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Part Two: Using Facilitation to Connect with Your Audience at a Deeper Level

Posted by InSync Training on Oct 29, 2019 9:00:00 AM

49817284_sRecently, we explored the theory behind how facilitators can quantify and qualify learner engagement in the virtual classroom. A theoretical foundation provides a jumping off point for practical application.

Our team relies on a number of tried-and-true facilitation methods to connect with live online learners more deeply and more meaningfully. For virtual facilitators, effectively “reading their audience” ensures learning actually happens.

These three techniques allow you, the facilitator, to move beyond basic presentation skills and towards more effective instruction that encourages learners to synthesize ideas and apply what they’ve learned in the protective classroom environment.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Advanced Facilitation

Part One: Using Facilitation to Connect with Your Audience at a Deeper Level

Posted by InSync Training on Oct 17, 2019 8:30:00 AM

101312958_sGood modern learning facilitators possess virtual classroom literacy, are technically savvy, and practice good time management skills.

All three of these characteristics contribute to a solid foundational skillset.

But taking your competencies from good to great involves an advanced approach to learner engagement, platform management, and content delivery.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Advanced Facilitation

3 Characteristics of Good Virtual Classroom Facilitators

Posted by InSync Training on Oct 10, 2019 11:24:00 AM

Engaging virtual classroom facilitator 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. 

In our experience as both learners and experts, good virtual classroom facilitators….

  • Demonstrate virtual classroom literacy.
  • Are digitally literate.
  • Manage time well.

In practice, these skillsets focus on the learner first, while the technology offers a way to achieve their goals.

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Topics: Facilitation, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Professional Development, Advanced Facilitation

Laying the Foundation for Virtual Classroom Facilitation and Design

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Oct 1, 2019 9:45:06 AM

47200126_s-1There must be an instructional solution between a one-hour webinar and a six-week certificate…

The virtual classroom allows us to create learning experiences that weren’t available 20 years ago. We can space out lessons over days, weeks, and even months so that our learners can reflect on everything they’ve learned and practice those skills before returning to the virtual classroom to learn more. This is an instructionally sound approach, supported by research, that allows individuals to apply what they’ve learned and see a path forward towards mastery.

For example, InSync’s primary training audience consists of professional facilitators, instructional designers, and virtual classroom producers. Most of these individuals are experienced in supporting traditional classroom environments and have a need to add mastery of the virtual classroom to their existing skill sets. For this group of professionals, multiple-week blended learning experiences with rigorously assessed final projects makes sense. 

This intensive model works for most types of training when the intent is creating a path to mastery.

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

5 Ways Facilitators Can Stimulate Intellectual Engagement in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Aug 27, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Intellectual learner engagementThis is the second installment in a three-part series that explores actionable approaches facilitators can use to improve learner engagement through purposeful facilitation.

Can the virtual classroom actually achieve the same learning results as a face-to-face approach? Or is it a ‘second best’ solution?

I believe that, if our approach is authentic and well-designed, facilitators can ensure that virtual learning is REAL learning. And help learners recognize this as well.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Advanced Facilitation, Intellectual Engagement, learner engagement, Advanced Facilitation Learner Engagement

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

Facilitators: Evolve from the Sage-on-the-Stage, to the Guide-on-the-Side

Posted by InSync Training on Aug 1, 2019 10:01:00 AM

92999423_sWe talk a lot about learning journeys. The modern learning landscape has evolved, and standalone programs no longer exist.

Learners reasonably expect personalized, relevant training experiences. Designers understand that their role has changed to accommodate complex perpetual learning programs that resemble winding pathways.

But what about facilitators? How has their responsibility shifted in the age of learning journeys?

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

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

Advice from the Virtual Trenches - Facilitating Through the Chaos

Posted by InSync Training on Jun 27, 2019 10:52:16 AM

93223360_sThis post is part of an occasional series “Advice from the Virtual Trenches” where we share real lessons learned when virtual and blended learning didn’t go as planned.

If you’ve ever attended a virtual learning event or webinar, you know that hiccups can and will happen. Access links may not work, audio may disconnect, video may freeze, background noise may disrupt instruction. Add in the element of human error, and the possibilities for technical difficulties become seemingly endless.

Thoughtful instructional design helps ensure that content presented in this learning environment aligns with platform capabilities. But instructional teams offer “on the ground” support and expertise to preemptively avoid and successfully troubleshoot these common modern learning challenges.

We asked our facilitators for their stories about how they handled it when things went wrong in the most unexpected ways. These stories serve as advice from the virtual trenches that you can take back to the job for insight into the possibilities of instructional adaptability!

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Advice From The Virtual Trenches