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Katelind Hays

Katelind Hays
Katelind Hays is the Social Media Marketing Manager for InSync Training.
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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

Maximizing Organizational Performance: Cues from Marjorie Derven

Posted by Katelind Hays on Oct 16, 2018 11:28:43 AM

11292017 Modern Learning on the Air channel twitter-885819-editedAsk your senior leadership what they believe most impacts the business’ performance, and you’ll likely get a variety of answers. “Corporate culture!” one might say. Perhaps operational efficiency or improved training come to mind.

Expert Marjorie Derven believes that one oft-overlooked initiative can make all the difference: Diversity & Inclusion (D&I).

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Topics: Modern Learning on the Air, Diversity & Inclusion

Three Considerations for Modern Training Design

Posted by Katelind Hays on Oct 4, 2018 12:02:05 PM

ATD Webcast Recap

104564604_sWith all of the options available to accommodate individual learning objectives, many practitioners assume, “Oh! I’m only creating microlearning. I don’t need ADDIE or SAM or any complicated framework.”

However, when thinking about flipping your classroom to a more modern program, our team offers one critical reminder: instructional design becomes more important than ever. Standalone courses do not exist anymore, and neither do standalone training resources. Everything connects to everything else, making thoughtful design a critical piece of your blended learning puzzle.

During her recent ATD Webcast Blended Learning: A Five-Dimensional Puzzle, Jennifer Hofmann shared the factors she considers when embarking on a new design project. Whether you design, facilitate, or manage training programs, these three elements provide a foundation for understanding modern blended learning.

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Topics: Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Instructional Design

Flawless Virtual Events: Managing the Tech Risk

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

33429023_sVirtually There Session Recap

When thinking about designing or facilitating live online learning, what scares you the most? For many, the technology feels like an intimidating part of the equation.

  • What if learners can’t navigate the environment?
  • What if we lose audio in the middle of the Subject Matter Expert presenting key information?
  • What if the slide deck fails to load within the platform?
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Topics: EdTech, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, Virtually There

Memory and Modern Learning: Perspective from Oded Ilan

Posted by Katelind Hays on Sep 25, 2018 11:48:53 AM

11292017 Modern Learning on the Air channel twitter-885819-editedBehavior change is the holy grail of training. Learning and Development practitioners strive to impact business outcomes by improving the skills of our audience. Performance improvement grows out of learners truly understanding content and successfully applying it back on the job.

To achieve this goal, expert Oded Ilan believes, “we need a paradigm shift in the way that we perceive teaching and supporting people.” And that paradigm shift starts with our understanding of how our brains function in the modern workplace environment.

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Topics: Modern Learning, Modern Learning on the Air

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