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Examples of Advanced Virtual Classroom Facilitation Techniques: From Good to ... EXCEPTIONAL

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Aug 3, 2021 9:39:54 AM

08022021 Newsletter Blog From Good to ExceptionalIf you are a good virtual facilitator (and after the year we have all had, I bet you are!), you have quite a few enviable skills! You’ve mastered the basics of how to teach virtually and have mastered your virtual classroom platform. (Webex® Training Center, Adobe® Connect™, Zoom, MS Teams, etc.). You consider the principles of adult learning throughout every delivery. You manage the entire experience. And so much more!

As many organizations shift to “Virtual First” as a training strategy, “good” isn’t “good enough” anymore. Facilitators need to work towards becoming exceptional at their craft. This means connecting content with people through technology. But technology is still a tool. Learning in the virtual classroom is about making connections between people. If that wasn’t important, all content could be self-paced.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Modern Learners, Learner Engagement

Scenario Based Learning & The Virtual Classroom

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jul 28, 2021 1:45:00 PM

07282021 Blog Scenario Based Learning The pandemic, among many of its impacts on the learning and development community, mandated a rapid shift to virtual live learning. The past year’s experience has proven that virtual classrooms are an effective part of an organization’s training strategy. Moving forward, we need to be able to reach learners wherever they are with meaningful, effective learning experiences, and the virtual classroom helps make that happen.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Scenario-Based Learning, Virtual Training

Change the Learning Culture to Improve Virtual Training Success

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jul 23, 2021 12:30:00 PM

07212021 Blog Change the Learning CultureThis post is part of an occasional series “Advice from the Virtual Trenches” where we share real lessons learned when virtual and blended learning didn’t go as planned.

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Topics: Modern Learning Culture, Advice From The Virtual Trenches

InSync Founder/President Jennifer Hofmann Presents at Learning Guild Conference

Posted by InSync Training on Jul 14, 2021 11:45:00 AM

07142021 LG conferenceJennifer Hofmann, Founder and President of InSync Training, will present a session on “Scenario-based Learning in the Virtual Classroomat the Virtual Training Online Conference presented by The Learning Guild on August 4-5, 2021.

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Topics: Global Virtual Classroom, Scenario-Based Learning, Virtual Training

4 Steps to Prepare For And Survive Virtual Classroom Tech “Disasters”

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jul 7, 2021 12:29:33 AM

07072021 Blog - Disaster Recovery ProcessWhen facilitating a virtual event, the facilitator has three jobs:

  1. Foster environmental engagement by creating a place where people can and want to learn.
  2. Stimulate intellectual engagement by encouraging learner curiosity and emphasizing content relevance and applicability.
  3. Foster emotional engagement by enabling learners to feel good about the experience.
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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Virtual Classroom - Production, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices

The Art of Making Virtual Learning Fun, Engaging, and Effective

Posted by InSync Training on Jun 30, 2021 1:30:00 PM

06302021 Blog - Making Virtual Learning FunWhen we think of corporate learning, rarely do “fun and games” come to mind. More often than not, compliance training pops into our heads, characterized by endless slide decks, droning SMEs-turned-facilitators, and uncomfortable days spent in a classroom. Folks, training has a reputation problem. Our learners perceive traditional training as outdated and ineffective.

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Topics: Gamification & Game-Based Learning, Modern Blended Learning

Tips to be a Successful Virtual Classroom Producer

Posted by InSync Training on Jun 23, 2021 9:45:00 AM

06232021 master virtual producer promoWe often encounter some version of the following story when working with corporate teams and individual learners: “Well, my organization has made the leap to the virtual classroom. I’m now supporting live online sessions, but I don’t know how to use my existing skills while managing the technology.”

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Virtual Classroom - Production

What Is a Virtual Producer?

Posted by InSync Training on Jun 16, 2021 12:00:00 PM

06162021 Blog - What is a ProducerWe have mentioned the role of a virtual classroom producer in several previous posts. As the support person on the delivery team, the producer is an invaluable resource before, during and after a virtual training event. He or she is there to support the facilitator, the participants and the technology.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Production, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices

Influence Your SMEs to Work with You Instead of Against You

Posted by Karin Rex on Jun 9, 2021 4:15:00 PM

06092021 Blog - Influence Your SMEs To Work With You 1.1“My Subject Matter Expert (SME) is totally devoted to the new course I’m developing! She accepts every meeting request and stays until every question is answered. When I send an email question, she is incredibly quick to get back to me and answers every question thoroughly and succinctly!”

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, Instructional Design

5 Reasons to Invest in Certifying Your Team as Virtual Training Professionals

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jun 2, 2021 12:34:55 AM

06022021 Newsletter Blog - 5 Reasons to CertifySince March of 2020, learning and development teams have been rushing to move their face-to-face content to virtual platforms like Zoom, Webex, MS Teams, and Adobe Connect.

At first, this wholesale conversion to virtual was a stop gap measure. The focus was getting the content online temporarily - just for the few months while we were working at home. But a few months turned into a year and a half! As corporations are contemplating bringing workers back into the office (or not), they are also considering what role virtual classrooms will play in their long-term learning strategy. (Spoiler – InSync’s clients tell us virtual training will continue to play a much bigger role than it did pre-pandemic!)

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Virtual Classroom - Production