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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

The Balancing Act of Today's Virtual Facilitator: Trainer, Coach, and Mentor

Posted by Karen Vieth on Jun 25, 2019 12:50:27 PM

58530795_sBringing balance to the blend isn’t an uncommon topic for our blog and the idea that we need to match learning objectives to the most appropriate instructional strategies and technologies is the foundation to our campaign approach to designing blended learning.

But there is more to the balancing act than just design. Once the development is complete, it’s the job of the facilitator to guide learners though their journeys.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Modern Blended Learning, Advanced Facilitation

Celebrating Virtual Facilitator Day!

Posted by InSync Training on Jun 19, 2019 10:51:28 AM

2019 Facilitator DayWhen the InSync Training team reflects on the most successful modern learning experiences, one L&D professional holds a special place in our hearts: the virtual facilitator.

With nothing but their voices, access to technology, and their ingenuity, they literally bring learning to life.

Today, we celebrate their contributions to learning and performance in the first ever Virtual Facilitator Day! Every year, on the third Wednesday of June, we will take an entire day to honor their skills, commitment, and engagement.

Join the party by sharing your stories about extraordinary facilitators on Twitter with #VirtualFacilitatorDay. We know the impact of successful facilitation reaches far and wide, and we look forward to hearing about your experiences.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Virtual Facilitator Day

6 Simple Tips for Stellar Virtual Classroom Facilitation

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jun 6, 2019 1:22:01 PM

24314269_sWhether presenting an informational webinar or facilitating a multi-part virtual learning series that’s part of a larger blend, teaching live online requires pizzazz and purpose.

As more corporate L&D programs move online, a tried-and-true facilitation process can set you up for success (in fact, we offer a comprehensive train-the-trainer program to help practitioners create a comprehensive toolkit).

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Modern Classroom, Advanced Facilitation

Virtual Classroom Facilitators: Enabling Engagement & Learning

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jun 4, 2019 10:02:24 AM

59906697_sIn the mid-1990s, virtual classrooms (then known as ‘synchronous’ classrooms) were new. (Don’t believe me? Read some history here!) So new, most people had never heard of them.

But the people who HAD heard of virtual training were very excited. Soon, they proclaimed, none of us would ever have to go to a brick and mortar classroom again! All the ingredients were present to disrupt the Training & Development industry: trainers, participants, and PowerPoint slides! What else did we need?

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Modern Classroom, Advanced Facilitation

3 Tricks for Facilitating Blended Learning

Posted by Katelind Hays on May 7, 2019 11:43:42 AM

65056138_sHas your organization jumped on the blended learning bandwagon, yet? This formal- and informal-learning combination approach to training moves beyond “hot trend” – it offers the opportunity to support learners after structured events end.

We focus quite a bit on the instructional design required for this more comprehensive learning model. It makes sense. Blended programs include many moving parts, and the associated complexity requires thoughtful design. After all, we have to create an environment that supports learner engagement and knowledge retention, and this begins at the proverbial drawing board.

But, facilitation matters, too. Design helps us plan for program success. Solid instruction enables that success.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Modern Blended Learning