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5 Questions About Scenario-Based Learning Answered!

Posted by Katelind Hays on Apr 2, 2020 3:48:56 PM

04022020 5 QuestionsVirtually There Session Recap

For virtual classrooms to become successful and viable, we have to move beyond webinars and toward true training experiences. But how can we accomplish that lofty goal when under pressing deadlines and during a time of global change?

To start, we recommend purposefully increasing learner engagement in virtual learning sessions. Scenarios provide an easy, quick, and thoughtful way to foster environmental engagement, nurture emotional engagement, and stimulate intellectual engagement.

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Topics: Engagement, Virtually There, Scenario-Based Learning, Learning Scenario

When Virtual Classrooms Become Virtually Required: Promote the Change

Posted by Katelind Hays on Mar 25, 2020 12:58:41 PM

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Virtually There Session Recap

In response to changes happening in L&D during the COVID-19 pandemic, experts Jane Bozarth and Jennifer Hofmann joined forces for a special 90-minute Virtually There webinar on March 9, 2020. This blog post, the second in a comprehensive series, recaps some of the timely and helpful information shared during When Virtual Classrooms Become Virtually Required.

It feels like organizations, work, and the world underwent an unexpected and radical evolution over the past few weeks. Offices closed to keep employees safe, teams now meet on Zoom or Google Hangouts, and training needs to move online.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Change Management, Virtually Required Series

Where Has All the Bandwidth Gone? A New Virtual Classroom Issue Addressed

Posted by InSync Training on Mar 19, 2020 9:47:00 AM

Today’s fun topic is bandwidth! Or the lack of it.

Virtual classroom sessions are slowing down, VoIP is going to that place with all the handbaskets…. All because everyone is on video ALL THE TIME, including your kids, husbands, and wives, I bet.  And your dishwasher, TVs, everything is on the internet. 

Thanks to Coronavirus-related travel bans, new work-from-home arrangements, and deployment of virtual meetings and trainings, bandwidth can't keep up. In fact, some sources report that the Pentagon may limit access to sources like YouTube on their network to combat the issue.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, Mobile Virtual Classroom

In Celebration of Modern Learning Instructional Designers

Posted by InSync Training on Mar 18, 2020 12:15:00 AM

Instructional Designer Day celebration blogBig News! Today, InSync Training hosts our first-ever Instructional Designer Day celebration. Moving forward, we will dedicate the third Wednesday of March to highlighting the important contributions of those who create training programs of all sizes and types. Each year, this informal holiday will include kudos and tips shared on social media using #InstructionalDesignerDay, complimentary content and events, and more. We encourage you to join the virtual party by using the social media hashtag to give shoutouts to colleagues, commenting on this blog, and extending the festivities to your organization!

Have you ever attended a learning program that helped you build new skills? Have components of a blend that captured your attention and engaged your brain? Have you walked out of a classroom and thought, “Wow! I learned something valuable today!”? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you need to thank an instructional designer!

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Topics: Design, Instructional Design

When Virtual Classrooms Become Virtually Required: How to Make the Decision to Transition to Virtual Classrooms

Posted by Katelind Hays on Mar 15, 2020 12:32:29 PM

Virtually There Session Recap

Transitioning to the virtual classroom

In response to changes happening in L&D during the COVID-19 pandemic, experts Jane Bozarth and Jennifer Hofmann joined forces for a special 90-minute Virtually There webinar on March 9, 2020. This blog post, the first in a comprehensive series, recaps some of the timely and helpful information shared during When Virtual Classrooms Become Virtually Required

The virtual classroom may not be new, but currently the world is experiencing a crisis that’s accelerating its necessity. With travel bans, new work-from-home arrangements creating unexpected virtual teams, and in-person meeting cancellations, virtual classroom platforms have become virtually required.

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Topics: Virtual Teams, Virtual Classroom, Virtually Required Series

3 Tricks Training Can Steal from Marketing for More Engaging Learning

Posted by Katelind Hays on Mar 10, 2020 11:48:00 AM

 

92065621_sDid you know? The 2019 LinkedIn Learning report discovered that learning leaders ranked “increased engagement with training programs” as their second most important focus area?


Would it surprise you even more to learn that, despite the perceived importance of increasing

engagement in learning initiatives, this same study revealed that L&D professionals only spend

“15% of their time promoting their programs?” Understandably, solid instructional design and

memorable delivery often occupy our efforts, frustratingly leaving little room for marketing considerations. 

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Topics: Virtually There, Learner Experience, learner engagement

Lesson Learned: Instructional Design is Even MORE Important in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Mar 3, 2020 7:43:29 AM

The Art of DesignIn 2020, we are 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! Take a peek at the entire Lessons Learned series by clicking here.

For decades, the virtual classroom has been used to simply present information in a webinar-type format. Because of this, there is some debate around the concept of the virtual classroom being a space where true learning can occur.  

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Lessons Learned

Advanced Virtual Facilitation Techniques to Create Learner Engagement

Posted by Katelind Hays on Feb 26, 2020 11:45:57 AM

Advanced Virtual Facilitation Techniques

Virtually There Session Recap

Think back to the first time you ever facilitated a webinar, virtual training session, or a meeting. How did you feel about it? Most people, including members of our experienced team, found the process stressful. The very technology that allows for creating connections across great distances, intimidates seasoned pros. And even if the virtual classroom platform works without a hitch, we often wonder, “did learners get anything from that experience?” 

Karen Vieth, InSync’s lead facilitator, joined the Virtually There series on February 19 to share her insights into how advanced delivery can mean the difference between simple interaction and true learning in the virtual classroom. 

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Topics: Virtually There, learner engagement, Advanced Facilitation Learner Engagement, Virtual Facilitation

Research Helps Identify Learner Engagement Trends

Posted by Charles (Chip) Dye on Feb 18, 2020 12:20:00 PM

TThe Disengaged Learner 02182020 Bloghe InSync Training team congratulates Chip Dye, Lead Researcher and Director of Client Relations, on the defense of his dissertation and completion of his PhD program at the University of Connecticut. As part of our 20 Modern Learning Lessons Learned in 20 Years series, Chip highlights the purpose and value of his research into learner engagement. 

A casual review of current literature in academic research finds more than 300 scholarly articles and more than 2,000 trade articles in 2019 alone that use the term “learner engagement,” but few commentators define learner engagement. It is perhaps the ubiquity of the usage that allows researchers and commentators to continue the practice without a strict definition – it is assumed everyone knows what is meant by the term. Most practitioners in the learning and development industry, be it K-12 public education, post-secondary instruction, or industry professional training, can easily distinguish an “engaged” learner from one that is not engaged, in many cases simply on sight. 

Anecdotally, it is easy to “see” when someone is not engaged, but much more difficult to articulate what is meant by “learner engagement.” In the industry, learner engagement has developed into a short-hand term that loosely represents an amalgam of learner subject-matter interest/expertise, attitude, motivation, mastery, and self efficacy. Moreover, it is often explicitly or implicitly assumed that an engaged learner will achieve better outcomes against measurable rubrics than one who is not engaged.

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Topics: Research Study, Environmental Engagement, Intellectual Engagement, learner engagement, Lessons Learned

Stories from the Virtual Trenches: Smooth Production in Chaotic Times

Posted by InSync Training on Feb 12, 2020 12:06:56 PM

Multitasking virtual classroom producer saves the dayFebruary’s installment of the InSync 20th Anniversary Team Insight series pulls the curtain back on virtual classroom stagehands: The Producer. Read the other blogs in the series to learn about modern learning instructional design, facilitation, and implementation from the best in the business! 

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Production, Producer, Advice From The Virtual Trenches, Team Insight Series