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Become an IDOL
29 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
Explainer Video Skills for Instructional Designers with Rued Riis | 45
In this episode, I'll be chatting with Rued Riis about his journey to become an expert explainer video creator, and now online course creator. Rued believes in FUN learning. He helps educators use animation to create engaging, entertaining, and humorous learning—for internal training, course creations, YouTube marketing, and much more. Rued's online courses include scriptwriting, voice-over production, screen-recording, and animation. His students subscribe on RuedRiis.com. Rued and I agree that it's important to modernize an industry that has fallen behind. eLearning is where marketing was 10 years ago. We need to make FUN (engaging, entertaining, motivating, inspiring) learning content if we want it to spread and ignite someone's interest in a subject.
57 minutes | Aug 12, 2021
Personal Branding for Instructional Designers with Vanessa Alzate | 44
In this episode, I'll be chatting with Vanessa Alzate about marketing and building your personal brand as an instructional designer and eLearning developer. Vanessa Alzate is the Founder and CEO of Anchored Training. She received a BA in Communications & Political Science from Rutgers University, and an MS in Corporate & Organizational Communication from Northeastern University. For over a decade, she has consulted with many mid-large organizations in industries ranging from pharmaceutical sales to fashion to develop training strategies tailored to each individual organization and team. Throughout her career, Vanessa has excelled in assisting companies and individuals to expand their industry knowledge through innovative eLearning and classroom curriculum, while continuing to add consistently to her own education and training. Vanessa is the mother of two young girls, and is committed to helping everyone become the best versions of themselves. She is an advocate for empowering women and for increasing belonging. Connect with Vanessa on LinkedIn Anchored Training Website Register for the FREE Anchored in Learning Summit 2021 IDOL Business Box eLearning Freelancer's Bootcamp
28 minutes | Aug 11, 2021
IDOL Success Story with Dr. Sara Bania-Dobyns | 43
In this episode, I'll be chatting with Dr. Sara Bania Dobyns about her journey to transition from higher education to corporate instructional design and online learning. Listen in as Dr. Dobyns shares her experience in the IDOL courses Academy and how she started landing more clients as a freelance instructional designer. Connect with Dr. Sara Bania Dobyns on LinkedIn Check out the IDOL courses Academy!
39 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
Microlearning with 7taps Founder Kate Udalova | episode 42
In this episode, I'm chatting with Kate Udalova about microlearning principles and 7taps. Kate is the founder and CPO of the eLearning software, 7taps. 7taps is the fastest way to create mobile-first courses, summaries, and follow-ups. Kate shares tips and her story of how she founded 7taps. Sign up to get your free trial of 7taps here! Connect with Kate Udalova on LinkedIn
24 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
IDOL Success Story with Amanda Kulik | episode 41
In this episode, I'll be chatting with an IDOL success story, Amanda Kulik. Amanda is now a former teacher who made the transition to a full-time instructional role in 4 months after she joined the IDOL courses Academy. She now works with Heidi Kirby at Datatrak International. She shares her journey and some incredible tips for teachers making the transition to instructional design and online learning development. Check it out!
41 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
IDOL Success Story with Gretchen Johanson | episode 40
In this episode, I'll be chatting with an IDOL success story, Gretchen Johanson. Gretchen is now a former teacher who made the transition to a full time IDOL role in under 3 months after she joined the IDOL courses Academy. Gretchen has not only landed her first job, but she is also now in her second role as an IDOL for Google. She shares her journey and some incredible tips for teachers making the transition to instructional design and online learning development. Check it out! Connect with Gretchen on LinkedIn
50 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
Human Centered Design with Andre Plaut | episode 39
In this episode, I'll be chatting with Andre Plaut about LXD and Human-Centered Design principles. Andre Plaut is the founder and owner of Human Machine, a learning design studio. Over the last 10 years, Andre has worked with Apple, Obama for America, General Assembly, and other clients. You'll also find Andre delivering captivating workshops on LXD or the ethics of technology design. Andre gives advice on how to address the whole learner in your design process. A must-listen episode! Connect with Andre here: LinkedIn Company Website
24 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
IDOL Success Story with Star Peterson | episode 38
In this episode, I'll be chatting with an IDOL success story, Star Peterson. Star is now a former teacher who made the transition to a freelance instructional designer in under 3 months after she joined the IDOL courses Academy. She shares her journey and some incredible tips for teachers making the transition to instructional design and online learning development. Check it out! Connect with Star Peterson on LinkedIn
30 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
IDOL Success Story with Nancy Preetha Varshini | episode 37
In this episode, I'll be chatting with Nancy Varshini. Nancy is the first IDOL courses Academy member from India. It was a huge leap of faith for Nancy to pay the tuition in USD. However, the program has changed Nancy's life and that of her family. You'll hear her heartfelt story that makes me cry and cheer at the same time. She is now a top earner in her country and giving back to her people with free training programs. Tune in to hear her touching story! Connect with Nancy on LinkedIn
73 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
IDOL Success Story with Joakima Carter | episode 36
In this episode, I'll be chatting with Joakima Carter about her journey to become an instructional designer and eLearning developer. She landed a 6 figure role after joining the IDOL courses Academy. Connect with Joakima Carter on LinkedIn
42 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Gamification with Mohsin Memon the Director of Learning Games at Gamitar | 35
In this episode, I'll be chatting with Mohsin Memon who is the director of learning games at Gamitar Learning. Mohsin shares the principles of gamification, what he's been working on, and how he became interested in gamified learning experiences. Mohsin is fun and smart! You don't want to miss this episode. Connect with Mohsin on LinkedIn Check out his Evivve Leadership Game certification program
24 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
Become an IDOL Career Journey Story with Talia Taylor | episode 34
In this episode, I'll be chatting with Talia Taylor about her experience making the transition to corporate instructional design. Connect with Talia Taylor on LinkedIn
29 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
Mindset for Teachers Making Career Changes with Teacher Career Coach Daphne Williams | episode 33
In this episode, I'll be chatting with the Teacher Career Coach, Daphne Williams. She has helped 100s of teachers make career pivots to all sorts of roles outside the classroom. We talk about mindset and strategies for deciding what's next! Take the FREE quiz: What Career Outside of the classroom is right for you? Teacher Career Coach Website Teacher Career Coach Podcast Should I leave teaching blog post by Daphne Williams
28 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
Learning Management Systems with Samuel Apata | episode 32
In this episode, I'll be chatting with Samuel Apata about learning management systems (LMS) and how you can add this tool to your skill set as a new instructional designer. Connect with Samuel on LinkedIn.
67 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
Data and Analytics in Learning with Anja Hartleb-Parson | episode 31
In this episode, I'll be chatting with Anja Hartleb-Parson about using data and analytics in workplace learning. We try to break down the data that you want and need for the newbies. Connect with Anja on LinkedIn.
47 minutes | Jan 15, 2021
Freelancing and Finding Clients during the Pandemic with Leslie Marquez | episode 30
In this episode, I'll be chatting with Leslie Marquez. She is a member of the eLearning Freelancer Bootcamp and a freelance instructional designer and eLearning developer. Her business is Inspire Learning Design and she's noticed quite a few changes in the IDOL industry when it comes to acquiring and working with new clients during the COVID pandemic. Join us and learn how you can find more clients for your freelance business in our current environment. Connect with Leslie here on LinkedIn or on her website here.
20 minutes | Dec 17, 2020
From laid off during the pandemic to a new and better IDOL job with Kerri Duncan | episode 29
In this episode, I'll be chatting with Kerri Duncan about her 2020 journey. Getting laid off from her job during the pandemic spurred Kerri to invest in herself and her skills to land her next role as an IDOL. Listen in to hear her story and get tips on how to reskill if you've been laid off.
45 minutes | Dec 17, 2020
Become an IDOL through LinkedIn Networking with Stanislav Nachev | episode 28
In this episode, I'll be chatting with Stanislav Nachev, a former K-12 technology and accessibility coach that became an IDOL. Stanislav shares his story and tips on how he landed a job at LinkedIn Learning through networking on LinkedIn!
26 minutes | Dec 17, 2020
Teacher Career Change and the long road to Instructional Design with Fe'Dricka Moore | episode 27
In this episode, I'll be chatting with Fe'Dricka Moore about her four year journey of finding her new purpose after she quit her teaching job. We also dive into how it only took Fe'Dricka 4 months from start to finish to become an IDOL in the IDOL courses Academy.
31 minutes | Dec 17, 2020
Micro Personalized Learning with Dr. Jiani Wu | episode 26
In this episode, I'll be chatting with Dr. Jiani Wu about micro personalized learning. I ask her what micro personalization is, what does it look like, and how can newbies apply it? You might be inspired by her answers.
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