3 Free Apps for Supporting Learning After Training Events
FEBRUARY 17, 2017
The most important part of training is what happens AFTER the training. Reality (aka science) dictates that people can only ingest and retain so much information, regardless of how well-designed a learning activity may be. Therefore, L&D strategy cannot stop at delivery. Mobile Learning 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs
Find Your Why. Tell Your Story. Get Results.
JANUARY 3, 2017
We're excited to have Christine Miles , Co-founder & Chief Architect of Ci Squared and upcoming guest InSync Training BYTE speaker, explain the importance of your personal story to your professional success. Sometimes though, how we tell our story doesn't translate well, nor does our approach fully communicate our passions. Communication Storytelling
Can I Get a Copy of the Slides? The Case for Blended Training
FEBRUARY 7, 2017
Martyn Lewis , Principal and Founder of 3GS , joins the ranks of both InSync guest bloggers and BYTE presenters. Don't miss his BYTE session, Reversing 200 Years in the Wrong Direction with Blended Training , on February 28, 2017. There is always at least one. Why do we so often hear people ask for a copy of the slides? Blended learning BYTE
6 Reasons Mobile Learning appeals to Modern Learners
AUGUST 11, 2016
The mobile explosion is sweeping the globe. Here in the U.S., statistics from Pew Research tell us that 64 percent of American adults now own a smartphone of some kind. This proliferation of mobile devices - coupled with the rise of the millennial generation - has ushered in the era of the modern learner. Mobile Virtual Classroom Modern Learning Mobile Learning
[Study] The Anatomy of a Training Course
Designing Your Personal Learning Path: A Blended Learning Approach
JANUARY 6, 2017
When we talk about the modern learning experience it’s important to rem ember that we are all modern learners. It’s easy to lose sight of that fact when we spend our days designing learning experiences for others. You have a choice in how you learn, just like the learners you're developing and designing training content for. Blended learning Social Learning 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs
Part 7: Managing Virtual Classroom Strategy Implementation Challenges
AUGUST 18, 2016
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.
The Learning Experience Architect: Reimagining Your Role
JANUARY 9, 2017
How are you handling all of the changes in the new Learning and Development landscape? If you’re like me, you’re realizing that having a narrow professional focus isn’t an option anymore. Instead, you’re broadening your approach in order to stay current. You are curating content, participating in learning communities, and learning to build content using new edtech. It's time to reimagine your role.
How Is Designing Modern Blended Learning Different? HINT: Creativity
JANUARY 4, 2017
When I was a kid, I designed what I thought was the world’s coolest car. designed it with retractable wings so we could fly out of heavy traffic. It had big fat rubber tires in case I was challenged to a race. also designed my car so that the backseat passenger could stand up and pop their head through a glass bubble on top of the roof of the car! Why not? found myself thinking more practically.
Exploring Augmented and Virtual Reality EdTech Tools and Apps
FEBRUARY 16, 2017
Last week, we looked at assessment and evaluation EdTech tools and apps. This week, we continue our series by diving deeper into augmented and virtual reality tools and apps. These tools and apps enable us to create immersive learning experiences for our learners. What was once a highly segmented toolset is now available for us to explore and integrate into our toolboxes!
Exploring a Content Curation Practice For Modern Learning
OCTOBER 25, 2016
Although the term “curation” is buzzing around quite a bit these days, content curation is nothing new. Most of us have curated content at some point in time – creating a compendium of something, and adding our thoughts, opinions, insights, etc. before passing it on. Curation happens naturally. Modern Learning Content Curation
Why is #EdTech Trending With Non-Trainers?
MARCH 5, 2015
My morning ritual begins with a review of articles, blog posts, and social media so I can personally keep up with new technologies and emerging best practices in the fields of corporate training and educational technologies. It doesn’t surprise me to see updates from members of the training community. This is our focus, and it makes sense that these topics are discussed. EdTech Trends
Virtually There: 10 Ways to Immediately Influence the Modern Learning Culture
DECEMBER 3, 2015
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. We’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.
Resources for Blended Learning Instructional Design
AUGUST 15, 2014
As instructional designers we are constantly being bombarded with new technologies and new trends. It’s difficult to distinguish which are fads , and which are worthy of our investments of time and resources. The safest, and often most expedient course of action is to continue to focus on the delivery technology we know is NOT a fad, the traditional classroom.
Exploring Assessment and Evaluation EdTech Tools and Apps
FEBRUARY 9, 2017
L ast week, we looked at social and community EdTech tools and apps. This week, we continue our series on our EdTech toolboxes by diving deeper into assessment and evaluation tools and apps. The tools that focus on quantifying or qualifying the impact of learning fall into this toolbox compartment. Simply put, we are using them to measure, validate, forecast, and inform.
Follow The Learners: Identifying the Moments of Learning Need
JANUARY 23, 2017
According to Bersin by Deliotte, the modern learner is overwhelmed, distracted, and impatient. Sound familiar? And, on the up side, the modern learner is untethered, accessing information on-d emand, collaborative, and empowered. Engagement Modern Learning 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs
The Pedagogy of Learning Design: Creating Learning Communities with Social Presence
MAY 19, 2014
This is the second post in a series of five titled The Pedagogy of Learning Design by Phylise H. Banner. To read the first in the series click here: The Pedagogy of Learning Design: A Translation of Pedagogies. Let’s have a look at how social presence guides the design and development of learning spaces where emotional expression, open communication, and group cohesion come into play!
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Virtually There: Learner Engagement - Why is it Important?
MAY 12, 2016
And how can we measure the effect of engagement of instructional outcomes? In my previous article, learner engagement was defined as turning on three factors: An emotional response to the training—How does the learner “feel” about the content and its presentation/treatment? An intellectual response to the training—Does the instructional experience require and involve the learner’s intellect?
Reengaging Learners Using Gamification and Game-Based Learning
OCTOBER 13, 2016
BYTE Session Recap. Karl Kapp, gamification expert and friend of InSync Training, recently helped BYTE session attendees "solve the case of the disengaged learner," and provided detailed recommendations for effectively including games in our instructional designs. To learn more from Karl, access his full BYTE session recording here. Engagement Gamification BYTE
Creating Your Personal Learning Pathway
JANUARY 27, 2017
You may have noticed that I’ve been contributing quite a bit to this series, and you may have seen my name pop up more often in the InSync Community. In the next few months, you’ll be seeing even more of me within this community, as I’ve taken on the role of Curator for the InSync Blended Learning Hub , which launches on March 6. Very exciting!
Size DOES Matter. in the Virtual Classroom
NOVEMBER 21, 2014
Size DOES matter. In the virtual classroom, how many is too many? Imagine you are about to teach a class on conducting effective performance reviews to new hire supervisors. You’ve taught this class at least a dozen times before with great results. Feedback in the classroom largely focuses on the collaborative nature of the activities and the opportunity to be critiqued.
Virtually There: Virtual Classrooms, Blended Learning, Microlearning.
SEPTEMBER 10, 2015
What is the difference and why should you care? The modern workplace learning environment is about creating experiences that are richly authentic and deliver content to learners in the right place—classroom, desktop computer, mobile device, or on the job—at the right time—formally scheduled or on-demand. (On-demand as a concept also has evolved.
A Learning and Development Journey: An Expert's Story & Perspective
JULY 5, 2016
Part of InSync Training's Expert Interview Series. During the Association for Talent Development's 2016 International Conference and Exposition, I had the privilege of interviewing our friend in the industry, Courtney Vital. She shared her personal journey in training, and her opinions about the future of the learning and performance industry. Trends
The Modern Learning Makerspace
FEBRUARY 15, 2017
The Art of Praxis. have been seeing the word “praxis” a lot these days, associated with a few different definitions. To me, the essence of the word, is application – the application of theory to practice. Definitions include examples of practice, and application of knowledge or skills. And, the word is said to have derived from the Greek word for “doing”. love making learning happen.
The Role of Virtual Classrooms in Modern Blended Learning
JANUARY 3, 2017
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. The modern workplace has evolved so much that the way we work and learn is almost unrecognizable compared to 20 years ago.
Shorten The Virtual Classroom Adoption Curve: Start With New Hires
NOVEMBER 17, 2016
I’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. know, I know - if you can easily get them into a traditional classroom, isn't that better? Well, no. Virtual Classroom Change Management
Learn Anywhere:The Modern Virtual Classroom is Global, Mobile, & Social
SEPTEMBER 9, 2014
The virtual classroom has evolved, and expectations for quality are higher than ever. Some organizations have been teaching and learning this way for over a decade, and are ready to bring their virtual learning design and delivery to the next level to ensure virtual delivery is meeting, and potentially exceeding, the traditional classroom experience. Virtual Classroom Learn Anywhere
Focus On The Experience - The Virtual Classroom Can Be A Great Leveler
MARCH 4, 2016
Today I remembered that we can learn from the most unexpected sources, if we are open to the experience. Looking for relief from the oppressive news of the day, I clicked on a link from NPR titled Meet Gaelynn Lea, The 2016 Tiny Desk Contest Winner. Usually I would pass by reading an article about the winner of a contest, but this uplifting story seemed to be what I needed today. Then Ms.
Setting Up a Successful Learning Project With Good Storyboarding
MAY 18, 2016
Storyboards go back to the 1930s when a Walt Disney animator began using them to organize cartoon scenes. In eLearning, a storyboard is simply a script that includes text, images and notes about how a learner is expected to interact with a learning module. When used in creative work, storyboards allow instructional designers and trainers to see the "big picture.".
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The Link Between Critical Thinking and Effective Design
OCTOBER 18, 2016
Curriculum design is a hot topic these days, especially with the debates over the Common Core teaching strategies in the United States. Often, many critics find that programs like the Common Core aren't helping students learn essential skills that they will need to learn. This principle is easily applied to any learning situation, whether in school or business. Instructional Design