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Creating a Culture of Accountability in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 24, 2017 12:03:00 PM

Access InSync's complete 2017 “50  Modern Blended Learning Blogs" series here.  Subscribe for daily updates.Culture of AccountabilityThe virtual classroom has a lot of advantages. We can create a learning environment which promotes interactivity and collaboration among learners. We can deliver a lesson to remote learners with minimal delivery costs. We can easily engage subject matter experts in the learning process.

But even with these advantages, we still have concerns about how effective virual learning is and how to determine if learners are meeting the objectives of the lesson.

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Topics: 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs, Virtual Classroom, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation

5 Ways to Maximize The Virtual Classroom Instructional Partnership

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 10, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Access InSync's complete 2017 “50  Modern Blended Learning Blogs" series here.  Subscribe for daily updates.Virtual Classroom Producer PartnerSuccess in the modern virtual classroom is not dependent on the technology, rather, success is dependent on the strength of the relationships between all members of the instructional partnership.

There are many individuals contributing to the success of virtual sessions: facilitators, learners, subject matter experts, instructional designers, just to name a few. 

But when it comes time to go live in the virtual classroom, the partnership between the Facilitator and the Instructional Producer is responsible for the long-term success of the event.

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Topics: 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs, Virtual Classroom, Producer

The Role of Virtual Classrooms in Modern Blended Learning

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 3, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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Live online learning has been a part of  the corporate learning mix for nearly two decades. Initially, virtual classrooms supported a specific, logistical need: delivering content to a live audience in the different physical locations.Virtual Classroom Modern Blended Learning

The modern workplace has evolved so much that the way we work and learn is almost unrecognizable compared to 20 years ago. The learning function must accommodate a constantly changing culture where learners perform multiple jobs with minimal preparation because of limited resources. We all could use more energy, staff, and money! 

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Blended learning, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

2017: The Year of Blended Learning, Emerging EdTech, & Modern Design

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 2, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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Welcome to 2017, the year when it all comes together. Learning technologies (EdTech), communities of practice, lifelong learning, and the myriad other great concepts we’ve been hearing about for the last two decades. This is the year learning professionals have a common New Year’s Resolution for 2017: we are going to provide the best content to our learners, using the best technology, and ensure that it is delivered to the right place at the right time.  Modern blended learning is the future of training

Of course, to meet this resolution, we need to be learners first. There are so many resources available to us, and it’s difficult to figure out where to start. It’s even more difficult to narrow down the topics we should focus on. 

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Topics: Blended learning, Modern Learning, Virtual Classroom, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

Shorten The Virtual Classroom Adoption Curve: Start With New Hires

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Nov 17, 2016 3:59:56 PM

36657544_s.jpgI’m frequently asked, “When is a good time to introduce virtual classroom training programs to my organization?” As with most innovative learning approaches, organizations may resist adopting virtual classrooms, since they’re different from the status quo. Equally as important as implementing the virtual classroom model correctly, is selecting the right program with which to introduce the approach to your corporate learners.

New hire training is the perfect place to introduce virtual classrooms as a learning option, even if all of the new hires are co-located in the same physical space. I know, I know - if you can easily get them into a traditional classroom, isn't that better? Well, no. 

Introducing the virtual classroom to your organization during new hire orientation increases technology adoption across the enterprise, accelerates learning for the new hires, and is authentic.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Change Management

Part 7: Managing Virtual Classroom Strategy Implementation Challenges

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Aug 18, 2016 1:28:13 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.

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

22700460_s.jpgVirtual Classroom Implementation Strategy Challenge: Prepare Learners

The final step in this process is to prepare learners to be successful in the virtual classroom. It’s not enough to have great content and highly skilled facilitators. Your learners need to know how to learn and be successful in the virtual learning environment.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Blended learning, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices

Virtual Learning Strategy For the Modern Classroom

Posted by Katelind Hays on Aug 16, 2016 2:02:07 PM

Training Magazine Network Session Recap

14302174_s.jpgBuilding successful virtual and blended learning initiatives require purposeful planning and implementation. We have been working with global organization SAP to support a redesign and redeployment of their training programs in order to make them more engaging, more successful, and more modern.

Our friends at Training Magazine Network generously hosted a live online presentation featuring InSync Training President Jennifer Hofmann, and Malte Bong-Schmidt, Virtual Learning Lead for SAP. Over the course of an hour, Jennifer and Malte reviewed their virtual and blended learning strategy, and how it impacted the organization.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Blended learning, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, Modern Learning

Part 6: Managing Virtual Classroom Strategy Implementation Challenges

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Aug 5, 2016 12:35:23 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.

10438068_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: Establish the Value of Virtual Learning

After redefining virtual learning within the organization, it was imperative that we established the value of this learning approach.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices

Best Practices: Audio in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by InSync Training on Aug 2, 2016 1:00:00 PM

9620719_s.jpgAs we navigate designing, producing and facilitating virtual classroom and blended learning, we identify solutions to common challenges. To support the mobile, social, and modern virtual classroom, we share our findings and lessons learned with our audience to encourage the creation of training that sticks.

For example, as anyone who has taught or participated in a virtual learning environment knows, audio plays a key role in a program’s success. Audio connectivity issues can quickly derail a session, making effective planning essential. How should you encourage learners to connect to audio? As virtual learning architects, how should you think about audio in relationship to the overall learning experience?

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, Modern Learning

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