InSync Training

5 Discoveries About Self-Paced Learning

Posted by InSync Training on Dec 13, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Self-Paced Learning Facts When we think of self-paced training content, eLearning modules often come to mind. Even with the development of “choose-your-own-adventure” content and the inclusion of bells-and-whistles, eLearning can fail to resonate with modern learners.

This narrow view of self-paced learning hinders our creativity and limits the success of our learners. What if, instead, we elevated self-paced content to better bolster our blended training? Recently, when our team worked on a self-paced instructional design project for a client, we made five surprising discoveries about this training option. 

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Topics: Self-Paced Learning Campaigns, Lessons Learned Series

InSync Training Celebrates International Women’s Day

Posted by InSync Training on Mar 8, 2018 9:00:00 AM

WBENC Seal In honor of International Women’s Day, InSync team members shared insights about working for a WBENC-certified Women’s Business Enterprise.

From Jennifer Hofmann, Founder & President

Over the years, InSync has grown to have more than 75 team members. And right now, more than 65 of them are women.

We didn’t start out to build a team of mostly women, that’s the way it turned out.

It turns out, InSync especially appeals to women. They tell me that they like the flexibility of being able to create literally their own schedules. Some work during the day, some work very early morning, and some work overnight. This gives them the flexibility to take care of other things in their lives like children or parents.

It also provides the opportunity to work at home while maintaining a professional resume. The women especially appreciate the ability to identify ways to take care of everything they need in their lives.

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Topics: Lessons Learned Series

InSync Training's Top 10 Blogs of 2017

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 9, 2018 1:57:19 PM
Top 10 Modern Learning Blogs

2017 was a big year for learning. Organizations focused on looking outside of the traditional learning box, looking to find ways to support learners in every moment of learning need, not just during formal instruction. There was a recognition that learning isn’t over just because the LMS indicates the learner completed a course.

InSync’s top 10 blogs of 2017 largely represent this trend towards learner-centered experiences, providing tools and strategies that enable learner success and continue to support the needs of the business.

Let’s take a quick look at the top 10 blogs from last year, and why they resonated with our readers.

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Topics: Modern Learning, Lessons Learned Series

Virtual Learning from a Newcomer’s Perspective

Posted by Zoe Grant on Jun 22, 2017 1:27:38 PM

Taking the Virtual Learning LeapBeing new at anything is an odd mixture of excitement, nerves, eagerness, and a tiny bit of apprehension. This is my first week at InSync, and I feel like I'm about to jump off the high diving board at the pool. My secret (shhh, don't tell!) is that I'm not a learning industry expert, and I'm learning this job as a marketing team assistant from the ground up.

I'll be learning how to write posts for social media, communicate with university clients, and generally help with whatever is needed. I’m incredibly excited for the chance to learn something completely new but also a little afraid that I will mess something up, and cause a marketing emergency (whatever that could be).

It goes without saying that I’m incredibly excited for this professional development opportunity.  I know I’ll build my marketing skills through hands-on practice. In my first week alone, I’ve had a crash course in Adobe Connect, HubSpot, Outlook, and Skype. I feel like I’ve received a whole new education in acronyms related to the virtual classroom, to say nothing of confusing The Hub with HubSpot in a meeting (whoops!).      

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Lessons Learned Series

4 Lessons Learned (About Learning) From Blogging

Posted by Danielle M. Villegas on Feb 10, 2017 1:10:00 PM

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Blogging as a Learning ToolMy knowledge of blogging was initially acquired as a graduate student for a social media course. Dr. Andrew Klobucar, who was the professor at NJIT for my social media course, stressed that social media as a whole—which included blogs—had the role of creating community. Communities usually formed under the categories of self-promotion, net-citizenry, common interests, or as an outlet for employers or workers in the marketplace.  

Our assignment involved choosing one of these categories, then creating and/or curating content to support a particular community through a blog. The blog that I started in graduate school, TechCommGeekMom, is still going strong five years after it was started, and is still considered one of the top blogging voices in the technical communication and e-learning fields.

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Topics: 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs, Lessons Learned Series

A Rose by Any Other Name

Posted by Phylise Banner on Nov 28, 2016 2:22:12 PM

A Rose When my kids were growing up, we started a ritual at the dinner table every night where each of us would take a turn answering the question, “What did you learn today?” Everyone had to answer, and when guests came to visit, they were encouraged to participate as well. At times the kids would roll their eyes and get cranky, but most of the time they were eager for their turn so that they could share.

We were a house full of educators, where teaching and learning came first. What each of us learned that day, no matter how small, prompted our conversations, debates, arguments, and laughter.

Recently I was asked to lead a steering committee through a debrief meeting at the end of a conference. In discussion with colleagues in advance of the meeting, I asked them what they thought about using the “what did you learn?” approach in the debrief meeting.

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Topics: Lessons Learned Series

Video - My Learning Journey - Part 2

Posted by InSync Training on Apr 5, 2016 1:00:00 PM

My Learning Journey - Part 2It’s official - Jennifer Hofmann, InSync Training President, is a blended learning participant!

In this video, the second in her “Personal Learning Journey” series, Jennifer shares her thoughts on the program’s technical skills session.

"Hello everyone! This is Jennifer Hofmann again with InSync Training. Welcome back to my video blog, which is exploring and capturing my personal blended learning journey. I am enrolled in a three month program that includes 16 Webex sessions, two multi-day on-sites, and a lot of collaborative, self-directed work in between. So it's exciting! I'm capturing this because, as a member of the Learning and Development community, specifically the Online Learning and Development community for the last 20 years, I've become a little bit jaded as a learner. So I want to use this experience, not just to learn this content, but to learn how to do my job better."

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Topics: Blended Learning, Lessons Learned Series

Video - My Learning Journey - Part 1

Posted by InSync Training on Mar 30, 2016 1:00:00 PM
My Learning Journey - Part 1

Jennifer Hofmann, Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) pioneer and InSync Training President, has been accepted into an elite blended learning program for small business owners.

For the first time in a long time, Jennifer is the student, not the instructor!

"It's Jennifer Hofmann with InSync Training. I'm really excited to share that I was just accepted into a really great professional development program, but as a learner, and not as a trainer. It's a blended program with two four day on-sites - very cool! 16 virtual WebEx sessions on Mondays and Fridays, to begin topics and to end topics. There's collaborative group work, online discussions. It sounds like a great blended learning experience."

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Topics: Blended Learning, Lessons Learned Series

Getting Ready to Learn [Reflections on my Blended Learning Journey]

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Mar 29, 2016 1:00:00 PM

I am very excited! I was just accepted into a fabulous professional development program, as a learner. It’s a blended program, with two four-day onsites, 16 virtual WebEx classes, collaborative group work, and online discussions.

Sounds like a great blended JH_Learning_Journey_1.jpglearning experience! I am especially excited that the course content is not related to the training and development field, and the audience is composed of a different set of peers. Business owners. I find it energizing to interact and learn with people that have such a diverse background.

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Topics: Blended Learning, Lessons Learned Series

Focus On The Experience - The Virtual Classroom Can Be A Great Leveler

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Mar 4, 2016 11:30:28 AM

Virtual Classroom as a LevelerToday I remembered that we can learn from the most unexpected sources, if we are open to the experience.

Looking for relief from the oppressive news of the day, I clicked on a link from NPR titled Meet Gaelynn Lea, The 2016 Tiny Desk Contest Winner. Usually I would pass by reading an article about the winner of a contest, but this uplifting story seemed to be what I needed today.

Then Ms. Lea said this:

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Lessons Learned Series, Other Modern Learning Topics