InSync Training

Virtual Teams Are Here To Stay (No Matter What Yahoo Says)

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Aug 19, 2014 12:42:00 PM

How InSync Training Enables Its Virtual Workforce

If you are a regular follower of this blog, you probably know that our company, InSync Training, specializes in live online training. We work with clients all over the world to develop their live online training content, produce/facilitate their sessions and train their trainers to ensure their trainers are confident and prepared to handle the complete delivery of their synchronous training.

What you might not realize is that InSync Training is 100% virtual, with approximately 50 facilitators, producers, instructional designers, project managers, and other core staff all working remotely from home offices wherever they happen to be in the world. If we happen to be visiting a city where one of our staff lives, we make an effort to meet for a meal. Otherwise, we rarely, if ever, occupy the same spot on the space-time continuum.

And it makes sense. We believe in virtual training. We believe in virtual work.

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Topics: Virtual Work, Virtual Teams, The opinions expressed herein...

Learning Styles Don't Work - But Who Cares If They Help?

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Mar 4, 2014 2:59:00 PM

A personal take on the Learning Styles Debate

Okay, so maybe that isn't clear?  Allow me to explain. 

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Last summer I spent a weekend relaxing with Dr. Jane Bozarth and other credentialed Learning & Development professionals. While staring at the lake and sipping our colorful beverages of choice, we invariably discussed our favorite relaxing subjects – specifically, e-learning and the training industry. (Please give us geeks credit for attempting to vacation away from work.)

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, The opinions expressed herein...

With virtual classroom production, the devil is in the details

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Feb 12, 2014 8:50:00 AM

Today the team is exceptionally busy, and so I am taking a production slot for one of our clients.

A producer, if you haven't had the privilege of working with one in the synchronous environment, is the person behind the scenes making everything work. From class set up, to technical support, to instructional support - and even participant advocate, the producer is a role present in more and more virtual classrooms. Combining the roles of Teaching Assistant and Help Desk, the producer can be the difference between an exceptional training session, and an ineffective webinar.

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Dragging Your Feet about Virtual Learning? What's it Costing You?

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Feb 6, 2014 12:38:00 PM

Several months ago a colleague made the following statement:

Time's Running Out"The label 'Economic Darwinism' definitely applies to businesses that are laggards with regard to adopting the virtual classroom instead of keeping their employees ahead of the pack.”

I asked her to define what she meant by 'Economic Darwinism.' Her response:

"The idea is the process of selection in an economic context in that the "strong (businesses) survive" when economic conditions become very challenging. However, 'strong' doesn't always mean businesses that are the best in their field of expertise are those that survive. It could mean businesses that are stronger in their marketing efforts survive over competitors that are actually better in their area(s) of expertise."

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