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Getting to Know Your Modern Learners

Posted by Katelind Hays on Apr 18, 2019 10:00:00 AM

44204779_sTraining success relies heavily on the audience. If participants don’t believe content connects to their needs, they will not engage.

And can you blame them? We all feel like we have many projects, tasks, and responsibilities. We simply do not have the time to invest in an event that we perceive as irrelevant.

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Topics: Modern Learning Culture, Modern Learners

A Lesson About Workflow Learning from a Teenage Chef

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Apr 16, 2019 9:30:00 AM

15720156_sWorkflow learning is something we're starting to hear a lot about. It's the concept of embedding content into the flow of work at each moment of learning need.

I think this is a great idea. But it’s not really new.  Our children are already doing this.

And, as is typical, they can't believe we haven't been taking advantage of all of the technology available to us to support our workflow all along. (Admittedly, they aren’t using these words.)

I’ll share a personal example.

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Topics: Modern Learning, Workflow Learning

The 3 Ws of Learning Evaluation & Analytics

Posted by Katelind Hays on Apr 11, 2019 10:00:00 AM

28973560_sVirtually There Session Recap

“Did the training work?”

If your stakeholders asked you this question, would you have an answer supported by proof, or would you feel anxious about demonstrating the value of your work?

We know that data can clarify the worth our learning events provide to participants and on the business’ bottom line. But the process of collecting, analyzing, and using data feels involved, complex, and perhaps sometimes more than it’s worth.

Analytics expert Scott Weersing to the rescue! During his recent Virtually There session, Scott shared the basics of learning analytics and how to use them to show your work makes an impact. (Watch the full replay here.)

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Topics: Virtually There, Evaluation Strategy

Aligning Learning Outcomes with Business Outcomes: Curated Resources for your PLN

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Apr 9, 2019 10:00:00 AM

58943637_sEvaluation of digital learning programs, (when it happens!), often focuses on the technology or the process. Was the virtual classroom technology appropriate? Did you complete the eLearning? Did you download the infographic?

These types of questions don’t often provide satisfying results!  

Instead of looking at technology and process, we should be evaluating results. Who cares if content is delivered in a traditional classroom or a virtual classroom, as long as the results align with the business need?

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Topics: Evaluation Strategy, Curated Resources

Tick Tock, Blended Learning on the Clock

Posted by Katelind Hays on Apr 4, 2019 10:00:00 AM

106103748_sThe design and implementation of blended learning includes many moving parts. We consider the LMS that will host all the content, and the virtual classroom platform on which we will deliver live online components. We consider our learners, and the skills they need to build, and the wisdom they already possess. We also consider where learning will happen – whether in a classroom, on a mobile device, at a learner’s desk, or on-the-job.

One element we often overlook, though? Time. By not thinking through how learning takes place, we limit the potential of our programs.

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Topics: Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Campaigns, Blended Learning Instructional Design

What’s Your Story? Narratives in Blended Learning

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Apr 2, 2019 9:19:22 AM

43781449_sIf you were unfamiliar with L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz and read a description of the elements of the story, you’d likely see a list something like the following:

  • a haunted castle with flying monkeys, a poppy field
  • a tornado in Kansas, a village populated by wee folk
  • a forest of talking foul-tempered trees
  • a cornfield with a sentient scarecrow
  • and a yellow brick road (YBR for short).
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Topics: Microlearning, Content Curation, Storytelling, Blended Learning Instructional Design, Course Maps, digital learning

Are Time & Collaboration the Most Valuable Training Commodities?

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Mar 28, 2019 12:32:06 PM

40911622_sThis weekend I had the luxury to catch up on some reading. Well, not just reading. There was a podcast, a whitepaper, the (digital) newspaper… in other words, it was a good weekend.

Some of the media I consumed was related to the learning and development industry, some was not. I was trying to give myself a break from work by engaging what intellectual bandwidth I had left at the end of the week in less heady content.

But, as is often the case, even the non-work-related content came back to learning and educational technology.

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Topics: Learning and Development, Modern Workplace, Curated Resources

Make Your Training POP! With a Pop of Color

Posted by Katelind Hays on Mar 26, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Virtually There Session Recap

41456674_sGrabbing and keeping learners’ attention remains steadfastly at the top of the priority list for most trainers. Distractions abound in and out of the classroom – what can we do to provide the most interesting, engaging experience possible?

Expert Sharon Bowman believes Brain Science holds the answer. During her recent Virtually There session, Sharon shared six fundamental brain science concepts she relies on to teach memorable and impactful events. (Missed her live event? Click here to watch the replay).

And one of Sharon’s recommendations reminded me of a classic fashion tip: add a pop of color.

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Topics: Virtually There, Instructional Design

Prove the Value of Training to the Business Through Evaluation

Posted by InSync Training on Mar 19, 2019 12:03:43 PM

104567696_sEvaluating a learning program is by far the best way to highlight its value to all business stakeholders. It also bolsters a culture of continuous improvement.

Without measurable results, it's hard to convince the business community that its learning and development (L&D) offerings are effective. Or even necessary.

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Topics: Assessment, Evaluation Strategy

Anatomy of an Evaluation Strategy

Posted by InSync Training on Mar 14, 2019 11:36:36 AM

34404543_sWe spend a lot of time at InSync considering how to design, develop, and deliver great virtual and blended learning solutions.  But how do we know they are, indeed, GREAT?

Creating content is only half of the learning development story. The other half is developing a plan for evaluating the learning. This requires crafting tools used to gather feedback that informs whether learners actually learned, as well as to determine to what extent learners apply what they learned in the workplace. An evaluation should also include on-the-job feedback as learners use newly acquired skills and knowledge.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Blended Learning Instructional Design, Evaluation Strategy