InSync Training

5 Reasons to Invest in Certifying Your Team as Virtual Training Professionals

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jun 2, 2021 12:34:55 AM

06022021 Newsletter Blog - 5 Reasons to CertifySince March of 2020, learning and development teams have been rushing to move their face-to-face content to virtual platforms like Zoom, Webex, MS Teams, and Adobe Connect.

At first, this wholesale conversion to virtual was a stop gap measure. The focus was getting the content online temporarily - just for the few months while we were working at home. But a few months turned into a year and a half! As corporations are contemplating bringing workers back into the office (or not), they are also considering what role virtual classrooms will play in their long-term learning strategy. (Spoiler – InSync’s clients tell us virtual training will continue to play a much bigger role than it did pre-pandemic!)

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Virtual Classroom - Production

Virtual Classroom Tips We Learned From the Pandemic Year

Posted by Cindy Earl on May 26, 2021 11:00:00 AM

The year 2020 marked the accelerated transformation of virtual learning. With the L&D industry forever changed, what did we learn from the pandemic year? A few of InSync Training’s top facilitators, instructional designers and producers weighed in. Here are some of the top tips they shared…

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

The Value of Getting Trained to Thrive in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Karen Vieth on May 4, 2021 12:08:01 AM

05042021 May Newsletter Blog - How to Thrive in the Virtual ClassroomDuring the pandemic, virtual live instruction was widely adopted to meet immediate training needs.  Forbes noted that adoption of virtual technology in learning and development has been greater in the last ten months than in the previous ten years. 82% of corporate L&D executives see virtual live instruction as a key element of their implementation strategy moving forward.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Modern Learners, Virtual Training

Creating Positive Learning Experiences: The Team Approach

Posted by Patricia Regier on Apr 29, 2021 7:00:00 AM

04212021 Blog Post - Patricia RiegerThe team approach when creating learning experiences can make all the difference in whether a virtual session is successful or not! It feels amazing when a producer can seem like they are anticipating the needs of the facilitator or speaker before they even ask. However, even if it seems like we can read minds, the anticipation is a skill that is developed over time with experience. It is fantastic to produce learning events as a partner with the facilitator and a support for the participants.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Virtual Classroom - Production, Learner Engagement

Virtual Facilitation Observations and Tips

Posted by Sukran Balaban on Mar 31, 2021 12:30:00 PM

03312021 Blog - Bullseye GameIn the world of virtual classrooms, there are many reasons why a session may be ineffective and tiring for both participants and facilitators. Whether the technological tools are used too sparingly or interaction between participants is not encouraged enough, a session can feel stagnant and end up not being successful. I’m sharing some of my observations I’ve made in the online classroom along with suggestions to help ensure that your sessions are engaging, fun, and learners are energized with new knowledge to apply to their jobs.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Learner Engagement

Facilitators Can Nurture Emotional Engagement in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Mar 10, 2021 7:00:00 AM

Nothing changed our workplace more, and more quickly, than the Covid-19 pandemic, and we all need coping skills to keep up. Facilitators need to be especially vigilant in order to ensure their learners are positively connected to the learning experience. 

Karen Vieth revisits  “Seven Facilitation Techniques That Nurture Emotional Engagement in the Virtual Classroom” in our Virtually There session Emotional Intelligence and Engaging Your Audience in the Virtual Classroom. on March 10. She ties EMOTIONAL ENGAGEMENT to EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE, and discusses how important it is to the workplace, providing techniques to help facilitators nurture emotional engagement.

Read the blog below, originally published in 2019, to learn more about how effective learning involves an emotional component.

how to nurture emotional engagement in the virtual classroom

This is the third installment in a series that explores actionable approaches virtual classroom facilitators can use to improve learner engagement through purposeful facilitation.

We often frame corporate training as a compulsory process: complete these requirements and move on to the next task. It's a reinforcement of a "Push" learning culture that is content-centric, and not a personal experience.

Effective learning involves an emotional component. Employees want to do well on the job. They hope to have the skills required to meet their goals. They stress about balancing their professional responsibilities while upskilling. The training function has an obligation to recognize these emotions, and facilitators can improve virtual training experiences by addressing them in their delivery approach.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Advanced Facilitation Learner Engagement Series

Shock Your Learners!

Posted by Theresa Smith on Feb 28, 2021 6:00:00 PM

02282021 Blog Post Shock Your Learners1.1Keeping learners engaged - it’s the boundless task as a facilitator.  There are a whole heap of ideas and tactics that work but here’s one I have used that may be a bit different… Shock your learners!  Embarrass yourself!  Give them what they never expected, SING loud and proud😊

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Learner Experience, Learner Engagement

Surviving Long Online Days

Posted by Lynette Van Steinburg on Feb 11, 2021 5:00:00 PM

02112021 Surviving Long Online DaysLynette Van Steinburg has been contributing to the InSync Training team as a virtual producer since 2018. In this blog post, she shares some tips to help both the learners and the trainers stay focused without getting burned out.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Learner Engagement

Throw it in Zoom and See if it Sticks! (Part 2)

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 28, 2021 11:33:44 AM

01282021 Throw it in Zoom and See if it Sticks (pt 2) BlogIn my previous post, I discussed the importance of strong design for virtual delivery, and how to achieve it. This post addresses the challenges you’ll encounter when proposing these design approaches to your stakeholders.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Learner Engagement

Let's Blame the Online Platforms

Posted by Bo Saldana on Jan 13, 2021 1:45:00 PM

01132021 Let's Blame the Online Platforms BlogWait a minute...

With the unexpected arrival (at least at a much greater level) of teleworking and online teaching due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many trainers and facilitators have struggled to find the most suitable solution to deliver their classes to their students.

This boom in live remote learning has caused much debate about whether or not platforms help facilitators meet the expectations of their own students (and themselves) or whether online teaching is less stellar and effective than face-to-face classes.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Learner Engagement