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3 Modern Learning Trends to Look Forward to in 2019

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

Training Trends for 2019A 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

A Classroom of Plenty: A Serving of Training Thankfulness

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

Thankful for Our Training TeamThis 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, Team Insight Series

4 Success Factors for Multi-Method Delivery

Posted by Katelind Hays on Aug 16, 2018 12:19:52 PM

Factors of Great Multi-Method Training Organizational boundaries keep growing and becoming more fluid, and as our learner base disperses around the globe, training programs have to adapt appropriately. That’s no small feat in the face of multi-cultural classrooms, emerging technologies, and stakeholder expectations of learning success.

Multi-method delivery, or the simultaneous support and instruction of non-co-located learners, provides a popular and effective solution in the modern workplace. Organizations managing remote and in-person learners have had success with this approach, as they’re able to balance the needs of both groups, while successfully engaging all participants.

Ready to incorporate multi-method delivery into your modern blended learning methodology? Make sure you implement the four factors required for success!

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Topics: Modern Blended Learning, Multi-Method Delivery, Virtual Teams & Modern Workplace

A Turn of Phrase Can Turn Your Training On Its Head

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jul 12, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Training Video Script Best Practices Picture this: you’re facilitating a live training session for your organization, and it comes time to ask for learner input. You open the floor for contributions with the common phrase, “A penny for your thoughts?”

And you get crickets. Your previously lively cohort goes silent. Some participants look utterly confused.

What happened? Your figure of speech may have confused your global learners.

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Topics: Blended Learning, Modern Blended Learning, Learner Experience, Multicultural Groups

How Can We Think Bigger as Instructional Designers?

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jun 14, 2018 2:25:21 PM

Big Idea of Instructional Design Here's a radical idea: maybe we've been thinking too small when it comes to instructional design.

Relying on proven principles while purposefully expanding the scope of our vision can help us accomplish organizational goals and empower learners to better navigate their modern workplaces. We believe in a more thorough model so much that we practice and preach perpetual learning design.

Our new video explains the concept in under three minutes - click here to view

At its core, perpetual learning design acknowledges that as training professionals, we can’t realistically incorporate all the latest trends into every single program

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Topics: Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Instructional Design

Defining the Modern Learner Experience

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jun 11, 2018 12:40:45 PM

The Modern Learner Experience When designing and delivering content, we need to balance five elements of the learner experience: technology, design, people, place, and time.

In order to achieve this balance, we need to focus on the learner experience. We need to define and leverage how learning is structured, including when it is taking place, where it is taking place, and how it is being delivered.

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Topics: Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Instructional Design, Learner Experience

Preview: Blended Learning in Practice

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on May 24, 2018 1:36:27 PM

eLearning Guild Blended Learning in Practice report preview

Are your organization's programs ready for the future? Has the instructional design approach you use evolved to support and actively engage modern learners? What implementation process works best when introducing this innovative, flexible methodology? 

Ultimately, effective blends rely on addressing all moments of learning need and modeling the way work happens today. And while learning professionals and researchers alike have identified proven benefits, stakeholders correctly point out that risks logically follow widespread change.

I'm pleased to collaborate with eLearning Guild to answer these questions and address these realities in my new report, Blended Learning in Practice.

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Topics: Modern Blended Learning

Schoolhouse Rock: A Surprising Introduction to Self-Paced Learning

Posted by Katelind Hays on Apr 12, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Schoolhouse Rock for Corporate Learning Do you remember the first time you experienced a non-traditional approach to learning? For most of us, we didn’t learn important life-lessons inside a classroom. For Jennifer Hofmann, classic Saturday morning programming introduced her to self-paced learning, and the rest, as they say, was history.

Jennifer recently shared the surprising connection she made between her love of popular Schoolhouse Rock episodes and modern blended learning in this short (but insightful) video: https://youtu.be/Hd-ITHrroXc

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Topics: Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Instructional Design

Inclusive Delivery: Ensure Your Blended Learning Strategy Meets Diverse Demands

Posted by Keyanna Schmiedl and Stephanie Goodell on Mar 15, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Inclusive Training DeliveryWhat do you know about the changing demographics of the United States? Pew Research Center found that, “Americans are more racially and ethnically diverse than in the past, and the U.S. is projected to be even more diverse in the coming decades.” With the U.S. becoming more diverse, and with this shift in the population demographic, comes the need to diversify learning solutions. 

As L&D practitioners, the demands of our job now require us to not just expect different faces in the room, but learners with different needs and abilities, both in person and online. The popularity of blended learning has increased exponentially over the years and is now being heralded as one of the most cost-effective ways to distribute information and impact behaviors across organizations. 

How can you ensure your blended learning strategy meets these diversity demands?

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Topics: Global Virtual Classroom, Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Instructional Design, Virtual Teams & Modern Workplace

Blend with Intention: Plan for a Successful Blended Learning Campaign 

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Feb 7, 2018 1:04:07 PM

ATD What Works preview video The term blended learning has come in and out of vogue in corporate training for the last several decades. For so long, in fact, it feels like an old-fashioned term. A term that is not modern enough for the current learning landscape.

The reality is, modern learning strategies, techniques, and technologies seem to be custom designed for blended learning approach. But we need to stop thinking about designing a blend only after the so-called “important” content is developed. As I state in my new book, Blended Learning: What Works in Talent Development (ATD, 2018):

"…modern blended learning is more than sequencing different media and activities that happen to be related by topic. It is about aligning learning objects with the most appropriate instructional strategies, techniques, and technologies, while meeting the needs of the organization and modern learners."

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Topics: Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Instructional Design