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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

Lesson Learned: Instructional Design is Even MORE Important in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Mar 3, 2020 7:43:29 AM

The Art of DesignIn 2020, we are sharing the lessons we’ve learned about the virtual classroom over the last twenty years, and we’ll link back to our more detailed content around these topics, in case you want to learn more! Take a peek at the entire Lessons Learned series by clicking here.

For decades, the virtual classroom has been used to simply present information in a webinar-type format. Because of this, there is some debate around the concept of the virtual classroom being a space where true learning can occur.  

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Lessons Learned Series

Virtual Learning 101: Learner Engagement and Session Scheduling

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Nov 19, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Virtual Learning Fundamentals A few weeks ago, I responded to a number of fundamental questions about virtual learning. And in the process of reviewing the inquiries my team frequently receives when working with modern learners, new clients, and in established programs, I realized that much confusion remains around this learning environment.

Like the answers I recently provided to three common blended training questions, these answers also focus on practitioner core competencies and technology basics.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Global Virtual Classroom, Learner Engagement

Taking Your Training Global? Don’t Forget Instructional Design!

Posted by InSync Training on Nov 14, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Designing Training for Global ProgramsAs our organizations expand, we will rarely create a training program that will only have one delivery run in one location.

The very nature of multinational corporations demand global learning initiatives. Even businesses classified as “small” now include dispersed team members (ours does – InSync’s 70 practitioners live and work on almost every continent).

Problematically, many stakeholders believe that rolling out global training just means “deliver existing content to every cohort.”

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

Don’t Design Training Content like a Food Blogger!

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

squash This 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

Virtual Classroom Instructional Design and Virtual Facilitation BasicsThere 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

How to build learning scenariosScenario-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

4 Ways to Optimize Your Dynamic Learning Performance Ecosystem

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

Optimizing a learning performance ecosystemVirtually 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, Virtually There

Anatomy of an Evaluation Strategy

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

Evaluation Strategy for corporate trainingWe 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