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Ground Rules for Learning in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by InSync Training on Jun 16, 2020 12:30:00 PM

Ground Rules for Learning in the Virtual ClassroomEveryday thousands of virtual classroom sessions take place – meetings, webinars, comprehensive training programs. In fact, Microsoft Teams set a one-day record for their platform and hosted 2.7 BILLION meeting minutes in a single 24-hour period this year.

This trend does not surprise us - the world, and our classrooms, have changed. And while instructional design and facilitation approaches need updating, learners also have to adapt to this learning environment. Participation, collaboration, interaction, and contribution look different in the virtual classroom.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, Learner Engagement

Virtual Classroom Tool Tips: Chat, Breakout Rooms, and more!

Posted by InSync Training on May 28, 2020 2:05:11 PM

05282020 Blog Virtual Classroom ToolkitWhat do platforms like Webex Training, Zoom, Adobe Connect, and Microsoft Teams have in common? They all include a variety of virtual classroom tools!

When instructional designers incorporate their use into training programs and facilitators leverage them during delivery, tools can increase learner engagement. Learners feel more connected to their fellow participants, to the instructional team, and to the training content. Plus, when the virtual classroom supports active participation and collaboration, concerns about learning in a new environment fade away.

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

Moving Quickly to the Virtual Classroom? Create a Show Flow!

Posted by InSync Training on May 13, 2020 11:30:00 AM

Virtual classroom show flow exampleLately, the virtual classroom has become the most popular kid in school. From team meetings to global training programs, platforms like Zoom, Webex Training Center, Adobe Connect, and Microsoft Teams, have enabled businesses to adapt to the unexpected and unfortunate current circumstances.  

But switching learning environments involves technical, instructional design, and delivery considerations. When asked by clients what a new virtual blend involves, we liken it to a stage production. Behind the scenes, experts coordinate and orchestrate acts to wow an audience, all while making the featured talent look good.  

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Topics: Blended Learning, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, Virtual Teams & Modern Workplace

Virtual Learning 101: Set Your Virtual Classroom Up for Success

Posted by InSync Training on Apr 30, 2020 10:39:00 AM

04302020 Virtual Learning 101 BlogMore virtual classroom events than ever have happened in 2020. In fact, the CEO of Cisco announced that Webex hosted 5.5 BILLION minutes of virtual meetings in the first eleven days of March. Combined with the spike in usage of other platforms like Zoom, virtual events have become a staple in today’s businesses and educational institutions.

And whether you elected to make the transition to live online learning or took the leap to adapt to corporate circumstance, the steps you take before a virtual training event begins can determine if the final outcome is successful.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, Virtual Teams & Modern Workplace

Where Has All the Bandwidth Gone? A New Virtual Classroom Issue Addressed

Posted by InSync Training on Mar 19, 2020 9:47:00 AM

Today’s fun topic is bandwidth! Or the lack of it.

Virtual classroom sessions are slowing down, VoIP is going to that place with all the handbaskets…. All because everyone is on video ALL THE TIME, including your kids, husbands, and wives, I bet.  And your dishwasher, TVs, everything is on the internet. 

Thanks to Coronavirus-related travel bans, new work-from-home arrangements, and deployment of virtual meetings and trainings, bandwidth can't keep up. In fact, some sources report that the Pentagon may limit access to sources like YouTube on their network to combat the issue.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, Mobile Virtual Classroom & Mobile Learning

Virtual Learning 101: Technical Disasters

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Dec 12, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Virtual Classroom Technical Difficulties One of the most common questions my team and I receive about virtual learning events boils down to technology: how do you make sure glitches don’t cause learners to disconnect?

I love this question! It means that stakeholders, designers, and facilitators care about the experience learners have in a session. Plus, it also speaks to program success – people who want to prevent technology from derailing training from achieving the bigger goal of improving performance and developing participants’ skills.

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Topics: EdTech, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, Virtual Learning

Learning in the Virtual Classroom: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Posted by InSync Training on Nov 7, 2019 8:00:00 AM

The Past, Present, and Future of Virtual Classroom TrainingThe InSync Training team has designed, delivered, produced, and managed live online training events for over 20 years. It’s hard to believe that organizations have had the virtual classroom as a learning environment option for over two decades.

Change underlies this now-commonplace technology. Virtual classrooms from the past look very little like the reality of today, which indicates a radically different future.

So what can we learn from the evolution of the virtual classroom?

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, Virtual Learning

Not Another Recorded Webinar! How To Use Virtual Classroom Recordings

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Nov 5, 2019 8:00:00 AM

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When should we record live virtual classroom sessions, and how can we design quality, engaging recordings for on-demand audiences? 

I’ve never been fond of recording all virtual classes and making them available on demand. I’ve always felt that devalues live virtual instruction. After all, if there is no difference in the learner experience for someone to attend a live program versus a recording, then why deliver any live content?

Nevertheless, whether it’s an information-dense webinar or a hands-on, collaborative virtual lesson, most organizations have thousands of hours of recorded sessions in their training libraries.

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Topics: Webinars, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, Virtual Learning

Virtual Learning 101: Answers to Three Common Training Questions

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Oct 22, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Answers to Training FAQsMore organizations than ever have transitioned from traditional face-to-face training to virtual classrooms. And since no training element stands alone, most blends include live online components of some kind.

But, even as technology becomes more ubiquitous in corporate learning, decision makers and practitioners have questions about its efficacy.

My team compiled the questions they most commonly hear in their day-to-day work. When I reviewed them, I recognized that the answers speak to core best practices and the value platforms like Zoom, Webex, and Adobe Connect contribute to enterprise training.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, Global Virtual Classroom, Virtual Learning

Routines & Adaptability: How Producers Keep Virtual Training on Track

Posted by InSync Training on Oct 9, 2019 10:14:00 AM

Virtual classroom producer at workWe know virtual classrooms include technology bells and whistles designed to promote learner engagement. But how do instructors manage so many moving parts? We highly recommend bringing in a second set of hands to help juggle everything. The best option? A technical or instructional producer

Whether you provide production support in your organization’s live online learning events, or you would simply like to create smoother virtual sessions, try applying a few simple approaches for seamless programs.

Our team of multitasking, multi-talented producers outlined their tried-and-true recommendations to help you reach modern learning MVP status.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Production, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, Producer