Join the IDOL Academy℠, the only instructional design training employers ask for by name.

IDOL Academy℠ is the first and only state-authorized vocational school for Instructional Design & Online Learning Development. Get a Master's level education and land an instructional design job in half the time for less than half the price.


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Top brands trust IDOL Academy to develop the next generation of creative learning designers.

Erica Stewart

"This is by far the best program for anyone wanting to transition into instructional design! The academy covers every single aspect of instructional design and eLearning development while also getting us prepared for job searching and mastering the interview. I got more and more confident as the weeks went on. Having mentors and coaches available for expert feedback is priceless!"

The 1st and Only Vocational School for Instructional Design & Online Learning (IDOL) Development

Unlock the door to professional success with our highly sought-after 24-week certification and job readiness program.

We empower our students to create engaging and effective eLearning experiences for top-tier companies at all levels of their IDOL careers.

Land Your Dream Job in Half the Time

Our school is designed to help you learn everything you need to know about instructional design and online learning development quickly and efficiently. Our curriculum is designed to get you job-ready in half the time of a traditional master's program.

Master the Craft of Instructional Design

Our all-in-one program gives you everything you need to become an expert in the field of learning and development. We provide ongoing training on all the tools and learning theories necessary to master this craft and increase your salary potential. 

Preferred Training Provider for Hiring Managers

At IDOL Academy℠, we have partnered with hiring managers at top companies to ensure that our training meets their standards. You can rest assured that our program will give you the edge when applying for job opportunities. In fact, IDOL Academy is named in some job descriptions under 'preferred education and certifications.'

Real World Projects for Applied Learning

Gain valuable hands-on experience through real world projects and case studies in instructional design and online learning development. Our courses are designed to ensure that you have the necessary skillset required to succeed in the competitive job market.

Enhance Your Skill Set with Certified Credentials

With 8 milestone credentials, 5 technology badges, and graduating as a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance from our vocational school, you will be a skilled instructional designer and eLearning developer in the learning and development field. 

Grow Your Career with Ongoing Professional Development

With live and gamified online training, 1:1 mentorship, and unlimited feedback from industry professionals, IDOL offers an unbeatable combination of learning modalities for any experience level.

Secure Your Future with Ongoing Access

IDOL allows lifelong learners to unlock their potential with extensive courses, resources, and tools. With membership access after graduation, you can keep up-to-date with the most current trends in instructional design and online learning development.

Mentorship & Unlimited Feedback

We provide live and online training with 1:1 mentorship and unlimited feedback from expert coaches so you can progress faster in your instructional design career. Our training program helps you hone the skills to succeed through deliberate practice.

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Teachers, content creators, career transitioners, and instructional designers rely on IDOL Academy℠ for support, resources, and expert training in the learning & development industry.

Amanda Kulik


"IDOL Academy℠ gave me all the tools necessary to grow my ID skills. The guidance provided by the mentors, coaches, and Dr. Robin herself gave me the confidence to set lofty goals and put in the work to achieve them. Their belief in me helped me grow the belief in myself. I knew it was possible to transition from teaching to instructional design as long as I was willing to work hard to prove my skills as a teacher could indeed transfer to the corporate world. I would not have been able to land my first instructional design job if it wasn’t for IDOL Academy!"

Helen Lafata


"I went into this experience knowing I'd learn a lot and be given plenty of resources.

What I didn't know, and what I valued the most, was the INCREDIBLE support system and family I would gain through IDOL Academy."

Jocelyn Hudson


"The IDOL Academy prepared me for everything I needed to know to land a job. I still have so much to learn through the academy but I fast tracked my way into a job!

Without IDOL Academy I wouldn’t have known even where to begin preparing for an ID job. Learning to create my portfolio and maximize LinkedIn (which is ultimately where my new position came through, a LinkedIn connection) were two things I was clueless about. I loved learning so many new tools that I knew nothing about."

Ready to start learning instructional design and eLearning development? Here are 6 ways to get started today...

Become an IDOL Challenge

If you don't know the instructional design job market, how to design a course or build a portfolio, start here with our FREE Become an IDOL Challenge course.


Get Resources

Check out our FREE resources, templates, and toolkits if you haven't already.


Tips, Tricks and Stories from Academy Alumni

Improve your knowledge by reading the blog.


Become an IDOL Podcast

Subscribe to Become an IDOL. Listen in for actionable tips and tricks, interviews with industry experts, and insider information.


Leaving the Classroom Podcast

Subscribe to Leaving the Classroom: A Teacher Transition Podcast, if you're a teacher.


Do It Messy

Read "The Do It Messy Approach: A Step-by-Step Guide for Instructional Designers and Online Learning Developers," by Robin Sargent, PhD


Why wait another minute when you can...

Invest in yourself with the IDOL Academy℠ and fast-track your way into a highly profitable and fulfilling career. 

This is the most wildly comprehensive, results-focused instructional design training on the planet. IDOL Academy℠ is engineered to help new and ambitious instructional designers earn high-fives from the Chief Learning Officer and CEO alike.

If you've been looking for a one-stop-shop for every single instructional design and eLearning development technique, skill and insight you've ever needed and will ever need...


It's your entire career neatly packaged behind a single login.

Within seconds of enrolling, you'll join a cohort with your peers and get access to the following:

  • 24 weeks of immersive training in instructional design, eLearning development, and instructional technologies, covering everything from analysis to video editing with Camtasia.
  • A lock-step roadmap to become a corporate instructional designer and eLearning developer.
  • 100s of over-the-shoulder tech tutorials.
  • Hundreds of templates, worksheets, and workbooks all packaged neatly on our Canva Campus.
  • Credentials, certification, and completion badges. Written tests and project submissions are required.
  • Paid experience opportunities through IDOL courses and IDOL Talent after you graduate.
  • A private, students-only community platform and app for accountability, feedback, and networking.
  • Virtual Study Hall for anytime meet-ups, accountability, 1:1 open office hours, and mock interviews with other IDOLs. Hosted on GatherTown.
  • Unlimited feedback from expert Academy Coaches.
  • IDOL Mentors with open office hours to help you get unstuck quickly.
  • Student only discounts.
  • Free Textbook of "The Do It Messy Approach: A Step-by-Step Guide for Instructional Designers and Online Learning Developers." book by Robin Sargent, PhD
  • Access to the Vyond enterprise animation tool.
  • eLearning authoring with Lectora* with the Asset Library.
  • VR authoring with CenarioVR*.
  • Interactive presentations and guides with a Genially library access.
  • An all-in-one design tool with your own Canva Pro account in our Canva Campus.
  • Career readiness coaching to help you land your job after you graduate.

*individual non-commercial license

Plus, with these bonus courses, you'll get the tech training you need on the most popular industry tools.

Storyline for IDOLs

Articulate Storyline is the industry's favorite authoring tool. If you are going to learn one such software, we recommend you choose Storyline. Storyline for IDOLs is a whole series of  Storyline Lessons in the Academy. Each module is followed by a take action step to help you master the program before you storyboard and create your eLearning course. This course also includes the Storyline® Skilled badge. ($297 Value)

IDOL 💚s Canva: Templates & Training

Canva is a popular design tool that anyone can learn to use.  IDOL 💚 Canva is designed to help you develop creative eLearning training materials confidently and easily. This course includes a growing template library and everything you need to build amazing graphic assets designed specifically for instructional designers and eLearning developers. This course also includes the IDOL 💚 Canva Skilled badge. ($297 Value)

Camtasia for IDOLs

TechSmith's Camtasia® is a screen recorder and video editor. Whether you have video experience or this is your first time making one. Camtasia for IDOLs® will teach you how to use Camtasia like a pro!  When you're done, you can create a project and have it reviewed by our coaches. If it meets the criteria described, you will earn the “IDOL - Camtasia Skilled” badge to show employers or clients that you are ready to tackle their video projects. ($297 Value)


IDOL Movie Magic: Vyond Training

Vyond is an animation program for creating dynamic videos for any audience. IDOL Movie Magic™️ is a series of 38 video lessons with an assignment you will submit for review after each lesson. Create corporate training, education videos, or marketing videos. Once you complete all of your assignments, you will earn the IDOL Professional Animations badge. ($297 Value)

Genially for IDOLs

Genially is an interactive communication tool for creating visually attractive images, infographics, and job aids. Genially for IDOLs® is designed to give you the tools you need to use Genially for creating amazing, interactive eLearning projects.  The course begins with the basics of how to use Genially and the various interactivity elements that are available and you’ll learn to create quizzes and feedback pages so you can truly use Genially to develop eLearning solutions. Once you've completed this course you'll be ready to receive your Genially Skilled badge. ($297 Value)

 IDOL Business Box

The IDOL Business box is the perfect resource for freelance or self-employed instructional designers and eLearning professionals. In this Box, you’ll get 25 tools and templates to help you acquire clients, follow a repeatable process, submit proposals, price your IDOL™ projects, and keep it all organized with our Trello Board templates! ($97 value)


All the tools you need to build a successful Learning & Development career.

We partner with the best tools in the learning and development industry to give you access through our school.

ELB Learning is a Proud Sponsor of IDOL Academy℠

We are excited to announce our exclusive partnership with ELB Learning, a renowned leader in educational solutions. This partnership brings a wealth of opportunities for our valued students, enhancing their learning journey and empowering them to create better learning experiences.

If you add it all up, you'll arrive at a grand total of $9,582.

If you buy all the training, templates, tools, support, and bonus courses individually, you'll actually pay $9,582. ($9,582 is about the cost of tuition for one semester of full-time enrollment in an undergraduate program in the United States. Only to end up with a certificate and no applicable instructional design and eLearning developer skills.)

But when you choose to join IDOL Academy℠, you don't need to make a massive investment. Not even close...

IDOL Academy℠ Reviews

Jessica Mehlhaff


"Wow, IDOL is amazing! I am so glad I had this opportunity to learn from the best. The plethora of resources, knowledge, and hands-on experience has given me so much confidence in seeking a career change."

Christine Prince


"I have been trying to transition out of teaching and into ID for a couple of years but I was not sure what steps to take. I felt that I had a lot of transferable skills but I wasn’t able to articulate that to companies when I was applying. After quitting my job and focusing on learning from IDOL, I developed the skills to necessary to be offered my first Instructional Design job!"

Veronica Reed


"The IDOL Academy helped me to revamp my portfolio and provided additional tools needed to become a stronger Instructional Designer.

Connecting with others in the group along with the weekly coaching calls helped to keep me motivated."


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