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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

Four Steps to Contextual Virtual Learning

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

A Step-By-Step Process for Contextual LearningOur 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, Blended Learning Instructional Design, Modern Learners

Improve Memory And Productivity: Why You Should Use Art In Your Training Sessions

Posted by Jenny Holt on Nov 13, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Tips for Using Art and Images in Training What does creativity have to do with corporate training? Jenny Holt answers this question and challenges the idea that serious learning only happens within scholarly activities.

Art may not seem like an obvious thing to introduce into your training sessions, but the benefits are tangible. Companies that foster creativity are three and a half times more likely to achieve revenue growth of 10% or more than their peers, a study by Adobe and Forrester found. When you participate in art-related tasks, dopamine, a feel-good chemical, is released in the brain —  this alone will create happy, motivated learners. Moreover, art has plenty of other mental benefits which can improve your team's’ ability to retain information, concentrate, and solve problems.  

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Modern Classroom

Making Virtual Learning Stick with Activity Debriefs

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

How to use debriefs in virtual classrooms We’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, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, Learner Engagement

Getting Started with Scenario-Based Learning

Posted by Katelind Hays on Nov 30, 2017 4:13:44 PM
Scenario-Based Learning Basics

Training Magazine Network Session Recap

Instructional designers, facilitators, and learners have a huge number of instructional techniques and strategies available to them. For example, the traditional face-to-face classroom no longer serves as the go-to learning environment for effective training. Thanks to technology, the virtual classroom provides a viable option for effective, impactful learning.

Scenario-based learning is a popular technique creating buzz in our industry. Experts Jennifer Hofmann and Karen Vieth recently discussed and demonstrated scenario-based learning with Training Magazine Network participants. Read on for a helpful introduction to this topic, and access the session recording to learn InSync’s step-by-step design process.

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

Finding Balance in Blended Learning

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Sep 12, 2017 1:07:21 PM

Balanced Modern Learning DesignIn a recent blog post, we described modern blended learning as the realization of a harmonic balance of instructional, technical, organizational, and delivery components in support of learner engagement and achievement.

In order to find and establish that harmonic balance, we need to start with our learning objectives, consider where, when, and how our learners are learning, and then determine the best way to deliver that learning.

Yes, once again, it all starts with learning objectives.

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

Make Sense of Modern Learning with Course Maps

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jul 20, 2017 1:15:00 PM
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Training Magazine Network Recap

Blended learning, a once sufficient term, no longer describes the responsibility of our training programs. No live formal learning event will stand alone ever again. And tacking on additional “homework” after the lesson ends doesn’t count as blended learning. Our modern learners and organizations expect more.

How do we bring together all of the lessons, activities, and resources included in our modern learning instructional designs? More importantly, though, how do we bring these elements together in a way that clearly defines the program for our learners?

Jennifer Hofmann shared her solution during Training Magazine Network’s live online Masters Series. In the spirit of perpetual learning, this blog will detail her proven approach.

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

1 Step to Better Blended Learning Instructional Design

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jul 14, 2017 11:00:00 AM
how do I create better blended learning?

BYTE Session Recap

Blended 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

A Lesson in Learning Design from A Vegas Snapchat Story

Posted by Mark Harter on Apr 11, 2017 2:06:04 PM

Learning Design Lesson LearnedI recently spent two days in Las Vegas.  It was a fun trip with my wife. We flew in on a Friday and were home by Monday morning.  The story in between is for another time, but I learned something very interesting in my two days there.

I used Snapchat to capture all the memories of our trip.  I grabbed shots of us at dinner. I took a video of us dancing.  And, of course the countless selfies proclaiming, “I’m in Vegas, and you are not!” Upon sharing with friends and family, I was intrigued by their reactions to my Vegas Snapchat “story.”  They were so engaged! With just a few taps of my finger I put together a short story that was interesting, inviting, alluring, creative, beautiful, educational (ok, maybe not in Vegas)…you name it. 

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Virtually There, Modern Learning, Blended Learning Instructional Design

7 Orienteering Tips for Instructional Designers

Posted by Phylise Banner on Feb 23, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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Instructional Design OrienteeringAs a Learning Experience Designer, my job requires that I navigate a complex landscape. Each new project that I work on involves different parameters, sends me down unique pathways, and sets up obstacles along the way. 

Even with many years of experience under my belt, I still find myself lost in this landscape at times. You may find yourself just as lost in your own work, too. As learning experience designers, we often work under compressed timelines and have to rely solely on our instincts and defined learning objectives to guide us toward a successful project outcomes.

It may surprise you to learn that the sport of orienteering (not your traditional instructional design resource) can provide us with some valuable guidance.

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