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Follow The Learners: Identifying the Moments of Learning Need

Posted by Phylise Banner on Jan 23, 2017 12:05:00 PM

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According to Bersin by Deliotte, the modern learner is overwhelmed, distracted, and impatient. Sound familiar? And, on the up side, the modern learner is untethered, accessing information on-dMoments of Learning Need Modern Learners emand, collaborative, and empowered. 

These new ways that we access information, contribute content, interact, communicate, collaborate, and create new knowledge is made possible by new technologies and innovations in old ones.

The modern learner embodies this change and possibility, gives us the opportunity to shake up the way we’ve been doing the same old thing, and breathe new breath into the way we serve our learners in their moments of learning need.

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

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: Engagement, Modern Learning, BYTE

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: Engagement, Gamification, BYTE

Designing Learning for Behavior Change

Posted by InSync Training on Jun 21, 2016 1:00:00 PM

 BYTE session recap - Talk to the Elephant: Design for Behavior Change

While people know the right things to do, many aren’t doing them. Why? On June 14th, Julie Dirksen, creator of Usable Learning, shared her perspective and theories about this commonplace quandary.  Using the metaphor, “Your brain is like a rider with an elephant,” from the book, The Happiness Hypothesis, by Jonathan Haidt, Julie explained the reasons behind common behavior change challenges.

This post will discuss how behavior change works, with a focus on the importance of motivation, and how it can help your instructional design process. To review Julie’s full presentation, click here.

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Topics: Engagement, Change Management, Instructional Design

Virtually There: Learner Engagement - Why is it Important?

Posted by Charles (Chip) Dye on May 12, 2016 12:34:33 PM

And how can we measure the effect of engagement of instructional outcomes?

Learner_Engagement_in_the_Modern_Classroom_blog_post-1.jpgIn my previous article, learner engagement was defined as turning on three factors:

  • An emotional response to the training—How does the learner “feel” about the content and its presentation/treatment?
  • An intellectual response to the training—Does the instructional experience require and involve the learner’s intellect?
  • An environmental response to the learning—Do the learners interact with the learning environment and is the environment changed because of the training?

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Topics: Engagement, Virtually There

Personalized Learning: Overcoming Engagement Problems

Posted by Katelind Hays on Apr 14, 2016 1:00:00 PM

30725939_s.jpgBYTE Session Recap

Cheryl Lasse, Managing Partner of SkillDirector, joined the ranks of our guest BYTE series presenters on April 5. Participants learned about overcoming Learning and Development’s engagement problem, why existing solutions don’t work, and an alternate approach. 

This post shares highlights from Cheryl’s session, including two daunting L&D trends, and a step-by-step guide to implementing personalized learning. 

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Topics: Engagement, BYTE

How to Engage Modern Learners: When to "Push" and When to "Pull"

Posted by Katelind Hays on Mar 24, 2016 3:52:35 PM

How_to_Engage_Modern_Learners_When_to_Push_and_When_to_PullTraining Magazine Network Session Recap

On Tuesday, March 8, Training Magazine Network (TMN) provided InSync Training President Jennifer Hofmann with a platform to share “How to Engage Modern Learners: When to Push and When to Pull.” This subject resonated with the TMN audience because, as Jennifer pointed out, “Does your expectation of how you learn align with what it was even a couple of years ago? Of course not, because we’re modern learners and we have a lot of choices in how we learn.”

Now that learners are starting to expect that these choices are available to them, how do L&D professionals meet those expectations?

This blog will share key points from Jennifer’s presentation and provide guidance for creating learning programs that engage learners and adapt to the modern workplace culture. For more information, you can access the full session recording here.

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Topics: Engagement, Modern Learning

Virtually There: Learner Engagement in the Modern Classroom

Posted by Charles (Chip) Dye on Feb 4, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Virtually_There_Learner_Engagement_in_the_Modern_ClassroomLearner engagement turns on three factors: an emotional response to the training; an intellectual response to the training; and an environmental response to the learning.

Engaging learners has always been a challenge. Not only has training evolved into a blended learning model, the “Modern Classroom” is influenced by multicultural cohorts, a mobile workforce, and social networking tools. Managing these influences and integrating them into a blended program requires planning, training, and understanding from all members of the training delivery team.

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Topics: Engagement, Virtually There, Modern Learning

Virtually There: Gamifying Your Virtual Classroom

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Nov 5, 2015 11:00:00 AM

GamifyThe key is to make sure you never lose sight of your learning objectives. All of your game's prompts or "missions" should be identical to real-world skills/learning objectives.

As virtual classroom design techniques evolve, it is natural for organizations to want to include the newest design trends in their programs. With the very social/collaborative nature of the virtual classroom, it’s understandable that gamification of these designs seems such a good fit.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Virtual Classroom, Facilitation, Engagement, Virtually There, Gamification

The Modern Virtual Classroom Requires Personal Digital Presence

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Nov 5, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Pencil_with_musicThis November I am exploring Digital Writing Month, a “30 Day Adventure to the World of Digital Narrative and Art.” 

The November 4 2015 post by Rusul AlRubail concludes with:

Digital writing merges traditional forms of writing with the digital world. “Digital” does not refer to the tool. “Digital” refers to our presence on these tools and platforms, how we exist, behave and interact with others using the same space we are. 

If digital writing merges traditional forms of writing with the digital world (read the post!), then digital conversation merges traditional ways of “talking” with digital expression. This concept of how we incorporate personal digital expression will influence the evolution and future of #edtech.  This is a future where ‘”e-learning” becomes “learning.” Where “virtual classrooms” become “real” classrooms. Where the way one chooses to communicate doesn’t matter because all forms of communication are equivalent.

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Topics: What I learned today, Engagement, EdTech