In our second episode we start our conversation about each of the roles that we identified in our first episode. We go into detail about Jeremy’s current role, the Instructional Designer. We share how IDs work with clients and how IDs utilize research-based development processes throughout the project lifecycle to make effective learning. What IDs actually do is not widely known, and we wanted to shine a light on how we work and what we do every day. This is the start of our three episode stint, with each episode highlighting some of the biggest roles in the process: IDs, SMEs, and PMs.
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.