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Become an IDOL 66: Success Story with Former Teacher Laura Wilczek: Hanover Research

Guest: Laura Wilczek, eLearning Developer

In this episode, I'm chatting with Laura Wilczek, a former teacher who transitioned to a new career as an eLearning Developer for Hanover Research. While teaching during the pandemic she realized she had a unique set of skills and a passion for developing courses and training. 

 Laura shares great pointers for how she navigated the course, purposely applied what she was learning, and landed a new role in 2 months!  

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Let me tell you a little bit about Laura:

Laura is a former teacher who successfully transitioned into the learning and development space after enrolling in IDOL courses Academy. She began her teaching career in 2009 and started developing a passion for creating virtual learning materials during the pandemic. Laura was a part of the 10th cohort of the Academy and is currently...

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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.

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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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Become an IDOL 27: Success Story with Feā€™Dricka Moore

podcast Apr 29, 2021

Guest: Fe'Dricka Moore, Instructional Designer, and e-Learning Developer.

In this episode of Becoming an IDOL, I'll be chatting with Fe'Dricka Moore about her four-year journey of finding her new purpose after quitting her teaching job. We also dive into how it only took Fe'Dricka 4 months from start to finish to become an instructional designer in the IDOL courses Academy.

  • In this new role in her professional life as an instructional designer and eLearning developer, she will gladly continue to help people and improve their professional skills.
  • She was a teacher before transitioning to instructional design.
  • For a brief period, she used to be a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant. It also helped her to appreciate more the color pink. 
  • She helps workers to onboard, upskill, and reskill their professional responsibilities and tasks.
  • She took 4 months to build her portfolio, and then less than a month later, she got a job offer.

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Become an IDOL 24: Success Story with Lusha Sha

podcast Apr 29, 2021

Guest: Lusha Sha, Instructional Designer

In this episode of Becoming an IDOL, I'll be chatting with Lusha Sha - Instructional Designer.

She will be sharing her experience of being an Instructional Designer. We will be discussing her success story and how she became made the transition to instructional design. 

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 will discuss her success story:

  • She started researching IDOL courses from Facebook and other sites and joined the course.
  • She fell in love with the eLearning industry during her study at the University of San Francisco four years ago.
  • She is also a creative and collaborative person.
  • She got 2 job offers: Training specialist Traffic Management and the second one is Learning Experience Designer.
  • She works closely with experienced designers and graphic design teams as they are learning on e-learning as to how to build a project....
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