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Katelind Hays

Katelind Hays
Katelind Hays is the Social Media Marketing Manager for InSync Training.
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Getting to Know Your Modern Learners

Posted by Katelind Hays on Apr 18, 2019 10:00:00 AM

44204779_sTraining success relies heavily on the audience. If participants don’t believe content connects to their needs, they will not engage.

And can you blame them? We all feel like we have many projects, tasks, and responsibilities. We simply do not have the time to invest in an event that we perceive as irrelevant.

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Topics: Modern Learning Culture, Modern Learners

The 3 Ws of Learning Evaluation & Analytics

Posted by Katelind Hays on Apr 11, 2019 10:00:00 AM

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“Did the training work?”

If your stakeholders asked you this question, would you have an answer supported by proof, or would you feel anxious about demonstrating the value of your work?

We know that data can clarify the worth our learning events provide to participants and on the business’ bottom line. But the process of collecting, analyzing, and using data feels involved, complex, and perhaps sometimes more than it’s worth.

Analytics expert Scott Weersing to the rescue! During his recent Virtually There session, Scott shared the basics of learning analytics and how to use them to show your work makes an impact. (Watch the full replay here.)

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Topics: Virtually There, Evaluation Strategy

Tick Tock, Blended Learning on the Clock

Posted by Katelind Hays on Apr 4, 2019 10:00:00 AM

106103748_sThe design and implementation of blended learning includes many moving parts. We consider the LMS that will host all the content, and the virtual classroom platform on which we will deliver live online components. We consider our learners, and the skills they need to build, and the wisdom they already possess. We also consider where learning will happen – whether in a classroom, on a mobile device, at a learner’s desk, or on-the-job.

One element we often overlook, though? Time. By not thinking through how learning takes place, we limit the potential of our programs.

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Topics: Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Campaigns, Blended Learning Instructional Design

Make Your Training POP! With a Pop of Color

Posted by Katelind Hays on Mar 26, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Virtually There Session Recap

41456674_sGrabbing and keeping learners’ attention remains steadfastly at the top of the priority list for most trainers. Distractions abound in and out of the classroom – what can we do to provide the most interesting, engaging experience possible?

Expert Sharon Bowman believes Brain Science holds the answer. During her recent Virtually There session, Sharon shared six fundamental brain science concepts she relies on to teach memorable and impactful events. (Missed her live event? Click here to watch the replay).

And one of Sharon’s recommendations reminded me of a classic fashion tip: add a pop of color.

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Topics: Virtually There, Instructional Design

Want to Find Balance? Start with Your Beliefs!

Posted by Katelind Hays on Mar 12, 2019 12:00:29 PM

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Does your life ever feel insane? Between professional and personal responsibilities, most people get overwhelmed by trying to balance it all. And when your career focuses on ensuring others have the skills they need to effectively and efficiently do their jobs, the pressure builds.

So how do we balance it all in the face of constant chaos? Because the InSync team ponders this question regularly, we figured you likely do too. We invited expert Monique DeMonaco, the author of the best-selling book, Most People Don’t Need a Therapist, They Need a Change, to share her best practices for creating a sane life in an insane world with Virtually There participants.

What did we learn? To unpack the suitcase and focus on self-awareness.

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Topics: Virtually There

Constructive Change Management in Three Simple Steps

Posted by Katelind Hays on Mar 7, 2019 9:00:00 AM

44623872_sHave you heard? Our workplaces face radical, exciting, and innovative change with the emergence of powerful and game-changing technologies. But as Jennifer Hofmann recently highlighted, the purchase of new tools does not sufficiently prepare our organizations to integrate them in day-to-day work.

Adoption requires effort – a purposeful plan, a visionary team, and a strategic goal. Most importantly, stakeholders must consider the employees impacted by the technology change. How will their professional lives change? How arduous will the transition to the new technology be?

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, EdTech, Change Management, Modern Workplace, Virtual Training

An Introduction to Learning Theory: Curated Resource

Posted by Katelind Hays on Feb 28, 2019 9:00:00 AM

35273588_sLearning does not just happen. The success or failure of knowledge transfer and behavior change depends on many factors such as engaging facilitation, thoughtful instructional design, and purposeful training deployment and management. And, many would argue, that underlying all of those elements lies a bedrock of neuroscience.

Learning theories, which attempt to define how students gain, process, and retain information, have a storied and stormy history within the Learning and Development field. Some experts swear by their efficacy and rely on them heavily, while others dispel them as pseudoscience bunk.

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Topics: Modern Learning

Battling Bias in Business

Posted by Katelind Hays on Feb 21, 2019 9:00:00 AM

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Many factors influence your professional success – hard work, opportunity, your network, and quite frankly, a bit of luck.

But what if there is an unseen factor that shapes your future and progress? Diversity training expert Christine Miles knows from experience this is true. During her engaging Virtually There event, Christine astutely advised that bias plays a significant part in our advancement.

If we can’t see bias – our own and that of others how do we combat it or use it to our advantage? Christine shared her proven process for going beyond diversity and towards awareness for better business results (watch the entire Virtually There replay here).

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Topics: Professional Development, Diversity & Inclusion

Modern Learning, How Do We Love Thee?

Posted by Katelind Hays on Feb 14, 2019 9:00:00 AM

101917207_sLet us count the ways!

Valentine’s Day encourages us to fill our hearts with love and our bellies with chocolates. Not a team to ignore tradition, InSync, hit by cupid’s arrow, considered all the reasons we adore the modern blended classroom.

Whether a learner or learning industry leader, a facilitator or designer, manager or new practitioner, we can all find something that gives us training butterflies.

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Topics: Modern Learning

Getting Started as a Virtual Learning Facilitator

Posted by Katelind Hays on Feb 7, 2019 9:00:00 AM

18342525_sYou just became a virtual learning facilitator or your organization has made the leap from face-to-face learning to the blended virtual classroom.

So now what?

The live online training environment does not provide a carbon copy instructional experience to the traditional classroom. Oftentimes, you cannot “see” the learners. You have to contend with technology, and sometimes decision makers did not invest in content redesign. Add to these factors the angst associated with assuming new responsibilities and getting started as a facilitator can feel overwhelming.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation