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4 Tips for a Successful Company-Wide Social Media Training Program

Posted by Brigg Patten on Nov 15, 2016 3:08:28 PM

39111159_s.jpgWhile social media is one of the best mediums for marketing, not enough companies are giving their employees the training and tools to make the most out of it. Most companies will give their employees some basic guidelines on how to conduct themselves on various platforms but often do not go any further.

If you’ve been thinking about rallying your team to boost your social media results, here are some tips to launch a successful training program.

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Topics: Trends

The Internet of Things and Launching Learning Ideas

Posted by Katelind Hays on Sep 22, 2016 6:38:43 PM

2016 Online Learning Conference Recap

45835369_s_1.jpgGreetings from Chicago! Members of the InSync Training team, including Jennifer Hofmann, have had the privilege of attending Training Magazine’s 2016 Online Learning Conference (OLC). This three-day, in-person learning event highlights some of our most favorite things about our industry: a community of practitioners who believe in collaboration and the transformative power of online learning.

With learning legends and rising stars on the presentation agenda, the lessons learned were innumerable. In the spirit of the modern classroom, which supports skill-building through access to a myriad of resources, we would like to share takeaways from two of the keynote sessions, and some resources to support key themes present in the conference agenda.

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Topics: Trends, Conferences, Modern Learning

Infographics as Learning tools

Posted by InSync Training on Sep 20, 2016 2:19:51 PM

BYTE session recap 

35021118_s.jpgAs we all know, visual learning aids are wildly popular. Learners respond to, and remember, colorful images related to the content being presented. Infographics in particular have gained popularity in learning programs in the past few years. Karin Rex, a nationally known facilitator specializing in soft and technical skills, recently joined our BYTE presenter ranks with her wildly popular session, Harnessing the Power of Infographics as Teaching Tools.

Referencing this BYTE content, this blog post defines infographics, highlights how they can help us learn, and the five composition elements you need to include in successful infographics for the purpose of learning. 

To review all of the examples, recommendations, and guiding principles Karin shared during her BYTE event, access the recording here.

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Topics: Trends, Infographics and Tools, Modern Learning

Using Curation to Make Sense of Content Overload

Posted by InSync Training on Aug 9, 2016 2:59:40 PM

BYTE Session Recap

57318336_s.jpgToday’s workforce is learning in new ways, and it’s deeply impacting the way Learning and Development professionals need to approach training. Not only do we need to design effective traditional learning programs, but we also need to provide structure to the informal learning taking place on a daily basis in our organizations.

Recently, Sarah Danzl, Director of Enterprise Marketing and Communications at Degreed, provided a timely recommendation for managing this changing landscape. In her expert opinion, when done correctly, content curation can create this much-needed support to informal learning opportunities.

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Topics: Trends, Modern Learning, BYTE

A Learning and Development Journey: An Expert's Story & Perspective

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jul 5, 2016 1:52:23 PM

12668178_s.jpgPart of InSync Training's Expert Interview Series 

During the Association for Talent Development's 2016 International Conference and Exposition, I had the privilege of interviewing our friend in the industry, Courtney Vital. She shared her personal journey in training, and her opinions about the future of the learning and performance industry. 

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Topics: Trends

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

Effective Training Strategies: 7 Companies Using Gamification Correctly

Posted by Brigg Patten on Apr 19, 2016 3:00:00 PM

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We are excited to welcome Brigg Patten as a Body Language in the Bandwidth guest blogger.

From time to time new terminologies work their way into the business world. And one of the hottest terms among business trainers these days is “gamification”. Simply stated, gamification is the practice of integrating game principles and mechanics into a non-game experience.For business trainers it’s about adding elements of gaming into instructional strategies for more effective training and learning.

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Topics: Trends, Modern Learning, Gamification

Translating The Language of Learning Creates Value For Everyone

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Mar 15, 2016 11:54:39 AM

Translating_the_Language_of_Learning_Creates_Value_for_Everyone_3_9_2016As members of the L&D profession, we often find ourselves having to justify our choices about learning design. And that’s frustrating. After all, our particular expertise is in creating content that best addresses the subject matter. The audience environment and the learning objectives largely drive the formats we select, whether they are micro-learning, blended learning, or face-to-face learning. Why engage our help if our suggestions are not fully considered?

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Topics: Trends, Modern Learning Culture, Language of Learning

Top 10 Learning Topics of 2015

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 12, 2016 10:29:37 AM

Top_10_Topics_from_2015_blog_postIt's hard to believe it's 2016 already! Before we get caught up in all the new goals and objectives for the new year, it's always nice to take a moment to look back on the past year. 

Let's start the new year off by taking a look back at the top 10 topics, based on YOUR blog post views, that we published in 2015. 

We will continue to publish timely blog posts addressing the top trends and challenges that we believe we all will be facing in 2016, so keep an eye out for new posts from me (Jennifer) and other industry thought leaders.

Thank you for reading these blog posts and I hope they have served as inspiration for you in your day to day work. As always, if you have a topic you would like to see me address, feel free to drop me an email at jennifer@insynctraining.com or on twitter @InSyncJennifer.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, Trends

Why is #EdTech Trending With Non-Trainers?

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Mar 5, 2015 10:54:00 AM

My morning ritual begins with a review of articles, blog posts, and social media so I can personally keep up with new technologies and emerging best practices in the fields of corporate training and educational technologies.

It doesn’t surprise me to see updates from members of the training community. This is our focus, and it makes sense that these topics are discussed. What does surprise me is the increasing frequency with which educational technology and related fields are investigated by mainstream media, business publications, and investment firms.

For instance, while on an elevator in NYC I was recently discussing online education with a colleague. A stranger sharing the elevator interjected, “Ed Tech is really hot right now. It’s one of the areas our firm is looking to invest in.

Turns out this gentleman was a member of a venture capital firm and knew much more about online training in virtual classrooms than I would have expected.

The question is, why is “EdTech” so hot?

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Topics: EdTech, Trends