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Virtual Learning 101: Set Your Virtual Classroom Up for Success

Posted by InSync Training on Apr 30, 2020 10:39:00 AM

04302020 Virtual Learning 101 BlogMore virtual classroom events than ever have happened in 2020. In fact, the CEO of Cisco announced that Webex hosted 5.5 BILLION minutes of virtual meetings in the first eleven days of March. Combined with the spike in usage of other platforms like Zoom, virtual events have become a staple in today’s businesses and educational institutions.

And whether you elected to make the transition to live online learning or took the leap to adapt to corporate circumstance, the steps you take before a virtual training event begins can determine if the final outcome is successful.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, Virtual Teams & Modern Workplace

3 Ways You Can Get Your Digital Learning Act Together

Posted by InSync Training on Apr 23, 2020 4:15:00 PM

04232020 Digital ActVirtually There Session Recap

For the last 20 years, and especially over the past two months, our team has repeated a singular mantra: “one does not simply move a course online.”

But given the state of the world today, it feels imperative that we quickly adapt learning to the virtual learning environment. And while digital learning requires nuance, planning, and an awareness of both technology and instructional options, the transition can happen under pressure.

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Topics: Blended Learning, Virtually There, Virtual Teams & Modern Workplace

Using Virtual Learning to Increase Circular Advantage

Posted by InSync Training on Apr 22, 2020 10:00:00 AM

04222020 Blog Circular Advantage 2Happy Earth Day!

Today marks the 50th Earth Day, providing an opportunity to consider environmental issues and ways in which individuals can contribute to a cleaner world.

In recent years, organizations have begun to seriously consider the impact their production processes have on the environment and on natural resource reserves. Traditionally, operations and sustainability teams focus on earth-friendly corporate initiatives. But, learning & development can contribute meaningfully, too!

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Topics: Mobile Virtual Classroom & Mobile Learning, Modern Learning Culture

Let's Get on Zoom: Tips for an Uninterrupted Virtual Event

Posted by InSync Training on Apr 19, 2020 2:14:29 PM

04192020 Let's Get on ZoomZoom has taken the whole world by storm. Thanks to its easy-to-use functionality, and an effort by company leadership to make it more accessible, people of all ages have started to use Zoom for work, learning, and socialization.

Zoom-hosted game nights bring friends together across distance. K-12 and college students have learned how to Zoom to stay on academic track. Corporate teams check in for virtual happy hours, critical business meetings, and essential trainings on Zoom. This virtual platform, like Webex, Adobe Connect, and others, bridges the distance felt by stay-at-home orders and closed offices and classrooms.

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Topics: Conferences, Social Learning, Other Modern Learning Topics

Creative Solutions

Posted by InSync Training on Apr 16, 2020 5:00:05 PM

blog.insynctraining.comhubfs50242602_s-1The InSync Training team includes over 80 practitioners, working and supporting effective virtual learning events all over the world. Our experts often share stories about unexpected outcomes, surprising interruptions, and quick-thinking resolutions. As part of our 20th anniversary celebration, we enthusiastically share their anecdotes. Whether you have worked in the virtual classroom for years or just began transitioning to this learning environment, you can learn something new!

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Topics: Advice From The Virtual Trenches, Learner Engagement, Team Insight Series

A Virtual Classroom Crash Course Toolkit

Posted by InSync Training on Apr 7, 2020 7:45:00 AM

04072020 April Newsletter Header Image 2Right now, the state of the world demands a transition to virtual classrooms and remote work. Whether or not your organization started 2020 prepared for the rapid modernization of teams and training, the time has come to make the change.

Facilitators, instructional designers, managers, and learners all have to adapt to a new normal – a stressful process under standard change management conditions and a seemingly insurmountable task given today’s pressures.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Production, Instructional Design, Modern Classroom, Virtual Training, Implement, Virtual Facilitation, Virtual Teams & Modern Workplace

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 & Mobile Learning

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

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

Stories from the Virtual Trenches: Extreme Facilitation

Posted by InSync Training on Jan 29, 2020 11:01:32 AM

01292020 Stories from the Virtual Trenches Extreme Facilitation blog imageYou may have heard the news that the InSync Training team will spend all of 2020 celebrating an important organizational milestone: 20 years of driving digital engagement in the virtual classroom.

Innovation and thought leadership from founder Jennifer Hofmann laid the foundation for the success of the business, but she argues our longevity reflects a team effort. Over the last two decades, our team has grown to over 80 practitioners, modeling learning best practices from their home offices all across the globe. 

And as we look forward to continuing to design, deliver, and manage impactful training programs long into the future, we asked the InSync team to look back. What have they learned about learning during their careers? What do they wish organizations and learners knew about blended virtual training? What story sticks out to them as particularly memorable? 

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