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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 037: DevLearn 2022 Recap

Cara North and Joseph Suarez are back in Ohio after spending several days in Las Vegas, NV for the 2022 DevLearn conference hosted by the Learning Guild. In this episode, they recap their experiences and take-a-ways as well as provide advice for future attendees. Links: DevLearn ConferenceThe Learning Guild Connect with Cara & JoeSupport the Learning & Development themed Instructional Redesign podcast swag Music created by Jahzzar.


EP036: Interview with Matt Pierce

Hosting and Managing Virtual Events Matt Pierce is a Learning and Video Ambassador at Techsmith where he is, among other things, the lead for TechSmith Academy a free online learning platform. You may also know Matt as being the host of The Visual Lounge, a regular live YouTube series produced by Techsmith. Joe talks to him about what it's like working in front of the camera so often and what lessons he's learned. Links: Techsmith Academy (YouTube)...


EP035: Interview with Karl G.Richter

Bringing Joy to the Craft of Instructional Design Karl Richter is the owner of Elearning Blends. He chats with Joe about his unique approach to create custom eLearning that blends online training with classroom experiences, and performance support tools. Links eLearning Blends Blends (YouTube) on LinkedIn on Twitter...


EP034: Interview with Roberta Dombrowski

The Benefits of User Research Roberta Dombrowski is VP of User Reseach at a company called User Interviews where she builds a scalable, efficient, and decision-driven research practice. Joe talks with her about where L&D and UX Research intertwine and where it merely boils down to semantics. Links User Interviews on LinkedIn on Twitter


EP033: Interview with Heidi Kirby

Transitioning from Teaching to Instructional Design Joe speaks with Learning and Development leader and host of the BLOC Podcast, Hedi Kirby. She shares her recent job search experience and her previous transition from a teacher to instructional designer. Links: BLOC Podcast Making the Most of the Unknown - on LinkedIn:


EP032: Interview with Jeff Batt

The Power of Code and Custom Development Joe and Cara speak with Jeff Batt, owner of Learning Dojo and Program Manager at The Learning Guild. They dig into why web and mobile development matters more than you may think, and discuss why you might consider a custom developed solution over using an authoring tool. Links: Learning Dojo Dojo (YouTube) on Twitter:Jeff on LinkedIn:DevLearn


EP031: Interview with Tom McDowall

Considerations for Animated Video Tom McDowall joins Joe Suarez to chat about the wealth of L&D themed online content and events he's putting into the world, not least of which being the IDTX 2.0 conference in February 2022. They then shift into the main topic of discussion - what to consider when planning animated videos as a learning solution. Specifically, Tom answers when it makes sense to use them, how to go about producing them, and whether to do them in-house or contract it out....


EP030: Interview with Jonathan Couser

Leading Creative Teams Cara and Joe speak with Jonathan Couser, founder of Arch Impacts, a firm dedicated to helping leaders move along the path toward leading legacies worth repeating not deleting. Jonathan shares his experience and advice around the art and science of leading a team of creative professionals. Jonathan on LinkedInBook: Creative People Must Be StoppedThe Crazy One - Podcast from Stephen GatesEpisode 69: How to fight imposter syndromeConnect with Cara & JoeSupport the...


EP 029: Matthew Confer

Joe Suarez interviews Matthew Confer who is VP of Strategy and Business Development at Abilitie (pronounced ability), an experiential learning company based in Austin, Texas. They discuss various aspects of leadership, decision making, and Matthew's role at Abilitie facilitating leadership simulations. Matthew is also the the host of the Learn to Lead podcast which recently featured Cara North as a guest. Matthew on LinkedInMatthew of Twitter (@matthewconifer)Matthew's TEDx TalkAbilitieLearn...


EP 028: L&D Jobs Series Part 2 – Confessions of an ID Hiring Manager

As part 2 of our learning & development jobs series, Cara North shares her recent experience assuming the role of a hiring manager. While every organization is different and "your mileage may vary," the advice she provides should help L&D job seekers understand what to do, what not to do, and what a hiring manager may be expecting of job candidates throughout the hiring process. Resources shared: TLDC episode recording: Confessions Of An ID Hiring ManagerJob search and career advice from...


EP 027: L&D Jobs Series Part 1 – Advice for Job Seekers

After his recent experience finding a new job in 2019 and being let go in 2020, Joe Suarez decided to turn his misfortune into opportunity and share his lessons learned with others in the learning & development field. That kicked off a 4 part TLDC Job Seeker series. This episode of the podcast is a summary of his presentations along with helpful interjections and resources shared by co-host Cara North. Resources mentioned: TLDC Job Seeker SeriesArticulate's eLearning Heroes ChallengesKristin...


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...