Casey Jones – Mentor
Zones of Genius
- Wellsaid Labs
- Job Aids
- Learner Assessment
- Scenarios (including
What job/career did you transition from?
Before joining AIDA, I spent 16 years teaching middle and high school English, writing curriculum for the district and mentoring other teachers as an Instructional Facilitator. I began to enjoy being behind the scenes, developing lessons, and helping other teachers be more effective, and I was losing my passion for teaching, so I knew it was time for a change.
Why did you join AIDA?
I joined AIDA because when I decided to make the transition from teaching to corporate instructional design, I knew it was something I could not do on my own. I knew it was finally time to invest in myself and what I wanted for my future; more time with my family, more flexibility, and a healthier lifestyle, all of which were not compatible with my teaching career.
How did AIDA set you up for Success?
AIDA provided me ample opportunity to learn the technical tools, processes, and learning theories needed for my transition into corporate instructional design. In addition, the AIDA community helped me overcome imposter syndrome, build confidence, recognize my transferable skills, and supported me through every question, mistake, and setback. The feedback I received while developing my eLearning samples, portfolio, resume, and interview skills was invaluable to my success in the program and my ability to secure an Instructional Design job.
What do you love about AIDA?
Not only does AIDA offer everything you need to transition to corporate Instructional Design, it does this on your terms, and your timeline. There are multiple opportunities to join coaching calls each week, watch mentor-led trainings, or review them later when it’s convenient for you. Pod meetings, work sessions, and the Facebook group offer support and motivation every step of the way. AIDA truly is a powerful learning community.
What are you doing now?
I currently work full time for a non-profit organization developing eLearning for crisis center support staff and volunteers. While my primary role is an eLearning developer, I am involved in the review of previous curriculum, data analysis, needs assessment, design, and development. I am fully remote and am fulfilled knowing that the training I help develop supports those in need of crisis services.