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Making Virtual Learning Stick with Activity Debriefs

Posted by Karen Vieth on Apr 3, 2018 1:00:00 PM

59336582_s.jpgWe’ve been using virtual classroom technologies for close to 20 years now. Unfortunately, we are still holding on to a content model that insists the most important outcome is getting through all of the slides.

This webinar approach to content delivery is perhaps the most ineffective way to get information out to the world. Few of us have the motivation or concentration to focus on 60 minutes of lecture.

And, most importantly, we know that learning only "sticks" after learners have a chance to apply what they’ve learned and then reflect on the experience.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Modern Learners, Modern Learning

Choosing the Right eLearning Storyboarding Tool

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jan 11, 2018 1:46:39 PM

52412336_s.jpgVirtually There Session Recap

“Build an eLearning course,” they say. “It’s what you’re great at! You can have it done by Friday.” Sound familiar? eLearning’s popularity as both stand alone instruction and part of a larger blend makes it a standard in many instructional design portfolios. Unfortunately, the “go do that thing you do” mentality reflects a general misunderstanding of the complicated nature of eLearning production.

When faced with such a disconnect, how do we design impactful modules with a limited budget and an overwhelming number of tools available for purchase?

Kevin Thorn, Chief Nuggethead and corporate training expert, provided a helpful framework for building an eLearning design, development, and production toolkit consisting of free and paid tools.

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Topics: Virtually There, eLearning, Storyboarding, Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design

1 Step to Better Blended Learning Instructional Design

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jul 14, 2017 11:00:00 AM

BYTE Session Recap

40284160_s.jpgBlended learning strives to align learning objectives with the most authentic treatment. Want to improve your sales team’s in-the-field sales skills? Teach them the company’s methods using the technology they’ll use in their day-to-day jobs.

It sounds simple, but creating that thoughtful learning experience can be tricky. How do you balance learner needs with organizational goals and limited budgets, time, and technologies? Instructional designers struggle with this conundrum on a daily basis.

Blended Learning Hub curator, and guest BYTE speaker Phylise Banner has a surprisingly simple solution to an improved instructional design process: listening.

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Topics: Blended Learning Instructional Design, Instructional Design, Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design

Keeping it Real - Ensuring Virtual Learner Success Through Assessment

Posted by Karen Vieth on Feb 21, 2017 12:01:00 PM

Access InSync's complete 2017 “50  Modern Blended Learning Blogs" series here.  Subscribe for daily updates.

55676429_s.jpgThe art in design is that of keeping learners accountable in authentic assessment that ensures students' success in the virtual classroom.  We know learners attain more when given the ability to learn in authentic ways, but we believe that assessment is a key piece in the art of keeping learners accountable. 

Last week in my blog we talked about keeping it about the people, interacting, providing opportunities to collaborate and how to hold learners accountable. Easy to say! Right?

But how do we REALLY maintain a culture of accountability without the benefit of eye contact and body language?  There is a real need for accountability when we ask participants to go out and do an independent and/or collaborative activity, but often in the virtual classroom we can’t find the way so we just instruct them or skip it all together. 

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Topics: 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs, Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Assessment

Part 5: Managing Virtual Classroom Strategy Implementation Challenges

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jul 21, 2016 1:16:48 PM

Recently InSync Training worked with a multinational software company to maximize the value of their existing learning content by transitioning it to the virtual and blended classroom.

During this process, we discovered seven specific areas that we needed to address to facilitate this transition. We believe these challenges are universal to virtual classroom implementation. Many other organizations are undergoing this evolution, with seasoned learning professionals assisting the process.

In the spirit of the modern classroom, a learning environment defined by the accessibility of knowledge, we will detail these challenges and our approaches for overcoming them in this seven-part blog series.

57015043_s.jpgTo achieve the greatest understanding of virtual classroom strategy implementation challenges, begin with my first blog post, Redesigning Content for the Virtual Classroom.

Virtual Classroom Implementation Strategy Challenge 5: Redefining Virtual Learning 

In order to successfully implement virtual learning, our strategy needed to include redefining the concept within the organization adopting it.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design

Setting Up a Successful Learning Project With Good Storyboarding

Posted by Brigg Patten on May 18, 2016 1:00:00 PM

41675931_s.jpgStoryboards go back to the 1930s when a Walt Disney animator began using them to organize cartoon scenes. In eLearning, a storyboard is simply a script that includes text, images and notes about how a learner is expected to interact with a learning module.

When used in creative work, storyboards allow instructional designers and trainers to see the "big picture."

Before computers, storyboarding was accomplished by making drawings or writing text on sheets or boards that could be posted on a wall for review. Contemporary storyboarding is often accomplished by using slide presentations, which makes the components of storyboards easy to manipulate and share when a team must collaborate on a project.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Storyboarding

Applying the Flipped Classroom Model to Business Learning

Posted by Katelind Hays on Apr 28, 2016 12:30:00 PM

BYTE Session Recap

Our BYTE series has one goal: to better our audience through education. We have the good fortune to host guest presenters, like Bob Lee and Jim Recker, who help us work towards this goal.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Flipped Classroom, Virtual Classroom, Modern Learning, BYTE

Virtually There: Gamifying Your Virtual Classroom

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Nov 5, 2015 11:00:00 AM

GamifyThe key is to make sure you never lose sight of your learning objectives. All of your game's prompts or "missions" should be identical to real-world skills/learning objectives.

As virtual classroom design techniques evolve, it is natural for organizations to want to include the newest design trends in their programs. With the very social/collaborative nature of the virtual classroom, it’s understandable that gamification of these designs seems such a good fit.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Virtual Classroom, Facilitation, Engagement, Virtually There, Gamification

breaking out of the box: creative uses of adobe connect pods to pump up learner engagement

Posted by Katelind Hays on Nov 3, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Breaking out of the BoxBYTE Session Recap

On Monday, October 26, 2015, our BYTE series welcomed guest presenter Margaret Uhrich. She cheerfully shared her favorite creative uses of Adobe Connect pods to increase learner engagement with our audience.

Margaret loves virtual training, stating, “I love when I’m training virtually that I get to work in the Adobe Connect product because of all the fun things that you’re able to do with it. It’s extremely creative and it allows us as designers, when we’re designing training, to think outside the box.”

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Engagement, BYTE

Video - Virtual Classroom Tools: Whiteboards

Posted by InSync Training on Oct 29, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Whiteboard_Guy_with_pen_and_cogsThanks to its versatility, the whiteboard is one of the most commonly used tools in the virtual classroom.

You can use the whiteboard for all kinds of activities, including sharing slides and documents as if they were flipcharts in a traditional setting, or to record participants’ comments, to emphasize important points, and to write exercise instructions.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Podcasts and Videos