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Zoom Fatigue - Webcam Use

Posted by Michelle St. Pierre on Feb 17, 2021 3:16:51 PM

02172021 Zoom Fatigue Webcam Use 5.5I’ve been delivering online synchronous training for over 10 years and working almost exclusively remote for the past 3 years.  So why am I so exhausted at the end of every work-from-home day for the past 11 months?  Other than my kids ALSO being home for the past 11 months, I can point to one other thing that is different - my webcam. Before last March, I didn’t even have a working external webcam.  But for the past 11 months, nearly every meeting and training session I’ve been a part of has utilized my camera.  And it’s wearing me out. 

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Topics: Virtual Training, Virtual Teams & Modern Workplace

Surviving Long Online Days

Posted by Lynette Van Steinburg on Feb 11, 2021 5:00:00 PM

02112021 Surviving Long Online DaysLynette Van Steinburg has been contributing to the InSync Training team as a virtual producer since 2018. In this blog post, she shares some tips to help both the learners and the trainers stay focused without getting burned out.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Learner Engagement

Why Go Live? Accountability & Shared Purpose in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Feb 2, 2021 12:32:50 PM

02022021 Why Go Live? The Importance of Accountability and Shared PurposeIt’s 7:30 AM on a Monday morning. I’m logged in to a Zoom call with 22 strangers. A scattering of novelists. A few bloggers. Two high school students working on homework. Some folks recording podcasts. And at least one person working on their taxes.

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Topics: Virtual Collaboration, Environmental Engagement, Intellectual Engagement

Throw it in Zoom and See if it Sticks! (Part 2)

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 28, 2021 11:33:44 AM

01282021 Throw it in Zoom and See if it Sticks (pt 2) BlogIn my previous post, I discussed the importance of strong design for virtual delivery, and how to achieve it. This post addresses the challenges you’ll encounter when proposing these design approaches to your stakeholders.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Learner Engagement

Throw it in Zoom and See if it Sticks! (Part 1)

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 21, 2021 2:15:00 PM

01212021 Blog - Throw it in Zoom and See if it Sticks Part 1 (1.1)2020 was a year that witnessed a myriad of changes in the workplace, society, and how we interact, work, play, and…live. In the world of learning and development, perhaps now it’s time to catch our collective breath, and review what we’ve done. 2020 was a year when members of the learning and development community (YOU!) were leaned on heavily to re-purpose, re-develop, and sustain professional development of the workforce in the pandemic.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Microlearning, Environmental Engagement

Let's Blame the Online Platforms

Posted by Bo Saldana on Jan 13, 2021 1:45:00 PM

01132021 Let's Blame the Online Platforms BlogWait a minute...

With the unexpected arrival (at least at a much greater level) of teleworking and online teaching due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many trainers and facilitators have struggled to find the most suitable solution to deliver their classes to their students.

This boom in live remote learning has caused much debate about whether or not platforms help facilitators meet the expectations of their own students (and themselves) or whether online teaching is less stellar and effective than face-to-face classes.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Learner Engagement

Zoom Haiku

Posted by Jane Bozarth on Jan 7, 2021 12:05:00 PM

01072021 Zoom Haiku BlogA few years back, InSync producer Jakob Hofmann wrote some fun producer haiku.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Virtual Classroom - Production, Just For Fun

Virtual First - A Lasting Outcome of the 2020 Pandemic

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 6, 2021 11:27:15 AM

01052021 Blog Virtual First - A Lasting Outcome of the 2020 PandemicWelcome to 2021.

It seems that everyone is taking a collective breath as we look forward with expectation of promise and insight in a new workplace environment largely mandated by long-term impacts of COVID-19. By the time the pandemic will be deemed “over”, a large fraction of the global developed workforce will have spent nearly two years in work-at-home environments, as many companies are targeting late 2021 for reopening their offices. Some others have rethought their workplace policy altogether. In October, DropBox announced its “Virtual First” strategyas an ongoing policy “remote work (outside an office) will be the primary experience for all employees and the day-to-day default for individual work.” There is also evidence that employees want some voice in when and how they work from home, seeking a model of “flexible work” that complements, rather than intrudes upon, life at home.[i]

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Topics: Virtual Training, Global Workforce, Virtual Teams & Modern Workplace

How 2020 Is Different & Top Tips from 16 Years of Holiday Stressbusters

Posted by Jane Bozarth on Dec 2, 2020 12:54:59 PM

12022020 Blog 16 Years of Holiday StressbustersFor the past 16 years it’s been an InSync tradition to offer a free “Holiday* Stressbusters” session in late November. It’s meant to be a helpful, mostly-lighthearted look at ways of coping with things particular to the holidays: too many parties with too much food and, ahem, beverage, the feeling of being overwhelmed by so much planning and buying and wrapping and whatnot, dealing with the tensions of family gatherings, etc.

*We specify that this is nondenominational and nonspecific. I like to note the day in December 2006 I finished graduate Statistics. However, most session conversation does tend to gravitate toward Christmas.

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Topics: Motivation, Informal Learning, Virtual Learning

Normal. Ish.

Posted by Jane Bozarth on Nov 20, 2020 2:39:33 PM

Jane Bozarth Jan 2012 Tweet

I don’t remember what prompted this tweet in January, 2012, but I feel it even more strongly now than I did then. Since the onset of COVID, we have seen 3 phases of its effects on training and training delivery:

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Virtual Classroom - Production, Learner Experience