InSync Training

A Virtual Classroom Crash Course Toolkit

Posted by InSync Training on Apr 7, 2020 7:45:00 AM

04072020 April Newsletter Header Image 2Right now, the state of the world demands a transition to virtual classrooms and remote work. Whether or not your organization started 2020 prepared for the rapid modernization of teams and training, the time has come to make the change.

Facilitators, instructional designers, managers, and learners all have to adapt to a new normal – a stressful process under standard change management conditions and a seemingly insurmountable task given today’s pressures.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Production, Instructional Design, Modern Classroom, Virtual Training, Implement, Virtual Facilitation, Virtual Teams & Modern Workplace

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In honor of this holiday, we urge you to declare your independence from outdated training and embrace the possibilities of modern blended learning.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

6 Simple Tips for Stellar Virtual Classroom Facilitation

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jun 6, 2019 1:22:01 PM

24314269_sWhether presenting an informational webinar or facilitating a multi-part virtual learning series that’s part of a larger blend, teaching live online requires pizzazz and purpose.

As more corporate L&D programs move online, a tried-and-true facilitation process can set you up for success (in fact, we offer a comprehensive train-the-trainer program to help practitioners create a comprehensive toolkit).

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

Virtual Classroom Facilitators: Enabling Engagement & Learning

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jun 4, 2019 10:02:24 AM

59906697_sIn the mid-1990s, virtual classrooms (then known as ‘synchronous’ classrooms) were new. (Don’t believe me? Read some history here!) So new, most people had never heard of them.

But the people who HAD heard of virtual training were very excited. Soon, they proclaimed, none of us would ever have to go to a brick and mortar classroom again! All the ingredients were present to disrupt the Training & Development industry: trainers, participants, and PowerPoint slides! What else did we need?

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

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

Improve Memory And Productivity: Why You Should Use Art In Your Training Sessions

Posted by Jenny Holt on Nov 13, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Tips for Using Art and Images in Training What does creativity have to do with corporate training? Jenny Holt answers this question and challenges the idea that serious learning only happens within scholarly activities.

Art may not seem like an obvious thing to introduce into your training sessions, but the benefits are tangible. Companies that foster creativity are three and a half times more likely to achieve revenue growth of 10% or more than their peers, a study by Adobe and Forrester found. When you participate in art-related tasks, dopamine, a feel-good chemical, is released in the brain —  this alone will create happy, motivated learners. Moreover, art has plenty of other mental benefits which can improve your team's’ ability to retain information, concentrate, and solve problems.  

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Modern Classroom

Face-to-Face Gone Virtual

Posted by Karen Vieth on Sep 20, 2018 12:24:14 PM

Moving Classroom Training OnlineIn the modern classroom of today, trainers find themselves in various situations they may not have prepared for. One of common situation is going virtual.

Does this sound familiar? You’re going along training for years and then BOOM your company decides to jump on the virtual classroom train. The big question settles in, “How do I make this virtual classroom space feel like a face-to-face classroom?”

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Global Virtual Classroom, Modern Classroom

When The Weather Interrupts Your Outdoor Training

Posted by Jenny Holt on Aug 28, 2018 4:42:57 PM
Corporate Team Bonding and Training Events

Guest author Jenny Holt revisits the idea of outdoor learning in her newest blog.

Professional trainers must adapt to any learning environment, including those in the great outdoors. And when you consider where our learners work, understanding how to manage mother nature as a fickle classroom host becomes an important skillset for many L&D professionals.

In America, over half of all jobs require working outside, and this means that a large part of the training needs to be outside too. From farming and agriculture to forestry, construction, transportation and the hospitality industry, sitting at a desk in an office certainly isn’t the norm.

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Topics: Modern Classroom, Virtual Teams & Modern Workplace

Mobile Learning in the Modern Classroom

Posted by InSync Training on Aug 8, 2018 11:25:41 PM

51027595_sMobile learning’s on the rise, and for good reason.

Mobile technology, once a luxury, has become commonplace in our lives. We bank, read, socially interact, and more from a device that fits in the palm of our hand.

The Jetsons imagined a similar future, but did corporate training?

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Topics: Mobile Virtual Classroom & Mobile Learning, Modern Classroom

How Gamification Can Improve Corporate Learning

Posted by Jayla Beaumont on Jul 19, 2018 11:43:00 AM
Gamification in training
 

Gamification is a term that is frequently thrown around in the training industry. It refers to the application of game elements and principles in learning sessions, and is a popular approach used in eLearning and company training sessions. In fact, the 2016-2021 Global Game-based Learning Market report stated that game-based learning products reached a global revenue of $2.6 billion in 2016.   

It’s clear that corporations have acknowledged the effectiveness of gamification in learning programs. Its edge over other methods can be attributed to several factors:

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Topics: Gamification & Game-Based Learning, Modern Classroom