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Examples of Advanced Virtual Classroom Facilitation Techniques: From Good to ... EXCEPTIONAL

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Aug 3, 2021 9:39:54 AM

08022021 Newsletter Blog From Good to ExceptionalIf you are a good virtual facilitator (and after the year we have all had, I bet you are!), you have quite a few enviable skills! You’ve mastered the basics of how to teach virtually and have mastered your virtual classroom platform. (Webex® Training Center, Adobe® Connect™, Zoom, MS Teams, etc.). You consider the principles of adult learning throughout every delivery. You manage the entire experience. And so much more!

As many organizations shift to “Virtual First” as a training strategy, “good” isn’t “good enough” anymore. Facilitators need to work towards becoming exceptional at their craft. This means connecting content with people through technology. But technology is still a tool. Learning in the virtual classroom is about making connections between people. If that wasn’t important, all content could be self-paced.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Modern Learners, Learner Engagement

The 3 Essential Elements That Help Global Virtual Training Implementations Succeed

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on May 12, 2021 8:00:00 AM

05122021 Essential Elements BlogA global training implementation is much more complex than a blended learning solution designed for one country or for one region. Managing learner schedules, understanding the impact of regionalization, and getting content out in the most appropriate way are just some of the considerations the learning architect needs to consider.

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Topics: Global Virtual Classroom, Modern Blended Learning, Modern Learners

The Value of Getting Trained to Thrive in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Karen Vieth on May 4, 2021 12:08:01 AM

05042021 May Newsletter Blog - How to Thrive in the Virtual ClassroomDuring the pandemic, virtual live instruction was widely adopted to meet immediate training needs.  Forbes noted that adoption of virtual technology in learning and development has been greater in the last ten months than in the previous ten years. 82% of corporate L&D executives see virtual live instruction as a key element of their implementation strategy moving forward.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Modern Learners, Virtual Training

LxD: Designing for Learners, Not Just Content

Posted by Jane Bozarth on Nov 3, 2020 9:39:07 AM

11032020 Blog - Designing for Learners Not Just ContentHave you ever been sent to training that just didn’t ring true? Perhaps it presented steps as too simple (“Then just get everyone to agree and implement your plan”) or offered unworkable performance tips (“Set aside a half-hour every day to reflect on your obstacles and achievements”) or included a tipoff that the designer had no idea about the reality of your work (My postal-service husband says he laughs at the unrealistic training videos he’s assigned to watch, because “the customers always have exact change”.)

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Modern Learners

Obstacles to Virtual Learning Success Solved!

Posted by InSync Training on Aug 12, 2020 1:45:00 PM

08122020 Blog PostRecently, learners have flocked to the virtual classroom to continue their professional development. Organizations have started embracing the flexibility and dynamism of this learning environment as a viable option for programs ranging from new-hire onboarding to informational webinar-style updates to complex technical trainings.

We believe in the power of the virtual classroom. But, truthfully, despite its varied functionality and useful tools, learners experience a, well, learning curve when learning virtually.

To help learners – both new and experienced – adapt and thrive in the virtual classroom, our team compiled a list of obstacles to look out for and ways to preemptively overcome them.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, Modern Learners, Virtual Training

The Foundation of Intellectual Engagement in Modern Learning

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jul 15, 2020 2:45:00 PM

07152020 Blog - Adult Learning TheoryLearner Engagement – defining and enhancing it have remained critically important in the modern classroom for years. If content design and delivery do not capture attention, demand participation, and encourage ongoing application, training programs inherently become less effective.

Exclusive research conducted by the InSync Training team focused on the long-standing question, “What is learner engagement?” and uncovered a surprising answer: it is not one single thing. Rather, learner engagement actually includes three separate learner factors: their environment, their emotions, and their intellect. We know that when instructional designers thoughtfully organize content and create activities that consider and generate these three types of engagement, learners benefit.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Modern Learners, Learner Engagement

Evaluating a Virtual Instructional Program

Posted by Charles (Chip) Dye on Jul 8, 2020 7:15:00 AM

072020 Evaluating a Virtual Instructional ProgramSummary: As it turns out, evaluating a virtual training program is just like evaluating any other instructional program. The challenges lie in what you measure and how you interpret the results. The good news is that current modern virtual classroom platforms give you a variety of tools you can use to assess the effectiveness of your instructional delivery and its effect on learners.

Anyone familiar with ADDIE can tell you that the last step (the “E”) is evaluation. The challenges that people misinterpret what that step means-not seeking to evaluate the learner, but rather the learning program. Effective program evaluation requires careful planning prior to design to identify key data measures and means to collect the data prior to implementation.

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Topics: Microlearning, Modern Learners

How to Go Live: Thinking About Virtual Classroom Facilitation

Posted by InSync Training on May 21, 2020 2:45:00 PM

05212020 Blog How to go LiveWe all know that organizations have had to quickly move face-to-face training to the virtual classroom. This seismic shift extends beyond instructional design, learner logistics, and technical considerations. It impacts facilitators, too.

Chances are you didn’t dream of being a virtual facilitator, but here you are quite by accident. You might’ve recently graduated and landed a sales position that is now training. Or you’re a traditional trainer and now you’re working online. You probably didn’t think “Wow! I can’t wait to work on the computer and not have learners in front of me.”

But here you are in this position and you find yourself in this unexpected training situation and you’re like, “What’s next?”

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Modern Learners, Learner Engagement

Engaging Learners Across Generation Gaps

Posted by InSync Training on Dec 10, 2019 9:30:00 AM

Engaging corporate learners of different ages You’ve probably heard by now that, for the first time in history, our organizations include five generations of employees. For those of us in learning & development, that means our training programs must address the skills gaps, professional development needs, and future goals of divergently different groups of people.

Before designing engaging learning environments, or facilitating content in an emotionally captivating way, or creating intellectually stimulating exercises and activities, understanding the fundamental characteristics of these five generations can set learning up for success.

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Topics: Modern Learners, Learner Engagement, Virtual Teams & Modern Workplace

Facilitators: Evolve from the Sage-on-the-Stage, to the Guide-on-the-Side

Posted by InSync Training on Aug 1, 2019 10:01:00 AM

Evolving facilitation skills for the modern classroomWe talk a lot about learning journeys. The modern learning landscape has evolved, and standalone programs no longer exist.

Learners reasonably expect personalized, relevant training experiences. Designers understand that their role has changed to accommodate complex perpetual learning programs that resemble winding pathways.

But what about facilitators? How has their responsibility shifted in the age of learning journeys?

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Modern Learning, Modern Learners