InSync Training

Making Virtual Learning Stick with Activity Debriefs

Posted by Karen Vieth on Apr 3, 2018 1:00:00 PM

59336582_s.jpgWe’ve been using virtual classroom technologies for close to 20 years now. Unfortunately, we are still holding on to a content model that insists the most important outcome is getting through all of the slides.

This webinar approach to content delivery is perhaps the most ineffective way to get information out to the world. Few of us have the motivation or concentration to focus on 60 minutes of lecture.

And, most importantly, we know that learning only "sticks" after learners have a chance to apply what they’ve learned and then reflect on the experience.

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

How to Be in Three Places at Once: Tips from Myra Travin

Posted by Katelind Hays on Mar 28, 2018 1:00:00 PM

53024599_s.jpgMetrics! Learning ecosystems! Informal learning! Oh my. It seems that the modern learning landscape gets more complicated by the day.

In fact, to keep up with the break-neck pace of change happening in our world, learning faces a unique challenge: practitioners need to operate and succeed in three places at one time. Our strategies, visions, and methods all need to simultaneously consider the past, present, and future.

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Topics: Modern Learning, Modern Learning on the Air

5 Steps to Using Learning Environment Modeling Language

Posted by Katelind Hays on Mar 13, 2018 1:00:00 PM

41545406_s.jpgAll instructional designers have a toolkit: a set of processes, applications, and approaches they use to create modern learning programs. High-tech, low-tech, paid, or free, they rely on a myriad of sources to design training that sticks.

While toolkits may vary, many instructional designers face a common obstacle: communication. How do we make sure that our stakeholders and teams understand the design vision, execution plan, and associated benefits? More often than not, designers spend a majority of their time in meetings, talking about the nitty gritty details and the high-level overview of programs. Every element discussed and revisited. Designers, by default, can’t extract themselves from their work.

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Topics: Virtually There, Modern Learning, Instructional Design

What Hurts? Addressing Two Common L&D Pain Points

Posted by Katelind Hays on Mar 1, 2018 1:15:00 PM

Virtually There Session Recap

33025237_s.jpgThe last ten years brought us a digital revolution. New technologies and applications changed the way we live our lives. More interestingly, perhaps, is the impact this decade has had on how we behave. As consumers, we are radically different than previous generations. We want effective solutions to our problems immediately, and thanks to platforms like Amazon, that’s not an unreasonable request.

Did you know that this consumerism has spilled into how we learn? In fact, as guest Virtually There speaker Treion Muller recently pointed out, seven consumer realities specifically impact learning and development, creating challenges for L&D professionals in this space.

What pain points are we experiencing? Treion posed this exact question to his learners and shared his expertise for overcoming them. Two questions in particular caught my attention, and Treion’s answers may help you improve the functionality of learning within your organization.

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Topics: Virtually There, Modern Learning

Exclusive Preview! Engaging Modern Learners: When to Push and When to Pull [eBook]

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Feb 28, 2018 1:00:00 PM

InSync_PushPull_eBook_KINDLE-188x300.jpgWe’ve been hearing a lot lately about the modern classroom. What makes it different? How is it the same?

There’s also been discussion about the fact that the way people learn in this modern classroom has not actually changed at all. Learners still need relevant, timely, and well-designed content. The foundational concepts behind adult learning principles still apply.

I happen to agree with that. There’s a reason everything old is new again. What we used to call performance support, many now call microlearning. Reusable learning objects are also now microlearning. What we used to call “chunking” is now spaced learning. Case studies and role-plays now fall under the umbrella of simulations.

Research and experience have taught us a lot about how people learn, and what strategies in instructional techniques best enable that learning.

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Topics: Modern Learning, Modern Learning Culture, Modern Learners

The Global Learner is Self-Directed

Posted by Global Teams on Feb 22, 2018 6:03:15 PM
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In early 1999, Sugata Mitra and some colleagues sunk a computer into the opening of a wall in New Delhi, India. In the nearby slum poor people were desperately struggling to survive. The screen was visible from the street, and the PC was available to anyone who passed by. The computer had internet access and a number of programs available, but no instructions were given for its use.

What followed was astonishing: children from the slum were glued to the computer. They couldn't get enough – they explored and learned.

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Topics: Global Virtual Classroom, Modern Learning

It’s Amazing What Creating Online Energy Can Do!

Posted by Susan Bassett, M.S. on Feb 20, 2018 1:11:09 PM

This is the first part of our guest blogger Susan Bassett's two-part blog post. The second post will be published Tuesday, February 27, 2018.

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I’ve been presenting online since 2001. I’ve always felt a certain sense of excitement when working with top-notch trainers and producers in creating active, energetic online sessions. Terrific online professionals make choices about how they present which results in transforming distracted, impatient, and overwhelmed attendees into engaged learners. (Bersin). Ask dynamic, effective online trainers what their “secret sauce” is and you’ll hear about presence, energy, passion and courage. And now, comes the best part, they are more than willing to share.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Modern Learning, Communication, Learner Experience

3 Questions + 1 Formula = Better Instructional Design

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jan 23, 2018 1:08:27 PM

Virtually There Session Recap

38725119_s.jpgPixar animator Andrew Stanton said, “The greatest story commandment is: make me care.” Some of the most creative storytelling minds use this mantra when illustrating to increase audience engagement with their films.

Unsurprisingly, this approach can apply in modern learning, as well. How do we get our learners to care about our training programs?

Learning Strategist, Enzo Silva, and his colleague Kate Tronvig provided Virtually There learners with an easy-to-follow process during their popular session, “You May Not Be Walt Disney, But You Can Draw and Animate.”

Watch their session for tips and tricks around using popular eLearning design tools.

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Topics: Virtually There, Modern Learning, Storyboarding, Instructional Design, eLearning

Hone Your Modern Learning Design Superpowers with Donna Designer

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jan 11, 2018 12:43:06 PM

51387481_s.jpgAs instructional designers, we have an important common goal: impacting individual learners’ personal learning paths.

Creating effective, dynamic training programs requires an involved process, including a multi-layered approach that asks a variety of questions including: How do we ensure our training has an impact during both formal and informal moments of learning need? What is an instructional strategy? How does EdTech influence our designs?

At a loss for how to get started? Fear not! Meet Donna Designer, InSync Training’s Instructional Design Superhero!

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

InSync Training's Top 10 Blogs of 2017

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 9, 2018 1:57:19 PM

 27346586_s.jpg2017 was a big year for learning. Organizations focused on looking outside of the traditional learning box, looking to find ways to support learners in every moment of learning need, not just during formal instruction. There was a recognition that learning isn’t over just because the LMS indicates the learner completed a course.

InSync’s top 10 blogs of 2017 largely represent this trend towards learner-centered experiences, providing tools and strategies that enable learner success and continue to support the needs of the business.

Let’s take a quick look at the top 10 blogs from last year, and why they resonated with our readers.

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Topics: Modern Learning