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Phylise Banner

Phylise Banner
Phylise Banner is a learning experience designer with over 25 years of vision, action, and leadership experience in transformational teaching and learning approaches within academia and industry. A pioneer in online learning, she regularly seeks out and embraces opportunities to experiment with emerging pedagogies and technologies in order to best serve learners, and to create vibrant and engaged communities of practice. She is an Adobe Education Leader, STC Fellow, performance storyteller, avid angler, aviation enthusiast, and currently training to be a private pilot. She is also the proud owner of a 1967 Amphicar.
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Exploring Augmented and Virtual Reality EdTech Tools and Apps

Posted by Phylise Banner on Feb 16, 2017 12:10:00 PM

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VIrtual Reality Augemented Reality EdTech Last week, we looked at assessment and evaluation EdTech tools and apps. This week, we continue our series by diving deeper into augmented and virtual reality tools and apps. 

These tools and apps enable us to create immersive learning experiences for our learners. Simulations have been around for a long time, but newer tools and apps enable us to engage our learners in immersive experiences on a much lower budget. What was once a highly segmented toolset is now available for us to explore and integrate into our toolboxes!

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Topics: 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs, EdTech

The Modern Learning Makerspace

Posted by Phylise Banner on Feb 15, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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The Art of Praxis

Modern Learning Makerspace I have been seeing the word “praxis” a lot these days, associated with a few different definitions. To me, the essence of the word, is application – the application of theory to practice. Definitions include examples of practice, and application of knowledge or skills. And, the word is said to have derived from the Greek word for “doing”.  

Applying theory, knowledge, or skills to practice is what we all aim to do, as modern blended learning practitioners. We use what we consider, know, and know how to do, to make learning happen.

I love making learning happen. I love the creative process just as much as the assembly process. I love creating and making learning come together.

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Topics: 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs, Modern Learning

Exploring Assessment and Evaluation EdTech Tools and Apps

Posted by Phylise Banner on Feb 9, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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LAssessment and Evaluation EdTech Toolsast week, we looked at social and community EdTech tools and apps. This week, we continue our series on our EdTech toolboxes by diving deeper into assessment and evaluation tools and apps.

The tools that focus on quantifying or qualifying the impact of learning fall into this toolbox compartment. We use this array of tech tools and apps for tests, surveys, and assignments, as well as for determining the value of our learning initiatives. Adaptive learning is a hot topic these days, and the data and reporting tools that drive adaptive content are found in this area as well.

For some of us, these tools inform the effectiveness of our learning solutions, for others these tools indicate our business impact. Simply put, we are using them to measure, validate, forecast, and inform.

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Topics: 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs, EdTech

Exploring the Virtual Conference Experience

Posted by Phylise Banner on Feb 7, 2017 12:15:00 PM

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Virtual Conference Learning ConferenceAttending a conference in-person is not always an option. Budget constraints, scheduling, and getting approvals can often prevent you and your staff from participating as attendees, or even presenters. 

More and more, we see virtual conference options being offered – either an entire virtual conference, or the virtual attendance option for an on-site conference. These live virtual learning experiences have extensive benefits (and limited drawbacks) if they’re well produced and facilitated.

The Producer Perspective

I have been producing and facilitating virtual conferences for several organizations for the past five years. These are virtual tracks at the conferences, meaning that we broadcast only specific sessions that are taking place on-site. This gives attendees a multi-day experience with sessions chosen from the overall schedule to be streamed live.

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Topics: 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs, Conferences

Exploring Social and Community EdTech Tools and Apps

Posted by Phylise Banner on Feb 2, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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Social Collaborative Learning EdTechLast week, we looked at communication and interaction EdTech tools and apps. This week, we continue our series by diving deeper into social and community tools and apps.

Again, some of the tools and apps you find here stretch across multiple categories. We use social media to share content, communicate, and interact. Sometimes creating a community of practice or personalized learning network is not a project goal or objective, but we know that putting one in place will certainly promote knowledge and skill acquisition in our learner’s moments of need. These social and community tools and apps can help us do just that.

I’m going to approach this post a bit differently than the other posts in this series, as this category is broad, deep, and touches so many other compartments that I’ve established in our toolboxes. Instead of sharing my preferences of specific tools (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Slack, Yammer, etc.), I’m going to concentrate on overall features to look for, considerations, what you might want to learn more about, and my vision for the future of social and community tools and apps.

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Topics: 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs, EdTech

Getting Social: When Social Collaboration Makes Sense

Posted by Phylise Banner on Feb 1, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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Social Learning Social CollaborationI learn best when I learn with others. When I have someone there (physically or virtually) with me sharing the experience, I know it makes a difference. I want (I would go as far as saying “need”) to have conversations threaded into my learning to make it stick. 

Yes, I am a very social person, and I thrive on conversation and collaboration. I also understand that not everyone is like me, and social learning is not meant for every learner in every situation. So, when does social collaboration make sense?

Let’s go back to those 5 moments of learner need, and explore where social collaborative learning would benefit our learners during each individual moment.

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Topics: 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs, Social Learning

Creating Your Personal Learning Pathway

Posted by Phylise Banner on Jan 27, 2017 12:06:00 PM

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Personal Learning PathwaysYou may have noticed that I’ve been contributing quite a bit to this series, and you may have seen my name pop up more often in the InSync Community. In the next few months, you’ll be seeing even more of me within this community, as I’ve taken on the role of Curator for the InSync Blended Learning Hub, which launches on March 6. Very exciting! 

In case you haven’t heard yet, the InSync Blended Learning Hub, launching March 6, 2017, provides modern learning professionals with a collaborative makerspace. Each month, learners embark on personal professional development journeys focused on a key training topic. All learning campaigns include curated resources, exclusive content, live online learning events, and a supportive community of peers.  

As curator, my job will be to guide you through the learning campaigns that we will feature each month in the Blended Learning Hub, and to help you connect the dots as you progress along your personal learning pathway.

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Topics: 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs, Blended learning, Blended Learning Hub, Personal Learning Networks

EdTech Tools and Apps for Encouraging Communication and Interaction

Posted by Phylise Banner on Jan 26, 2017 12:03:00 PM

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Communication and Interaction EdTech Last week, we looked at knowledge and content EdTech tools and apps. This week, we continue our series by diving deeper into communication and interaction tools and apps that will help you support your blended learning campaigns.

Again, these are the tools and apps you use to reach your learners – via email, announcements, and any other outreach broadcast media in this toolbox compartment, along with discussion forums, chat, collaboration, and virtual classroom meeting tools and apps.

At the core of each of these tools is functionality that enables us to talk to each other and share.

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Topics: 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs, EdTech

Follow The Learners: Identifying the Moments of Learning Need

Posted by Phylise Banner on Jan 23, 2017 12:05:00 PM

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According to Bersin by Deliotte, the modern learner is overwhelmed, distracted, and impatient. Sound familiar? And, on the up side, the modern learner is untethered, accessing information on-dMoments of Learning Need Modern Learners emand, collaborative, and empowered. 

These new ways that we access information, contribute content, interact, communicate, collaborate, and create new knowledge is made possible by new technologies and innovations in old ones.

The modern learner embodies this change and possibility, gives us the opportunity to shake up the way we’ve been doing the same old thing, and breathe new breath into the way we serve our learners in their moments of learning need.

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Topics: 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs, Modern Learning, Engagement

EdTech Tools and Apps For Creating Knowledge-Based Content

Posted by Phylise Banner on Jan 19, 2017 12:05:00 PM

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We opened this series by introducing six technology toolbox compartments that are used in blended learning to provide content, develop interaction, and perform assessment. Knowing which tools to use in each piece of your modern learning design improves the learning experience. This week, we’ll start our deeper dive into these compartments by looking at knowledge and content technology tools and apps. EdTech learning tools and apps

EdTech Tools and Apps for Creating Documents

I use the standard tools and apps including Microsoft Office Suite, Google Docs, Open Office, Adobe Acrobat, InDesign, and Framemaker. A few mobile apps I have explored are CloudOn, and iWork. Both of these are much easier to work with than Mobile office, and cost less than $10 each.

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Topics: 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs, EdTech, Blended learning