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Are you interested in Instructional Design & Online Learning (IDOL) development? Would you like to change careers and become an IDOL? Join me, Dr. Robin Sargent, owner of IDOL courses, as I chat with other experts about everything course building and landing a job as an instructional designer.

Become an IDOL Dr. Robin Sargent

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    • 4.9 • 29 Ratings

Are you interested in Instructional Design & Online Learning (IDOL) development? Would you like to change careers and become an IDOL? Join me, Dr. Robin Sargent, owner of IDOL courses, as I chat with other experts about everything course building and landing a job as an instructional designer.

    IDOL Success Story with April Black | 48

    IDOL Success Story with April Black | 48

    In this episode, I'll be chatting with a former teacher, April Black about her journey to become an IDOL. April offers some excellent advice and insights for those making the transition to instructional design.


     


    Connect with April Black on LinkedIn


    Find out more about the IDOL courses Academy

    • 19 min
    Educational Data Mining with Smruti Sudarshan | 47

    Educational Data Mining with Smruti Sudarshan | 47

    In this episode, I'll be chatting with Smruti Sudarshan about educational data mining and how it can inform your learning designs. We get into the importance of data, how to capture it, and what to do with it once you have it. If you don't know what educational data mining is or how it can help you be a better IDOL check out this episode. 


    Here is the blog Smruti wrote on educational data mining.


    Connect with Smruti on LinkedIn


    Get connected with IDOL courses

    • 47 min
    IDOL Success Story Jessica Oberto Lands Fortune 1 Role | 46

    IDOL Success Story Jessica Oberto Lands Fortune 1 Role | 46

    In this episode, I'll be chatting with Jessica Oberto about her journey to land an instructional design role as the training manager at the biggest company in the world. When she joined the IDOL courses Academy, Jessica already had experience as an instructional designer. However, she wanted to enroll to shore up her foundation in the discipline and maybe land a new role. Not only did Jessica reach her goal, but she also exceeded it. Check out this inspiring IDOL journey with Jessica Oberto!


    Connect with Jessica Oberto on LinkedIn


    Learn more about the IDOL courses Academy

    • 40 min
    Explainer Video Skills for Instructional Designers with Rued Riis | 45

    Explainer Video Skills for Instructional Designers with Rued Riis | 45

    In this episode, I'll be chatting with Rued Riis about his journey to become an expert explainer video creator, and now online course creator.  Rued believes in FUN learning. He helps educators use animation to create engaging, entertaining, and humorous learning—for internal training, course creations, YouTube marketing, and much more.

    Rued's online courses include scriptwriting, voice-over production, screen-recording, and animation. His students subscribe on RuedRiis.com.

    Rued and I agree that it's important to modernize an industry that has fallen behind. eLearning is where marketing was 10 years ago. We need to make FUN (engaging, entertaining, motivating, inspiring) learning content if we want it to spread and ignite someone's interest in a subject.


     

    • 28 min
    Personal Branding for Instructional Designers with Vanessa Alzate | 44

    Personal Branding for Instructional Designers with Vanessa Alzate | 44

    In this episode, I'll be chatting with Vanessa Alzate about marketing and building your personal brand as an instructional designer and eLearning developer.


    Vanessa Alzate is the Founder and CEO of Anchored Training. She received a BA in Communications & Political Science from Rutgers University, and an MS in Corporate & Organizational Communication from Northeastern University. For over a decade, she has consulted with many mid-large organizations in industries ranging from pharmaceutical sales to fashion to develop training strategies tailored to each individual organization and team. Throughout her career, Vanessa has excelled in assisting companies and individuals to expand their industry knowledge through innovative eLearning and classroom curriculum, while continuing to add consistently to her own education and training.


    Vanessa is the mother of two young girls, and is committed to helping everyone become the best versions of themselves. She is an advocate for empowering women and for increasing belonging.


    Connect with Vanessa on LinkedIn


    Anchored Training Website


    Register for the FREE Anchored in Learning Summit 2021


    IDOL Business Box


    eLearning Freelancer's Bootcamp

    • 56 min
    IDOL Success Story with Dr. Sara Bania-Dobyns | 43

    IDOL Success Story with Dr. Sara Bania-Dobyns | 43

    In this episode, I'll be chatting with Dr. Sara Bania Dobyns about her journey to transition from higher education to corporate instructional design and online learning. Listen in as Dr. Dobyns shares her experience in the IDOL courses Academy and how she started landing more clients as a freelance instructional designer. 


    Connect with Dr. Sara Bania Dobyns on LinkedIn


    Check out the IDOL courses Academy!

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

Amazonicys ,

Fantastic

This podcast has been so insightful in my discernment of reentering the workforce and going into instructional design. Information is clear and easy to understand. Especially appreciated the episodes with Christy Tucker and Nyla Spooner.

Jessicasheart ,

Much gratitude!!

First - I need to thank Molly Parsons for sending me here. Second - Thank you Dr. Robin for providing so much valuable information for those working in education. I’m a special education teacher of 24 years looking to transition to Instructional Design. I’m grateful to have found this resource and more grateful to Learn just how valuable teachers skills are to becoming an Instructional Designer. I hope to participate in an IDOL training soon!

Jblair2011 ,

Life Changing!

I stumbled upon Dr. Robin's "Become and IDOL" podcast when I was very first learning about Instructional Design. The first episode I ever listened to was her interview with a former secondary teacher who transitioned into an instructional design role. As a secondary teacher looking to leave the classroom, I was so inspired and full of hope. I had been losing faith that I would ever find a job outside of education, but this podcast has made me so hopeful. I immediately looked her up for more information and found the IDOL Courses Academy. It sounds so cheesy, but this academy has truly changed my life. I am building a beautiful portfolio with the support of my mentors, coaches, and cohort and I am confident that I will find the perfect IDOL job soon. Thank you, Dr. Robin!

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