Are you ready to get off the spiral of burn out, overwhelm, confusion, and frustration, and get clarity, support, focus, paid experience, and accountability, that will ultimately lead to a path of FREEDOM?
Become a successful Instructional Designer that STANDS OUT from the crowd, with the skills, knowledge, and tools you need in the Corporate world.
WHO IS THIS PROGRAM FOR?
START YOUR PATH TO FREEDOM
WELCOME to the ONLY Career Development Program you'll ever need to cut the noise, learn and practice what happens in the real-world, bridge the gap, and FAST TRACK your way to a REMOTE INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN CAREER!
DO ANY OF THESE SOUND LIKE YOU?
IF SO, THEN I'D BET ONE OF THESE IS ALSO TRUE...
You KNOW you need to be in an industry that is booming, even during a pandemic, that you can also do online consistently, if needed.
You've thought about ID, and maybe even dabbled in it, but lack of REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE, MENTORSHIP, CONTACTS, and DIRECTION has been the linchpin holding you back from making progress, changing careers, and getting the freedom you've always wanted.
I'm so glad you found me..
Imagine if you could take my 20 years of experience in the field and bottle it up into one program..
One that would give you the A-Z of what you need in the real-world, without all the fluff?
Jon's Journey from Teacher / Master's Degree to Instructional Designer
I started my job search in 2019 after I left teaching. My wife took a job that required us to move in October, and I felt confident that I could land something.
Like most, my grad program didn't prepare me for the corporate world. They left out development and made no mention of the different modalities. As I made it past recruiters, then to panel interviews, and then to creating work samples - I found myself filling in gaps to complete tasks, but it was never enough. Eventually, they figured out my shortcomings.
I joined Applied Instructional Design Academy in July. I knew what I was doing wasn't working. I just didn't know how to solve the problem.
Stats starting October 2019
Asked to create 12 custom work samples
1 permanent full-time job offer
Many thanks to Jill for putting this program together. I'd still be unemployed and wondering why otherwise.
Thanks to Dunya (my Accountability Coach) for keeping up with me each month and sharing the struggle.
Thanks for everyone else in the program that has allowed me to share and grow.
~Jon LaRosa, Applied Instructional Design Academy student
..you could learn from someone else's mistakes and best practices to fast track your way through to being successful in the field?
..you had confidence to walk into an interview and answer the question, "What's your Instructional Design process?"
..you could create a portfolio that looks like it was created by a professional Instructional Designer, avoiding the noticeable "newbie" mistakes?
..you had a Mentor to ask when your potential new client / employer says something to you and you aren't sure if you are supposed to know what it is (and you don't want to look dumb)?
you could get real world experience to put on your resume and portfolio and, you know, avoid that chicken and egg thing of not being able to get experience when you don't have any?
..you could have someone to ask when that Storyline issue has been tripping you up for hours and you can't seem to find the answer on YouTube?
..you had an "in" to all these training agencies that hire freelancers for contract work so you could start developing your pipeline of contracts?
..you could sit down and estimate the hours to complete a project and have help when providing a quote to a potential client or contract company?
YOU KNOW YOU AREN'T WHERE YOU NEED TO BE BUT FEEL LIKE IT'S RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER
YOU HAVE TWO OPTIONS:
The Applied Instructional Design Academy is the ONLY REAL-WORLD Instructional Design Program with an 20 year ID veteran that is like a practical Master's degree. It will walk with you side by side through a PROPIETARY step-by-step method that puts together all the pieces of the puzzle, so you can STAND OUT from the crowd of new IDs in the field, successfully jumpstart your career, and gain FREEDOM through this field.
I didn’t believe I would be able to jump into contract work without working a more classic, full time position first. I had been applying to ID jobs semi-regularly for 5 months prior to starting the program. My hope had been to strengthen my ID skills, grow my professional network and land 2 contracts by the end of the 6 months.
7 weeks in and I’ve already done that. Through course content and group coaching calls, I was able to improve my resume, portfolio and land my 1st part-time fully remote contract, all about 5 weeks after the course started! I’m looking forward to the remaining months to continue to improve upon that list and gain knowledge from Jill’s expertise.
The ability to actually speak with a mentor and hear other questions and answers weekly has allowed me to accomplish a goal every week. That’s been invaluable.
This program was an investment for me that I was nervous about. I feel I’ve already got my money’s worth, plus some, this early on.
~Miranda Martin, Applied Instructional Design Academy student
The Applied Instructional Design Academy is a compilation of my 20 years in this field, and my 10 years working remotely, packaged up in a nice little bow for you, with all the best practices you need, so you can fast track through the process! No stone has been left unturned.
I've literally thought through every roadblock you might run into transitioning to Instructional Design, and especially working remotely.
It's a PROGRAM, not a COURSE.
What does that mean?
I walk you step-by-step through your journey as your mentor. I have developed a proprietary process for teaching Instructional Design and eLearning Development through my last couple of years or mentoring / coaching and analyzing how people learn this field. It's like a PRACTICAL Master's that teaches you what you actually need to know and prove to employers, BUT you do it at your own pace with a coach guiding you through AND a whole community of support (I know time constraints can be an issue but we will work through that.)
I don't send you a link to some online training and leave you hanging with all the questions and no way to implement. It's not something that ends after 6 or 8 weeks, leaving you wondering what's next. We implement TOGETHER!
Not only are there training videos and resources to walk you step by step, but you will get real-world coaching, mentorship, and support from me, a 20 year veteran of the field.
You will learn Instructional Design, eLearning Development, how corporate projects run, Storyline and Rise, and itself, and everything you need to create a portfolio, optimize your resume, find remote work, interview, navigate remote contracts, and land a remote position.
This is a comprehensive solution that will give you what you need from A-Z, or just the part you need, as you will see below.
You also become part of an AMAZING community of support, from our mentors, to our members, and of course, the support you get from me.
If you are interested, there is no other program this comprehensive out there, with real world experience, that will teach and prepare you to freelance and get remote work in this field! (There are many in the program that are also seeking full-time jobs.)
Interested in taking a look at portfolio and eLearning samples designed and developed by AIDA students while in the program?
Click the link below.
**Note that these portfolios and samples were created from SCRATCH 95% of the time. They are not from past work, as they are brand new to the field.
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May's Journey from Educator to Corporate Instructional Designer
I was just reflecting on how 2020 went for me. I have had quite a year going from having no clients for freelance at the start of the year to having more than I can handle by the end of the year.
One big lesson I learned in Jill's program is not to self-limit the jobs I apply for. I was so hesitant at first and stuck in my lack of self-confidence that I would only apply to some of the jobs I came across because I didn't feel like I qualified for most of them.
At one point, I almost didn't accept a contract that a training company offered me because I took a look at all the tasks listed and got worried about not being familiar with half of it. I asked Jill, and now I'm so glad I accepted that contract that has now become one of the companies that consistently gives me work.
I'm happy to say that I've accepted a new regular full-time position in ID in a team-lead role that focuses primarily on eLearning Development. At the same time that I received this offer, I was also offered a regular, full-time Senior ID job at another company and was able to negotiate between the two. Both jobs are higher level roles that I normally would have disqualified myself from.
So for the first time in 19 years, I'm leaving the education field! Excited and nervous to be leaving the corporate world full-time, but so ready for it.
~May Chang, Applied Instructional Design Academy student
Applied ID Academy is ATD-official!
If you aren't familiar with ATD, they are the premier trade organization for the field of Instructional Design. We are pre-approved as a professional development company, and Applied Instructional Design Academy will give 60 credits towards the APTD and CPTD certifications they offer, which are industry-recognized certifications in the field. Normally you have to piece together professional development from various approved sources, but we offer the complete package - 60 is all you need. There is also an experience requirement and a test that you take.
YOUR STEP-BY-STEP PLAN: THE APPLIED INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN CREDENTIAL ISSUED BY CREDLY
The credential you will earn is a way of documenting and showing what you have learned in an official way for future employers and clients. It is issued by Credly, the company that issues credentials for big-name companies like SAP, and it is integrated with LinkedIn.
You will also get a link for your resume, portfolio, or anywhere you want to share it. The credential link will provide details about the tasks and projects you completed and the information you learned in order to earn it.
The credential is comprehensive of the skills it takes to be a successful instructional designer and includes the following:
Projects simulated to reflect real-client work (i.e. you will take a storyboard that looks like what a real client would give you and develop the course)
Detailed coach and peer feedback and opportunities to revise and improve
Rubrics and checklists to make sure your work samples for your portfolio and simulated client project deliverables follow best practices and meet industry standards
Reflection so you learn the reason behind why things are done the way they are to enhance your performance in the future
There will be 8 badges - eLearning, Instructional Design, Storyline, Rise, Camtasia, Vyond, VILT, and the overall Credential, based on the LEARN framework below:
~Elaine Cheng, Applied Instructional Design Academy student
*** Elaine went on to get a full-time contract in Instructional Design after 3 months in the program with a large Fortune 500 company
What Topics are Covered in Applied Instructional Design Academy?
MEET JILL DAVIDIAN, COACH AND MENTOR TO NEW INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNERS
I work with people like you who are looking to transition to Instructional Design and eventually want a REMOTE career, but don't know where to start or how to gain that real-world knowledge.
I am the CEO of Learning Strategy and Design, a custom learning solutions firm that employs multiple contract remote IDs and designs and develops training for Fortune 500 companies. I have been in the Instructional Design field for 20 years, 6 of which has been working remotely with my own company. I have had roles as a Senior Instructional Designer, eLearning Developer, Manager, etc. for clients in many industries including banking, healthcare, government, IT/Tech, customer service/retail, manufacturing, oil and gas, and Big 4 consulting.
I'm also a single mom of a 14 year old son and I am also a caregiver to my elderly mother. This career has allowed me to pay off over $80k of debt, support both my son and my mother without worry, travel internationally 2-3 months a year, take care of my mom when she was going through cancer, and so much more. I get teary eyed thinking about how my life would have been so different had I not found this career.
My favorite hobby is traveling - it was my motivation for freelancing remotely in the first place! 60 countries down for me and 20 for my son - you can see some of them below!
This is just a sample of the companies I have done work for:
You May Be Thinking - Is there Enough Work Out There, Especially Remotely?
I get it! When I was still working a full-time job, I had the same questions and the same fears.. Looking back, it's hard to imagine that I ever questioned remote work, but I did.
. Well, I'm here to tell you from the other side, that there is PLENTY! I recorded a short video of all of my invoices submitted for 2018 and 2019 to show you just how much work there is. These were for many different clients. I often have up to 10 projects at one time and have freelancers working for me, hence the reason there are so many in a short period.
I started by dipping my toe in and getting my first remote contract while working full-time, and that's what I suggest you do too, until you are comfortable. And I will be here to support you every step of the way! We will work on a strategy that makes you feel GOOD about this.
I was working a full time job that wasn't a good fit for me. I was unhappy mentally and physically. I decided that I needed a change and wanted more freedom. Freedom to work where and when was best for me. I was planning on quitting and starting my own business. I have been interested in instructional design for 5+ years but didn't know where to start. I started a trello board of ID vocabulary words and websites that talked about instructional design. It felt like a bottomless pit of information. I felt unorganized. I was considering an ID Masters or Certificate, but I wasn't even sure how to pick between the many programs out there. What did I need to learn? I was back at the beginning before I knew it.
I joined a number of online ID communities on LinkedIn and Facebook. FREEDOM Through REMOTE Instructional Design and eLearning Development was one of them. Through this group I found Jill's Coaching Program which I joined right away. The program gave me the confidence I needed to quit my full time job and become a Remote Instructional Designer.
Her coaching program has laid out exactly what I need to know and how to learn it. I have watched online videos, joined coaching calls, attended a 6 hour storyline bootcamp, and more. Jill's program is awesome and I am going to be working as a Remote Instructional Designer in no time!
~Heather Howes, Applied Instructional Design Academy student
**Heather has since gotten an ID contract in an area she really wanted to work in and is living out her purpose.
HEAR WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
Erin Lana, Applied Instructional Design Academy Student
"I took Jill's program and can attest to her coaching abilities. She always gives such helpful feedback on my projects, portfolio, and resume. Her attention to detail and authentic concern for my success is refreshing. I am highly recommending her to everyone I know. If you decide to take her program, you will not regret it. She's amazing at what she does and is inspiring me as I jump into this new career."
Kate Compton, Applied Instructional Design Academy Student
"I took Jill's program and I am very glad I did. IT offered the structure necessary to wade through what can be an overwhelming swath of information. One of the really nice things about her program is that is does give a clearly defined pathway to learning what you need to get going. She's been responsive beyond the call of duty to answer questions and offer advice. At one point she offered 1:1 calls and I had just finished my first draft of my first Storyline sample. She literally walked through the entire thing with me, slide by slide, giving pointers and explaining some advanced things I wanted to be able to do that she hadn't taught yet in the program."
Stephanie Lynn, Applied Instructional Design Academy Student
"The accountability and encouragement have been great! The trainings are much more in depth and the best practices tips thrown into many of the trainings make it worth it!"
Dyan Zuber, Applied Instructional Design Academy Student
"Man, you are worth every penny of this program!"
THAT LITTLE VOICE THAT TELLS YOU THAT YOU CAN'T DO THIS WON'T GO AWAY UNTIL....
You close your eyes, hold your breath, and jump. You have to recognize it, push past it and train it to be quiet! Don't wait for it to go away.. for the "right time.. Because it won't go away and the "right" time will never come. I promise.
You wouldn't be looking at this page right now and I wouldn't have a coaching program if I waited for the "right" time. I told myself the same stories and didn't start this program for 2 years.. and I finally just took a leap of faith, cut off all my client income, and went all in. And I promise you, I STILL hear that voice sometimes, but I know how to push it to the side now.
Even millionaires struggle with this. The difference between someone who achieves their hopes and dreams and someone who doesn't is ACTION.
Are you ready to take action and achieve FREEDOM?
The program includes:
* Learning Instructional Design and eLearning Development
* Learning the required software tools
* Building a Portfolio and preparing your resume, LinkedIn, as well as learning interviewing skills
* Supporting you through the job seeking process
*Supporting you while working your first contract
If you need to spread out your payments you can check out the Personal Loan options through Upstart. If approved they will send you the money directly which you can use to purchase the program.Learn More
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
1. I feel like I only need a part of this program. Is there another option?
2. I don't want to wait 9 months to get work. Why is it so long?
3. I am really busy. I'm not sure that I have time for this program.
5. I've already spend a lot of time and money on grad school. Why do I need another program?
6. What if I want a job in education or higher-ed? Is this program for me?
7. Can I get a refund if I change my mind after the program starts?
THE PRICE INCREASES...