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3 Tricks Training Can Steal from Marketing for More Engaging Learning

Posted by Katelind Hays on Mar 10, 2020 11:48:00 AM

 

92065621_sDid you know? The 2019 LinkedIn Learning report discovered that learning leaders ranked “increased engagement with training programs” as their second most important focus area?


Would it surprise you even more to learn that, despite the perceived importance of increasing

engagement in learning initiatives, this same study revealed that L&D professionals only spend

“15% of their time promoting their programs?” Understandably, solid instructional design and

memorable delivery often occupy our efforts, frustratingly leaving little room for marketing considerations. 

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Topics: Virtually There, Learner Experience, learner engagement

Advanced Virtual Facilitation Techniques to Create Learner Engagement

Posted by Katelind Hays on Feb 26, 2020 11:45:57 AM

Advanced Virtual Facilitation Techniques

Virtually There Session Recap

Think back to the first time you ever facilitated a webinar, virtual training session, or a meeting. How did you feel about it? Most people, including members of our experienced team, found the process stressful. The very technology that allows for creating connections across great distances, intimidates seasoned pros. And even if the virtual classroom platform works without a hitch, we often wonder, “did learners get anything from that experience?” 

Karen Vieth, InSync’s lead facilitator, joined the Virtually There series on February 19 to share her insights into how advanced delivery can mean the difference between simple interaction and true learning in the virtual classroom. 

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Topics: Virtually There, learner engagement, Advanced Facilitation Learner Engagement, Virtual Facilitation

Research Helps Identify Learner Engagement Trends

Posted by Charles (Chip) Dye on Feb 18, 2020 12:20:00 PM

TThe Disengaged Learner 02182020 Bloghe InSync Training team congratulates Chip Dye, Lead Researcher and Director of Client Relations, on the defense of his dissertation and completion of his PhD program at the University of Connecticut. As part of our 20 Modern Learning Lessons Learned in 20 Years series, Chip highlights the purpose and value of his research into learner engagement. 

A casual review of current literature in academic research finds more than 300 scholarly articles and more than 2,000 trade articles in 2019 alone that use the term “learner engagement,” but few commentators define learner engagement. It is perhaps the ubiquity of the usage that allows researchers and commentators to continue the practice without a strict definition – it is assumed everyone knows what is meant by the term. Most practitioners in the learning and development industry, be it K-12 public education, post-secondary instruction, or industry professional training, can easily distinguish an “engaged” learner from one that is not engaged, in many cases simply on sight. 

Anecdotally, it is easy to “see” when someone is not engaged, but much more difficult to articulate what is meant by “learner engagement.” In the industry, learner engagement has developed into a short-hand term that loosely represents an amalgam of learner subject-matter interest/expertise, attitude, motivation, mastery, and self efficacy. Moreover, it is often explicitly or implicitly assumed that an engaged learner will achieve better outcomes against measurable rubrics than one who is not engaged.

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Topics: Research Study, Environmental Engagement, Intellectual Engagement, learner engagement, Lessons Learned

Virtual Learning 101: Learner Engagement and Session Scheduling

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Nov 19, 2019 10:00:00 AM

89011256_sA few weeks ago, I responded to a number of fundamental questions about virtual learning. And in the process of reviewing the inquiries my team frequently receives when working with modern learners, new clients, and in established programs, I realized that much confusion remains around this learning environment.

Like the answers I recently provided to three common blended training questions, these answers also focus on practitioner core competencies and technology basics.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Global Virtual Classroom, learner engagement

5 Ways Facilitators Can Stimulate Intellectual Engagement in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Aug 27, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Intellectual learner engagementThis is the second installment in a three-part series that explores actionable approaches facilitators can use to improve learner engagement through purposeful facilitation.

Can the virtual classroom actually achieve the same learning results as a face-to-face approach? Or is it a ‘second best’ solution?

I believe that, if our approach is authentic and well-designed, facilitators can ensure that virtual learning is REAL learning. And help learners recognize this as well.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Advanced Facilitation, Intellectual Engagement, learner engagement, Advanced Facilitation Learner Engagement

8 Ways Facilitators Can Foster Environmental Engagement in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Aug 20, 2019 10:00:00 AM
Environmental Engagement

This is the first installment in a three-part series that explores actionable approaches facilitators can use to improve learner engagement through purposeful facilitation.

If a tree falls in the woods and no one witnesses it, does it make any noise? If an individual hates the virtual classroom, does it have an impact on the success of the program?

Of course it does.  The learning environment and the learner are both changed by contributions from the learner, interactions with the other learners, delivery of content, and interactions with the facilitator. In the case of the virtual classroom, this environmental engagement begins with comfort with the capabilities and requirements of the virtual classroom.

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Topics: Environmental Engagement, learner engagement, Advanced Facilitation Learner Engagement

Learner Engagement in the Modern Classroom

Posted by Katelind Hays on Oct 22, 2015 2:00:00 PM

Learner_Engagement_in_the_Modern_ClassroomATD Session Recap

Graciously hosted by the Association for Talent Development (ATD) on Friday, October 16, Jennifer Hofmann presented, Learner Engagement in the Modern Classroom.

The agenda for the session was, “To answer a lot of questions about the way modern learning works, and how learning professionals engage their participants.”

This post will include highlights from each question discussed.

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Topics: Modern Learning, learner engagement