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In Celebration of Modern Learning Instructional Designers

Posted by InSync Training on Mar 18, 2020 12:15:00 AM

Instructional Designer Day celebration blogBig News! Today, InSync Training hosts our first-ever Instructional Designer Day celebration. Moving forward, we will dedicate the third Wednesday of March to highlighting the important contributions of those who create training programs of all sizes and types. Each year, this informal holiday will include kudos and tips shared on social media using #InstructionalDesignerDay, complimentary content and events, and more. We encourage you to join the virtual party by using the social media hashtag to give shoutouts to colleagues, commenting on this blog, and extending the festivities to your organization!

Have you ever attended a learning program that helped you build new skills? Have components of a blend that captured your attention and engaged your brain? Have you walked out of a classroom and thought, “Wow! I learned something valuable today!”? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you need to thank an instructional designer!

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Topics: Design, Instructional Design

Modern Learning Culture Resource Bundle

Posted by InSync Training on Sep 16, 2015 2:59:26 PM

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Today’s workforce is more global, mobile, and social than ever before. This presents unique challenges to training professionals, most notably: how do we best support these learners?

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Design, Engagement, Modern Learning

It's All in the Game: Considerations for Designing Effective, Engaging Instructional Games

Posted by Dr. Stephen Slota on Jul 7, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Games have been a hot topic in education and industry since the early 2000s, with more organizations seeking to apply games as a way to motivate and engage clients, trainees, and professionals seeking new learning opportunities. But, even though the design process might seem all “fun and games” on the surface, it’s more nuanced than it looks.

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Topics: Design, Gamification

Enabling Virtual Learners by Design Resource Bundle

Posted by InSync Training on Jul 2, 2015 6:44:39 AM

Establishing yourself as an effective instructional designer or facilitator requires that you are knowledgeable, effective, and dynamic in the virtual and blended classroom. Unfortunately, while navigating new and emerging technologies, focusing on learning needs can sometimes fall to the wayside. Even understanding what participants need in order to successfully complete an online learning initiative can prove to be challenging. And, as we all know, if you can't engage your learners, your learning initiative will likely fail.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Design, Engagement, Podcasts and Videos, BYTE, Enabling Virtual Learners by Design Series

Learning Across the Performance Spectrum: Designing for the Moment of Need

Posted by InSync Training on Jun 30, 2015 12:27:03 PM

On June 22, 2015, Candice Kramer shared her insights into "Learning Across the Performance Spectrum," with the InSync BYTE series attendees. (Click here to view the full recording of the session.) During this session, Candice shared some key insights that deserve reiteration.

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Topics: Design, InSync BYTE Recording

Virtually There: Developing Competencies of Virtual Classroom Designers

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jun 22, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Virtual instructional designers will need to participate as learners in the environment and be trained on how to use the technology to its best instructional advantage.

If you would like your virtual classes to meet, or even exceed, the quality you expect from traditional deliveries, you need to strategically think about how to prepare your team to be successful in the virtual classroom. Prior experience as a designer, facilitator, or learner in a traditional classroom does not guarantee success when moving to a virtual environment. Everyone involved in the learning process needs to acquire the skills they need to master the additional competencies required for the virtual learning environment.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Design, Virtually There

Resources: Virtual Instructional Designer Competencies

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Apr 9, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Virtual instructional designers manage the development of learning solutions for live, virtual classroom-based instruction.  Without the designer there would be no content to deliver.  They connect client needs to solutions through analysis and execution of an effective design process.  They make the material come alive by adding context to the content through teachable stories and engaging activities.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Virtual Classroom, Design

Why & How to Include “Performance Notes” for Virtual Classroom Courses

Posted by Roger Courville on Mar 3, 2015 11:18:00 AM

This post was originally written by Roger Courville on The Virtual Presenter blog. Many thanks for sharing.

Why and how every instructional designer should include “performance notes” for virtual classroom courses 

Think about how written music works. Looking at something on a piece of paper is a FAR cry from real music, right? So what do composers and arrangers do?

They include a myriad of annotations that give a musician looking at the sheet music direction on volume and tempo and repeats and mood and on and on.

And instructional designers should take note (pun fully intended).

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Topics: Design

Virtually There: Best Practices for Developing Blended Content that Meets Your Learning Goals

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Feb 21, 2015 11:00:00 AM

To ensure success, end-to-end project management is critical.

Congratulations! You’ve created an instructional design plan that includes validated learning goals and objectives and an assessment plan, and maps the learning outcomes to the most appropriate delivery methodologies. The next step is to get this plan off of the virtual drawing board and into development.

Developing virtual and blended learning programs is not a “plug-and-play” scenario. Most organizations are relatively new to blended learning, and chances are no one individual has the expertise or time to develop or launch a blended curriculum. To ensure success, end-to-end project management is critical.

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Topics: Blended learning, Design

Virtually There: 5 Best Practices for Designing Virtual and Blended Learning

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 26, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Spending a day or two planning on paper, away from authoring tools and virtual classroom environments, will go a long way toward making sure your development initiative is on track.

Designing for the face-to-face delivery is hard enough; how do you transfer those skills to the virtual and blended delivery environments? Virtual learning is live learning delivered via a virtual classroom such as WebEx Training Center or Adobe Connect. Participants and facilitators interact and collaborate through speaking, whiteboards, breakout rooms, and other engagement types. Blended learning is a program in which performance objectives are matched to the most appropriate delivery medium or technology, including virtual training, self-paced training, and traditional classroom instruction. Program design determines the delivery method, and not the other way around.

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Topics: Blended learning, Design, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices