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Katelind Hays

Katelind Hays
Katelind Hays is the Social Media Marketing Manager for InSync Training.
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Content Strategy: David Dylan Thomas’ Blended Learning Advantage

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jan 15, 2019 10:00:00 AM

48953659_sShould you add “content strategist” to your modern learning repertoire? Learning and Development practitioners hear about emerging trends and “mission-critical” professional development regularly.

New design methodologies, exciting EdTech options, cutting edge learner engagement approaches pop up on a daily basis, all claiming to cure common training challenges.

However the idea of including one more responsibility to an already full roster of responsibility likely won’t wind up on the top of your to-do list.

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Topics: Modern Learning on the Air, Blended Learning Instructional Design, Content Strategy

The First Step to Creating a Fantastic Job Aid

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jan 10, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Virtually There Session Recap

41959677_sJob aids can make or break a blend. They provide support for learners in their informal moments of need on the job. Job aids provide key information when things go wrong, when launching new internal systems or processes, when employees want to learn more, or when it’s time to complete an especially complex or uncommon process.

Like all training resources or instructional elements, creating job aids requires a thoughtful approach. But how do you get started designing easily understood, usable, reliable, supportive job aids? Experts Russ Powell and Joe Halpin, co-founders of Peregrine Performance Group helpfully put together an easy-to-follow seven step design process for exemplary job aids.

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Topics: Virtually There, Instructional Design

Communication: Mark Harter’s Training Secret Weapon

Posted by Katelind Hays on Dec 20, 2018 10:00:00 AM

blog.insynctraining.comhubfssocial-suggested-images11292017 Modern Learning on the Air channel twitterThe training landscape constantly changes. For example, you could spend an hour a day researching emerging learning technologies and by the end of the week, you’d still be coming across new options. Keeping up with the evolution can feel like a full-time job.

How do instructional designers and decision makers sort through the noise and generate the best possible results? By going back to basics, especially communication.

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Topics: Modern Learning on the Air, Instructional Design

Job Aids 101

Posted by Katelind Hays on Dec 11, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Job Aids 101Virtually There session recap

As training adapts to innovative, ever-changing workplaces, our approaches to designing learning and supporting employees evolve, too. We know blended learning gives us flexibility, but it can overwhelm us, too.

Recently, Russ Powell and Joe Halpin, the founders of Peregrine Performance Group, believe, “One of the most effective ways to build training is to focus on performance, build a job aid, and build the training around it.” Sounds like a great plan. But what counts as a job aid? Why does this blended method work so well?

This blog will cover the basics of job aids, as Russ and Joe shared during their recent Virtually There event How to Recognize and Create Damn Good Job Aids. Click here to watch the entire session for a helpful 7-step process you can use to create your own exemplary job aids.

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Topics: Instructional Design, Blended Learning Instructional Design, Blended learning, Virtually There

The Secret to Creating Training That Sticks

Posted by Katelind Hays on Nov 29, 2018 10:00:00 AM

54690860_sVirtually There Session Recap

As trainers, we often have to design and deliver technical or hard-to-understand content to our learners. Oftentimes, the content itself doesn’t naturally draw people in or lend itself to being easily remembered. By leveraging new edtech, innovative instructional design techniques, and engaging facilitation, we make an honest effort to engage learners and improve organizational performance.

But what if bells and whistles don’t hold the key to one of our biggest modern learning challenges? Karin Rex, instructional design expert, believes an easier path can get us to our goal of creating last learning experiences: story.

Watch the webcast of Karin’s fantastic Virtually There session Storytelling on Steroids with VideoScribefor the full story.

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Topics: Virtually There, Storytelling

Can Gamification "Funify" Work?

Posted by Katelind Hays on Nov 27, 2018 10:00:00 AM

11292017 Modern Learning on the Air channel twitterPicture it: someone at a networking event asks you to describe your job.

What words come to mind? If you answered “fun!” first, count yourself among the lucky few.

Most of us take our professional responsibilities seriously and seek out opportunities that challenge us. However, pursuing our serious dreams often results in roles that fundamentally lack fun.

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

A Classroom of Plenty: A Serving of Training Thankfulness

Posted by Katelind Hays on Nov 20, 2018 10:00:00 AM

80099578_sThis week, most of us in the United States stop for a single day to eat turkey, watch a famous parade or a football game (or three), and give thanks for the things that make our lives great.

The general feeling of gratefulness got InSync Training’s team thinking: what do we love most about our learning experiences?

When asked, our team of training experts openly and graciously shared the things that bring them joy and gratitude in the modern classroom every day.

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Topics: Modern Classroom, Modern Blended Learning

EQ Over IQ: Lou Russell’s Perspective

Posted by Katelind Hays on Nov 15, 2018 10:00:00 AM

11292017 Modern Learning on the Air channel twitter-885819-editedAs we deal with more demands on our time and new generations join the workforce, engaging learners and helping them become successful at their jobs becomes more and more challenging.

When trying to create training that sticks, expert Lou Russell overcomes modern workforce obstacles by focusing on three elements: fun, fast, and flexible. In fact, her approach to facilitation acknowledges that, “The brains that we have are not geared toward multitasking, and as we are trying to juggle a lot of things, we change – for me, I change topics every fifteen minutes or every hour.”

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Topics: Emotional Intelligence, Modern Learning on the Air

Tales from the Virtual Classroom Crypt

Posted by Katelind Hays on Oct 31, 2018 10:00:00 AM

85388587_sIt was a dark and stormy Tuesday, and all across the globe seasoned virtual classroom facilitators faced a malicious monster: a modern classroom meltdown. “What happened?” you inquire.

Well, the things that go bump in the night during training programs seem innocuous enough, but they send shivers down the spines of training practitioners and scare modern learners from engaging in future programs.

Two particularly terrifying tales may have you preparing for your next training session a little more seriously.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, Global Virtual Classroom

3 Keys to Social Learning Success

Posted by Katelind Hays on Oct 23, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Virtually There Session Recap

15400072_sMany teams now include dispersed members. Whether your team includes employees in different buildings within the same region, or you lead a virtual team where everyone works from home, if you contribute to a global organization with groups on different continents, learning experiences can often prove to be tricky with limited face-to-face interaction.

Experienced designers and facilitators recognize the power of social learning to overcome the challenges commonplace for today’s workforce. Daila Boufford, Manager of Learning Design for Ansrsource, knows first-hand how thoughtful design which includes social learning can combat learner disengagement and improve overall team cohesion.

What steps can you take to ensure social learning success? Daila recommends three approaches.

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Topics: Social Learning, Virtually There