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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 Series

3 Advanced Facilitation Tips for Next Level Virtual Learning

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

Taking virtual facilitation to the next levelVirtually 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: Virtually There, 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

Virtual Facilitators Balance Many Roles Bringing 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

Getting your organization to prioritize learning This 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, Advanced Facilitation, Virtual Teams & Modern Workplace

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

3 Advanced Facilitation Techniques that Lead to Virtual Classroom Success

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Feb 19, 2019 11:38:55 AM

Advanced Virtual Facilitation Techniques Adoption of virtual classrooms for training delivery has become a critical component of an organization’s learning strategy. Unfortunately, we’ve been delivering one-way webinars for so long, it is difficult for facilitators to make the transition to a more collaborative instructional approach. 

New facilitators need to start with the basics, including being able to:

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