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Katelind Hays

Katelind Hays
Katelind Hays is the Social Media Marketing Manager for InSync Training.
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Expert Guidance: Diversity & Inclusion in Training

Posted by Katelind Hays on Sep 13, 2018 2:26:24 PM

11292017 Modern Learning on the Air channel twitter-885819-editedGlobal organizations are the norm now. The boundaries constraining corporate success and competition no longer fall along state, national, or continental borders. Growth, as demonstrated by companies like Amazon, Apple, and more, has no limit.

Education serves as the true competitive differentiator. Can your learning function adapt to more diverse and international workforces faster than the competition? For this reason, Diversity & Inclusion, also known as D&I, has quickly become a priority for just about every organization.

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Topics: Modern Learning, Modern Workplace, Modern Learning on the Air, Diversity & Inclusion

Millennials and Modern Learning

Posted by Katelind Hays on Sep 11, 2018 12:44:10 PM

85350806_sIn thinking about leadership and learning in the era of the four-generation workplace, no shortage of frustrations exists. Technology changes, “cool” workspaces, and operational processes are constantly evolving.

Everything feels more complicated, and learning faces the unique challenge of equipping and empowering our colleagues for success in this new environment. It’s quite simple to chalk up learner disengagement – especially that of the millennial employee – to a “person” problem.

But what if it’s a “perspective” problem?

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Topics: Modern Learning Culture, Modern Learners

The Main Responsibility of Every Instructional Designer

Posted by Katelind Hays on Aug 30, 2018 12:36:12 PM

Virtually There session recap

62702935_sOur learners have a lot going on. Work, media, and the responsibilities of day-to-day life bombard them with data. Their brains must process a metaphorical mountain of information. Individuals consciously and subconsciously determine which stuff to pay attention to, and which to ignore.

Theoretically, training content focuses on critical information, right? We may think so, but if our learners have other priorities, our L&D programs get lost in the noise.

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Topics: Virtually There, Instructional Design

Fun and Games in Training: Lessons from Dr. Stephen Slota

Posted by Katelind Hays on Aug 23, 2018 12:57:06 PM

70108610_sWhen was the last time you had fun during a mandated training event?

This loaded question plagues instructional designers and facilitators alike. Stakeholders know that training impacts overall organizational performance, making upskilling employees a high-stakes game. Without the proper instruction, teams may not achieve business-critical goals and, perhaps more detrimentally, become frustrated when they feel unprepared to handle the responsibilities of their roles.

As training professionals, we understand the risk of poorly designed or delivered learning events. But taking learning seriously doesn’t necessarily mean all training elements must feel serious. In fact, fun and games present a unique option to boost learner engagement and retention.

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Topics: Gamification, Game-Based Learning, Modern Learning on the Air

Improve Your Work and Health in One Simple Step

Posted by Katelind Hays on Aug 21, 2018 5:40:44 PM

46015973_sI, like many of you, spend my work day at my desk. I’m lucky to climb the corporate ladder from a cozy home office, often kept company by my three Labradors.

Recently, though, I stumbled across a scary fact courtesy of the world-renowned Mayo Clinic:

“Any extended sitting – such as at a desk, behind a wheel or in front of a screen – can be harmful. An analysis of 13 studies of sitting time and activity levels found those that sat for more than eight hours a day with no physical activity had a risk of dying similar to the risks of dying posed by obesity and smoking.”

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Topics: Modern Workplace

4 Success Factors for Multi-Method Delivery

Posted by Katelind Hays on Aug 16, 2018 12:19:52 PM

40633260_sOrganizational boundaries keep growing and becoming more fluid, and as our learner base disperses around the globe, training programs have to adapt appropriately. That’s no small feat in the face of multi-cultural classrooms, emerging technologies, and stakeholder expectations of learning success.

Multi-method delivery, or the simultaneous support and instruction of non-co-located learners, provides a popular and effective solution in the modern workplace. Organizations managing remote and in-person learners have had success with this approach, as they’re able to balance the needs of both groups, while successfully engaging all participants.

Ready to incorporate multi-method delivery into your modern blended learning methodology? Make sure you implement the four factors required for success!

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Topics: Modern Workplace, Modern Blended Learning, Multi-Method Delivery

Story and Success: An Unexpected Connection

Posted by Katelind Hays on Aug 14, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Virtually There Recap

40870420_sDid you know that you have stories constantly running through your subconscious mind? It’s true! Without realizing it, you frame every interaction through narrative, creating underlying bias. Good, bad, or indifferent, your bias influences how you navigate the world.

This fundamental brain biology impacts professional relationships, too. Before every conversation or task, you anticipate how it will unfold.

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Topics: Virtually There, Storytelling, Professional Development

Memes, Critical Thinking, and L&D: Insight from Allen Partridge

Posted by Katelind Hays on Aug 7, 2018 10:00:00 AM

11292017 Modern Learning on the Air channel twitter-2As technology evolves, our ability to learn anytime and anywhere changes, too. Now, our possibilities seem literally endless. Constant communication, the pervasive availability of information, and the ever-changing opportunities for social collaboration exemplify this new reality.

At no point, though, has critical thinking been simultaneously more important and less commonplace. As learners and learning architects, we struggle to discern the accuracy and efficacy of information on the internet. Thanks to web-based anonymity, how do we figure out who on the internet has any expertise?

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Topics: Modern Learning on the Air, Modern Learners

Two Simple Ways to Improve Your Presentations

Posted by Katelind Hays on Aug 2, 2018 11:00:00 AM

49850031_sVirtually There Recap

Think about your day-to-day role. Do you host meetings? Facilitate training? Give presentations? Whether you run these events or not, they represent an important part of our professional lives. Often, we see these events as time wasters, rather than important investments of our focus.

As learning professionals, team members, and managers, we strive to engage and involve our audiences so that they can remember the information we share with them. We hope to take them beyond listening and towards true learning. With the right approach, we can achieve that lofty goal.

Brain-based learning expert Sharon Bowman shared her presentation model and guided our Virtually There participants through a process for getting the brain to pay attention.

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Topics: Virtually There, Modern Learners, Professional Development

Get into Character for Better Blended Learning

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jul 26, 2018 3:46:40 PM

47451358_sHave you ever watched The Magic School Bus? What about Bill Nye the Science Guy or Schoolhouse Rock?

These entertaining childrens television programs have an important common approach to education: they explain complex subject matter in easy-to-understand ways by using likeable characters in fun narratives.

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Topics: eLearning, Blended Learning Instructional Design