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IDOL courses Academy℠
The IDOL courses Academy℠ is the only authorized vocational school and implementation program of its kind that not only shows you exactly how to create your job application assets and build a portfolio from scratch, but also includes credentials, mentorship, expert coaching, and paid experience opportunities in corporate instructional design and online learning for life!
Become an Instructional Designer & eLearning Developer
in less than 6 months.
Work with Expert Mentors & Coaches
to build your portfolio, confidence, and job application assets.
"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!"
Our Graduates Land IDOL℠ Jobs All Over the World
Students who successfully complete the Academy lessons and projects are provided the high-valued skill sets that make them competitive candidates for leading corporations. These are just a few of the companies that hire our IDOLs.
IDOL courses Academy℠ Details
In this program, you will:
Learn all of the skills, tools, and processes you need to become a corporate instructional designer and eLearning developer.
Work with expert coaches to get tailored feedback on any and all of your portfolio and job application assets.
Get all your questions answered and get advice along your journey with weekly mentor group sessions.
Build a Portfolio
Build an impressive portfolio out of the real-world projects you complete.
The IDOL courses Academy℠ program helps you develop your skills and instructional design job application assets through four levels of credentials.
Pass Interview Assessments
A key component in many IDOL℠ job interviews is the interview test. In short, you are prepared for interview tests through the deliberate practice process you go through in the IDOL courses Academy℠.
Get Paid Experience
Paid experience opportunities in instructional design are available to IDOL courses Academy℠ members after they earn the first two levels of credentials.
Make IDOL℠ Friends
Create connections with peers that lasts well beyond your time in the Academy. As part of the IDOL courses Academy℠ alumni community, you’ll gain access to networking events and workshops to keep evolving your career for years to come in our private community platform.
Land a Job
All the students that enroll and do the work of building a portfolio, resume, and LinkedIn profile typically land a job as an instructional designer in less than 6 months. Many are employed in 3 months or less.
Grow with Ongoing Professional Development
Your enrollment into the IDOL courses Academy℠ to land your first or a better IDOL℠ job is just the beginning of your journey. You'll continue to have access to our ongoing professional development workshops, access to all new and updated content, the community, mentors, and coaches. You're joining a lifetime professional development network AND a program that will accelerate your skills to land an IDOL℠ job.
Never be Behind
Just because the cohort lasts for 8 weeks does not mean that you are behind if you don't finish your portfolio or land your IDOL℠ job in that time. You have access to the full benefits of this Instructional Design Academy® for the lifetime of this program.
Things happen, life gets in the way, and we all start with different skill levels and time we can commit. IDOL courses® built this program with adult learners and your needs in mind.
You can join back in with any future cohorts and never lose access to the resources, mentors, coaching feedback, community, or content when you enroll today!
Why become an IDOL℠?
A creative job you will love
Instructional design is a satisfying job if you're curious about how people learn and passionate about creating learning experiences to help professionals do their jobs better. Instructional Designer was rated as one of the 100 best jobs in America and projected to grow 9% from 2019 to 2029 (much faster than the average for all occupations).
High demand means high pay
Employers struggle to find qualified instructional designers and the demand keeps growing. The average Instructional Designer salary in the United States is $69,315 per year, while Senior Instructional Designers & Online Learning (IDOL℠) Developers can earn as much as $126,000.
A flexible career path
As an IDOL℠, you will have the opportunity to work for startups, agencies, large corporations, non-profits, on a freelance basis, or even remotely.
Why IDOL courses Academy℠?
We believe that online education should be rigorous, fun, and affordable.
The IDOL courses Academy℠ is the leading authorized trade school for instructional design and online learning development that serves clients while developing the next generation of learning experience designers.
We believe that a great education shouldn't have to completely drain your bank account. We are proud to offer one of the most affordable options in the Instructional Design space, and we offer convenient payment plans to fit anyone’s budget.
Challenging & Fun Curriculum
Our courses are designed to push you. Whether your goal is to pick up a few new skills or to launch yourself into a new career in instructional design & online learning development, our mentor-led deliberate practice process will give you the tools and motivation that you need to achieve your desired goal. We also celebrate in fun ways all the milestones you reach along the way!
Coaching and Community
Great education is built on human connection. In all of our courses, you’ll develop a relationship with top designers through mentoring sessions, Academy Coach feedback, and collaboration with a vibrant community of students from across the globe. You’ll never feel alone in an IDOL courses® program.
We 💚 Our Community
Our community is housed on the Mighty Networks platform. Our Mentors, Coaches, Current Academy Members and Alumni connect and provide support to each other in a private and distraction free zone.
Preferred Training Program for Instructional Design Jobs
IDOL courses Academy has built an undeniable reputation for our instructional design and eLearning credentials. Our trade school is being found in the preferred training and education sections for job requirements because of the quality work our students produce.
IDOL courses 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 IDOL℠ job if it wasn’t for IDOL courses Academy℠!
Career Success with IDOL courses Academy℠
Here are just a few of the people who've launched their new career with the IDOL courses Academy. We have over 100 IDOL Success Stories!
Students have been hired at...
What you need to be successful:
The motivation to transform your career
The program requires commitment as it takes about 200 hours to complete. You should be prepared to set aside at least 15 hours per week to study and develop portfolio assets if you want to transition quickly. However, there is no such thing as 'behind' in the Academy. You can take the slow and steady path or the hurry up and finish path. Either way though it will take time and commitment to do the work and make the transition. When you put in the time is up to you.
A computer (Mac or PC) and an internet connection
A PC is industry standard, but you can complete the lessons and assignments with a Mac. However, you will need to install VMware Fusion or something similar to run and use Articulate Storyline®
An interest in Instructional Design and eLearning Development
If you are already reading books and blog posts about IDOL℠, that is a great sign. If you are unsure that IDOL℠ is really for you, here are some great ways to explore it:
- Take the FREE Become an IDOL℠ Challenge
- Read Set Yourself up for Success: 5 action steps to take before IDOL courses Academy℠ begins!
- Get a free consultation with one of our program advisors who will give you personal feedback on which direction to go based on your interests and goals.
What you don't need to be successful:
A background in design or tech
You don’t need a college degree or previous work experience that is related to design or tech in order to be successful in the program or land a job. The program has been built to take you from beginner to job-ready. A study by job board Indeed found that 84% of employers think 'bootcamp' grads are ‘more prepared’ or ‘just as prepared to be high performers as degree holders' (Indeed).
Unlimited free time
You can study part-time alongside your job with an average of 15 hours per week to finish the program in 3-4 months. You can also complete the program faster than this by committing more than 15 hours per week to the coursework. But no matter how long it takes you, you are NEVER 'behind' in the Academy.
To learn everything all by yourself
The program combines the flexibility of online learning with the accountability and attention traditionally associated with brick-and-mortar institutions. Much like a college professor might inspire you to pursue a career in a certain field, your mentor, coach, peers, and student success team will all help keep you motivated and on track.
Proven Curriculum and Activities to Help You Become an IDOL℠
Here is an overview of the training that is included in the IDOL courses Academy℠.
Instructional Design Primer
Once you enroll, you will get immediate access to the community and our IDOL℠ primer lessons, even before the cohort starts and the full academy content opens. This primer will set the foundation for you, so you'll have a clear understanding of what instructional design is, what we do, and how to get the most out of the IDOL courses Academy℠.
This is a 14 step jumpstart that can take you from 0 to Career in as little as 2 weeks! In this jumpstart you will take imperfect action and start creating assets for your portfolio and job applications.
Build Your Online Portfolio
You'll get step by step lessons on how to build your online portfolio from scratch. Even if you've never developed a course before. Each lesson gives you very specific actions to take so that by the time you’re done you have an incredible career asset. And as you build your portfolio you’ll get feedback from Academy coaches and your classmates in our exclusive community.
eLearning Design Process
This is where you’ll learn the process for developing an eLearning course so you can follow the steps with clarity. You’ll also get the full breakdown of how to storyboard for eLearning so you can cut your development time in half.
Graphic & Visual Design
Your instructional assets need to have visceral appeal, but you're not an artist. Not to worry! An expert in graphic design covers all the principles and how to apply them so your course assets are beautiful. You'll also learn personal branding basics and how to easily customize graphic templates and icons.
Script Instructional Content
So you know you have to write a course script, but how will you do this? Follow the steps for the instructional design writing process so you can confidently create course scripts for any of your instructional content.
This training will help you learn how to animate videos so they look professional! You'll also build animations using Vyond Enterprise Level so you can download your creations and upload them to your portfolio and eLearning courses.
Instructional Design Models & Theories
Not only will you learn the instructional design models and theories that inform our field you'll be able to apply them to your practice.
Project Management for Learning & Development
This is where you’ll learn the practical steps and project management methodology you’ll use to run your IDOL℠ projects like a boss.
Working with Subject Matter Experts (SME)
Learn how to work with SMEs so you’ll build relationships and corporate training the right way. You’ll be able to determine how to pull their knowledge and overcome the SME challenges everyone keeps talking about.
You'll be guided through a makeover of your LinkedIn profile so that it attracts recruiters. You'll want to make sure you're ready to start interviewing for IDOL℠ jobs once you implement our recommendations. Your inMail gets flooded with recruiter messages when you follow our guidelines.
Interview with Confidence
We’ll start with the basics of interviewing and preparation. Then you'll walk through the most common questions and question types that come up during an IDOL℠ interview. In addition, we give you examples of how to answer each question. This lesson is done in a way that you will want to watch and listen to it over and over again as you drive to your interviews.
Instructor Led Training Design
Follow along with a full case study and project based module to build virtual and in person instructor led training activities and materials.
Want to apply game mechanics to your course designs? We have you covered! You'll learn gamified learning theory and application through recorded workshops and examples.
Voice Over Introduction
There are several situations where you'll need to create the voiceover for your eLearning projects. You'll get training on how to record eLearning narration that won't put your learners to sleep. You'll also get simple tutorials on how to record and edit your own audio with free tools.
Software & Explainer Videos
You'll learn to create explainer videos using screen recording software and editors like Snagit and Camtasia. This way you can create software training and other assets for your portfolio.
Learner Experience Design (LXD)
LXD is one of our favorite topics in the IDOL courses Academy℠ because it is part of the foundation that makes our program so successful. You'll learn design thinking, empathy for learners, how to create learner personas, journey maps, and prototypes.
Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
You'll learn the framework to design online courses that are accessible for those in the margins. Build courses that provide multiple means of engagement, representation, action and expression.
Tech & Tools
You'll learn tools of the trade. This includes tools for graphic design, video editing, eLearning authoring, website builders, and animation. IDOL courses® is the trade school that teaches you the tools to create learning experiences.
Storyline® for IDOLs®: Bonus Course
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.
"The Do It Messy Approach" by Dr. Robin Sargent: FREEBIE
The Do It Messy Approach is the book for instructional designers in search of a no nonsense formula for creating engaging courses and trainings. Forget about wading through thousands of jargon-laced pages on learning theories or designing cookie cutter courses following a stale template. Welcome to the IDOL world of creative possibilities! In a refreshingly entertaining step-by-step guide, Robin Sargent, PhD shares everything you need to know to design instruction for corporate training on any topic. As an Academy member, you'll receive a free ebook copy of The Do It Messy Approach by Dr. Robin Sargent.
"What I Wish I Knew Before Becoming an Instructional Designer" by Dr. Luke Hobson: EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT
Dr. Luke Hobson's book, "What I Wish I Knew Before I Became an Instructional Designer," is a must-read for everyone considering, entering, and new to the field of instructional design. This book is comprehensive and consumable. It's such an easy read that still shares all the details you want in a book. Not only does Dr. Hobson share information about instructional design, the different sectors, and how to become an instructional designer, he also challenges you to take small action steps along the way through prompts and activities. His kind tone of voice and his advice for current and future IDOLs is encouraging. You won't find a better overview and clarity about instructional design and the work we do than this! You'll get an Academy Member EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT CODE to purchase the book 7 days after class starts.
Association of Talent Development Pre-approved Program
IDOL courses® programs have been pre-approved by the ATD Certification Institute for continuing education credits towards professional development hours for initial eligibility and recertification of the Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) and Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) credentials. This program has been approved for a maximum of 40 points.ENROLL NOW
All The Templates & Assets You Need To Build Courses
Not only do you get training, feedback, coaching, a supportive community, and access to paid experience opportunities. You get access to the templates and assets you need to create transcendent courses!
You'll need both a text based and a visual design resume for your job application process. Not only will you learn how to craft your resume you'll get templates to get it done quickly.
Learning Materials: Canva Templates
You won't find these templates inside Canva. IDOL courses® has created visually appealing Canva templates for everything IDOL℠. Participant workbooks, worksheets, checklists, facilitator guides, Job Aids, Mockup templates, and more!
Through our enterprise subscription to Envato Elements you'll get free access to a million different assets like stock photos, videos, icon packs, music, powerpoint templates, and more!
Trello Board Templates
Not only will you learn how to use this powerful project management tool, you'll also get templates to easily manage both your course and professional development.
DIVI Theme Editor
If you want to build your website on Wordpress.org you're going to need a theme and editor. We have an unlimited license so you can get DIVI for free!
WordPress IDOL℠ Portfolio Template
To expedite your Wordpress portfolio build we built a template specifically for IDOLs. You'll just install and then update the template with your brand and assets. Tutorials included.
Vyond Animation: Enterprise Level
Through our partnership with Vyond you'll get access to the animation tool whenever your script / storyboard is ready. This way you can develop your animations without watermarks with all the features.
IDOL Academy is truly an amazing opportunity to take the skills you currently have and convey you to the a level where you are able to independently practice and apply strategies, knowledge and skills in the Instructional Design field. I love the approach, supportive environment, differentiated structure and coaching support received through the IDOL Academy. If you are ready to commit to working hard, challenging yourself and jumping into an exciting field of study, I highly recommend the IDOL Academy!
IDOL courses® helped me move from the classroom to a corporate job with so much better benefits and less stress. I learned so much and in a short amount of time. It was definitely worth the investment. The feedback and support you get from Robin and the group are invaluable. I can't recommend it enough... it has literally changed my quality of life.
Sherrise Lee George
I really enjoyed the IDOL Academy. I have been an Instructional Designer & eLearning Developer for 7 years, but I found the IDOL Academy to be endlessly helpful even this far into my career. The sense of community and the personal help and advice from Robin was invaluable, and the course content was spot on! I highly recommend this to anyone in the eLearning industry, whether you've been in it for years, or you're just starting out!
Who is the IDOL courses Academy℠ for?
The IDOL courses Academy℠ was created for both current and future instructional designers & eLearning developers.
You love curriculum development and lesson planning, but you're ready to move out of the college classroom.
You want to either change careers completely or you want to add skills that open you up to more opportunities in the learning and development industry.
You're wondering if you can package your skills and add new ones that will help you land a corporate instructional design role.
You love curriculum development and lesson planning, but you're ready to move out of the classroom.
You want to either change careers completely or you want to add skills that open you up to more opportunities in the learning and development industry.
~70% of our success stories are K-12 teachers who have transitioned out the classroom and into a corporate IDOL℠ role.
Our former teachers are doubling their salary and career satisfaction through our program.
You're already an instructional designer or eLearning developer and you want to expand your portfolio and make more money.
Maybe you're self-taught and would like to firm up your foundation or just upskill through deliberate practice and social learning.
Either way, we have several experienced IDOLs join our Academy to get a promotion, expand their network, land a new job, or move into freelancing.
You have a Bachelor's or Master's degree and you're a recent graduate.
You have a firm foundation in theory and knowledge, but what you don't have is the applied practice of instructional design and online learning development.
You're ready to fill up your resume with skills and experience in addition to the degrees you've earned.
Jumpstart your career and land your first IDOL℠ job.
If you know you want to become a corporate instructional designer and online learning developer this is the program that will get you there.
You don't need to get another university degree to get the credentials, experience, portfolio, and job application assets you need to land an instructional design job.
If you love learning, communicating, and can accept feedback you're a great fit to become an instructional designer.
If you're ready to accept that everything is figureoutable, do the work, accept feedback, and implement it you will get results.
Join the IDOL Academy!! I taught Spanish for many years and did not go back to the classroom this year. I started a contract position with an L&D team in a major corporation after only 4 weeks in the program. I did a lot of learning, preparing, reading, trying things out. But what put me over the edge was the IDOL courses Academy℠. Best decision ever!
100% worth the investment! I will make back the course fee in just one week of work with my first contract!
The IDOL courses 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 courses 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.
Our Elite IDOL courses Academy® Faculty
Our program is built by IDOLs for IDOLs. You'll get trained by some of the best and the brightest in our industry. We've also brought in experts from other industries to teach you things like graphic and animation design.
Dr. Nicole Papaioannou Lugara
Dr. Papaioannou creates training programs and content for businesses that want to improve performance and engage employees. She is the founder and owner of Your Instructional Designer and The Upskill Experience. Her expertise is instructional writing and that's what you'll learn from her in the Academy.
With over 20 years as an illustrator and Cartoon Network animator, Noel shares animation principles based on industry standards.
Andre is the founder of Human Machine, a learning design studio. Over the last ten years he has worked with Apple, Obama for America, General Assembly, and many other clients. Andre shares learning design as a discipline in a workshop that illustrates how the tools of service and UX design can craft a more human-centered learning experience.
Jonathan Peters, PhD
Dr. Peters is the Chief Motivation Officer at Sentenia, he creates gamified programs that produce measurable and meaningful results. One of the keys to creating sound instruction is knowing your learners. Dr. Peters shares the details and step-by-steps for creating learner personas.
Tracey is an award-winning, results-driven learning and development professional with a proven track record as an Instructional Designer, manager, mentor, and coach of Instructional Designers. You'll learn advanced techniques for building virtual escape room designs for virtual instructor-led training.
Mohamed (Moe Ash) Reda
Mohamed is the founder of The Catalyst, and instructional design consultancy focused on the sole purpose of creating impeccable learning experiences. Moe is also an Academy Alumni, IDOL Mentor, and IDOL Talent member. You'll learn how to prepare for competency-based interviews from a former hiring manager and CIPD Human Resources Professional.
Jeffrey is the owner and founder of Practical Learning Concepts, LLC. Hi is also a gamification master craftsman that has a rich background in using technology to solve learning problems. In his advanced workshop you will learn how you can add xAPI to eLearning and games to collect information that can either improve the learning process or give management information needed to improve work.
Dr. Robin Sargent
Dr. Robin is the owner, founder, teacher, and president of the IDOL courses Academy℠, an authorized Trade School by the State of Georgia. She is on a mission for IDOL courses® to be THE trade school for instructional design and online learning that serves clients while developing the next generation of creative learning experience designers. And because the Academy is built by IDOLs for IDOLs this dream is coming true for current and future members like you.
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