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Video - Virtual Classroom Tools: Synchronized Web Browsing

Posted by InSync Training on Oct 13, 2015 3:34:24 PM

Synchronized_web_browsingSynchronized web browsing can add great interaction to any virtual classroom design. It also provides an opportunity to use the entire internet as potential content in the virtual classroom.

It's easy to create engagement using this versatile tool but many virtual classroom designers don't use it. Here's your chance to learn how!

Based on the whitepaper, Virtual Classroom Tool Design Basics: A Virtual Engagement Primer, this video provides guidance on how to most effectively use this versatile tool. An example from our popular Virtual Classroom Instructional Designer Certificate course is included.

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Video - Virtual Classroom Tools: Surveys, Polls & Feedback Tools

Posted by InSync Training on Sep 29, 2015 3:28:46 PM

Surveys_Polls_and_Feedback_ToolsOne major challenge faced by virtual classroom facilitators is the absence of eye contact and body language that they usually rely on in the traditional classroom. Using surveys, polls and feedback tools in the virtual classroom can offset this lack of physical interaction.

These tools help facilitators create engagement and determine whether participants understand the material. Participants can also use these tools to tell the facilitator what they think of the pace and clarity of the content.

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Video - Virtual Classroom Tools: Chat

Posted by InSync Training on Sep 17, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Chat_Icon_Text_RemovedChat is probably the most familiar tool in the virtual classroom. Virtual classroom facilitators often use the chat feature during virtual learning sessions but often don't maximize its usefulness.

Chat is one of the of the easiest ways to encourage interaction  in the virtual classroom. Chat is a great tool and it can be used for so much more than Q&A!

This video reviews the ways that facilitators can use chat to increase learner engagement as well as the important features of the chat tool. 

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Podcasts and Videos

Video - Virtual Classroom Tools: Breakout Rooms

Posted by InSync Training on Sep 15, 2015 11:00:00 AM

breakout_roomsBreakout rooms allow groups of two or more participants to meet and collaborate during a larger live online session. Breakout rooms can be used to create interaction and collaboration by making your content more learner-centered

Include this feature in your virtual classroom instructional designs, and participants will not only meet and collaborate with other participants, but they’ll also be more engaged. 

This video discusses how to best use breakout rooms in the virtual classroom.

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Video - Virtual Classroom Tools: Application Sharing

Posted by InSync Training on Sep 8, 2015 11:00:00 AM

SOFTWARE_Key-keyboard_shutterstock_161375690Application sharing is a popular and powerful, though underutilized feature in the virtual classroom. This feature allows the facilitator to share software applications with participants, even if the participants do not have the software installed on their individual machines.

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Video - Virtual Classroom Tools: Basics

Posted by InSync Training on Sep 1, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Got_ToolsA working knowledge of the features of the online classroom will simplify the process of designing virtual and blended learning. Based on the whitepaper, Virtual Classroom Tool Design Basics: A Virtual Engagement Primer, this video provides a high-level summary of the tools available on most platforms.  Leveraging chat, whiteboards, and more allows you to adapt engagement techniques to create meaningful, learner-centered programs.

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Virtual Classroom Facilitator Competencies: Day to Day Ownership

Posted by InSync Training on Aug 11, 2015 1:30:00 PM

Own_itOnce a virtual facilitator possesses the macro-level skills required to create an impactful virtual classroom learning experience, they must then own the role every day. In this video, Jennifer Hofmann explains at a high-level the additional task-based competencies of the virtual facilitator.

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Virtual Classroom Facilitator Competencies: The Big Picture

Posted by InSync Training on Aug 4, 2015 1:30:00 PM

The_big_pictureDeveloped by InSync Training, the Virtual Facilitator Competency Model defines the skills virtual facilitators need to create virtual learning experiences that meet or exceed outcomes expected in traditional face-to-face learning programs. In this YouTube video, Jennifer Hofmann defines the five “big picture” competencies included in the model.

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ELC 025: Insights for Designing Blended Learning

Posted by InSync Training on Jul 30, 2015 1:00:00 PM

PaintbrushesToday's learning environment is wide open. We can choose from a multitude of technologies, modalities and techniques. But what's the best way to design in this new environment? In this podcast, Connie Malamed from the eLearning Coach chats with Jennifer Hofmann, President of InSync Training, who offers lots of tips and insights for designing blended learning.

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InSync Training's 5 Critical Ways to Enable Virtual Learners

Posted by InSync Training on Jul 23, 2015 1:39:07 PM

Enable_Enhance_Empower_EngageEven with the increased availability and affordability of online training programs, participants don't seem to be particularly engaged in virtual learning. Jennifer Hofmann, President of InSync Training, believes the design of online programs is to blame.

This video on InSync Training's YouTube channel discusses the five critical elements instructional designers MUST include in any virtual program to properly enable virtual learners to succeed.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Engagement, Virtual Learners, Podcasts and Videos