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The Modern Learning Makerspace

Posted by Phylise Banner on Feb 15, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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The Art of Praxis

Modern Learning Makerspace I have been seeing the word “praxis” a lot these days, associated with a few different definitions. To me, the essence of the word, is application – the application of theory to practice. Definitions include examples of practice, and application of knowledge or skills. And, the word is said to have derived from the Greek word for “doing”.  

Applying theory, knowledge, or skills to practice is what we all aim to do, as modern blended learning practitioners. We use what we consider, know, and know how to do, to make learning happen.

I love making learning happen. I love the creative process just as much as the assembly process. I love creating and making learning come together.

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Topics: Modern Learning, 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

Hacking the Forgetting Curve

Posted by Oded Ilan on Jan 17, 2017 9:00:00 AM

We're excited to have Oded Ilan, Chief Marketing Officer of Iridize, join our Guest BYTE speaker list on January 31. In support of his upcoming live learning event, "Overcoming the Forgetting Curve: New Content Creation Paradigms," Oded shares an important introduction to the forgetting curve and it's impact on training. The Forgetting Curve Neuroscience in Learning

It would be an understatement to say that the training industry is brimming with new training technologies and tools. It took a while, but the technical communication arena has become one of the most vibrant, technology-adept and innovation-thirsty places to be.

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Topics: Modern Learning, Instructional Design

9 Terms That Create the Language of Modern Blended Learning

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 16, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Access Complete Modern Blended Learning Blog Series and Subscribe The time has finally come to take the ‘e’ out of eLearning. (Pause for applause...)Language of Modern Blended Learning

Words matter -- especially when trying to communicate new ideas and teach new concepts. Terms like microlearning, virtual classrooms, and mobile learning no longer resonate with our learners.

In this modern learning landscape, the old training language just doesn’t work anymore. Terms like ‘eLearning’ and ‘webinar’ just don’t represent what the modern instructional designer, or Learning Experience Architect, is trying to accomplish.

Their goal is to integrate content, exercises, and assessment, into a seamless curriculum, regardless of what delivery technologies or instructional pedagogies are used.

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

The Learning Experience Architect: A New Role for Modern Learning

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 3, 2017 2:42:00 PM

58294125_s.jpgHow are you handling all of the changes in the new Learning and Development landscape?

If you’re like me, you’re realizing that having a narrow professional focus isn’t an option anymore. Instead, you’re broadening your approach in order to stay current.

The Modern Classroom

Thanks to the introduction of new methodologies and technologies to our toolkits, the time for specialization has passed. Today, everything in learning is blended. Experiences aren’t standalone anymore. Formal learning now includes in-person events that have supportive eLearning modules and virtual classroom training sessions. And don’t forget: these blended learning experiences also include informal learning.

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Topics: Modern Learning, Modern Learning Culture

2017: The Year of Blended Learning, Emerging EdTech, & Modern Design

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 2, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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Welcome to 2017, the year when it all comes together. Learning technologies (EdTech), communities of practice, lifelong learning, and the myriad other great concepts we’ve been hearing about for the last two decades. This is the year learning professionals have a common New Year’s Resolution for 2017: we are going to provide the best content to our learners, using the best technology, and ensure that it is delivered to the right place at the right time.  Modern blended learning is the future of training

Of course, to meet this resolution, we need to be learners first. There are so many resources available to us, and it’s difficult to figure out where to start. It’s even more difficult to narrow down the topics we should focus on. 

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Topics: Blended learning, Virtual Classroom, Modern Learning, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

Curation is the Key to Managing Your Personal Learning Network

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Dec 8, 2016 7:21:39 PM

12557614_s.jpgIf you’re like me, you are subscribed to dozens of email lists, content newsletters, and newsfeeds about training and development. Additionally, you belong to professional communities of practice (COP) like the eLearning Guild, ATD, and the Training Magazine Network.

And, you probably have an email folder dedicated to all the recorded webinars you’re going to watch when you get the time.

How do we find the time to parse through all the information and make decisions about what content is relevant, timely, and, perhaps most importantly, accurate?

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Topics: Modern Learning, Content Curation, PLN

How to Become a Learning Experience Architect

Posted by Katelind Hays on Nov 10, 2016 8:39:04 PM

BYTE Session Recap

57562170_s.jpgWith new EdTech emerging on an almost daily basis, and online learning quickly evolving into digital learning, training professionals must adapt in order to design and facilitate the best programs possible. But with the emergence of blended learning as the new standard, how do practitioners establish their role in the modern classroom?

Jennifer Hofmann, InSync Training President, offered timely advice to BYTE session attendees during her recent session, The Learning Experience Architect: The Hub of Modern Blended Learning. In her expert opinion, a new role (and related title) helps up take the biggest and most important step in this journey.

This post includes Jennifer’s recommended steps for assuming the role of Learning Experience Architect. Access her session recording to learn more about the modern classroom, modern learning, and additional details about this new and improved position.

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Topics: Modern Learning, Learning Experience Architect, Personal Learning Networks

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

Exploring a Content Curation Practice For Modern Learning

Posted by Phylise Banner on Oct 25, 2016 1:33:54 PM

curation_image1.pngAlthough the term “curation” is buzzing around quite a bit these days, content curation is nothing new. Most of us have curated content at some point in time – creating a compendium of something, and adding our thoughts, opinions, insights, etc. before passing it on.

Curation happens naturally. You find something interesting, and you share it with me, along with why you like it, where you found it, and why you think I might find it interesting or useful.

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Topics: Modern Learning, Content Curation