Videos and Podcasts

Our videos and podcasts feature a variety of short topics discussing anything and everything pertaining to the modern virtual classroom.

The Art & Science of Being a Remote Manager

The_Art__Science_of_Being_a_Remote_Manager.jpgLeading a virtual team presents a unique set of challenges. Communicating effectively requires extra attention, and identifying personnel issues can be difficult.

Presenters Amy Lins and Susan Hillebrandt, learning professionals with extensive experience managing remote teams, share their advice with those in virtual leadership positions.

Based on their popular BYTE session, The Art & Science of Working Remotely, this video can help you identify ways to adjust your management style to fit the requirements of dispersed teams. 

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Topics: Virtual Teams, InSync Videos

The Art & Science of Being a Remote Employee

The_Art_and_Science_of_Being_a_Remote_EmployeeVirtual team members must possess a specialized set of skills in order to be successful on the job. Additionally, they need to create their own work space and complete their daily tasks while separated from their coworkers.

Managing these issues can feel overwhelming. To eliminate confusion, Susan Hillebrandt and Amy Lins provide solutions to these challenges in this short video based on their BYTE session, The Art & Science of Working Remotely

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Topics: Virtual Teams, InSync Videos

Virtual Classroom Tools: Whiteboards

WhiteboardsThanks to its versatility, the whiteboard is one of the most commonly used tools in the virtual classroom.

You can use the whiteboard for all kinds of activities, including sharing slides and documents as if they were flipcharts in a traditional setting, or to record participants’ comments, to emphasize important points, and to write exercise instructions.

This video provides advice for using the whiteboard tool for increased learner engagement in the virtual classroom.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, InSync Videos

Virtual Classroom Tools: Synchronized Web Browsing

Synchronized_web_browsingSynchronized web browsing can add great interaction to any virtual classroom design. It also provides an opportunity to use the entire internet as potential content in the virtual classroom.

It's easy to create engagement using this versatile tool but many virtual classroom designers don't use it. Here's your chance to learn how!

Based on the whitepaper, Virtual Classroom Tool Design Basics: A Virtual Engagement Primer, this video provides guidance on how to most effectively use this versatile tool. An example from our popular Virtual Classroom Instructional Designer Certificate course is included.

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Virtual Classroom Tools: Surveys, Polls & Feedback Tools

Surveys_Polls_and_Feedback_ToolsOne major challenge faced by virtual classroom facilitators is the absence of eye contact and body language that they usually rely on in the traditional classroom. Using surveys, polls and feedback tools in the virtual classroom can offset this lack of physical interaction.

These tools help facilitators create engagement and determine whether participants understand the material. Participants can also use these tools to tell the facilitator what they think of the pace and clarity of the content.

This video shows how to use surveys, polls and feedback tools to gauge interaction and engagement.

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Virtual Classroom Tools: Chat

Chat_Icon_Text_RemovedChat is probably the most familiar tool in the virtual classroom. Virtual classroom facilitators often use the chat feature during virtual learning sessions but often don't maximize its usefulness.

Chat is one of the of the easiest ways to encourage interaction  in the virtual classroom. Chat is a great tool and it can be used for so much more than Q&A!

This video reviews the ways that facilitators can use chat to increase learner engagement as well as the important features of the chat tool. 

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Virtual Classroom Tools: Breakout Rooms

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Breakout rooms allow groups of two or more participants to meet and collaborate during a larger live online session. Breakout rooms can be used to create interaction and collaboration by making your content more learner-centered. 

Include this feature in your virtual classroom instructional designs, and participants will not only meet and collaborate with other participants, but they’ll also be more engaged. 

This video discusses how to best use breakout rooms in the virtual classroom.

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Virtual Classroom Tools: Application Sharing

SOFTWARE_Key-keyboard_shutterstock_161375690Application sharing is a popular and powerful, though underutilized feature in the virtual classroom. This feature allows the facilitator to share software applications with participants, even if the participants do not have the software installed on their individual machines.

Watch this video for insight into possible instructional uses and feature capabilities.

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Virtual Classroom Tools: Basics

Got_ToolsA working knowledge of the features of the virtual classroom will simplify the process of designing virtual and blended learning. Based on the whitepaper, Virtual Classroom Tool Design Basics: A Virtual Engagement Primer, this video provides a high-level summary of the tools available on most platforms.  Leveraging chat, whiteboards, and more allows you to adapt engagement techniques to create meaningful, learner-centered programs.

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Virtual Classroom Facilitator Competencies: Day to Day Ownership

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: Facilitation, InSync Videos

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