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What Does it Take to Create Better Blended Learning? Chris King Weighs In

Posted by Katelind Hays on Aug 13, 2019 9:30:00 AM

blog.insynctraining.comhubfssocial-suggested-imagesblog.insynctraining.comhubfssocial-suggested-imagesblog.insynctraining.comhubfssocial-suggested-2No training event stands alone. For maximum impact, each learning resource, event, and activity should integrate into a larger, more comprehensive experience.

But how do learning professionals, who have a multitude of traditional models in their toolkit, adapt their approaches to support this evolution?

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Topics: Modern Blended Learning, Modern Learning on the Air

Are You A Virtual Trainer? How to Engage your Learners at an Advanced Level

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Aug 8, 2019 1:48:07 AM

InSync_HiringInfographicCompetent virtual facilitators have quite a few enviable skills.

They’ve been trained on the nuances of how to teach virtually and have mastered their virtual classroom platform. (Zoom, WebEx, Adobe Connect, etc.) They consider the principles of adult learning throughout every delivery. They manage the entire experience. And so much more!

The infographic associated with this post provides a pretty detailed list of the qualifications and responsibilities of a good virtual facilitator, in a “job posting” format. (Download here and feel free to adapt for your own use!)

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

7 Steps to Constructing a Learning Scenario

Posted by InSync Training on Aug 6, 2019 10:04:00 AM

29210017_sScenario-based learning offers a powerful instructional design option. This process “uses interactive situations to engage non-engaged learners in active learning strategies.”

Designers leverage available technology to create experiences in which learners can solve problems and interact with provided situations to learn new skills.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Blended Learning Instructional Design, Scenario-Based Learning, Learning Scenario

Facilitators: Evolve from the Sage-on-the-Stage, to the Guide-on-the-Side

Posted by InSync Training on Aug 1, 2019 10:01:00 AM

92999423_sWe talk a lot about learning journeys. The modern learning landscape has evolved, and standalone programs no longer exist.

Learners reasonably expect personalized, relevant training experiences. Designers understand that their role has changed to accommodate complex perpetual learning programs that resemble winding pathways.

But what about facilitators? How has their responsibility shifted in the age of learning journeys?

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Modern Learning, Modern Learners

Summer School's in Session!

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jul 30, 2019 10:15:00 AM

30142618_sI’m in the middle of my second (and last!) summer of my MBA candidacy. After work every weekday and on Saturdays, I commute 40 miles to class. There I learn about finance, accounting, and leadership – all topics critical to my future career success.

But, as I get into my car and drive in the exact opposite direction of the beach in the pursuit of perpetual learning, I feel a little sad. Even with my goal defined, my forward momentum falters as I think about the missed opportunity to lounge in a cabana instead.

And while I face an extreme version of summer school, everyone struggles with their personal professional development during peak vacation season. So, what can we do to keep learning, even when the summer sun calls our names? I turned to the InSync Team for advice, and, as always, their wisdom proved illuminating and practical.

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Topics: Professional Development

How to Prepare for Virtual Classroom Success

Posted by InSync Training on Jul 25, 2019 10:00:00 AM

121532459_sEven though virtual classroom platforms have existed for over 20 years, many learners and learning professionals struggle to thrive in this environment.

One of the reasons is that the same technology "bells and whistles" that designers and facilitators use for engagement activities can distract and overwhelm our audiences.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Best Practices

Calendars & Clocks: Key Components of a Global Training Program

Posted by InSync Training on Jul 23, 2019 10:00:00 AM

88717335_sRecently, the InSync Team worked with a large corporate client on an extensive blended virtual program roll out.

With multiple two-hour live, online sessions and self-directed activities supporting thousands of learners in Company X’s offices across the global training program, logistics proved to be a veritable logic puzzle. Not only did content need contextualization (and regionalization in some cases), but each live session needed a supportive and talented instructional team.

Success depended upon the correct placement of all the puzzle pieces. And while our team has a long history of designing, staffing, and managing large virtual initiatives, this process provided a helpful reminder about the truth of planning global programs: we need to keep calendars and clocks top of mind.

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Topics: Global Virtual Classroom

Multitasking in the Modern Virtual Classroom

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jul 18, 2019 9:00:00 AM

28259640_sThink back to the last webinar or virtual training session you attended. I’m willing to bet that you divided your attention between the event and other things like email, lunch, or a pressing project.

We don’t judge! Even the most committed learners and seasoned virtual classroom experts have a tendency to multitask in this learning environment. And for good reason – we all juggle an increasing number of competing priorities, and our organizations keep decreasing the amount of time available for learning.

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

4 Ways to Optimize Your Dynamic Learning Performance Ecosystem

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jul 16, 2019 11:07:26 AM

44244853_sVirtually There Session Recap

“How many of you have a dynamic learning performance ecosystem in place today?”

Expert Gary Wise kicked off his recent Virtually There session with this thought-provoking question.

Most organizations have a learning ecosystem that attempts to change based on business and learner needs. The modern learning landscape requires some level of training content adaptability and personalization.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Learning Performance Ecosystem

3 Advanced Facilitation Tips for Next Level Virtual Learning

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jul 11, 2019 11:37:28 AM

114438212_sVirtually There Session Recap

Virtual classrooms make up just one piece of the modern digital learning experience. Facilitators have the tall order of creating learner engagement in this complex, technical, and sometimes distant-feeling learning environment.

Karen Vieth, Lead Facilitator for InSync Training, has nearly two decades of experience overcoming these challenges and helping others build their skills as virtual instructors. During her recent Virtually There session with Jennifer Hofmann, she shared three advanced facilitation tips that have become cornerstones to her instructional approach.

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Topics: Advanced Facilitation