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Stories from the Virtual Trenches: 3 Common Virtual Classroom Challenges

Posted by InSync Training on Jul 29, 2020 9:00:00 AM

07282020 Blog 3 Common Virtual ChallengesLike in all professions, Learning & Development faces its fair share of challenges. Changing global dynamics, evolving business needs, and a diverse audience all contribute to a complex, and confusing, pathway forward.

The virtual classroom offers a solution to many of the broad obstacles training functions face. This learning environment supports organizations of all sizes and types, while seamlessly integrating into comprehensive, personalized, easily updated blends. And while the live online training environment provides flexibility and results, it does come with obstacles. By considering them ahead of time, you can avoid the pitfalls that will derail desired progress.

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Topics: Advice From The Virtual Trenches, Team Insight Series

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Posted by InSync Training on Apr 16, 2020 5:00:05 PM

blog.insynctraining.comhubfs50242602_s-1The InSync Training team includes over 80 practitioners, working and supporting effective virtual learning events all over the world. Our experts often share stories about unexpected outcomes, surprising interruptions, and quick-thinking resolutions. As part of our 20th anniversary celebration, we enthusiastically share their anecdotes. Whether you have worked in the virtual classroom for years or just began transitioning to this learning environment, you can learn something new!

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Topics: Advice From The Virtual Trenches, Learner Engagement, Team Insight Series

Stories from the Virtual Trenches: Smooth Production in Chaotic Times

Posted by InSync Training on Feb 12, 2020 12:06:56 PM

Multitasking virtual classroom producer saves the dayFebruary’s installment of the InSync 20th Anniversary Team Insight series pulls the curtain back on virtual classroom stagehands: The Producer. Read the other blogs in the series to learn about modern learning instructional design, facilitation, and implementation from the best in the business! 

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Production, Producer, Advice From The Virtual Trenches, Team Insight Series

Stories from the Virtual Trenches: Extreme Facilitation

Posted by InSync Training on Jan 29, 2020 11:01:32 AM

01292020 Stories from the Virtual Trenches Extreme Facilitation blog imageYou may have heard the news that the InSync Training team will spend all of 2020 celebrating an important organizational milestone: 20 years of driving digital engagement in the virtual classroom.

Innovation and thought leadership from founder Jennifer Hofmann laid the foundation for the success of the business, but she argues our longevity reflects a team effort. Over the last two decades, our team has grown to over 80 practitioners, modeling learning best practices from their home offices all across the globe. 

And as we look forward to continuing to design, deliver, and manage impactful training programs long into the future, we asked the InSync team to look back. What have they learned about learning during their careers? What do they wish organizations and learners knew about blended virtual training? What story sticks out to them as particularly memorable? 

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Topics: Facilitation, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Advice From The Virtual Trenches, Virtual Facilitation, Team Insight Series

Advice from the Virtual Trenches - Facilitating Through the Chaos

Posted by InSync Training on Jun 27, 2019 10:52:16 AM

Facilitating in Crazy Circumstances This post is part of an occasional series “Advice from the Virtual Trenches” where we share real lessons learned when virtual and blended learning didn’t go as planned.

If you’ve ever attended a virtual learning event or webinar, you know that hiccups can and will happen. Access links may not work, audio may disconnect, video may freeze, background noise may disrupt instruction. Add in the element of human error, and the possibilities for technical difficulties become seemingly endless.

Thoughtful instructional design helps ensure that content presented in this learning environment aligns with platform capabilities. But instructional teams offer “on the ground” support and expertise to preemptively avoid and successfully troubleshoot these common modern learning challenges.

We asked our facilitators for their stories about how they handled it when things went wrong in the most unexpected ways. These stories serve as advice from the virtual trenches that you can take back to the job for insight into the possibilities of instructional adaptability!

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Advice From The Virtual Trenches

Advice From the Virtual Trenches – Virtual Training Success Might Mean Changing the Learning Culture

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Mar 5, 2019 9:32:33 AM

How to change the learning culture using virtual classroomsThis post is part of an occasional series “Advice from the Virtual Trenches” where we share real lessons learned when virtual and blended learning didn’t go as planned.

Virtual classrooms have been available to training organizations for over 20 years. As someone who has specialized in this domain during that entire time, I tend to forget that not every organization has adopted virtual training as an acceptable alternative to more traditional approaches.

I was definitely reminded of this recently when we worked with a global organization to implement their first substantive virtual training project.

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Topics: Modern Learning Culture, Advice From The Virtual Trenches, Virtual Teams & Modern Workplace

The True Story of a Virtual Classroom Meltdown!

Posted by Kathy Piazza on Oct 31, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Corporate learning superhero Picture it: You’re a veteran virtual learning producer. You’ve arrived forty-five minutes ahead of a session, you’re well prepared…and everything goes wrong. Do you panic? Or do you put all your skills to good use?

InSync Training’s veteran producer Kathy Piazza managed to keep her cool in a high-pressure producing situation, and managed to keep the session moving and the learners on track.

In this blog post, she shares her step-by-step, moment-by-moment, rollercoaster ride of a session.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Production, Advice From The Virtual Trenches

Advice from the Virtual Trenches: 10+ Rules For Virtual Facilitators

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Apr 8, 2014 1:00:00 PM
Exceed Virtual Learning Expectations

It was a dark and stormy night… and like most nights, I was in a training session – a virtual training session in a virtual classroom platform. The difference was, this time I was a learner, and not the facilitator.

I know that I am a particularly harsh critic when it comes to the quality of virtual training. I have a difficult time participating in a program even when delivered by my closest colleagues – professionals whom I consider to be among the best virtual facilitators in the world – always thinking to myself how I would do things differently regarding pacing, engagement techniques, and interpersonal style. Everyone has their own style, opinions, and perspective, and I do my best to respect them when in their classes.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Advice From The Virtual Trenches, Learner Engagement