is more global, mobile, and social than ever before. This presents unique challenges to training professionals, most notably: how do we best support these learners?

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Design, Engagement, Modern Learning