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

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

Enabling Virtual Learners by Design

We all know that the use of virtual classrooms, e-learning, and blended learning has gone beyond a trend to become an accepted and permanent part of the learning mix. It's hard to find a subject that isn't, in some form and at some level, taught online.

With so much content and technology readily available, why don't people seem to be learning more? And why are so many people being forced to learn online at (metaphorical) gunpoint?

The information presented in this whitepaper will help you to understand why this happens and, more importantly, how to implement five critical elements that will set your learners up for success.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Blended learning

101 Tips to Motivate the Virtual Learner

In order for virtual learning to be successful, we need to create environments in which people can effectively learn. Our participants need to be open to learning in this new way, and confident that their time in the virtual classroom is well-spent.

As you review the tips presented in this whitepaper, you'll see that motivation often comes down to answering the question, "What's in it for me?" The latest technologies and best designs won't mean a thing if you can't answer that question for your participants.

So how do we motivate our virtual learners? So glad you asked!

These 101 tips should help answer that question and provide valuable ideas for you to keep in mind when designing your courses and interacting with participants.

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