Whitepaper and eBooks

We are continuously researching and documenting best practices. We invite you to review these best practices in our library of complimentary whitepapers and eBooks

eBook - The State of Learning and Development in 2016

How do L&D professionals adapt to a rapidly, and constantly changing, learning landscape? The first step is to understand the environment we're working in.

In partnership with Mimeo, we surveyed over 400 learning professionals via multiple choice and open-ended questions on a number of topics, including their own experiences in the industry, and emerging trends. We reviewed, compiled, and synthesized this information in our new eBook, The State of Learning and Development in 2016.  

We learned that the industry is at a crossroads, with teams who are both comfortable with technology, and under-resourced. For example, "The average L&D professional fulfills three different roles every day," but, "Only 9% of L&D teams don't use any learning technology."

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Topics: Learning and Development

Virtual Classroom Designer Competency Resources

Being competent as a virtual instructional designer takes sophisticated expertise in many areas from instructional design to cultural intelligence. But it also takes attention to detail in day to day tasks, including project ownership, preparation, and execution.

This whitepaper will provide some critical information to help you get the job done!  

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Design

The Mobile Virtual Classroom

It seems like everyone is talking about mobile learning, or mLearning, these days. And it's no surprise, tablets and smart phones are everywhere! So how does mLearning relate to the live virtual classroom?

In this brave new world of mobile technologies and the era of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), we are facing similar challenges to those we faced when virtual classrooms were first introduced. In the rush to deploy content quickly and make it accessible from wherever the learners are, we aren't giving enough thought to what exactly should be taught and how

This whitepaper will help you explore what designers, facilitators and managers need to know to be successful in the mobile virtual classroom

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Mobile Virtual Classroom

The Pedagogy of Learning Design

The term pedagogy is often loosely defined as the art or science of teaching. Derived from French and Latin adaptations of a Greek term, the word denotes the ancient Greek tradition of having a slave who would lead his master’s child to a place of learning -- literally “leading the learner to learn.”

Leading learners to learn is the art and science we embrace as professionals in the field of e-learning. This white paper reveals the craft that lies at the intersection of that art and science, merging learning theories with applied effective practices in support of quality e-learning experience design -- the craft that enables us to lead our learners to learn.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design

Behind the Scenes: Ensuring Flawless Virtual Events

Flawless virtual events don't just happen - they take careful planning, preparation and practice! 

This whitepaper will help you explore what goes into making virtual events flawless and well-received by our audiences time after time. 

You'll discover how to make the transition from traditional face-to-face content to the virtual classroom smooth and seamless. You'll also receive some valuable tips on how to prepare both your virtual learners AND your virtual facilitators for success, how to anticipate and mitigate common risks in the virtual classroom, and how to use producers to help make your virtual events effortless and memorable.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Best Practices

Solutions to the Top 10 Challenges of Blended Learning

With the expansion of the global workforce, and the continuous shifting of global economic factors, the time for blended learning has arrived. A solid blended learning design makes sense instructionally and economically. But how do we make sure we do it right? What are the hidden challenges that can create a roadblock to success before we even roll out the program?

This whitepaper addresses the strategies and solutions for anticipating and minimizing the most common challenges when designing and implementing a blended learning solution, including technical, organizational and instructional challenges. 

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Topics: Blended learning

Blended Learning Instructional Design: A Modern Approach

As instructional designers we are constantly being bombarded with new technologies and new trends. It's difficult to distinguish which are fads, and which are worthy of our time and resources. There also seems to be the perception that you can teach any content using any technology, which is hardly the case.

So what's the solution? From an instructional design perspective we should be looking to develop much more of a blended program rather than trying to fit all content into one convenient delivery modality. This whitepaper will provide some tips on how to plan and create a successful blended program. 

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Blended learning

Training on the Edge: Staying Ahead of the Trends

In this whitepaper we will examine the outlook for the modern workplace for the next five years, as well as four key trends associated with adapting training to the new context. As these trends play out, we need to consider how to implement a culture change in our training organizations and identify some of the challenges these changes will bring.

The four trends we'll explore are:

  • Trend 1 - Blended Learning and Flipping the Classroom
  • Trend 2 - Collaboration as a Competency
  • Trend 3 - Cognitive Educational Technology
  • Trend 4 - Blurring the Lines Between Work and Learning

We'll also explore the personality of the modern work force, especially intergenerational dynamics, as well as the context in which our learners are, and will be, working.

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Virtual Classroom Tool Design Basics: A Virtual Engagement Primer

Designing for the virtual classroom doesn't need to be difficult - but designers do need a working knowledge of the features and tools each virtual classroom platform provides.

In this white paper you'll find high-level summaries of virtual classroom tools, including chat, breakout rooms, whiteboards, application sharing, synchronized web browsing, and survey and feedback tools.

Why do you need to know about these tools? Because the virtual classroom is NOT the same as the traditional classroom, and you need to be able to adapt your engagement techniques in order to create meaningful, learner-centered programs.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design

Creating and Leading a Wildly Successful Virtual Team

This paper is a case study based on a highly successful virtual team: ours!

The team here at InSync Training grew organically and created its own best practices as we grew because it was the right thing to do for our customers. Our team is proud of the way we work - and that we have the most functional working relationships most of us have ever experienced. I am proud to share this story with you.

InSync Training launched as a virtual company in 2000. We've learned a lot since then and our success shows what a virtual team can do. The fact is, a virtual team can be very effective if the correct conditions are created and maintained. Creating the correct conditions is simply a matter of bringing together the right personalities, making sure they have the correct tools, and then leading that team effectively.

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Topics: Virtual Work, Virtual Teams

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