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No Budget for Learning Videos? No Problem!

Posted by Katelind Hays on Apr 24, 2018 1:00:00 PM

57972767_sWhen you need to learn how to do something, where do you go for information?

I thought about this question recently when I faced a pretty standard homeownership quandary: spring recently sprung, but my front yard needed some improvement in the lush greenery department. I turned to YouTube first to find a step-by-step process for increasing the curb appeal of my house. I knew by doing research there, I’d find a quick, easy, repeatable answer to my current problem.

I’m not alone, either! Most of us turn to quick, informative videos in our daily lives when stuck on a task or project, or when curiosity strikes.

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Topics: Podcasts and Videos

Learning Pros Need to Think Like Dirty Marketers: Advice from Daniel Foster

Posted by Katelind Hays on Apr 19, 2018 1:00:00 PM

11292017 Modern Learning on the Air channel twitterLearning professionals wear many hats. Depending on the task at hand, we may throw on our “instructional designer” cap, “project manager” beret, or “facilitator” fascinator. But did you know that we also need a “marketing” bonnet?

According to Daniel Foster, Strategy Lead for the Snagit Application at TechSmith, “the best learning professionals think like dirty marketers.”

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Topics: Podcasts and Videos, Modern Learning on the Air

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

Storyboarding: An Instructional Designer’s Secret Weapon

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jan 24, 2018 1:00:00 PM

77884631_s.jpgeLearning has been a viable training option for a while now. Thanks to tools like GoAnimate and Camtasia, instructional designers can quickly and easily produce a high-quality learning product. But just because we have access to technical tools, that doesn’t automatically result in a seamless creation process.

As expert Jennifer Hofmann points out:

Instructional design is still relevant to blended learning. It’s evolving, and it’s mission-critical.”

As a helpful component in many blends, we need to thoughtfully plan out our eLearning modules and connect them to defined learning objectives.

But how?

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Topics: Podcasts and Videos, Storyboarding, eLearning, Blended Learning Instructional Design

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

Video - My Learning Journey - Part 2

Posted by InSync Training on Apr 5, 2016 1:00:00 PM

My Learning Journey - Part 2It’s official - Jennifer Hofmann, InSync Training President, is a blended learning participant!

In this video, the second in her “Personal Learning Journey” series, Jennifer shares her thoughts on the program’s technical skills session.

"Hello everyone! This is Jennifer Hofmann again with InSync Training. Welcome back to my video blog, which is exploring and capturing my personal blended learning journey. I am enrolled in a three month program that includes 16 WebEx sessions, two multi-day on-sites, and a lot of collaborative, self-directed work in between. So it's exciting! I'm capturing this because, as a member of the Learning and Development community, specifically the Online Learning and Development community for the last 20 years, I've become a little bit jaded as a learner. So I want to use this experience, not just to learn this content, but to learn how to do my job better."

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Topics: Blended learning, Podcasts and Videos

Video - My Learning Journey - Part 1

Posted by InSync Training on Mar 30, 2016 1:00:00 PM

My Learning Journey - Part 1

Jennifer Hofmann, Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) pioneer and InSync Training President, has been accepted into an elite blended learning program for small business owners.

For the first time in a long time, Jennifer is the student, not the instructor!

"It's Jennifer Hofmann with InSync Training. I'm really excited to share that I was just accepted into a really great professional development program, but as a learner, and not as a trainer. It's a blended program with two four day on-sites - very cool! 16 virtual WebEx sessions on Mondays and Fridays, to begin topics and to end topics. There's collaborative group work, online discussions. It sounds like a great blended learning experience."

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Topics: Blended learning, Podcasts and Videos

Video - The Art & Science of Being a Remote Manager

Posted by InSync Training on Nov 19, 2015 1:00:00 PM

The_Art__Science_of_Being_a_Remote_ManagerLeading a virtual team presents a unique set of challenges. Communicating effectively requires extra attention, and identifying personnel issues can be difficult for a remote manager. 

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Topics: Virtual Teams, Podcasts and Videos

Video - The Art & Science of Being A Remote Employee

Posted by InSync Training on Nov 10, 2015 1:00:00 AM

Virtual team members must possess a specialized set of skills in order to be successful on the job. Additionally, they need to create their own work space and complete their daily tasks while separated from their coworkers.

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Topics: Virtual Teams, Podcasts and Videos

Video - Virtual Classroom Tools: Whiteboards

Posted by InSync Training on Oct 29, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Whiteboard_Guy_with_pen_and_cogsThanks to its versatility, the whiteboard is one of the most commonly used tools in the virtual classroom.

You can use the whiteboard for all kinds of activities, including sharing slides and documents as if they were flipcharts in a traditional setting, or to record participants’ comments, to emphasize important points, and to write exercise instructions.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Podcasts and Videos