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5 Steps to Making Your Virtual Classroom Mobile and Social

Friday, August 28, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT  
Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Jennifer Hofmann, InSync Training

In today’s hyper-networked virtual, global, and mobile workplace, organizations are beginning to rely on informal learning using social networks and mobile technologies. This makes sense. Social media provides rich resources for informal learning outside the classroom as well as supplemental learning within the classroom. Both timely and collaborative, social media outlets provide you with the power to make sure learning occurs during your events and continues afterward. It can be used to build community and continue the learning conversation started in the classroom, as a stand-alone “just in time” set of resources for instant gratification, or for anything in between.

These elements of modern workplace training bring a host of important elements to the table for an instructional program—long-term learner engagement, nontraditional sequencing and delivery, learning environments, and communities of practice. But effective implementation of mobile and social virtual classroom strategies doesn’t just happen. A strategic approach to training design is required when you want to deploy your virtual classroom using these approaches.

This session will be focused on incorporating mobile technologies and social media into a virtual classroom event. Attendees will learn to:

  • Identify why, when, and how participants will be utilizing the mobile virtual classroom.
  • Apply design strategies that maximize the live, mobile environment.
  • Incorporate social media tools and networks into a virtual learning experience to accomplish formal and informal learning.
  • Integrate social media into virtual classroom design during and in between live sessions.


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Jennifer Hofmann
Jennifer Hofmann

InSync Training

Jennifer Hofmann, a pioneer in the field of virtual classrooms, is the president of InSync Training, a consulting firm that specializes in the design and delivery of virtual and blended learning. Featured in Forbes’s 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 United States in 2013 and the 20th fastest growing education company in 2014.

Jennifer is the author of The Synchronous Trainer’s Survival Guide: Facilitating Successful Live and Online Courses, Meetings and Events; Live and Online! Tips, Techniques, and Ready-to-Use Activities for the Virtual Classroom; and How to Design for the Live Online Classroom: Creating Great Interactive and Collaborative Training Using Web Conferencing. Additionally, she is a chapter contributor to The Handbook of Blended Learning, The AMA Handbook of E-Learning, and The ASTD Handbook for Workplace Learning Professionals. With Nanette Miner, Jennifer co-authored Tailored Learning: Designing the Blend That Fits, a book focused on taking advantage of distributed technologies to create the best blended training solution possible. Her most recent projects include a monthly online Training magazine series titled Virtually There and her newest book, Body Language in the Bandwidth—How Facilitators, Producers, Designers, and Learners Connect, Collaborate & Succeed in the Virtual Classroom. Follow Jennifer Hofmann at her blog, Body Language in the Bandwidth, at http://blog.insynctraining.com or on Twitter @InSyncJennifer.

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