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When Virtual Classrooms Become Virtually Required: Promote the Change

Posted by Katelind Hays on Mar 25, 2020 12:58:41 PM

03252020 Promote the Change

Virtually There Session Recap

In response to changes happening in L&D during the COVID-19 pandemic, experts Jane Bozarth and Jennifer Hofmann joined forces for a special 90-minute Virtually There webinar on March 9, 2020. This blog post, the second in a comprehensive series, recaps some of the timely and helpful information shared during When Virtual Classrooms Become Virtually Required.

It feels like organizations, work, and the world underwent an unexpected and radical evolution over the past few weeks. Offices closed to keep employees safe, teams now meet on Zoom or Google Hangouts, and training needs to move online.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Change Management, Virtually Required Series

When Virtual Classrooms Become Virtually Required: How to Make the Decision to Transition to Virtual Classrooms

Posted by Katelind Hays on Mar 15, 2020 12:32:29 PM

Virtually There Session Recap

Transitioning to the virtual classroom

In response to changes happening in L&D during the COVID-19 pandemic, experts Jane Bozarth and Jennifer Hofmann joined forces for a special 90-minute Virtually There webinar on March 9, 2020. This blog post, the first in a comprehensive series, recaps some of the timely and helpful information shared during When Virtual Classrooms Become Virtually Required

The virtual classroom may not be new, but currently the world is experiencing a crisis that’s accelerating its necessity. With travel bans, new work-from-home arrangements creating unexpected virtual teams, and in-person meeting cancellations, virtual classroom platforms have become virtually required.

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Topics: Virtual Teams, Virtual Classroom, Virtually Required Series

Lesson Learned: Virtual Classroom Producers Can Maximize Training Value

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Feb 3, 2020 10:48:00 PM
Lessons Learned about Virtual Classroom Production

In 2020, we are sharing the lessons we’ve learned about the virtual classroom over the last twenty years, and we’ll link back to our more detailed content around these topics, in case you want to learn more! Take a peek at the entire Lessons Learned series by clicking here.

In 1998, I envisioned that the role of the producer in the virtual classroom would be to “make the talent look good.” My reasoning was, the virtual classroom facilitator lost the ability to take the pulse of the class using body language and eye contact, so the producer added a second set of hands that help manage learner engagement and increase the quality of virtual lessons. 

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Virtual Classroom - Production, Producer, Lessons Learned

Lesson Learned: Virtual Facilitation is DIFFERENT Than Traditional Facilitation

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 16, 2020 12:26:49 PM
Lessons Learned about Virtual Classroom Facilitation

In 2020, we’ll be sharing the lessons we’ve learned about the virtual classroom over the last twenty years, and we’ll link back to our more detailed content around these topics, in case you want to learn more! 

When organizations started to adopt the virtual classroom in the 1990s, the focus was on the technology-driven benefits it could provide - Reduction in travel cost, less disruption to learner schedules, and the ability to share subject matter expertise in a much more immediate and relevant way.

We could train everyone, when they needed it, and save money at the same time.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Engagement, Lessons Learned

Hindsight is 2020 - 20 Years of Driving Digital Engagement in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 6, 2020 11:51:00 PM
InSync Training 20 Year Anniversary Logo

On January 3, 2000, I created a company named InSync Training. To answer a commonly asked question, the name WASN’T a play on the name of a popular boy band of the time - back then, virtual classrooms were called ‘synchronous classrooms,’ so I felt the name would be compelling. 

At that time, the U.S. economy was coming out of the Dotcom era, and organizations were investing heavily in web-based technologies in all aspects of their operations (including learning and development) without any real understanding of what all this new tech would do for them. It was just assumed that the virtual classroom was the right choice for all modern training. I entered the marketplace with the vision of providing foundational, proven practices for training professionals to use and maximize virtual live instructional technologies in delivering training programs.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Virtual Facilitation, Lessons Learned

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

Is the virtual classroom right for your training? quizTo 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, Virtual Facilitation

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