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Top 10 Learning Topics of 2015

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 12, 2016 10:29:37 AM

Top_10_Topics_from_2015_blog_postIt's hard to believe it's 2016 already! Before we get caught up in all the new goals and objectives for the new year, it's always nice to take a moment to look back on the past year. 

Let's start the new year off by taking a look back at the top 10 topics, based on YOUR blog post views, that we published in 2015. 

We will continue to publish timely blog posts addressing the top trends and challenges that we believe we all will be facing in 2016, 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

Integrating Social Media into the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Oct 15, 2015 7:38:53 PM

Social_MediaTraining Magazine Network Session Recap

Training Magazine Network invited me to present my virtual session, Integrating Social Media into the Virtual Classroom, as part of their “Provocative Ideas Webinar Series.” With over 150 learning professionals in attendance on September 23rd, many thought-provoking ideas were shared, and relevant questions asked.

I began the session by defining social learning as “learning that happens between peers.” It can be helped along by people like facilitators, trainers and training departments. However, while we can embed the tools necessary for social learning into training events, we cannot force it to happen.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, Social Learning, Recordings

Virtually There: 6 Techniques That Make Your Virtual Classroom Social

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Oct 1, 2015 12:17:00 PM

Social_LearningThese tools can be used to build community and continue the learning conversation started in the classroom, or they can be used as a stand-alone “just-in-time” set of resources for training in the flow of work—or anything in between.

After almost two decades of “webinar” virtual classroom experiences, where the instructor lectured for 45 minutes while the phones were muted and the chat was turned off, virtual training is finally moving to a more facilitated model that recognizes the rare opportunity we have when learners from across the enterprise can meet together in real time.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, Virtual Learners, Social Learning

Virtually There: Managing a Blended Learning Implementation

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Mar 19, 2015 11:00:00 AM

So you’ve built a virtual blended learning program, but will they come? And once they are there, how are you going to keep track of them?

Most training organizations don’t realize that the management of a blended learning solution can be the most difficult hurdle to jump. And when you add to that an implementation that is fully virtual, the management becomes even more complex. Connecting the dots between the different learning technologies means managing a potentially complex rollout, developing the training team, getting the word out, and getting participants excited to participate and complete the entire program.

When it comes to ensuring that your blended learning curriculum is a success, focus on marketing the blend, managing its implementation, and motivating learners to enroll and complete the entire program.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Blended learning, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices

Virtually There: 5 Best Practices for Designing Virtual and Blended Learning

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 26, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Spending a day or two planning on paper, away from authoring tools and virtual classroom environments, will go a long way toward making sure your development initiative is on track.

Designing for the face-to-face delivery is hard enough; how do you transfer those skills to the virtual and blended delivery environments? Virtual learning is live learning delivered via a virtual classroom such as WebEx Training Center or Adobe Connect. Participants and facilitators interact and collaborate through speaking, whiteboards, breakout rooms, and other engagement types. Blended learning is a program in which performance objectives are matched to the most appropriate delivery medium or technology, including virtual training, self-paced training, and traditional classroom instruction. Program design determines the delivery method, and not the other way around.

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Topics: Blended learning, Design, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices

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

5 Virtual Classroom Hacks for Facilitators, Designers, And Producers

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Dec 4, 2014 11:50:00 AM

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Okay, I admit it. I've been dying to use the word "hack" in a blog post title. It just seemed like all of the cool kids are doing it. There...now I've gotten that out of my system.

We've recently published our 2015 schedule, including our flagship programs for virtual facilitation and virtual instructional design techniques plus cutting-edge titles dealing with topics such as the mobile virtual classroom, the social virtual classroom, and the global virtual classroom.

If the titles and topics alone aren't enough to help you decide to include InSync Training in your 2015 development plan, I thought I'd share some of my favorite learning points from a few programs in our course catalog..

And no, they aren't really "hacks," just some of our best advice for virtual training professionals.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, Course Catalog

5 Reasons Facilitators Keep Virtual Training Class Size Small

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Nov 24, 2014 11:41:00 AM

I recently posted a blog concerning the optimal class size for virtual training.  

I wanted to share more than my personal opinion, so I asked members of our  Facebook Virtual Classroom Community of Practice what they thought. 

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Topics: Facilitation, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices

Size DOES Matter ... in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Nov 21, 2014 12:28:00 PM

In the virtual classroom, how many is too many? 

Imagine you are about to teach a class on conducting effective performance reviews to new hire supervisors. You’ve taught this class at least a dozen times before with great results. Feedback in the classroom largely focuses on the collaborative nature of the activities and the opportunity to be critiqued.

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Topics: Facilitation, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices

Virtual Classroom Adoption – The Four Stages of Change

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Sep 29, 2014 12:02:00 PM

Adopting, and excelling at, the virtual classroom is much more about attitudinal change than it is about implementing technology. Ultimately, people need to BELIEVE that the virtual classroom will work. Organizations spend more time worrying about firewalls, security, hardware, and software (important topics all) than they think about adoption and usability.

This isn’t a case of ‘if we build it, they will come.” We need to implement technology, and create a change plan that includes training facilitators, designers, participants, and managers to use the virtual classroom, repurposing or creating content that meets quality expectations set in more traditional settings, and integrating the virtual classroom into robust blended learning.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices