InSync Training

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

Advice From the Virtual Trenches – Virtual Training Success Might Mean Changing the Learning Culture

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Mar 5, 2019 9:32:33 AM

46569337_sThis post is part of an occasional series “Advice from the Virtual Trenches” where we share real lessons learned when virtual and blended learning didn’t go as planned.

Virtual classrooms have been available to training organizations for over 20 years. As someone who has specialized in this domain during that entire time, I tend to forget that not every organization has adopted virtual training as an acceptable alternative to more traditional approaches.

I was definitely reminded of this recently when we worked with a global organization to implement their first substantive virtual training project.

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Topics: Modern Learning Culture, Modern Workplace, Modern Blended Learning

Expert Guidance: Diversity & Inclusion in Training

Posted by Katelind Hays on Sep 13, 2018 2:26:24 PM

11292017 Modern Learning on the Air channel twitter-885819-editedGlobal organizations are the norm now. The boundaries constraining corporate success and competition no longer fall along state, national, or continental borders. Growth, as demonstrated by companies like Amazon, Apple, and more, has no limit.

Education serves as the true competitive differentiator. Can your learning function adapt to more diverse and international workforces faster than the competition? For this reason, Diversity & Inclusion, also known as D&I, has quickly become a priority for just about every organization.

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Topics: Modern Learning, Modern Workplace, Modern Learning on the Air, Diversity & Inclusion

Improve Your Work and Health in One Simple Step

Posted by Katelind Hays on Aug 21, 2018 5:40:44 PM

46015973_sI, like many of you, spend my work day at my desk. I’m lucky to climb the corporate ladder from a cozy home office, often kept company by my three Labradors.

Recently, though, I stumbled across a scary fact courtesy of the world-renowned Mayo Clinic:

“Any extended sitting – such as at a desk, behind a wheel or in front of a screen – can be harmful. An analysis of 13 studies of sitting time and activity levels found those that sat for more than eight hours a day with no physical activity had a risk of dying similar to the risks of dying posed by obesity and smoking.”

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Topics: Modern Workplace

4 Success Factors for Multi-Method Delivery

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

40633260_sOrganizational 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 Workplace, Modern Blended Learning, Multi-Method Delivery

How to Incorporate Outdoor Activities Into Effective Team Building

Posted by Jenny Holt on Jul 31, 2018 11:12:38 AM
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As learning managers and leaders, your responsibilities extend beyond the modern classroom. Creating unity and trust within your team increases the success of your short-term projects and long-term goals. Guest contributor Jenny Holt provides guidance on how to build a sense of community within your department and connects the process back to what we do best: ongoing professional development.

If you’re not convinced of the effectiveness of team-building activities that allow your employees to develop professional skills while also learning more about the company and their colleagues, then you’ll be interested to know that poorly managed work groups are on average 50% less productive and 44% less profitable than well-managed groups.

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Topics: Modern Workplace

Multi-Method Training Delivery Basics

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jul 3, 2018 1:00:00 PM

43951656_sWhat do you call training that connects people remotely into a web session? Within L&D, and even within the same organization, the title for this kind of learning experience varies. Commonly, though, when instructors facilitate to two types of audiences simultaneously, you often hear the term “multi-method delivery.”

In today’s global, mobile, social workplace, training often supports dispersed learners, all of whom have individual learning goals and attendance requirements. When used correctly, multi-method delivery creates an opportunity to support them all.

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Topics: Modern Workplace, Modern Classroom

How Can We Think Bigger as Instructional Designers?

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

30729912_sHere'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

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Topics: Modern Workplace, Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Instructional Design, Modern Learners

Talent, Culture, and Hierarchy in Agile Organizations

Posted by Katelind Hays on May 8, 2018 1:00:00 PM

40259490_sVirtually There Session Recap

Agile’s all the rage with our organizations and teams right now. And for good reason!

Agile provides a function model to address many of the nuances involved in work today, including multitasking and unclear boundaries. Agile allows teams to purposefully come together to focus on a single project in an environment that learns from failure. That’s a big deal in today’s competitive landscape.

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Topics: Virtually There, Agile Learning, Modern Workplace