Transition into a profitable Career inInstructional Design

Without Going to Grad School
(No experience required)

Applied Instructional Design Academy

Is the ONLY comprehensive, practical Career Development Program you’ll ever need to learn and practice what happens in the real-world and FAST TRACK your way to a REMOTE INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN CAREER!

IMAGINE IF YOU COULD BE ABLE TO DO THE FOLLOWING:

Sounds like a dream, right?

It’s not! This is the reality of Corporate Instructional Design

What if...

…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 an “in” to all these training agencies that hire freelancers for contract work so you could start developing your pipeline of contracts?

WELL YOU CAN!

Become a successful Instructional
Designer that
Stands Out from the crowd

with the skills, knowledge, and tools you need
to hit the ground running in the Corporate world.

Imagine if you could take 20 years of Instructional Design experience (both hiring and doing the work) and bottle it up into one program that would give you the A-Z of what you need in the real-world, without all the fluff?
Who is this program for?
You HaveThree Options

FOR ENTERING THE ID FIELD

1. DIY

You can read all the books, browse through websites, ask questions in Facebook groups.

Even after doing all that, you aren’t sure what is actually real.

You apply for a few jobs but don’t get anywhere, and of course they don’t tell you why.

A year goes by.. and you are just as confused as before an unpolished portfolio (or no portfolio) and no confidence.

You don’t have the accountability to keep going. That little voice in your head tells you this will never work, and so you stay STUCK.

2. Grad School

You take the academic route and go to grad school for Instructional Design.

You learn a lot of theory but still have no idea how the real world works.

You don’t learn any of the software tools that you need to be successful.

You create a portfolio that is a bunch of academic papers.

You apply for jobs and get a lot of “thanks but no thanks” letters with no feedback.

Maybe you get an interview but you bomb it because you can’t answer the questions.

Imposter syndrome creeps in and you start to think going back to school was a mistake.

3. AIDA

You get the support and accountability you need to set intentions and reach your goals.

You link arms with ID professionals and put 20 years of REAL-WORLD experience into your BACK POCKET.

You create an amazing portfolio that employers love.

You learn and are able to implement BEST PRACTICES that show you know what you are doing.

You gain confidence in interviews where you can speak to what actually happens in real life.

You achieve your goal of becoming a SUCCESSFUL, working Instructional Designer who STANDS OUT from the crowd.

The Applied Instructional Design Academy

is a compilation of the founder’s 20 years in this field (both hiring and doing the work) packaged up in a nice little bow, with all the best practices you need, so you can fast track through the process!

What sets AIDA Apart
How much can you make as an
Instructional Designer?

This is much higher than the national average for entry-level instructional designers
(The data below includes higher ed)

Take a peek at a conversation between AIDA graduates about their contract pay rates and how much they’ve made.

WAIT, THERE'S MORE!

Where have AIDA students been Hired

  • Salesforce
  • Google
  • Apple
  • Amazon
  • Cigna
  • DISH Network
  • TJ MAXX Corporate
  • Accreditation Council for Medical Affairs
  • Black Box
  • Intuit
  • US Department of Veteran Affairs
  • O’Neal Steel
  • ServiceNow
  • Advance Auto
  • AAA
  • Austech
  • Lam Research
  • GP Strategies
  • MedTrainer
  • Hard Rock International
  • Streamline VRS
  • Public Consulting Group
  • enCompass
  • Polaris
  • Susan G Komen Foundation
  • MainStreet Family Care
  • Ally Financial
  • Republic Finance
  • ASSURANCE IQ
  • Freedom Learning Group
  • Hanover Insurance
  • One Earth Future
  • Insight Global
  • Converging Solutions
Are you wondering if there is enough work out there for everyone entering the field?

The elearning industry was a $250 Billion industry in 2020 and is set to rise to $1 Trillion by 2026. Companies used to be able to train their employees in person using Subject Matter Experts, but since the pandemic, training is 90% online, and that requires Instructional Designers and eLearning Developers who are familiar with the tools. 

Employers get a lot of applicants for ID jobs but they are 90% unprepared for the role and don’t have a portfolio, so when you stand out from the crowd, you will float to the top.

This is one example I received from a hiring manager in the summer of 2022.

Employers that hire AIDA grads are often told they are more knowledgeable than the IDs that have been there for years.

Take a look at what employers have said about the AIDA grads they have hired.

Be among theTop Candidates for every ID job you apply for!

Our ID experts and mentors won’t let you send a single sample to a potential employer or recruiter that’s not hire-worthy. You’re going to learn, practice, and refine your samples until they are perfectly polished. Your samples will go through numerous revisions until they meet our high standards to ensure they are at the level employers are looking for. You don’t get this level of dedication in any other program.

Some of our members tried applying for ID jobs before coming to us. Sometimes they send hundreds of applications and get no bites. Others end up in interviews where they have no idea what they’re talking about. We fill in all the gaps that unqualified candidates are missing.

I’ve personally talked with employers who say their #1 concern with hiring new graduates is that they  have  no real understanding about how to get through a real project from start to finish. They need someone to hit the ground running, and when they do, create a training solution that gets results. That’s something school doesn’t teach.

Candidates that look good on paper don’t always perform well on the job. But you will! Employers are thrilled when they find someone like you who’s all trained and ready to start from day one. It’s like finding a ID unicorn! You get to be that unicorn.

What does a Stand Out
portfolio look like?

Take a look at some portfolios developed by AIDA students while in the program that have helped them get HIRED

Raine Millhorn

Rachel Prince

Nicole Burgett

Christine Gravelle

Brenda Barley-Kay

Dyan Zuber

Amanda Roschetzky

Agnes Szoltysek

Jaclyn Russo

Take a look at what our Graduates have to say

The AIDAPhilosophy

We use a scaffolding approach to learning, where you build on your skills but aren’t overwhelmed with all the things.  Feedback and continuous improvement is built in so that you are constantly improving and growing, and by the time you are done, you have a portfolio full of samples hiring managers are looking for and a lot of confidence to ace the interview. 

It’s not just about learning the skills and creating some samples.  It’s about creating samples THAT WILL GET YOU HIRED. Your first version of your samples won’t be your best work (unless you are an amazing graphic designer with a learning background.)  You will make a lot of newbie mistakes, and it’s not always easy to create the quality that IDs out in the field are creating.  It takes years to acquire these skills on your own because they are often unspoken (you can’t just google it.) 

We have a very specific process to help you create hire-ready samples, even if you feel you aren’t creative and don’t have any current skills to do so.

You will receive an AIDA credential issued by Credly

The credential integrates seamlessly with LinkedIn to show employers what you have done.

The credential is comprehensive of the skills it takes to be a successful instructional designer and includes the following: 

Applied Instructional Design Academy is ATD-official!

If you aren't familiar with the Association for Talent Development, or ATD, it’s 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.
Meet Jill Davidian

the founder of Applied Instructional Design Academy

Jill is a 20 year corporate Instructional Design veteran and is the CEO of Learning Strategy and Design, a custom learning solutions firm that has designed and developed training for Fortune 500 companies for 8 years.  She has had roles as a Senior Instructional Designer, eLearning Developer, Manager, etc. and worked with clients in many industries including banking, healthcare, government, IT/Tech, customer service/retail, manufacturing, oil and gas, and Big 4 consulting. 

She is also the single mom of a teenage son and a caregiver to her elderly mother.  This career has allowed her to pay off over $80k of debt, support both her son and her mother without worry, travel internationally 2-3 months a year and so much more.  

Her favorite hobby is traveling – it was her motivation for working remotely in the first place! 64 countries down for me and 24 for my son. 

She is passionate about helping others to achieve that same freedom through Instructional Design.

Jill Davidian, FOUNDER & CEO

This is just a sample of the companies she worked with:

What You Get Inside The Program
  • SHARED USE OF THE SOFTWARE TOOLS YOU WILL USE IN THE PROGRAM (UP TO 5 MONTHS) IS INCLUDED – STORYLINE, RISE, VYOND, WELL SAID LABS (UP TO A $1500 VALUE) 
  • A comprehensive, proprietary step-by-step process that you won’t find anywhere else
  • Over 300+ Trainings in a Training Portal Website
  • Weekly Group Coaching Calls and Mentorship (5+ a WEEK)
  • Detailed review of all portfolio samples
  • Feedback, guidance, and assistance on your resume, portfolio site, interview assessments, and mock interviews
  • A DIGITAL APPLIED INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN CREDENTIAL issued by Credly, composed of 8 Badges 
  • A small Success Pod of other program members that meets every 2 weeks 
  • A personal Success Advisor
  • Support from Instructional Design mentors who are working in ID
  • Private (super supportive) Community for feedback and peer support
  • Access to REAL WORLD Work Samples that you can deconstruct and analyze
  • Source Content Library to create your portfolio (no more looking for content to create samples)
  • Mindset training to keep you on track
  • Networking Calls, Co-Working Sessions, Book Club, Ad Hoc Trainings, and MORE!

Are you ready to take action and achieve FREEDOM?

Applied Instructional Design Academy
9-Month Cohort

$7300

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Click here to explore financing options.

If approved they will send you the money directly which you can use to purchase the program. Once you have applied and been approved, please email your APPROVAL to your Workshop Advisor or send to support@learningstrategyanddesign.com so we can hold your spot (it takes several day to receive the funds.)

PayPal Credit offers financing options when you select “PayPal” for your payment option at checkout (click the button above to start the sign up process for AIDA first). Currently PayPal Credit offers no-interest credit if you pay off your loan in the first 6 months.

Disclaimer: Subject to credit approval. Learning Strategy & Design is not affiliated with any of these lenders. These are simply options that members have used in the past.

Frequently Asked Questions

Maybe this isn’t the beginning of your journey to becoming an ID. Maybe you’ve gone to grad school or you’re a teacher or already training people on the job and you just need help getting a job.

What we do is fill in the gaps in your skills and knowledge. Some of those gaps you won’t even be aware you have until they appear later. This comprehensive program ensures you fill all the gaps so you’re well-positioned from all angles for a career in ID. We make sure to get you all the way over the finish line, not “almost there.”

You should expect to spend a minimum of 10 hours a week on the content, which will get you through the credential content in 8 months or so, with time to look for jobs while we support you in that process. If you have more time, you can finish quicker.  The quickest would be about 4 months if you were working on AIDA for about 30 hours a week.

The overall program is 9 months, but you can get a job or contract sooner, depending on how much time you have to dedicate to it.

 

Even if you finish the content or land a contract earlier than that, you get continued access to your materials, Success Advisor, and community for the inevitable questions and challenges that come up once you start your new job. If your new employer asks you to prepare an animation you don’t know how to, we’re here to teach you (and look competent for your boss). If you need help negotiating the terms of your contract, we can help with that too. 

 

You need to have a computer with a minimum of 8GB RAM, 512GB hard drive, and i5 or newer processor. If you plan to use Storyline, you’ll need to use Windows. You can run Storyline on a Mac with a virtual desktop program like Parallels or Bootcamp. Jill’s favorite models are the Dell XPS or HP Envy.

 

No, you don’t have to buy any additional tools for AIDA. We provide shared use of all the industry-standard tools we use in the program. You get access to Articulate Storyline, Rise, Camtasia, and Vyond (a $1500 VALUE!) while you’re active in the program.  You’ll create assets in these tools for your portfolio that you can take with you after you complete the program.

Can you create a PowerPoint? If so, you have enough skills to be an instructional designer. There’s no coding or advanced tech required. If you struggle to create a basic PowerPoint, this career path may not be right for you.

No. We don’t offer refunds after payment has been made, except in extenuating circumstances. If you feel like you’ve changed your mind after joining, let’s talk. I’m pretty good at problem-solving and we can find a way to make it work. You signed up for a reason! I don’t want to see you back down from achieving the FREEDOM you want so bad!

Imagine a comprehensive, practical Master’s degree program in Instructional Design that actually gives you the practical knowledge, skills, practice, and experience you need to get hired in the field. 

AIDA is also the ONLY program to offer shared use of all of the industry-standard software for up to 5 months, so you don’t have to take on that extra expense. 

AIDA is the only program that offers a step-by-step, scaffolding process that builds as you go through the program and includes practical application and high levels of feedback.  You won’t skirt by in this program.  We have a rigorous standard to get you to a certain level by the end, but we do it with love and you will be so proud of your growth. 

And we have a really valuable contract referral base to help you land your first projects. No other program covers every angle of establishing a career in ID like AIDA.

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