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Lessons Learned About Modern Learning in 2019

Posted by InSync Training on Dec 3, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Modern Learning LessonsLike every year before it, 2019 proved game-changing, awe-inspiring, and insightful.

With only a few weeks left until a new decade, our team felt nostalgic.

What did we learn in the last 365 days? Quite a bit, and we’re sure you did too.

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Topics: Modern Learning, Modern Blended Learning, Lessons Learned Series

3 Tricks for Engaging Learners When Virtual Training Ends

Posted by InSync Training on Sep 26, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Engaging learners during informal learningHere at InSync Training, we have a mantra that guides our design and delivery practice: “Nothing stands alone.”

We no longer live in the days of siloed training – every resource, activity, and session should connect to a larger learning experience that aims to generate true skill building.

Sure, this sounds great in theory. But how do we actually keep learners engaged and invested after live online training ends?

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Topics: Modern Blended Learning, Learner Engagement

Declare Your Independence From Tired Training

Posted by InSync Training on Jul 2, 2019 12:11:31 PM

Exciting and engaging learning experiences This week, America celebrates Independence Day. We come together at barbecues, on the beach, and with family and friends to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

While the United States of America has officially existed since 1776, the virtual classroom has only provided a viable training option for about 20 years.

In honor of this holiday, we urge you to declare your independence from outdated training and embrace the possibilities of modern blended learning.

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Topics: Personal Learning Networks, Modern Blended Learning, Modern Classroom

The Balancing Act of Today's Virtual Facilitator: Trainer, Coach, and Mentor

Posted by Karen Vieth on Jun 25, 2019 12:50:27 PM

Virtual Facilitators Balance Many Roles Bringing balance to the blend isn’t an uncommon topic for our blog and the idea that we need to match learning objectives to the most appropriate instructional strategies and technologies is the foundation to our campaign approach to designing blended learning.

But there is more to the balancing act than just design. Once the development is complete, it’s the job of the facilitator to guide learners though their journeys.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Modern Blended Learning, Advanced Facilitation

What’s in a Name? Digital Learning

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jun 18, 2019 10:00:00 AM

digital learning Would it surprise you to learn that, on Wikipedia, the following three phrases are equivalent?

Online Learning --------------> eLearning ------------------> Educational Technology 

I agree that these three terms are often used interchangeably but not always consistently.

Having so many ways of saying the same thing is understandably confusing the people not in the learning and development community. I think it’s also confusing to those of us designing, developing, and delivering content every day.

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Topics: Modern Blended Learning, digital learning

Why Make the Change from Training to Learning Campaigns?

Posted by Katelind Hays on May 28, 2019 12:25:01 PM

Using a Campaign Model in Corporate LearningLearning is a process.

As workplaces rapidly evolve to adapt to changing market dynamics, skill building must change too. Trainers work to support technical and soft-skill improvement within the same program.

How can we balance both? By using learning campaigns.

Campaign Basics

Traditional training usually includes:

  • Pre-work
  • A live event (either face-to-face or in the virtual classroom)
  • Homework
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Topics: Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Campaigns, Blended Learning Instructional Design

4 Success Factors for Effective Blended Learning

Posted by Katelind Hays on May 16, 2019 11:47:17 AM

Tips for Successful Blended LearningVirtually There Session Recap

The future of learning is blended. As content becomes more complex, learner attention spans shorten, and new technologies emerge, a combination approach to training offers engagement and impact.

But what stars need to align in order to create an effective blend? Expert Dr. Rebecca Sutherns joined the Virtually There series to share five case studies from her career that defined her personal best practices. Four success factors proved particularly pertinent to our processes.

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Topics: Virtually There, Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Instructional Design

5 Reasons to Design Blended Learning Using a Campaign Approach

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on May 15, 2019 11:32:07 AM

Blended Learning CampaignsWith plenty of new instructional strategies, techniques, and technologies available to us to create modern learning, it seems creating a comprehensive and instructionally sound blended learning solution should be fairly easy.

But it’s not.

Simply stringing together a bunch of learning assets into the curriculum isn’t enough to encourage individuals to complete the blend. That’s because blended learning is much more than content associated with a common theme. Blended learning should create a purposeful learning journey; a journey in which the traveler recognizes the value of each step along the way.

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Topics: Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Campaigns, Blended Learning Instructional Design

3 Tricks for Facilitating Blended Learning

Posted by Katelind Hays on May 7, 2019 11:43:42 AM

Tips and Tricks for Virtual FacilitationHas your organization jumped on the blended learning bandwagon, yet? This formal- and informal-learning combination approach to training moves beyond “hot trend” – it offers the opportunity to support learners after structured events end.

We focus quite a bit on the instructional design required for this more comprehensive learning model. It makes sense. Blended programs include many moving parts, and the associated complexity requires thoughtful design. After all, we have to create an environment that supports learner engagement and knowledge retention, and this begins at the proverbial drawing board.

But, facilitation matters, too. Design helps us plan for program success. Solid instruction enables that success.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Modern Blended Learning

Tick Tock, Blended Learning on the Clock

Posted by Katelind Hays on Apr 4, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Blended Learning TimingThe design and implementation of blended learning includes many moving parts. We consider the LMS that will host all the content, and the virtual classroom platform on which we will deliver live online components. We consider our learners, and the skills they need to build, and the wisdom they already possess. We also consider where learning will happen – whether in a classroom, on a mobile device, at a learner’s desk, or on-the-job.

One element we often overlook, though? Time. By not thinking through how learning takes place, we limit the potential of our programs.

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Topics: Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Campaigns, Blended Learning Instructional Design