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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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Who remembers seeing their first CommonCraft video? I remember seeing RSS in Plain English back in the day and thinking, "Wow, this guy if FANTASTIC!" That particular video is now considered a classic, and low budget, compared to today's Explainer Videos. But the cool thing is that it STILL works. It takes a relatively complex topic and explains it…
 
Do you know if your eLearning is accessible? If no, why not? As an instructional designer it's your responsibility to make sure your eLearning projects are accessible for all possible learners. And hey, you eLearning developers! This is your responsibility as well. Even if it is not mandated within your industry, it's the right thing to do. Jenny W…
 
Allison Rossett's web site has a great quote, "She works on Learning and Technology in a way that is creative, concrete, and quirky." But what it should say is The Greatest of All Time! And her credits and accolades prove it. Not to mention being a genuinely wonderful human being. She is a legend in L&D, but specifically making her mark in the real…
 
Sure you can find a lot of different free images on the internet, but there's always a project, or 2, that need that extra special custom graphic element. You could pay a graphic designer to create something, but that also comes with some headaches. Why not just learn to create it yourself? I think you'll be surprised as how easy it really is. And …
 
In the past we've covered 15-20 items in one IDIODC episode. And as much as I feel that I'm connected to all things tech, he always surprises me with something I haven't discovered yet. Everything from media creation apps to microphones lighting kits and fancy desks. We all use technology for the work we do and while you might not think you need ne…
 
Most skills will never be learned without actually DOING the skill. Duh. It's basic training 101 that if it's too expensive or too dangerous to simply practice a skill many, many, times, then you the design should include a simulated version of the skill. And all knowledge can only be valuable to a business if it is applied to the work being done. …
 
You may not know Aaron Silvers, but around here we affectionately refer to him as the OG of xAPI. He has been driving it since its inception as Tin Can and worked tirelessly promoting the benefits for our community of instructional designers and L&D professionals. We'll talk with Aaron about the early days of xAPI and why it was necessary to create…
 
Having instructional design skills and knowledge can open up many different career paths. The easiest distinction for many is either being in education/higher ed or going the corporate route. If you decided to go the corporate route, you would typically land in the HR department designing training solutions for internal employees. However, more and…
 
Learning Engineer may sound like a fancy new title for instructional designers, but it's so much more than that. The current state of our "industry" is spread quite thin across many domains. There is art, science, technology, humanity, politics, business, and so much more all part of the work we do as corporate training professionals of one form or…
 
So much changed in the spring of 2020. In our L&D world there was a massive shift to online learning to deal with the elimination of in-person events. Two-and-a-half years later online virtual and hybrid sessions are still a highly popular way of delivering training. Our industry has had time to settle in with tools like Teams and Zoom – but how ma…
 
DevLearn is always filled with new solutions, forward thinking conversations, and great people. This episode of IDIODC will be a special DevLearn episode to discuss the most exciting new trends in eLearning. Most of these trends will be on display during the event, so it's a great opportunity to discuss and experience the future of eLearning. You m…
 
There are many frustrations working in Corporate Learning & Development. And there are many opinions as to why Learning & Development, and training departments struggle to be recognized as important parts of the business. Mark Oehlert joins us with what may, or may not, be one of the most controversial reasons why L&D struggles. And could it really…
 
Designing and developing instruction is a creative and fun process. But it can also be filled with boring and frustrating details and "administrivia". In the not so distant past automating simple workflow processes meant learning to code and programming sequenced tasks, or worse, doing them yourself, over and over again, manually. But not any more.…
 
Visual design is a big part of building successful learning experiences. Whether you’re an instructional designer producing training or an ID that manages a team that creates your vision, you have to be tuned into the presentation of visual information. How slides are laid out can make, or break, the learning experience. Rachel Allen Dillon returns…
 
What happens when experienced Hollywood professionals join the corporate training industry and begin to solve real world safety and training problems? I get very curious. That's what happens. And when I find out they're creating successful training using Hollywood storytelling skills instead of instructional design methods, then I invite them to be…
 
Storyboarding is only one part of the instructional design process. But storyboarding is a craft that's been around for a very long time, and used in the design process of many creative endeavors. There are many different techniques for storyboarding as well. Some IDs will start with pen and paper sketching out their concepts. Others use templates …
 
Nudge-Learning. Is it micro-learning? Is it slow-drip learning? It is work-flow learning? Whatever it is, it's become another hot new term being used amongst instructional design communities. It's a new one for me, so of course we needed to learn more about it. I reached out on LinkedIn, commented on an article about it, and found Amy Parent from S…
 
Communicating clearly is probably the most difficult thing anyone can do in business. Our job as Instructional Designers is often to make better communication happen under the guise of "we need everyone to be better trained on _______". It doesn't matter what level you are at within your training team or the overall organization. Everyone from the …
 
The Organization Enablement movement is coming. But what is it? And how does this impact our role in corporate training learning and development? Since corporate culture starts at the top, here's a few questions to ask yourself. How are you facilitating growth in your organization? Do you define growth based on revenue? Or maybe it's based on the n…
 
Our Drink'n'Draw host, Kevin Thorn, recently took his family to Disney World and he sketchnoted the entire experience. Of course he did. If you think this doesn't have any relationship or impact on your work, well, you'd be wrong. Analyzing business processes is a mandatory part of L&D work. We listen. We ask questions. We watch. And then magic hap…
 
The corporate 9 to 5 isn't for everyone, and never has been. In a post-pandemic world nobody is even really sure what "work" looks like any more. Are you going back into the office? Maybe, you're in the office for half the week and working from home the other half. Or maybe not. It's been a frustrating experience for many, and a liberating experien…
 
Did you know the same percentage of employees who quit due to pay also quit for not having career advancement opportunities (63% - Pew Research)? We talk a lot about the technologies and processes used by instructional designers, but have you ever thought about how important your role is in providing career opportunities for others? It's easy to fo…
 
If you're new to Instructional Design, or a more experienced L&D professional, you've probably seen the need for our skills spike recently. There has never been a better time to be an Instructional Designer. Job growth is predicted to be at the top of the list of professional careers. Emerging technologies and a systemic migration of our definition…
 
Damn it, Jim! I'm an Instructional Designer! Not a scientist! That may be so, but it doesn't mean you can't perform experiments. Testing things out is how we learn. You can ask experts, consultants, and thought leaders, to give you all the answers, but you'll never truly know what will work until you do it. So, let's learn how to experiment within …
 
Building a learning culture is the latest trending priority within many organizations. It's a daunting task. However, it's not impossible. Even the smallest shift in the corporate culture towards a learning culture can offer significant outcomes. But where do we start? The most important step is to define a culture of learning within your organizat…
 
In this episode of IDIODC we have the pleasure of talking with the founder of the 5 Moments of Need, Dr. Conrad Gottfredson. Dr. Gottfredson recently released a white paper titled EnABLE: The 5 Moments of Need Instructional Systems Design Methodology. And if you missed it, or have not downloaded it, I would encourage you to do so prior to this amaz…
 
Building measurement skills is critical for corporate training professionals who seek to align their L&D programs to business outcomes for organizational success. Achieving measurement maturity is a change effort requiring commitment and discipline. Understanding your current capabilities and gaps is an essential first step followed by determining …
 
As an aspiring, or new, instructional designer, PowerPoint is okay to start building eLearning graphics. But at a certain point you'll need to level up your skillset in graphics creation by moving to Photoshop. After all, you're a professional now. It's time to start working like one and using professional-grade tools. Photoshop is a powerful tool …
 
We often forget that creating a training event is only one part of the process. Just because you build it does not mean anyone in the business will hear about it, or want to engage. Some might say that if you use good enough instructional design practices that you don't need to do anything else. However, if you've spent any time at all working on l…
 
VR Headsets? Avatars? Metaverse? You may have heard these terms, but aren't sure how you might apply them in your learning solutions. You may still believe they are too expensive and out of reach for you and your team. In this episode we wanted to help training professionals understand where the VR industry is at and if anything has changed over th…
 
When done well, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) training creates space for courageous conversations that acknowledge hard truths around systemic inequities and explores topics that touch on people’s vulnerabilities in all facets of their lives. For those of you who do this work, there has not been a clear path to follow for making progress. …
 
"You must ENGAGE your learners!" Have you heard anyone say that before? Yep. Us too. We've had a few guests talk about it on IDIODC in the past. And from those conversations we've learned about games, experiences, and making learning fun. But what, exactly, do we mean by creating "engaging learning"? Dr. Clark Quinn joins us to talk about how we ne…
 
Blockchain, NonFungible Tokens, Crypto, ethereum, and other terms are making their way into L&D. Welcome to Learning3: The L&D version of Web3. Nobody has any idea what it is, but we might as well start calling it what we always call these evolutions when they hit our industry. All joking aside, now is a really good time to start having these conve…
 
Instructional Designers and eLearning developers play an important role in DEI programs. When stock characters are required it's often difficult to find the right image that reflects your requirements. And when you do find something that works it's often quite boring and unfitting of the style you had designed. So, we're often left wondering, "I wi…
 
The world of Learning and Development has changed over the decades, but many companies have a difficult time deviating from the comfortable path of "the way they've always done it." As instructional designers and corporate training professionals we make it our responsibility to improve all forms of learning within the organizations we serve. But th…
 
As instructional designers, we're often working on projects related to very specific processes. We want to be clear, precise, and concise, in training that process. However, there are many other situations where training is asked to influence behaviors and build better cultures. This requires nuance, and creating training that impacts how the learn…
 
We had so much fun with Jeanne Bakker last year that we had to invite her back. With a strong background in psychology and the science of education, Jeanne has a keen understanding of how we learn and has applied that understanding to training companies around the world. We'll talk with Jeanne about a broad range of topics related to designing inst…
 
It seems like every time you blink, a new learning platform pops into existence with some new innovative twist. There are now well over 800 learning platforms on the market. The real question is: what are we supposed to do with that information? How does any organization even begin to make sense of the crazy LMS (...or more like Learning Platform) …
 
Have you ever wondered why training solutions often don't actually solve business problems? Or maybe you just inherently know that the REAL issue is something other than a training issue. How can you be sure? And if you're right, how do you effectively communicate that to management? Performance Improvement Consulting, or PIC, is an outstanding ans…
 
Do you still look at Microlearning as simply shorter videos? That's not necessarily wrong, but if that's all they are, then why don't we just call them "short videos"? Microlearning has been a hot topic for several years now and we finally know what makes great microlearning more than just short videos. Dr. Robyn Defelice joins us to talk about Mic…
 
Video content is the future... of the internet. If you haven't noticed, everyone is creating and consuming more video content than ever before. Even interactive eLearning programs incorporate more video than I can ever remember. Not everyone has jumped on this particular trend, but it's never too late to get onboard. Josh Cavalier is joining us to …
 
Many Instructional Designers work within Human Resource departments. So, it would makes sense to learn as much as possible about the things that are important to HR leaders. Learning and Development has been a hot topic for HR departments for many years. However, in a post pandemic world suffering from "the great resignation" it is more important t…
 
Most new small businesses fail. You've heard that, right? It seems even more common within our industry. But don't let it scare you. Some succeed where most fail. One of our industry success stories is Kevin Thorn. He's joined us for several Drink'n'Draw episodes over the years. But in this episode, The Chief Nuggethead of Nuggethead Studioz wants …
 
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…
 
Most eLearning designers and developers don't have much say in choosing the LMS or authoring tool provided by their company. But successful practitioners always have a few tech tools and toys that level up their production capabilities. We all wear many hats. Building your own tool kit is part of being a successful eLearning practitioner in today's…
 
Games are great tools for learning. And just so we're clear, designing games for learning is very different from gamification. Learning is a large part of all games, but building a game with the specific intent of teaching a specific concept, idea or process, is not easy. Myra Roldan created a game to teach about the basics of blockchain. And if yo…
 
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…
 
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