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#IDIODC is an eLearning podcast brought to you by Brent Schlenker and Chris Van Wingerden from the dominKnow team. Recorded completely live and candid, the two talk weekly about L&D, specifically instructional design. Want to join us live? Check out our Crowdcast: https://www.crowdcast.io/dominknow Brent Schlenker is dominKnow's Community Manager. Chris Van Wingerden is dominKnow's Sr. VP Learning Solutions.
 
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Supporting the future leaders of L&D is an important task for us all. The new young minds entering our field are unhindered by the past. They forge new trails in the training departments of businesses around the world. Unafraid of new technologies they experiment and innovate. They are curious and want to make corporate training better than it's be…
 
Engaging Learners in learning content is every instructional designer's goal. Why is it so hard to do? Why do so many instructional designers struggle to make engaging learning experiences? Karl Kapp joins us to share his wisdom about learner engagement. It turns out that engaging learners is not as mysterious as we thought. Karl is the author, and…
 
Systems Thinking is the skill or ability to solve problems in complex systems. Hey! That sounds like a lot of the work done by instructional designers! Sometimes, yes. But not always. In many cases we learn about the learners by building personas, and we learn about the content from subject matter experts and the actual tasks of the job. But what a…
 
Storyboarding is a basic skillset often overlooked by instructional designers and project managers. For many developers the storyboarding process is bypassed in favor of building an eLearning "proof of concept". This is great for developers given the storyboarding task, and for one-person ID teams to optimize their project processes. However, story…
 
Question: IDIODC stands for Instructional Designers in Offices Drinking Coffee Please select the best answer below. - True - False - None of the above "Multiple-choice questions are hard to write well. Too many multiple-choice questions measure recall of course content rather than achievement of (well-written) learning objectives! Poorly chosen and…
 
Many training teams are already deploying DE&I courses. Is yours? Are you building your own courses or buying off-the-shelf curricula, or maybe even both? What if there was more to it than that? It's not an easy decision to make, and in some cases, it's a difficult conversation to have within your team, organization, and/or company. On this episode…
 
Learning is often seen as a solo endeavor. But in reality our learning requires input from others. Sometimes that input comes from an instructor, and sometimes from your peers. However, input and engagement from management during training sessions, and as part of the overall learning process, is often overlooked, or viewed as not necessary. Manager…
 
If there were design principles that significantly improved the accessibility of your eLearning courses would use it? Universal Design for Learning might be new to you, and your instructional designers. But accessibility is something we are all familiar with and should be working towards improving. With today's authoring tools, like dominKnow, you …
 
So you want to be a CLO? Are you sure? Do you really know what it means to be a CLO? According to Wikipedia: "A chief learning officer (CLO) is the highest-ranking corporate officer in charge of learning management. CLOs may be experts in corporate or personal training, with degrees in education, instructional design, business or similar fields. Qu…
 
Have you ever done an Escape Room? There are real world versions as well as virtual versions. They started as a fun group activity and now instructional designers are learning about eLearning engagement from Escape Rooms. Alexander Salas is back to guide us through his Escape Room design process. In this session you'll create a short backstory wher…
 
Meeting your learners where they're at means delivering learning content outside of the traditional learning management system. And giving your users just the right information at just the right time in just the right amount is also a challenge. This challenge only increases as your audience grows to hundreds or thousands spread across the globe. E…
 
I think it's safe to say that over the last 18 months the #1 concern for training professionals has been moving live face-to-face classroom courses to online virtual classrooms. Many of us are still redesigning those courses, improving and adapting them to the new world of work. DEI initiatives are at an all time high with L&D departments challenge…
 
We do a lot of drawing with Kevin. In this episode we're looking at taking those drawing skills and adding them to instructional videos. There are a lot of methods for adding graphical elements to videos and we'll talk about a few techniques and concepts that can be very useful for instructional videos. Kevin will be sharing some advanced video met…
 
The term Gamification is often used, and over-used, in our industry. But any time I hear about measurable results I am immediately interested. In this episode we're talking with Jeanne Bakker, founder of Brain Bakery. You may have seen her YouTube videos or attended one of her many keynotes around the world. She also hosts the podcast No More Borin…
 
Classroom training is still the most common method of delivering courses. Even after 2 decades of internet disruption and new technologies. It's not only time to change but we're way past it being the right time to change. It's important to remember that training is an event while learning is a long-term process. Simple enough, right? Once you unde…
 
Making learning and development (L&D) content inclusive and accessible for everyone is not only a good thing to do, it's the right thing to do. Designing Accessible Learning Content provides evidence-based advice on designing digital learning content that ensures all learners are included and are therefore able to perform to their full potential. J…
 
Why do I need to know digital design if I'm already an instructional designer? Opinions vary on the answer to this question but the average instructional design is often also responsible for creating the final eLearning product that is loaded into the LMS. So while ID is critical for the training organization you can level up your career quickly by…
 
Just because you have an instructional design degree doesn't mean you're limited to only working in training teams. The growing number of Software as a Service companies in recent years has placed Customer Experience teams above the standard training department. You might ask, but how could any department be more important than the training departm…
 
There was once a day that instructional designers only selected ONE method of content delivery. Those days are long gone. With today's technology there are many, many, more options. As new technologies came along the industry began to call it blended learning solutions. But how do we decide which elements to choose? This is where The Periodic Table…
 
Just when I thought TikTok was ONLY for teenagers and the shuffle dance, I see one of our own corporate L&D colleagues, Mike Tholfsen, CRUSHING IT on TikTok with microlearning tutorials. Who knew? So, of course, I had to invite him on the show to talk about how he does it. And why! Check out this "microtip" for excel: https://www.tiktok.com/@mtholf…
 
Kevin Thorn joins us for another "drink'n'draw" episode to help you find your creative inner voice. Everyone can be creative. Like everything else you do as an instructional designer, it just takes practice. Kevin helps ID professionals all over the globe learn simple step by step processes for being a better instructional designer, storyboard crea…
 
Very few instructors can successfully teach online...alone. The last year of lockdowns and mandatory zoom training have exposed this weakness to the world. The best online training courses are co-produced with a super hero behind the curtain: The Producer. Having a producer does not guarantee a great instructional experience. However, it does give …
 
Understanding the basics of xAPI is a hurdle most instructional designers have already crossed over the last few years. We've all been waiting to see xAPI in action. Theory is great but seeing what new innovations can do changes minds and gets projects approved. If you've still been waiting to SEE it before you can believe it then this episode is t…
 
Karl Kapp, Deb Thomas, and Kevin Thorn are heavy hitters in our industry and specifically in learning game design. More specifically they are skilled at teaching others how to design games for learning. And that's why they started their event Stepaway.design. The pandemic shutdown of 2020 forced event producers to pivot towards virtual events and s…
 
As we begin to see a light at the end of the pandemic shutdown tunnel, let's talk about what we learned about working from home. And also what's next. Many companies have made bold moves, like announcing continued teleworking options for employees. But those are general announcements for the entire company. In this episode of IDIODC we wanted to ta…
 
Everyone needs inspiration for their elearning designs. The best way to find that inspiration is to see what other developers are doing, and learning how they do it. Tim Slade is one of the best and he has the awards to prove it. Join us for an engaging and educational conversation with Tim Slade. Become virtual friends with the IDIODC gang on Twit…
 
Artificial intelligence is only one of the many topics we'll discuss with world wide learning leader, Donald Clark. The digital area has significantly impacted every industry of modern life. It's been good in many ways and bad in others. Sadly, the lecture is still the primary means of educating humans in our current systems. Even if that lecture i…
 
Microlearning has been a popular topic in the eLearning industry for many years now. Many people still don't agree on the same definition, but I think it's safe to say that most definition involve 2 elements: Shorter media of any kind, and mostly short videos. Instead of forcing learners to sit through a training video that is an hour long, target …
 
Welcome to another Drink'n'Draw with Kevin Thorn on IDIODC. In past episodes we've kept the concepts very basic to help our instructional design colleagues begin to realize their own creative talents. But in this episode we're going to move into the digital world. Kevin is going to teach us how to create our own eLearning scenario characters from d…
 
What can learning designers, instructional designers, and content developers do to maximize the chance that learning transfer will happen? The design of the learning experience falls squarely on the shoulders of the learning designer. And providing learners with access to training does not guarantee post-training behavior change. Even the most enga…
 
I don't know how to explain "art". But I know what I like when I see it. I'll bet most of us have felt this way at one point of another. Some practitioners in our field come with a background in graphic design, video production, or general design, but not many. The rest of us have learned how important visual messaging is by studying neuroscience o…
 
Creating alternative learning solutions is often the best instructional design choice. But it's rarely what internal stakeholders, customers, clients, ask from you. Trends in performance support like the 5 Moments of Need have been leading the way in alternative learning solutions and yet, a large portion of practitioners still need to create cours…
 
As a corporate training professional it's important to know your learners and understand their work, context, and needs. Yea duh, right? Maybe, but did anyone ever teach you how to do that when your audience numbers are in the hundreds, thousands, or maybe tens of thousands? Maybe someone showed you early in your career, or maybe you've come from a…
 
Jumping into xAPI for the first time can seem daunting. Almost as daunting as learning to become an eLearning game designer. As luck would have it, we've found an eLearning game designer who recently took the plunge into the wonderful world of xAPI and used his knowledge of game design and blend the two as a learning opportunity. Jeffrey Riley is o…
 
Storytelling is one way to facilitate connections for learners. But how do you find stories and how do you use them to support learning? And how do you use them in your eLearning? Storytelling has been an increasingly popular topic over the years and we're excited to bring this conversation to the IDIODC community. Hadiya is a master at this proces…
 
Do you often wonder if training is even necessary? Are you tired of being a department of order takers? What if there was a magic question you could ask stakeholders when they request training that could convince them that training is not the answer? Actually, there's 20 questions you should ask. And our guest in this episode wrote the book on it. …
 
Organizations often treat learning as an event rather than a process. As an industry we know that eLearning, videos, and instructor-led training are only the beginning. To be effective, we need ways to support our workforce over time, building competence through multiple approaches. We'll explore how email can be used effectively for spaced learnin…
 
Everyone has read at least one of Dr. Merrill's books and has had their instructional design practice shaped by him in one way or another. If you can't join us but are desperate to know the First Principles of Instruction. Well, here they are: Learning is promoted when learners are engaged in solving real-world problems Learning is promoted when ex…
 
As global markets tighten and unemployment rates rise rapidly, new skills requirements emerge while other skills are becoming obsolete. The half-life of skills continues to shrink, while the time it takes to close a skills gap has ballooned. We’ll explore the importance of increasing transparency through advanced analytics, AI, machine learning, an…
 
The world of work has changed. Our industry has been changing for many years, but 2020 has placed the spotlight directly on corporate training. Not only did the entire planet move their lives online, but businesses are now being required to report data on Human Capital Management efforts. It's the perfect time for us to talk about the reality of ou…
 
The concept of Learning Analytics has been a hot topic for several years in the L&D industry. There are those that talk about it, and then there are those doing the work and making it happen within their organizations. Sam Rogers is one of the doers. He's joining us in this episode to discuss the realities of working with data and analytics within …
 
It's another holiday drink'n'draw with everyone's favorite master of eLearning and illustrations, Kevin Thorn, aka NuggetHead. So much eLearning requires a branching scenario and finding just the right character and scene in your stock library can be frustrating. Why not just create your own? That's what Kevin does. And he'll happy to show you how.…
 
From agriculture to transportation, entertainment to medicine, and banking to social media, artificial intelligence (AI) is changing how humans do practically everything. We experience AI in our daily lives through our fitness trackers, home digital assistant systems, and curated news services, to name a few examples. For talent development, this i…
 
There's always been a steady flow of educators moving from teaching in schools to creating instruction and teaching within industry. But with thousands of educators leaving their beloved education careers behind, they're rapidly transitioning into the enterprise faster than ever. Lisa Spinelli joins us to talk about this trend and how's it's never …
 
Many L&D professionals focus on training processes, sales, product knowledge, compliance topics, and others. But few ever step into Leadership Development. Why is that? Now more than ever organizations NEED leadership. Even executive leaders are in new territory and are asking for help. Learning and Development teams have an opportunity to show the…
 
Clark Aldrich is a legend in corporate training simulations and games for learning. And one of the few experts who can seamlessly move between corporate training issues, academia, and government concerns related to education and learning. And as far as I know, one of the only training professionals to be quoted by a former US President. Clark Aldri…
 
Virtual training courses have been in huge demand since the global pandemic shutdown. A boom for consultants like Kassy LaBorie who happen to be Master Virtual Classroom Trainers. You can check her website listed below in her bio to learn more. But hanging out with her for an hour is much more fun. Kassy LaBorie is a Master Virtual Classroom Traine…
 
Do you train like an improvisational jazz musician or more like the first chair violinist of a symphony orchestra following the music as written? There is no right or wrong answer to that question but the analogy does reflect what experienced trainers in the classroom understand that many instructional designers do not. When designing and planning …
 
Reframing the training problem is something we talk about, but this framework will help you put that concept into practice. REFRAME is an acronym that defines the frame work. [R]ethink the request [E]ngage the right people [F]ocus on the why [R]ephrase the problem [A]ssume nothing [M]ake lots of bad ideas [E]xplore potential solutions Join us for a…
 
You know Kevin from his popular Drink'n'Draw episodes on IDIODC but you may not know that he has partnered up with 2 other amazing colleagues in our industry. And you likely recognize their names as well: Karl Kapp and Deb Thomas. The 3 have joined forces to share their passion, skills, and experiences, teaching others to be innovative and think cr…
 
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