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Virtual Classroom Tips We Learned From the Pandemic Year

Posted by Cindy Earl on May 26, 2021 11:00:00 AM

The year 2020 marked the accelerated transformation of virtual learning. With the L&D industry forever changed, what did we learn from the pandemic year? A few of InSync Training’s top facilitators, instructional designers and producers weighed in. Here are some of the top tips they shared…

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, Virtual Learners

Facilitation Tips Series, Part 2: Feedback

Posted by Jane Bozarth on Sep 16, 2020 1:30:00 PM

09152020 Facilitation Tips Series Blog Part 2 FeedbackA critical element to learning is retrieval practice; the opportunity to revisit and apply new material. Such practice, coupled with meaningful feedback, can help ensure that learners understand material correctly, that they can find it - retrieve it - when needed, even after time has passed, and that they can apply it to real-world situations. Offering meaningful practice opportunities and providing good feedback can also contribute to a sense of social presence, discussed in my last post, Facilitation Tips Series, Part 1: Presence.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Virtual Learners

Facilitation Tips Series, Part 1: Presence

Posted by Jane Bozarth on Sep 3, 2020 4:58:53 PM

090320 Blog Facilitation Tips - PresenceIn the recent rush to move so much training from face-to-face to the virtual setting, there’s a great deal of conversation about the technology: which platform, dealing with security settings, how to create backgrounds. There’s less conversation, though, about the role of the facilitator and the skills needed to bring the energy and feeling of connectedness of the live event to the live online one.

Social presence refers to the collection of behaviors that help participants in a virtual environment see the facilitator -- and each other -- as human. Is this a ‘real’ person? Do I feel that they are really there, now?

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

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