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

Engaging Learners Across Generation Gaps

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

34425076_sYou’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: Engagement, Modern Workplace, Modern Learners

A Crash Course in Diversity & Inclusion

Posted by Katelind Hays on Oct 24, 2019 9:00:00 AM

122982145_sVirtually There session recap

Recently, a number of high-profile and previously well-respected organizations have come under fire for seemingly tone-deaf corporate action. Starbucks, Gucci, and Sephora all had well publicized racial and gender-equality missteps.

These organizations could have avoided these costly PR stumbles with the right Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) training approach. During their recent Virtually There session, experts Daila Boufford and Vani Narayana shared how a thoughtful D&I strategy can not only create more welcoming teams, but also evolve corporate culture.

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Topics: Modern Workplace, Diversity & Inclusion

4 Fundamental Principles for Applying The 5 Moments of Need™

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jun 13, 2019 10:00:00 AM

51826473_sVirtually There Session Recap

Does your organization’s learning function struggle to improve long-term performance of employees? Would it surprise you that this result occurs with consistent frequency?

After nearly four decades of experience in L&D, thought leader Bob Mosher has witnessed the disappointing phenomenon over and over again. The traditional model of training does not serve our learners and their needs. So what can we do to move from training to knowledge transfer and sustained improvement? Bob advocates for using The 5 Moments of Need™ a model he not only applies to his work, but that he created with his colleague Dr. Conrad Gottfredson.

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Topics: Virtually There, Modern Workplace, Blended Learning Instructional Design, 5 Moments of Need

Change the Perceived Paradigm and Prioritize Learning

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jun 11, 2019 10:00:00 AM

109806883_sThis weekend I read an article, How to Work with Adult Learners: What to keep in mind when teaching your peers.

Applying adult learning principles to peer-based interactions is interesting to me, so I thought I'd give it a quick read. The author was speaking to individuals who are preparing for presentations in meeting type settings. It contained typical advice for individuals new to creating presentations:

  • Adults want to know the "why.” 
  • They want their prior knowledge to be respected. Relevance is of the utmost importance. 

Good stuff.

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Topics: Modern Learning Culture, Modern Workplace, Advanced Facilitation

Critical Components of Constructive Coaching

Posted by Katelind Hays on May 23, 2019 12:41:57 PM

47408391_sProfessional development doesn’t get more personalized than one-on-one coaching.

According to the International Coaching Federation, professional coaching is a “thought-provoking and creative process that inspires [people] to maximize their personal and professional potential.” This definition reinforces two key ideas:

  • Coaching encourages creative thinking. Through the process, coaches encourage participants to think outside of the proverbial box in order to identify improved ways of doing things.
  • Coaching requires personal assessment. Coaches don’t necessarily tell participants what’s wrong with their methodologies. Instead, they offer opportunities for pointed personal contemplation about their current approaches and areas of potential growth.

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Topics: Modern Workplace, Professional Development, Constructive Coaching

How Performance Management Encourages Learning

Posted by InSync Training on May 21, 2019 12:02:00 PM

31959485_sIn the digital workplace, everything is monitored and recorded. It’s far easier to attribute the impact of an individual employee to the overall success of a company. This means that people analytics plays a huge role in how leaders develop their business strategy.

Performance management, in particular, seeks to optimize a workforce by cultivating talent, enhancing performance and productivity, and driving continued learning. Today’s workforce seeks to develop authentic, meaningful relationships between employees and managers, as well as opportunities for professional development and advancement. Performance management also influences learning and development (L&D).

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Topics: Modern Learning Culture, Modern Workplace, Performance Management

Get to Work Making Data Work for Your Organization

Posted by Katelind Hays on May 2, 2019 11:02:24 AM

50000933_sA recent article by Harvard Business Review explored How Wearable AI Will Amplify Human Intelligence.

Author Lauren Golembiewski explains

Intelligence amplification is the use of technology to augment human intelligence. And a paradigm shift is on the horizon, where new devices will offer less intrusive, more intuitive ways to amplify our intelligence.”

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Topics: EdTech, Modern Workplace

Are Time & Collaboration the Most Valuable Training Commodities?

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Mar 28, 2019 12:32:06 PM

40911622_sThis weekend I had the luxury to catch up on some reading. Well, not just reading. There was a podcast, a whitepaper, the (digital) newspaper… in other words, it was a good weekend.

Some of the media I consumed was related to the learning and development industry, some was not. I was trying to give myself a break from work by engaging what intellectual bandwidth I had left at the end of the week in less heady content.

But, as is often the case, even the non-work-related content came back to learning and educational technology.

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Topics: Learning and Development, Modern Workplace, Curated Resources

Constructive Change Management in Three Simple Steps

Posted by Katelind Hays on Mar 7, 2019 9:00:00 AM

44623872_sHave you heard? Our workplaces face radical, exciting, and innovative change with the emergence of powerful and game-changing technologies. But as Jennifer Hofmann recently highlighted, the purchase of new tools does not sufficiently prepare our organizations to integrate them in day-to-day work.

Adoption requires effort – a purposeful plan, a visionary team, and a strategic goal. Most importantly, stakeholders must consider the employees impacted by the technology change. How will their professional lives change? How arduous will the transition to the new technology be?

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, EdTech, Change Management, Modern Workplace, Virtual Training