InSync Training

Karen Vieth

Karen, M.ED, LEAD Facilitator, is an Instructional Producer and the Director of Implementation Services with InSync Training. A leader in providing online learning solutions since 2000, she works with professional development teams across the nation. Karen came to InSync with a vast knowledge base working with both children and adults. She's passionate about coaching and mentoring others to lead engaging virtual training sessions and is our in house expert in "teachbacks." Karen holds a Master´s Degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in curriculum and design and a Bachelor´s Degree in Elementary Education.

Recent Posts

Assessing Virtual Classroom Facilitation

Posted by Karen Vieth on Dec 5, 2018 10:44:30 AM

54881855_sSince virtual classroom skillsets are not as off-the-shelf as face-to-face training skills, we often wonder just how well we are doing at this virtual facilitation gig. Often, our only feedback comes from “smile sheets,” the surveys at the end of class to see what people thought of the program.

But how do these really help guide our professional development when only five out of 30 learners actually filled it out? How can we assess how things are really going in a virtual facilitation setting?

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Facilitation, Assessment

Is the Virtual Classroom Right for Your Training?

Posted by Karen Vieth on Oct 25, 2018 1:04:04 PM

31545250_sTo be or not to be in the virtual classroom – that is the question, right?

Well, to find the answer for your training, take this quick quiz.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation

Um, Ah, So, Ya Know … The Deadly Verbal Crutch

Posted by Karen Vieth on Oct 2, 2018 11:38:04 AM

9917748_sFirst impressions are key to developing rapport with learners in any classroom, but especially in the virtual environment. Facilitators in the virtual classroom must grab the attention of the learner right away and keep it to be successful here.

When trainers fill their delivery with verbal crutches, learners get distracted and possibly annoyed.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Facilitation, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices

Face-to-Face Gone Virtual

Posted by Karen Vieth on Sep 20, 2018 12:24:14 PM

92402816_sIn the modern classroom of today, trainers find themselves in various situations they may not have prepared for. One of common situation is going virtual.

Does this sound familiar? You’re going along training for years and then BOOM your company decides to jump on the virtual classroom train. The big question settles in, “How do I make this virtual classroom space feel like a face-to-face classroom?”

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Topics: Global Virtual Classroom, Modern Classroom, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation

Tips for the Accidental Virtual Trainer

Posted by Karen Vieth on Sep 6, 2018 11:24:16 AM

28377270_sAre you one of the many accidental trainers out there? The function or topic expert so good at their job that management asked you to train others in your organization? You aren't alone! InSync Training's lead facilitator Karen Vieth discusses four key areas you can focus on to become a dynamic virtual facilitator. Learn how to identify your natural skill, learn tips and strategies for better virtual facilitation, and take your sessions to the next level — on purpose.

Chances are, you didn’t dream of being a virtual facilitator when you were little. But here you are, quite by accident. You may have recently graduated and landed a sales position that turned to training. Or you had a job for a while and found yourself in the training department years later. Regardless of how you landed in training, it's a great spot to be, where you help others learn the tricks of the trade.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation

Making Virtual Learning Stick with Activity Debriefs

Posted by Karen Vieth on Apr 3, 2018 1:00:00 PM

59336582_s.jpgWe’ve been using virtual classroom technologies for close to 20 years now. Unfortunately, we are still holding on to a content model that insists the most important outcome is getting through all of the slides.

This webinar approach to content delivery is perhaps the most ineffective way to get information out to the world. Few of us have the motivation or concentration to focus on 60 minutes of lecture.

And, most importantly, we know that learning only "sticks" after learners have a chance to apply what they’ve learned and then reflect on the experience.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Modern Learners, Modern Learning

Connecting the Dots - Keeping Learners Coming Back for More

Posted by Karen Vieth on Feb 28, 2017 12:04:00 PM

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Connecting the Dots in Blended LearningHave you ever been afraid to let learners go on a break, or end one virtual lesson in a multi-part series, for fear they won’t come back?  You’re not alone.  At one time or another all face-to-face and virtual facilitators have thought, “What if they don’t come back?”

My answer to that is, “What if they do?” 

What are you going to do to encourage learner engagement and keep participants interested during the live events? How do you keep learners happy and motivated during the time in between the live lessons? 

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Topics: 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs, Engagement

Keeping it Real - Ensuring Virtual Learner Success Through Assessment

Posted by Karen Vieth on Feb 21, 2017 12:01:00 PM

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55676429_s.jpgThe art in design is that of keeping learners accountable in authentic assessment that ensures students' success in the virtual classroom.  We know learners attain more when given the ability to learn in authentic ways, but we believe that assessment is a key piece in the art of keeping learners accountable. 

Last week in my blog we talked about keeping it about the people, interacting, providing opportunities to collaborate and how to hold learners accountable. Easy to say! Right?

But how do we REALLY maintain a culture of accountability without the benefit of eye contact and body language?  There is a real need for accountability when we ask participants to go out and do an independent and/or collaborative activity, but often in the virtual classroom we can’t find the way so we just instruct them or skip it all together. 

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Topics: 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs, Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Assessment

It Was Almost Like Being in a Real Class! Making Virtual Learning Real

Posted by Karen Vieth on Feb 14, 2017 12:05:00 PM

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Virtual Classroom Facilitation Blended Learning In Jennifer Hofmann’s blog post, The Role of Virtual Classrooms in Modern Blended Learning, she states that the focus of virtual learning should be fundamentally on the learners, their experiences and their learning environments. And I agree. But I encourage you to expand that focus to include collaboration.

I believe it is the ability for learners within those experiences and learning environments to make connections, participate in collaborative efforts and tie back to real life and work situations that turns a webinar type session into a real lesson where learners are eager to come back for more. 

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Topics: 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs, Virtual Classroom, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation