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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: InSync 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

The Future of Learning: A Conversation with Jennifer Hofmann

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jan 4, 2018 1:00:00 PM

49949781_s.jpgNew year, new vision!

Training and Development is facing a fantastic future, thanks to the globalization, socialization, and mobilization of modern learners. Add to this ever-evolving EdTech and the growing expectations on training to improve performance, and it's a recipe for a complex and complicated landscape.

Taking all this into consideration, many of us find ourselves asking, "How do we prepare for this new reality?"

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Topics: Modern Learning, personal learning

Measuring Your Success as a Modern Learner

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 2, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Measuring Your Success

13523418_s.jpgIn other blog posts published previously, we’ve discussed the modern learner – who they are, and how we can best serve them. We know that as modern learners, we take responsibility for much of our learning by creating our own learning pathways, exploring content, and interacting with other learners.

We are essentially curating our own blended learning campaigns, and we end up holding ourselves accountable for a lot of this learning that is taking place.

But how do we know if we are successful?

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Topics: Modern Learning, Personal Learning Networks, Blended Learning Campaigns

Modern Learners: Built to Observe

Posted by Phylise Banner on Nov 21, 2017 12:42:25 PM

42033420_s.jpgDid you know that more than 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute? Yes, YouTube has significantly changed the way we access and process learning.

For many of us, instead of reading through an instruction manual, we search YouTube for a video that will guide us through “how to.” We can watch these over and over again, pausing where we need to look closer or to better understand what the subject matter expert is trying to get across. Of course we could read, and re-read, that instructional manual – so why do we turn to video?

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Topics: Modern Learning

Establishing Our Own Learning Pathways

Posted by Phylise Banner on Nov 2, 2017 1:00:00 PM

7624800_s.jpgIn previous blog posts, we have established that we are all modern learners. As we explore and build our own modern learning pathways, let’s stop for a moment to consider where we are and what we are picking up along the way.

All of our learning choices are personal. The process we go through to select, evaluate, and use learning assets is, in fact, the process of designing our own personal learning blends.

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Topics: Modern Learning, Content Curation, Personal Learning Networks, Learning Pathways

Modern Learning Producers as Stage Hands

Posted by Brigit Michael on Oct 26, 2017 3:27:11 PM

39521458_s.jpgWe chatted with veteran producer Brigit Michael and got her take on why she considers the virtual classroom to be a stage, herself a stage hand. Her unique perspective can help you hone your modern learning skills as you facilitate, produce, implement, and manage virtual learning events within your blends.

The role of a virtual producer is a unique one; we’re responsible for making everything run smoothly behind the scenes to ensure that learners have the best experience possible. 

I consider my role as a producer is kind of like a stage hand for a play. Some directors want the stage hands to be recognized and take a bow at the end, and some want them to fade entirely into the background, with a variety of possibilities in between.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Production, Producer, Modern Learning

The Modern Learner

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Oct 19, 2017 1:05:00 PM

36874840_s.jpgIf you are on any learning related email lists, you’ve been seeing the word “modern” quite often over the last 12 months. Modern learning, modern workplace, modern design, and so on.

What does it mean? And why do we need to make that distinction?

Some would argue that technology is driving the need to redefine learning, and it's time to throw out the old ways of doing things. I would argue that technologies come and go, and it is the learners who are driving the need for modernization of the learning function.

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Topics: Modern Learning, Modern Workplace, Modern Blended Learning

Why Sales Trainings Fail and How to Prevent It

Posted by Brigg Patten on Jul 27, 2017 1:19:56 PM

It’s a fact that as robotic and AI technology continues to improve, many human jobs will be replaced by machines. There are few areas in business that are safe from such a threat including the sales force. Why Sales Trainings Fail 07272017.jpg

Person-to-person contact between the sales department and their clients is still a vital business link. But with the coming age of robotic devices that speak and even use logical reasoning, it’s important that the types of employee training needed to face this competition be utilized.

Unfortunately, statistics show that companies in general do a fairly poor job of training. The ES Research Group claims that their studies show that only 10 to 15% of the information given out during sales training sessions has a lasting impression beyond 120 days.

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Topics: Modern Learning