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Welcome to 2015! Blended Learning & Virtual Learning 2014 Top Topics

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 8, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Welcome to 2015 - a year when blended and virtual learning is going to continue to evolve. We are excited about the new content we are planning to explore and share.

We are especially interested in the concept of the modern virtual classroom, exploring how social and mobile BYOD technologies support blended learning, and the impact of globalization and microlearning on training design.

But just because new techniques and trends are on the horizon, that doesn't mean the foundations of blended and virtual learning should be overlooked. It's a good time to refresh our memories, or take a look at a topic we may have missed. So have a great new year, and start by taking a look back at some of the top blog posts, based on YOUR views, that we published in 2014. You'll learn about how to overcome blended learning challenges, virtual classroom facilitation tips, and how to design for the global virtual classroom. 

We will continue to publish timely blog posts addressing the top trends and challenges that we believe we all will be facing in 2015, so keep an eye out for new posts from me (Jennifer) and other industry thought leaders.

Thank you for reading these blog posts and I hope they have served as inspiration for you in your day to day work. As always, if you have a topic you would like to see me address, feel free to drop me an email at jennifer@insynctraining.com or on twitter @InSyncJennifer.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, Trends

Training on the Edge: Trend 4 - Blurring the Lines Between Work and Learning

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jul 1, 2014 1:15:00 PM

This is the final post in a series of six exploring issues currently facing training professionals and the upcoming trends in training for the next five years.

In this series we will examine the outlook for the modern workplace and for the next five years, as well as four key trends associated with adapting training to the new context. As these trends play out, we need to consider how to implement a culture change in our training organizations and identify some of the challenges these changes will bring.

Of all of the trends, the convergence of work and learning is perhaps the most compelling. We are now looking at job experience as another aspect of training and learning. If we assign a task to someone, we document it when it's completed, and now that person has the advantage of being able to say, "Yes, I've done that kind of task before." In other words, an experience base is as important as a training history.

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Topics: Blended learning, Trends

Training on the Edge:Trend 3 - Cognitive Educational Technologies

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jun 26, 2014 1:41:00 PM

This is the fourth in a series of six posts exploring issues currently facing training professionals and the upcoming trends in training for the next five years.

In this series we will examine the outlook for the modern workplace and for the next five years, as well as four key trends associated with adapting training to the new context. As these trends play out, we need to consider how to implement a culture change in our training organizations and identify some of the challenges these changes will bring.

The "Right" Fit of Technology

Every time a new type of 'edtech' gets introduced, there seems to be a desire for that technology to become a one-size fits all solution. Since the innovation of correspondence schools, the search for the ultimate solution to teaching everyone, everywhere, at any time has been the holy grail of educators. 

There is no one ‘best fit’ technology, of course. 

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, EdTech, Trends

Training on the Edge: Trend 2 - Collaboration As A Competency

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jun 19, 2014 2:06:00 PM

This is the fourth in a series of six posts exploring current issues facing training professionals and the upcoming trends in training for the next five years.

In this series we will examine what the current learning statistics show about the outlook for the modern workplace and the next five years, as well as four key trends associated with adapting training to the new context. As these trends play out, we need to consider how to implement a culture change in our training organizations and identify some of the challenges these changes will bring.

Trend 2 - Collaboration as a Competency

The problem with online collaboration in particular is that we introduce a lot of ambiguity. As learners, when nobody knows who's in charge of the learning experience, that role ambiguity can lead to learning inefficiencies. Instead of just tossing everyone into the virtual classroom and asking learners to "figure out this case study," best practices need to ensure that we allow everyone to participate in the learning experience but with a strong facilitator leading the way.

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Topics: Collaboration, Trends

Training on the Edge: Trend 1 - Blended Learning & Flipping The Classroom

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jun 10, 2014 11:25:00 AM

This is the third in a series of six posts exploring current issues facing training professionals and the upcoming trends in training for the next five years.

In this series we will examine what the current learning indicators show about the outlook for the modern workplace and the next five years, as well as four key trends associated with adapting training to the new context. As these trends play out, we need to consider how to implement a culture change in our training organizations and identify some of the challenges these changes will bring.

Earlier we discussed how four generations of workers interacting in the workplace at the same time can impact our training design, and then discussed the modern context in which our learners are working

In this post we explore our first key trend: Blended Learning & Flipping The Classroom.

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Topics: Blended learning, Flipped Classroom, Trends

Training on the Edge: Training Context 2014-2019

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jun 9, 2014 1:00:00 PM

This is the second in a series of six posts exploring current issues facing training professionals and the upcoming trends in training for the next five years.

In this series we will examine what the current learning indicators show about the outlook for the modern workplace and the next five years, as well as four key trends associated with adapting training to the new context. As these trends play out, we need to consider how to implement a culture change in our training organizations and identify some of the challenges these changes will bring.

Earlier we discussed how four generations of workers interacting in the workplace at the same time can impact our training design. Now we need to understand the context in which our learners are working. 

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Topics: Virtual Teams, Trends

Training on the Edge: Understanding Four Generations of Workers

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jun 6, 2014 6:18:00 PM

This is the first in a series of six posts exploring issues currently facing training professionals and the upcoming trends in training for the next five years.

In this series we will examine the outlook for the modern workplace and for the next five years, as well as four key trends associated with adapting training to the new context. As these trends play out, we need to consider how to implement a culture change in our training organizations and identify some of the challenges these changes will bring.

Specifically, we'll explore:

Before we explore these trends, we need to understand the personality of the modern work force, most especially intergenerational dynamics. 

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Topics: Trends