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Taking Your Training Global? Don’t Forget Instructional Design!

Posted by InSync Training on Nov 14, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Designing Training for Global ProgramsAs our organizations expand, we will rarely create a training program that will only have one delivery run in one location.

The very nature of multinational corporations demand global learning initiatives. Even businesses classified as “small” now include dispersed team members (ours does – InSync’s 70 practitioners live and work on almost every continent).

Problematically, many stakeholders believe that rolling out global training just means “deliver existing content to every cohort.”

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Global Virtual Classroom, Blended Learning Instructional Design

Exploring the Dsquared in ADDIE

Posted by Karin Rex on Aug 22, 2019 10:15:00 AM

What do the Ds in ADDIE mean? I enjoy asking my fellow instructional designers whether they consider themselves designers or developers. Why?

Because most of the time, they answer with a question: “What’s the difference?”

And then I get to wax poetic about the differences in my two favorite phases in ADDIE: Design and Develop.

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Topics: Instructional Design, Blended Learning Instructional Design, ADDIE

What Does the A in ADDIE Stand For?

Posted by Karin Rex on Aug 15, 2019 10:00:00 AM

A in ADDIE Design ModelThe A in ADDIE stands for assessment, right? Or is it analysis? I can never remember.

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, an “analysis” is defined as, “the careful study of something to learn about its parts, what they do and how they are related to each other.” To analyze something is to separate a whole into its component parts, which allows a person to break something complex down into simpler and more basic elements.

On the other hand, an “assessment” is defined as, “the act of making a judgment about something. To assess something, you are estimating the value or character of the object.”

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Topics: Blended Learning Instructional Design, ADDIE

7 Steps to Constructing a Learning Scenario

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

How to build learning scenariosScenario-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

4 Fundamental Principles for Applying The 5 Moments of Need™

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jun 13, 2019 10:00:00 AM
The Fundamentals of the Five Moments of Learning Need

Virtually There Session Recap

Does your organization’s learning function struggle to improve long-term performance of employees? Would it surprise you that this result occurs with consistent frequency?

After nearly four decades of experience in L&D, thought leader Bob Mosher has witnessed the disappointing phenomenon over and over again.

The traditional model of training does not serve our learne

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Topics: Virtually There, Blended Learning Instructional Design, Virtual Teams & Modern Workplace

Why Make the Change from Training to Learning Campaigns?

Posted by Katelind Hays on May 28, 2019 12:25:01 PM

Using a Campaign Model in Corporate LearningLearning is a process.

As workplaces rapidly evolve to adapt to changing market dynamics, skill building must change too. Trainers work to support technical and soft-skill improvement within the same program.

How can we balance both? By using learning campaigns.

Campaign Basics

Traditional training usually includes:

  • Pre-work
  • A live event (either face-to-face or in the virtual classroom)
  • Homework
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Topics: Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Campaigns, Blended Learning Instructional Design

4 Success Factors for Effective Blended Learning

Posted by Katelind Hays on May 16, 2019 11:47:17 AM

Tips for Successful Blended LearningVirtually There Session Recap

The future of learning is blended. As content becomes more complex, learner attention spans shorten, and new technologies emerge, a combination approach to training offers engagement and impact.

But what stars need to align in order to create an effective blend? Expert Dr. Rebecca Sutherns joined the Virtually There series to share five case studies from her career that defined her personal best practices. Four success factors proved particularly pertinent to our processes.

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Topics: Virtually There, Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Instructional Design

5 Reasons to Design Blended Learning Using a Campaign Approach

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on May 15, 2019 11:32:07 AM

Blended Learning CampaignsWith plenty of new instructional strategies, techniques, and technologies available to us to create modern learning, it seems creating a comprehensive and instructionally sound blended learning solution should be fairly easy.

But it’s not.

Simply stringing together a bunch of learning assets into the curriculum isn’t enough to encourage individuals to complete the blend. That’s because blended learning is much more than content associated with a common theme. Blended learning should create a purposeful learning journey; a journey in which the traveler recognizes the value of each step along the way.

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Topics: Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Campaigns, Blended Learning Instructional Design

Tick Tock, Blended Learning on the Clock

Posted by Katelind Hays on Apr 4, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Blended Learning TimingThe design and implementation of blended learning includes many moving parts. We consider the LMS that will host all the content, and the virtual classroom platform on which we will deliver live online components. We consider our learners, and the skills they need to build, and the wisdom they already possess. We also consider where learning will happen – whether in a classroom, on a mobile device, at a learner’s desk, or on-the-job.

One element we often overlook, though? Time. By not thinking through how learning takes place, we limit the potential of our programs.

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Topics: Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Campaigns, Blended Learning Instructional Design

What’s Your Story? Narratives in Blended Learning

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Apr 2, 2019 9:19:22 AM

Stories in Blended LearningIf you were unfamiliar with L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz and read a description of the elements of the story, you’d likely see a list something like the following:

  • a haunted castle with flying monkeys, a poppy field
  • a tornado in Kansas, a village populated by wee folk
  • a forest of talking foul-tempered trees
  • a cornfield with a sentient scarecrow
  • and a yellow brick road (YBR for short).
What’s so important about these elements is that while each one contributes to the story, it is the YBR that connects them all. Indeed, it is the experiences of the characters as they travel along the YBR that is the story.
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Topics: Microlearning, Content Curation, Storytelling & Storyboarding, Blended Learning Instructional Design, Course Maps