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Don’t Design Training Content like a Food Blogger!

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Nov 12, 2019 8:00:00 AM

85002819_sThis weekend, I purchased something new at a local farmers market: delicata squash.

It came highly recommended as an easy winter squash to prepare, with a nice light taste.

As I was getting ready to cook it, I had a couple of quick questions. At what temperature should it bake, and for how long?

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design

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

7 Steps to Constructing a Learning Scenario

Posted by InSync Training on Aug 6, 2019 10:04:00 AM

29210017_sScenario-based learning offers a powerful instructional design option. This process “uses interactive situations to engage non-engaged learners in active learning strategies.”

Designers leverage available technology to create experiences in which learners can solve problems and interact with provided situations to learn new skills.

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

4 Ways to Optimize Your Dynamic Learning Performance Ecosystem

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jul 16, 2019 11:07:26 AM

44244853_sVirtually There Session Recap

“How many of you have a dynamic learning performance ecosystem in place today?”

Expert Gary Wise kicked off his recent Virtually There session with this thought-provoking question.

Most organizations have a learning ecosystem that attempts to change based on business and learner needs. The modern learning landscape requires some level of training content adaptability and personalization.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Learning Performance Ecosystem

Anatomy of an Evaluation Strategy

Posted by InSync Training on Mar 14, 2019 11:36:36 AM

34404543_sWe spend a lot of time at InSync considering how to design, develop, and deliver great virtual and blended learning solutions.  But how do we know they are, indeed, GREAT?

Creating content is only half of the learning development story. The other half is developing a plan for evaluating the learning. This requires crafting tools used to gather feedback that informs whether learners actually learned, as well as to determine to what extent learners apply what they learned in the workplace. An evaluation should also include on-the-job feedback as learners use newly acquired skills and knowledge.

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

Four Steps to Contextual Virtual Learning

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jan 22, 2019 9:00:00 AM

22255204_sOur learners face a chaotic, complex, and overloaded world. They can (and do) access information immediately when they need it, and often dread training because they see it as a distraction from their pressing responsibilities.

So how do we encourage enthusiasm and participation in formal learning programs? Through contextualization and authenticity.

Ultimately, it comes down to strong instructional design.

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

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 Learning, Modern Learners

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

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.

Guest BYTE speaker Phylise Banner has a surprisingly simple solution to an improved instructional design process: listening.

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

Keeping it Real - Ensuring Virtual Learner Success Through Assessment

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

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