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Listen & Learn: A Coaching Conversation with Ginny Palmieri

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How do we become the best that we can be? Countless self-help books sit on Amazon’s digital shelves hoping to answer this question. And while, oftentimes, the pursuit of our "best-ness" feels like a personal endeavor, it naturally and logically impacts our professional performance. The secret to success according to Ginny Palmieri, author of Unspoken: Finding Your Voice and Living Your Authentic Life , involves an authentic presence in and out of the office.

No Budget for Learning Videos? No Problem!

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When you need to learn how to do something, where do you go for information? I thought about this question recently when I faced a pretty standard homeownership quandary: spring recently sprung, but my front yard needed some improvement in the lush greenery department. I turned to YouTube first to find a step-by-step process for increasing the curb appeal of my house. I knew by doing research there, I’d find a quick, easy, repeatable answer to my current problem. I’m not alone, either!

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Using Virtual Reality to Improve Memory

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With modern blended learning, we strive to build skills beyond the classroom, and support learners in how they work and live. Guest blogger Jenny Holt explores an exciting aspect of the digital age.

The Modern Learner

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If you are on any learning related email lists, you’ve been seeing the word “modern” quite often over the last 12 months. Modern learning , modern workplace, modern design , and so on. What does it mean? And why do we need to make that distinction?

How to Price and Package Customer Training

To charge or not to charge? That is the question many customer training teams are facing today. The answer, however, is not always a straightforward yes or no. Download this guide to learn more.

Making Virtual Learning Stick with Activity Debriefs

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We’ve been using virtual classroom technologies for close to 20 years now. Unfortunately, we are still holding on to a content model that insists the most important outcome is getting through all of the slides. This webinar approach to content delivery is perhaps the most ineffective way to get information out to the world. Few of us have the motivation or concentration to focus on 60 minutes of lecture.

It’s Amazing What Creating Online Energy Can Do!

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This is the first part of our guest blogger Susan Bassett's two-part blog post. The second post will be published Tuesday, February 27, 2018. I’ve been presenting online since 2001. I’ve always felt a certain sense of excitement when working with top-notch trainers and producers in creating active, energetic online sessions. Terrific online professionals make choices about how they present which results in transforming distracted, impatient, and overwhelmed attendees into engaged learners.

Achievement Unlocked: A Powered-Up Understanding of Gamification

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Back in 2010—right as I was beginning my career transition into instructional design—games emerged as the educational topic du jour.

Redefining Instructional Design for Modern Blended Learning

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As the world evolves around us, the scope of modern blended learning shifts constantly. Within that shift, how do we define modern instructional design? We know that our work is impacted by evolutions in learning theories, technologies, and the way humans have adapted to new technologies.

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.

Don't Bog Down Your Learners' Cognitive Load

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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.

Exploring a Content Curation Practice For Modern Learning

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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.

The Future of Instructional Design

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Virtually There Session Recap. The future of learning has arrived! With virtual reality , gamification , and microlearning , we now have access to a wide variety of strategies, techniques, and technologies when creating our blended learning programs.

Five Steps to Creating a Modern Learning Culture

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Virtually There session recap. Twenty years ago, if a student needed information to complete an assignment, they would turn to their teacher, the Encyclopedia Britannica, or a library’s card catalog to find the answer. Today, a very different reality exists for modern learners. We hold the world’s information literally at our finger tips, thanks to the advent of Google and the prevalence of mobile devices and computers. Virtually There Modern Learning Culture

State of the Front-Line Manager

It's no secret that front-line managers are essential to your organization's success. They form the base of your leadership development funnel and, most likely, account for over half of all your organization's leaders. Improving how front-line managers perform yields mouthwatering increases in how individual contributors perform.

3 Free Apps for Supporting Learning After Training Events

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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.

Global Virtual Teams: What’s Working? What’s Frustrating?

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BYTE Session Recap. Thanks to technological advances, physical walls and single zip codes no longer constrain our organizations. Virtual teams have grown rapidly and widely in the last 10 years – managers can lead , even when working from different continents then their reports.

Fundamentals of Modern Instructional Design

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Training Magazine Network Recap. Training has a great track record of successfully teaching learners during formal events, but our programs often don’t address informal learning.

Adapting Tuckman’s Model for Global Virtual Teams

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BYTE Session Recap. Offices and teams come in all shapes and sizes these days. Members of the same team may live on different continents. How do managers and leaders evolve their existing skills to support this modern way of working?

Your Guide to Creating a Customer Onboarding Program

Even if you don’t have a formal program in place, customer onboarding is already happening at your organization. The question is, are you dictating it and guaranteeing a great experience? If not, this guide can help help.

Engage Your Virtual Learners from the Get Go

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In the live online learning environment , instructional teams often struggle to truly connect with learners. We don't have the benefit of greeting our online learners with a smile as they enter our virtual space. So how do we create an inviting, warm, inclusive learning environment?

Gamification and Game-Based Learning: The Engagement Game

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Measuring the impact of gamification or game-based learning can seem challenging. How do we know if our learners are more engaged? How do we know if gamification motivated our team to learn more? How do we know if the game-based eLearning we created will affect productivity? Before we can answer those questions, we need to look back at the alignment of our gamification and game-based learning strategies with our original learning objectives.

The Secret to Adding Context to Training Content

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BYTE Session Recap. As we all know, blended learning is all the rage these days! We know that selecting authentic design treatments for each defined learning objective creates the most impactful training experience.

Knowledge Sharing in the Workplace: What’s the Big Deal?

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Virtually There Session Recap. During his recent Virtually There session , JD Dillon shared a fascinating story, "The week I joined a previous organization, our eLearning Developer quit. It wasn’t cause and effect, but I was suddenly the eLearning Developer. In my first project, I was picking up from behind and needed to find source info for this project. I was scouring through SharePoint Sites – I was having a hard time finding info I needed.

The Secret to Getting Learning Results May Not Be What You Think

Do you struggle to achieve measurable results with your learning solutions? If so, you’re not alone. According to CEB, traditional training only creates 37% learning transfer. This guide explores the causes of poor transfer and concrete steps to achieving better outcomes.

Microlearning: The Assessment Factor

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There are different points of view on how assessment in microlearning actually plays out. There are some variables to consider when sorting out what learners actually gain from these nuggets of information. The good news is that microlearning is assessable. In fact, there's even research to prove it. Microlearning Assessment

Finding Balance in Blended learning

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In a recent blog post, we described modern blended learning as the realization of a harmonic balance of instructional, technical, organizational, and delivery components in support of learner engagement and achievement.

Break Free and Defeat Unemployment by Utilizing Online Training Courses

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Perpetual learning embraces the idea that every moment presents an opportunity to create new knowledge or build on existing skills. How do you embrace this approach when faced with a limited budget, and a changing job market?

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InSync Training's Top 10 Blogs of 2017

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2017 was a big year for learning. Organizations focused on looking outside of the traditional learning box, looking to find ways to support learners in every moment of learning need, not just during formal instruction. There was a recognition that learning isn’t over just because the LMS indicates the learner completed a course.

How to Price and Package Customer Training

To charge or not to charge? That is the question many customer training teams are facing today. The answer, however, is not always a straightforward yes or no. Download this guide to learn more.

Proving the Value of Blended Learning

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Two years ago , I made the argument that blended learning represents a true shift in the profession. Since then, blended learning has cemented itself as so much more than a passing fad. But now that blended learning is here to stay, how do we prove its value to our organizations?

What I learned About Modern Learning Writing 50 Blogs in 50 Days

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In early December, I had an idea. To me, it seemed to be a reasonable idea. InSync training was launching a new community of practice in March – the Blended Learning Hub -- and I wanted to emphasize how InSync Training is a credible expert in all things having to do with blended learning.

The Guide to Blended Learning: A Sit Down With ATD Author Jennifer Hofmann

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Blended learning is all about connecting the dots – for our learners and our businesses. What content conveys the information our learners need to improve business results? By using proven instructional design models , aligning them with learning objectives, and deploying personalized learning pathways using available instructional technologies , we can support modern organizations and "search engine" learners. Blended Learning Instructional Design Modern Learning on the Air

Collaboration VS. Interaction: What’s the Difference?

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Virtual classroom platforms now include a plethora of tools meant to encourage learner participation. We have whiteboards , breakout rooms , polls , text-based chat. Including them appropriately in our programs positively impacts our modern learners’ experiences.

Living up to the Promise of eLearning: Closing the Learning-Doing Gap

It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to learn how to shift the perspective from event to journey and how to take learners through Proficiency Journeys to get results.

Making Blended Learning Happen

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Blended learning incorporates a variety of ways to deliver learning materials and activities, and selecting delivery approaches is part of the instructional design process.

Learning Pros Need to Think Like Dirty Marketers: Advice from Daniel Foster

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Learning professionals wear many hats. Depending on the task at hand, we may throw on our “ instructional designer ” cap, “ project manager ” beret, or “ facilitator ” fascinator. But did you know that we also need a “marketing” bonnet? According to Daniel Foster, Strategy Lead for the Snagit Application at TechSmith, “the best learning professionals think like dirty marketers.”. Podcasts and Videos Modern Learning on the Air

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3 Options for Implementing Informal Learning

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Practitioners and experts alike believe that modern learning is blended learning. Gone are the days where events, job aids, or resources stand alone.

7 Keys to Modern Blended Learning Success

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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.

Your Guide to Creating a Customer Onboarding Program

Even if you don’t have a formal program in place, customer onboarding is already happening at your organization. The question is, are you dictating it and guaranteeing a great experience? If not, this guide can help help.