InSync Training

Taking Your Training Global? Don’t Forget Instructional Design!

Posted by InSync Training on Nov 14, 2019 9:00:00 AM

41475275_sAs our organizations expand, we will rarely create a training program that will only have one delivery run in one location.

The very nature of multinational corporations demand global learning initiatives. Even businesses classified as “small” now include dispersed team members (ours does – InSync’s 70 practitioners live and work on almost every continent).

Problematically, many stakeholders believe that rolling out global training just means “deliver existing content to every cohort.”

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Global Virtual Classroom, Blended Learning Instructional Design

Virtual Learning 101: Answers to Three Common Training Questions

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Oct 22, 2019 8:00:00 AM

67049633_sMore organizations than ever have transitioned from traditional face-to-face training to virtual classrooms. And since no training element stands alone, most blends include live online components of some kind.

But, even as technology becomes more ubiquitous in corporate learning, decision makers and practitioners have questions about its efficacy.

My team compiled the questions they most commonly hear in their day-to-day work. When I reviewed them, I recognized that the answers speak to core best practices and the value platforms like Zoom, WebEx, and Adobe Connect contribute to enterprise training.

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

InSync and Comtec: A Vision for Truly Global Learning

Posted by InSync Training on Oct 3, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Connecting global workforce Classrooms no longer require four walls and desks. Thanks to virtual classroom platforms like Zoom, AdobeConnect, WebEx, and more, training’s reach now crosses continental boundaries. Alongside the possibilities provided by flexible blended learning design, new challenges emerge.

Experts strive to create equivalent training experiences in the virtual classroom. We want live online learning to meet or exceed the expectations of our learners and stakeholders. Purposeful instructional design contributes to our meeting this goal, as does first-rate facilitation. But as organizations become more diverse, the learning function must do more to ensure all learners in all locations feel engaged in and by the professional development process.

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Topics: Global Virtual Classroom, Announcement

Powerhouse Virtual Classroom Producers Share Their Tips for Success

Posted by InSync Training on Sep 24, 2019 9:00:00 AM

120534079_sGlobal training depends on digital platforms like eLearning, microlearning, and virtual classrooms. When dealing with multiple time zones and diverse learner groups, creating equivalent training experiences requires planning and professionals.

And while we acknowledge that facilitators act as the face of live learning events, producers power the sessions. They do much more than “open the room.” They act as learner advocates, a second voice delivering content, and an extra pair of hands juggling the many balls involved in effective modern learning.

Our production team includes the best in the business. So, what tips and tricks do they use to make sure every virtual learning session comes together into a seemingly seamless event?

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

How to Deliver Value in Global Training Programs

Posted by InSync Training on Sep 19, 2019 9:30:00 AM

36650816_sHere we are in 2019. In our experience, every training professional at every organization understands the need for global training solutions. And because no training content should stand alone, these modern learning rollouts should focus on blended experiences.

In our work with individual practitioners and huge corporations, we recognize that standalone virtual or face-to-face training events no longer meet the needs of our learners or support the way businesses function today.

Success starts with acknowledging the need for comprehensive, perpetual, personalized digital blends. But without stakeholder buy-in and strategic implementation, a worldview mindset won’t impact the bottom line or learner skill building.

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Topics: Global Virtual Classroom

Calendars & Clocks: Key Components of a Global Training Program

Posted by InSync Training on Jul 23, 2019 10:00:00 AM

88717335_sRecently, the InSync Team worked with a large corporate client on an extensive blended virtual program roll out.

With multiple two-hour live, online sessions and self-directed activities supporting thousands of learners in Company X’s offices across the global training program, logistics proved to be a veritable logic puzzle. Not only did content need contextualization (and regionalization in some cases), but each live session needed a supportive and talented instructional team.

Success depended upon the correct placement of all the puzzle pieces. And while our team has a long history of designing, staffing, and managing large virtual initiatives, this process provided a helpful reminder about the truth of planning global programs: we need to keep calendars and clocks top of mind.

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Topics: Global Virtual Classroom

3 Advanced Facilitation Techniques that Lead to Virtual Classroom Success

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Feb 19, 2019 11:38:55 AM

7635486_sAdoption of virtual classrooms for training delivery has become a critical component of an organization’s learning strategy. Unfortunately, we’ve been delivering one-way webinars for so long, it is difficult for facilitators to make the transition to a more collaborative instructional approach. 

New facilitators need to start with the basics, including being able to:

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

Going Global: Expanding YOUR Personal Learning Network (Curated Resources)

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 31, 2019 12:28:47 PM

13865905_sThis month, we spent a lot of time addressing how your organization can implement a global learning initiative. We discussed that the winning formula for going global is finding the right balance between content and people, and then identifying how to connect content and people throughout instructional design and training delivery processes.

Learning how to take your training programs global isn’t easy. It takes personal evolution from instructional designer or project manager to becoming a learning experience architect. And this change requires an investment in your own professional development. You need to understand the business of learning, modern design technologies and strategies, and be able to identify opportunities for collaboration that make sense.

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Topics: Global Virtual Classroom, Personal Learning Networks

Why Do We Need a Global Training Approach?

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jan 29, 2019 11:59:04 AM

39259405_sVirtually There Session Recap

More likely than not, your organization now has a global component. Whether you work for a Fortune 50 company with regional offices all around the globe, or a small startup with a single team in a different country, the demographics of your training audience have changed.

How do you adapt to this new modern workplace reality? Jennifer Hofmann, President of InSync Training, recently answered this question during her Virtually There session, Implementing a Training Program Across a Global Organization – A Practical Guide.

Before you start transitioning your training to support a more diverse learner group, answering a more fundamental question will put you in the right mindset: Why do we need to change our training programs at all?

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Topics: Global Virtual Classroom, Virtually There

Going Global - Myth: Leading a Global Training Project Is as Easy as 1-2-3

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 17, 2019 9:00:00 AM

26034744_sOkay. Not really. Leading a global training project takes more than being an instructional designer or a trainer or even a project manager. I've identified three critical steps to leading a successful global training project:  

  1. Evolving your role into a learning experience architect. 
  2. Mastering how to connect people and content in a way that meets the needs of the business and the learners.  
  3. Creating a plan that addresses the complexity of a global rollout
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Topics: Blended learning, Virtual Classroom, Global Virtual Classroom, Learning Experience Architect, Personal Learning Networks, Blended Learning Campaigns, Virtual Training