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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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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…
 
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 …
 
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