Set Yourself up for Success: 5 action steps to take before IDOL courses Academy begins!


When IDOL courses Academy began this past January, I was very pregnant. In fact, my daughter was due during the second week of the course. Becoming an IDOL was something that I wanted badly, but I wasn’t sure that I would be able to meet my goals with a new baby and a two-year-old at home. I burn grilled cheese three of every five times I make it. How could I balance two children and the Academy? 


Desperate to get a head start, I emailed Dr. Robin Sargent before the cohort began and asked her if there was anything that I could do. She replied with some great tips and reassured me that, “there is no behind in the Academy!” Because of her guidance, I was able to start IDOL courses Academy feeling confident and ahead. My daughter was born a little early (the second day of my IDOL cohort!) but I was ready for the challenge. 


Here are a couple of Dr. Robin’s tips, and a few of my own, for setting yourself up for success. 


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Jumpstart your ID Career in 14 Days

Uncategorized Apr 29, 2021

 If you're looking to get into the Instructional Design (ID) field and feel overwhelmed by the steps you need to take to showcase your work, IDOL Academy's 14 Day #DoItMessy Jumpstart may be the perfect start for you! You may have been waiting for the ideal time to get your instructional design work out there, but that time doesn’t seem to come. IDOL Academy's 14 Day Jumpstart will have you set up with a website, assets for your portfolio, LinkedIn, and so much more, in no time! By the end of the 14 days, you could possibly be on your way to your first new ID job too! With no such thing as being ‘behind’ in the academy, you have all the time you need to get your work out to the world. But if you often find yourself on the perfection paralysis struggling bus, you may want to get on the #DoItMessy Jumpstart ride and get to work! Can you really do it in 14 days? You sure can, some have even in 5!

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Translating Teacher Tech Skills to ID Tools

Uncategorized Apr 29, 2021

Transferring Teacher Tech Skills to ID Tools

Changing careers is intimidating; there are new tools, new terms, and new technology. As an experienced educator transitioning into instructional design, I felt confident about my experience and transferable skills. Learning objectives? No problem! Presentations/ILT? No big deal! Technology? I love it!

Then I started researching the tools commonly used in the industry and looked at examples of impressive products created by professional instructional designers. Imposter syndrome set in and I wasn’t sure where to start! Fortunately, my experience with IDOL courses Academy’s #DoItMessy challenge helped me to shift my own mindset. In this 14-day challenge, Academy members are encouraged to create a series of portfolio assets including an instructional design document, job aid, and an eLearning course. I learned to “take imperfect action” by creating first and improving or perfecting later. This allowed me to make...

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Become an IDOL 34: Career Journey Story with Talia Taylor

podcast Apr 29, 2021

Guest: Talia Taylor, Instructional Designer

In this episode, I'll be chatting with Talia Taylor about her experience making the transition to corporate instructional design. 

  • Talia works with clients to identify gaps in efficiency to effectively design solutions that enhance relationships between humans and the systems they use to perform work.
  • She started her career with a tutor.
  • She was working in sales in the past, and then she quit her job and hired a resume writer to make her portfolio.
  • Her relationship to social networks has honed a unique style of communication marketable to companies and individuals interested in expanding their reach of services, products, or funds.
  • Today, she manages the end-to-end lifecycle of training and presentations, including scheduling working sessions, designing PowerPoints, authoring Facilitators and Participant guides in content management systems, updating web-based training to align with standard operating procedures and train the...
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Become an IDOL 32: Learning Management Systems with Samuel Apata

podcast Apr 29, 2021

Guest: Samuel Apata, Senior Instructional Designer

In this episode, I'll be chatting with Samuel Apata about learning management systems (LMS) and how you can add this tool to your skillset as a new instructional designer.

  • Build and maintain trusting partnerships with the global project team and individual market partners for development.
  • Manage and deploy online courses through the organization's LMS.
  • Easily tracks learner progress and performance: LMSs allow the company to quickly generate training reports on an overall or user/student level basis.
  • LMS can also handle things such as onboarding, compliance, and skills gap analysis.  
  • In LMS, you can store your courses and can help you track your courses.
  • Cloud-based LMS are scientific and are used by a large organization that has over 2000 employees.
  • The learning management system concept emerged directly from e-Learning.
  • There are two management systems 1) LMS and 2) LRS.
  • Using an LMS to deliver eLearning, you can...
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Become an IDOL 31: Data and Analytics in Learning with Anja Hartleb-Parson

podcast Apr 29, 2021

Guest: Anja Hartleb-Parson, Data Analytics, and Trainer

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. 

  • She has a passion for creating measurable results.
  • She is an Instructional Designer for since last 6 months, and her main focus is on the data part.
  • Data analytics and business process improvement in operations and people development.
  • Issues should be addressed forthrightly while being empathetic and kind for effective solutions to be discovered.
  • She achieved Salesforce Ranger status on the Salesforce training platform in under 8 weeks, beating the industry average.

If you are a new listener to become an IDOL, we would love to hear from you. Feel free to email [email protected].

In this episode, we discuss:

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Become an IDOL 30: Freelancing and Finding Clients during the Pandemic with Leslie Marquez

podcast Apr 29, 2021

Guest: Leslie Marquez, Instructional Designer & eLearning Consultant

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 learning industry when it comes to acquiring and working with new clients during the COVID pandemic.

  • Leslie is uniquely qualified to analyze your training needs and design a plan that works for you.
  • She is interested in full freelance in the early days.
  • She had a 6-month contract project form, which she opt-out from the corporate world and entered into the freelance world.
  • She has designed engaging and effective training in many different industries, including healthcare informatics, IT, sales and services enablement, government contracting, and higher education.
  • She has many long-term contracts too.
  • She is 15 years in the field of learning and...
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Become an IDOL 29: From laid off during the pandemic to a new and better IDOL job with Kerri Duncan

podcast Apr 29, 2021

Guest: Kerri Duncan, Training and Development Specialist

In this episode of the Becoming an IDOL Podcast, I'll be chatting with Kerri Duncan - Training and Development Specialist.

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.

  • A servant leader is adept at identifying and evaluating problem areas.
  • She trained 100 new hires in 20 weeks, designed and developed four eLearning modules in 8 weeks, Led 40+ direct reports (Supervisors and Agents) to exceed performance expectations. She maintained a quality score of 95% or higher for over 3 years.
  • She took about 6 weeks to land her job and created his portfolio.
  • She knows how to build WordPress for herself for her portfolio.
  • Have a plan for yourself, and trust your plan.
  • Don't underestimate the power of the...
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Become an IDOL 23: Success Story with Veronica Reed

podcast Apr 29, 2021

Guest: Veronica Reed, Instructional Designer

In this episode of Becoming an IDOL Podcast, I'll be chatting with Veronica Reed - Instructional Designer.

She will be sharing her experience of being an Instructional Designer. We will be discussing what's her success story and how she become a successful person. We will be talking about her personal life as well as how she became an IDOL.

If you are a new listener to become an IDOL, we would love to hear from you. Feel free to email [email protected].

In this episode, we discuss how she became successful:

  • She worked in corporate for most of her career, so she is familiar with the corporate world and all the nuances that come with it.
  • She became interested in Instructional Design because she always gravitated towards the Talent Development side of human resources.
  • Once registration opened for the IDOL courses Academy June 2020 cohort, she knew she had to make it happen. During the cohort, she updated her portfolio and...
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Become an IDOL 28: Success Story with Stanislav Nachev

podcast Apr 29, 2021

Guest: Stanislav Nachev, Instructional Designer

In this episode of becoming an IDOL, I'll be chatting with Stanislev Nachev - Instructional designer.

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 landing a job at LinkedIn Learning through networking on LinkedIn! 

  • He spent the last 10 years building his skills and knowledge as an educator, trainer, and facilitator.
  • He strives to develop training that is engaging and rooted in how people learn best.
  • He started his career as an assistant technology coach.
  • He got his dream job in just 3 months after joining IDOL courses Academy.
  • His majority of work will go through connecting persons from LinkedIn.

If you are a new listener to become an IDOL, we would love to hear from you. Feel free to email [email protected].

In this episode, we discuss:

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