Trainers must not only support learning objectives, but also business goals. More often than not, our stakeholders include our learners’ managers. Their involvement in our initiatives impact the outcomes we see.
In our experience, if managers undervalue components of a blend – for example, virtual classroom sessions – their teams will lack the necessary support and resources they need in order to successfully participate in learning activities.
The best bet for overcoming leadership leeriness? Training, of course!
Modern Learning Culture
Evaluating 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.
We 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.
Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design,
Blended Learning Instructional Design,
How do we engage the modern learner? This loaded question generates answers ranging from design, delivery, implementation, learning environment consideration. Those are all legitimate answers! Each aspect of the modern learning experience deserve consideration, if we want to get modern learners excited about the prospect of professional development.
Obviously, we want to incorporate the most impactful elements into our training programs. In thinking about the evolution of learning, and how humans generally learn, two factors stand out: collaboration and community.
Community of Practice,
A new year presents new opportunities for modern learning advancements. Undoubtedly, exciting technologies will emerge, and practitioners will identify creative and innovative ways to engage learners while working to reach organizational goals.
What does the next year hold? We don’t have a learning & development crystal ball, but based on some trusted sources, a few predictions give us hope for a productive and successful year.
And it may surprise you to learn that none of them relate directly to technology!
Modern Blended Learning
Another year has come and gone. This time of year encourages reflection, both personal and professional, causing the InSync Team to ask questions such as:
- What did I learn this year?
- How did training evolve?
- Which developments resonated with modern learners?
- Where did learning provide innovative value to our companies?
For us, 2018 marked a widespread shift towards truly blended learning. Organizations, learners, and practitioners alike began to embrace the possibility of building skills outside of formal events. Complex, purposeful, and at times frustrating, the evolution to the new blended reality required us all to consider a handful of key elements: modern learners, engaging facilitation, comprehensive instructional design, and planning for the unexpected.
Modern Blended Learning,
Blended Learning Instructional Design,
When we think of self-paced training content, eLearning modules often come to mind. Even with the development of “choose-your-own-adventure” content and the inclusion of bells-and-whistles, eLearning can fail to resonate with modern learners.
This narrow view of self-paced learning hinders our creativity and limits the success of our learners. What if, instead, we elevated self-paced content to better bolster our blended training? We took that idea and ran with it to create our Exploring Gamification and Game-Based Learning campaign. Throughout our process, we made five surprising discoveries.
Self-Paced Learning Campaigns
Do have experience producing virtual training sessions? If your technical skill set includes experience with popular virtual classroom platforms like WebEx Training Center and Adobe Connect, we want to learn more about you!
We are seeking qualified contractors to join our renowned production team. Our producer help create engaging virtual learning experiences by providing technical support to facilitators during meetings, live online events, and training sessions.
Virtual Classroom - Production,
When 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.
But, blended learning provides an opportunity to change minds. Designers can select unique, engaging treatments for each learning objective. Facilitators transition from a “sage on the stage” to a “guide on the side.” Learners regain control over their learning experiences and prioritize the skills they most need to build.
Gamification and game-based learning, when used appropriately within a blend, supports all the key actors in modern learning.
Happy Virtual Classroom Producer Day!
Today marks our second annual celebration of the behind-the-scenes wizards who ensure our live online sessions go off without a hitch. They possess unparalleled superpowers – guiding learners through technical challenges, supporting facilitators as they deliver content, and helping achieve business goals in the modern classroom.
Virtual Classroom - Production