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Stories and conversations about the design of modern learning experiences.

Stories and conversations about the design of modern learning experiences.


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Stories and conversations about the design of modern learning experiences.




EP 026: 2020 Catch Up with Cara and Joe

After a several month long hiatus, Cara North and Joe Suarez are back to bring listeners up to speed on what they have been up to, how their job statuses have changed, and announce new episodes and It's a swag shop for fun and snarky learning and development themed items and apparel. TLDC Job Seeker Series hosted by Joe Part 1: Moving On After Being Let GoPart 2: Searching & Applying for L&D JobsPart 3: Resumes & Portfolios (sorry for poor audio)Part 4: InterviewsDevLearn...


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...


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,...


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...


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...


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: CuriosityProject managementAbility to define "what good looks like"NetworkingSkepticism Technical Skills: User experience (UX) designLearning analyticsKnow how to codeVisual Design Video production Connect with Cara & Joe: Twitter: @RedesignPodcast,@CaraNorth11,@Joseph_Suarez Websites:...


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: Twitter: @RedesignPodcast,@CaraNorth11,@Joseph_Suarez Websites: Support us on Patreon and get podcast updates via Twitter (@RedesignPodcast).Intro music created by Jahzzar.


EP 019: The eLearning Guys

Interview with the eLearning Guys Dave Charney and Nejc Žorga Dulmin host the eLearning Guys podcast where they talk in depth about their favorite authoring tool, Articulate Storyline. So it's only fitting that we have them on the show to talk shop about eLearning development and their latest venture, a video course library called Master Storyline. The guys were gracious enough to provide Instructional Redesign podcast listeners with a 10% off discount on their first purchase at...


EP 018 Catch Up with Cara & Joe

In this episode, we break away from our normal format (if we have one) to catch up on all the great things we’ve accomplished over the past year. So please allow us about 30 minutes to bring you up to speed on what we’ve been up to and pat ourselves on the back a bit. We open by talking about our experiences at the 2018 Central Ohio ATD Learning Technologies and Design Day conference. And I want to quickly mention that the event returns again on Sept 19th 2019. So if you are listening in...


EP 017: Mark L. Sheppard

Interview with Mark L. Sheppard Cara and Joe chat with Mark L. Sheppard, a Senior Learning Consultant from Ontario and self-identified “Unrepentant Geek” with a wealth of L&D experience. The three engage in quite an interesting discussion comparing the work of learning and development to Star Wars. Connect with Mark: Mark on TwitterMark on LinkedIn Connect with Cara & Joe: Twitter: @RedesignPodcast@CaraNorth11@Joseph_Suarez Websites:


EP 016: Jac Hutchinson

Interview with Jac Hutchinson Cara and Joe chat with experienced L&D practitioner, business owner, and fellow podcaster Jac Hutchinson. She shares her origin story and some deeply personal experiences around her decision to first go out on her own and eventually form an incorporated business, eLearning Pros. Jac lays out some great advice for starting business owners or anyone who may consider someday making the transition. Connect with Jac: The Lounge PodcastJac on LinkedIn Jac on Twitter...


EP 015: TLDC (Interview)

What is TLDC and who is it for? Today’s episode consists of the responses to interview questions Cara and Joe posed to Training Learning & Development Community (TLDC) co-founders Brent Schlenker and Luis Malbas. They walked us through the humble, grass-roots origins of TLDC and how it’s evolved over time into a community of L&D professionals. If you like what you hear, find out more at, and look into future online and in-person events they host like the upcoming TLDC19 in Phoenix,...


EP 014: Games – Part 3: Gamified Learning

Games - Part 3: Gamified Learning For months listeners have been anxiously waiting for the epic conclusion to the gaming series trilogy. Will a Jedi return? Will Cara and Joe get back to 1985? Can they escape the island of dinosaurs yet again? And hey, why didn't the eagles just fly them to the end of this episode from the start??? None of that will be revealed. Instead they talk some more about games and learning and whatnot... It's a trap! Links/Resources [SPONSOR] Instructional Design...


EP 013: Learning DevCamp 2018

Learning DevCamp 2018 Conference Recap Pack your bags because Joe and Cara are going back to Salt Lake City, Utah to recap the 2018 Learning DevCamp conference. They'll summarize their experience at the three day event including the eLearning Brother's first ever eLBX event. Links/Resources mentioned in this episode: [SPONSOR] Instructional Design Genius Learning DevCamp Kristin Anthony’s Recaps of Learning DevCamp 18: eLBX Day One Day Two Dear Instructional Designer Podcast eLearning...


EP 012: Chris Straley

What is Instructional Design Genius? In this episode, Joe interviews Chris Straley about his learning and development focused project management platform called Instructional Design Genius (IDG). IDG assists in estimating time & costs associated with development, tracks budget, builds storyboards & communications campaigns, organizes training deployments, and isolates business impact so users can correlate ROI specifically with training. Visit to learn more and...


EP 011: TLDC UK Meetup Recap

How was the 2018 TLDC UK Meetup? On June 21st 2018 TLDC hosted the first (of many?) meetup in the United Kingdom. Cara, despite having her luggage in limbo for a wee bit (#WheresCarasBag), made it to London to attend along with Jo Cook of Lighbulb Moments and former guest of the show Bethany Taylor. The evening event was sponsored by GoodPractice who we want to congratulate on 100 episodes of their great podcast. Lastly, happy birthday to Cara today and a belated to Jo as well! Sponsor: This...


EP 010: L&D Podcasting – A Year Later

A Look Back on Our First Year In this special unconventional episode, Joe and Cara reflect on their first year of podcasting and talk about what’s in store for the future episodes of Instructional Redesign podcast. Links: Help Support us in multiple ways (paid and unpaid). Contact us and send (constructive) feedback or suggestions. Cara’s headed to the UK for a special TLDC event June 21st 2018. Connect with Cara & Joe: Twitter: @RedesignPodcast, @CaraNorth11, @Joseph_Suarez Websites:...


EP 009: Instructional Design Challenges

Instructional Design Challenges You know you’ve said it at least once, “I wish I had time to build ______” So why aren’t we taking more time to build and experiment? Cara and Joe discuss Cara’s Instructional Design 6 Week challenge (#id6wc) and explore the value of building instructional design products. Sources: Cara’s 6 Week Instructional Design Challenge Page: Cara’s ID 6 Week Challenge Listserv: See some of the...


EP 008: Games – Part 2: Educational Games

Educational Games What makes a game educational, and why do so many attempts seem to fall short? Cara & Joe discuss this question and more in this second part of a series on games and instructional design. Sources: Karl Kapp Our Princess is in Another Castle Good Educational Games Mentioned: Carmen Sandiego Oregon Trial Sim City Minecraft Guitar Hero Bail Trap That Dragon Cancer The Uber Game Bad Educational Games Mentioned: Mind Maze (Encarta) Mario is Missing Mario’s Time Machine Sonic’s...


EP 007: Personal Learning Networks

The Lost Episode on Personal Learning Networks Before the Instructional Redesign Podcast launched in 2017, Cara and Joe recorded a trial run. The goal was to see if everything came together as something worth listening to. While never intended to be aired, Joe recently listened and decided the conversation was actually good enough to share. The production value isn't as high as our standard now that we've got the hang of this podcasting thing, but we think you'll find value in our discussion...