InSync Training

3 Modern Learning Trends to Look Forward to in 2019

Posted by InSync Training on Dec 27, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Training Trends for 2019A new year presents new opportunities for modern learning advancements. Undoubtedly, exciting technologies will emerge, and practitioners will identify creative and innovative ways to engage learners while working to reach organizational goals.

What does the next year hold? We don’t have a learning & development crystal ball, but based on some trusted sources, a few predictions give us hope for a productive and successful year.

And it may surprise you to learn that none of them relate directly to technology!

Read More

Topics: Trends, Modern Blended Learning

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality at Work

Posted by Brigg Patten on Dec 15, 2016 1:00:00 PM
Virtual Reality at Work

We believe that organizational learning serves a higher purpose: we aren't just teaching people content, we're teaching people how to work. Understanding emerging trends, and how they'll impact work in the future, allows learning professionals to better support their learners. Virtual and augmented reality is already making waves in the workplace, and by extension, in training. Guest blogger Brigg Patten explores this new technology and its impact on learning and common workforce tasks. 

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality at Work

Virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are two technologies that are making waves in the workplace and are set to grow even more than mobile in just a few years. Companies are already making use of tools like Magic Leap from Google, HoloLens from Microsoft, and Facebook's Oculus. AR and VRs don't have restrictions when it comes to their usage in work environments. Although it is not exactly new technology, some companies have not gotten around to adopting AR and VR in their operations. For some companies that provide custom elearning solutions, it is a matter of not comprehending the role that AR and VR can play.

Read More

Topics: EdTech, Trends

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

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

Company-Wide Training ProgramsWhile 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.

Read More

Topics: Trends, Social Learning

The Internet of Things and Launching Learning Ideas

Posted by Katelind Hays on Sep 22, 2016 6:38:43 PM
The Internet of Things

2016 Online Learning Conference Recap

Greetings 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.

Read More

Topics: Conferences, Trends, 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.

Read More

Topics: Trends, Virtually There, Modern Learning

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

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

Personal Learning JourneyPart 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. 

Who are you and what is your area of expertise? 

My name is Courtney Vital, and I'm Chief Learning Officer at the Human Capital Institute. Previously, I was the Senior Director of Education for ATD (the Association for Talent Development). My entire career has focused on professional development and learning, and I couldn't imagine working in another field!

Read More

Topics: Conferences, Trends

Effective Training Strategies: 7 Companies Using Gamification Correctly

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

Gamification_guest_blog_post.jpg

We are excited to welcome Brigg Patten as a Getting InSync 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.

Read More

Topics: Trends, Modern Learning, Gamification & Game-Based Learning

Translating The Language of Learning Creates Value For Everyone

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Mar 15, 2016 11:54:00 AM

Translating the Language of LearningAs 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?

Read More

Topics: Trends, Modern Learning Culture

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.

Read More

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
Trending

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.

Read More

Topics: EdTech, Trends