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Welcome to IDIODC

New to IDIODC? What is IDIODC all about?

Well, it's pretty simple. IDIODC, short for: Instructional Designers In Offices Drinking Coffee, is a weekly, live video and podcast used to help ID's with pain points and provide best practices and insight. Every Wednesday morning at 9am ET, the upbeat and candid conversation encourages peers to participate in the chat and share their own personal insight! Often bringing on guests, our hosts Brent Schlenker and Chris Van Wingerden keep it real with ...
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Gifts For The eLearning Professional: Holiday Season Edition - IDIODC Ep#37

This episode was made for you if you're wondering what the heck to get for that instructional designer or eLearning developer in your life. This episode is all about the things we love to use in our professional work.

Brent and Chris count down 10(ish) gifts ideas for learning professionals. In the spirit of being budget conscious, all items are kept under $100USD. However, there may be a couple exceptions that will be well worth the added expense.

Here is a list of the items spoken about...
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RE-thinking Your eLearning Design: Blended & Responsive With Special Guest Mike Taylor -IDIODC Ep#36

For the next 39 minutes, Chris and Brent bring on Mike Taylor from Mindset Digital! The three chat about great ways to instil entertaining and digestible learning experiences.

Known for his practical, street-savvy style; with over two decades of real-life, in-the-trenches experience, designing and delivering learning experiences, Mike Taylor understands that effective learning isn’t about the latest fad or trendy new tools.
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The OG's of xAPI: With Special Guest Aaron Silvers - IDIODC Ep#35

Brent and Chris bring on one of the most influential stewards of the xAPI standard, Aaron Silvers. He holds all the scars of battles won of taking the learning analytics need from idea to Government standard.

During this episode, the three take a trip down memory lane and talk about WHY xAPI needed to be born, and how a small but dedicated band of OG's made that happen. Aaron is now working with analytics and big data in a BIG way. So we're certain to cover that topic as well. Join us for a...
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Psychology, Design and eLearning: With Special Guest Connie Malamed - IDIODC Ep#34

This week Chris and Brent bring on special guest Connie Malamed. The three talk visual design and creativity as well as the psychology around eLearning, as presented in her two books: Visual Design Solutions and Visual Language for Designers.

You can check out her two books on Amazon here:
Visual Design Solutions - https://tinyurl.com/y8usk69m
Visual Language for Designers - https://tinyurl.com/y8ntnszq


Check out a few of these awesome resources by Connie related to visual design and p...
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Why is Responsive Design so Different? - IDIODC Ep#1

Welcome to the first episode of IDIODC, during this first session you'll meet our hosts, Chris and Brent and learn the roles they play at dominKnow. After the two introduce themselves, they go over one the most important aspect of making eLearning more engaging and learner centric - responsive design. You'll get a breakdown of what responsive design really is and how it's helping make the L
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What Makes eLearning Bad? - IDIODC Ep#2

During this episode Brent and Chris go over the what-not-do in eLearning so you can increase learner engagement. The two chat about using innovative learning ideas and avoiding boring content with interactivity, good design and more!
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Pros and Cons of Audio Narration in eLearning - IDIODC Ep#3

Brent and Chris talk about how, when and where to use audio narration in eLearning. The session highlights tips and tricks to ensure when using audio narration you enable learners and not drive them away.
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Simple steps to speed up media file loading - IDIODC Ep#4

This episode, Brent and Chris provide some best practices to speeding up media uploading with file resolution, image quality compression, internet speed and video delivery server considerations.
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Three-Act Storytelling as Learning Design Tool - IDIODC Ep#5

What's three act storytelling and how does the principle apply to eLearning? Over this episode, Brent and Chris explain how to use a three-act storytelling approach along with provide examples of how the device is used in eLearning.
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Getting Started with xAPI - IDIODC Ep#6

During this episode of IDIODC the gang chats about the basics of what xAPI is, how it works and a few different tips and tricks to get xAPI-first-timers started.
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Live from LSCon 2018 - IDIODC Ep#7

During this episode of IDIODC, the gang talks live from Learning Solutions Conference and Expo about the show. Going over a few of the event's trending topics such as xAPI, VR, Dungeons and Dragons, responsive content and more.
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Interactive Video - What can you do? - IDIODC Ep#9

During this episode of IDIODC, Brent and Chris chat about the pros of using interactive video in eLearning. The duo goes ove a couple examples of interactive video while they chat best practices and tips for making your own.
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Microlearning: Is smaller better? - IDIODC Ep#10

During this episode of IDIODC, Chris and Brent talk about the pros and cons to microlearning, when the right time is to use it, and the wave of using microlearning for training in modern day.
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What happens at DevLearn doesn't stay at DevLearn: With Special Guest Bianca Woods - IDIODC Ep#30

During this episode of IDIODC Chris and Brent bring on Senior Manger of Programming for the eLearning Guild and founder of Clever Raptor, Bianca Woods.

The three chat DevLearn 2018, what's new to the trade show and what's great that is staying. This episode is ideal for first-time-eLearning-Guild conference-goers.
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