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

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

91749137_sThe 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

67049633_sMore 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

Powerhouse Virtual Classroom Producers Share Their Tips for Success

Posted by InSync Training on Sep 24, 2019 9:00:00 AM

120534079_sGlobal training depends on digital platforms like eLearning, microlearning, and virtual classrooms. When dealing with multiple time zones and diverse learner groups, creating equivalent training experiences requires planning and professionals.

And while we acknowledge that facilitators act as the face of live learning events, producers power the sessions. They do much more than “open the room.” They act as learner advocates, a second voice delivering content, and an extra pair of hands juggling the many balls involved in effective modern learning.

Our production team includes the best in the business. So, what tips and tricks do they use to make sure every virtual learning session comes together into a seemingly seamless event?

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

Are You A Virtual Trainer? How to Engage your Learners at an Advanced Level

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Aug 8, 2019 1:48:07 AM

InSync_HiringInfographicCompetent virtual facilitators have quite a few enviable skills.

They’ve been trained on the nuances of how to teach virtually and have mastered their virtual classroom platform. (Zoom, WebEx, Adobe Connect, etc.) They consider the principles of adult learning throughout every delivery. They manage the entire experience. And so much more!

The infographic associated with this post provides a pretty detailed list of the qualifications and responsibilities of a good virtual facilitator, in a “job posting” format. (Download here and feel free to adapt for your own use!)

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

How to Prepare for Virtual Classroom Success

Posted by InSync Training on Jul 25, 2019 10:00:00 AM

121532459_sEven though virtual classroom platforms have existed for over 20 years, many learners and learning professionals struggle to thrive in this environment.

One of the reasons is that the same technology "bells and whistles" that designers and facilitators use for engagement activities can distract and overwhelm our audiences.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Best Practices

Multitasking in the Modern Virtual Classroom

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jul 18, 2019 9:00:00 AM

28259640_sThink back to the last webinar or virtual training session you attended. I’m willing to bet that you divided your attention between the event and other things like email, lunch, or a pressing project.

We don’t judge! Even the most committed learners and seasoned virtual classroom experts have a tendency to multitask in this learning environment. And for good reason – we all juggle an increasing number of competing priorities, and our organizations keep decreasing the amount of time available for learning.

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

How Can We Advocate for Learners in the Virtual Classroom?

Posted by InSync Training on Jul 9, 2019 9:38:09 AM

32145068_s-1The virtual classroom offers a flexible, dynamic learning environment for modern learning blends. We often think about questions such as:

But one question often gets overlooked: How can the instructional team advocate for virtual learners?

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

Tales from the Virtual Classroom Crypt

Posted by Katelind Hays on Oct 31, 2018 10:00:00 AM

85388587_sIt was a dark and stormy Tuesday, and all across the globe seasoned virtual classroom facilitators faced a malicious monster: a modern classroom meltdown. “What happened?” you inquire.

Well, the things that go bump in the night during training programs seem innocuous enough, but they send shivers down the spines of training practitioners and scare modern learners from engaging in future programs.

Two particularly terrifying tales may have you preparing for your next training session a little more seriously.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, Global Virtual Classroom