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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

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.

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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.

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.

Paycor CFO Survey: The State of American Business in 2021

In Paycor’s latest survey, more than 2,000 Finance and HR leaders told us about their plans for 2021. Download the survey for actionable insights and tips.

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.

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.

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.

Facilitation Tips Series, Part 2: Feedback

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A critical element to learning is retrieval practice; the opportunity to revisit and apply new material.

Lesson Learned: Virtual Facilitation is DIFFERENT Than Traditional Facilitation

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In August, we celebrate virtual classroom facilitators. And this year, you all REALLY deserve applause. You’ve been teaching marathon sessions that weren’t designed for the virtual environment, often in platforms you haven’t used before. So, KUDOS to you, and thanks for all you have been doing.

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9 Warning Signs Your Employees Need Language Training

Most global companies are diverse in perspectives, backgrounds, and yes, language. Language barriers can compound existing communication problems, often resulting in business losses. Learn the 9 warning signs your employees need language training today!

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. Next, facilitators and instructional designers have to adapt their approach to maximize engagement and effectiveness. Underlying these positive attitudes, dazzling designs, and enthralling facilitation approaches lies an important question that requires an answer: who are our key players?

Obstacles to Virtual Learning Success Solved!

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

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 ! When instructional designers incorporate their use into training programs and facilitators leverage them during delivery, tools can increase learner engagement. Learners feel more connected to their fellow participants, to the instructional team, and to the training content.

Success Tips for the New Virtual Classroom Producer

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We often encounter some version of the following story when working with corporate teams and individual learners: “Well, my organization has made the leap to the virtual classroom. I’m now supporting live online sessions, but I don’t know how to use my existing skills while managing the technology.”.

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.

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. Chances are you didn’t dream of being a virtual facilitator, but here you are quite by accident. You might’ve recently graduated and landed a sales position that is now training. Or you’re a traditional trainer and now you’re working online.

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? What platform will we use? How do I get organized? Virtual Classroom - Facilitation Social Learning

Don’t Design Training Content like a Food Blogger!

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This weekend, I purchased something new at a local farmers market: delicata squash. It came highly recommended as an easy winter squash to prepare, with a nice light taste. As I was getting ready to cook it, I had a couple of quick questions. At what temperature should it bake, and for how long? Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design

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. The good news is that current modern virtual classroom platforms give you a variety of tools you can use to assess the effectiveness of your instructional delivery and its effect on learners. Anyone familiar with ADDIE can tell you that the last step (the “E”) is evaluation.

The Pro’s Guide To Getting The Best ROI From Your New LMS

You need a Learning Management System when your courses and training programs need to be accessible online. Quickly build the perfect business case and easily determine which LMS will provide the best return on investment you need with this how-to eBook!

What’s Your Story? Narratives in Blended Learning

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If you were unfamiliar with L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz and read a description of the elements of the story, you’d likely see a list something like the following: a haunted castle with flying monkeys, a poppy field. a tornado in Kansas, a village populated by wee folk. a forest of talking foul-tempered trees. a cornfield with a sentient scarecrow. and a yellow brick road (YBR for short).

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. While delivery and corporate learning culture absolutely impact the success of virtual training, we cannot overlook the importance of instructional design. Virtual learning experiences include layers – each element building on and enabled by the one before it.

The Foundation of Intellectual Engagement in Modern Learning

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Learner Engagement – defining and enhancing it have remained critically important in the modern classroom for years. If content design and delivery do not capture attention, demand participation, and encourage ongoing application, training programs inherently become less effective. Exclusive research conducted by the InSync Training team focused on the long-standing question, “What is learner engagement ?” and uncovered a surprising answer: it is not one single thing.

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. Facilitators, instructional designers, managers, and learners all have to adapt to a new normal – a stressful process under standard change management conditions and a seemingly insurmountable task given today’s pressures.

Use Chaos to Build a Stronger Organization

Speaker: Stacey Harris, Chief Research Officer & Managing Partner at Sapient Insights Group

As we look to tomorrow, it is time to ask ourselves what lessons have we learned and how do we create flexible organizations that can survive what the future holds. Stacey Harris, Chief Research Officer for Sapient Insights Group, will share insights, data, and tools that are helping organizations adapt and even thrive in this difficult environment. She’ll discuss the emerging trends in the Learning technology market, and how these exciting new approaches to creating micro, adaptive, and personalized content is changing the face of workforce development while creating strong connections to business outcomes.

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. This blog post, the first in a comprehensive series, recaps some of the timely and helpful information shared du ring When Virtual Classrooms Become Virtually Required. The virtual classroom may not be new, but currently the world is experiencing a crisis that’s accelerating its necessity.

Exploring the Dsquared in ADDIE

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I enjoy asking my fellow instructional designers whether they consider themselves designers or developers. Because most of the time, they answer with a question: “What’s the difference?”. And then I get to wax poetic about the differences in my two favorite phases in ADDIE : Design and Develop. Instructional Design ADDIE

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Virtual Learning 101: Set Your Virtual Classroom Up for Success

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More virtual classroom events than ever have happened in 2020. In fact, the CEO of Cisco announced that Webex hosted 5.5 BILLION minutes of virtual meetings in the first eleven days of March. Combined with the spike in usage of other platforms like Zoom, virtual events have become a staple in today’s businesses and educational institutions.

3 Ways You Can Get Your Digital Learning Act Together

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Virtually There Session Recap. For the last 20 years, and especially over the past two months, our team has repeated a singular mantra: “one does not simply move a course online.”. But given the state of the world today, it feels imperative that we quickly adapt learning to the virtual learning environment. And while digital learning requires nuance, planning, and an awareness of both technology and instructional options, the transition can happen under pressure.

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!

Lesson Learned: Instructional Design is Even MORE Important in the Virtual Classroom

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In 2020, we are sharing the lessons we’ve learned about the virtual classroom over the last twenty years, and we’ll link back to our more detailed content around these topics, in case you want to learn more! ? Take a peek at the entire Lessons Learned series by clicking here. For decades, the virtual classroom has been used to simply present information in a webinar-type format.

Not All Remote Workers Are Lonely

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Recently, a Reuters article titled How to Create Connections at Work in the Age of Isolation went viral on LinkedIn. The main point that resonated with readers? The loneliness of remote workers. Today, organizations look wildly different than they did even ten years ago. Author Lauren Young points out that “one-third of workers in the US often work remotely [and] the number of remote workers is up 115% in the past decade.”.

Using Virtual Learning to Increase Circular Advantage

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Happy Earth Day ! Today marks the 50th Earth Day, providing an opportunity to consider environmental issues and ways in which individuals can contribute to a cleaner world. In recent years, organizations have begun to seriously consider the impact their production processes have on the environment and on natural resource reserves. Traditionally, operations and sustainability teams focus on earth-friendly corporate initiatives. But, learning & development can contribute meaningfully, too!

Virtual Learning 101: Answers to Four Common Training Questions

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More organizations than ever have transitioned from traditional face-to-face training to virtual classrooms. And since no training element stands alone, most blends include live online components of some kind. But, even as technology becomes more ubiquitous in corporate learning, decision makers and practitioners have questions about its efficacy. My team compiled the questions they most commonly hear in their day-to-day work.

[On-Demand Webinar] The State of Customer Education: Trends and Benchmarks Report

Speaker: Sandi Lin & Linda Schwaber-Cohen

In this webinar, Skilljar CEO Sandi Lin shared learnings from Skilljar's recent study and her insights on the state of Customer Education. She dug into key findings so you can benchmark against industry trends and understand how your strategy and metrics compare.

7 Ways Facilitators Can Nurture Emotional Engagement in the Virtual Classroom

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This is the third installment in a three-part series that explores actionable approaches virtual classroom facilitators can use to improve learner engagement through purposeful facilitation. We often frame corporate training as a compulsory process: complete these requirements and move on to the next task. It's a reinforcement of a " Push " learning culture that is content-centric, and not a personal experience. Effective learning involves an emotional component.