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January 12, 2023

Ed Tech, Higher Ed, and Corporate IDs – What’s the difference?

Jumpstart Your Instructional Design Career
Jumpstart Your Instructional Design Career
Ed Tech, Higher Ed, and Corporate IDs - What's the difference?
Show Notes

Here’s what to expect from this episode:

Ed Tech, Higher Ed, and Corporate IDs – What type of instructional design should you pursue? If you’re unsure what options there are, this episode is for you! While this podcast specifically focuses on corporate, it’s important to understand all three avenues of instructional design so you can decide which path is best for you, and tailor your portfolio, resume, and interviewing skills to match.

This episode explores the differences between ed tech, higher ed, and corporate IDs. This episode will help you to understand the tasks and responsibilities associated with each type of instructional design and the varying employment factors such as salary, work-life balance, and job security.

Topics Covered:

  • Ed-tech for the classroom and why I consider this route “ID adjacent”
  • Higher ed and why IDs are sometimes called instructional technologists
  • Corporate instructional design and e-learning
  • Work-life balance in ed tech, higher ed, and corporate ID
  • Salaries, job security, and remote work opportunities
  • Deciding which path is right for you

What other questions do you have about the different types of instructional design? Make sure to join us in our Facebook group to continue the discussion. If you’re ready to get started in corporate ID, visit our website for additional resources and information on our FREE five-day workshops.

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Episode 2: How the Instructional Design Process is like Building a House

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Thinking about a career in Corporate Instructional Design but have no idea how to get started? Wondering if it’s right for you? Trying to figure out how to stand out from the crowd and actually land your ID job? If any of these questions were a “YES”, and you want to get the REAL DEAL from someone with 20 years of Corporate ID experience, check out and subscribe to our podcast below!

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Jill Davidian

Jill is a 20 year veteran in the Instructional Design space, working as an ID/eLearning Developer and hiring them. She is the founder of Learning Strategy and Design, a custom learning solutions firm that designs learning for corporate clients, and she has helped over 500 aspiring Instructional Designers stand out and transition into the field through her 9-month ID career development program, Applied Instructional Design Academy.

She has her ear to the ground on what hiring managers are looking for and her passion is helping YOU create FREEDOM through this field.

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