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Stories from the Virtual Trenches: Celebrating our Phenomenal Producers

Posted by InSync Training on Oct 16, 2019 7:00:00 AM

46569000_sHappy Virtual Classroom Producer Day! Our annual celebration honors those working behind the scenes to ensure effective, efficient, and engaging live online learning events.

We’ve long sung the praises of producers – they offer technical support to learners, launch breakout rooms and other collaborative activities, keep training on track and on time, and act as back-up facilitators when necessary. And while technologies continue to change and requirements evolve, the role of a producer remains fundamentally the same.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Production, Producer

3 Characteristics of Good Virtual Classroom Facilitators

Posted by InSync Training on Oct 10, 2019 11:24:00 AM

Engaging virtual classroom facilitator What makes a virtual classroom facilitator good at what they do? Clients and learners ask us this question regularly. Heck, we ask ourselves this question regularly since it speaks to the fundamental value we deliver through our work! Because facilitators deeply impact the overall blend, our answer addresses technical expertise AND those fuzzy soft skills. 

In our experience as both learners and experts, good virtual classroom facilitators….

  • Demonstrate virtual classroom literacy.
  • Are digitally literate.
  • Manage time well.

In practice, these skillsets focus on the learner first, while the technology offers a way to achieve their goals.

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Topics: Facilitation, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Professional Development, Advanced Facilitation

Routines & Adaptability: How Producers Keep Virtual Training on Track

Posted by InSync Training on Oct 9, 2019 10:14:00 AM

Virtual classroom producer at workWe know virtual classrooms include technology bells and whistles designed to promote learner engagement. But how do instructors manage so many moving parts? We highly recommend bringing in a second set of hands to help juggle everything. The best option? A technical or instructional producer

Whether you provide production support in your organization’s live online learning events, or you would simply like to create smoother virtual sessions, try applying a few simple approaches for seamless programs.

Our team of multitasking, multi-talented producers outlined their tried-and-true recommendations to help you reach modern learning MVP status.

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

InSync and Comtec: A Vision for Truly Global Learning

Posted by InSync Training on Oct 3, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Connecting global workforce Classrooms no longer require four walls and desks. Thanks to virtual classroom platforms like Zoom, AdobeConnect, WebEx, and more, training’s reach now crosses continental boundaries. Alongside the possibilities provided by flexible blended learning design, new challenges emerge.

Experts strive to create equivalent training experiences in the virtual classroom. We want live online learning to meet or exceed the expectations of our learners and stakeholders. Purposeful instructional design contributes to our meeting this goal, as does first-rate facilitation. But as organizations become more diverse, the learning function must do more to ensure all learners in all locations feel engaged in and by the professional development process.

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Topics: Global Virtual Classroom, Announcement

3 Tricks for Engaging Learners When Virtual Training Ends

Posted by InSync Training on Sep 26, 2019 10:00:00 AM

25006877_sHere at InSync Training, we have a mantra that guides our design and delivery practice: “Nothing stands alone.”

We no longer live in the days of siloed training – every resource, activity, and session should connect to a larger learning experience that aims to generate true skill building.

Sure, this sounds great in theory. But how do we actually keep learners engaged and invested after live online training ends?

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Topics: Engagement, Modern Blended Learning

Powerhouse Virtual Classroom Producers Share Their Tips for Success

Posted by InSync Training on Sep 24, 2019 9:00:00 AM

120534079_sGlobal training depends on digital platforms like eLearning, microlearning, and virtual classrooms. When dealing with multiple time zones and diverse learner groups, creating equivalent training experiences requires planning and professionals.

And while we acknowledge that facilitators act as the face of live learning events, producers power the sessions. They do much more than “open the room.” They act as learner advocates, a second voice delivering content, and an extra pair of hands juggling the many balls involved in effective modern learning.

Our production team includes the best in the business. So, what tips and tricks do they use to make sure every virtual learning session comes together into a seemingly seamless event?

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

How to Deliver Value in Global Training Programs

Posted by InSync Training on Sep 19, 2019 9:30:00 AM

36650816_sHere we are in 2019. In our experience, every training professional at every organization understands the need for global training solutions. And because no training content should stand alone, these modern learning rollouts should focus on blended experiences.

In our work with individual practitioners and huge corporations, we recognize that standalone virtual or face-to-face training events no longer meet the needs of our learners or support the way businesses function today.

Success starts with acknowledging the need for comprehensive, perpetual, personalized digital blends. But without stakeholder buy-in and strategic implementation, a worldview mindset won’t impact the bottom line or learner skill building.

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Topics: Global Virtual Classroom

What Makes a Remote Worker Successful? InSync Weighs In

Posted by InSync Training on Sep 17, 2019 9:00:00 AM

126930459_sDid you know? InSync has operated an entirely virtual team since 2000. Over the last 20 years, technology platforms like Skype, Dropbox, WebEx, and Outlook have enabled us to communicate, collaborate, and constructively deliver our value proposition to our clients and learners.

In many ways, our organization implemented this employment model before it became commonplace. Today though, more companies include remote teams or allow for telework. Heck, even some federal government jobs here in the US allow team members to work virtually!

The workplace is a-changin’ folks. But, the need for clear roles and responsibilities has not changed.

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Topics: Virtual Work, Virtual Teams

Try the Spacing Effect to Encourage Intellectual Engagement

Posted by InSync Training on Sep 12, 2019 10:31:50 AM

63292081_sIn modern blended learning, what learners think about information presented during the training experience matters. In fact, our research shows that this learner reaction perfectly defines the concept of intellectual engagement.

Intellectual engagement relies on intent. Did we design this content in a way that encourages learners perceive it as relevant, timely, and efficient? Did we deliver the information thoughtfully so that learners understand what the business expects of them?

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Topics: Advanced Facilitation, Advanced Facilitation Learner Engagement

7 Steps to Constructing a Learning Scenario

Posted by InSync Training on Aug 6, 2019 10:04:00 AM

29210017_sScenario-based learning offers a powerful instructional design option. This process “uses interactive situations to engage non-engaged learners in active learning strategies.”

Designers leverage available technology to create experiences in which learners can solve problems and interact with provided situations to learn new skills.

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