EdUp EdTech, hosted by Holly Owens

EdUp EdTech, hosted by Holly Owens.

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143: Using the iSpring AI Assistant for Course Creation ft. Anna Poli, Senior Instructional Designer, iSpring Solutions

143: Using the iSpring AI Assistant for Course Creation ft. Anna Poli, Senior Instructional Designer, iSpring Solutions

In this video episode of EdUp Learning and Development, host Holly Owens and guest Anna Poli from iSpring discuss the updates and new features of iSpring Suite Max. Anna showcases the iSpring Cloud platform and demonstrates how to use the AI assistant to generate course titles and quiz questions. She also highlights the ability to customize the design of learning content, adjust column widths, and add audio to answer choices in quizzes.


Additionally, Anna introduces the iSpring Content Library, which offers a wide range of assets for course creation, including characters and illustrations. The episode concludes with information on how to schedule a demo and access additional resources.

142: Closing the Gap: Aligning Education and Workforce Systems with Angie Besendorfer Chief Impact Officer at AstrumU

142: Closing the Gap: Aligning Education and Workforce Systems with Angie Besendorfer Chief Impact Officer at AstrumU

In this episode of EdUp Learning and Development, host Holly Owens interviews Dr. Angie Besendorfer, Chief Impact Officer at AstrumU. They discuss the challenges of the current job application process and the need for a more equitable and effective system. AstrumU is a data and insights company that aims to level the playing field in the skills economy. They help individuals create verified skills profiles and work with learning institutions and employers to provide career insights and upskilling opportunities. The conversation highlights the importance of communication and collaboration between education and workforce systems to better align skills and job opportunities.

Takeaways -

  • The current job application process is broken and disadvantages many qualified individuals.
  • AstrumU aims to level the playing field in the skills economy by providing verified skills profiles and career insights.
  • There is a need for better communication and collaboration between education and workforce systems to align skills and job opportunities.
  • The traditional resume is a static document that does not effectively showcase an individual's skills and abilities


This amazing episode was sponsored by ⁠iSpring Solutions ⁠

Go check out all their products ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠and use the code HOLLY-OWENS-SUITE for 10% off your purchase.

141: Continuous Learning and Growth in L&D: A Conversation with Sean Jennison, Senior Learning Experience Manager at Amazon

141: Continuous Learning and Growth in L&D: A Conversation with Sean Jennison, Senior Learning Experience Manager at Amazon

In this episode, we got interview the amazing Sean Jennison, the Senior DSP Learning Experience Manager at Amazon. Sean shares his journey into the learning and development space, starting from wanting to be a geography teacher to teaching English in Madrid. He discusses his role at Amazon, which involves developing learning strategies and delivering training interventions for last mile logistics. Sean emphasizes the importance of putting the learner at the heart of everything and seeking feedback to continuously improve. He also highlights the value of networking and connecting with others in the L&D field.


Key Takeways

  • Put the learner at the heart of everything you do in learning and development.
  • Connect with as many people as possible in the L&D field and be open to networking.
  • Seek feedback and be open to making improvements based on that feedback.
  • Continuously learn and grow in the field by utilizing resources, such as books, e-learning platforms, and YouTube videos.

This amazing episode was sponsored by ⁠iSpring Solutions ⁠

Go check out all their products ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠and use the code HOLLY-OWENS-SUITE for 10% off your purchase.

140: Unlocking Learning Potential: Julie Dirksen on Behavioral Change and Instructional Design

140: Unlocking Learning Potential: Julie Dirksen on Behavioral Change and Instructional Design

In this episode, the hosts welcome Julie Dirksen, an instructional design and learning development expert. They discuss Julie's journey into the L&D space, her new book 'Talk to the Elephant,' and strategies for designing effective learning experiences that genuinely change behavior. Julie also shares valuable advice for transitioning teachers looking to enter the instructional design field.

Takeaways

  • Transitioning teachers should consider the differences in daily tasks and energy levels between teaching and instructional design roles.
  • Engaging trusted opinion leaders and involving experienced individuals in the conversation can lead to better buy-in and co-creation of solutions.
  • Making new behaviors as easy as possible and managing cognitive load are crucial strategies for designing effective learning experiences.


Find out more about Julie by going to her website is usablelearning.com, and her books can be found on major outlets such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. She also has a Facebook group for instructional designers called 'Design for How People Learn.'


This amazing episode was sponsored by iSpring Solutions

Go check out all their products ⁠⁠⁠⁠and use the code HOLLY-OWENS-SUITE for 10% off your purchase.



139: Advocating for Yourself in Interviews and Taking Control of Your Job Search, Dave Fano, CEO and Founder, Teal

139: Advocating for Yourself in Interviews and Taking Control of Your Job Search, Dave Fano, CEO and Founder, Teal

Summary

In this episode, we got interview Dave Fano, the CEO and co-founder of Teal. Dave shares his background and journey, from studying architecture to starting a consulting business and eventually being acquired by WeWork. He discusses the challenges and lessons he learned as an entrepreneur and emphasizes the importance of focusing on your craft and simplifying the job search process.


Dave also explains how Teal helps users find their career path and navigate the job market by providing tools and technology to run an effective job search. In this conversation, Dave emphasizes the importance of highlighting individual achievements in job interviews and applications. He encourages job seekers to focus on what they can control, such as the number of applications they send out and the content they post online.


Dave also emphasizes the long-term perspective in career development and the need for grace and compassion in the job search process. He discusses the free tools offered by Teal to help job seekers navigate the competitive job market.


Go sign up for your FREE TEAL account today!


This fabulous episode is sponsored by iSpring Solutions!

Go check out all their products ⁠⁠⁠ispringsolutions.com ⁠⁠⁠and use the code HOLLY-OWENS-SUITE for 10% off your purchase.



138: Sharing All the Cool Tools: Live Demo of Nectir AI with Kavitta Ghai, CEO and Co-Founder

138: Sharing All the Cool Tools: Live Demo of Nectir AI with Kavitta Ghai, CEO and Co-Founder

In this live demo, Kavitta Ghai, the CEO and co-founder of Nectar, showcases Nectar AI, their newest product. Nectar AI is an AI assistant that can be customized for classrooms, providing personalized help and feedback to students. The AI assistant can be integrated into the LMS and is FERPA and COPPA-compliant. It can access uploaded documents and use general or limited knowledge from GPT-4 to answer student questions. The goal is to create an accessible and engaging learning experience for every student.

137: Starting Your Career Transition: Taking the First Step to a Career in L&D - Part 1 of 3

137: Starting Your Career Transition: Taking the First Step to a Career in L&D - Part 1 of 3

In this episode, Holly discusses the topic of transitioning into a career in learning and development (L&D), specifically in instructional design. The speaker emphasizes the importance of being intentional and strategic in the career transition process.


She suggests five key steps to take before applying for roles in the L&D industry: 1) identify what you want in a role, 2) determine which sector of L&D you want to work in (e.g., education, corporate, government, freelance, etc.), 3) conduct research on the roles and responsibilities within your chosen sector, 4) develop relationships with professionals in the field, and 5) explore resources and learning opportunities to enhance your skills and knowledge. Holly also advises against expecting immediate results and emphasizes the need for perseverance and genuine connections in the industry.

This fabulous episode is sponsored by iSpring Solutions!

Go check out all their products ⁠⁠⁠ispringsolutions.com ⁠⁠⁠and use the code HOLLY-OWENS-SUITE for 10% off your purchase.

136: Mastering Learning Design: Exploring Anderson University's Innovative Program & Answering the Question Do You Need a Master's Degree?

136: Mastering Learning Design: Exploring Anderson University's Innovative Program & Answering the Question Do You Need a Master's Degree?

In this episode of Edup Ed Tech, we interviewed Dr. Katie Wolfe-Burelson and Marissa Gilbert from Anderson University. They discuss the Instructional Design and Learning Technology program at the university. The program is a 30-credit hour, 100% online master's degree that offers courses on various topics such as instructional design, online learning, mobile learning, and media development.


The program also emphasizes collaboration, both between students and with instructors, and provides opportunities for students to connect with the greater instructional design community. The hosts also ask whether a master's degree is necessary for success in instructional design, to which the guests respond that while it is not always required, a master's degree provides a strong foundation and helps individuals think about learning differently. The program at Anderson University is constantly evolving and is looking to offer courses on emerging topics such as AI in learning.

This fabulous episode is sponsored by iSpring Solutions!

Go check out all their products ⁠⁠ispringsolutions.com ⁠⁠and use the code HOLLY-OWENS-SUITE for 10% off your purchase.


135: TechTalent: Navigating Recruitment in Ed Tech with Former Educator Spencer Sharp

135: TechTalent: Navigating Recruitment in Ed Tech with Former Educator Spencer Sharp

In this episode of Edup Ed Tech, we interviewed Spencer Sharp, a Talent Specialist at Field Pros Inc., who specializes in recruiting for the ed tech industry. Sharp shares his journey from being a STEM teacher to entering the ed tech industry and eventually becoming a recruiter. He discusses the qualities he looks for in candidates, including the ability to pivot, confidence, and soft skills. Sharp also emphasizes the importance of understanding the recruiting process and the challenges that come with it. He advises job seekers to market themselves differently and to stay informed about the latest trends in the ed tech industry. He also encourages companies to have a clear and respectful recruitment process.




This fabulous episode is sponsored by iSpring Solutions!

Go check out all their products ⁠ispringsolutions.com ⁠and use the code HOLLY-OWENS-SUITE for 10% off your purchase.

Bio of EdUp EdTech, hosted by Holly Owens

EdUp EdTech, hosted by the knowledgeable Holly Owens, is a go-to podcast for staying informed about the latest and most innovative educational technology tools that are revolutionizing the field of education.

Holly Owens possesses a unique talent for simplifying complex concepts and breaking down the intricacies of educational technology. Her ability to make even the most daunting topics accessible and relatable instills confidence in listeners, empowering them to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of education.

Each week, Holly invites insightful guests from the world of educational technology to join her on the podcast. These guests include industry experts, thought leaders, educators, and innovators who share their expertise, experiences, and perspectives on the transformative power of technology in education.

EdUp EdTech is part of the EdUp Experience Podcast Network, a platform dedicated to making education a priority and showcasing its vital role in shaping our world. Through the network, EdUp EdTech provides valuable insights, practical strategies, and thought-provoking conversations that empower listeners to make education their business.

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