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Learning, Leadership & Other Lessons

Posted by Katelind Hays on May 24, 2016 5:49:55 PM

ATD_conf_logo.pngATD International Conference and Exposition 2016 Recap 

Greetings from Denver, Colorado! I have the great privilege of representing InSync Training at the Association for Talent Development’s annual International Conference and Exposition.

Each year this event brings together the best and the brightest in the learning and development field – over 10,000 L&D practitioners travel from across the globe to continue their professional development. Additionally, it’s an unparalleled opportunity to connect and share with one another, while learning about the latest developments from industry leaders.

This blog post will share insights from the first two days of the conference, and provide resources related to emerging trends.

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Topics: Blended learning, Trends, Social Learning

Seventh Way to Evolve with the Modern Learning Culture: Reflect as a Team

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Dec 9, 2015 12:20:00 PM

Today's workforce is more global, virtual, and mobile than ever before. Learning professionals must adapt to this new culture in order to best support modern learners. Based on Jennifer Hofmann's recent BYTE presentation, The Modern Learning Culture - What Makes it Tick?, this microblog series will present ten ways that learning professionals can evolve in order to successfully navigate emerging learning culture.

This is the seventh post in the series. Click here to start with the first post.

For additional information and support, download the InSync Training infographic, What is Driving the Modern Learning Culture, and watch the recording of the BYTE presentation, The Modern Learning Culture - What Makes it Tick?

Seventh_way_to_evolve_with_the_modern_learning_culture_-_reflect_as_a_teamSeventh Way to Evolve with the Modern Learning Culture: Reflect as a Team

To continue to evolve with the modern learning culture, I encourage you to reflect as a team.

Reflection in Modern Culture

I’ve identified four main drivers of modern learning culture. One key influencer is that globally dispersed virtual teams are everywhere. These virtual teams are not only geographically disconnected, they are also comprised of many different cultures. This distance can hurt individual and team performance. Requiring reflection can help bridge the gaps inherent to global and virtual teams. We all have a lot of inner thoughts, but when teams stop to consider their work, learning continues to happen. In the modern learning culture, individual employees must reflect on their own performance and then share with the group.

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Topics: Virtual Teams, Social Learning, Modern Learning Culture

Sixth Way to Evolve with the Modern Learning Culture: Create Community

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Dec 2, 2015 1:30:00 PM

Today's workforce is more global, virtual, and mobile than ever before. Learning professionals must adapt to this new culture in order to best support modern learners. Based on Jennifer Hofmann's recent BYTE presentation, The Modern Learning Culture - What Makes it Tick?, this microblog series will present ten ways that learning professionals can evolve in order to successfully navigate emerging learning culture.

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Topics: Social Learning, Modern Learning Culture

5 Steps to Making Your Virtual Classroom Mobile and Social

Posted by Katelind Hays on Nov 12, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Citrix_5_Steps_to_Making_Your_Virtual_Classroom_Mobile_and_SocialCitrix Session Recap

Citrix GoToTraining kindly invited InSync Training President Jennifer Hofmann to share her five steps for making the virtual classroom mobile and social with their audience on November 3, 2015.  

Jennifer described the following process to event participants:

  1. Understand what mobile learning and social learning mean.
  2. Determine why and when you should choose mobile and/or social learning for your program.
  3. Determine what content should be mobile and design components.
  4. Determine what content should be social and design components.
  5. Implement in an authentic environment.

This blog post includes questions posed by session attendees and Jennifer’s responses. To view the session recording, click here.

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Topics: Mobile Virtual Classroom, Social Learning, BYTE

Make Your Virtual Classroom Mobile and Social in Five Easy steps

Posted by Katelind Hays on Oct 20, 2015 2:04:56 PM

5_Steps_to_Making_Your_Virtual_Cladssroom_Mobile_and_SocialBYTE Session Recap

InSync Training President Jennifer Hofmann shared her 5 Steps to Making Your Virtual Classroom Mobile and Social with a rapt BYTE series audience on October 14, 2015.

Jennifer said, “Virtual in and of itself is no longer a singular solution for training problems. Our learners are coming and asking for more.”

Jennifer promised that using the approach detailed in this session will “up the ante to increase the value of our live virtual classrooms.” To meet the high expectations of modern classroom participants, follow these 5 steps. 

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Topics: Mobile Virtual Classroom, Social Learning, BYTE

Integrating Social Media into the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Oct 15, 2015 7:38:53 PM

Social_MediaTraining Magazine Network Session Recap

Training Magazine Network invited me to present my virtual session, Integrating Social Media into the Virtual Classroom, as part of their “Provocative Ideas Webinar Series.” With over 150 learning professionals in attendance on September 23rd, many thought-provoking ideas were shared, and relevant questions asked.

I began the session by defining social learning as “learning that happens between peers.” It can be helped along by people like facilitators, trainers and training departments. However, while we can embed the tools necessary for social learning into training events, we cannot force it to happen.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, Social Learning, Recordings

Virtually There: 6 Techniques That Make Your Virtual Classroom Social

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Oct 1, 2015 12:17:00 PM

Social_LearningThese tools can be used to build community and continue the learning conversation started in the classroom, or they can be used as a stand-alone “just-in-time” set of resources for training in the flow of work—or anything in between.

After almost two decades of “webinar” virtual classroom experiences, where the instructor lectured for 45 minutes while the phones were muted and the chat was turned off, virtual training is finally moving to a more facilitated model that recognizes the rare opportunity we have when learners from across the enterprise can meet together in real time.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, Virtual Learners, Social Learning

Modernize Your Learning Environment by Making your virtual classroom mobile and social

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Sep 3, 2015 11:00:00 AM

5_Steps_to_Making_the_virtual_classroom_mobile__socialATD Session Recap

The Association for Talent Development (ATD) graciously invited me to present 5 Steps to Making the Virtual Classroom Mobile & Social.

I was delighted to discuss the subject with a very engaged and enthusiastic ATD audience on August 28th.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, BYOD, Mobile Virtual Classroom, Social Learning, Modern Learning

Virtually There: Defining the Modern Learner Experience

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Aug 6, 2015 10:07:40 PM

Where and when is the modern classroom?

Let me ask you a question. Can you define mobile learning?

Is “mobile learning” a learning technology, a design technique, or something else completely? The fact is, the definition of mobile learning is “on the move.” (See what I did there? No? Read it again.) And that is representative of all of the aspects of the modern learning landscape.

The last decade has introduced myriad new technologies and methodologies to our toolkits. But this evolution in learning has been messy. Virtualization has resulted in being able to learn almost anywhere, almost any time, and in many, many ways.

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Topics: BYOD, Virtual Classroom, Mobile Virtual Classroom, mLearning, Global Virtual Classroom, Social Learning, Modern Learning

Driving Engagement within Social Learning Communities

Posted by Sunder Ramachandran on Mar 25, 2015 11:33:00 AM

This post was originally written by Sunder Ramachandran on his blog Learning Experiments. Many thanks for sharing.

The moment you mention social learning, invariably the L&D community starts thinking of Enterprise Social Networks (ESNs). While an ESN may not be a necessary condition for social learning, it does provide a platform that adds a level of tangibility to social behaviours. An online community also enables participants within a learning journey to work out loud (an important ingredient of social learning). (#showyourwork #workoutloud)

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Topics: Engagement, Social Learning