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
Don't Bog Down Your Learners' Cognitive Load
MARCH 7, 2017
When designing learning for virtual classrooms or a blended learning program, one of your primary missions is to capture and maintain the attention of your learners. This can be challenging in a space that is still new to many learners. Think about it: we are asking somebody to sit at a computer for one or more hours, and focus only on the content being taught.
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. One person in a training program, or worse still, that couldn’t make it to the program, that asks, “Can I get a copy of the slides?"
7 Orienteering Tips for Instructional Designers
FEBRUARY 23, 2017
As a Learning Experience Designer , my job requires that I navigate a complex landscape. Each new project that I work on involves different parameters, sends me down unique pathways, and sets up obstacles along the way. Even with many years of experience under my belt, I still find myself lost in this landscape at times. You may find yourself just as lost in your own work, too.
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7 Keys to Modern Blended Learning Success
MARCH 23, 2017
BYTE Session Recap. Over the past 200 years, training has been moving in the wrong direction. Our approach to training and education no longer supports how learners work. Guest BYTE speaker Martyn Lewis explored a modern solution to an old-school problem. Click here for the recording. Blended learning Modern Learning BYTE Instructional Design Blended Learning Hub
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
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
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.
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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.
2017: The Year of Blended Learning, Emerging EdTech, & Modern Design
JANUARY 2, 2017
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. 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.
3 Visions for the Future of EdTech
MARCH 9, 2017
Can we possibly know what the future holds? I don’t think we can, but we can certainly look to the horizon and consider what may be coming. We can use data, history, and recent trends to guide our forecasts. I am not a futurist, but I do see three distinct visions for the future of EdTech swirling around in the haze out there. The Connected Future. The Internet of Things (IoT) is real.
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
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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
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.
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.
Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success
Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.
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. I 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. I 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?
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.
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. I know, I know - if you can easily get them into a traditional classroom, isn't that better? Well, no. Virtual Classroom Change Management
Exploring Curation EdTech Tools and Apps
MARCH 21, 2017
The last (but not least) compartment in our EdTech toolbox is curation tools. We use these tools and apps to explore the web to find resources related to specific topics that we can save, reference or share out through other channels. In any modern blended learning program, a curation strategy can improve the outcomes for your learners. EdTech 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs
Learning Insights Guide 2017: Progress with Purpose
Navigating the ever-changing world of eLearning can be a challenge, but many people are finding a way to manage it, as well as a clear path forward. With Learning Insights, you can develop an even clearer sense of purpose, taking your vision to reality.
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!
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?
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 On-demand as a concept also has evolved.
[Study] The Anatomy of a Training Course
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Using Emotional Intelligence for Agile Learning
MARCH 16, 2017
How does building emotional intelligence allow learning professionals to be more effective at their jobs? This blog by Marjorie Derven, guest InSync BYTE series speaker, introduces the connection before her March 21 live online learning event. Register to attend her BYTE session now to expand on the perspective shared here. In fact, our ability to learn is arguably a requirement for survival.
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
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
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
The complete eLearning journey
As an eLearning designer wouldn’t it be great if you could take charge of your eLearning environment right from storyboarding your ideas to generating responsive eLearning courses to being able to effectively deploy and track your learners’ performance?
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.