A Day in the Life of an Instructional Designer

Although I’ve been creating training for over six years now, it wasn’t until school let out last June that I started doing ID work full time. Today, for the first time since I started preschool, I didn’t go back to school.

People often ask me what I do now that I’m not in the classroom. Over the last two months, I’ve learned to claim a new title: Instructional Designer. The only problem is, most people don’t really have context for what that means. So here’s a day in my life as instructional designer.

5:42 AM | Wake up 3 minutes before the alarm goes off.

6 AM | Pour my coffee and read Twitter.

6:45 AM | Head into my home office and reply to all of the emails I’ve been neglecting.

7 AM | Make corrections on a slide deck based on client feedback.

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7:30 AM | Create a new business card with my new logo and new title.

8 AM | Update my website to incorporate my new logo and color scheme.

9 AM | Finish creating newsletter template for client.

9:15 AM | Update slide deck with linked resources to support in-person training.

9:45 AM | Follow up with client on project plan.

10 AM | Create slide deck to be used on-boarding eLearning presentation.

11:23 AM | Make lunch and eat it because I’m hungry.

12 PM | Create graphics for upcoming events.

12:30 PM | Take care of details for upcoming trip.

1 PM | Export final copy of course quiz built in Articulate Storyline. Upload to CourseSites. Test course.

1:30 PM | Go for run around the park admiring the beautiful mountains. Walk home writing this blog post in my head.

2:30 PM | Write blog post.

I’m so grateful to being doing the work I’m doing.

Video of the Week: "The Possibilities are Beautiful | Full Version | Ulta Beauty"

Makeup companies often receive critique for encouraging a people to be fake. Ulta Beauty is following the lead of many other makeup companies creating advertisements combating against that stereotype. Take a look:

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Here’s what I’m wondering;

  • Whose “voices” are represented in this video? Whose are not?

  • How does playing Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful” in the background impact the message?

  • Do you agree with the message Ulta Beauty portrays in this message?

  • This video shows many different makeup styles. Does that make their claim that “the possibilities are beautiful” more convincing to you?

Video of the Week: "Bill Nye Explains Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew"

Advertising is a science. There’s always some deeper strategy going on below the surface. What do you think is going on below the surface of this new ad from Starbucks?

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Here’s what I’m wondering:

  • Did you feel like Bill Nye fully explained the science of nitro cold brew? Why or why not?

  • How does this ad use ethos, logos, and pathos to try to convince you to drink nitro cold brew?

  • What impact does having Bill Nye in this ad have that a different scientist might not have?

  • Two weeks after publishing, this view only has 53,745 views. Do you think Starbucks has received their monies worth on this video?

  • What would you want to explain in this Bill Nye style?

Video of the Week: "NF - When I Grow Up"

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Happy August! If you’re a teacher, I hope you’re feeling rested and inspired for the new school year ahead! Even though I won’t be in the classroom this year, I’m committed to continuing to offer Video of the Week. Using a video every week with my students last year was inspiring and thought-provoking for all of us, and I hope you find it the same for you.

In back to school Instagram photos, parents are always asking their kids what they want to be when they grow up. Let’s explore that same question by listening to this song from NF (I recommend putting closed captioning on):

Questions I’m thinking about:

  • How has your answer to the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” changed (or not changed) over time?

  • How does starting this music video with real kids impact the message?

  • What are your “ridiculous dreams”? How do people communicate that your dreams are ridiculous? Who defines which dreams are ridiculous and which ones are realistic?

  • What’s on your list of “I just wanna…”?

Video of the Week: "Zentangle step by step | tutorial #1"

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A couple of weeks ago, we took a Zentangle class at our local art studio. Zentangle is a meditative form of doodling that encourages creators to be present and grateful. But it’s also just an easy way to be guided in doodling. This weekend we did it with my nieces, and I was impressed at how long their attention lasted.

Before you begin the tutorial below, do these steps:

  1. Create a 4x4 inch square paper.

  2. Draw a dot in each corner of the paper.

  3. Draw a line connecting the dots with a pencil to create a border.

  4. Start the tutorial below!