Do you want to land a corporate instructional design role without the confusion, tech overwhelm, or fear of what to do next?
IDOL courses Academy will give you the knowledge, credentials, and confidence you need to become a corporate instructional designer and online learning developer.
Built by IDOLs for IDOLs
The IDOL courses Academy is a full training program built by instructional designers & online learning (IDOL) developers for future IDOLs.
The IDOL courses Academy is the only 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 it also includes credentials, mentorship, and paid experience opportunities in instructional design and online learning.
Academy students land IDOL jobs at some of the largest companies in the United States
Why do our academy students land IDOL jobs at brand name companies? The answer is that our students accelerate their skills, knowledge, and practice in instructional design and eLearning through deliberate practice and paid experience opportunities. Students who successfully complete the Academy lessons are provided the high-valued skill sets that make them competitive candidates for leading corporations.
What Our Members Say
Beyond the monetary value that I put into this training, there are some things that you can't just buy such as confidence, love and peers' genuine support. For me the IDOL Academy went above and beyond my expectations. It did help me land an ID corporate job and finally proudly claim my instructional designer and developer identity.
After completing a university certificate in instructional design & elearning, I joined the IDOL courses Academy. My best advice is to join the Academy because it is a supportive and goal-driven school/community of practice that prepares you to do the work needed in a corporate environment beyond just theory. Dr. Robin is literally the reason I have my current position! Love her! And love the IDOL community!
I landed my first instructional design job because of the IDOL courses Academy within 4 months of starting the program. IDOL provides members with unlimited, LIFETIME mentoring, feedback & quite a few friendships!
What's Inside the IDOL courses Academy
The IDOL courses Academy program helps you develop your skills and instructional design job application assets through four levels of credentials.
IDOL courses Academy uses the power of Acclaim for your benefit. It provides you with widely recognized digital credentials to represent the skills you demonstrate in our program.
Level 1: eLearning Developer
After completing the lessons and the final eLearning project you will qualify for the IDOL courses Academy Level 1: eLearning Developer credential.
Level 2: Instructional Designer
After completing the lessons and the final instructional design project you will qualify for the IDOL courses Academy Level 2: Instructional Designer credential.
Level 3: IDOL Consultant
After completing the lessons, your portfolio, and your job application assets you will qualify for the IDOL courses Academy Level 3: IDOL Consultant credential.
Level 4: Master IDOL
After landing your first instructional design job and demonstrating mastery through evidence of courses designed and/or developed you will qualify for the IDOL courses Academy Level 4: Master IDOL credential. All coaches in the Academy are Master IDOLs.
You Will Get Results and Become an IDOL
Here is an overview of the training that is included in the IDOL courses Academy.
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 Facebook Group.
Scripting Instructional Content
So you know you have to write a course script, but how will you do this? Follow the steps for the ID writing process so you can confidently create a course script for your instructional content.
Graphic Design for Non-Designers
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.
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.
Create 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.
Articulate Storyline Tutorials
From beginning to advanced interactions you will learn the most popular eLearning authoring tool through workshop style training. You will be trained by a certified Storyline instructor and things like triggers, conditions, and variables will no longer be scary. You'll have the power to develop any design. Even games!
eLearning Process & Storyboarding
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.
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.
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.
Project Management for Learning & Development
This is where you’ll learn the practical steps and project management methodology you’ll use to run your development project like a boss.
Interview with Confidence
We’ll start with the basics of interviewing and preparation. Then I’ll walk you through the most common questions and question types that come up during an IDOL interview. In addition, I’ll 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.
Here, I’ll guide you through a makeover of your LinkedIn profile. You’ll want to make sure you’re ready to start interviewing for IDOL jobs once you implement my recommendations to your LinkedIn. Your inMail is going to flood with recruiter messages.
Meet Our 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.
Matthew is a Partner leading the Corporate Learning and Talent Development practice at Entangled.Solutions, a strategy consultancy for the education and talent ecosystem. He is an expert in Learner Experience Design (LXD) and he share the principles of this practice with you in the Academy.
Cindy is a consultant, elearning developer, instructional designer, and facilitator that assists in building, rebuilding and overhauling training teams, as well as helping clients in the redesign of training projects. She is also a certified Storyline trainer and she walks you through the authoring program in the Academy.
Cara's areas of expertise in L&D include facilitation, instructor-led training, curriculum design, LMS administration, workforce development, assessment, and eLearning. She teaches creating measurable assessments in the Academy.
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.
Noel has a 25+ year career in the animation industry with skills in art direction, flash animation, illustration, storyboards, mobile and flash game art, graphic design, and production. Noel shares how to apply animation principles he's learned over the years to instructional videos in Vyond with the Academy.
Robin is the owner, founder, teacher, and mentor in the IDOL courses Academy. She has the vision to make a program that's better than grad school for instructional designers. And because the Academy is Built by IDOLs for IDOLs ® this dream is coming true for current and future members like you.
What Our Members Say
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!
Jennifer De La Mota
The IDOL courses Academy has been a life changing asset towards my Instructional Design career. I have been able to learn and implement everything within this academy towards the betterment of my teams LMS launch. Dr. Robin has provided me with all the tools necessary and an amazing ongoing mentorship to succeed as an Instructional Designer. This has been a great self-investment with so much value and ongoing growth.
I’m lucky to have worked with Dr. Robin in the IDOL courses Academy. Before I had no background or skills in instructional design, but after IDOL courses, I was able to build my portfolio and edit my Linkedin page. Then I started receiving recruiting messages. I'm now a Learning Experience Designer!
I highly recommend Dr. Robin and IDOL courses Academy!
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!
Professional & Beautiful Resume Templates
Custom Canva Templates (you won't find these inside Canva): workbooks, worksheets, checklists, facilitator guides, participant guides, job aids, etc.
Stock photos, videos, icons, professional powerpoint templates and more through our Enterprise Subscription to Envato Elements.
Vyond Animation Enterprise Level: You'll get a turn developing your animations without watermarks with ALL the features.
Trello Board Templates: Project Management for your courses and goals.
LMS Sandbox: Learn how to be an administrator of an LMS with access to your own sandbox in Moodle.
DIVI Theme Editor: Free DIVI Theme for your Wordpress.org Portfolio site.
...and more surprises inside!Enroll Now
What other Members Say about the IDOL courses Academy
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ALL THE THINGS
Here is what you'll get when you enroll.
There are 10 modules per credential level in the course. These modules include actionable consumable lessons that get you to the next step in building your skills and your portfolio assets.
Paid Experience Opportunities
These are IDOL opportunities to apply your new skills, get experience on your resume, and get cash in your pocket. You’ll be able to apply for experience opportunities that you won’t find anywhere else. Who else is going to pay a jr. instructional designer and let them use pieces in their portfolio? (priceless) *Note: Some members have made over twice the cost of the program through experience opportunities
Access to our Private Facebook Group
Yep! A Facebook group for getting feedback on your job application assets and connecting with IDOL courses Academy members and coaches. You’ll be able to ask questions, start conversations, and maybe even VENT! (just a little). The KEY to this journey is having folks by your side.
Recorded Group Coaching Calls
You’ll have access to my library of live coaching calls so you can see the lessons in action. This will help bring the strategies to life and help you adapt them to your own progress!
Weekly Group Coaching Calls
Every week for 8 weeks Dr. Robin Sargent shows up to help answer your questions, cheer you on, and share feedback. You'll never be left to just figure it all out by yourself. You’ll also get the benefit of meeting + networking with other instructional designers and learn from their courses as well.
You'll have access to feedback and support from members in the Academy who have been there, done that, and landed the job! Our Master IDOLs will help you get timely feedback on all the assets you submit while class is in session.
Lifetime Access to Materials
Corporate instructional design and online learning is an ever changing organism. Which means we’ll be updating the course materials on the reg. You’ll have access to the materials and all updates, for as long as this program exists! (priceless)
By completing lessons, practicing with activities, and completing final projects relevant to your job application assets you will be able to earn up to four levels of credentials. These are verified digital badges you can share on your LinkedIn page, portfolio, email signature, or any other social media channel. IDOL courses partners with Credly and Acclaim to both verify and host your credentials.
Templates, tools, & IDOL toys
Through the power of our community and the ability to purchase enterprise licenses you'll get access to templates and creation assets you need to create courses! Custom Canva templates, Envato Elements, Vyond Animation Full Version, Trello Templates, LMS Sandbox, DIVI Theme Editor for your portfolio site, and more surprises inside!
Become an IDOL Podcast
Get early access to the Become an IDOL podcast. It's the podcast where newbies come to learn and veterans share their knowledge.
We theme each week to keep you on track and motivated as you go through the program. These challenges are optional, but fun and another opportunity to build for your future career.
What Our Members Say
Bonnie Lou Davis
I was fortunate enough to stumble across the IDOL Course Academy a few months ago when I first made the decision to start making the transition from classroom teacher to instructional design. I was going to wait until after the school year was over, but I was prepared and ready to leave the classroom within 3 months of joining the program. I landed an IDOL job and I highly recommend this course if you are just making the transition into ID or if you are already in ID and just want to boost your skills.
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!
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.
Who is this program for?
Master's Degree in Instructional Design
Current Instructional Designer & Online Learning Developer
Higher Education Instructional Designers
Graphic Designers & Media Developers
New College Grads and All Other Professions
Enrollment is only open until June 5, 2020. Class Starts June 8, 2020.
MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. You have the comfort of knowing there is a money back guarantee within 7 days after class begins. The IDOL courses Academy comes with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Our hope is that your career and life are forever transformed with the skills you develop with this training. So if you feel this is not the right fit for you email [email protected] within 7 days of the course start date (6/8) and we'll promptly refund your Academy fee.
Frequently Asked Questions
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