Trends in Virtual Training - Expert Seminar Series

Ongoing professional development for your training team is critical, and we’ve got the perfect way for you to provide continuing education opportunities in a way that is meaningful, fast, and cost-effective.
We’ve identified trending topics in Learning and Development, each with a two-hour live lesson and additional valuable learning assets, that will keep your team up to date and provide opportunities for moving forward.
IACET-accredited workshops include breakout activities, microlearning resources, and planning tools. They are led by certified Virtual Learning Experts so you know the time invested by your team is well spent.
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Trends in Virtual Training - Expert Seminar Series

  • Workshop4

    We are beyond the era of the presentational webinar. Virtual classrooms need to become real classrooms—spaces where individuals are fully engaged and expect to learn. We need to set our expectations higher, and demand that virtual learning experiences are instructionally sound options that provide the opportunity for learning transfer, practice, application, and true collaboration. Only then can effective training and learning transfer occur.

    To make this happen, we need to design our virtual programs to engage virtual learners during both design and delivery, using a modern brain-science approach. Without connecting with learners emotionally, intellectually, and environmentally we will not evolve past the webinar.

    This two-hour collaborative workshop includes a breakout session where your team redesigns an existing activity in a way that applies brain-based principles. You will leave with an action plan to help your team design to maximize intellectual engagement.

    Everyone will also receive an in-depth eBook explaining the principles described in the workshop, and sample brain-based exercises in leader guide format that can be adapted to your programs.

    Guiding Questions

    1. What is a webinar? What is virtual learning? What is the difference?
    2. What are some examples of activities I can use to maximize my learners’ engagement during a virtual learning experience?
    3. How can I redesign my virtual classroom activities for more intellectual engagement?
    4. How can I use brain-based science to boost the effectiveness of my training programs?

    This program is grounded in the InQuire Engagement Framework® — a three-pronged approach to maximizing engagement of all learners in the virtual classroom. The framework, an ongoing research effort at InSync, is designed to optimize an organization’s existing training and provide a new construct for creating training programs that work in today’s hybrid workplace and “virtual first” approach to training and employee development.

    Download program details

  • Workshop7

    Discover how you can use learning campaign design to organize individual lessons, resources, and activities into a curated learning path that maximizes live and self-directed learning content.

    Today’s learners are working in a complicated hybrid environment and collaborating with teams all over the world. Don’t they deserve a less complicated approach to blended learning? They need programs that support formal learning while allowing them to create their own personal learning paths. Instead of creating traditional courses, successful L&D teams will create flexible curricula using blended learning campaigns.

    Blended learning campaigns support learner experiences through time-released lessons supported by cohesive content and live events. The best part? Content isn’t single use: resources continue to be relevant to learners and their ongoing skill building after the formal campaign ends, for every moment of their learning need.

    To model this approach, this workshop will be delivered as a learning campaign, starting one week before the live lesson, consisting of self-directed exercises, and a two-hour virtual lesson.

    This two-hour collaborative workshop includes a breakout session where you will design a training solution by completing a blended learning blueprint. Individuals can use this blueprint to design campaigns for their own organization.

    Guiding Questions

    1. How do technology, design, people, place, and time impact blended learning design?
    2. What is the difference between instructional strategies, techniques, and technologies?
    3. How can I design to address formal AND informal learning needs?
    4. What tools can I use to help with the design of a blended learning campaign?

    This program is grounded in the InQuire Engagement Framework® — a three-pronged approach to maximizing engagement of all learners in the virtual classroom. The framework, an ongoing research effort at InSync, is designed to optimize an organization’s existing training and provide a new construct for creating training programs that work in today’s hybrid workplace and “virtual first” approach to training and employee development.

    Download program details

  • Workshop5

    The impact of a global and hybrid workforce is forcing L&D to be more creative in their delivery approaches. Virtual training and microlearning are two techniques that can be easily combined to creatively meet the needs of the new learning organization. In this workshop, you will learn how to design entire live online learning events using take-away assets, while also increasing microlearning adoption and learner engagement.

    You will learn how to adopt a microlearning approach to virtual classroom design, how to make your organization’s training more valuable, and apply six strategies to support virtual learning through connected microlearning.

    We won’t just talk about it how to do it… you will experience virtual classroom activities delivered using microlearning. This workshop will be delivered as a learning campaign, starting one week before the live lesson, that consists of self-directed exercises and a two-hour virtual lesson.

    This two-hour collaborative workshop includes a breakout session where your team creates a virtual classroom activity using this instructional design approach. You will leave with an action plan to help your team plan to adopt this strategy and apply it within a campaign design format.   This format allows learners to partake in learning before, during and after the live lesson. The program will be supported by an eLearning module, infographic, and related readings – all mapped out in a Hybrid/Blended Learning Campaign.

    Everyone will also receive a toolkit including videos, whitepapers, infographics, worksheets, and articles.

    Guiding Questions

    1. What is microlearning, and how can it be integrated into virtual classroom lessons?
    2. How can virtual classroom tools be used to deliver microlearning content?
    3. Is there a methodology for designing virtual lessons that rely on microlearning assets?
    4. How can I use a microlearning approach with my current classes?

    This program is grounded in the InQuire Engagement Framework® — a three-pronged approach to maximizing engagement of all learners in the virtual classroom. The framework, an ongoing research effort at InSync, is designed to optimize an organization’s existing training and provide a new construct for creating training programs that work in today’s hybrid workplace and “virtual first” approach to training and employee development.

    Download program details

  • Workshop14A major hesitation to moving professional training to the virtual classroom is the perceived inability to establish an actual connection between facilitators and learners. In an effort to solve this problem, we have injected a lot of technology into the process: live video, emoticons, virtual reality …. but we found that it isn’t all about technology.

    How do virtual facilitators effectively impact others without true body language and eye contact? They need to develop and apply, “emotional intelligence” in their relationships with learners.

    Emotional intelligence describes the ability to understand the feelings of individuals and groups and the influence these emotions have on learner motivation and behavior.

    This two-hour collaborative workshop includes a breakout session where your team will evaluate an activity and then redesign the activity in a way that applies emotional intelligence to maximize engagement. You’ll leave with an action plan to help your team create emotionally engaging designs that lead to intellectual engagement.

    Guiding Questions

    1. What is Emotional Intelligence and how is it important to virtual learning?
    2. How do I successfully communicate with others in verbal and non-verbal ways in a virtual environment?
    3. How do self-management, self-awareness, self-regulation, self-motivation, and empathy affect the learners and learning outcomes?
    4. What can my facilitators do to use and manage their emotions while encouraging their learners to do the same?
    5. How do I nurture emotional engagement in the content being presented?

    This program is grounded in the InQuire Engagement Framework® — a three-pronged approach to maximizing engagement of all learners in the virtual classroom. The framework, an ongoing research effort at InSync, is designed to optimize an organization’s existing training and provide a new construct for creating training programs that work in today’s hybrid workplace and “virtual first” approach to training and employee development.

    Download program details

  • Workshop2Most professional training interventions are directed at accomplishing specific goals of the organization: improving sales, adding capability, adopting new technology, etc. Once the training is developed and being delivered, these organizational goals are often pushed to the background, and the program is evaluated largely based on learner feedback (and, in particular, affective feedback). Likert-type scale data is manipulated and presented to demonstrate success, as if to say “See! The learners liked it, so it must have been good training!”

    The data is usually readily available and easily gathered. Through our effective training program measurement methods we can create related virtual and hybrid training interventions. Such an evaluation approach presents precise, actionable information about what the training intervention/program is accomplishing and where it is falling short, and often helps explain why the training is or is not effective. 

    During this two-hour collaborative workshop you will work in breakout groups to develop an evaluation approach for a hybrid training program that measures the effects and outcomes at the individual level as well as at the organizational level. You’ll leave with an action plan for further refining your evaluation approach to gather and analyze real data for reporting out actual professional development outcomes. 

    Guiding questions

    1. What sources of data exist in my organization for evaluating the effects of virtual and hybrid training?
    2. How do I use available data to evaluate virtual and hybrid training programs for my organization?
    3. What are the key program evaluation methodologies I can use to evaluate my organization’s hybrid and virtual training programs?

    This program is grounded in the InQuire Engagement Framework® — a three-pronged approach to maximizing engagement of all learners in the virtual classroom. The framework, an ongoing research effort at InSync, is designed to optimize an organization’s existing training and provide a new construct for creating training programs that work in today’s hybrid workplace and “virtual first” approach to training and employee development.

    Download program details

  • Workshop1The “Great Resignation” has shown us that employees want a better work experience, not just higher pay and perks. As we rebuild our workforce, we need an engaging onboarding process that connects new hires to their jobs and to their peers, which sets the tone for everything that comes after. How do you accomplish this with remote employees in a hybrid workplace? This workshop explores how to design a virtual onboarding program, how to connect remote new hires to the rest of the organization, and how to make the first 30 days on the job positive, memorable, and energizing.

    This two-hour collaborative workshop includes a scenario-based breakout session where you will help Bluebird Technologies design a 30-day onboarding approach. After we wrap with our recommendations for Bluebird, we’ll send you off with templates and tools for implementing your own program.

    Guiding questions

    1. What do my new hires want during the onboarding process?
    2. What does my organization need to achieve through the onboarding process?
    3. How can my organization create a hybrid learning environment that meets the goals of the company and our new hires?
    4. What can I do to support staggered or individual hires?
    5. What do we need to accomplish during the hires’ first 30 days on the job?
    6. How do I design a multi-day onboarding process that keeps the attendees engaged?

    This program is grounded in the InQuire Engagement Framework® — a three-pronged approach to maximizing engagement of all learners in the virtual classroom. The framework, an ongoing research effort at InSync, is designed to optimize an organization’s existing training and provide a new construct for creating training programs that work in today’s hybrid workplace and “virtual first” approach to training and employee development.

    Download program details

  • Workshop8Have you been asked to convert that premier classroom training program which gets great reviews and results to the virtual classroom?  We’ve all been there! 

    What if the content isn’t right for virtual?  

    And if the program fails, will everyone think it’s your fault?  

    The good news is that most content can be successfully delivered in the virtual classroom. But you can’t just drop your existing slides into your platform and call it done. You need to consider the content, the design, the platform, and the facilitation team; and of course, how to manage the expectations of your audience and your stakeholders.   

    This two-hour collaborative workshop includes a breakout session where your team redesigns an existing activity in a way that maximizes the interaction through the virtual platform. A successful program is all about planning, so you will leave with a checklist to help you manage your conversion. 

    Guiding Questions

    1. Is my content a good fit for virtual delivery?
    2. How can I set up my facilitators for success?
    3. How do I maximize the instructional partnership between the facilitator and producer?
    4. How do I convert existing face to face activities to a virtual format?

    This program is grounded in the InQuire Engagement Framework® — a three-pronged approach to maximizing engagement of all learners in the virtual classroom. The framework, an ongoing research effort at InSync, is designed to optimize an organization’s existing training and provide a new construct for creating training programs that work in today’s hybrid workplace and “virtual first” approach to training and employee development.

    Download program details

  • Workshop6Work life is just not what it used to be. Our training needs to reflect that.

    Employees’ work conditions are continuously changing, often unpredictably: one day in the office, one day at home, one day on the road…. we need a learning model that adapts to where people are learning while also designing content in a way that meets the business goals.

    Maximizing audience engagement means we need to merge the concepts of blended learning and hybrid learning.

    1. Blended learning: program designs that combine live and self-directed content, where the delivery technology is determined by the performance objectives
    2. Hybrid Learning: live events with participants in the office, at home, or on the road.

     

    This two-hour collaborative workshop includes a scenario-based breakout session where your team will use a template to design a blended program for the hybrid environment. You will leave with an action plan to help your team design a plan for success.

    The program will be supported by an eLearning module, infographic, and related readings – all mapped out in a Blended Learning Campaign.

    Guiding Questions

    1. What is the relationship between Hybrid Learning and Blended Learning?
    2. How do I answer the “Who, What, Where, When and How” of this complex environment?
    3. What is a Blended Learning Campaign?
    4. How can a designer create a program that adapts to the composition of the audience?
    5. What skills does a facilitator need to facilitate blended learning in the hybrid world?
    6. What kind of logistical support is required to successfully support the program?

    This program is grounded in the InQuire Engagement Framework® — a three-pronged approach to maximizing engagement of all learners in the virtual classroom. The framework, an ongoing research effort at InSync, is designed to optimize an organization’s existing training and provide a new construct for creating training programs that work in today’s hybrid workplace and “virtual first” approach to training and employee development.  

    Download program details

  • Workshop12Over the last several years, we have seen extensive changes in live virtual delivery, in particular the near-universal adoption of virtual classrooms to support real-time learning. With that, we are also seeing a trend toward longer virtual programs (> 6 hours in one session).  And video. Lots of video. With everyone on mute.  Is it any wonder we are exhausted?!

    No matter which virtual platform you use, “Zoom fatigue” is real. Even science says so: 

     “Zoom fatigue describes the tiredness, worry, or burnout associated with overusing virtual platforms of communication. Like other experiences associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Zoom fatigue is widely prevalent, intense, and completely new.” (A Neuropsychological Exploration of Zoom Fatigue – Psychiatric Times) 

    Despite the fatigue, the heavy adoption of virtual training isn’t going away. It is the only approach that allows everyone (wherever they are) to participate in their organizational training. So the question becomes, how do we meet our training goals without forcing our learners to sit idly in front of their computer screens for eight hour stretches?

    We will answer that question during this two-hour collaborative workshop, when your team will work in breakout groups to redesign a virtual lesson to maximize environmental and emotional engagement. You will leave with an action plan to help your team plan for success.

    Everyone will also receive a toolkit sharing additional practical advice for minimizing Zoom fatigue.

    Guiding Questions

    1. What really causes Zoom Fatigue? How does it impact the effective transfer of learning? 
    2. How do I design virtual experiences that minimize virtual classroom burnout?
    3. What can my virtual classroom facilitators do to foster the environmental engagement needed to ensure Zoom Fatigue doesn’t become Zoom attrition?

    This program is grounded in the InQuire Engagement Framework® — a three-pronged approach to maximizing engagement of all learners in the virtual classroom. The framework, an ongoing research effort at InSync, is designed to optimize an organization’s existing training and provide a new construct for creating training programs that work in today’s hybrid workplace and “virtual first” approach to training and employee development.  

    Download program details

  • Worried about your Microsoft Teams or Google Meet sessions not being interactive enough? Looking to boost your Zoom, Webex or Adobe Connect collaboration?

    As many of the different platforms we use to deliver content virtually continue to evolve, a new trend has emerged: The App. Some work independently – some are being integrated with the virtual classroom platform.

    Any virtual classroom experience can be hands on and engaging if you spice it up with quizzes, polls, gamification, and other activities that map to your objectives. Don’t let your virtual classroom limit your options, let it be the catalyst of enhanced interaction. Choose the appropriate app for your activities for maximum engagement.

    In this program we will look at integrating third-party tools such as Kahoot, Twiddla, Mentimeter, Beekast, to drive participant engagement and enhance knowledge transfer. You will gain hands-on experience using these tools and experience first-hand the effectiveness and the power of the third-party app!

    This two-hour collaborative workshop includes opportunities to practice using third-party tools and brainstorming ways to enhance the virtual classroom with each use.   Learners will work in breakout rooms to explore a third-party tool and create an action plan using the tool to enhance interactivity of a given topic.

    Everyone will also receive examples of exercises that utilize apps to support learning design.

    Guiding Questions

    1. How do I identify third party apps that could support my training initiatives?
    2. How can I adapt apps to the learning experience and enhance my learners’ experience and transfer of knowledge?
    3. How do I make sure my third-party apps are supplementing the experience, instead of detracting from it?

     

    This program is grounded in the InQuire Engagement Framework® — a three-pronged approach to maximizing engagement of all learners in the virtual classroom. The framework, an ongoing research effort at InSync, is designed to optimize an organization’s existing training and provide a new construct for creating training programs that work in today’s hybrid workplace and “virtual first” approach to training and employee development.

    Download program details

  • Workshop18Great salespeople value personal connections. But can you make strong connections virtually? Yes, you can!

    According to data from INSIDESALES.COM, fully 75% of sales calls, including calls made by outbound account executives, are already remote. The impact of global health scares, travel restrictions, and economic upheavals means that even more is riding on the salesperson’s ability to advance the sale through virtual client interactions.

    The stakes couldn’t be higher. Are your salespeople getting the most out of virtual sales calls?

    This two-hour collaborative workshop includes a breakout session where your team redesigns an existing sales conversation in a way that applies emotional intelligence and relationship skills to win the sale. You’ll leave with an action plan to help your sales team create virtual presence and skills to win clients in any platform.

    Everyone will also receive a virtual sales toolkit to aid in virtual sales calls.

    Guiding Questions

    1. How are the skills required for remote sales meetings different from those required in a face-to-face environment?
    2. What are the components of a successful virtual sales meeting?
    3. How do I craft questions that truly engage my customers in a virtual sales meeting?
    4. How do I improve my active listening skills?
    5. How can I use virtual tools to engage my customers?

    This program is grounded in the InQuire Engagement Framework® — a three-pronged approach to maximizing engagement of all learners in the virtual classroom. The framework, an ongoing research effort at InSync, is designed to optimize an organization’s existing training and provide a new construct for creating training programs that work in today’s hybrid workplace and “virtual first” approach to training and employee development.

    Download program details

  • Workshop10Whether you need to deliver highly technical application training or new-hire orientation programs, this workshop equips you with the necessary technical skills so you can focus on the learning experience rather than the technology.

    Technology. In this practical hands-on workshop, discover how to use available feature-rich tools, while simultaneously creating a technologically seamless experience.

    Pick your platform: Zoom, MS Teams, Webex, or Adobe Connect and we’ll match your team with the right platform expert. This deep dive provides techniques that you can put into practice right away.

    This two-hour collaborative workshop includes opportunities to practice using the virtual tools to maximize learner engagement. Learner will leave with a detailed outline of the interactive tools in the selected platform and how best to reach ultimate engagement.

    Guiding Questions

    • Do I have a working knowledge of the virtual platform my organization uses?
    • Am I familiar with all of the available tools in the virtual platform?
    • Can I adapt the tools to the activities for my classes?
    • Do I know how to select the right tool to maximize engagement of my learners?

    This program is grounded in the InQuire Engagement Framework® — a three-pronged approach to maximizing engagement of all learners in the virtual classroom. The framework, an ongoing research effort at InSync, is designed to optimize an organization’s existing training and provide a new construct for creating training programs that work in today’s hybrid workplace and “virtual first” approach to training and employee development.  

    Download program details

Workshop4

We are beyond the era of the presentational webinar. Virtual classrooms need to become real classrooms—spaces where individuals are fully engaged and expect to learn. We need to set our expectations higher, and demand that virtual learning experiences are instructionally sound options that provide the opportunity for learning transfer, practice, application, and true collaboration. Only then can effective training and learning transfer occur.

To make this happen, we need to design our virtual programs to engage virtual learners during both design and delivery, using a modern brain-science approach. Without connecting with learners emotionally, intellectually, and environmentally we will not evolve past the webinar.

This two-hour collaborative workshop includes a breakout session where your team redesigns an existing activity in a way that applies brain-based principles. You will leave with an action plan to help your team design to maximize intellectual engagement.

Everyone will also receive an in-depth eBook explaining the principles described in the workshop, and sample brain-based exercises in leader guide format that can be adapted to your programs.

Guiding Questions

  1. What is a webinar? What is virtual learning? What is the difference?
  2. What are some examples of activities I can use to maximize my learners’ engagement during a virtual learning experience?
  3. How can I redesign my virtual classroom activities for more intellectual engagement?
  4. How can I use brain-based science to boost the effectiveness of my training programs?

This program is grounded in the InQuire Engagement Framework® — a three-pronged approach to maximizing engagement of all learners in the virtual classroom. The framework, an ongoing research effort at InSync, is designed to optimize an organization’s existing training and provide a new construct for creating training programs that work in today’s hybrid workplace and “virtual first” approach to training and employee development.

Download program details

Workshop7

Discover how you can use learning campaign design to organize individual lessons, resources, and activities into a curated learning path that maximizes live and self-directed learning content.

Today’s learners are working in a complicated hybrid environment and collaborating with teams all over the world. Don’t they deserve a less complicated approach to blended learning? They need programs that support formal learning while allowing them to create their own personal learning paths. Instead of creating traditional courses, successful L&D teams will create flexible curricula using blended learning campaigns.

Blended learning campaigns support learner experiences through time-released lessons supported by cohesive content and live events. The best part? Content isn’t single use: resources continue to be relevant to learners and their ongoing skill building after the formal campaign ends, for every moment of their learning need.

To model this approach, this workshop will be delivered as a learning campaign, starting one week before the live lesson, consisting of self-directed exercises, and a two-hour virtual lesson.

This two-hour collaborative workshop includes a breakout session where you will design a training solution by completing a blended learning blueprint. Individuals can use this blueprint to design campaigns for their own organization.

Guiding Questions

  1. How do technology, design, people, place, and time impact blended learning design?
  2. What is the difference between instructional strategies, techniques, and technologies?
  3. How can I design to address formal AND informal learning needs?
  4. What tools can I use to help with the design of a blended learning campaign?

This program is grounded in the InQuire Engagement Framework® — a three-pronged approach to maximizing engagement of all learners in the virtual classroom. The framework, an ongoing research effort at InSync, is designed to optimize an organization’s existing training and provide a new construct for creating training programs that work in today’s hybrid workplace and “virtual first” approach to training and employee development.

Download program details

Workshop5

The impact of a global and hybrid workforce is forcing L&D to be more creative in their delivery approaches. Virtual training and microlearning are two techniques that can be easily combined to creatively meet the needs of the new learning organization. In this workshop, you will learn how to design entire live online learning events using take-away assets, while also increasing microlearning adoption and learner engagement.

You will learn how to adopt a microlearning approach to virtual classroom design, how to make your organization’s training more valuable, and apply six strategies to support virtual learning through connected microlearning.

We won’t just talk about it how to do it… you will experience virtual classroom activities delivered using microlearning. This workshop will be delivered as a learning campaign, starting one week before the live lesson, that consists of self-directed exercises and a two-hour virtual lesson.

This two-hour collaborative workshop includes a breakout session where your team creates a virtual classroom activity using this instructional design approach. You will leave with an action plan to help your team plan to adopt this strategy and apply it within a campaign design format.   This format allows learners to partake in learning before, during and after the live lesson. The program will be supported by an eLearning module, infographic, and related readings – all mapped out in a Hybrid/Blended Learning Campaign.

Everyone will also receive a toolkit including videos, whitepapers, infographics, worksheets, and articles.

Guiding Questions

  1. What is microlearning, and how can it be integrated into virtual classroom lessons?
  2. How can virtual classroom tools be used to deliver microlearning content?
  3. Is there a methodology for designing virtual lessons that rely on microlearning assets?
  4. How can I use a microlearning approach with my current classes?

This program is grounded in the InQuire Engagement Framework® — a three-pronged approach to maximizing engagement of all learners in the virtual classroom. The framework, an ongoing research effort at InSync, is designed to optimize an organization’s existing training and provide a new construct for creating training programs that work in today’s hybrid workplace and “virtual first” approach to training and employee development.

Download program details

Workshop14A major hesitation to moving professional training to the virtual classroom is the perceived inability to establish an actual connection between facilitators and learners. In an effort to solve this problem, we have injected a lot of technology into the process: live video, emoticons, virtual reality …. but we found that it isn’t all about technology.

How do virtual facilitators effectively impact others without true body language and eye contact? They need to develop and apply, “emotional intelligence” in their relationships with learners.

Emotional intelligence describes the ability to understand the feelings of individuals and groups and the influence these emotions have on learner motivation and behavior.

This two-hour collaborative workshop includes a breakout session where your team will evaluate an activity and then redesign the activity in a way that applies emotional intelligence to maximize engagement. You’ll leave with an action plan to help your team create emotionally engaging designs that lead to intellectual engagement.

Guiding Questions

  1. What is Emotional Intelligence and how is it important to virtual learning?
  2. How do I successfully communicate with others in verbal and non-verbal ways in a virtual environment?
  3. How do self-management, self-awareness, self-regulation, self-motivation, and empathy affect the learners and learning outcomes?
  4. What can my facilitators do to use and manage their emotions while encouraging their learners to do the same?
  5. How do I nurture emotional engagement in the content being presented?

This program is grounded in the InQuire Engagement Framework® — a three-pronged approach to maximizing engagement of all learners in the virtual classroom. The framework, an ongoing research effort at InSync, is designed to optimize an organization’s existing training and provide a new construct for creating training programs that work in today’s hybrid workplace and “virtual first” approach to training and employee development.

Download program details

Workshop2Most professional training interventions are directed at accomplishing specific goals of the organization: improving sales, adding capability, adopting new technology, etc. Once the training is developed and being delivered, these organizational goals are often pushed to the background, and the program is evaluated largely based on learner feedback (and, in particular, affective feedback). Likert-type scale data is manipulated and presented to demonstrate success, as if to say “See! The learners liked it, so it must have been good training!”

The data is usually readily available and easily gathered. Through our effective training program measurement methods we can create related virtual and hybrid training interventions. Such an evaluation approach presents precise, actionable information about what the training intervention/program is accomplishing and where it is falling short, and often helps explain why the training is or is not effective. 

During this two-hour collaborative workshop you will work in breakout groups to develop an evaluation approach for a hybrid training program that measures the effects and outcomes at the individual level as well as at the organizational level. You’ll leave with an action plan for further refining your evaluation approach to gather and analyze real data for reporting out actual professional development outcomes. 

Guiding questions

  1. What sources of data exist in my organization for evaluating the effects of virtual and hybrid training?
  2. How do I use available data to evaluate virtual and hybrid training programs for my organization?
  3. What are the key program evaluation methodologies I can use to evaluate my organization’s hybrid and virtual training programs?

This program is grounded in the InQuire Engagement Framework® — a three-pronged approach to maximizing engagement of all learners in the virtual classroom. The framework, an ongoing research effort at InSync, is designed to optimize an organization’s existing training and provide a new construct for creating training programs that work in today’s hybrid workplace and “virtual first” approach to training and employee development.

Download program details

Workshop1The “Great Resignation” has shown us that employees want a better work experience, not just higher pay and perks. As we rebuild our workforce, we need an engaging onboarding process that connects new hires to their jobs and to their peers, which sets the tone for everything that comes after. How do you accomplish this with remote employees in a hybrid workplace? This workshop explores how to design a virtual onboarding program, how to connect remote new hires to the rest of the organization, and how to make the first 30 days on the job positive, memorable, and energizing.

This two-hour collaborative workshop includes a scenario-based breakout session where you will help Bluebird Technologies design a 30-day onboarding approach. After we wrap with our recommendations for Bluebird, we’ll send you off with templates and tools for implementing your own program.

Guiding questions

  1. What do my new hires want during the onboarding process?
  2. What does my organization need to achieve through the onboarding process?
  3. How can my organization create a hybrid learning environment that meets the goals of the company and our new hires?
  4. What can I do to support staggered or individual hires?
  5. What do we need to accomplish during the hires’ first 30 days on the job?
  6. How do I design a multi-day onboarding process that keeps the attendees engaged?

This program is grounded in the InQuire Engagement Framework® — a three-pronged approach to maximizing engagement of all learners in the virtual classroom. The framework, an ongoing research effort at InSync, is designed to optimize an organization’s existing training and provide a new construct for creating training programs that work in today’s hybrid workplace and “virtual first” approach to training and employee development.

Download program details

Workshop8Have you been asked to convert that premier classroom training program which gets great reviews and results to the virtual classroom?  We’ve all been there! 

What if the content isn’t right for virtual?  

And if the program fails, will everyone think it’s your fault?  

The good news is that most content can be successfully delivered in the virtual classroom. But you can’t just drop your existing slides into your platform and call it done. You need to consider the content, the design, the platform, and the facilitation team; and of course, how to manage the expectations of your audience and your stakeholders.   

This two-hour collaborative workshop includes a breakout session where your team redesigns an existing activity in a way that maximizes the interaction through the virtual platform. A successful program is all about planning, so you will leave with a checklist to help you manage your conversion. 

Guiding Questions

  1. Is my content a good fit for virtual delivery?
  2. How can I set up my facilitators for success?
  3. How do I maximize the instructional partnership between the facilitator and producer?
  4. How do I convert existing face to face activities to a virtual format?

This program is grounded in the InQuire Engagement Framework® — a three-pronged approach to maximizing engagement of all learners in the virtual classroom. The framework, an ongoing research effort at InSync, is designed to optimize an organization’s existing training and provide a new construct for creating training programs that work in today’s hybrid workplace and “virtual first” approach to training and employee development.

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Workshop6Work life is just not what it used to be. Our training needs to reflect that.

Employees’ work conditions are continuously changing, often unpredictably: one day in the office, one day at home, one day on the road…. we need a learning model that adapts to where people are learning while also designing content in a way that meets the business goals.

Maximizing audience engagement means we need to merge the concepts of blended learning and hybrid learning.

  1. Blended learning: program designs that combine live and self-directed content, where the delivery technology is determined by the performance objectives
  2. Hybrid Learning: live events with participants in the office, at home, or on the road.

 

This two-hour collaborative workshop includes a scenario-based breakout session where your team will use a template to design a blended program for the hybrid environment. You will leave with an action plan to help your team design a plan for success.

The program will be supported by an eLearning module, infographic, and related readings – all mapped out in a Blended Learning Campaign.

Guiding Questions

  1. What is the relationship between Hybrid Learning and Blended Learning?
  2. How do I answer the “Who, What, Where, When and How” of this complex environment?
  3. What is a Blended Learning Campaign?
  4. How can a designer create a program that adapts to the composition of the audience?
  5. What skills does a facilitator need to facilitate blended learning in the hybrid world?
  6. What kind of logistical support is required to successfully support the program?

This program is grounded in the InQuire Engagement Framework® — a three-pronged approach to maximizing engagement of all learners in the virtual classroom. The framework, an ongoing research effort at InSync, is designed to optimize an organization’s existing training and provide a new construct for creating training programs that work in today’s hybrid workplace and “virtual first” approach to training and employee development.  

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Workshop12Over the last several years, we have seen extensive changes in live virtual delivery, in particular the near-universal adoption of virtual classrooms to support real-time learning. With that, we are also seeing a trend toward longer virtual programs (> 6 hours in one session).  And video. Lots of video. With everyone on mute.  Is it any wonder we are exhausted?!

No matter which virtual platform you use, “Zoom fatigue” is real. Even science says so: 

 “Zoom fatigue describes the tiredness, worry, or burnout associated with overusing virtual platforms of communication. Like other experiences associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Zoom fatigue is widely prevalent, intense, and completely new.” (A Neuropsychological Exploration of Zoom Fatigue – Psychiatric Times) 

Despite the fatigue, the heavy adoption of virtual training isn’t going away. It is the only approach that allows everyone (wherever they are) to participate in their organizational training. So the question becomes, how do we meet our training goals without forcing our learners to sit idly in front of their computer screens for eight hour stretches?

We will answer that question during this two-hour collaborative workshop, when your team will work in breakout groups to redesign a virtual lesson to maximize environmental and emotional engagement. You will leave with an action plan to help your team plan for success.

Everyone will also receive a toolkit sharing additional practical advice for minimizing Zoom fatigue.

Guiding Questions

  1. What really causes Zoom Fatigue? How does it impact the effective transfer of learning? 
  2. How do I design virtual experiences that minimize virtual classroom burnout?
  3. What can my virtual classroom facilitators do to foster the environmental engagement needed to ensure Zoom Fatigue doesn’t become Zoom attrition?

This program is grounded in the InQuire Engagement Framework® — a three-pronged approach to maximizing engagement of all learners in the virtual classroom. The framework, an ongoing research effort at InSync, is designed to optimize an organization’s existing training and provide a new construct for creating training programs that work in today’s hybrid workplace and “virtual first” approach to training and employee development.  

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Worried about your Microsoft Teams or Google Meet sessions not being interactive enough? Looking to boost your Zoom, Webex or Adobe Connect collaboration?

As many of the different platforms we use to deliver content virtually continue to evolve, a new trend has emerged: The App. Some work independently – some are being integrated with the virtual classroom platform.

Any virtual classroom experience can be hands on and engaging if you spice it up with quizzes, polls, gamification, and other activities that map to your objectives. Don’t let your virtual classroom limit your options, let it be the catalyst of enhanced interaction. Choose the appropriate app for your activities for maximum engagement.

In this program we will look at integrating third-party tools such as Kahoot, Twiddla, Mentimeter, Beekast, to drive participant engagement and enhance knowledge transfer. You will gain hands-on experience using these tools and experience first-hand the effectiveness and the power of the third-party app!

This two-hour collaborative workshop includes opportunities to practice using third-party tools and brainstorming ways to enhance the virtual classroom with each use.   Learners will work in breakout rooms to explore a third-party tool and create an action plan using the tool to enhance interactivity of a given topic.

Everyone will also receive examples of exercises that utilize apps to support learning design.

Guiding Questions

  1. How do I identify third party apps that could support my training initiatives?
  2. How can I adapt apps to the learning experience and enhance my learners’ experience and transfer of knowledge?
  3. How do I make sure my third-party apps are supplementing the experience, instead of detracting from it?

 

This program is grounded in the InQuire Engagement Framework® — a three-pronged approach to maximizing engagement of all learners in the virtual classroom. The framework, an ongoing research effort at InSync, is designed to optimize an organization’s existing training and provide a new construct for creating training programs that work in today’s hybrid workplace and “virtual first” approach to training and employee development.

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Workshop18Great salespeople value personal connections. But can you make strong connections virtually? Yes, you can!

According to data from INSIDESALES.COM, fully 75% of sales calls, including calls made by outbound account executives, are already remote. The impact of global health scares, travel restrictions, and economic upheavals means that even more is riding on the salesperson’s ability to advance the sale through virtual client interactions.

The stakes couldn’t be higher. Are your salespeople getting the most out of virtual sales calls?

This two-hour collaborative workshop includes a breakout session where your team redesigns an existing sales conversation in a way that applies emotional intelligence and relationship skills to win the sale. You’ll leave with an action plan to help your sales team create virtual presence and skills to win clients in any platform.

Everyone will also receive a virtual sales toolkit to aid in virtual sales calls.

Guiding Questions

  1. How are the skills required for remote sales meetings different from those required in a face-to-face environment?
  2. What are the components of a successful virtual sales meeting?
  3. How do I craft questions that truly engage my customers in a virtual sales meeting?
  4. How do I improve my active listening skills?
  5. How can I use virtual tools to engage my customers?

This program is grounded in the InQuire Engagement Framework® — a three-pronged approach to maximizing engagement of all learners in the virtual classroom. The framework, an ongoing research effort at InSync, is designed to optimize an organization’s existing training and provide a new construct for creating training programs that work in today’s hybrid workplace and “virtual first” approach to training and employee development.

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Workshop10Whether you need to deliver highly technical application training or new-hire orientation programs, this workshop equips you with the necessary technical skills so you can focus on the learning experience rather than the technology.

Technology. In this practical hands-on workshop, discover how to use available feature-rich tools, while simultaneously creating a technologically seamless experience.

Pick your platform: Zoom, MS Teams, Webex, or Adobe Connect and we’ll match your team with the right platform expert. This deep dive provides techniques that you can put into practice right away.

This two-hour collaborative workshop includes opportunities to practice using the virtual tools to maximize learner engagement. Learner will leave with a detailed outline of the interactive tools in the selected platform and how best to reach ultimate engagement.

Guiding Questions

  • Do I have a working knowledge of the virtual platform my organization uses?
  • Am I familiar with all of the available tools in the virtual platform?
  • Can I adapt the tools to the activities for my classes?
  • Do I know how to select the right tool to maximize engagement of my learners?

This program is grounded in the InQuire Engagement Framework® — a three-pronged approach to maximizing engagement of all learners in the virtual classroom. The framework, an ongoing research effort at InSync, is designed to optimize an organization’s existing training and provide a new construct for creating training programs that work in today’s hybrid workplace and “virtual first” approach to training and employee development.  

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  • Brain Based Activities that Work
  • How to Go Live! Taking a Great Program and Moving it to the Virtual Classroom
  • Create Better Blended Learning Faster Using Campaign Design
  • Hybrid is the New Blended - Designing to Meet the Needs of Today’s Remote Workforce
  • Creating Virtual Learning Experiences Using Microlearning
  • Overcoming Zoom Fatigue
  • Emotional Intelligence and Engaging your Audience in the Virtual Classroom
  • The Rise of the App: Integrating Rich Additional Content into Zoom, Webex, and MS Teams Sessions
  • Evaluating Hybrid & Virtual Learning
  • The Winning Virtual Sales Call
  • Getting Employee Onboarding Right - Maximizing New Hire Engagement in the Hybrid Workplace
  • Virtual Classroom Deep Dives – Getting the most out of Zoom, MS Teams, Webex, or Adobe Connect

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