InSync Training

Lesson Learned: Virtual Facilitation is DIFFERENT Than Traditional Facilitation

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 16, 2020 12:26:49 PM
Lessons Learned about Virtual Classroom Facilitation

In 2020, we’ll be sharing the lessons we’ve learned about the virtual classroom over the last twenty years, and we’ll link back to our more detailed content around these topics, in case you want to learn more! 

When organizations started to adopt the virtual classroom in the 1990s, the focus was on the technology-driven benefits it could provide - Reduction in travel cost, less disruption to learner schedules, and the ability to share subject matter expertise in a much more immediate and relevant way.

We could train everyone, when they needed it, and save money at the same time.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Engagement, Lessons Learned

Hindsight is 2020 - 20 Years of Driving Digital Engagement in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 6, 2020 11:51:00 PM
InSync Training 20 Year Anniversary Logo

On January 3, 2000, I created a company named InSync Training. To answer a commonly asked question, the name WASN’T a play on the name of a popular boy band of the time - back then, virtual classrooms were called ‘synchronous classrooms,’ so I felt the name would be compelling. 

At that time, the U.S. economy was coming out of the Dotcom era, and organizations were investing heavily in web-based technologies in all aspects of their operations (including learning and development) without any real understanding of what all this new tech would do for them. It was just assumed that the virtual classroom was the right choice for all modern training. I entered the marketplace with the vision of providing foundational, proven practices for training professionals to use and maximize virtual live instructional technologies in delivering training programs.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Virtual Facilitation, Lessons Learned

Common Brain-Based Presenting Questions Answered

Posted by Katelind Hays on Dec 19, 2019 9:00:00 AM

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At some point in your career, you will have to give a presentation or run a meeting.

If you work in the Learning & Development space, there’s a good chance you will have to facilitate training content.

Regardless of whether you assume a role frequently requiring live delivery or one that very rarely demands public speaking, you should know how to capture people’s attention.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Virtually There

Virtual Learning 101: Technical Disasters

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Dec 12, 2019 10:00:00 AM

133081759_sOne of the most common questions my team and I receive about virtual learning events boils down to technology: how do you make sure glitches don’t cause learners to disconnect?

I love this question! It means that stakeholders, designers, and facilitators care about the experience learners have in a session. Plus, it also speaks to program success – people who want to prevent technology from derailing training from achieving the bigger goal of improving performance and developing participants’ skills.

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

Engaging Learners Across Generation Gaps

Posted by InSync Training on Dec 10, 2019 9:30:00 AM

34425076_sYou’ve probably heard by now that, for the first time in history, our organizations include five generations of employees. For those of us in learning & development, that means our training programs must address the skills gaps, professional development needs, and future goals of divergently different groups of people.

Before designing engaging learning environments, or facilitating content in an emotionally captivating way, or creating intellectually stimulating exercises and activities, understanding the fundamental characteristics of these five generations can set learning up for success.

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Topics: Engagement, Modern Workplace, Modern Learners

A Heaping Holiday Helping of Helpful Training Tips

Posted by Katelind Hays on Dec 6, 2019 12:12:00 PM

Heaping Holiday Helping of Helpful Training Tips blogWith the Thanksgiving dinner trimmings put away in the states, the busiest time of year begins to take on a life of its own.

With inboxes and fireplaces equally a-blaze, personal professional development and corporate training can wind up on the back burner. What can learners and learning leaders alike do to keep missed training opportunities from piling up like snowdrifts? How can you make your next blend more magical than the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies?

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Topics: Producer, Microlearning, personal learning

Lessons Learned About Modern Learning in 2019

Posted by InSync Training on Dec 3, 2019 9:00:00 AM

124293695_sLike every year before it, 2019 proved game-changing, awe-inspiring, and insightful.

With only a few weeks left until a new decade, our team felt nostalgic.

What did we learn in the last 365 days? Quite a bit, and we’re sure you did too.

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Topics: Modern Learning, Modern Blended Learning

It’s All Gravy: A Thanksgiving 'Thank You' from InSync Training

Posted by InSync Training on Nov 27, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Here in the U.S., many on the global InSync Training team prepare to log-off for a day of feasting and reflection. And while celebrating Thanksgiving usually includes a turkey dinner and connecting with those who mean the most to us, we wanted to stop and remember the things we love about our work. 

Wishing you and yours a great day of gratitude!

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Topics: Thank You

3 Things We Learned About Engaging with a Global Workforce

Posted by Katelind Hays on Nov 21, 2019 9:30:00 AM

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How can learning leaders and other stakeholders better engage their workforce?

Gaining emotional and professional buy-in from employees requires a structured approach focused on communication. The language used to share corporate updates, train new skills, and clarify company values can fundamentally change how the target audience receives the message.

In global companies, language matters tremendously: it’s not just word choice that matters, but the dialect of delivery can either create a sense of inclusivity or ostracize entire subgroups.

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Topics: Global Workforce

Virtual Learning 101: Learner Engagement and Session Scheduling

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Nov 19, 2019 10:00:00 AM

89011256_sA few weeks ago, I responded to a number of fundamental questions about virtual learning. And in the process of reviewing the inquiries my team frequently receives when working with modern learners, new clients, and in established programs, I realized that much confusion remains around this learning environment.

Like the answers I recently provided to three common blended training questions, these answers also focus on practitioner core competencies and technology basics.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Global Virtual Classroom, learner engagement