InSync Training

The Business Case for Virtual Classroom Producers

Posted by InSync Training on Oct 11, 2018 10:00:00 AM

32145068_sFlipping the classroom marks a big step towards truly modern learning. Organizations, for a variety of reasons, have transitioned face-to-face training content to the virtual classroom. The process, complicated by the very nature of including technology in learning, can become even more difficult without the right instructional support.

In the two decades that InSync has designed, delivered, and supported virtual training, one factor has proven essential for success: the virtual classroom producer.

A hallmark of our approach, we encourage all teams hoping to incorporate live online sessions into the blend to seriously consider investing in this invaluable resource.

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

Um, Ah, So, Ya Know … The Deadly Verbal Crutch

Posted by Karen Vieth on Oct 2, 2018 11:38:04 AM

9917748_sFirst impressions are key to developing rapport with learners in any classroom, but especially in the virtual environment. Facilitators in the virtual classroom must grab the attention of the learner right away and keep it to be successful here.

When trainers fill their delivery with verbal crutches, learners get distracted and possibly annoyed.

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

Flawless Virtual Events: Managing the Tech Risk

Posted by Katelind Hays on Sep 27, 2018 10:00:00 AM

33429023_sVirtually There Session Recap

When thinking about designing or facilitating live online learning, what scares you the most? For many, the technology feels like an intimidating part of the equation.

  • What if learners can’t navigate the environment?
  • What if we lose audio in the middle of the Subject Matter Expert presenting key information?
  • What if the slide deck fails to load within the platform?
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Topics: Virtually There, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, EdTech

3 Tips for Successful Virtual Learning Events

Posted by Katelind Hays on May 29, 2018 1:14:22 PM

45890595_sWhat is there left to learn about designing, producing, and facilitating virtual learning? So much! This blog is the second in a series recapping the recent Virtual Classroom Panel hosted by eLearning Guild during their 2018 Learning Solutions Conference. Read the first post, What are the Biggest Virtual Classroom Tool Challenges? Experts Say…

With all the virtual tools in all the land, creating successful live online learning programs requires planning. How do we set people up for success in this training environment? What do we, as the people designing and facilitating the learning experience, need to do in order to create a really positive virtual experience?

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Topics: Global Virtual Classroom, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices

Part 7: Managing Virtual Classroom Strategy Implementation Challenges

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Aug 18, 2016 1:28:13 PM

Recently InSync Training worked with a multinational software company to maximize the value of their existing learning content by transitioning it to the virtual and blended classroom.

During this process, we discovered seven specific areas that we needed to address to facilitate this transition. We believe these challenges are universal to virtual classroom implementation. Many other organizations are undergoing this evolution, with seasoned learning professionals assisting the process.

In the spirit of the modern classroom, a learning environment defined by the accessibility of knowledge, we will detail these challenges and our approaches for overcoming them in this seven-part blog series.

To achieve the greatest understanding of virtual classroom strategy implementation challenges, begin with my first blog post, Redesigning Content for the Virtual Classroom.

22700460_s.jpgVirtual Classroom Implementation Strategy Challenge: Prepare Learners

The final step in this process is to prepare learners to be successful in the virtual classroom. It’s not enough to have great content and highly skilled facilitators. Your learners need to know how to learn and be successful in the virtual learning environment.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Blended learning, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices

Virtual Learning Strategy For the Modern Classroom

Posted by Katelind Hays on Aug 16, 2016 2:02:07 PM

Training Magazine Network Session Recap

14302174_s.jpgBuilding successful virtual and blended learning initiatives require purposeful planning and implementation. We have been working with global organization SAP to support a redesign and redeployment of their training programs in order to make them more engaging, more successful, and more modern.

Our friends at Training Magazine Network generously hosted a live online presentation featuring InSync Training President Jennifer Hofmann, and Malte Bong-Schmidt, Virtual Learning Lead for SAP. Over the course of an hour, Jennifer and Malte reviewed their virtual and blended learning strategy, and how it impacted the organization.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Blended learning, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, Modern Learning

Part 6: Managing Virtual Classroom Strategy Implementation Challenges

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Aug 5, 2016 12:35:23 PM

Recently InSync Training worked with a multinational software company to maximize the value of their existing learning content by transitioning it to the virtual and blended classroom.

During this process, we discovered seven specific areas that we needed to address to facilitate this transition. We believe these challenges are universal to virtual classroom implementation. Many other organizations are undergoing this evolution, with seasoned learning professionals assisting the process.

In the spirit of the modern classroom, a learning environment defined by the accessibility of knowledge, we will detail these challenges and our approaches for overcoming them in this seven-part blog series.

10438068_s.jpgTo achieve the greatest understanding of virtual classroom strategy implementation challenges, begin with my first blog post, Redesigning Content for the Virtual Classroom.

Virtual Classroom Implementation Strategy Challenge: Establish the Value of Virtual Learning

After redefining virtual learning within the organization, it was imperative that we established the value of this learning approach.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices

Best Practices: Audio in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by InSync Training on Aug 2, 2016 1:00:00 PM

9620719_s.jpgAs we navigate designing, producing and facilitating virtual classroom and blended learning, we identify solutions to common challenges. To support the mobile, social, and modern virtual classroom, we share our findings and lessons learned with our audience to encourage the creation of training that sticks.

For example, as anyone who has taught or participated in a virtual learning environment knows, audio plays a key role in a program’s success. Audio connectivity issues can quickly derail a session, making effective planning essential. How should you encourage learners to connect to audio? As virtual learning architects, how should you think about audio in relationship to the overall learning experience?

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

Part 4: Managing Virtual Classroom Strategy Implementation Challenges

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jul 14, 2016 2:10:28 PM

Recently InSync Training worked with a multinational software company to maximize the value of their existing learning content by transitioning it to the virtual and blended classroom.

During this process, we discovered seven specific areas that we needed to address to facilitate this transition. We believe these challenges are universal to virtual classroom implementation. Many other organizations are undergoing this evolution, with seasoned learning professionals assisting the process.

In the spirit of the modern classroom, a learning environment defined by the accessibility of knowledge, we will detail these challenges and our approaches for overcoming them in this seven-part blog series.

To achieve the greatest understanding of virtual classroom strategy implementation challenges, begin with my first blog post in the Managing Virtual Classroom Strategy Implementation Challenges series, Redesigning Content for the Virtual Classroom.

48861062_s.jpgVirtual Classroom Implementation Strategy Challenge 4: Identify and Overcome Language & Cultural Barriers

The next step involved in successful virtual classroom implementation requires identifying and mitigating culture and language barriers.

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

Part 3: Managing Virtual Classroom Strategy Implementation Challenges

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jul 13, 2016 1:22:26 PM

Recently InSync Training worked with a multinational software company to maximize the value of their existing learning content by transitioning it to the virtual classroom and blended learning.

During this process, we discovered seven specific areas that we needed to address to facilitate this transition. We believe these challenges are universal to virtual classroom implementation. Many other organizations are undergoing this evolution, with seasoned learning professionals assisting the process.

In the spirit of the modern classroom, a learning environment defined by the accessibility of knowledge, we will detail these challenges and our approaches for overcoming them in this seven-part blog series.

To achieve the greatest understanding of virtual classroom strategy implementation challenges, begin with my first blog post, Redesigning Content for the Virtual Classroom.

21425913_s.jpgVirtual Classroom Implementation Strategy Challenge 3: Identifying & Overcoming Technology Barriers

After we redesigned existing content for a new learning environment, and reskilled our facilitators to successfully navigate the virtual classroom, the next challenge involved identifying and overcoming technology barriers.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices