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Normal. Ish.

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I don’t remember what prompted this tweet in January, 2012, but I feel it even more strongly now than I did then. Since the onset of COVID, we have seen 3 phases of its effects on training and training delivery: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation Virtual Classroom - Production Learner Experience

Zoom Haiku

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A few years back, InSync producer Jakob Hofmann wrote some fun producer haiku. Virtual Classroom - Facilitation Virtual Classroom - Production Just For Fun

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Our Top 5 Reasons Why We Celebrate Instructional Designers

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On March 17, InSync celebrates Instructional Designers! Have you thanked your instructional designer today? You really should. Instructional designers are the unsung heroes of the learning and development field. The job description for a designer has changed so much in the last decade.

Virtual Facilitation Observations and Tips

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In the world of virtual classrooms, there are many reasons why a session may be ineffective and tiring for both participants and facilitators.

5 Reasons CFOs Invest in Talent Development

In 2021, many of your competitors will invest in talent development software. If you make the right decision, invest in the right software, and if your organization is willing to use it, you can realize five decisive competitive advantages. To see those advantages, download Paycor’s latest guide, 5 Reasons CFOs Invest in Talent Development.

Zoom Fatigue - Webcam Use

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I’ve been delivering online synchronous training for over 10 years and working almost exclusively remote for the past 3 years. So why am I so exhausted at the end of every work-from-home day for the past 11 months?

Going Global: The Winning Formula for Virtual Training Across the Enterprise

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Once the COVID pandemic shut down offices and quarantined us in our homes, virtual training exploded overnight.

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Shock Your Learners!

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Keeping learners engaged - it’s the boundless task as a facilitator. There are a whole heap of ideas and tactics that work but here’s one I have used that may be a bit different… Shock your learners! Embarrass yourself! Give them what they never expected, SING loud and proud??.

Facilitation Tips Series, Part 1: Presence

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In 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.

Virtual Producers add Value and Expertise from Behind the Scenes

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Many years ago - can it really be nearly 20? - I was first learning to work in the virtual classroom. Back then, the tech was very new and still often wonky and unpredictable, so it was a given that this was a team endeavor, with the facilitator always working with a producer.

Deliver Effective Online Education and Events Your Members Will Love

This guide identifies the biggest challenges for associations moving their training online and provides practical solutions so that you can hit the ground running. Download now to keep your members engaged and growing even in times of COVID-19.

How 2020 Is Different & Top Tips from 16 Years of Holiday Stressbusters

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For the past 16 years it’s been an InSync tradition to offer a free “Holiday * Stressbusters” session in late November.

Facilitation Tips Series, Part 4: Disaster Recovery (aka Keep Breathing)

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Years ago when I was teaching virtual facilitation skills, there was a section called “disaster recovery”. I poked fun at this, saying it seemed a bit too dramatic and asking if there had ever really been a Code Blue in a breakout room.

Surviving Long Online Days

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Lynette Van Steinburg has been contributing to the InSync Training team as a virtual producer since 2018. In this blog post, she shares some tips to help both the learners and the trainers stay focused without getting burned out.

Facilitators Can Nurture Emotional Engagement in the Virtual Classroom

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Nothing changed our workplace more, and more quickly, than the Covid-19 pandemic, and we all need coping skills to keep up. Facilitators need to be especially vigilant in order to ensure their learners are positively connected to the learning experience.

Bridging the Gap Between HR and Safety

Members of HR are known for taking on different types of tasks. Safety training isn’t always one of them, but in reality, it makes sense that it should be. Learn how safety aligns with the goals of any HR team and how managing it can make your job easier.

How to Go Live: Identifying the Key Players in the Virtual Classroom

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Moving great face-to-face learning to the virtual classroom includes a multi-step process. The first step involves making an effort to understand the value of the learning environment.

Virtual First - A Lasting Outcome of the 2020 Pandemic

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Welcome to 2021. It seems that everyone is taking a collective breath as we look forward with expectation of promise and insight in a new workplace environment largely mandated by long-term impacts of COVID-19.

Virtual Classroom Tool Tips: Chat, Breakout Rooms, and more!

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What do platforms like Webex Training, Zoom, Adobe Connect, and Microsoft Teams have in common? They all include a variety of virtual classroom tools !

Throw it in Zoom and See if it Sticks! (Part 2)

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In my previous post , I discussed the importance of strong design for virtual delivery, and how to achieve it. This post addresses the challenges you’ll encounter when proposing these design approaches to your stakeholders.

3 Guiding Principles to Support the Human Dimension in Learning

Speaker: Dr. Amy Titus, Managing Director in Human Capital at Deloitte Consulting

Join Dr. Amy Titus, Managing Director in Human Capital at Deloitte Consulting, for her exclusive session where she will be discussing the 3 guiding principles for the future of learning, and how these can affect the design of work in organizations.

Facilitation Tips Series, Part 3: Why are You Using Icebreakers?

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While researching evidence-based practices for the virtual classroom , I was looking for specific examples of activities that supported proven approaches like retrieval practice and feedback.

Let's Blame the Online Platforms

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Wait a minute. With the unexpected arrival (at least at a much greater level) of teleworking and online teaching due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many trainers and facilitators have struggled to find the most suitable solution to deliver their classes to their students.

Why Go Live? Accountability & Shared Purpose in the Virtual Classroom

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It’s 7:30 AM on a Monday morning. I’m logged in to a Zoom call with 22 strangers. A scattering of novelists. A few bloggers. Two high school students working on homework. Some folks recording podcasts. And at least one person working on their taxes. Virtual Collaboration Environmental Engagement Intellectual Engagement

LxD: Designing for Learners, Not Just Content

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Have you ever been sent to training that just didn’t ring true?

5 Reasons Leaders Invest in Language Training

Communication is the lifeforce of any company. Without it, productivity, employee happiness, and ultimately your business suffers. Investing in language learning better positions global business leaders to see gains in organizational effectiveness as a result.

Obstacles to Virtual Learning Success Solved!

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Recently, learners have flocked to the virtual classroom to continue their professional development.

Throw it in Zoom and See if it Sticks! (Part 1)

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2020 was a year that witnessed a myriad of changes in the workplace, society, and how we interact, work, play, and…live. In the world of learning and development, perhaps now it’s time to catch our collective breath, and review what we’ve done.

How to Go Live: Thinking About Virtual Classroom Facilitation

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We all know that organizations have had to quickly move face-to-face training to the virtual classroom. This seismic shift extends beyond instructional design, learner logistics, and technical considerations. It impacts facilitators, too.

How to Go Live: The First Step to Moving Great Programs to the Virtual Classroom

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Picture this: your boss comes to you and says, “Hey! You know that training program you facilitate in the classroom next week? Guess what?! I need you to teach it live online.” You likely react with panic and surprise. Thoughts run through your head, like: You’re kidding, right? Will people be bored?

The Ins and Outs of Connecting Technologies in a Modern Learning Ecosystem

Speaker: TJ Seabrooks, former CEO at Rustici Software

Have you ended up with a collection of content inputs and data outputs that might be hard to wrangle? If your organization uses multiple LMSs and has content coming from many different places, or you’re heading in this direction, this webinar is for you.

Stories from the Virtual Trenches: 3 Common Virtual Classroom Challenges

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Like in all professions, Learning & Development faces its fair share of challenges. Changing global dynamics, evolving business needs, and a diverse audience all contribute to a complex, and confusing, pathway forward.

Evaluating a Virtual Instructional Program

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Summary: As it turns out, evaluating a virtual training program is just like evaluating any other instructional program. The challenges lie in what you measure and how you interpret the results.

A Virtual Classroom Crash Course Toolkit

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Right now, the state of the world demands a transition to virtual classrooms and remote work. Whether or not your organization started 2020 prepared for the rapid modernization of teams and training, the time has come to make the change.

When Virtual Classrooms Become Virtually Required: How to Make the Decision to Transition to Virtual Classrooms

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In response to changes happening in L&D during the COVID-19 pandemic, experts Jane Bozarth and Jennifer Hofmann joined forces for a special 90-minute Virtually There webinar on March 9, 2020.

6 Ways to Secure (More Of) a Budget for Your Customer Education Program

Whether you’re looking to kickstart or expand your customer education program, you need access to a budget. Learn how you can demonstrate the positive ROI of customer training and make the case for securing a larger budget in our latest eBook!

How to Go Live: Virtual Classroom Instructional Design Tips

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Moving learning live online requires a reframing of perspective about the value of virtual classroom experiences and the responsibility of facilitators in this environment.