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Creating, Leading, and Maintaining Highly Functional Virtual Teams

InSync Training

Over the past 20 years, Jennifer Hofmann has built an entirely virtual and highly functional team at InSync Training. Interestingly, when she started her company, “We used to hide the fact that we were a 100% virtual, work-from-home team. Now we understand that virtual teams are able to be professional, and that it’s the way the workforce is moving.”.

Video - The Art & Science of Being A Remote Employee

InSync Training

Virtual team members must possess a specialized set of skills in order to be successful on the job. Virtual Teams InSync VideosAdditionally, they need to create their own work space and complete their daily tasks while separated from their coworkers.

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

InSync Training

Virtual Teams Collaboration Virtual Learners Virtually There Modern LearningAs 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.

Virtual Teams Are Here To Stay (No Matter What Yahoo Says)

InSync Training

How InSync Training Enables Its Virtual Workforce. What you might not realize is that InSync Training is 100% virtual , with approximately 50 facilitators, producers, instructional designers, project managers, and other core staff all working remotely from home offices wherever they happen to be in the world. We believe in virtual training. We believe in virtual work. Virtual Work Virtual teams The opinions expressed herein If we happen to be visiting a city where one of our staff lives, we make an effort to meet for a meal. And it makes sense.

Online Collaboration for Your Teams

TalentLMS

Collaboration within an eLearning team is essential to a successful eLearning project. Although eLearning development requires team work, several team members work in isolation to focus better. Also, eLearning team members may work on one document simultaneously as a remote collaboration activity. An eLearning team is a mix of diverse talents and skillsets.

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Creating Highly Functional Virtual Teams @ASTD

InSync Training

My session will focus on Creating Highly Functional Virtual Teams. I will be speaking at the ASTD 2014 International Conference & Exposition and would like to personally invite you to attend. Conferences

Training on the Edge: Training Context 2014-2019

InSync Training

Virtual teams Trends This is the second in a series of six posts exploring current issues facing training professionals and the upcoming trends in training for the next five years. As these trends play out, we need to consider how to implement a culture change in our training organizations and identify some of the challenges these changes will bring.

Virtual Team Management

ID Reflections

I was going through the Demonstrations and Case Studies on the Enspire Learning website when I came across a marvelous simulation on Virtual Team Management. recommend this simulation to all those who either are handling a globally distributed team or a project, and to all managers who feel that effective communication is one of the keys to business success. Never assume!

Virtual Classroom Technical Producers Needed - Virtual Team, Flexible Schedule

InSync Training

InSync Training is seeking Virtual Classroom Technical Producers that speak Chinese, Japanese, or Spanish. All contract positions are virtual, and candidates can expect up to 20 hours per week. Virtual Classroom-ProductionExperience with WebEx Training Center and Adobe Connect a plus. Additional competencies are located at the end of this post.

6 Steps To Forming Teams For eLearning

TalentLMS

Team formation activities are vital to eLearning training for organizations. Almost all organizations require team formation within their eLearning programs. As an eLearning program developer, you will need to integrate steps defined through best practices to successfully establish teams. Teams are a linchpin of any organization. Instructional Design Virtual Teams

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home as Part of a Remote Team

InSync Training

InSync Training operates under a thoroughly modern business model: the entire team works remotely! Many businesses are moving away from having dedicated office space in their facilities for team members to work in. As you might imagine, there are both pros and cons associated with remote teams. Virtual Work Virtual Teams

Virtual Classroom Technical Producers Needed - Virtual Team, Flexible Schedule

InSync Training

InSync Training is seeking Virtual Classroom Technical Producers that speak English, Chinese, Japanese, or Polish. All contract positions are virtual, and candidates can expect up to 20 hours per week. Virtual Classroom-Production Experience with WebEx Training Center and Adobe Connect a plus. Additional competencies are located at the end of this post.

The Virtual Team Challenge

Jane Hart

The Virtual Team Challenge is an entirely  FREE online, multiplayer business simulation that takes place in the animated 3D world of New City: Spill! The team objective in the simulation is to help the mayor stage the most efficient oil spill recovery effort. Top-performing teams are eligible for prizes for themselves, their teachers, and local charities!

Facilitators: Make Your Virtual Training Stick

Bottom-Line Performance

For many organizations, virtual training and virtual facilitation have become the de facto answer to most performance challenges. We’ve all clicked to another browser tab during a virtual meeting … and virtual online training is usually not met with excitement and enthusiasm from employees. what is virtual training? Virtual facilitation Challenges.

Video - The Art & Science of Being a Remote Manager

InSync Training

Leading a virtual team presents a unique set of challenges. Virtual Teams InSync VideosCommunicating effectively requires extra attention, and identifying personnel issues can be difficult for a remote manager.

GVTs — Necessary Evil or Strategic Tool?

CLO Magazine

Global virtual teams are a common reality for companies with global operations and partnerships. Realizing the benefits, however, requires a structured and intentional approach to both team launch and ongoing support. The most critical step to building and sustaining effective GVTs is related to how the teams build and sustain team relationships.

BYTE Recap: The Art & Science of Working Remotely

InSync Training

This post will share new information Amy and Susan discussed about interviewing for remote positions, hiring virtual team members, and the pros and cons of this unique employment arrangement. Virtual Teams BYTEAttendees learned best practices, effective communication, and leveraging technology in remote employment situations.

Leadership & Revolution, Social Media, Memory, & Virtual Teams

Big Dog, Little Dog

Long-Distance Relationship Troubles in Virtual Teams - Human Resource Executive. New research shows that 13 of 14 common workplace-relationship problems, such as broken commitments, mistrust and misrepresentation of information, occur more than twice as often with virtual teams, as opposed to teams located in the same building CC photy by DRC.

BYTE Session Recap - The Art & Science of Working Remotely

InSync Training

When asked what piqued their interest and their attendance, participants responded with a variety of reasons, such as: “I see this type of activity increasing and I want to be prepared.”. “I’m looking for best practices for managing remote teams.”. “I’ve worked remotely for several years with another colleague who is remote, but still have struggles with the office remembering us.”.

Tech Headlines for August 2014

ATD Learning Technologies

Virtual Teams Prominent and Productive, and New Gamification Infographic. Tech headlines for August 2014 include: New Study Finds E-Learning Investments Up, White Paper Asks: Will MOOCs Kill the Classroom Star?, Click here to read full version

Brandon’s App of the Week – Textastic

Bottom-Line Performance

Apps eLearning development tools Mobile apps virtual teamingEach week Brandon Penticuff , Bottom-Line Performance’s Director of Technology and admitted app-obsessed iOS user will share an app that he is using that week. Whether it is an app to make you more productive, teach you something, or simply entertain you, we hope that you’ll enjoy learning about them!

Tech Tools That Help eLearning Designers Collaborate

eLearning Brothers

For a virtual team to collaborate, everyone needs to have real-time access to current documents and also understand any progress that’s made against deliverables. One software solution, Teamwork, allows users to create task lists and assign individual tasks to team members. The beauty—and sometimes the bane—of remote work is that you have the ability to create on your own.

Managing Subject Matter Experts and Using Them as Learning Developers

Bottom-Line Performance

Tags: learning design project management of learning solutions virtual teaming instructional design learning developers project management Subject matter experts

Using Gamification for Human Resources

Origin Learning

Gamification helps employees to engage themselves in their work by encouraging them to be more interactive as a team and by setting achievable goal standards with reward points. Yes, you read that right! Gamification is penetrating into every field possible and not just for entertainment purposes. The Past. The present. For instance, Marriot International Inc. The Future. Understand. Engage.

How We Use Social Media for Informal Learning

Bottom-Line Performance

We’ve found our own niche in the social media solar system… and it takes our team 30ish minutes a week to fully participate. We decided we wanted to start encouraging our team to use social media tools for personal and social learning late in 2011. Our team gathers on Twitter whenever they are available and discusses the topics, 10 minutes each, for 30 minutes.

Improvisational Theatre Can Breathe Life Into Virtual On-boarding

G-Cube

Virtual collaboration has become popular in the recent years, especially at the workplace, due to immense technological advances. workers prefer to work from home and are comfortable holding a job where at least part of the time they work within a virtual workplace. Keeping this in mind, many forward-looking organizations adopt different approaches for efficient group work and best practices of collaboration into virtual settings. But just like face-to-face meetings, meeting in virtual workplace has its advantages and challenges.

Tech Headlines for August 2014

ATD Learning Technologies

Virtual Teams Prominent and Productive, and New Gamification Infographic. Tech headlines for August 2014 include: New Study Finds E-Learning Investments Up, White Paper Asks: Will MOOCs Kill the Classroom Star?, Click here to read full version

Personal Learning Networks: For Ongoing Learning in a Connected World

ID Reflections

Distributed and dispersed teams are coming together for projects, and disbanding once the task is accomplished. I have recently joined the open section of #MSLOC 430 - a graduate course in the Master''s Program in Learning and Organizational Change at Northwestern University. Here''s a list of related posts on learning in a networked world. Work is becoming location agnostic.

Are You Performing an Effective Virtual Training Balancing Act?

ATD Learning Technologies

How often do you hear your virtual meeting break into laughter and you have no idea why? Virtual balance means everyone in the interaction is having the same experience. Factors that affect virtual balance include: Ability to hear everyone well. Lack of virtual meeting guidelines/norms. Consider yourself in each of these situations. How engaged are you? Time zones.

Manage Remotely With Coordination, Not Control

CLO Magazine

Virtual working can be successful as long as a firm’s management and leadership style is aligned with the right values. While the study argued in favor of virtual work for call center workers, many jobs have less well-defined metrics — particularly those that rely on deeper expertise and creative problem solving. “Acting as one team is a core principle of our company and applies to all our teammates, regardless of where they work.” “To have effective virtual teams, two of the major ingredients for success are role clarity and trust.”

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Trust, Tacit Knowledge and Social Business

ID Reflections

In today’s model of a global organization, teams areoften scattered, employees work onsite or from home, road warriors are always“on the road”—in short, the concept of teams working shoulder to shoulder everyday, literally and metaphorically standing by each other, talking over problemsand challenges at their desks are slowly being replaced by virtual teams whointeract via social tools and platforms, use Webex for meetings, get intoteleconferences to talk over issues and update each other via emails. Strongties—as we know—are based on trust. Enter social business!

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10 Things You Should Know About Nano-Learning: Less Is More

SweetRush

We see workforces becoming more dispersed and virtual teams an acceptable norm. As learning and performance improvement consultants and developers, we see trends emerge across the landscape of our client base, despite vast differences in the products and services they offer. In today’s busy world, often less is more. while others needed the soup-to-nuts approach.

Excerpt from Gadgets, Games and Gizmos for Learning

Kapp Notes

” Managing Team Members Across the World. SAP—an inter-enterprise software development and implementation company—needed to provide their project managers with a learning experience to address a specific challenge—managing teams whose members were scattered across the globe. With team members in Germany, Japan, America, and India, a SAP project manager must contend with issues such as cultural differences, time zones, disparate expectations, communication styles, and other issues a local team may not encounter. So how does the learner measure progress? Games

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Are You Developing Global Leaders?

CLO Magazine

Effective global leadership takes strong leadership skills to the next level, said Goujon, who has worked with and managed teams in different parts of the world for much of his life. Employees also can develop their skills through online and experiential learning that can happen within a team or for a particular group. The Problem with Global Leadership. What are the experiences (e.g.