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4 Steps to Prepare For And Survive Virtual Classroom Tech “Disasters”

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jul 7, 2021 12:29:33 AM

07072021 Blog - Disaster Recovery ProcessWhen facilitating a virtual event, the facilitator has three jobs:

  1. Foster environmental engagement by creating a place where people can and want to learn.
  2. Stimulate intellectual engagement by encouraging learner curiosity and emphasizing content relevance and applicability.
  3. Foster emotional engagement by enabling learners to feel good about the experience.
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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Virtual Classroom - Production, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices

Tips to be a Successful Virtual Classroom Producer

Posted by InSync Training on Jun 23, 2021 9:45:00 AM

06232021 master virtual producer promoWe often encounter some version of the following story when working with corporate teams and individual learners: “Well, my organization has made the leap to the virtual classroom. I’m now supporting live online sessions, but I don’t know how to use my existing skills while managing the technology.”

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Virtual Classroom - Production

What Is a Virtual Producer?

Posted by InSync Training on Jun 16, 2021 12:00:00 PM

06162021 Blog - What is a ProducerWe have mentioned the role of a virtual classroom producer in several previous posts. As the support person on the delivery team, the producer is an invaluable resource before, during and after a virtual training event. He or she is there to support the facilitator, the participants and the technology.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Production, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices

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

Creating Positive Learning Experiences: The Team Approach

Posted by Patricia Regier on Apr 29, 2021 7:00:00 AM

04212021 Blog Post - Patricia RiegerThe team approach when creating learning experiences can make all the difference in whether a virtual session is successful or not! It feels amazing when a producer can seem like they are anticipating the needs of the facilitator or speaker before they even ask. However, even if it seems like we can read minds, the anticipation is a skill that is developed over time with experience. It is fantastic to produce learning events as a partner with the facilitator and a support for the participants.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Virtual Classroom - Production, Learner Engagement

Zoom Haiku

Posted by Jane Bozarth on Jan 7, 2021 12:05:00 PM

01072021 Zoom Haiku BlogA few years back, InSync producer Jakob Hofmann wrote some fun producer haiku.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Virtual Classroom - Production, Just For Fun

Normal. Ish.

Posted by Jane Bozarth on Nov 20, 2020 2:39:33 PM

Jane Bozarth Jan 2012 Tweet

I don’t remember what prompted this tweet in January, 2012, but I feel it even more strongly now than I did then. Since the onset of COVID, we have seen 3 phases of its effects on training and training delivery:

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Virtual Classroom - Production, Learner Experience

Virtual Producers add Value and Expertise from Behind the Scenes

Posted by Jane Bozarth on Oct 7, 2020 1:34:03 PM

10062020 Blog Virtual Producer DayMany years ago - can it really be nearly 20? - I was first learning to work in the virtual classroom. Back then, the tech was very new and still often wonky and unpredictable, so it was a given that this was a team endeavor, with the facilitator always working with a producer. I didn’t know at the time what a gift this would turn out to be: When I introduced virtual classroom events in my workplace, no one ever questioned the need for and the value of a producer, and no one ever asked me to try flying solo.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Production

Success Tips for the New Virtual Classroom Producer

Posted by InSync Training on Aug 26, 2020 12:15:00 PM

08262020 Blog Success Tips for New Virtual ProducersWe often encounter some version of the following story when working with corporate teams and individual learners: “Well, my organization has made the leap to the virtual classroom. I’m now supporting live online sessions, but I don’t know how to use my existing skills while managing the technology.”

This kind of quandary results in the accidental virtual classroom producer. Trainers or learning professionals used to working face-to-face now have to support subject matter experts or experienced virtual facilitators in a completely different, though very dynamic, environment. So. what can you do if you find yourself, whether by circumstance or choice, working as a producer in the virtual classroom?

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Virtual Classroom - Production

Virtual Classroom Tool Tips: Chat, Breakout Rooms, and more!

Posted by InSync Training on May 28, 2020 2:05:11 PM

05282020 Blog Virtual Classroom ToolkitWhat do platforms like Webex Training, Zoom, Adobe Connect, and Microsoft Teams have in common? They all include a variety of virtual classroom tools!

When instructional designers incorporate their use into training programs and facilitators leverage them during delivery, tools can increase learner engagement. Learners feel more connected to their fellow participants, to the instructional team, and to the training content. Plus, when the virtual classroom supports active participation and collaboration, concerns about learning in a new environment fade away.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Production, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices