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Enabling Virtual Learning By Design

Thursday, October 23, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT  
Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Jennifer Hofmann, InSync Training

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We all know that the use of virtual classrooms, e-learning, and blended learning has gone beyond a trend to become an accepted and permanent part of the learning mix. It’s hard to find a subject that isn’t, in some form and at some level, taught online. With so much content and technology readily available, why don’t people seem to be learning more? And why do so many people feel like they’re being forced to learn online?

One of the answers is easy to identify. Virtual learning is NOT about the technology. Although organizations are spending money on technology, they’re rarely investing in resources that create effective learning environments. They’re treating virtual training and blended learning implementations as technology initiatives rather than change initiatives.

Creating a successful virtual learning program means more than using the latest gizmos and applying successful instructional design techniques. You need to create a solid environment that will enable your learners or even the best curriculum in the world will fall flat. One way to accomplish this is by ensuring that some critical concepts are contemplated during the design of a program, not as an afterthought once a program has already been implemented.

Join Jennifer Hofmann, president of InSync Training—the leading source for blended learning and virtual training design and delivery, as she explores these fundamental but critical elements. In this session, Jennifer will look closely at implementing five critical elements that set our learners up for success. You’ll learn how to design the following success factors into your programs during the critical planning stages of the program:

  • motivation to learn built into the program
  • opportunities to collaborate
  • a blend of delivery methods designed to maximize the learning outcome
  • usable technology
  • active and participative facilitators that believe in and support the blended learning experience. 


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Jennifer Hofmann
Jennifer Hofmann

InSync Training

Jennifer Hofmann is the president of InSync Training, LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in the design and delivery of virtual and blended learning. Featured in the Forbes Most Powerful Women issue (June 16, 2014) as a New England Women Business Leader, she has led InSync Training to the Inc. 5000 as the 10th Fastest Growing Education Company in the US (2013).

Hofmann is a recognized thought leader in the field of synchronous learning. She is the author of The Synchronous Trainer’s Survival Guide: Facilitating Successful Live and Online Courses, Meetings, and Events (Pfeiffer, 2003), Live and Online! Tips, Techniques, and Ready-To-Use Activities for the Virtual Classroom (Pfeiffer, 2004), and How To Design For The Live Online Classroom: Creating Great Interactive and Collaborative Training Using Web Conferencing (Brandon Hall, 2005). Additionally, she is a chapter contributor to The Handbook of Blended Learning (Pfeiffer, 2006), The AMA Handbook of E-Learning (The American Management Association, 2003), The ASTD Handbook for Workplace Learning Professionals (ASTD, 2008), and The ASTD Handbook for Training Development (ASTD, 2014). She has also co-authored, with Dr. Nanette Miner, Tailored Learning: Designing the Blend That Fits (ASTD, 2009), a book focused on taking advantage of distributed technologies to create the best blended training solution possible.

Follow Jennifer Hofmann at her blog, Body Language in the Bandwidth at http://blog.insynctraining.com, or on Twitter @InSyncJennifer.

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