Become an IDOL
Instructional Design Fundamentals with IDOL Mentor Nyla Spooner | 18

Instructional Design Fundamentals with IDOL Mentor Nyla Spooner | 18

February 13, 2020

In this episode, I’ll be chatting with Nyla Spooner. Nyla is an instructional designer and eLearning developer for a giant multinational corporation. She shares her wisdom and advice for new instructional designers and she is on a mission to help 100 women of color in our field. This episode is what happens when two ID mentors get together. We chat, giggle, and teach!

Shownotes: https://www.idolcourses.com/blog/mentor

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IDOL Hiring Manager Elizabeth Pehlke Shares How to Land a Job | 17

IDOL Hiring Manager Elizabeth Pehlke Shares How to Land a Job | 17

January 16, 2020

In this episode, I’ll be chatting with Elizabeth Pehlke. Elizabeth was a hiring manager at Pearson and she was hiring between 10-20 instructional designers a year. She shares her best interview, resume, and application tips for those looking to land their first or next instructional design job. 

The IDOL courses Academy is now open for enrollment until 1/31. www.idolcourses.com/academy

Show Notes: www.idolcourses.com/blog/hiring

UX and UI design for Online Learning with Melanie Sexton | 16

UX and UI design for Online Learning with Melanie Sexton | 16

December 11, 2019

In this episode of Become an IDOL, I’ll be chatting with Melanie Sexton, Learning and Experience Designer, about her experience in creating graphic interfaces for online courses and E-Learning development. We will be discussing Melanie’s tools, best practices, tips, challenges, and resources for designing the most effective User experiences (UX) and User Interfaces (UI).  Check out the show notes here: https://www.idolcourses.com/blog/ux

Teaching Teachers Instructional Design with Bejanae Kareem | 15

Teaching Teachers Instructional Design with Bejanae Kareem | 15

November 6, 2019

In this episode, I’ll be chatting with Bejanae Kareem about k-12 teachers and how they can incorporate instructional design practices in their classrooms.  Bejanae shares how she got interested in instructional design and helping teachers implement the principles in their own STEM classes. She also talks about teacher burn out. Bejanae is the founder of BK International Education Consultancy.  A program that offers online courses and continuing education credits for teachers.  Find the show notes at: www.idolcourses.com/blog/teachidol

Bejanae Kareem, Executive Director of BK International Education Consultancy, began her career as an education professional after earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Georgia State University. After serving in the environmental science and microbiology industries, Ms. Kareem was inspired to close the achievement gap for underrepresented children and served as an educator in high need schools for over ten years. She served as a robotics coach, conducted experimental research with NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program, and coordinated student programs to make contact with the International Space Station.

During Ms. Kareem’s experience as an education practitioner, she went on to pursue P-5 teacher certification, a Master's degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, a Specialist degree in Educational Leadership along with certifications in Reading and English to Speakers of Other Languages. Since she has taught at various levels of education from early childhood to post-secondary in virtual and traditional classroom settings; as well as have written, been awarded and implemented several grant projects centered around STEM education for preservice teachers to students. Ms. Kareem previously served on the National Science Teachers Association Urban Science Advisory Board, Georgia Department of Education’s Instructional Technology Advisory Committee, and Clayton County Public Library Board of Trustees.

From her experiences, Ms. Kareem recognized the need for quality, integrated STEAM training for teachers and parents who were often not comfortable with implementing STEM/STEAM tasks in the classroom or at home. Ms. Kareem launched BK International Education Consultancy LLC in 2012 to provide quality Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) and grant acquisition workshops for K-12 educators and parents.

Instructional Design Freelancing with Belvista Studios | 14

Instructional Design Freelancing with Belvista Studios | 14

October 7, 2019

In this episode, I’ll be chatting with Kim Tuohy about making the transition to a freelance instructional designer.  Kim shares a wealth of knowledge from her own transition from full-time employee to a self-employed business owner. Belvista Studios is an instructional design and eLearning company located in Australia and as the founder, she has a lot of experience working with clients to share.  Even if you don’t want to be a freelancer you don’t want to miss hearing from Kim. She is a bright light and so much fun to listen to. Show notes: www.idolcourses.com/idolfreelancer

IDOL courses Academy Student Success Story with Erika Rellstab | 13

IDOL courses Academy Student Success Story with Erika Rellstab | 13

September 10, 2019

In this episode, I’ll be chatting with Erika Rellstab. Erika is a recent IDOL courses Academy alumni and she wanted to share her success with the Become an IDOL family. Erika was a secondary school teacher and she knew she wanted to make the leap into corporate IDOL, so she joined the Academy and started working as a contractor at Price Waterhouse Cooper only 4 weeks into the program. Keep listening to hear her full story. It’s good. You don’t want to miss this. I’m personally blown away by her results! 

If you want to become an IDOL and you’d like to join the only implementation program of its kind that not only shows you exactly how to create your job application assets and build a portfolio from scratch but also includes mentorship and experience opportunities in instructional design and online learning then go to www.idolcourses.com/academy and enroll! Enrollment closes at 10pm EST on 9/20. So hurry up and join me. The class will start on 9/30.

Learning Experience Design with Matthew Daniel | 12

Learning Experience Design with Matthew Daniel | 12

September 3, 2019

In this episode, I’ll be chatting with Matthew Daniel about learning experience design. If you’ve heard this term before, but you aren’t sure how it’s different from instructional design you’ll definitely want to learn from Matthew. We’ll talk about the differences between LXD and ID, the process of LXD, and practical actions you can take to implement these very important principles in your next or even first-course project.

The IDOL courses Academy is open for enrollment from 9/12--9/20. Get on the waitlist: www.idolcourses.com/

Go to the show notes to grab a bunch of excellent resources from Matthew Daniel: www.idolcourses.com/blog/lxd

Writing for Instructional Design with Nicole Papaioannou Lugara | 11

Writing for Instructional Design with Nicole Papaioannou Lugara | 11

August 15, 2019

In this episode, I’ll be chatting with Nicole Papaioannou Lugara about her expertise in writing for instructional design. She shares tips and advice on how to be a better instructional design writer. You’ll also learn how Nicole became an IDOL without an ID degree or experience. In addition, she only had one full-time IDOL job before she became a freelancer.

Show notes: www.idolcourses/blog/idolwriting

Instructional Design Jargon Defined with Rachel Hudish | 10

Instructional Design Jargon Defined with Rachel Hudish | 10

July 30, 2019

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. Check out our show notes.

eLearning Community Project with Dana Kocalis | 09

eLearning Community Project with Dana Kocalis | 09

July 15, 2019

In this episode, I’ll be chatting with the LinkedIn famous Dana Kocalis about her journey to become an IDOL and the eLearning community project she led and learned from last year. Dana is the owner of eLearning by Dana and a regular LinkedIn conversation starter. Last year we met when she started the eLearning Community project by posting on LinkedIn. Show notes.