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Hosts Cara North and Joseph Suarez discuss the design of modern learning experiences and occasionally interview guests. Topics include: Instructional design, eLearning development, games, higher education, corporate training, etc.

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Hosts Cara North and Joseph Suarez discuss the design of modern learning experiences and occasionally interview guests. Topics include: Instructional design, eLearning development, games, higher education, corporate training, etc.

    EP 025: Interview Ankit Shah

    EP 025: Interview Ankit Shah

    In this episode Cara sits down to converse with Ankit Shah, M.Ed who, as you will soon find out, is extremely passionate about diversity and inclusion (D&I).

    You can connect with Ankit on LinkedIn.

    Note: This conversation was recorded months before the major inflection point on race that has occurred across the United States. For another, more recent conversation between Cara and Ankit, check out the 7/1/20 TLDC Episode: How to Have Conversations About Race at Your Workplace.

    * Connect with Cara & Joe * Support the show

    Music created by Jahzzar.

    Show Transcript:

    Cara North 0:00Today, I am super excited to introduce to you all my friend Ankit Shah, who works here at The Ohio State University with me. And through our friendship, I have learned so much from him about diversity and inclusion. And I really felt that it was necessary for him to share some of his insights with you all. I really think you'll get a lot out of the today's episode. Ankit, thank you so much for being here.

    Ankit Shah 0:26Well, thank you for having me, Cara,

    Cara North 0:27of course. So can you share a little bit about your background?

    Ankit Shah 0:31Absolutely, absolutely. So I've been fortunate that in my entire career, I have been in education sector, starting with so I did my undergraduate and early child education. And after that I worked in all across k 12. So whether it's a public private charter, and I've also worked in Nevada, North Carolina, and Ohio. And so within those sectors, I worked with lots of underserved underrepresented populations in K 12. So I feel like that D&I has been part of my blood pretty much my entire career. And then around 2011, I went and got my first master's degree in higher education, administration, Student Affairs. And because the university that I went to had a really good program to help me learn about different institutional types, and so I do a lot of assistantships and internships across lots of different universities. And in that time, I've covered so many different diverse areas where there was student success and retention, academic advising, career coaching, research and assessment, those sorts of things. And after graduation, I did my first few years in career coaching, but even in my time and career coaching, I worked at two liberal arts. I worked at a community college and now I'm going to big 10 at The Ohio State. So in these populations that I got to serve, I serve veterans to residential to students with lots of different types of disabilities. You Name it. And in that time and indecent issues types, I literally look at the lens of P 20. And I've been fortunate that my career has allowed me to be all these different spaces. And currently I happen to be working at Ohio State as a career consultant in the alumni Career Management Office, where I served multi generational alumni across the age across the industry. And it's been amazing to see how now I've covered the entire lifespan. And the diversity equity inclusion has been part of my role the entire time and absolutely loving it. So knowing me, I'm a learner at strengths, I'm not done learning. And so I'm in my second graduate degree at Ohio State studying workforce development and education, but specializing in Adult Education and Human Resource Development. My current position has really taught me what it is to work with so many different type...

    • 39 min
    EP 024: Interview Betty Dannewitz

    EP 024: Interview Betty Dannewitz

    In this episode, Cara has a great conversation with self-proclaimed immersive experience designer, Betty Dannewitz. Betty's passion is to help people become better humans and believes innovative technology has an HUGE role in making that happen.

    Since this episode was recorded, she's started her own excellent podcast, If You Ask Betty. Check it out.

    * Connect with Betty (ifyouaskbetty on social media)* Connect with Cara & Joe * Support the show

    Music created by Jahzzar.

    Show Transcript:

    North, Cara A. 0:00

    Have you had a dream and you've just wondered how to execute it? Or do you feel like you are put on this planet to do a little bit more? Today we're talking to someone who I met via social media, and I'm sure you will fall in love with her as quickly as we have. Her name is Betty Dannewitz, and she is the owner of If you ask Betty. On today's episode of Instructional Redesign Podcast, we're going to talk with Betty about a lot of different topics. We're gonna talk about how she got to that point, maybe a little bit about her background, some of the work that she's done an augmented reality. But a real reason that I brought Betty on today's podcast is she really is innovative, and is a big inspiration to folks that are really scared of trying something new. So Betty, welcome so much to the Instructional Redesign podcast.

    Betty Dannewitz 0:52

    Thanks so much for having me. I'm excited.

    North, Cara A. 0:54

    Yeah, well, thank you again for being here. I guess I should introduce myself again, my name is Cara North. I am one of the hosts of Instructional Redesign podcast, stories and conversations about the modern learning experience. And like I said, I met Betty on I believe it was either LinkedIn, or Twitter and we just hit it off. I think she actually said, I think we should be friends. Is that how it happened?

    Betty Dannewitz 1:18

    That's exactly how it happened yes I'm glad you recall that.

    North, Cara A. 1:22

    Well, it's it's funny because you know, you put out so much stuff on social media and you don't know if any of it is really connecting with people. You don't know if it's an echo chamber, but it was great to meet Betty and actually got to meet her face to face at Devlearn in 2019. And it was it was pretty epic. So I want you all to get to know Betty a little bit better. So Betty, can you tell us a little bit about yourself? How did you get into the learning development space?

    Betty Dannewitz 1:48

    Sure. I am an immersive experience designer, which is a title I've given myself, and I'm fine with that. I have been in corporate learning and development for like 17 years. So I started out working for a financial institution as a bank teller and worked my way up in the brick and mortar, and then transitioned over into training. And there's a longer story behind that. But anyways, I've been in training for 17 years learning and development, all those fancy words we want to use. I'm also a speaker, I'm a high performance coach, and content and curriculum consultant. So that's where you're talking about that innovation. I appreciate that wonderful comment. Wonderful compliment is a better word. I am I try to be innovative, you know, my passion, really, my mission is to help people become better humans. And I think I'm very strongly believe that innovative technology has a huge role in mak...

    • 26 min
    EP 023: L&D Myths

    EP 023: L&D Myths

    Myths in Learning and Development

    There are many pervasive myths in the field of learning and development. Despite most being disproved, some continue to be promoted as fact. Some are even dangerously counter-productive to learning. In this episode, Cara and Joe discuss some of these common myths and share their perspectives.

    * Connect with Cara & Joe * Support the show

    Music created by Jahzzar.

    Show Transcript:

    North, Cara A.  0:01  They tickle our imagination. They invite

    others to make their own. They even create community around those who

    appreciate them. So why is it that myths in learning and development

    space aren't as beloved as tall tales, folklore and pop culture? Well,

    the answer is quite simply that they are dangerous to the profession

    that many of us love. Welcome to the Instructional ReDesign Podcast,

    stories and conversations about the modern learning experience.

    Suarez, Joseph  0:30  Is that the right one, about designing?

    North, Cara A.  0:42  I'm

    Cara North and today Joe and I are going to dive headfirst into some of

    these pervasive myths and explore their origins and what can be done to

    slay them. Now want to start with one that I kind of fell across in

    2014 when I took a graduate class called adult learning. Now you have to

    remember, this was my first graduate class in the master's program, and

    I was eager to learn all about it. Now, about halfway through the

    course, I learned about a gentleman named Malcolm Knowles, who explained

    this term called andragogy. And andragogy is essentially kind of like

    the opposite of pedagogy. Andragogy is about how adults learn. And for

    him, this breakthrough was kind of again about that the adults do learn

    differently from children. Now, he used this approach of self directed

    learning. And he said that that was kind of the way that you should

    implement andragogy. He helped groups of students kind of take

    responsibility for their learning, they were able to be a part of the

    subject matter for the course. And he kind of had these four principles

    of andragogy that I just want to touch on really quick. So the first is

    basically that the adult learner needs to be involved. So they need to

    be involved somehow and kind of the planning and evaluation of their

    instructio. Two would be that adult learners experience also comes into

    play in the way that they learn. So experience and that can include, you

    know, good or bad provides kind of the basis for learning activities.

    Three would be relevance and impact into their lives. This would be

    classified as the what's in it for me effect. So why should adult

    learners care about this? And four is problem-centered. And so how is it

    that they're going to learn through a problem centered curriculum

    versus a content oriented. So this is more about applying what they

    already kind of have in their brain. Now, again, kind of going through

    this, there's kind of two ways to kind of understand this. So there was

    kind of these different resources and studies that were done that

    basically said the andragogy is more like the science and art of helping

    adults learn whereas pedagogy is like the art and science of teaching

    children so it's more on kind of your spoon fed you're telling of you

    know, this is the way this is.

    • 27 min
    EP 022: Interview John Hinchliffe

    EP 022: Interview John Hinchliffe

    Cara interviews John Hinchliffe, Instructional Design Expert at UAEU.

    * Connect with John * Connect with Cara & Joe * Support the show

    Music created by Jahzzar.

    Show Transcript:

    North, Cara A. 0:03 Hi listeners! It's one of your hosts, Cara North. And today I have a very special treat for you on the Instructional Redesign podcast. If you know me, you know that I love conferences. I love going to conferences for the knowledge, but equally as important are the people. Last year I had the opportunity to go to Devlearn, and I met a wonderful learning development professional, who I'm sure we can learn so much from his name is John Hinchliffe! John, welcome to Instructional Redesign podcast.

    Hinchliffe, John 0:36 Thank you very much.

    North, Cara A. 0:38

    Again, a pleasure to have you. John is actually in the UAE is currently where he lives at and if you will, John, can you give our listeners just a little bit background about you and what you're currently up to?

    Hinchliffe, John 0:53 Yeah, sure thing. Thanks a lot for having me on here. Really big fan of it. Now when it comes to me I've been in learning and development for over 10 years now. And I started out as a face to face trainer for a bank and started to really develop into digital learning about seven years ago. So I started in instructional design, understanding kind of what words instructional design pedagogies started looking at authoring tools. Then I joined a fantastic e learning company with virtual college in the UK. And just really making wonderful pieces of E learning and just being given the freedom to really understand what works, what kind of really helps our customers. And I became instructional design manager there and I won Learning Professional of the Year Bronze when I was there, which was a wonderful thing. And I also joined as a volunteer position on the board of directors for the E Learning Network, which is one of the biggest nonprofits in the E learning industry had a really great time that just really helping people understand what they can do in the industry. How they can progress. And from there, I have now moved out here to the UAE I personally worked for the United Arab Emirates University as their instructional design expert. And I take care of around 700 members of faculty helping them evolve from just face to face learning to blended learning. So telling them you know, about how do we learn, but also how do we forget as human beings? And also what technology can we utilize? And also what learning experiences can we incorporate to really help the 16,000 students that we have here? And in addition to that, I also help with our PhD students that we have here. So PhD students who are looking to become faculty, I give them insights into what is modern learning and how can they really incorporate that? Because that's real knock on effect for the future generations. So kind of in a nutshell, that's me.

    North, Cara A. 2:54

    I love it. And I didn't know that about the PhD piece of what you do, and it's something that I've kind of learned the hard way in my own PhD journeys, is, you know, a lot of times in my role, and I also work at a university, it's very easy to get frustrated with faculty and also the system. But then I take a step back. And I think, you know, these folks that are teaching,

    • 30 min
    EP 021: Instructional Design Skills

    EP 021: Instructional Design Skills

    What skills does an instructional designer need in 2020?

    As we move into 2020, Cara and Joe discuss some of the skills they consider to be essential for instructional designers.

    Soft Skills:

    * Curiosity* Project management* Ability to define "what good looks like"* Networking* Skepticism

    Technical Skills:

    * User experience (UX) design* Learning analytics* Know how to code* Visual Design * Video production

    Connect with Cara & Joe:


    * @RedesignPodcast,* @CaraNorth11,* @Joseph_Suarez


    * InstructionalRedesign.com* CaraNorth.com* JosephSuarez.com

    Support us on Patreon and get podcast updates via Twitter (@RedesignPodcast).Intro music created by Jahzzar.

    • 31 min
    EP 020: Video Considerations

    EP 020: Video Considerations

    What to consider when planning to create a video learning solution...

    Cara and Joe have a super helpful discussion around many of the considerations that go into the production (yes, it's a production) of video both big and small.

    Connect with Cara & Joe:


    * @RedesignPodcast,* @CaraNorth11,* @Joseph_Suarez


    * InstructionalRedesign.com* CaraNorth.com* JosephSuarez.com

    Support us on Patreon and get podcast updates via Twitter (@RedesignPodcast).Intro music created by Jahzzar.

    • 21 min

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LateSleeperTH ,

Great guests and discussions

Perfect way to wake my brain up on my morning commute

Driven IDealist ,

Great addition to my playlist

Exciting to see new names in our instructional design community. I got immediately interested in listening more once I heard in the first three episodes about the topics you’re planning to cover. Kudos to Cara for bringing up the topic of women in the instructional design. I appreciate Joseph’s experience in e-learning and would like to see a complete episode dedicated to Albert, the microlearning app that he mentioned in Better know a host episode.

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Instructional Redesign offers listeners open-minded and forward-thinking thoughts about the training industry without delving into jargon or promoting the lastest "learning fad." Joe and Cara's distinct personalities create clear, and always thoughtful, discussions.

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