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Proving the Value of Blended Learning

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Feb 6, 2017 12:05:00 PM

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Value of Blended Learning Two years ago, I made the argument that blended learning represents a true shift in the profession. Since then, blended learning has cemented itself as so much more than a passing fad. But now that blended learning is here to stay, how do we prove its value to our organizations?

Because of its ability to create true skill building for its learners, I embrace and support blends, and suggest you effectively communicate three blended learning truths to your stakeholders to gain buy-in.

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Topics: 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs, Blended learning

Overcome Your Blended Learning Phobia

Posted by Katrina Baker on Jan 30, 2017 12:07:00 PM

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Blended Learning Organizational LearningBlended learning programs can be a beautiful thing. Need to cover a global workforce? Use virtual classrooms to engage learners everywhere. Can't get employees to leave their desks? Bring learning opportunities to their desks in the form of short videos, quick reference guides, and fun simulations. Mix learning content together to create interactive training programs. 

But wait, you say, it’s not that easy. My organization has expectations. 

Your organization may expect learning to take place in person. In their opinion, if there isn't a person in front of the classroom, teaching with an apple on their desk, it's not “real” training. Sometimes the perception comes from your learners - other times it's from your leaders. Either way, it will take time to change your organization's collective mindset.

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Topics: 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs, Blended learning

Creating Your Personal Learning Pathway

Posted by Phylise Banner on Jan 27, 2017 12:06:00 PM

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Personal Learning PathwaysYou may have noticed that I’ve been contributing quite a bit to this series, and you may have seen my name pop up more often in the InSync Community. In the next few months, you’ll be seeing even more of me within this community, as I’ve taken on the role of Curator for the InSync Blended Learning Hub, which launches on March 6. Very exciting! 

In case you haven’t heard yet, the InSync Blended Learning Hub, launching March 6, 2017, provides modern learning professionals with a collaborative makerspace. Each month, learners embark on personal professional development journeys focused on a key training topic. All learning campaigns include curated resources, exclusive content, live online learning events, and a supportive community of peers.  

As curator, my job will be to guide you through the learning campaigns that we will feature each month in the Blended Learning Hub, and to help you connect the dots as you progress along your personal learning pathway.

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Topics: 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs, Blended learning, Blended Learning Hub, Personal Learning Networks

EdTech Tools and Apps For Creating Knowledge-Based Content

Posted by Phylise Banner on Jan 19, 2017 12:05:00 PM

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We opened this series by introducing six technology toolbox compartments that are used in blended learning to provide content, develop interaction, and perform assessment. Knowing which tools to use in each piece of your modern learning design improves the learning experience. This week, we’ll start our deeper dive into these compartments by looking at knowledge and content technology tools and apps. EdTech learning tools and apps

EdTech Tools and Apps for Creating Documents

I use the standard tools and apps including Microsoft Office Suite, Google Docs, Open Office, Adobe Acrobat, InDesign, and Framemaker. A few mobile apps I have explored are CloudOn, and iWork. Both of these are much easier to work with than Mobile office, and cost less than $10 each.

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Topics: 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs, EdTech, Blended learning

9 Terms That Create the Language of Modern Blended Learning

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 16, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Access InSync's complete 2017 “50  Modern Blended Learning Blogs" series here.  Subscribe for daily updates.The time has finally come to take the ‘e’ out of eLearning. (Pause for applause...)Language of Modern Blended Learning

Words matter -- especially when trying to communicate new ideas and teach new concepts. Terms like microlearning, virtual classrooms, and mobile learning no longer resonate with our learners.

In this modern learning landscape, the old training language just doesn’t work anymore. Terms like ‘eLearning’ and ‘webinar’ just don’t represent what the modern instructional designer, or Learning Experience Architect, is trying to accomplish.

Their goal is to integrate content, exercises, and assessment, into a seamless curriculum, regardless of what delivery technologies or instructional pedagogies are used.

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Topics: 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs, Blended learning, Modern Learning

Reimagine Your Role: ATD TechKnowledge 2017

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 12, 2017 4:00:00 PM

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I'll tell you a secret. I enjoy speaking at ATD TechKnowledge more than I do ATD ICE. The people at this conference are so focused on a common goal - using EdTech to support the learning function. Everyone you talk to has a story to tell and a problem to solve - and I believe I learn more from the attendees then they learn from me!

If you attended and have feedback or would like to continue the conversation reach out to me on Twitter @InSyncJennifer #ATDTK.

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Topics: Learning Experience Architect, Blended learning, Conferences

Sorting Through the EdTech Toolbox: 6 Blended Learning Tool Categories

Posted by Phylise Banner on Jan 12, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Access InSync's complete 2017 “50  Modern Blended Learning Blogs" series here.  Subscribe for daily updates.Blended Learning EdTechWe keep saying that technology is just a tool, but what do we really mean? I have a full toolbox out in the garage, but I have to admit that I’ve used a shoe to hammer a nail into the wall on more than one occasion.

Are we using the right tools to design, develop, deliver, facilitate, produce, and curate learning? Or, are we using our shoes, staplers, or anything sturdy enough that we have on hand to get the job done?

In the end, does it really matter?

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Topics: 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs, Blended learning, EdTech

Redefining Instructional Design for Modern Blended Learning

Posted by Phylise Banner on Jan 11, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Access InSync's complete 2017 “50  Modern Blended Learning Blogs" series here.  Subscribe for daily updates.As the world evolves around us, the scope of modern blended learning shifts constantly. Within that shift, how do we define modern instructional design?

We know that our work is impacted by evolutions in learning theories, technologies, and the way humans have adapted to new technologies. In all of this change, one key thing remains coDesign Thinking  Blended Learningnstant -- we design to meet the needs of our learners in their moments of learning need.

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Topics: 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs, Instructional Design, Blended learning

The Learning Experience Architect: Reimagining Your Role

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 9, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Access InSync's complete 2017 “50  Modern Blended Learning Blogs" series here.  Subscribe for daily updates.Architect.jpgHow are you handling all of the changes in the new Learning and Development landscape?

If you’re like me, you’re realizing that having a narrow professional focus isn’t an option anymore. Instead, you’re broadening your approach in order to stay current. You are curating content, participating in learning communities, and learning to build content using new edtech. It's definintely not the job you signed up for, is it?

It's time to reimagine your role. 

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Topics: 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs, Blended learning

Designing Your Personal Learning Path: A Blended Learning Approach

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 6, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Access InSync's complete 2017 “50  Modern Blended Learning Blogs" series here.  Subscribe for daily updates.When we talk about the modern learning experience it’s important to remBlended Learning Personal Learning Pathember that we are all modern
learners. It’s easy to lose sight of that fact when we spend our days designing learning experiences for others. You have a choice in how you learn, just like the learners you're developing and designing training content for. 

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Topics: 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs, Blended learning, Social Learning