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7 Keys to Modern Blended Learning Success

Posted by Katelind Hays on Mar 23, 2017 1:05:00 PM

BYTE Session Recap

Modern Blended Learning Blended TrainingOver the past 200 years, training has been moving in the wrong direction. Our approach to training and education no longer supports how learners work. Guest BYTE speaker Martyn Lewis explored a modern solution to an old-school problem.

Read more for Martyn’s definition of our learning struggles, how to get started with blended training, and the seven keys to a successful learning and development approach.

Watch Martyn’s BYTE recording for a discussion of learning through the ages, moving away from the physical classroom, the 7C approach to blended learning and a case study. Click here for the recording.

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Topics: BYTE, Blended learning, Modern Learning, Instructional Design, Blended Learning Hub

Using Emotional Intelligence for Agile Learning

Posted by Marjorie Derven on Mar 16, 2017 12:05:00 PM

How does building emotional intelligence allow learning professionals to be more effective at their jobs? This blog by Marjorie Derven, guest InSync BYTE series speaker, introduces the connection before her March 21 live online learning event. Register to attend her BYTE session now to expand on the perspective shared here. 

Emotional Intelligence workplace learningToday’s world is changing at a dizzying pace, with increasing volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity—known as “VUCA” in Army War College terminology.  We know that high levels of change cause stress---and stress can block our ability to be effective learners. This is problematic, because being an agile learner—curious, adaptable, open to change, and having the resilience to keep on trying to learn despite making mistakes along the way—is more important than ever. 

In fact, our ability to learn is arguably a requirement for survival.  As we experience new and challenging situations, there may not be a past model to refer to. It is essential to be able to ask critical  questions such as “What is most important now?” "What is different and the same about this situation compared with others I have seen in the past?" and, “If I think creatively, what are some better answers?” Constructive questions, combined with the humility to be open to new ways of thinking, enables us to best gain perspective to address new situations. 

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Topics: BYTE, Agile Learning, Emotional Intelligence

Can I Get a Copy of the Slides? The Case for Blended Training

Posted by Martyn Lewis on Feb 7, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Martyn Lewis, Principal and Founder of 3GS, joins the ranks of both InSync guest bloggers and BYTE presenters. Don't miss his BYTE session, Reversing 200 Years in the Wrong Direction with Blended Training, on February 28, 2017. 

Blended Learning Blended TrainingThere is always at least one. One person in a training program, or worse still, that couldn’t make it to the program, that asks, “Can I get a copy of the slides?"  I am on a personal mission to never hear anyone ask for a copy of the slides again.

Why do we so often hear people ask for a copy of the slides?  Simply put, it is in the belief that the learning content of the training program exists across a sequential series of PowerPoint slides. It is the belief that if you were to “read” the slides, you could get the content, rather like reading a book.

However, in defense of those who ask that question, we have trained them to think this way. Frequently training programs are designed, or rather not designed, by using PowerPoint like a book upon which to spread out our content.  

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Topics: BYTE, Blended learning

Understanding the Power of Storytelling In Business

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jan 24, 2017 9:26:00 AM


Storytelling in Business Christine MilesBecoming a more effective learning professional requires a number of skills, none more important than clear communication. 

Christine Miles, Co-Founder and Chief Architect of CI², spent years developing a framework that helps people communicate more powerfully. On January 17, Christine generously shared how storytelling provides the foundation of her proven approach with BYTE session attendees.

Read more to learn about the importance of story, why story works, and the elements needed to tell a good story. To review all of Christine’s helpful communication skill-building advice, click on the title to access her BYTE session recording, Mastering Storytelling for the Business Conversation. 

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Topics: Storytelling, BYTE

Making Sense of Technology Overload

Posted by Katelind Hays on Nov 22, 2016 3:05:19 PM

BYTE Session Recap

32082831_s.jpgToday’s workers, and by extension, our learners, often feel burdened by technology overload. Always connected often means “never unplugged.” How, as both practitioners and people, do we untangle ourselves from the sticky tech web, and make real connections?

Kittie Watson, former Chair of Tulane University’s Communication Department and Founder of Innolect, discussed this exact problem with BYTE session attendees recently.

This blog defines technology overload, the benefits of unplugging from our devices, and how, as a leader, you can encourage smart technology usage for your team.

Access Kittie’s full BYTE recording to learn about the connection between dialogue and employee engagement, how to encourage listening, dialogue, and conversation to address a company’s pressing challenges, and apply techniques for getting back to communication basics.

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Topics: BYTE

Young Adult Learners & Engagement: What's the Deal?

Posted by Katelind Hays on Oct 27, 2016 5:04:40 PM

BYTE Session Recap

37507571_s.jpgAs learning professionals, we have the immense responsibility of teaching a more diverse group of learners than ever before. For the first time ever, organizations have four generations in the workforce. All of them have unique skills and preferences. How do we create programs that support all of participants, especially Millennials who keenly and intuitively use technology? Jennifer Hofmann, President of InSync Training, recently explained how to engage modern learners with our BYTE audience.

This blog post will define learner engagement and how it relates to young adult learners. For more information about the modern classroom, learning environments, and specific steps for creating engaging modern learning programs, watch Jennifer’s BYTE recording, Learner Engagement in the Modern Classroom

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Topics: BYTE, Engagement, Modern Learning

Reengaging Learners Using Gamification and Game-Based Learning

Posted by Katelind Hays on Oct 13, 2016 8:57:30 PM

BYTE Session Recap

28203479_s.jpgKarl Kapp, gamification expert and friend of InSync Training, recently helped BYTE session attendees "solve the case of the disengaged learner," and provided detailed recommendations for effectively including games in our instructional designs.

This blog post will define the differences between gamification and games in learning, the various types of gamification, and the science behind why our learners’ brains respond positively to gamified learning programs.

To learn more from Karl, access his full BYTE session recording here.

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Topics: Gamification, Engagement, BYTE

Infographics and Your Brain: Using Science to Boost Learning

Posted by Katelind Hays on Oct 4, 2016 5:39:47 PM

BYTE Session Recap 

36416766_s.jpgResident InSync Training design expert, Karin Rex, knows that captivating visuals can improve learning retention and the value of your training materials.

Karin’s recent BYTE session, Harnessing the Power of Infographics As Teaching Tools, highlighted these benefits. Her session, and the associated recap blog post, were so popular, we’re now sharing the science behind why graphic visuals have such power in the classroom.

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Topics: Infographics and Tools, BYTE

Using Curation to Make Sense of Content Overload

Posted by InSync Training on Aug 9, 2016 2:59:40 PM

BYTE Session Recap

57318336_s.jpgToday’s workforce is learning in new ways, and it’s deeply impacting the way Learning and Development professionals need to approach training. Not only do we need to design effective traditional learning programs, but we also need to provide structure to the informal learning taking place on a daily basis in our organizations.

Recently, Sarah Danzl, Director of Enterprise Marketing and Communications at Degreed, provided a timely recommendation for managing this changing landscape. In her expert opinion, when done correctly, content curation can create this much-needed support to informal learning opportunities.

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Topics: Trends, Modern Learning, BYTE

Making Learning Active Beyond the Classroom

Posted by Katelind Hays on May 10, 2016 1:49:13 PM

BYTE Session Recap

Blog_-_Making_Learning_Active_Beyond_the_Classroom.jpgToday’s Learning and Development professionals know that 90% of learning takes place outside of formal training events. How can we ensure that our learners continue to learn effectively, even when they aren’t enrolled in our structured programs?

On May 3, InSync Training friend and learning leader Elaine Biech explained how to make learning active beyond the classroom. Her extremely popular BYTE session discussed the 70-20-10 model in detail, shared 101 ways to implement learning outside of the classroom and suggested useful resources for continued attendee education.

This blog post will provide an overview of Elaine’s explanation of 70-20-10, and her answers to participant questions posed during her session. To review all of the wisdom and advice shared by Elaine, access her full BYTE recording here.

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Topics: Modern Learning, BYTE