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What Hurts? Addressing Two Common L&D Pain Points

Posted by Katelind Hays on Mar 1, 2018 1:15:00 PM
Learning and Development Paint Points Solved

Virtually There Session Recap

The last ten years brought us a digital revolution. New technologies and applications changed the way we live our lives. More interestingly, perhaps, is the impact this decade has had on how we behave. As consumers, we are radically different than previous generations. We want effective solutions to our problems immediately, and thanks to platforms like Amazon, that’s not an unreasonable request.

Did you know that this consumerism has spilled into how we learn? In fact, as guest Virtually There speaker Treion Muller recently pointed out, seven consumer realities specifically impact learning and development, creating challenges for L&D professionals in this space.

What pain points are we experiencing? Treion posed this exact question to his learners and shared his expertise for overcoming them. Two questions in particular caught my attention, and Treion’s answers may help you improve the functionality of learning within your organization.

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Topics: Virtually There, Modern Learning

Exclusive Preview! Engaging Modern Learners: When to Push and When to Pull [eBook]

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Feb 28, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Push Training and Pull Learning eBookWe’ve been hearing a lot lately about the modern classroom. What makes it different? How is it the same?

There’s also been discussion about the fact that the way people learn in this modern classroom has not actually changed at all. Learners still need relevant, timely, and well-designed content. The foundational concepts behind Adult Learning Principles still apply.

I happen to agree with that. There’s a reason everything old is new again. What we used to call performance support, many now call microlearning. Reusable learning objects are also now microlearning. What we used to call “chunking” is now spaced learning. Case studies and role-plays now fall under the umbrella of simulations.

Research and experience have taught us a lot about how people learn, and what strategies in instructional techniques best enable that learning.

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Topics: Modern Learning, Modern Learning Culture, Modern Learners

The Global Learner is Self-Directed

Posted by Global Teams on Feb 22, 2018 6:03:15 PM
The Global Learner is Self-Directed

In early 1999, Sugata Mitra and some colleagues sunk a computer into the opening of a wall in New Delhi, India. In the nearby slum poor people were desperately struggling to survive. The screen was visible from the street, and the PC was available to anyone who passed by. The computer had internet access and a number of programs available, but no instructions were given for its use.

What followed was astonishing: children from the slum were glued to the computer. They couldn't get enough – they explored and learned.

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Topics: Global Virtual Classroom, Modern Learning

3 Questions + 1 Formula = Better Instructional Design

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jan 23, 2018 1:08:27 PM
ways to make instructional design better

Virtually There Session Recap

Pixar animator Andrew Stanton said, “The greatest story commandment is: make me care.” Some of the most creative storytelling minds use this mantra when illustrating to increase audience engagement with their films.

Unsurprisingly, this approach can apply in modern learning, as well. How do we get our learners to care about our training programs?

Learning Strategist, Enzo Silva, and his colleague Kate Tronvig provided Virtually There learners with an easy-to-follow process during their popular session, “You May Not Be Walt Disney, But You Can Draw and Animate.”

Watch their session for tips and tricks around using popular eLearning design tools.

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Topics: Virtually There, Modern Learning, Instructional Design, eLearning, Storytelling & Storyboarding

Hone Your Modern Learning Design Superpowers with Donna Designer

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jan 11, 2018 12:43:06 PM

Instructional Design Superpowers As instructional designers, we have an important common goal: impacting individual learners’ personal learning paths.

Creating effective, dynamic training programs requires an involved process, including a multi-layered approach that asks a variety of questions including: How do we ensure our training has an impact during both formal and informal moments of learning need? What is an instructional strategy? How does EdTech influence our designs?

At a loss for how to get started? Fear not! Meet Donna Designer, InSync Training’s Instructional Design Superhero!

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Topics: Modern Learning, Blended Learning Instructional Design

InSync Training's Top 10 Blogs of 2017

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 9, 2018 1:57:19 PM
Top 10 Modern Learning Blogs

2017 was a big year for learning. Organizations focused on looking outside of the traditional learning box, looking to find ways to support learners in every moment of learning need, not just during formal instruction. There was a recognition that learning isn’t over just because the LMS indicates the learner completed a course.

InSync’s top 10 blogs of 2017 largely represent this trend towards learner-centered experiences, providing tools and strategies that enable learner success and continue to support the needs of the business.

Let’s take a quick look at the top 10 blogs from last year, and why they resonated with our readers.

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Topics: Modern Learning, Lessons Learned Series

Measuring Your Success as a Modern Learner

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 2, 2018 1:00:00 PM
Modern Learner Success

Measuring Your Success

In other blog posts published previously, we’ve discussed the modern learner – who they are, and how we can best serve them. We know that as modern learners, we take responsibility for much of our learning by creating our own learning pathways, exploring content, and interacting with other learners.

We are essentially curating our own blended learning campaigns, and we end up holding ourselves accountable for a lot of this learning that is taking place.

But how do we know if we are successful?

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Topics: Modern Learning, Personal Learning Networks

Modern Learners: Built to Observe

Posted by Phylise Banner on Nov 21, 2017 12:42:25 PM

modern learners in online training Did you know that more than 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute? Yes, YouTube has significantly changed the way we access and process learning.

For many of us, instead of reading through an instruction manual, we search YouTube for a video that will guide us through “how to.” We can watch these over and over again, pausing where we need to look closer or to better understand what the subject matter expert is trying to get across. Of course we could read, and re-read, that instructional manual – so why do we turn to video?

In the article “Why We Love How-to Videos,” Tom Vanderbilt shares the answer he got from Luc Proteau, head of the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Montreal:

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Topics: Modern Learning

Modern Learning Producers as Stage Hands

Posted by Brigit Michael on Oct 26, 2017 3:27:11 PM

virtual classroom productionWe chatted with veteran producer Brigit Michael and got her take on why she considers the virtual classroom to be a stage, herself a stage hand. Her unique perspective can help you hone your modern learning skills as you facilitate, produce, implement, and manage virtual learning events within your blends.

The role of a virtual producer is a unique one; we’re responsible for making everything run smoothly behind the scenes to ensure that learners have the best experience possible. 

I consider my role as a producer is kind of like a stage hand for a play. Some directors want the stage hands to be recognized and take a bow at the end, and some want them to fade entirely into the background, with a variety of possibilities in between.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Production, Producer, Modern Learning

The Modern Learner

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Oct 19, 2017 1:05:00 PM

defining the modern learner If you are on any learning related email lists, you’ve been seeing the word “modern” quite often over the last 12 months. Modern learning, modern workplace, modern design, and so on.

What does it mean? And why do we need to make that distinction?

Some would argue that technology is driving the need to redefine learning, and it's time to throw out the old ways of doing things. I would argue that technologies come and go, and it is the learners who are driving the need for modernization of the learning function.

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Topics: Modern Learning, Modern Blended Learning, Virtual Teams & Modern Workplace