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Part Two: Using Facilitation to Connect with Your Audience at a Deeper Level

Posted by InSync Training on Oct 29, 2019 9:00:00 AM

49817284_sRecently, we explored the theory behind how facilitators can quantify and qualify learner engagement in the virtual classroom. A theoretical foundation provides a jumping off point for practical application.

Our team relies on a number of tried-and-true facilitation methods to connect with live online learners more deeply and more meaningfully. For virtual facilitators, effectively “reading their audience” ensures learning actually happens.

These three techniques allow you, the facilitator, to move beyond basic presentation skills and towards more effective instruction that encourages learners to synthesize ideas and apply what they’ve learned in the protective classroom environment.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Advanced Facilitation

Part One: Using Facilitation to Connect with Your Audience at a Deeper Level

Posted by InSync Training on Oct 17, 2019 8:30:00 AM

101312958_sGood modern learning facilitators possess virtual classroom literacy, are technically savvy, and practice good time management skills.

All three of these characteristics contribute to a solid foundational skillset.

But taking your competencies from good to great involves an advanced approach to learner engagement, platform management, and content delivery.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Advanced Facilitation

3 Characteristics of Good Virtual Classroom Facilitators

Posted by InSync Training on Oct 10, 2019 11:24:00 AM

Engaging virtual classroom facilitator What makes a virtual classroom facilitator good at what they do? Clients and learners ask us this question regularly. Heck, we ask ourselves this question regularly since it speaks to the fundamental value we deliver through our work! Because facilitators deeply impact the overall blend, our answer addresses technical expertise AND those fuzzy soft skills. 

In our experience as both learners and experts, good virtual classroom facilitators….

  • Demonstrate virtual classroom literacy.
  • Are digitally literate.
  • Manage time well.

In practice, these skillsets focus on the learner first, while the technology offers a way to achieve their goals.

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Topics: Facilitation, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Professional Development, Advanced Facilitation

Try the Spacing Effect to Encourage Intellectual Engagement

Posted by InSync Training on Sep 12, 2019 10:31:50 AM

63292081_sIn modern blended learning, what learners think about information presented during the training experience matters. In fact, our research shows that this learner reaction perfectly defines the concept of intellectual engagement.

Intellectual engagement relies on intent. Did we design this content in a way that encourages learners perceive it as relevant, timely, and efficient? Did we deliver the information thoughtfully so that learners understand what the business expects of them?

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Topics: Advanced Facilitation, Advanced Facilitation Learner Engagement

5 Ways Facilitators Can Stimulate Intellectual Engagement in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Aug 27, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Intellectual learner engagementThis is the second installment in a three-part series that explores actionable approaches facilitators can use to improve learner engagement through purposeful facilitation.

Can the virtual classroom actually achieve the same learning results as a face-to-face approach? Or is it a ‘second best’ solution?

I believe that, if our approach is authentic and well-designed, facilitators can ensure that virtual learning is REAL learning. And help learners recognize this as well.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Advanced Facilitation, Intellectual Engagement, learner engagement, Advanced Facilitation Learner Engagement

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

The Balancing Act of Today's Virtual Facilitator: Trainer, Coach, and Mentor

Posted by Karen Vieth on Jun 25, 2019 12:50:27 PM

58530795_sBringing balance to the blend isn’t an uncommon topic for our blog and the idea that we need to match learning objectives to the most appropriate instructional strategies and technologies is the foundation to our campaign approach to designing blended learning.

But there is more to the balancing act than just design. Once the development is complete, it’s the job of the facilitator to guide learners though their journeys.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Modern Blended Learning, Advanced Facilitation

Change the Perceived Paradigm and Prioritize Learning

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jun 11, 2019 10:00:00 AM

109806883_sThis weekend I read an article, How to Work with Adult Learners: What to keep in mind when teaching your peers.

Applying adult learning principles to peer-based interactions is interesting to me, so I thought I'd give it a quick read. The author was speaking to individuals who are preparing for presentations in meeting type settings. It contained typical advice for individuals new to creating presentations:

  • Adults want to know the "why.” 
  • They want their prior knowledge to be respected. Relevance is of the utmost importance. 

Good stuff.

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Topics: Modern Learning Culture, Modern Workplace, Advanced Facilitation

6 Simple Tips for Stellar Virtual Classroom Facilitation

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jun 6, 2019 1:22:01 PM

24314269_sWhether presenting an informational webinar or facilitating a multi-part virtual learning series that’s part of a larger blend, teaching live online requires pizzazz and purpose.

As more corporate L&D programs move online, a tried-and-true facilitation process can set you up for success (in fact, we offer a comprehensive train-the-trainer program to help practitioners create a comprehensive toolkit).

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Modern Classroom, Advanced Facilitation

Virtual Classroom Facilitators: Enabling Engagement & Learning

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jun 4, 2019 10:02:24 AM

59906697_sIn the mid-1990s, virtual classrooms (then known as ‘synchronous’ classrooms) were new. (Don’t believe me? Read some history here!) So new, most people had never heard of them.

But the people who HAD heard of virtual training were very excited. Soon, they proclaimed, none of us would ever have to go to a brick and mortar classroom again! All the ingredients were present to disrupt the Training & Development industry: trainers, participants, and PowerPoint slides! What else did we need?

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Modern Classroom, Advanced Facilitation