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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

Enabling Virtual Learners By Design: Virtual Facilitation

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on May 23, 2014 1:00:00 PM

This is the last post in a series of six which examines how to enable virtual learners. The first post introduces the series.

Virtual_TeamsAdoption of educational technologies isn't just new to our learner audience, it is often a new experience for the people facilitating the process. Ensuring that facilitators are ready to support the process will go a long way towards maximizing the return on investment of time and budget

The facilitator is the glue that holds the other four considerations together: learner motivation, opportunities to collaborate, a blended experience, and usable technology.

The virtual facilitator plays a vital role in ensuring that learners are successful. Whether participating via a traditional, virtual, self-directed, or blended approach, learners need to feel as though they have developed a personal rapport with the facilitator.

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Topics: Virtual Facilitation, Enabling Virtual Learners by Design Series

Enabling Virtual Learners By Design: Usable Technology

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on May 22, 2014 11:30:00 AM

This is the fifth post in a series of six which examines how to enable virtual learners. The first post introduces the series.

A seemingly obvious way to enable virtual learners is to provide useable and accessible technology. However, useable and accessible technology means more than just a system that operates. It requires technology that works efficiently, access to support tools, and programs that are designed to effectively use the technology. More importantly, facilitators must orient learners to the new environment.

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Topics: EdTech, Virtual Learners, Enabling Virtual Learners by Design Series

Enabling Virtual Learners By Design: Creating A Blend

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on May 21, 2014 1:00:00 PM
This is the fourth post in a series of six which examines how to enable virtual learners. The first post introduces the series.

In a previous post, I discussed that blended learning is not a passing fad, and implementing blended learning is key to enabling virtual learners. 

We have many options available to us when creating blended training programs. We can build self-paced programs using learning portals, websites, and e-learning. We can develop moderated discussions using social media, discussion boards and email. Finally, we can create real time events using traditional classrooms, videoconferencing, and virtual classrooms. The trick is learning what technologies to use and how to facilitate the blend.

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Topics: Blended learning, Design, Virtual Learners, Enabling Virtual Learners by Design Series

Enabling Virtual Learners By Design: Creating Collaboration

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on May 20, 2014 1:00:00 PM
This is the third post in a series of six which examines how to enable virtual learners. The first post introduces the series.

A key to enabling virtual learners is to design opportunities for learners to interact and collaborate. But how do you make virtual learning a collaborative experience?

The answer sounds simple: find ways to bring participants together for social interaction or to solve a problem. Unfortunately, building collaborative exercises remains a major stumbling block for instructional designers when creating virtual or blended programs. Let's look at some techniques you can use to ensure that your virtual programs, both self-directed and live online, hit the mark.

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Topics: Design, Collaboration, Virtual Learners, Enabling Virtual Learners by Design Series

Enabling Virtual Learners By Design: Introduction

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Apr 23, 2014 1:00:00 PM

This is the first post in a series of six which examines how to enable virtual learners. 

We all know that the use of virtual classrooms, e-learning, and blended learning has gone beyond a trend to become an accepted and permanent part of the learning mix. It’s hard to find a subject that isn’t, in some form and at some level, taught online. Whether it’s astronomy or zoology, Arabic or Zulu, addition or…well…you see where I’m going with this. Besides being plentiful, online programs are often low-priced or sometimes even free!

This begs the question: With so much content and technology readily available, why don't people seem to be learning more? And why are so many people being forced to learn online at (metaphorical) gunpoint?

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Topics: Blended learning, Virtual Learners, Enabling Virtual Learners by Design Series