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Engage Your Virtual Learners from the Get Go

Posted by InSync Training on Oct 10, 2017 1:00:00 PM

22427144_s.jpgIn the live online learning environment, instructional teams often struggle to truly connect with learners. We don't have the benefit of greeting our online learners with a smile as they enter our virtual space. So how do we create an inviting, warm, inclusive learning environment? From experience, it really comes down to our tone of voice and our words.

As virtual facilitators and producers, we have to be cognizant of our tone and our words. Our words are often the only part of us that our learners experience. When preparing for a session, ask yourself, “How empathetic and open am I to really hearing what participants have to say?” “Do my learners tune out because my tone of voice seems disinterested or unyielding?” If you answered “yes” to either question, make a conscious effort to inject warmth and authenticity into your voice. It’s a small step that makes a big difference.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Engagement, Virtual Classroom - Production

Virtual Learning from a Newcomer’s Perspective

Posted by Zoe Grant on Jun 22, 2017 1:27:38 PM

52981308_s.jpgBeing new at anything is an odd mixture of excitement, nerves, eagerness, and a tiny bit of apprehension. This is my first week at InSync, and I feel like I'm about to jump off the high diving board at the pool. My secret (shhh, don't tell!) is that I'm not a learning industry expert, and I'm learning this job as a marketing team assistant from the ground up.

I'll be learning how to write posts for social media, communicate with university clients, and generally help with whatever is needed. I’m incredibly excited for the chance to learn something completely new but also a little afraid that I will mess something up, and cause a marketing emergency (whatever that could be).      

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Topics: Virtual Classroom

Types of Learner Engagement in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Apr 6, 2017 1:15:00 PM

20162265_s.jpgRecently, we looked at the two different types of learner engagement we can use in the virtual classroom: interaction and collaboration.

Let’s build on that foundational knowledge with a deep dive into different subtypes of interaction and collaboration, and intelligent ways to use them. 

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Engagement

Collaboration VS. Interaction: What’s the Difference?

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Apr 4, 2017 1:30:00 PM

Interaction and Collaboration for Modern LearningVirtual classroom platforms now include a plethora of tools meant to encourage learner participation. We have whiteboards, breakout rooms, polls, text-based chat. Including them appropriately in our programs positively impacts our modern learners’ experiences. 

One modern learning challenge we face though, is the type of engagement these tools generate: is it interaction or collaboration?

Today we sort through the confusion and define collaboration and interaction, and clarify their relationship with virtual learning events.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Collaboration, Virtual Learners, Interaction

It Was Almost Like Being in a Real Class! Making Virtual Learning Real

Posted by Karen Vieth on Feb 14, 2017 12:05:00 PM

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Virtual Classroom Facilitation Blended Learning In Jennifer Hofmann’s blog post, The Role of Virtual Classrooms in Modern Blended Learning, she states that the focus of virtual learning should be fundamentally on the learners, their experiences and their learning environments. And I agree. But I encourage you to expand that focus to include collaboration.

I believe it is the ability for learners within those experiences and learning environments to make connections, participate in collaborative efforts and tie back to real life and work situations that turns a webinar type session into a real lesson where learners are eager to come back for more. 

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

Generating Genuine Collaboration in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Karin Rex on Jan 31, 2017 12:19:00 PM

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Virtual Classroom CollaborationVirtual classroom lessons should be more about learners working together collaboratively than lecture and PowerPoint. Intellectually, we all recognize that. But, what purpose does collaboration truly serve and what virtual classroom tools achieve the desired result?

Why do you suppose we bring people together to learn?

Is it merely to allow a Facilitator the opportunity to lecture to a multitude of people simultaneously? Or is it perhaps to provide opportunities for deeper learning through collaboration? (Two or more people practicing new skills and applying new knowledge.)

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

Creating a Culture of Accountability in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 24, 2017 12:03:00 PM

Access Complete Modern Blended Learning Blog Series and Subscribe Culture of AccountabilityThe virtual classroom has a lot of advantages. We can create a learning environment which promotes interactivity and collaboration among learners. We can deliver a lesson to remote learners with minimal delivery costs. We can easily engage subject matter experts in the learning process.

But even with these advantages, we still have concerns about how effective virual learning is and how to determine if learners are meeting the objectives of the lesson.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

5 Ways to Maximize The Virtual Classroom Instructional Partnership

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 10, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Access Complete Modern Blended Learning Blog Series and Subscribe Virtual Classroom Producer PartnerSuccess in the modern virtual classroom is not dependent on the technology, rather, success is dependent on the strength of the relationships between all members of the instructional partnership.

There are many individuals contributing to the success of virtual sessions: facilitators, learners, subject matter experts, instructional designers, just to name a few. 

But when it comes time to go live in the virtual classroom, the partnership between the Facilitator and the Instructional Producer is responsible for the long-term success of the event.

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

The Role of Virtual Classrooms in Modern Blended Learning

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 3, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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Live online learning has been a part of  the corporate learning mix for nearly two decades. Initially, virtual classrooms supported a specific, logistical need: delivering content to a live audience in the different physical locations.Virtual Classroom Modern Blended Learning

The modern workplace has evolved so much that the way we work and learn is almost unrecognizable compared to 20 years ago. The learning function must accommodate a constantly changing culture where learners perform multiple jobs with minimal preparation because of limited resources. We all could use more energy, staff, and money! 

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

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