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Shorten The Virtual Classroom Adoption Curve: Start With New Hires

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Nov 17, 2016 3:59:56 PM

36657544_s.jpgI’m frequently asked, “When is a good time to introduce virtual classroom training programs to my organization?” As with most innovative learning approaches, organizations may resist adopting virtual classrooms, since they’re different from the status quo. Equally as important as implementing the virtual classroom model correctly, is selecting the right program with which to introduce the approach to your corporate learners.

New hire training is the perfect place to introduce virtual classrooms as a learning option, even if all of the new hires are co-located in the same physical space. I know, I know - if you can easily get them into a traditional classroom, isn't that better? Well, no. 

Introducing the virtual classroom to your organization during new hire orientation increases technology adoption across the enterprise, accelerates learning for the new hires, and is authentic.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Change Management

Part 7: Managing Virtual Classroom Strategy Implementation Challenges

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Aug 18, 2016 1:28:13 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 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.

22700460_s.jpgVirtual Classroom Implementation Strategy Challenge: Prepare Learners

The final step in this process is to prepare learners to be successful in the virtual classroom. It’s not enough to have great content and highly skilled facilitators. Your learners need to know how to learn and be successful in the virtual learning environment.

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

Virtual Learning Strategy For the Modern Classroom

Posted by Katelind Hays on Aug 16, 2016 2:02:07 PM

Training Magazine Network Session Recap

14302174_s.jpgBuilding successful virtual and blended learning initiatives require purposeful planning and implementation. We have been working with global organization SAP to support a redesign and redeployment of their training programs in order to make them more engaging, more successful, and more modern.

Our friends at Training Magazine Network generously hosted a live online presentation featuring InSync Training President Jennifer Hofmann, and Malte Bong-Schmidt, Virtual Learning Lead for SAP. Over the course of an hour, Jennifer and Malte reviewed their virtual and blended learning strategy, and how it impacted the organization.

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Topics: Blended learning, Virtual Classroom, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, Modern Learning

Part 6: Managing Virtual Classroom Strategy Implementation Challenges

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Aug 5, 2016 12:35:23 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 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.

10438068_s.jpgTo achieve the greatest understanding of virtual classroom strategy implementation challenges, begin with my first blog post, Redesigning Content for the Virtual Classroom.

Virtual Classroom Implementation Strategy Challenge: Establish the Value of Virtual Learning

After redefining virtual learning within the organization, it was imperative that we established the value of this learning approach.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices

Best Practices: Audio in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by InSync Training on Aug 2, 2016 1:00:00 PM

9620719_s.jpgAs we navigate designing, producing and facilitating virtual classroom and blended learning, we identify solutions to common challenges. To support the mobile, social, and modern virtual classroom, we share our findings and lessons learned with our audience to encourage the creation of training that sticks.

For example, as anyone who has taught or participated in a virtual learning environment knows, audio plays a key role in a program’s success. Audio connectivity issues can quickly derail a session, making effective planning essential. How should you encourage learners to connect to audio? As virtual learning architects, how should you think about audio in relationship to the overall learning experience?

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, Modern Learning

Part 5: Managing Virtual Classroom Strategy Implementation Challenges

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jul 21, 2016 1:16:48 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 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.

57015043_s.jpgTo achieve the greatest understanding of virtual classroom strategy implementation challenges, begin with my first blog post, Redesigning Content for the Virtual Classroom.

Virtual Classroom Implementation Strategy Challenge 5: Redefining Virtual Learning 

In order to successfully implement virtual learning, our strategy needed to include redefining the concept within the organization adopting it.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Virtual Classroom

Visual Design: A Crash Course

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jul 19, 2016 12:59:31 PM

BYTE Session Recap 

44883342_s.jpgScience has shown that we are visual creatures, and when it comes to learning, the most effective lessons take advantage of that preference. Recently, InSync Training’s friend, Connie Malamed, creator of eLearning Coach.com, joined our BYTE session roster and shared a crash course in visual design. Connie drew the subject matter from her book, Visual Design Solutions: Principles and Creative Inspiration for Learning Professionals.   

This blog post will provide background into the concept of visual design, and seven key points about how to use it in your next instructional design. To review Connie’s full presentation, including insight into the necessity and importance of visual graphics in eLearning, manuals, job aids, and advertising, click here.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Instructional Design

Part 4: Managing Virtual Classroom Strategy Implementation Challenges

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jul 14, 2016 2:10:28 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 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 in the Managing Virtual Classroom Strategy Implementation Challenges series, Redesigning Content for the Virtual Classroom.

48861062_s.jpgVirtual Classroom Implementation Strategy Challenge 4: Identify and Overcome Language & Cultural Barriers

The next step involved in successful virtual classroom implementation requires identifying and mitigating culture and language barriers.

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

Part 3: Managing Virtual Classroom Strategy Implementation Challenges

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jul 13, 2016 1:22:26 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 classroom and blended learning.

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 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.

21425913_s.jpgVirtual Classroom Implementation Strategy Challenge 3: Identifying & Overcoming Technology Barriers

After we redesigned existing content for a new learning environment, and reskilled our facilitators to successfully navigate the virtual classroom, the next challenge involved identifying and overcoming technology barriers.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices

Enabling Virtual and Blended Learning Success

Posted by InSync Training on Jun 29, 2016 12:49:20 AM

BYTE session recap 

44612269_s.jpgJennifer Hofmann, President of InSync Training and Malte Bong-Schmidt, Virtual Learning Lead, Global Customer Operations & Strategy for SAP, recently spoke with BYTE session attendees about a virtual and blended learning initiative they worked on together. Malte gave an overview of challenges SAP faced when implementing the new program, lessons learned over the past few years, and SAP’s vision for the future of blended learning in his organization.  Jennifer contributed her years of expertise and insight as Malte discussed SAP’s transition. 

This post will provide highlights from the session, including background on SAP and the evolution of their learning initiative. To review the presentation in its entirety, click here.

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Topics: Blended learning, Virtual Classroom