InSync Training

The Value of Getting Trained to Thrive in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Karen Vieth on May 4, 2021 12:08:01 AM

05042021 May Newsletter Blog - How to Thrive in the Virtual ClassroomDuring the pandemic, virtual live instruction was widely adopted to meet immediate training needs.  Forbes noted that adoption of virtual technology in learning and development has been greater in the last ten months than in the previous ten years. 82% of corporate L&D executives see virtual live instruction as a key element of their implementation strategy moving forward.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Modern Learners, Virtual Training

Creating Positive Learning Experiences: The Team Approach

Posted by Patricia Regier on Apr 29, 2021 7:00:00 AM

04212021 Blog Post - Patricia RiegerThe team approach when creating learning experiences can make all the difference in whether a virtual session is successful or not! It feels amazing when a producer can seem like they are anticipating the needs of the facilitator or speaker before they even ask. However, even if it seems like we can read minds, the anticipation is a skill that is developed over time with experience. It is fantastic to produce learning events as a partner with the facilitator and a support for the participants.

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

Audio: 4 Effective Strategies Women Utilize in Digital Learning

Posted by Sheri Hunter on Apr 21, 2021 2:02:44 PM

04212021 Blog - 4 Ways Digital Learning Empowers Women LearnersDigital learning has been a staple for organizations and government entities long before the woeful year of 2020 where live events, in-person meetings and travel were stymied and placed on a standstill. The economic crisis driven by the pandemic and stay-at-home policies disrupted various vocations and industries, many of them dominated by females. Women leaders who saw the writing on the wall charged towards ways to align their priorities to develop and grow as entrepreneurs, organizational leaders, and community trailblazers all while managing families and keeping their sanity.

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Topics: Trends, Modern Classroom, digital learning

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