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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

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

Time Management in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Dec 1, 2016 8:55:00 PM

38638232_s.jpgEach learning environment requires facilitators to develop certain skills to promote learner success. Classroom facilitators benefit from participant body language. They know, based on the energy in the room, whether content resonates with learners, or if it doesn’t. Adapting the presentation based on learner needs has become second nature in the classroom, and with depth of experiences comes comfort – classroom facilitators know how to stay on track and on schedule.

In the virtual classroom, though, many facilitators, even seasoned veterans, struggle to manage their time. In fact, I believe time management is one of the key competencies facilitators must develop for this learning environment.

When used as a competency, I define time management as, “the ability to manage a session so that you know learners are engaged, while also ensuring that learning takes place and the session finishes on time.”

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Topics: Facilitation, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation

Part 2: Managing Virtual Classroom Strategy Implementation Challenges

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jun 9, 2016 3:20:06 PM

Recently InSync Training worked with a multinational software company to maximize the value of their existing learning content by transitioning it to the virtual and blended classroom.

During this process, we discovered seven specific areas that we needed to address to facilitate this transition. We believe these challenges are universal to virtual classroom and blended learning implementation. Many other organizations are undergoing this evolution, with seasoned learning professionals assisting the process.

In the spirit of the modern classroom, a learning environment defined by the accessibility of knowledge, we will detail these challenges and our approaches for overcoming them in this seven-part blog series.

To achieve the greatest understanding of virtual classroom strategy implementation challenges, begin with my first blog post, Redesigning Content for the Virtual Classroom.

52976454_s.jpgVirtual Classroom Implementation Strategy Challenge 2: Preparing Facilitators

The second obstacle we faced while implementing our client’s virtual classroom strategy involved reskilling the program facilitators.

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

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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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, InSync Videos

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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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, InSync Videos

Developing Competencies for Virtual Classroom Facilitators

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jul 21, 2015 1:00:00 PM

BYTE Session Recap

On June 15th, I presented "Developing Competencies for Virtual Classroom Facilitators" for our highly popular InSync BYTE series. With over 100 training professionals in attendance, the conversation was engaging and enlightening.

This blog post will highlight key commentary from the session and will cover each of the five virtual facilitator competencies we discussed. At the end of the post, you will find some additional resources to supplement the BYTE session presentation.

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Topics: Facilitation, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, BYTE

Virtually There: Developing Competencies of Virtual Classroom Facilitators

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jul 9, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Moving from the role of traditional trainer to virtual facilitator isn't easy. It takes practice and training to ensure that facilitators are virtually competent.

CompetenceTraditional classroom trainers have skills that make training sessions successful. Management of group dynamics, deliberate use of voice techniques to manage the message (including tone, pace, volume, etc.), and the ability to “read” the body language of a group or individual help to ensure that learning is taking place and program objectives are being met. A skilled trainer understands how to facilitate a conversation or activity, and make adjustments to course direction when necessary.

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Topics: Facilitation, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Virtually There

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