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Let's Get on Zoom: Tips for an Uninterrupted Virtual Event

Posted by InSync Training on Apr 19, 2020 2:14:29 PM

04192020 Let's Get on ZoomZoom has taken the whole world by storm. Thanks to its easy-to-use functionality, and an effort by company leadership to make it more accessible, people of all ages have started to use Zoom for work, learning, and socialization.

Zoom-hosted game nights bring friends together across distance. K-12 and college students have learned how to Zoom to stay on academic track. Corporate teams check in for virtual happy hours, critical business meetings, and essential trainings on Zoom. This virtual platform, like Webex, Adobe Connect, and others, bridges the distance felt by stay-at-home orders and closed offices and classrooms.

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Topics: Conferences, Social Learning, Other Modern Learning Topics

Help Learners Get the Most Out of Virtual Training Events

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jun 26, 2018 2:59:45 PM
Lessons Learned about Virtual Training

Jennifer Hofmann, President of InSync Training, recently joined eLearning Guild’s Virtual Classroom Panel during their 2018 Learning Solutions Conference. Jennifer and other industry experts shared their insight into the challenges, realities, and best practices of live online learning. This post, the third in the series, recaps their panel discussion.

From instructional design to delivery to production, virtual learning requires special treatment. Accustomed to the face-to-face classroom, learners often perceive live online sessions as “less important.”

How can we fight this stigma and increase learner engagement?

Nina Talley Everflow, Senior Program Manager of EnCompass, Jennifer Hofmann, President of InSync Training, Karen Hyder, Principal of Kaleidoscope Training and Consulting, and Bianca Woods, Sr. Manager of Programming for the eLearning Guild believe in the approaches detailed in this blog post.

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Topics: Conferences, Virtual Learners, Modern Learners, Modern Classroom

What are the Biggest Virtual Classroom Tool Challenges? Experts Say...

Posted by Katelind Hays on Apr 17, 2018 12:00:00 PM
Virtual Classroom FAQs Answered

InSync Training President Jennifer Hofmann recently had the opportunity to join a panel of experts at eLearning Guild’s Learning Solutions 2018 conference to discuss The Present and Future of Virtual Classroom Tools. Over the coming weeks, Getting InSync will feature highlights from this engaging, informative discussion.

A driving force behind our mission at InSync Training focuses on the idea that “If we do virtual classroom training well we can get, for many programs, an equivalent or even better experience in the virtual live online world as we can face-to-face.” Achieving this goal, though, requires hard work and an innovative approach.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Conferences

New for eLearning Guild! Microlearning in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Mar 20, 2018 1:00:00 PM

The eLearning Guild logo Virtual classroom learning and microlearning have become commonplace in corporate training. Both options adapt beautifully to the modern classroom, which strives for adaptability, flexibility, and accessibility. At face-value, though, the connection between this EdTech option and this design model seems ambiguous at best.

As training professionals, we do our best to keep up with current trends in the field. We attend webinars to learn about design thinking, go to conference presentations on the latest thinking about augmented reality and training. And subscribe to blogs that promise to bring is everything we know about hot topics like mobile learning and gamification. 

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Topics: Conferences, Microlearning, Modern Classroom

Exploring the Virtual Conference Experience

Posted by Phylise Banner on Feb 7, 2017 12:15:00 PM

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Virtual Conference Learning ConferenceAttending a conference in-person is not always an option. Budget constraints, scheduling, and getting approvals can often prevent you and your staff from participating as attendees, or even presenters. 

More and more, we see virtual conference options being offered – either an entire virtual conference, or the virtual attendance option for an on-site conference. These live virtual learning experiences have extensive benefits (and limited drawbacks) if they’re well produced and facilitated.

The Producer Perspective

I have been producing and facilitating virtual conferences for several organizations for the past five years. These are virtual tracks at the conferences, meaning that we broadcast only specific sessions that are taking place on-site. This gives attendees a multi-day experience with sessions chosen from the overall schedule to be streamed live.

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Topics: Conferences, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

Face Time: Tips for Maximizing the Conference Experience and Your Personal Learning Path

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Feb 3, 2017 12:05:00 PM

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Training Conferences Personal Learning Pathways Remember the adage “the cobbler’s children have no shoes?” It’s a reference to the fact that we tend to be so focused on using our expertise and special talents to help others, that we neglect our own needs. 

That is so true for us in the L&D profession. We dedicate our careers to enabling others to be successful while often not managing our own personal learning paths. And when we do focus on our own talent development, we overlook the value of true face time.

Let’s face it, all this virtual, online learning is great. But getting together to learn can be energizing, and fun! An in-person training conference can be a great learning opportunity that keeps you connected to trends, new training approaches, and can expand your personal learning network.

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Topics: Conferences, Personal Learning Networks, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

Reimagine Your Role: ATD TechKnowledge 2017

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

atd techknowledge ATDTK

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: Blended Learning, Conferences, Learning Experience Architect

What's One Thing All Learning Professionals Need to Know?

Posted by Katelind Hays on Sep 29, 2016 7:09:44 PM

What Learning Professionals Need to KnowLearning professionals are an incredible group of people. Not only do we adapt to and overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges, like limited budgets and constraining timelines, but we freely share our wisdom with our learners and each other.

While Jennifer Hofmann was onsite at Training Magazine’s Online Learning Conference, she asked a number of industry expert experts to teach her, and her YouTube audience, one thing. This blog post summarizes their collective wisdom.

You can watch the full videos on our YouTube Channel.

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Topics: Conferences, Modern Learning

The Internet of Things and Launching Learning Ideas

Posted by Katelind Hays on Sep 22, 2016 6:38:43 PM
The Internet of Things

2016 Online Learning Conference Recap

Greetings from Chicago! Members of the InSync Training team, including Jennifer Hofmann, have had the privilege of attending Training Magazine’s 2016 Online Learning Conference (OLC). This three-day, in-person learning event highlights some of our most favorite things about our industry: a community of practitioners who believe in collaboration and the transformative power of online learning.

With learning legends and rising stars on the presentation agenda, the lessons learned were innumerable. In the spirit of the modern classroom, which supports skill-building through access to a myriad of resources, we would like to share takeaways from two of the keynote sessions, and some resources to support key themes present in the conference agenda.

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Topics: Conferences, Trends, Modern Learning

A Learning and Development Journey: An Expert's Story & Perspective

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jul 5, 2016 1:52:23 PM

Personal Learning JourneyPart of InSync Training's Expert Interview Series 

During the Association for Talent Development's 2016 International Conference and Exposition, I had the privilege of interviewing our friend in the industry, Courtney Vital. She shared her personal journey in training, and her opinions about the future of the learning and performance industry. 

Who are you and what is your area of expertise? 

My name is Courtney Vital, and I'm Chief Learning Officer at the Human Capital Institute. Previously, I was the Senior Director of Education for ATD (the Association for Talent Development). My entire career has focused on professional development and learning, and I couldn't imagine working in another field!

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Topics: Conferences, Trends