InSync Training

How Can We Think Bigger as Instructional Designers?

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jun 14, 2018 2:25:21 PM

30729912_sHere's a radical idea: maybe we've been thinking too small when it comes to instructional design.

Relying on proven principles while purposefully expanding the scope of our vision can help us accomplish organizational goals and empower learners to better navigate their modern workplaces. We believe in a more thorough model so much that we practice and preach perpetual learning design.

Our new video explains the concept in under three minutes - click here to view

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Topics: Modern Workplace, Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Instructional Design, Modern Learners

Defining the Modern Learner Experience

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jun 11, 2018 12:40:45 PM

102059427_sWhen designing and delivering content, we need to balance five elements of the learner experience: technology, design, people, place, and time.

In order to achieve this balance, we need to focus on the learner experience. We need to define and leverage how learning is structured, including when it is taking place, where it is taking place, and how it is being delivered.

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Topics: Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Instructional Design, Modern Learners

Preview: Blended Learning in Practice

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on May 24, 2018 1:36:27 PM

eLearning Guild Blended Learning in Practice report preview

Are your organization's programs ready for the future? Has the instructional design approach you use evolved to support and actively engage modern learners? What implementation process works best when introducing this innovative, flexible methodology? 

Ultimately, effective blends rely on addressing all moments of learning need and modeling the way work happens today. And while learning professionals and researchers alike have identified proven benefits, stakeholders correctly point out that risks logically follow widespread change.

I'm pleased to collaborate with eLearning Guild to answer these questions and address these realities in my new report, Blended Learning in Practice.

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Topics: Modern Blended Learning

Schoolhouse Rock: A Surprising Introduction to Self-Paced Learning

Posted by Katelind Hays on Apr 12, 2018 10:00:00 AM

SchoolHouseRock_Graphic-1Do you remember the first time you experienced a non-traditional approach to learning? For most of us, we didn’t learn important life-lessons inside a classroom. For Jennifer Hofmann, classic Saturday morning programming introduced her to self-paced learning, and the rest, as they say, was history.

Jennifer recently shared the surprising connection she made between her love of popular Schoolhouse Rock episodes and modern blended learning in this short (but insightful) video: https://youtu.be/Hd-ITHrroXc

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Topics: Podcasts and Videos, Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Instructional Design

6 Signs Your L&D Strategy is Living in the Past

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Mar 22, 2018 1:00:00 PM

27698478_s.jpgIt’s very exciting to learn about and invest in the latest trends in educational technology. Who among us hasn’t been swept up by the allure of gamification, the promise of curation, and a desire to embed microlearning at every conceivable moment of learning need? 

No matter how enticing these new ideas might be, we are always (rightly) concerned about adoption. If we don’t implement well, these new technologies and instructional strategies will seem like just the latest trend, easily ignored while we all default to our normal, familiar learning mode: instructor-led. 

And, people are generally happy with that. We know how to learn in a classroom. We know how to teach in a classroom. 

It takes a modern learning culture to support modern educational technologies and instructional techniques. Unfortunately, many organizations are living in the past. While training success doesn’t depend on deploying the latest trends, and outdated learning culture can hinder employee, program, and organizational success.  

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Topics: Modern Learning Culture, Learning and Development, Modern Workplace, Modern Blended Learning, Modern Learners

Inclusive Delivery: Ensure Your Blended Learning Strategy Meets Diverse Demands

Posted by Keyanna Schmiedl and Stephanie Goodell on Mar 15, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Inclusive Delivery blog post graphic 3 13 2018.pngWhat do you know about the changing demographics of the United States? Pew Research Center found that, “Americans are more racially and ethnically diverse than in the past, and the U.S. is projected to be even more diverse in the coming decades.” With the U.S. becoming more diverse, and with this shift in the population demographic, comes the need to diversify learning solutions. 

As L&D practitioners, the demands of our job now require us to not just expect different faces in the room, but learners with different needs and abilities, both in person and online. The popularity of blended learning has increased exponentially over the years and is now being heralded as one of the most cost-effective ways to distribute information and impact behaviors across organizations. 

How can you ensure your blended learning strategy meets these diversity demands?

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Topics: Global Virtual Classroom, Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Instructional Design, Multicultural Groups

Blend with Intention: Plan for a Successful Blended Learning Campaign 

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Feb 7, 2018 1:04:07 PM

01302018 ATD What Works preview video YouTube thumbnail.pngThe term blended learning has come in and out of vogue in corporate training for the last several decades. For so long, in fact, it feels like an old-fashioned term. A term that is not modern enough for the current learning landscape.

The reality is, modern learning strategies, techniques, and technologies seem to be custom designed for blended learning approach. But we need to stop thinking about designing a blend only after the so-called “important” content is developed. As I state in my new book, Blended Learning: What Works in Talent Development (ATD, 2018):

"…modern blended learning is more than sequencing different media and activities that happen to be related by topic. It is about aligning learning objects with the most appropriate instructional strategies, techniques, and technologies, while meeting the needs of the organization and modern learners."

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Topics: Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Instructional Design

Hot Off the Press! New Blended Learning Book from Jennifer Hofmann

Posted by Katelind Hays on Feb 6, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Blended learning has become a priority for many organizations. That’s exciting! A blended approach provides us with the flexibility to authentically and effectively address each of our learning objectives.

Unfortunately, without the right design, we doom our programs to fail. 

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Topics: Modern Blended Learning

Video and Audio Tech Tools and Tips

Posted by Phylise Banner on Jan 30, 2018 1:29:01 PM

 

Video and Audio Tech Tools and Tips.jpgIn the spirit of sharing tips and tricks for working with video and audio, we reached back into a featured series of InSync blog posts on technology tools for modern blended learning.

From the series “Sorting through the Technology Toolbox,” here are some of my favorite tips and tools for you to explore so you can be on your way to creating interactive eLearning, audio, video, and screencasting learning assets.

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Topics: EdTech, Modern Blended Learning

5 Pieces of the Blended Learning Puzzle

Posted by Katelind Hays on Dec 14, 2017 1:00:00 PM

47105167_s.jpgVirtually There Session recap

Blended learning involves a much more complex equation than what we use to create and support traditional face-to-face or singular training events. Not only do we have to manage more technology and content, but our audience also learns on their own, futher complicating matters.

How can we encourage people to interact with the content in a way that makes the most sense for them, when it’s most relevant to them? We can provide that support by putting the blended learning puzzle together correctly.

During her most recent Virtually There session, Jennifer Hofmann, President of InSync Training, discussed each element of the blended learning equation in detail and explained how to support modern learners through their personalized professional development journeys. Watch the recording for more detailed information.

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Topics: Modern Blended Learning