Meet our hosts, hear a shout-out to author Cammy Bean about her book “The Accidental Instructional Designer,” and get some insight into the roles and responsibilities of the array of professionals involved in developing and building training initiatives in the workplace. It is not unusual for subject matter experts (SMEs) to be asked to assist in the development of new training materials. It is also not unusual for some of those SMEs to change direction and move their careers toward the development side of training projects. Jeremy Brown and Dr. Tara Roberson-Moore both started as SMEs – so, if you are new or have been asked to help out with a training project – they have been where you are! It can be confusing – with theories, and philosophies, and frameworks, and models – oh my! But when it comes down to it – all of those things point back to common sense. Listen as they make the connections, provide tips, and leave the pod with information on how to get free job aids you can use in your ID work every day.
I went to a small private college in NC- they gave the most scholarships. I graduated with a B.S. in Computer Information Systems. There were no jobs near me, so I had 2 choices: High School keyboarding teacher or installing cable. Installing cable paid more, so…
I installed cable for 7 years. I wasn’t the best tech because I didn’t enjoy it. Being a tech is a long and thankless job, the work never stops, and you’re judged on how fast you move. That wasn’t for me.
I found something I was passionate about when I joined the training dept. I was a go-between for Field Ops and L&D. I took what field employees said, removed the expletives, and gave it to the L&D team. After awhile, I was promoted to an ID. Since then, I’ve developed training for front-end employees, with compliance training sprinkled in.
My podcast role: remember what it was like when I was a front-end employee, and to bring that experience as a SME, and my experience as an ID, to each topic.
I have a doctorate in Workforce and Adult Education. I’ve been an ID/developer longer than I’ve been a doctor. My pursuit of an advanced degree is because I LOVE to learn. I backed into ID work – like many IDs.
My career started in journalism. Success depended on making connections, interviewing, taking great notes, analyzing docs/info, and figuring out how to present it to my audience in a limited space.
When journalism changed, I got my master’s in criminal justice. I worked with victims and witnesses to make them more comfortable with the criminal justice process. I taught others around the state about the processes and our administrative approaches. I was a regular presenter for the U.S. Dept. of Justice office.
My ID role? Total accident. I ended up presenting and teaching best practices. I’m a person who likes to know the “why. That’s what my education provides me – the why.
My podcast role: provide the “why” behind what we do as IDs.