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Why Make the Change from Training to Learning Campaigns?

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

20896874_sLearning 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.

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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

39658959_sVirtually 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: Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Campaigns, 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

27015517_sWith 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, Learning Campaign Blueprints

3 Tricks for Facilitating Blended Learning

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

65056138_sHas 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

106103748_sThe 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

Advice From the Virtual Trenches – Virtual Training Success Might Mean Changing the Learning Culture

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Mar 5, 2019 9:32:33 AM

46569337_sThis post is part of an occasional series “Advice from the Virtual Trenches” where we share real lessons learned when virtual and blended learning didn’t go as planned.

Virtual classrooms have been available to training organizations for over 20 years. As someone who has specialized in this domain during that entire time, I tend to forget that not every organization has adopted virtual training as an acceptable alternative to more traditional approaches.

I was definitely reminded of this recently when we worked with a global organization to implement their first substantive virtual training project.

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Topics: Modern Learning Culture, Modern Workplace, Modern Blended Learning

3 Modern Learning Trends to Look Forward to in 2019

Posted by InSync Training on Dec 27, 2018 10:00:00 AM

 

111228298_sA new year presents new opportunities for modern learning advancements. Undoubtedly, exciting technologies will emerge, and practitioners will identify creative and innovative ways to engage learners while working to reach organizational goals.

What does the next year hold? We don’t have a learning & development crystal ball, but based on some trusted sources, a few predictions give us hope for a productive and successful year.

And it may surprise you to learn that none of them relate directly to technology!

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Topics: Trends, Modern Blended Learning

2018 in Modern Learning: A Year in Review

Posted by InSync Training on Dec 18, 2018 9:00:00 AM

26431074_sAnother year has come and gone. This time of year encourages reflection, both personal and professional, causing the InSync Team to ask questions such as:

  • What did I learn this year?
  • How did training evolve?
  • Which developments resonated with modern learners?
  • Where did learning provide innovative value to our companies?

For us, 2018 marked a widespread shift towards truly blended learning. Organizations, learners, and practitioners alike began to embrace the possibility of building skills outside of formal events. Complex, purposeful, and at times frustrating, the evolution to the new blended reality required us all to consider a handful of key elements: modern learners, engaging facilitation, comprehensive instructional design, and planning for the unexpected.

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Topics: Facilitation, Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Instructional Design, Modern Learners

A Classroom of Plenty: A Serving of Training Thankfulness

Posted by Katelind Hays on Nov 20, 2018 10:00:00 AM

80099578_sThis week, most of us in the United States stop for a single day to eat turkey, watch a famous parade or a football game (or three), and give thanks for the things that make our lives great.

The general feeling of gratefulness got InSync Training’s team thinking: what do we love most about our learning experiences?

When asked, our team of training experts openly and graciously shared the things that bring them joy and gratitude in the modern classroom every day.

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Topics: Modern Blended Learning, Modern Classroom

Three Considerations for Modern Training Design

Posted by Katelind Hays on Oct 4, 2018 12:02:05 PM

ATD Webcast Recap

104564604_sWith all of the options available to accommodate individual learning objectives, many practitioners assume, “Oh! I’m only creating microlearning. I don’t need ADDIE or SAM or any complicated framework.”

However, when thinking about flipping your classroom to a more modern program, our team offers one critical reminder: instructional design becomes more important than ever. Standalone courses do not exist anymore, and neither do standalone training resources. Everything connects to everything else, making thoughtful design a critical piece of your blended learning puzzle.

During her recent ATD Webcast Blended Learning: A Five-Dimensional Puzzle, Jennifer Hofmann shared the factors she considers when embarking on a new design project. Whether you design, facilitate, or manage training programs, these three elements provide a foundation for understanding modern blended learning.

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Topics: Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Instructional Design