Teachers in Need of a New Career Path: Think Instructional Design

 

Teachers in Need of a New Career Path:  Think Instructional Design

Are you a teacher that seeks a new career?  Are you unsure where your skill set will be valued? Have you considered Instructional Design? If you haven’t, I encourage you to do so for many reasons. 

 

Hi there! I am Melissa. I am a learning designer and educator. I have been teaching for approximately 14 years but found I needed a new venture. I reflected on my teaching experience and discovered there were tasks I performed in my role as a teacher that I really enjoyed such as design and content development. 

When I started researching careers for teachers outside of the classroom, I discovered the instructional design field and fell in love with it. Now I want to teach you what I have learned in this journey.

 

Why Instructional Design is a Good Fit

Instructional design is a good career path for teachers because teachers possess many transferable skills. Furthermore, the...

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Kick Self-doubt to the Curb: Mindset Needed to Become an Instructional Designer & Online Learning Developer

 

The New Year has just passed yet again in the blink of an eye, or at least it feels like it. As a child, the years never seemed to move as fast as they do in adulthood. So here I am reflecting on where I have been in the last few years, and how I want to grow in 2020. Self-reflection is an essential part of growth and really assessing what we want out of life.  So, what do you want to achieve in 2020? 

 

I have been working on a personal ID project.  It really has been a labor of love, but it isn't moving as fast as I would like, but it is moving forward, and, in the end, it will be completed. Luckily, I am not in this project alone.  Through the IDOL Academy, I have met Molly Parsons, who has jumped on board to help with my project and has become my accountability and project partner.

Whether you are working on your portfolio or building your own LMS in my case, finding someone to hold you accountable keeps you on track.

 

I am excited to...

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Become an IDOL 10: Instructional Design Jargon Defined with Rachel Hudish

Published: July 30, 2019

Episode: 10

Instructional Design Jargon Defined with Rachel Hudish

Guest: Rachel Hudish

In this episode, I’ll be chatting with Rachel Hudish about the jargon and industry terms that are used in instructional design. We’ll be sharing stories, analogies, and definitions to illuminate the meaning of each word.

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In this episode we discuss:

WBT, CBT, eLearning, Online Learning, mobile learning

 

Authoring tools: Software used to package multimedia for delivery online. Adobe Captivate and Articulate Storyline are examples of authoring tools

 

508-compliance: An amendment to the US Workforce Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which is a federal law that requires all electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained, or used by the federal government be accessible...

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Become an IDOL 07: Scenario Design with Anna Sabramowicz

Published: June 11, 2019

Episode: 07

Scenario Design with Anna Sabramowicz

Guest: Anna Sabramowicz, eLearner Engaged

In this episode of Become an IDOL, I’ll be chatting with Anna Sabramowicz about scenario design. Scenario design is the secret to creating powerful messages in your learning experience design. Learning this technique early in your career will give you a huge advantage and an excellent tool for engaging your learners. You'll also learn how Anna became an IDOL without a degree or experience.

Anna Sabramowicz is a consultant who helps L&D Professionals struggling to move beyond “traditional” page turner training. She coaches ID's to craft engaging eLearning experiences without frustration, even if the status quo & subject matter experts pose a challenge.  Connect with her on LinkedIn 

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Become an IDOL 04: Learning Experience Design and Design Thinking

Published: April 29, 2019

Episode: 02

Learning Experience Design and Design Thinking

Guest: James Finder, Owner of Promethean Learning Experience Design

In this episode of Become an IDOL, I’ll be chatting with James Finder about his expertise in learning experience design and design thinking. You'll get an understanding of one of the hottest topics in the instructional design space. This episode is great for newbies who want to understand the fundamentals of design thinking and for veterans who want to get more ideas creating a better design for their learners. 

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In this episode we discuss:

  • The principles of design thinking.
  • Agile Models in instructional design.
  • Sprints and how they work for course building.
  • Prototypes for learners.
  • Learning Experience Design is about...
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