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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

LxD: Designing for Learners, Not Just Content

Posted by Jane Bozarth on Nov 3, 2020 9:39:07 AM

11032020 Blog - Designing for Learners Not Just ContentHave you ever been sent to training that just didn’t ring true? Perhaps it presented steps as too simple (“Then just get everyone to agree and implement your plan”) or offered unworkable performance tips (“Set aside a half-hour every day to reflect on your obstacles and achievements”) or included a tipoff that the designer had no idea about the reality of your work (My postal-service husband says he laughs at the unrealistic training videos he’s assigned to watch, because “the customers always have exact change”.)

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Modern Learners

Facilitation Tips Series, Part 4: Disaster Recovery (aka Keep Breathing)

Posted by Jane Bozarth on Oct 14, 2020 12:32:13 PM

10142020 Blog - Disaster RecoveryYears ago when I was teaching virtual facilitation skills, there was a section called “disaster recovery”. I poked fun at this, saying it seemed a bit too dramatic and asking if there had ever really been a Code Blue in a breakout room. Truth is, though, sometimes things do go wrong, and great staff with a great plan can keep hiccups from turning into full-blown failures.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices

Virtual Producers add Value and Expertise from Behind the Scenes

Posted by Jane Bozarth on Oct 7, 2020 1:34:03 PM

10062020 Blog Virtual Producer DayMany years ago - can it really be nearly 20? - I was first learning to work in the virtual classroom. Back then, the tech was very new and still often wonky and unpredictable, so it was a given that this was a team endeavor, with the facilitator always working with a producer. I didn’t know at the time what a gift this would turn out to be: When I introduced virtual classroom events in my workplace, no one ever questioned the need for and the value of a producer, and no one ever asked me to try flying solo.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Production

Facilitation Tips Series, Part 3: Why are You Using Icebreakers?

Posted by Jane Bozarth on Sep 30, 2020 12:30:00 PM

09302020 Blog Facilitation Tips Series 3While researching evidence-based practices for the virtual classroom, I was looking for specific examples of activities that supported proven approaches like retrieval practice and feedback. What I found mostly were hundreds -- literally hundreds -- of sites and blog posts and articles promising ideas for “engagement and interaction” that were usually nothing more than lists of “icebreakers”, often just the same ones repeated from site to site and post to post. And y’all: I remember doing “2 Truths and a Lie” at a trainers meeting in 1996, and it wasn’t new then.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation