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Help Learners Get the Most Out of Virtual Training Events

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jun 26, 2018 2:59:45 PM
Lessons Learned about Virtual Training

Jennifer Hofmann, President of InSync Training, recently joined eLearning Guild’s Virtual Classroom Panel during their 2018 Learning Solutions Conference. Jennifer and other industry experts shared their insight into the challenges, realities, and best practices of live online learning. This post, the third in the series, recaps their panel discussion.

From instructional design to delivery to production, virtual learning requires special treatment. Accustomed to the face-to-face classroom, learners often perceive live online sessions as “less important.”

How can we fight this stigma and increase learner engagement?

Nina Talley Everflow, Senior Program Manager of EnCompass, Jennifer Hofmann, President of InSync Training, Karen Hyder, Principal of Kaleidoscope Training and Consulting, and Bianca Woods, Sr. Manager of Programming for the eLearning Guild believe in the approaches detailed in this blog post.

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Topics: Conferences, Virtual Learners, Modern Learners, Modern Classroom

Virtually There: 10 Ways to Immediately Influence the Modern Learning Culture

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Dec 3, 2015 11:57:35 AM

As the workplace continues to evolve, and training approaches evolve to support it, at some point it will be hard to distinguish the difference between working and learning. And that’s a good thing.

10_Ways_to_influence_modern_learning_cultureWe’ve been hearing a lot about the modern classroom environment lately. And there is no doubt that modern learners have more options about where and how they learn. We also know that today’s workplace demands training be embedded in the workflow, with minimal disruption to the daily routine.

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Topics: Virtual Learners, Virtually There, Modern Learning, Virtual Collaboration, Virtual Teams & Modern Workplace

Virtually There: 6 Techniques That Make Your Virtual Classroom Social

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Oct 1, 2015 12:17:00 PM

Socia LearningThese tools can be used to build community and continue the learning conversation started in the classroom, or they can be used as a stand-alone “just-in-time” set of resources for training in the flow of work—or anything in between.

After almost two decades of “webinar” virtual classroom experiences, where the instructor lectured for 45 minutes while the phones were muted and the chat was turned off, virtual training is finally moving to a more facilitated model that recognizes the rare opportunity we have when learners from across the enterprise can meet together in real time.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, Virtual Learners, Social Learning

InSync Training's 5 Critical Ways to Enable Virtual Learners

Posted by InSync Training on Jul 23, 2015 1:39:07 PM

Enable virtual learners through engagementEven with the increased availability and affordability of online training programs, participants don't seem to be particularly engaged in virtual learning. Jennifer Hofmann, President of InSync Training, believes the design of online programs is to blame.

Virtual classrooms require special consideration to ensure that learners can not only participate in the process, but also engage in the learning. Part of the responsibility of virtual learning designers and facilitators is to literally teach learners how to learn online. Simply assuming learners will easily translate their existing process for learning in the traditional face-to-face classroom is not enough. 

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Virtual Learners, Podcasts and Videos, Learner Engagement

101 Tips to Motivate the Virtual Learner - Whitepaper

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Mar 6, 2015 9:48:00 AM

Sleeping Virtual LearnerIn order for virtual learning to be successful, we need to create environments in which people can effectively learn. Our participants need to be open to learning in this new way, and confident that their time in the virtual classroom is well-spent.

As you review the tips presented in this whitepaper, you'll see that motivation often comes down to answering the question, "What's in it for me?" The latest technologies and best designs won't mean a thing if you can't answer that question for your participants.

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Topics: Virtual Learners, 101 Tips to Motivate the Virtual Learner Series

12+ Reminders & Resources for Creating Your Virtual Learning Space

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Sep 5, 2014 11:27:00 AM
Virtual Learning Space
Stop me if you've heard this one before.

On second thought, don’t stop me.

It bears repeating. And worth hearing over and over and over again, at least until virtual learning is second nature to all of us.

When learning at a distance, whether in a virtual classroom or using eLearning, you need to create your personal learning environment - and it is probably not the same environment in which you work. If you want to learn effectively, you can't be disrupted or distracted by people, work, or to do lists. 

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Topics: Virtual Learners

Preparing Virtual Learners for Success

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Aug 26, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Avoiding Confusion in the Virtual Classroom Using today's virtual classroom technology, it is easy to set up the online meeting and communicate the session details to your group of learners - but then they get reminder after reminder and often end up getting confused. Or they arrive at the session and discover they don't understand the tools or know how to learn in the virtual classroom.

At InSync Training, we deliver certificate programs for a variety of subjects, including designing and facilitating in the virtual classroom and designing blended learning programs. These certificate programs are usually held once a week, two hours per session, for up to seven weeks. In delivering these programs, we have discovered several best practices that we have found to be effective when communicating with our learners and preparing them for the learning experience.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, Virtual Learners

Preparing Virtual Learners

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jun 2, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Virtual Learner SuccessWhere would virtual training be without virtual learners? Clearly, we need to set them up for success. Although participants have a wide range of backgrounds, skills, and technical experience, all must learn to navigate the virtual learning environment. We must be aware that participants need to "learn how to learn" all over again in this new medium. But how do you prepare them?

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Facilitation, Virtual Learners

Enabling Virtual Learners By Design: Usable Technology

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on May 22, 2014 11:30:00 AM

This is the fifth post in a series of six which examines how to enable virtual learners. The first post introduces the series.

A seemingly obvious way to enable virtual learners is to provide useable and accessible technology. However, useable and accessible technology means more than just a system that operates. It requires technology that works efficiently, access to support tools, and programs that are designed to effectively use the technology. More importantly, facilitators must orient learners to the new environment.

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Topics: EdTech, Virtual Learners, Enabling Virtual Learners by Design Series

Enabling Virtual Learners By Design: Creating A Blend

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on May 21, 2014 1:00:00 PM
This is the fourth post in a series of six which examines how to enable virtual learners. The first post introduces the series.

In a previous post, I discussed that blended learning is not a passing fad, and implementing blended learning is key to enabling virtual learners. 

We have many options available to us when creating blended training programs. We can build self-paced programs using learning portals, websites, and e-learning. We can develop moderated discussions using social media, discussion boards and email. Finally, we can create real time events using traditional classrooms, videoconferencing, and virtual classrooms. The trick is learning what technologies to use and how to facilitate the blend.

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Topics: Blended Learning, Design, Virtual Learners, Enabling Virtual Learners by Design Series