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Scenario Based Learning & The Virtual Classroom

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jul 28, 2021 1:45:00 PM

07282021 Blog Scenario Based Learning The pandemic, among many of its impacts on the learning and development community, mandated a rapid shift to virtual live learning. The past year’s experience has proven that virtual classrooms are an effective part of an organization’s training strategy. Moving forward, we need to be able to reach learners wherever they are with meaningful, effective learning experiences, and the virtual classroom helps make that happen.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Scenario-Based Learning, Virtual 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

Our Top 5 Reasons Why We Celebrate Instructional Designers

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Mar 2, 2021 12:46:37 PM

03022021 Blog Post - Instructional DesignersOn March 17, InSync celebrates Instructional Designers!

Have you thanked your instructional designer today? You really should. Instructional designers are the unsung heroes of the learning and development field. The job description for a designer has changed so much in the last decade. As we’ve introduced new instructional strategies, techniques, and technologies to our training toolbox, it’s been the instructional designers on the front line learning how to develop content in new platforms, how to engage learners with technology, and making the business case to invest (or not invest) in the latest and greatest EdTech trend.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, EdTech, Gamification & Game-Based Learning

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

Throw it in Zoom and See if it Sticks! (Part 1)

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 21, 2021 2:15:00 PM

01212021 Blog - Throw it in Zoom and See if it Sticks Part 1 (1.1)2020 was a year that witnessed a myriad of changes in the workplace, society, and how we interact, work, play, and…live. In the world of learning and development, perhaps now it’s time to catch our collective breath, and review what we’ve done. 2020 was a year when members of the learning and development community (YOU!) were leaned on heavily to re-purpose, re-develop, and sustain professional development of the workforce in the pandemic.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Microlearning, Environmental Engagement

LxD: Designing for Learners, Not Just Content

Posted by Jane Bozarth on Nov 3, 2020 9:39:07 AM

11032020 Blog - Designing for Learners Not Just ContentHave you ever been sent to training that just didn’t ring true? Perhaps it presented steps as too simple (“Then just get everyone to agree and implement your plan”) or offered unworkable performance tips (“Set aside a half-hour every day to reflect on your obstacles and achievements”) or included a tipoff that the designer had no idea about the reality of your work (My postal-service husband says he laughs at the unrealistic training videos he’s assigned to watch, because “the customers always have exact change”.)

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Modern Learners

The Foundation of Intellectual Engagement in Modern Learning

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jul 15, 2020 2:45:00 PM

07152020 Blog - Adult Learning TheoryLearner Engagement – defining and enhancing it have remained critically important in the modern classroom for years. If content design and delivery do not capture attention, demand participation, and encourage ongoing application, training programs inherently become less effective.

Exclusive research conducted by the InSync Training team focused on the long-standing question, “What is learner engagement?” and uncovered a surprising answer: it is not one single thing. Rather, learner engagement actually includes three separate learner factors: their environment, their emotions, and their intellect. We know that when instructional designers thoughtfully organize content and create activities that consider and generate these three types of engagement, learners benefit.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Modern Learners, Learner Engagement

How to Go Live: Identifying the Key Players in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by InSync Training on Jun 24, 2020 2:45:00 PM

Key Players in the Virtual ClassroomMoving great face-to-face learning to the virtual classroom includes a multi-step process. The first step involves making an effort to understand the value of the learning environment. Next, facilitators and instructional designers have to adapt their approach to maximize engagement and effectiveness.

Underlying these positive attitudes, dazzling designs, and enthralling facilitation approaches lies an important question that requires an answer: who are our key players?

Those leading and managing the change to live online learning have to get to the bottom of this question, as well as the consequences of the resulting answer. Think about three main categories: Learners, Facilitators, and Designers.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, How to Go Live Series

How to Go Live: Virtual Classroom Instructional Design Tips

Posted by InSync Training on Jun 10, 2020 1:00:00 PM

How to Design Virtual LearningMoving learning live online requires a reframing of perspective about the value of virtual classroom experiences and the responsibility of facilitators in this environment. While delivery and corporate learning culture absolutely impact the success of virtual training, we cannot overlook the importance of instructional design.

Virtual learning experiences include layers – each element building on and enabled by the one before it. Instructional design provides the foundation on which the entire experience grows and thrives. Without the stability of thoughtful design, the rest of the virtual training program exists precariously and in danger of collapse.

How can you set your organization up for success with virtual learning? Think through key considerations and dissect your content.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, How to Go Live Series