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Stories from the Virtual Trenches: Extreme Facilitation

Posted by InSync Training on Jan 29, 2020 11:01:32 AM

01292020 Stories from the Virtual Trenches Extreme Facilitation blog imageYou may have heard the news that the InSync Training team will spend all of 2020 celebrating an important organizational milestone: 20 years of driving digital engagement in the virtual classroom.

Innovation and thought leadership from founder Jennifer Hofmann laid the foundation for the success of the business, but she argues our longevity reflects a team effort. Over the last two decades, our team has grown to over 80 practitioners, modeling learning best practices from their home offices all across the globe. 

And as we look forward to continuing to design, deliver, and manage impactful training programs long into the future, we asked the InSync team to look back. What have they learned about learning during their careers? What do they wish organizations and learners knew about blended virtual training? What story sticks out to them as particularly memorable? 

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Topics: Facilitation, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Advice From The Virtual Trenches, Virtual Facilitation, Team Insight Series

Virtually There: Gamifying Your Virtual Classroom

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

Gamification in virtual learningThe 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, Gamification & Game-Based Learning, Learner Engagement

Developing Competencies for Virtual Classroom Facilitators

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jul 21, 2015 1:00:00 PM

virtual classroom facilitation skills BYTE Session Recap

On June 15th, I presented Developing Competencies for Virtual Classroom Facilitators for our highly popular InSync BYTE series. With over 100 training professionals in attendance, the conversation was engaging and enlightening.

This blog post will highlight key commentary from the session and will cover each of the five virtual facilitator competencies we discussed. At the end of the post, you will find some additional resources to supplement the BYTE session presentation.

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Topics: Facilitation, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Virtually There

So This Happened ... Recovering from a Webinar Fail

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Feb 26, 2015 5:05:00 PM

This is a real-life webinar disaster that happened to ME this week. Keep reading to the end to review our 4-Step Disaster Recovery Process and learn how to maintain credibility when virtual classes and webinars start to experience problems.

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Topics: Facilitation, Producer

Preparing Virtual Learners

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jun 2, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Virtual Learner SuccessWhere would virtual training be without virtual learners? Clearly, we need to set them up for success. Although participants have a wide range of backgrounds, skills, and technical experience, all must learn to navigate the virtual learning environment. We must be aware that participants need to "learn how to learn" all over again in this new medium. But how do you prepare them?

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Facilitation, Virtual Learners

Virtual Classroom Implementation & Design: Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Apr 24, 2014 1:00:00 PM

At InSync Training, we often provide informational sessions to workgroups in the midst of adopting a virtual training or blended learning strategy. After the session, we summarize the questions sent in via chat and provide more in-depth answers in a follow-up email to the client.

I thought the answers to the most commonly asked questions might be of interest to my readers so here they are!

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Topics: Blended Learning, Cultural intelligence, Virtual Classroom, Design, Facilitation, Webinars, Learner Engagement

8 Facilitation Tips for Increasing Webinar Engagement

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Mar 10, 2014 12:59:00 PM

A webinar is typically a one-hour virtual presentation that is intended to share information and provide the opportunity for questions and feedback. Even though it isn't TRAINING, it is still important to engage participants.

Most virtual classrooms (Adobe Connect, WebEx, etc.) have the tools you need to keep your session on track and ensure you can be successful. Here are some engagement tips that can easily be incorporated into your facilitation repertoire.   

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Topics: Facilitation