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Tales from the Virtual Classroom Crypt

Posted by Katelind Hays on Oct 31, 2018 10:00:00 AM

85388587_sIt was a dark and stormy Tuesday, and all across the globe seasoned virtual classroom facilitators faced a malicious monster: a modern classroom meltdown. “What happened?” you inquire.

Well, the things that go bump in the night during training programs seem innocuous enough, but they send shivers down the spines of training practitioners and scare modern learners from engaging in future programs.

Two particularly terrifying tales may have you preparing for your next training session a little more seriously.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, Global Virtual Classroom

Incorporating Technology into the Training Room

Posted by Jenny Holt on Oct 9, 2018 10:00:00 AM

This month, guest contributor Jenny Holt explores the helpfulness of technology in supporting both virtual learners and virtual teams.

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Studies show that conversation between colleagues boosts performance by 20%, but this can be challenging to make the most of when remote teams are increasingly split across the globe.

Training is an area of business where communication is absolutely key - the prevalence of remote and virtual teams places even more responsibility on the virtual trainer to bring teams together regularly and enable meaningful interaction between members. There are various aspects of technology that can be used effectively to make the training experience more streamlined, while also boosting overall team performance in the process.

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Topics: EdTech, Global Virtual Classroom, Virtual Teams

Face-to-Face Gone Virtual

Posted by Karen Vieth on Sep 20, 2018 12:24:14 PM

92402816_sIn the modern classroom of today, trainers find themselves in various situations they may not have prepared for. One of common situation is going virtual.

Does this sound familiar? You’re going along training for years and then BOOM your company decides to jump on the virtual classroom train. The big question settles in, “How do I make this virtual classroom space feel like a face-to-face classroom?”

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Topics: Global Virtual Classroom, Modern Classroom, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation

How to Support Diverse Learners in Global Classrooms

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jun 1, 2018 12:45:00 PM

11292017 Modern Learning on the Air channel twitterA Modern Learning on the Air Interview with Beth Yoder and Peter Byebierggaard.

Bersin research confirmed what many of us already know: global teams define the modern workforce. Our organizations include diverse teams, connected by innovative technologies. Organizationally learning functions now work in a new standard: multicultural classrooms.

Learners bring unique and varied viewpoints to our training events. And that’s fantastic! But how does Learning & Development support this reality?

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Topics: Global Virtual Classroom

3 Tips for Successful Virtual Learning Events

Posted by Katelind Hays on May 29, 2018 1:14:22 PM

45890595_sWhat is there left to learn about designing, producing, and facilitating virtual learning? So much! This blog is the second in a series recapping the recent Virtual Classroom Panel hosted by eLearning Guild during their 2018 Learning Solutions Conference. Read the first post, What are the Biggest Virtual Classroom Tool Challenges? Experts Say…

With all the virtual tools in all the land, creating successful live online learning programs requires planning. How do we set people up for success in this training environment? What do we, as the people designing and facilitating the learning experience, need to do in order to create a really positive virtual experience?

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Topics: Global Virtual Classroom, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices

Inclusive Delivery: Ensure Your Blended Learning Strategy Meets Diverse Demands

Posted by Keyanna Schmiedl and Stephanie Goodell on Mar 15, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Inclusive Delivery blog post graphic 3 13 2018.pngWhat do you know about the changing demographics of the United States? Pew Research Center found that, “Americans are more racially and ethnically diverse than in the past, and the U.S. is projected to be even more diverse in the coming decades.” With the U.S. becoming more diverse, and with this shift in the population demographic, comes the need to diversify learning solutions. 

As L&D practitioners, the demands of our job now require us to not just expect different faces in the room, but learners with different needs and abilities, both in person and online. The popularity of blended learning has increased exponentially over the years and is now being heralded as one of the most cost-effective ways to distribute information and impact behaviors across organizations. 

How can you ensure your blended learning strategy meets these diversity demands?

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Topics: Multicultural Groups, Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Instructional Design, Global Virtual Classroom

The Global Learner is Self-Directed

Posted by Global Teams on Feb 22, 2018 6:03:15 PM
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In early 1999, Sugata Mitra and some colleagues sunk a computer into the opening of a wall in New Delhi, India. In the nearby slum poor people were desperately struggling to survive. The screen was visible from the street, and the PC was available to anyone who passed by. The computer had internet access and a number of programs available, but no instructions were given for its use.

What followed was astonishing: children from the slum were glued to the computer. They couldn't get enough – they explored and learned.

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Topics: Global Virtual Classroom, Modern Learning

Stretching Your Virtual Leadership Skills

Posted by Mary Kingsley on Jun 20, 2017 1:30:00 PM

36052427_s.jpgNext month, we welcome Mary Kingsley to our guest BYTE speaker roster. As a preview for her upcoming July 11th BYTE session, Inspiring a Global Virtual Team, read on to discover how you can expand your leadership skills to accomodate a modern workforce. 

How do you stretch your virtual leadership skills?  The answer is different for every leader because each person starts at a different skill and comfort level with giving feedback, coaching, and preplanning your interactions with team members you cannot see.

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Topics: Global Virtual Classroom

5 Tips for Creating Better Global Virtual Training

Posted by Kit Brown-Hoekstra on Jan 17, 2017 11:45:00 AM
Access InSync's complete 2017 “50  Modern Blended Learning Blogs" series here.  Subscribe for daily updates.As trainers, educators and Learning Experience Architects, we depend on establishing a rapport with our learners to create a supportive learning environment. Encouraging this environment in a multicultural or online setting is more challenging. Both factors add a layer of complexity to the curriculum development.
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With planning and some research, you can build blended learning and virtual learning campaigns that accommodate multiple cultures and create an effective learning environment that engages all learners, no matter where they are.
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Topics: 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs, Global Virtual Classroom

Part 4: Managing Virtual Classroom Strategy Implementation Challenges

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jul 14, 2016 2:10:28 PM

Recently InSync Training worked with a multinational software company to maximize the value of their existing learning content by transitioning it to the virtual and blended classroom.

During this process, we discovered seven specific areas that we needed to address to facilitate this transition. We believe these challenges are universal to virtual classroom implementation. Many other organizations are undergoing this evolution, with seasoned learning professionals assisting the process.

In the spirit of the modern classroom, a learning environment defined by the accessibility of knowledge, we will detail these challenges and our approaches for overcoming them in this seven-part blog series.

To achieve the greatest understanding of virtual classroom strategy implementation challenges, begin with my first blog post in the Managing Virtual Classroom Strategy Implementation Challenges series, Redesigning Content for the Virtual Classroom.

48861062_s.jpgVirtual Classroom Implementation Strategy Challenge 4: Identify and Overcome Language & Cultural Barriers

The next step involved in successful virtual classroom implementation requires identifying and mitigating culture and language barriers.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Global Virtual Classroom, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices