InSync Training

Extreme Facilitation - Bringing Learning Content to Life

Posted by InSync Training on Sep 7, 2021 9:51:18 PM

Over the last two decades, our team has grown to over 140 practitioners, modeling learning best practices from their home offices all across the globe. 

As we look forward to continuing to design, deliver, and manage impactful training programs long into the future, we asked the InSync team to look back. What have they learned about learning during their careers? What do they wish organizations and learners knew about blended virtual training? What story sticks out to them as particularly memorable?

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Virtual Facilitator Day

The 3 Essential Qualities of Excellent Virtual Classroom Facilitators

Posted by InSync Training on Aug 25, 2021 7:30:00 AM

What makes a virtual classroom facilitator good at what they do? Clients and learners ask us this question regularly. Heck, we ask ourselves this question regularly since it speaks to the fundamental value we deliver through our work! Because facilitators deeply impact the overall blend, our answer addresses technical expertise AND those fuzzy soft skills. 

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

Embracing Virtual Learning: People to People

Posted by Karen Vieth on Aug 19, 2021 1:30:00 PM

Copy of 08192021 Blog - People to People 5.0We might not be face-to-face, but we are still people-to-people.

We have learned a lot through the pandemic from how to rely on others to offering much grace to each other in today’s workforce. Yes, it has been a hard transition, but a lot of positives have come out as well.

As humans, we learned we can “do” anything that is put in our path. We can persevere. We can make it through tough times. Was it glorious? No. Was it hard? Yes … but we did it … that says something! Virtual learning has been around a long time … 20+ years in fact. And for all those years we in the industry have spent countless hours trying to convince people that virtual learning, when done right, can transform into TRUE learning where learners walk away with transfer of knowledge and excitement to implement the new skills and tools.

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

5 Core Strategies and Tactics for Effective Virtual Classroom Programs

Posted by InSync Training on Aug 15, 2021 5:59:53 PM

08152021 Blog Ask The Expert Virtual Training CertificationUpskilling the “new normal” virtual world is no longer a “nice to have” but a matter of survival. Many facilitators learned the hard truth that virtual live instruction demands a higher degree of preparation and a broader set of skills to keep learners engaged to achieve best outcomes, and every platform requires different techniques to take advantage of its capabilities.

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

InSync Training Announces Fall 2021 Programs

Posted by InSync Training on Aug 11, 2021 12:30:00 PM

Registration is now open for InSync Training’s world-class certification programs and workshops in virtual classroom design, facilitation, and production.

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

Examples of Advanced Virtual Classroom Facilitation Techniques: From Good to ... EXCEPTIONAL

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Aug 3, 2021 9:39:54 AM

08022021 Newsletter Blog From Good to ExceptionalIf you are a good virtual facilitator (and after the year we have all had, I bet you are!), you have quite a few enviable skills! You’ve mastered the basics of how to teach virtually and have mastered your virtual classroom platform. (Webex® Training Center, Adobe® Connect™, Zoom, MS Teams, etc.). You consider the principles of adult learning throughout every delivery. You manage the entire experience. And so much more!

As many organizations shift to “Virtual First” as a training strategy, “good” isn’t “good enough” anymore. Facilitators need to work towards becoming exceptional at their craft. This means connecting content with people through technology. But technology is still a tool. Learning in the virtual classroom is about making connections between people. If that wasn’t important, all content could be self-paced.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Modern Learners, Learner Engagement

4 Steps to Prepare For And Survive Virtual Classroom Tech “Disasters”

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jul 7, 2021 12:29:33 AM

07072021 Blog - Disaster Recovery ProcessWhen facilitating a virtual event, the facilitator has three jobs:

  1. Foster environmental engagement by creating a place where people can and want to learn.
  2. Stimulate intellectual engagement by encouraging learner curiosity and emphasizing content relevance and applicability.
  3. Foster emotional engagement by enabling learners to feel good about the experience.
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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Virtual Classroom - Production, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices

Tips to be a Successful Virtual Classroom Producer

Posted by InSync Training on Jun 23, 2021 9:45:00 AM

06232021 master virtual producer promoWe often encounter some version of the following story when working with corporate teams and individual learners: “Well, my organization has made the leap to the virtual classroom. I’m now supporting live online sessions, but I don’t know how to use my existing skills while managing the technology.”

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Virtual Classroom - Production

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