Author Archives: Sharon

Is Live Virtual Learning Really Helping Learners? – Contributed by Jean-Paul Bayley (reposted)

Eight-hour training days may be the norm for in-person training, but it’s a poor format for live virtual training. The overwhelming temptation for trainers is to maintain the status quo when offering classes online. However, this flies in the face of science, academic practices, and decades of professional reports of successful virtual learning experiences.

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The Best Posts About Virtual Instruction and Learning (reposted)

When it comes to designing/delivering effective and successful online instruction, sometimes we just need a refresher to remind us of what we already know. Here, you’ll find a collection of links to a few of my past blog posts about virtual instruction and learning. I hope you’ll enjoy revisiting this useful information (be sure to download the free infographic!).

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5 Resources to Help You Create Interactive Webinars

Most webinars still function as virtual information-delivery systems: lots of slides, lots of lecture, maybe a polling feature, maybe a visible chat box, maybe a “word cloud” generator. To make learning the goal (and not just information-delivery), participants need to be engaged in a variety of ways throughout the webinar.    

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“5 Ways to Add Movement To Your Virtual Classes” Contributed by Teri Frith

(NOTE: This blog post was written by TBR Certified Trainer Teri Frith): When it comes to learning, we know that “Movement Trumps Sitting.”  Finding ways to build movement into activities in the virtual classroom is more challenging than in the in-person classroom. This means that we trainers need to be more deliberate in including learner movement as often as possible.

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4 Suggestions for Learning – and Teaching – in a Virtual World (reposted)

The human brain evolved over millions of years to learn “on-the-fly,” that is, while the physical environment was constantly changing. The brains of our ancestors adapted to change slowly, over time, and perfected certain learning behaviors. The current situation with the global pandemic has exponentially increased our need to do the same, only faster.

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The Best Posts About Virtual Instruction and Learning

When it comes to designing/delivering effective and successful online instruction, sometimes we just need a refresher to remind us of what we already know. Here, you’ll find a collection of links to a few of my past blog posts about virtual instruction and learning. I hope you’ll enjoy revisiting this useful information (be sure to download the free infographic!).

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“Reduce Zoom Fatigue with ‘Cameras-Off’ Learning Activities” Contributed by Kelly Pfeiffer

(Note: This blog post is contributed by TBR Certified Trainer Kelly Pfeiffer): If you’re using Zoom to teach a virtual class, the reason you’re doing so is to ensure that you can see the participants and they can see you, right? When people are learning together, visual cues are extremely helpful, except when they’re not! It turns out that too

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“Is Live Virtual Training Really Helping Learners?” Contributed by Jean-Paul Bayley

Eight-hour training days may be the norm for in-person training, but it’s a poor format for live virtual training. The overwhelming temptation for trainers is to maintain the status quo when offering classes online. However, this flies in the face of science, academic practices, and decades of professional reports of successful virtual learning experiences.

Read more

4 Suggestions for Learning – and Teaching – in a Virtual World

The human brain evolved over millions of years to learn “on-the-fly,” that is, while the physical environment was constantly changing. The brains of our ancestors adapted to change slowly, over time, and perfected certain learning behaviors. The current situation with the global pandemic has exponentially increased our need to do the same, only faster.

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“Small Trumps Large When Training Online” by Jean-Paul Bayley

(NOTE: This blog post is contributed by TBR-Certified Trainer Jean-Paul Bayley): When it comes to class size, my thinking is that smaller groups of learners are better than larger ones for an optimal virtual learning experience. But is this intuition or is there empirical evidence to support this? Let’s look at the research.

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3 Things You Must Do for Successful Virtual Training from Cindy Huggett

There has been a huge upheaval in traditional human learning globally, whether it’s about kids in classrooms or adults in corporate training rooms. Switching from mostly face-to-face instruction to almost entirely virtual (online) learning has been daunting for teachers and trainers, as well as their learners.

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“Follow-Ups” to the Aug. 11th Webinar (with Q&A Responses and Free Infographics)

Dear Readers: My thanks to those of you who were able to attend my free webinar yesterday, sponsored by InSyncTraining. In this blog post, you’ll find links to the Q&A document (with your questions and my responses), as well as free infographics and other free, follow-up items. Enjoy and stay safe! 🙂 Sharon

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Free Webinar: 6 Brain-Science Principles That Trump Traditional Training and Presenting

For those of you who are new to the brain science about effective instruction (whether face-to-face or virtual), or for those of you who just want a “refresher,” please join me on August 11th 2020 for a free, one-hour webinar during which you’ll experience six brain science principles in action.

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4 Virtual Classroom Management Tips – Contributed by Angela Johnson

(Note: This blog post was contributed by TBR Certified Trainer Angela Johnson.) Classroom technology has been slowly improving as time has gone on. We said goodbye to chalkboards and now pretty much every classroom has a digital board the teachers can use. Now, as you can see from this blog, the usual boring classroom guides and posters are being replaced

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“When Everything is Suddenly Virtual” Contributed by Jean-Paul Bayley and José Casal

(NOTE: This blog post was written by TBR Certified Trainers Jean-Paul Bayley and José Casal, Partner and Founding Partner of Actineo Consulting, LLC, based in the UK.) The last few weeks have been pretty tough on everyone. The new “normal” is quite different now in the training world, so we have a few ideas we want to share with you.

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“TBR, Psychological Safety, and C1-Connection Activities” Contributed by Jean-Paul Bayley

(NOTE: This blog post was written and contributed by TBR Certified Trainer Jean-Paul Bayley): Most trainers talk about the importance of “psychological safety,” both in the classroom and in the workplace. But how do you go about creating it from the moment learners step into the classroom or training space?  

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Giving Back with “Training from the BACK of the Room” – Contributed by Nicole Fleming

(Note: This blog contribution is written by TBR Certified Trainer Nicole Fleming): The New Year is usually a time of reflection and change.  With the year 2020 upon us, I have been reflecting on 2019 and planning ahead for 2020, using “Training from the BACK of the Room” (TBR) as one of the ways to reflect back and plan forward.

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You Said It But Did They Get It? How to Check for Understanding

You just finished a customer service training for a small group of your company’s employees. They listened attentively the whole time your were talking. Now you stop and ask, “Do you understand?” They nod their heads. You continue, “Do you have any questions?” They shake their heads. “Good,” you think. “They’ve got it.” Or do they?

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Free Give-Aways from “Training from the BACK of the Room” (reposted)

In this post there are a number of links to free give-aways with content and strategies from the “Training from the BACK of the Room” (TBR) book and classes by the same name. Regardless of whether you’ve attended a class or read the book, you can find lots of practical information here that you can put to immediate use.  

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“Socrative: An Interactive Digital Tool” Contributed by Nick Zingo

TBR Certified Trainer Nick Zingo says: “Yup, folks, it’s ‘Socrative’ not ‘Socrates!’” He explains: “If you’re looking for another great instructional tool for your teacher’s/trainer’s toolbox, you may want to consider Socrative – a great digital tool that ensures collaboration and that reinforces learning!”

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7 Tips for Turning Listeners into Learners (free infographic)

Many of you will be familiar with these 7 tips for turning listeners into learners. But sometimes it’s good to get a quick “refresher” of brain-based strategies that make learners more successful. While these strategies help learners stay attentive and engaged throughout a class or training, they will also help you become a more effective trainer or teacher.

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Free Give-Aways from “Training from the BACK of the Room!”

In this post there are a number of links to free give-aways with content and strategies from the “Training from the BACK of the Room” (TBR) book and classes by the same name. Regardless of whether you’ve attended a class or read the book, you can find lots of practical information here that you can put to immediate use.  

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