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InSync Training Announces Rapid Growth as Virtual Learning Booms Globally

Posted by InSync Training on Apr 8, 2021 1:35:34 PM

04082021 Blog PostCompany Grows Revenue, Expands Geographically and Appoints New Executive Team Members

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Virtual Training

Going Global: The Winning Formula for Virtual Training Across the Enterprise

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Apr 6, 2021 11:42:51 AM

04062021 Blog Going Global - The Winning FormulaOnce the COVID pandemic shut down offices and quarantined us in our homes, virtual training exploded overnight.   According to Forbes.com, the transformation to digital has been rapid in all areas, but the progression in L&D to the virtual classroom over the past 12 months is arguably greater than that seen over the last 10 years.

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Topics: Global Virtual Classroom, Learner Engagement

Virtual Facilitation Observations and Tips

Posted by Sukran Balaban on Mar 31, 2021 12:30:00 PM

03312021 Blog - Bullseye GameIn the world of virtual classrooms, there are many reasons why a session may be ineffective and tiring for both participants and facilitators. Whether the technological tools are used too sparingly or interaction between participants is not encouraged enough, a session can feel stagnant and end up not being successful. I’m sharing some of my observations I’ve made in the online classroom along with suggestions to help ensure that your sessions are engaging, fun, and learners are energized with new knowledge to apply to their jobs.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Learner Engagement

Facilitators Can Nurture Emotional Engagement in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Mar 10, 2021 7:00:00 AM

Nothing changed our workplace more, and more quickly, than the Covid-19 pandemic, and we all need coping skills to keep up. Facilitators need to be especially vigilant in order to ensure their learners are positively connected to the learning experience. 

Karen Vieth revisits  “Seven Facilitation Techniques That Nurture Emotional Engagement in the Virtual Classroom” in our Virtually There session Emotional Intelligence and Engaging Your Audience in the Virtual Classroom. on March 10. She ties EMOTIONAL ENGAGEMENT to EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE, and discusses how important it is to the workplace, providing techniques to help facilitators nurture emotional engagement.

Read the blog below, originally published in 2019, to learn more about how effective learning involves an emotional component.

how to nurture emotional engagement in the virtual classroom

This is the third installment in a series that explores actionable approaches virtual classroom facilitators can use to improve learner engagement through purposeful facilitation.

We often frame corporate training as a compulsory process: complete these requirements and move on to the next task. It's a reinforcement of a "Push" learning culture that is content-centric, and not a personal experience.

Effective learning involves an emotional component. Employees want to do well on the job. They hope to have the skills required to meet their goals. They stress about balancing their professional responsibilities while upskilling. The training function has an obligation to recognize these emotions, and facilitators can improve virtual training experiences by addressing them in their delivery approach.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Advanced Facilitation Learner Engagement Series

Our Top 5 Reasons Why We Celebrate Instructional Designers

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Mar 2, 2021 12:46:37 PM

03022021 Blog Post - Instructional DesignersOn March 17, InSync celebrates Instructional Designers!

Have you thanked your instructional designer today? You really should. Instructional designers are the unsung heroes of the learning and development field. The job description for a designer has changed so much in the last decade. As we’ve introduced new instructional strategies, techniques, and technologies to our training toolbox, it’s been the instructional designers on the front line learning how to develop content in new platforms, how to engage learners with technology, and making the business case to invest (or not invest) in the latest and greatest EdTech trend.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, EdTech, Gamification & Game-Based Learning

Shock Your Learners!

Posted by Theresa Smith on Feb 28, 2021 6:00:00 PM

02282021 Blog Post Shock Your Learners1.1Keeping learners engaged - it’s the boundless task as a facilitator.  There are a whole heap of ideas and tactics that work but here’s one I have used that may be a bit different… Shock your learners!  Embarrass yourself!  Give them what they never expected, SING loud and proud😊

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Learner Experience, Learner Engagement

Zoom Fatigue - Webcam Use

Posted by Michelle St. Pierre on Feb 17, 2021 3:16:51 PM

02172021 Zoom Fatigue Webcam Use 5.5I’ve been delivering online synchronous training for over 10 years and working almost exclusively remote for the past 3 years.  So why am I so exhausted at the end of every work-from-home day for the past 11 months?  Other than my kids ALSO being home for the past 11 months, I can point to one other thing that is different - my webcam. Before last March, I didn’t even have a working external webcam.  But for the past 11 months, nearly every meeting and training session I’ve been a part of has utilized my camera.  And it’s wearing me out. 

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Topics: Virtual Training, Virtual Teams & Modern Workplace

Surviving Long Online Days

Posted by Lynette Van Steinburg on Feb 11, 2021 5:00:00 PM

02112021 Surviving Long Online DaysLynette Van Steinburg has been contributing to the InSync Training team as a virtual producer since 2018. In this blog post, she shares some tips to help both the learners and the trainers stay focused without getting burned out.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Learner Engagement

Why Go Live? Accountability & Shared Purpose in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Feb 2, 2021 12:32:50 PM

02022021 Why Go Live? The Importance of Accountability and Shared PurposeIt’s 7:30 AM on a Monday morning. I’m logged in to a Zoom call with 22 strangers. A scattering of novelists. A few bloggers. Two high school students working on homework. Some folks recording podcasts. And at least one person working on their taxes.

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Topics: Virtual Collaboration, Environmental Engagement, Intellectual Engagement

Throw it in Zoom and See if it Sticks! (Part 2)

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 28, 2021 11:33:44 AM

01282021 Throw it in Zoom and See if it Sticks (pt 2) BlogIn my previous post, I discussed the importance of strong design for virtual delivery, and how to achieve it. This post addresses the challenges you’ll encounter when proposing these design approaches to your stakeholders.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Learner Engagement