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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

Going Global - Myth: Leading a Global Training Project Is as Easy as 1-2-3

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 17, 2019 9:00:00 AM

26034744_sOkay. Not really. Leading a global training project takes more than being an instructional designer or a trainer or even a project manager. I've identified three critical steps to leading a successful global training project:  

  1. Evolving your role into a learning experience architect. 
  2. Mastering how to connect people and content in a way that meets the needs of the business and the learners.  
  3. Creating a plan that addresses the complexity of a global rollout
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Topics: Blended learning, Virtual Classroom, Global Virtual Classroom, Learning Experience Architect, Personal Learning Networks, Blended Learning Campaigns, Virtual Training

Going Global: The Winning Formula for Virtual Training and Blended Learning Success

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 8, 2019 4:03:34 PM

Blog graphicA global training implementation is much more complex than a blended learning solution designed for one country or for one region. Managing learner schedules, understanding the impact of regionalization, and getting content out in the most appropriate way are just some of the considerations the learning architect needs to consider.

A global program will probably be a blend. However, the old metaphor of a blended learning solution being a recipe, where you need to combine the right ingredients to get the right results, is not powerful enough to support the needs of modern organizations. Modern blended learning is more accurately described as a formula: combining the right elements in different ways to achieve a balance that meets the needs of all the stakeholders within the organization.

It’s really about chemistry.

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Topics: Blended learning, Virtual Classroom, Global Virtual Classroom, Virtual Training

Is the Virtual Classroom Right for Your Training?

Posted by Karen Vieth on Oct 25, 2018 1:04:04 PM

31545250_sTo be or not to be in the virtual classroom – that is the question, right?

Well, to find the answer for your training, take this quick quiz.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices

What are the Biggest Virtual Classroom Tool Challenges? Experts Say...

Posted by Katelind Hays on Apr 17, 2018 12:00:00 PM

I50242602_snSync Training President Jennifer Hofmann recently had the opportunity to join a panel of experts at eLearning Guild’s Learning Solutions 2018 conference to discuss The Present and Future of Virtual Classroom Tools. Over the coming weeks, Getting InSync will feature highlights from this engaging, informative discussion.

A driving force behind our mission at InSync Training focuses on the idea that “If we do virtual classroom training well we can get, for many programs, an equivalent or even better experience in the virtual live online world as we can face-to-face.” Achieving this goal, though, requires hard work and an innovative approach.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom

Engage Your Virtual Learners from the Get Go

Posted by InSync Training on Oct 10, 2017 1:00:00 PM

22427144_s.jpgIn the live online learning environment, instructional teams often struggle to truly connect with learners. We don't have the benefit of greeting our online learners with a smile as they enter our virtual space. So how do we create an inviting, warm, inclusive learning environment? From experience, it really comes down to our tone of voice and our words.

As virtual facilitators and producers, we have to be cognizant of our tone and our words. Our words are often the only part of us that our learners experience. When preparing for a session, ask yourself, “How empathetic and open am I to really hearing what participants have to say?” “Do my learners tune out because my tone of voice seems disinterested or unyielding?” If you answered “yes” to either question, make a conscious effort to inject warmth and authenticity into your voice. It’s a small step that makes a big difference.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Engagement, Virtual Classroom - Production

Virtual Learning from a Newcomer’s Perspective

Posted by Zoe Grant on Jun 22, 2017 1:27:38 PM

52981308_s.jpgBeing new at anything is an odd mixture of excitement, nerves, eagerness, and a tiny bit of apprehension. This is my first week at InSync, and I feel like I'm about to jump off the high diving board at the pool. My secret (shhh, don't tell!) is that I'm not a learning industry expert, and I'm learning this job as a marketing team assistant from the ground up.

I'll be learning how to write posts for social media, communicate with university clients, and generally help with whatever is needed. I’m incredibly excited for the chance to learn something completely new but also a little afraid that I will mess something up, and cause a marketing emergency (whatever that could be).      

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Topics: Virtual Classroom

Types of Learner Engagement in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Apr 6, 2017 1:15:00 PM

20162265_s.jpgRecently, we looked at the two different types of learner engagement we can use in the virtual classroom: interaction and collaboration.

Let’s build on that foundational knowledge with a deep dive into different subtypes of interaction and collaboration, and intelligent ways to use them. 

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Engagement

Collaboration VS. Interaction: What’s the Difference?

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Apr 4, 2017 1:30:00 PM

Interaction and Collaboration for Modern LearningVirtual classroom platforms now include a plethora of tools meant to encourage learner participation. We have whiteboards, breakout rooms, polls, text-based chat. Including them appropriately in our programs positively impacts our modern learners’ experiences. 

One modern learning challenge we face though, is the type of engagement these tools generate: is it interaction or collaboration?

Today we sort through the confusion and define collaboration and interaction, and clarify their relationship with virtual learning events.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Collaboration, Virtual Learners, Interaction

It Was Almost Like Being in a Real Class! Making Virtual Learning Real

Posted by Karen Vieth on Feb 14, 2017 12:05:00 PM

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Virtual Classroom Facilitation Blended Learning In Jennifer Hofmann’s blog post, The Role of Virtual Classrooms in Modern Blended Learning, she states that the focus of virtual learning should be fundamentally on the learners, their experiences and their learning environments. And I agree. But I encourage you to expand that focus to include collaboration.

I believe it is the ability for learners within those experiences and learning environments to make connections, participate in collaborative efforts and tie back to real life and work situations that turns a webinar type session into a real lesson where learners are eager to come back for more. 

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs