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Katelind Hays

Katelind Hays
Katelind Hays is the Social Media Marketing Manager for InSync Training.
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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 Learners, Modern Learning on the Air

Two Simple Ways to Improve Your Presentations

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

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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: Professional Development, Virtually There, Modern Learners

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

Lead the Change with Social Learning: Tips from Jane Bozarth

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jul 24, 2018 3:08:49 PM

52901913_sThink about the last time you needed to learn something new. Were you sitting at your desk in your office? Standing in your kitchen trying to make dinner? Driving down the road when a new warning light popped up on your dashboard?

Like many people, when this happens to me, I ask a trusted source for their wisdom. Sometimes that’s my mom, other times it’s a colleague who seems to know the ins-and-outs of every nuanced process for my company.

This daily life process proves that humans learn socially. If we can incorporate that into our training, we not only appeal to Adult Learning Principles, but we also support learner success.

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Topics: Social Learning, Modern Learning on the Air

A Turn of Phrase Can Turn Your Training On Its Head

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jul 12, 2018 10:00:00 AM

45840403_sPicture this: you’re facilitating a live training session for your organization, and it comes time to ask for learner input. You open the floor for contributions with the common phrase, “A penny for your thoughts?”

And you get crickets. Your previously lively cohort goes silent. Some participants look utterly confused.

What happened? Your figure of speech may have confused your global learners.

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Topics: Multicultural Groups, Learner Experience, Modern Blended Learning, Blended learning

Multi-Method Training Delivery Basics

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jul 3, 2018 1:00:00 PM

43951656_sWhat do you call training that connects people remotely into a web session? Within L&D, and even within the same organization, the title for this kind of learning experience varies. Commonly, though, when instructors facilitate to two types of audiences simultaneously, you often hear the term “multi-method delivery.”

In today’s global, mobile, social workplace, training often supports dispersed learners, all of whom have individual learning goals and attendance requirements. When used correctly, multi-method delivery creates an opportunity to support them all.

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Topics: Modern Classroom, Modern Workplace

How Do People Learn? Answers from Julie Dirksen

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jun 29, 2018 1:15:22 PM

11292017 Modern Learning on the Air channel twitterOften trainers become trainers because their organizations see them succeeding at their jobs. “Oh! You’re a great customer service rep. You can teach other people how to perform customer service.” “Wow! You created a beautiful new page for the internal website. Can you teach these three team members your process?”

Your competitive differentiators likely landed you the role of facilitator, designer, and sage.

But that puts you at a disadvantage. Modern learners require modern approaches, and when you start off as a Subject Matter Expert, you very rarely get support around the “brain science” piece of training. You don't have basic knowledge of learning theories, design theories, and strategies you can target and influence your instructional designs.

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Topics: Modern Learning on the Air, Instructional Design, Modern Learners

Help Learners Get the Most Out of Virtual Training Events

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jun 26, 2018 2:59:45 PM

48364040_sJennifer Hofmann, President of InSync Training, recently joined eLearning Guild’s Virtual Classroom Panel during their 2018 Learning Solutions Conference. Jennifer and other industry experts shared their insight into the challenges, realities, and best practices of live online learning. This post, the third in the series, recaps their panel discussion.

From instructional design to delivery to production, virtual learning requires special treatment. Accustomed to the face-to-face classroom, learners often perceive live online sessions as “less important.”

How can we fight this stigma and increase learner engagement?

Nina Talley Everflow, Senior Program Manager of EnCompass, Jennifer Hofmann, President of InSync Training, Karen Hyder, Principal of Kaleidoscope Training and Consulting, and Bianca Woods, Sr. Manager of Programming for the eLearning Guild believe in the approaches detailed in this blog post.

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Topics: Modern Classroom, Modern Learners, Virtual Learners

An Introduction to Scenario-Based Learning

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jun 21, 2018 1:00:00 PM

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Adult Learning Principles tell us that adults learn best when they believe information relates to their responsibilities. This theoretical principle serves as an important reminder: if learners don’t feel connected to the content, they’ll disengage.

In the virtual classroom, all the EdTech bells and whistles in the world will not replace good old-fashioned relevance. Scenario-based learning provides one way to make learning stick, and to combat boredom in live online training.

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Topics: Scenario-Based Learning