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Story and Success: An Unexpected Connection

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Virtually There Recap. Did you know that you have stories constantly running through your subconscious mind? It’s true! Without realizing it, you frame every interaction through narrative, creating underlying bias. Good, bad, or indifferent, your bias influences how you navigate the world.

4 Success Factors for Multi-Method Delivery

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Organizational boundaries keep growing and becoming more fluid, and as our learner base disperses around the globe, training programs have to adapt appropriately. That’s no small feat in the face of multi-cultural classrooms , emerging technologies, and stakeholder expectations of learning success.

Mobile Learning in the Modern Classroom

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Mobile learning’s on the rise, and for good reason. Mobile technology, once a luxury, has become commonplace in our lives. We bank, read, socially interact, and more from a device that fits in the palm of our hand. The Jetsons imagined a similar future, but did corporate training? Mobile Virtual Classroom Mobile Learning Modern Classroom

Defining the Modern Learner Experience

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When designing and delivering content, we need to balance five elements of the learner experience: technology, design, people, place, and time. In order to achieve this balance, we need to focus on the learner experience. We need to define and leverage how learning is structured, including when it is taking place, where it is taking place, and how it is being delivered. Modern Blended Learning Blended Learning Instructional Design Modern Learners

3 Reasons to Prioritize On-Demand Customer Training

How can you provide a great onboarding experience while keeping up with a growing customer base? By leveraging on-demand training. This guide describes three benefits of adding on-demand training to your onboarding process. Click here to download.

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?

Memes, Critical Thinking, and L&D: Insight from Allen Partridge

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As technology evolves, our ability to learn anytime and anywhere changes, too. Now, our possibilities seem literally endless. Constant communication, the pervasive availability of information, and the ever-changing opportunities for social collaboration exemplify this new reality. At no point, though, has critical thinking been simultaneously more important and less commonplace. As learners and learning architects , we struggle to discern the accuracy and efficacy of information on the internet.

Get into Character for Better Blended Learning

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Have you ever watched The Magic School Bus? What about Bill Nye the Science Guy or Schoolhouse Rock ? These entertaining childrens television programs have an important common approach to education: they explain complex subject matter in easy-to-understand ways by using likeable characters in fun narratives. eLearning Blended Learning Instructional Design

Stories = Engagement = Learning

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Storytelling has a long history as one of most fundamental communication methods. From paintings on cave walls to Egyptian hieroglyphs, to the first words ever written on papyrus with ink, people have been telling and listening to stories. We love to HEAR stories, too!

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.

Now Hiring! Join Our Virtual Team

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Are you a GREAT virtual classroom producer? Do you have experience supporting WebEx Training Center, Adobe Connect, or any other virtual classroom platform? InSync Training is interested in learning more about you! We are seeking qualified contractors to join our dynamic production team. Our producers ensure flawless virtual learning events by providing instructional and technical support to facilitators during live learning events, training sessions, and meetings

How to Incorporate Outdoor Activities Into Effective Team Building

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As learning managers and leaders, your responsibilities extend beyond the modern classroom. Creating unity and trust within your team increases the success of your short-term projects and long-term goals. Guest contributor Jenny Holt provides guidance on how to build a sense of community within your department and connects the process back to what we do best: ongoing professional development.

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.

Serious Learning Games 101

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Virtually There Session recap. Have you heard? Modern learners love games. In fact, with the right design, these games have the power to increase learner engagement and boost retention. Our organizations and stakeholders, though, often struggle to understand the value of games. Having fun doesn’t equal skill building,” is a common refrain. How do we prove them wrong if they won’t buy in? Take the first step by walking them through “Serious Games 101.”

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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.

Self-Paced Learning Campaigns: A Helpful Option

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The modern learning landscape presents a unique set of challenges. Never before have learners had greater access to information, a greater drive to discover answers for themselves, or a greater number of demands on their time. Formal training no longer provides the end-all-be-all solution for our organizations. While it has an important place in the instructional design line-up, it represents just one of many options we need to include in our blends.

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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.

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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Lead the Change with Social Learning: Tips from Jane Bozarth

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Think about the last time you needed to learn something new. Were you sitting at your desk in your office? Standing in your kitchen trying to make dinner? Driving down the road when a new warning light popped up on your dashboard? Like many people, when this happens to me, I ask a trusted source for their wisdom. Sometimes that’s my mom, other times it’s a colleague who seems to know the ins-and-outs of every nuanced process for my company.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Multi-Method Training Delivery Basics

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What do you call training that connects people remotely into a web session? Within L&D, and even within the same organization, the title for this kind of learning experience varies. Commonly, though, when instructors facilitate to two types of audiences simultaneously, you often hear the term “multi-method delivery.”. In today’s global, mobile, social workplace, training often supports dispersed learners, all of whom have individual learning goals and attendance requirements.

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.

How Gamification Can Improve Corporate Learning

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Gamification is a term that is frequently thrown around in the training industry. It refers to the applicat ion of game elements and principles in learning sessions, and is a popular approach used in eLearning and company training sessions. In fact, the 2016-2021 Global Game-based Learning Market report stated that game-based learning products reached a global revenue of $2.6 billion in 2016. It’s clear that corporations have acknowledged the effectiveness of gamification in learning programs.

How Do People Learn? Answers from Julie Dirksen

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Often trainers become trainers because their organizations see them succeeding at their jobs. “Oh! You’re a great customer service rep. You can teach other people how to perform customer service.” “Wow! You created a beautiful new page for the internal website. Can you teach these three team members your process?”. Your competitive differentiators likely landed you the role of facilitator, designer, and sage. But that puts you at a disadvantage.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

A Turn of Phrase Can Turn Your Training On Its Head

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Picture this: you’re facilitating a live training session for your organization, and it comes time to ask for learner input. You open the floor for contributions with the common phrase, “A penny for your thoughts?”. And you get crickets. Your previously lively cohort goes silent. Some participants look utterly confused. What happened? Your figure of speech may have confused your global learners. Blended learning Modern Blended Learning Learner Experience Multicultural Groups

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?

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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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.

Move Beyond Learning to Applying: A Modern Management Development Program

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.